Louie the laker and students stand in front, lean against, and sit on top of large blue letters that read 'GVSU'.

Laker Letters unveiled as new icon in Allendale

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A new set of permanently placed 5-foot-tall GVSU “Laker Letters” was unveiled by Louie the Laker in early December on the lawn outside the Arend and Nancy Lubbers Student Services Center.

The setting for the blue letters was chosen to provide an iconic backdrop for gatherings and photos that also includes the Cook Carillon Tower and the Mary Idema Pew Library.

The painted aluminum letters are anchored in concrete facing North Campus Drive and include a sidewalk that was designed to make them accessible to the entire university community. 

The Laker Letters were fabricated by Valley City Sign, of Comstock Park. They replace the popular, but well-worn, foam versions of the letters that moved around Grand Valley’s campuses over the past years before being retired.

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