Louie the Laker pointing

How to Prepare for a GVSU Football Game

It’s almost another game day Lakers, and you might be asking yourself how to prepare with a new, refreshing approach. There’s always a way to spice up your Laker Spirit, so

read on to find a new way to #AnchorUp.

November 12, 2018

Audience and speaker during Teach-In

Sit In and Stand Up for Inequality: GVSU Teach-in 2018

This annual event allows students, faculty, and staff to come together to engage in discussions surrounding the themes of power, privilege and difficult dialogues. By attending any of the sessions, varying from panel discussions to workshops, you’ll engage in thought-provoking and action-oriented conversations that focus on bettering GVSU and our larger community.

Read on to find out how you can participate

November 1, 2018

3 "I am Grand Valley" nominees

GV 101: I Am GV

Every year, the exceptional students of Grand Valley are recognized for their contributions to campus life. They walk among us, across all disciplines, interests, and backgrounds. These are the students we look to as examples of success, be it academic, within their student organizations, or in the student employee workplace. These students are our leaders. They are Grand Valley.

Read on to discover how you can help recognize these leading Lakers

November 1, 2018

3 Student life employees dressed in Halloween costumes

Happy Haunts and Horrors: What to do this Halloween

Are you looking for something to do on the most terrifying night of the year? We have the ultimate list of ways to make this Halloween a night you’ll never forget.

Read about all the best Halloween hangouts here!

October 28, 2018

Replenish logo on sign

Battle of the Valleys 2018: Changing the World and Crushing the Competition

This week-long competition will reveal if Grand Valley or Saginaw Valley State University is able to raise more money for charity. Join in on the fun, help fund GV’s Replenish food resource, and show SVSU who’s boss.

Check out Battle of the Valleys!

October 22, 2018

GVSU campus in the Fall

How to Get in the Fall Spirit at GVSU

There’s nothing quite like falling in love with GV’s campus as the leaves change colors and we pull out our scarves. And there’s plenty to do, too! Here are nine on and off campus activities that every autumn-loving Laker should check out this season.

See how to get in the Fall Spirit

October 22, 2018

Pumpkin carved with anchor

Best GV-Themed Costumes

Can’t decide what to be for Halloween? We can help. Presenting the finest Grand-Valley-themed Halloween costumes for your viewing (and dressing) pleasure.

Click here to see GV inspired costumes!

October 17, 2018

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Make a Difference Day

Spread the Laker effect on October 27. Join a legion of Lakers in working with several local nonprofit agencies right here in west Michigan. 

See How to Make a Difference!

October 16, 2018

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5 Songs that Remind You that You're a Laker

There are but a few things in life that cure a rainy day or slow Monday. When we’re feeling down or getting hype for the big game, we rely on the healing power of music to get us through. We’ve gathered a list of throwbacks, power ballads, and jams that scream Laker pride. Add them to your tailgating playlist or your daily rotation and dance it out!

Check Out these Songs!

October 16, 2018

Voting sign labeled "I vote because my vote matters"

National Voter Registration Day

It’s National Voter Registration Day. Don’t let this holiday wash over you, left in the forgotten recesses of your mind, between National Donut Day and National Pedestrian Day. No matter what you believe in, what you’re passionate about, or who you’re rooting for, we all come together on National Voter Registration Day to celebrate our ability to have say.

See how to Vote!

September 25, 2018

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ArtPrize Fast Facts!

The largest and in-chargest art festival in the world is happening right now in our very own city of Grand Rapids. Never been? Curious as to how to make the most of this grand event?

Read on and feel the creativity wash over you

September 25, 2018

Arial Shot of Grand Rapids

4 Reasons I Heart GR

Moving to the area has made me fall head over heels in love with you. From your cultural attractions like ArtPrize to the delicious food in Eastown, there are so many reasons why you’re the apple of my eye. So many reasons, in fact, that I wrote a love-letter list to fully express my devotion to you. Let me count the ways...

Check out our list!

September 12, 2018

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GR College Week

All week long, GR is celebrating YOU. Meet other college students in the area, discover favorite spots, and take advantage of the many discounts available with your student I.D.!

Check out these events

September 12, 2018

Sticky note reading "You can do it!" next to a portrait of T. Haas

Exam Cram

It's that time of year again, and there's only one obstacle left between you and summer: Exam week. Don't worry, though, we have the resources you need to crush the end of the semester. Make sure to check out all the stress-reducing activities available to help you perform better.

How to Cram for your Exams!

April 19, 2018

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I'm Just Trying To Pass

With finals looming on the horizon, crunch time starts now! If that sentence makes your palms a little more sweaty than you’d care to admit, perhaps some tactics to get your kaboose back on the tracks will get your brain from loco-overload and into locomotion-motivation.

See Some Special Tactics!

April 19, 2018

Two students studying together

How to Ace a Study Date

Study dates are much harder than getting an A on your next exam; you spend so much time preparing for your next exam that your date can end up feeling neglected! Finding that balance is an art. If you need some tips on how to wow your professor, while also being a flirt-master, check out this list!

