A student calling someone on the phone.

Laker Tips & Tricks: How to Deal with Homesickness

At one point or another, homesickness finds its way into the hearts of college students. As much as we wish we could be home some days, curled up in our own beds, we have to find ways to focus on school and make the best of the time we have at Grand Valley. Here are four tips that will help you combat homesickness and feel more comfortable on campus.

Fight your homesickness

November 12, 2019


Two students presenting their I am GV awards.

I am GV: What it Means to be a Laker

Every year, GV students are recognized for their strong leadership and contribution to campus with the “I am GV” award. This award is given out to numerous students for their dedication to improving the Laker community through their involvement in student organizations, on-campus employment, and more. Here’s what a few of our previous nominees have to say about what it means to be a Laker.

Find out what it means to be "GV"

November 4, 2019


A student attending the Majors Fair.

Laker Tips & Tricks: How to Start Choosing a Major

Choosing a major is sometimes an intimidating part of heading to college, and with 94 undergraduate degrees offered at Grand Valley, it can be difficult to decide what field you want to go into. However, GV has many resources to help you discover what you’re passionate about! Here are four steps you can take to help you decide on a major at GVSU.

Get some MAJOR advice

November 4, 2019


The Transformational Link on GV campus.

Fact or Fiction? Investigating the Scariest GVSU Myths

Are there haunted tunnels beneath the GVSU campus? Were living centers like Copeland and Robinson originally designed to be prisons? It’s mysterious GV Myths like these that transfer from one student to the next until we can’t tell what’s fact and what’s fiction. What are we supposed to believe? After an in-depth investigation, here is the real truth behind the GVSU mysteries that haunt us all.

Bust these GV myths

October 30, 2019


An anchor carved into a jack-o-lantern.

Spooky Season at Grand Valley: Getting the Most Out of Your Halloween

Grand Valley is haunted! The spirit of Halloween is quickly spreading all throughout the Allendale area. If you’re dying to have some fun this spooky season, check out this list of frighteningly fun tricks and treats for you to revel in this fall. Prepare to sink your teeth into these on-campus activities!

Check out these Halloween-themed events

October 30, 2019


GV cheer hyping up the crowd during homecoming

Pumpkins, Football, and Murder?! GVSU Homecoming 2019

Join students, faculty, and alumni to celebrate Homecoming at Grand Valley! From October 23-27, GV will be hosting tons of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Keep reading for a run-down of all the upcoming events that will help you celebrate what it means to be a Laker!

Discover what's happening during Homecoming

October 17, 2019


An autumnal trail on the GVSU Allendale Campus.

Fallin' for Fall Break: Local Autumn Activities

With fall break just around the corner, Allendale is a hot spot for all sorts of classic autumn adventures. Not sure what to do at school when there are no classes to attend? Check out our list of fall break activities that will help you take a well-deserved break from writing that essay and make sure your fall break is one to remember.

Find Fall Break activities

October 16, 2019


Rachel Syrba in the Whale Radio station.

Tune in with Rachel: A Student Life Story

When GVSU alum Rachel Syrba began her first year, she didn’t know anyone. When she picked up a CD from GV’s only student-run radio station at Campus Life Night, she had no idea what the next four years would be like. Rachel found a community at Whale Radio that made her feel at home and sparked a life-long passion for radio. This is her story.

Hear Rachel's story

October 14, 2019


An aerial view of the 2016 Career Fair.

Dream Job, Here I Come! GVSU’s Fall Career & Internship Fair

Ready to take the skills you learned at Grand Valley and apply them to the real world? Excited to dive into the job market once you graduate? The GVSU Fall 2019 Career & Internship Fair is the perfect opportunity to get started on the journey towards your dream job.

Get ready for the Career Fair

October 10, 2019


The Family Weekend 2019 logo. The "anchor up" handsign made out of a bookshelf atop an illustration of an open book.

