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Campus Programs & Traditions

Laker Traditions

Spotlight Productions

Student Senate

The biggest challenge of being on an active campus is knowing where to find what is going on. Check the following places to know what is happening.

  • Check the events listed below.
  • Visit the campus events calendar, for complete up-to-date event information.
  • Call or stop by the 2020 Information Desk located in the Kirkhof Center main lobby or at 616-331-2020.
  • Pick up a copy of the Lanthorn.
  • Read the banners in Kirkhof, posters on posting boards, and table tents located in Fresh Food and River Landing dining areas.


I am Grand Valley 
I am Grand Valley is a leadership recognition program for student leaders who are an active part of the University community. This includes student employees, student organization leaders, resident assistants, exceptional students in the classroom, etc. These students are nominated by faculty and staff and are invited to attend the I am Grand Valley Reception held in January.
For more information email or stop in the Office of Student Life.

Laker Leadership Programs 
Laker Leadership Programs provide GVSU students with training, education, and experiences which encourage growth as life-long leaders of integrity and social change within their lives, professions, and communities. Many different programs and events such as First Year Leadership Experience, Intermediate Leaders Institute, Leadership Summit, and Strengths Based Leadership Seminar and Retreat are offered! Programs are open to all Grand Valley students.

Laker Weekends 
Laker Weekends is a central event planning and marketing group for events on both the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses of Grand Valley State University. Their mission to promote events in the greater Grand Rapids area as well and to provide events that are both entertaining and enriching.

Spotlight Productions 
Spotlight Productions is a student-run programming board on the campus of Grand Valley State University bringing acts and entertainment to the student body.


Transitions -

Campus Life Night -

Family Weekend -

Homecoming -

Founders Day -

Make A Difference Day - 

Battle of the Valleys -

Sibs & Kids -

Presidents' Ball - 

Leadership Summit -

Intercultural Festival -