Professional Support Staff (PSS) Development Committee

Educational Opportunities

"Leading Lakers: Activate" Cohort Scheduled for June

Applications Due May 9

The next cohort of Leading Lakers: Activate will begin in June. All individuals interested in engaging in the leadership programming must start by completing this foundational tier 1 program, Activate.

To participate, submit your interest for the upcoming cohort of Activate by May 9. This cohort will take place on June 6 and 12, on the Allendale Campus in Kirkhof Center (KC) 2263. Pods will meet monthly from July-December. Participation in both days of programming, as well as the monthly accountability pods, is required for completion of the Activate program. 

The June cohort will consist of 25-30 individuals participating in two full days of interactive, in-person sessions, along with participation in monthly small group pods for six months following completion of the in-person programming. All regular, full-time employees (AP, PSS, Faculty, MGS, POAM, COAM, Security Staff) are eligible and encouraged to submit an interest form. The Activate program is open to any employee who has an interest in growing as a leader regardless of supervisory status. Current leaders with direct reports are strongly encouraged to submit their interest to participate. 

To ensure cohorts are representative of our faculty and staff population and due to the limited number of seats per cohort, all who submit a form of interest may not be selected for the upcoming cohort. All individuals interested in participating will have an opportunity to attend a future session. Interest forms must be submitted by May 9. Cohort participation will be confirmed the week after the deadline.

Submit your interest for Activate

2024 PSS Appreciation Luncheon

THANK YOU! - PSS Appreciation Kudoboard

And thank you to our generous sponsors! 

Who We Are

The PSS Development Committee (PSSDC) consists of representatives from GVSU's campuses. The PSSDC provides PSS staff with opportunities for connection, and provides the University community with opportunities to express their appreciation for PSS staff. The committee also mentors new PSS staff members by being a source of information and an additional campus contact.

Our Mission

The mission of the PSS Development Committee is to: 

  • Provide new PSS staff with a warm welcome, a friendly connection, and University resources and information
  • Provide the University community with opportunities to express their appreciation for Professional Support Staff


  • Reach out to [email protected].  This email address is monitored and a member of the PSS Development Committee (PSSDC) will get back to you! 

  • Contact [email protected] to request a PSS Buddy.  A PSS Buddy is an experienced staff member who volunteers to be paired up with a new PSS to foster a personal connection, answer questions, and be a resource. 

As of Winter semester 2024 

More contacts / point people needed!  If you're an expert in your area, or know of someone else who is, please contact [email protected] to be added to the list!

  • Offered once per semester to faculty and staff 

  • Buy $100, $200, or $300 in Dining Dollars, and get a promotional bonus of $15, $40, or $75. 

  • Payroll deduction (requires a minimum $200 purchase and is deducted over 3 consecutive pay periods) 

  • Look for emails, or contact Laker Food Co. for more information 

  • Fresh 

  • Laker Club 

  • Kirkhof Center 

  • Seating outside Kirkhof Center 

  • Seating outside Zumberge Hall 

  • Arboretum benches 

  • Mary Idema Pew Library 

Questions? Comments? Feedback? Suggestions?

We value your ideas and input. You are encouraged to contact any of the PSS Development Committee members listed below with questions, comments, and feedback. In addition, we encourage suggestions and ideas for University-wide PSS appreciation.

If you have ideas or are interested in becoming a mentor for new PSS staff member, please contact any Committee member or click below.


[email protected]

2023-2024 PSS Development Committee Members

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