The Tale of Family Weekend 2019

Once upon a time, in the far-off land of Allendale, you invite your loved ones to come visit you for GVSU’s annual Family Weekend. Little do you know, you and your family are in for an adventurous weekend complete with a parade, comedy, golf, movies, a Renaissance Festival, football, family bonding, and much more. Here is the magical tale of the weekend you and your family will remember for the rest of your lives.

Discover the Tale of Family Weekend

September 26, 2019


A birds-eye-view of Pew Campus at night.

What to Do on the Weekend: Exploring Grand Rapids and Beyond

Just beyond the highway lies a magical land of fantastical off-campus adventures. Spend your weekends trying exciting new restaurants, seeing a show, or exploring new cultures throughout the greater Grand Rapids area. Check out this list of the best things to do on the weekends and you’ll never be bored again.

Find out what to do on the weekends

September 26, 2019


A man walking on to the Laker Line.

Laker Tips & Tricks: How to be a Civilized Bus Passenger

The GVSU bus system is a free and useful resource for students, staff, and faculty to travel around both the Allendale and Pew campuses and all throughout Grand Rapids. Don’t let its large size and loud noises intimidate you — the bus is helpful and easy to use. Here’s the scoop on all the traditional bus etiquette and ways you can make sure you and those around you stay comfortable when riding the bus.

Learn how to be a civilized bus passenger

September 16, 2019

 


Students getting on the bus on Pew Campus.

Laker Tips & Tricks: How to Use the GVSU Bus System

No car? No problem! The GVSU bus system can help you travel between both campuses, to Allendale, and throughout Grand Rapids. Here’s all the information you need about how it works and what bus you should take when. Where do you want to go?

Learn some of the many places the bus can take you

September 16, 2019


The Making Waves Initiative logo superimposed on a lake at sunset.

Wat-er You Doing to Get Involved? Meet the Making Waves Initiative

Water is a connecting force between people all over the world. It’s a necessity for life and a central focus of the Laker community because of our proximity to beautiful bodies of water like the Grand River and Lake Michigan. This was the inspiration behind GVSU’s Making Waves Initiative. Through various water-related classes and events, the Making Waves Initiative aims to unite the GV community and inspire collaboration among students, faculty, and staff.

Find out more about the Making Waves Initiative

September 6, 2019


Two roommates on move-in day.

Laker Tips & Tricks: How to Get Your Roommate to Like You

For many Lakers, a new semester brings new roommates. What if your new roommate likes using the blender at midnight? What if they prefer to store their clothes on the floor? Or worst of all, what if they don’t even like you? Fear not! Here are the top five ways to make sure your roommate likes you and becomes a lasting friend.

Learn how to get your roommate to like you

September 4, 2019


Students wearing matching GVSU t-shirts.

Laker Pride 101

You’re a Laker, and it’s high time the whole world knows it. It’s essential that you wear your blue heart on your sleeve and scream GVSU pride wherever you go. Here are five crucial tips involving GV apparel, Grand Valley cheers, and other ways you can show how grateful and pumped you are to be a Laker.

Anchor Up, Lakers!

September 4, 2019


Louie the Laker flexing his muscles.

Top 4 Low-Key Laker Flexes

Do you want to be cool? Are you looking for ways to impress your new Laker friends and make sure they know how incredible you are? Here are four ways you can flex on your friends at GVSU and remind them that you run this campus.

Discover how to flex on your fellow Lakers!

September 4, 2019


GVSU student climbing a rockwall

What the Rec? Answers to Your GVSU Recreation Questions

What the rec is the Rec anyway? There’s an extensive list of opportunities available to you through GVSU Recreation, so where do you start? Read on to learn how you can get involved, be active, and live healthily.

Learn More about Campus Rec!

August 26, 2019


Subject to Change Improv Comedy Team at Campus Life Night 2019.

