Summer 2020

COVID-19 and crisis planning

Rapid actions like moving students off campus, beginning remote learning and working from home were executed by the Incident Management Team.

Summer 2020|Feature


Read article The time the show couldn't  go on

The time the show couldn't go on

Students and faculty take away lessons after weeks of rehearsals for a spring dance concert that shifted to a final paper.

Summer 2020|Feature

Read article In their own words

In their own words

Members of the Class of 2020 reflect on a disoriented semester and offer a peek at their lasting Laker Effect.

Summer 2020|Feature

Read article Stay home, stay safe

Stay home, stay safe

More than 6,000 students moved off campus in record speed. Living center director Candice Cadena said, "It was hard to hear we weren't going to have a proper goodbye."

Summer 2020|Feature


Student athletes, coaches cope with feelings of uncertainty, loss

When spring sports were canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the empty courts, stadiums and fields created a feeling of emptiness for Laker coaches and student athletes.

Summer 2020|Athletics


Read article Congratulations, 2020 grads!

Congratulations, 2020 grads!

To welcome the newest Lakers to the alumni family, Alumni Relations collected notes of congratulations, campus memories, or pieces of advice for the Class of 2020.

Summer 2020|Alumni News

Read article Produce from educational  farm donated to local food banks

Produce from educational farm donated to local food banks

A variety of produce from Grand Valley's Sustainable Agriculture Project was donated to local food pantries in an effort to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summer 2020|Sustainability

Read article Reflections of a founding dean

Reflections of a founding dean

After 16 years as dean of CLAS, Fred Antczak discusses his 'ninth inning' and what it was like to lead the college through a pandemic.

Summer 2020|Q & A


Essential Workers

While most campus buildings were closed during the pandemic, essential workers kept the university operational.

Summer 2020|Focal Point / Behind the Lens


Read article Alumni Champion couple helps students during challenging time through support fund

Alumni Champion couple helps students during challenging time through support fund

Matt '01 and Robin Dhaseleer chose to help students through an economic pandemic by giving to the Student Support Fund.

Summer 2020|Supporting Future Leaders

Read article Virtual Lakers

Virtual Lakers

To help keep alumni connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, Alumni Relations created a 'Virtual Community' webpage and compiled videos, webinars, podcasts and other at-home activities.

Summer 2020|Alumni Feature

Read article Lakers volunteer during pandemic

Lakers volunteer during pandemic

Volunteer networks of students, faculty and staff members continue to assist Michigan residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summer 2020|Briefs