Busy senior earns Homecoming Regent title

Senior Brooklyn Chaffee was named Grand Valley’s 2021 Homecoming Regent.

Chaffee, a communications studies major and digital studies minor, was nominated for regent by her roommate, Alexia Davis, and friend, Jay Chapa, because of her dedication to having a positive impact on campus.

“I’m here for a reason, and I’m putting everything I have back into the school. I’m trying to show what it truly means to be a Laker for a Lifetime,” Chaffee said. 

Chaffee participates in Kappa Kappa Psi, a coed service fraternity, the Campus Activities Board and the Mario Kart Club. She works for University Libraries in the Knowledge Market, supporting students by offering digital skills consulting. Chaffee is also a member of the Laker Marching Band, which was by her side cheering her on at the October 30 Homecoming football game.

“As soon as I came up on the board, for just my introduction, the whole band started going crazy,” Chaffee said. “At that point I thought to myself, if I don’t win that’s completely fine, this is more than enough. All this overwhelming support is so moving.”

trombone player in Laker Marching Band uniform with homecoming regent sash over her shoulder
Brooklyn Chaffee, trombone player for the Laker Marching Band, was named Homecoming Regent.
Image credit - courtesy photo

After being nominated for regent, Chaffee was interviewed and then campaigned via social media and in person. Chaffee said she also drove around campus in a golf cart to hand out candy and transport students to class while promoting her campaign.

“I ended up with this huge support system, all coming together for this common cause,” Chaffee said. “Sure, it’s something small. It’s just a title for Homecoming at a football game, but seeing everyone acting this way, it was so wholesome. I’m so grateful to have this beautiful web of support around me.”

Throughout her time at Grand Valley, Chaffee has been involved in almost a dozen organizations and activities.

“I don’t want to leave college with any regrets, so I really try to fit as much into my schedule as possible, not only for the experience, but to build myself as an individual, to hone my skills and to contribute what I have back into the community with service hours and fun activities,” she said.

In the Winter Semester, Chaffee plans to continue to play trombone with the band through Winterguard and basketball pep band. 

— by Camryn Snider, student writer


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