Get Involved: Your Guide to Student Organizations at GVSU

While sitting on the couch at home by yourself can be enticing, it is never as rewarding as getting up and joining a GVSU student organization. The best way to meet friends, boost your resume, and develop new skills is to log on to LakerLink and start the search for the org that’s right for you. Here is your guide to student orgs at GVSU and how to get started.

Discover how to get involved

August 26, 2019


Members of GVSU Greek Life greeting a student.

What You Don’t Know About Greek Life at GVSU

College presents new challenges for many students, and it can be difficult at first to find friends and your community. Greek Life at GV prides itself on creating a family-like community where each member feels loved, valued, and supported. Joining a sorority or fraternity at GVSU will help you develop relationships that will last a lifetime, give back to the community, enhance your resume, and make GVSU feel like home.

Learn what you don't know about Greek Life at GVSU

August 26, 2019


The Grand Valley logo on a student's phone.

#GVSUsocialmedia You HAVE to be Following

You kids and your phones...When’s the last time you picked up a book or actually talked to someone face to face? Well, save that for another day because it’s time to get back on Instagram and Twitter and start following some GV social media! Here are the top 5 accounts that are going to provide you with the most useful information to help you survive your college career.

See the top 5 GV social media accounts

July 12, 2019


President Mantella with a group of students wearing matching "Philly" shirts.

Philly Fast Facts: Meet President Philomena Mantella

It is time. Time to usher in a new era, one filled not with sadness for what has passed but, one filled instead with hope. Hope for the future. Hope for what is yet to come. Hope that someone can take this University to the next level. Today we give that hope a name: Dr. Philomena Mantella, Fifth President of Grand Valley State University. But who is President Philly really and what does she have to offer GVSU? To get to know her better, check out these Philly fast facts!

Check out these Philly fast facts!

July 12, 2019


Three students near the cook-carillon tower.

How to Become a GVSU Instagram Influencer

It is crucial that your Instagram followers know where you go to school and how much you love GV. You’re a Laker, and you need an Instagram that shows the world that you bleed blue. Here are 10 ways you can become #GVinstafamous and spread your Laker pride all over social media.

Become #GVinstafamous

July 12, 2019


The front of the laker line bus.

Meet the Laker Line!

You’re on the bus from Allendale to Grand Rapids, trying to make it to your downtown class. You are standing in the back because every seat is taken, tightly gripping a cold metal bar because even those luxurious black fabric handles have all been claimed. The bus makes stop after stop to pick up more and more gaggles of grumpy students who will have no choice but to awkwardly press their sweaty little bodies up against yours while praying for the day that we will no longer have to live this way. Behold, that day is coming! THANK YOU LAKER LINE!

Learn more about the Laker Line

July 12, 2019


student receiving a massage in the GVSU library

Baas, Books, Back Pain: How to survive the last two weeks of school

It’s upon us. You can feel a change in the air. Much like when a storm looms over the horizon or a natural disaster begins to brew, the animals are beginning to act strangely. They know what’s coming. Finals. Never fear. We here at the Student Life Weekly will tell you everything you need to know to avoid spontaneously combusting due to stress. Take a deep breath: we’re doing a deep-dive into Exam Cram.

Learn more about Exam Cram

April 15, 2019


President T. Haas headshot

T Haas is Doing WhAt?! Five reasons you should attend Haasta La Vista

The day is almost upon us, the retirement of our beloved T Haas is fast approaching and soon a hole will be left in our hearts that his gleaming smile and endless charm once filled. Before we’re left in a dark, months-long, campus-wide depression, let’s party one last time with T Haas and Marcia. You’ll never believe what he has planned...

Find out more about Haasta La Vista

April 9, 2019


Outdoor shot of GVSU Allendale campus

Laker Tips & Tricks: 5 Things Students HAVE to do Before Summer!

Are you leaving campus for the summer? Before you go, it is important to take care of these 5 things and not miss out on opportunities that will set you up for success next year. Here’s everything you need to do on campus before you can spend the next 3 months basking in the summer sun.