Tips for your Study Date!

5 ways to make money as a broke college student with Louie the Laker

5 ways to make Money as a Broke College Student

Living like a Laker means taking advantage of all the opportunities that come your way — both academic and economic. Grabbed too many Starbucks at the Marketplace? Spot a new hoodie in the Laker Store but don’t have enough cash? If you’re strapped for cash and need some inspiration for how to dig yourself out of the college financial hole, then be sure to check out our list of ways to make some money on campus and be a moolah master!

Learn how to make some extra moolah!

April 3, 2018

Group photo at Relay for Life

Colleges Against Cancer: Leading the Fight for a Cure

The Student Organization Spotlight series showcases passionate and involved students who make waves with their #LakerEffect. This edition’s Spotlight features the student organization Colleges Against Cancer’s president, Paige MacKinnon.

Read more about Colleges Against Cancer!

March 20, 2018

Holland Hospital

Host a Blood Drive and Save Lives

Did you know that for every pint of blood donated, THREE lives can be saved? Give back to the community in a NEW way next school year! Consider hosting a blood drive with the Community Service Learning Center!

Here's how you can host a blood drive!

March 13, 2018

Student Senate

Student Senate: Fast Facts

With Student Senate elections just around the corner, you may be asking yourself: “What does Student Senate do? How can I better my campus community?” or maybe even “Can Louie the Laker run for President?” We're here to help you find out!

Read more about Student Senate!

February 27, 2018

Grand Valley students volunteering

Have a COW, Why Don't You? Community Outreach Week

Looking for volunteer opportunities this winter? Make an opportunity! Reach out to any nonprofit community partner to get started on a service project during Community Outreach Week at GV. Check out our list of opportunities already available to you!

Check out Volunteering Opportunities!

February 13, 2018

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8 Valentine's Day Date Ideas for the Broke College Student

As a busy college student, find the time (and money) to put together showstopping dates for your significant other can be difficult. If you're grasping at straws for something fun and flirty to do this Valentine's day - look no further!

Learn more about Dorm Room Dates!

February 13, 2018

Democracy 101 conference

Democracy 101: A Series of Critical Conversations

Democracy 101 is a series of bi-weekly lectures, panel discussions, and workshops that will focus on themes of democratic values, systems, and structures. All events are LIB 100/200 approved, and free pizza is available at each event!

Learn more about Democracy 101!

February 8, 2018

Student at the nonprofit fair

Let Volunteering Open the Door to Opportunity

Don’t miss your chance to get involved! The Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair is this Wednesday in the Loosemore Forum on our Pew Campus from 1-3 p.m. Fifty local nonprofit organizations will be here to answer your questions and help you give back!

Learn more about Volunteering!

January 30, 2018

finalists for last laker standing

Who Will Be the Last Laker Standing?

Auditions are over, the top ten have been chosen, and it's almost time to see who will become our LAST LAKER STANDING. This week, we chatted with Brandon Cooley, one of the top finalists in the competition last year, to explain some of the ins and outs of this hilarious event.

Learn more about Last Laker Standing!

January 30, 2018

De-Stress with Exam Cram

Are you dreading finals? Feel like you can’t think anymore because your head is full of new information that you should’ve learned two months ago? Come relax and de-stress for awhile with Exam Cram!

Learn more about Exam Cram! 

December 5, 2017

MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity

The MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity is part of a national day of service and is a GREAT opportunity to get a few service hours in and gain awareness of your community! 

Learn about getting involved on MLK Day! 

December 5, 2017

Photo of Anya Ward

Recognize the Leaders Among Us

We make it really easy for you to recognize these amazing individuals. If you know an awesome student leader, nominate them for I Am Grand Valley to recognize their hard work.

Check out this article about Leaders on campus! 

November 28, 2017

Presenter at Leadership Summit

Share Your Knowledge at Leadership Summit

We would like to cordially invite you to participate in the 21st Leadership Summit at Grand Valley State University by submitting a proposal to present! We are seeking speakers with fresh perspectives on leadership across a wide variety of topic areas to give presentations at the summit. 

Share your knowledge at Leadership Summit!

November 28, 2017

How to Host a Friendsgiving

Have a group of friends who mean a lot to you? Tell them that over a festive Friendsgiving! Don’t know where to start when hosting a Friendsgiving? We got your back!

Check out this article about Friendsgiving!

November 14, 2017

Investigating the CJSA

In the second week of Student Organization Showcase, we investigated (pun definitely intended) the Criminal Justice Student Association. These students come from all different disciplines, but they all have one thing in common: a love for the study of Criminal Justice.

Learn more about Criminal Justice Student Association!

November 14, 2017

Do You Know a Student Leader?

"I Am Grand Valley" is an annual leadership recognition program in its 14th year at Grand Valley. Each year, more and more students are celebrated for their leadership achievements in  the Grand Valley community. Last year, we had 1400 nominations! Help us recognize and appreciate even more students this year and nominate up to 10 student leaders now! Nominations are being accepted here until November 30!

