Are you Grand Valley?

November 7, 2017

"I Am Grand Valley" is a leadership program that recognizes GVSU student leaders. Read about one of those outstanding Lakers: Marisa Kahnt. We limit the number of nominations to 10 students per nominator; we ask that you choose the leaders who have stepped up and stand out to you. Nominations are being accepted here until November 30! 

Across campus, several emerging student leaders deserve recognition for their mature attitudes, numerous achievements, and positive and impactful relationships within the Grand Valley Community. Last year there were over 1000 student leaders nominated for the I Am Grand Valley campaign. While their experiences and strengths differ greatly, they all share one thing in common: They all have impacted and served Grand Valley’s community in a positive way, and we are honoring them and their influence on this campus.

Marisa Kahnt

I am GV Spotlight: Marisa Kahnt, Junior

Marisa is a liberal studies student with an emphasis in leadership. She serves as the Vice President of Phi Mu Fraternity; she is a fellow in the Cook Leadership Academy; and she works in the Dean of Students Office and the Office of Student Life on campus, helping with leadership development and programming.

Marisa was nominated for I Am GV because she encourages others around campus and is known for inspiring leadership qualities in her peers. This compassion and servant leadership has truly set her apart.

“My leadership style is to celebrate people, watch them grow, and create that ripple effect. Because when one of us shines, we all shine.” — Marisa Kahnt

What is "I am Grand Valley?”

Coordinated by the Office of Student Life, "I am Grand Valley" is a leadership recognition program for GVSU students. Since 2003, the program has celebrated student leaders who display and utilize strong leadership skills that contribute to the campus and beyond.  As essential elements of the University community, these students include student employees, leaders in student organizations, resident assistants, students that excel in the classroom, and so on. Faculty, staff, and students make nominations through a simple, noncompetitive process that is designed to include many students. The popular I am Grand Valley t-shirts given to and worn by these students encourages campus involvement and student leadership.

Nominate here!

Nominations open October 31, 2017 and close November 30, 2017.

After you nominate, save the date for January 24, 2018 and join us for a reception honoring the nominees. Light refreshments will be provided!

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