Click here for some things to do before summer!

April 9, 2019


GVSU students receiving balloon animals at ExtravaGRANDza

Goat Yoga and Fire Breathers?! What to expect at ExtravaGRANDza 2019

Oh no. The end of the semester is fast approaching, and that means you are overwhelmed by 5 upcoming exams, 9 papers, 17 group projects, and to top it off, you’re running out of time to hang out with friends before you all part ways for summer. Have no fear, ExtravaGRANDza is here! To find out more about this fun-filled week of events that will help you de-stress and spend time with your fellow Lakers,

Click here for more information about ExtravaGRANDza!

April 9, 2019


8 GVSU students holding a letters that spell "GVSU" at Lakerpalooza

Music and Free Food and More (Oh My!): Your Guide to Lakerpalooza 2019

Do you like live music, circus acts, drag shows, and free food? If any of these things entice you,  come to Lakerpalooza, GVSU’s very own outdoor music festival!

Click here for more details!

April 9, 2019


music artist blackbear

blackbear is a Sagittarius?! This and more you should know when buying your Spring Concert ticket

Are you beary, beary excited for this year’s Spring Concert? If you like music, dancing, and singing along at the top of your lungs, come see the one and only blackbear at GVSU this Thursday! To buy tickets and find out more information, read on!

Find out more about the concert!

April 3, 2019


Candid of students walking under Henry Hall Arch

Celebrate the Coming of Spring

At long last, the snow is gone and the sun is shining! Notice the sound of the birds chirping and the gentle breeze that blows your hair into your face. The flowers on campus are beginning to bloom, and you can see some of the first-year students come out of hibernation and cautiously leave their living-centers for the first time in months. Spring is here, so how are you going to celebrate?

Read on to find out how to enjoy the sunshine!

March 28, 2019


3 students laughing and studying at the library

Laker Tips & Tricks: How To Stay Motivated in Your Classes

Look outside. The snow is melting and the sun has returned, bringing warmth, light, and… distractions. Now that spring is here, there is so much to do on campus, and with those activities returning, it’s easy to put off your class work. Never fear, Laker Tips and Tricks is here to help you stay motivated in your classes!

Learn How to Stay Motivated

March 28, 2019


Student sitting alone at a table with a sign labeled "Single 4 life"

Forever Alone: How to Wallow in Self-Pity This Valentine’s Day

Ah, Valentine’s Day. It’s the most romantic day of the year for some and a day of misery and self-pity for the rest of us. This one goes out to all the Lakers who will be alone this February 14. Read on to find out what you can do to keep yourself occupied on Valentine’s Day and how to best wallow in your own sorrows.

Learn How To Suffer Through The Worst Holiday In The World 

February 13, 2019


GVSU couple holding signs labeled  "my bae and my boo"

What to Do With Your Boo: Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Oh no! Valentine’s Day is coming and you have no idea where to take your boo. Fear not, Lakers! There are many on-campus opportunities and amazing date options in the Allendale and Grand Rapids area. Read on to figure out how you can celebrate the big day and sweep your lover off of their feet.

Discover What To Do With Your Boo

February 13, 2019


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GVSU Leadership Summit: Learn, Grow, Lead

Calling all hard-working Lakers who are motivated, strong-willed, and destined to lead! It’s nearly time for the annual GVSU Leadership Summit, where you will have the opportunity to participate in a statewide conference that will help you grow your leadership and professional skills through a series of informative workshops and inspiring speakers. Read on to find out how you can get involved, become a better leader, and enhance your resume.

Learn how to be an Effective Leader!

February 6, 2019


Students helping to move items from a truck

His Dream Lives On: MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity

This January 26, learn about Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and give back to your community. MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity is your chance to learn about the injustices that still plague society today and participate in one of the many service projects happening throughout West Michigan.

Find out how you can get involved and make a difference.

