Alumni

GRPD police chief named to police standards commission

Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne, '86, was appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to a commission that sets training, licensing and professional standards for law enforcement agencies.

Aug 17, 2020


Two departments team to offer virtual professional development opportunities to alumni, community

Alumni Relations and the Center for Adult and Continuing Studies have partnered to offer Grand Valley alumni and community members a professional development webinar series.

Aug 6, 2020


Alumni Business Directory aims to enhance Laker community

More than 100 restaurants, consulting firms and retail stores are listed online in the new Alumni Owned Business directory. 

Jul 2, 2020


Alumna leads Grand Rapids window activation project

An alumna led a group of local artists to create meaningful murals on the many boarded-up businesses in downtown Grand Rapids. Some businesses were left with broken windows and other damage following a night of unrest after the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. Jasmine Bruce, '18, is one of the organizers of the Windows GR activation project. The goal of the activation is more than beautification, it's a powerful way "to amplify Black voices in the community."

Jun 15, 2020


Earning a master's degree during a pandemic: alumna finds learning form of self-care

Jaime Counterman had planned to start a master's degree program several times but found excuses: a new job once, a new position in the same organization another time.

Jun 9, 2020


Community blood drive dedicated to frontline heroes, supported by university volunteer networks

President Philomena V. Mantella and other faculty and staff members are expected to attend and participate in a blood drive designed to thank area hospital heroes.

Jun 1, 2020


President Mantella tells alumni experiential learning may look different in the fall, but will have the same impact

Alumni from more than a dozen states joined a May 19 virtual town hall with President Philomena V. Mantella and university leaders to learn how Grand Valley is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 19, 2020


Graduate, a Chicago educator, savoring surprise video call from Obama to thank him for his dedication to teaching

Daniel Michmerhuizen, '00, received the call in recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week.

May 14, 2020


Nursing graduate, LPGA hopeful returns to frontlines to treat COVID-19 patients

Sarah Hoffman graduated from Grand Valley with a nursing degree in 2013, and said she chose that field because she wanted to help people. In early April, when the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Michigan was rising, Hoffman put away her golf clubs in favor of a face mask and other personal protection equipment to - again - help people.

May 7, 2020


Alumnus leads grassroots effort to help W. Mich. nonprofits, small businesses

As government mandates to "stay home, stay safe" change the lives of millions of Americans, those choices of staying home instead of patronizing local businesses or volunteering are having a devastating impact on local economies.  One Grand Valley alumnus, Nate Gillespie, '18, is working to lead a growing group of West Michiganders to help support local businesses and nonprofits in their most trying times. 

Apr 3, 2020