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Faculty, staff recognized at masquerade-themed Presidents' Ball

  • A photo from the Presidents' Ball.
  • A photo of students dancing.
  • A photo of Jonathan Bowman and Thomas J. Haas
  • A photo of students dancing.
  • A photo of John Martin.
  • A photo of students dancing.
  • A photo of Marlene Kowalski-Braun.
  • A photo of staff members dancing.
  • A photo of David Clark.

Posted on February 07, 2018

More than 4,500 Lakers dressed to the nines — complete with ornate masks — to attend the 32nd annual Presidents' Ball February 3 in Grand Rapids. 

Student Senate President Jonathan Bowman and Grand Valley President Thomas J. Haas hosted the sold-out event, "A Night of Masqueraded Mystery," at DeVos Place. 

Members of the campus community were presented with awards during a special ceremony. John Martin, director of Athletic Bands, received the Laker of the Year Award; David Clark, assistant professor of mathematics, received the Student Award for Faculty Excellence; and Marlene Kowalski-Braun, assistant vice president for Inclusion and Student Affairs, received the President Appreciation Award. 

Presidents' Ball is organized by the Laker Traditions team and the Office of Student Life. It is one of Grand Valley's oldest traditions; the first ball took place in 1986.

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