January 23, 2019


Henry Hall Fountain in winter

Laker Tips & Tricks: Warmest Ways to Get Across Campus

Welcome to the winter semester. Yes, it’s cold. We know that with the frigid, glum winter days comes an ever-increasing lack of motivation to get out of bed in the morning. Whether it's your first winter on campus or your fourth, crossing campus in the blustering winds never seems to get any easier. Allow us to show you the warmest ways to get across campus and bump up your attendance score!

January 7, 2019


Professor helping a student

Laker Tips & Tricks: How to get your professor to love you

Welcome to a new semester. With a new semester comes new classes to enjoy, new friends to meet, and unfortunately, all of the progress that you’ve made turning your professor from intimidating megalith to normal human person with specialized knowledge is out the window. Never fear — we’re here with tips and tricks on how to get your prof to love you or at least tolerate you more than the kid next to you who smacks his gum and texts during lecture.

Read the first in a new series of articles, “Laker Tips & Tricks.”

January 7, 2019


multi colored Christmas lights

How to Have a Holly Jolly Holiday at GVSU

Are you looking to get into the holiday spirit, but you’re not sure how? Here is the ultimate list of things you can do on-campus to truly celebrate the season. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s time to deck the halls, frolic in the snow, and spend time with those you care about most.

Read more to start your holiday off right!

December 5, 2018


group of students petting a golden retriever therapy dog

Exam Cram 2018: Get Work Done and Have Some Fun!

‘Tis the season of exams, fatigue, and test anxiety! Don’t let the stress get the best of you. Check out the extensive list of stress-relieving tips, events, and activities GVSU is offering this year to help you ace your exams.

Read More about Exam Cram 2018

December 5, 2018


Come One. Come All. Save the Date for Presidents' Ball.

Coming to you, the grandest event Grand Valley has to offer: Presidents’ Ball. The big show will be held on February 1, 2019. Read on to discover the event that’s gleaming and glittering with gold and wondrous surprises for young and old.

Click here to learn more

November 29, 2018


Emma Sluiter

I am GV Profile: Emma Sluiter

Emma Sluiter is a GVSU student who demonstrates what it means to be a Laker through her leadership and compassion for those around her. Through her involvement in clubs on campus and the impact she has had as a transitions leader and through first year leadership experience, Emma has worked to make her fellow Lakers feel at home. To read more about how Emma has made a difference,

Click here to read more about Emma Sluiter!

November 29, 2018


GVSU students with their bodies painted blue spelling out "Lakers"

ANCHOR UP: how to Prepare for a Laker 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 15, 2018


Person reading and wearing gvsu diy blanket

Bundle Up, Lakers: D.I.Y. Blanket

It’s here: the cold, West Michigan weather. No matter how well prepared you are emotionally, you’ll always need another blanket to wrap yourself in like a burrito while you lie on the floor of your dorm waiting for this frigid season to end. Don’t fret! We’ll show you how to create the GV blanket of your dreams, and it’s gonna be cute, like “Pinterest goals board” cute.

Learn how to make your own.

November 15, 2018


Renzo Garza Motta

I am Grand Valley Profile: Renzo Garza Motta

Meet Renzo Garza Motta: Mentor, international student, Laker. He is one of the recipients of I am GV, a leadership recognition program. We all know Lakers who put their whole selves into what they do and into supporting their community. Through his hard work and dedication, Renzo Garza Motta shows us what a true Laker looks like.

Read more to be inspired.

November 15, 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 5, 2018


Audience and speaker during Teach-In

Sit In and Stand Up Against 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 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


Two students in blue Make A Difference Day shirt petting a black dog

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


Student walking outside with white headphones in their ears

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


art prize display in the grand rapids river

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


Table with t shirts and a banner displaying "GR 101"

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


Notebook with sticky note titled "Dream Big"

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 Volunteering Opportunities!

February 13, 2018


Dorm Room Dates logo

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