Read more about Kevin Chui!

November 14, 2017

Get Into the GrooVe!

In our first Student Organization Showcase, we chose to shine a bright light on GrooVe!  They have been around since 2009, making them one of the longer standing organizations at GVSU. They perform on campus, in Grand Rapids, and all over Michigan, singing and jamming their way around the state. Their goal is to always do their best, but at their core, they describe themselves as a group focused on doing what they love: making music.

Find out more about GrooVe!

November 7, 2017

Are you Grand Valley?

"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! 

Learn more about Marisa Kahnt!

November 7, 2017

What to do in West Michigan on Fall Weekends

Trying to figure out what to do on the weekends this fall? West Michigan is the perfect place to enjoy vibrant fall colors, autumn scents, and outdoor activities. Here are some fun ideas to get you started!

Learn about fun activities in West Michigan!

October  31, 2017

Blood Drives: A Tale of Two Vampires and a Food Truck

If two vampires emerge from the Ravines and ask you where the best place to eat on campus is, what would you tell them? Remember: the one thing they need to sustain themselves is the same thing we need too!

Learn more about blood drives

October 31, 2017


From College to Careers

Building a resume or presenting your past involvement isn’t limited to just the “official” jobs you’ve done, there’s a wide variety of opportunities which are available both on and off campus  that can be valuable to include in your resume when pursuing a career. Student organizations can be sources of leadership positions, skills training, personal & professional development, and volunteer opportunities.

Here's how to share your involvement with employers!

October 24, 2017

What You Need to Know about Homecoming 2017

Here at the Valley, Homecoming is a week-long competition between different organizations. Homecoming is a great fall tradition and a fun way to learn more about your campus and get connected. There is something for everyone!

Learn more about Homecoming!

October 17, 2017

Bored? Start a Student Org!

Student organizations can be a great way to help your community, network with others in your academic or professional area, get more involved with a hobby or other interest of yours, or even just as a way to make friends on campus. If you’re interested in starting a student organization, here’s how!

Learn more about Student Organizations! 

October 10, 2017

5 Things that’ll Make You go MADD for Make A Difference Day

Each fall the CSLC hosts Make A Difference Day, partnering with 15 different local nonprofit organizations, accommodating more than 300 students!

Here are 5 things that will make you go MADD for MADD!

October 3, 2017

How to Create the World You Want to Live In

GVSU’s Community Service Learning Center has created the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) initiative to help students think more broadly about the impact we can have on our society.

Learn more about the CLDE initiative

September 26, 2017

Calling all First Year Leaders

First Year Leadership Experience (FYLE) is an annual leadership program offered by The Office of Student Life to empower emerging leaders! The experience engages participants in interactive discussion and activities, connects students to leadership opportunities across campus, and promotes personal philosophy-building of leadership. 

Learn more about First Year Leadership Experience (FYLE)

September 19, 2017

Top 5 Things to Do at Family Weekend

Family Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for Lakers and their friends, family, and other loved ones to experience a Grand Valley weekend. 

Learn more about the Top 5 Family Weekend Activites

September 19, 2017

Funding 101

If your student organization needs additional funding, Student Senate has you covered. Their simple process for funding requests is open to all registered student organizations—just another reason to renew your organization’s account on OrgSync! It’s a great way to expand the capabilities of your organization.

Learn more about the funding process!

September 19, 2017

Non-Profit Volunteer & Internship Fair

The Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair will have over 70 local, nonprofit organizations on campus this Thursday on the Kirkhof Lawn from 1-3 p.m.

Learn more about the Non-Profit Volunteer & Internship Fair

September 14, 2017

GR101: Get To Know Your City

Whether you’re new to the west side of Michigan or have been around for a while, get to know Grand Rapids better with GR101 College Week and enjoy special events and discounts!

Learn more about GR101

September 12, 2017

5 Reasons to Go Greek

With recruitment happening next week, we’d like to give a shout-out to our Vice President of Recruitment, Jordan Sheatzley. She’s giving us her Top 5 Reasons to Go Greek and encourages you to sign up for Panhellenic Recruitment before Friday, September 15!

Learn more about Going Greek

September 12, 2017

Finding Your Strengths

Shift your focus from what you need to improve, and find out how to Become More through investing in your strengths!

Learn more about Finding Your Strengths

September 12, 2017

Campus Life Night

GV101: Campus Life Night

Every year on the Tuesday after Labor Day campus is bursting with energy. Over 400+ student organizations, tons of local businesses, nonprofits and various departments join The Office of Student Life providing endless opportunities to get involved.

Learn about what to expect at Campus Life Night

August 31, 2017

Students attending transitions

GV101: Transitions

This first week is crucial to making your time at Grand Valley awesome. It can get a little overwhelming but remember - everyone has gone through it!

Learn more about the top 5 tips for Transitions!

August 31, 2017

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