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


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


Leadership attendees posing for a photo at a table

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


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


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 Student Life employees wearing 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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