Skip to main content

Laker Effect Stories

to or Reset

two people holding large check

Alumni earn business award, make community impact

As new business owners, two Grand Valley alumni have made a significant community impact.

2 photos showing groups of women

KCON Student Nurses' Association earns honors at state convention

The Student Nurses' Association earned honors at the Michigan convention in Ann Arbor in January.

Photo of Hillery York

Alumna manages collection of 1 million monetary objects at Smithsonian

Hillery York, '12, is the collections manager at the Smithsonian's National Numismatic Collection.

Woman posing with hand on hip

Teaching English to refugee family goes beyond lessons for student

On her first day of teaching a refugee family English, a student faced eight eager learners.

woman sitting in computer lab

Alumna helps students with disabilities study abroad

An alumna was recognized locally for her efforts in helping students with disabilities study abroad.

Photo of Ted Sundstrom

Professor to receive inaugural mathematics award

Ted Sundstrom will receive the award for his book "Mathematical Reasoning: Writing and Proof."

Jeremy Bissett works with a student from Godwin Heights High School.

Partnership improves college-going culture

A unique partnership is helping increase the number of students pursuing postsecondary education.

Jordan Vanderham poses for a photo in front of a brick wall.

Student wins $25,000 for new idea

Jordan Vanderham, is using $25,000 in prize money to develop a thermal energy conservation mask.

Julie Jumisko is pictured with other hikers on top of Mount Whitney.

Looking for a cure on Mt. Whitney

Julie Jumisko wanted to help raise money for muscular dystrophy � and climbed a mountain to do it.

Owen and friends stand on a path under cherry blossom trees in Japan.

Language skills help student land auto industry job

Shifting between two languages is easy for Rebecca Owen, '04, who works as an interpreter.