We are the Office of Student Life


The GVSU Office of Student Life empowers students to effectively engage with their communities through intentionally designed and inclusive programs, services and environments. Student Life fosters learning, development, wellness, and success for students at Grand Valley State University.

A group photo of the Office of Student Life staff.


The OSL strives to engage students in a variety of experiences that will offer opportunities for personal growth and development, balanced with academics. Through the many programs, services and leadership opportunities offered, students are provided with a collaborative environment to gain skills that will shape their lives, their professions and their societies.

Our Values

INCLUSIVENESS | Providing environments where the unique voices of all are included, engaged, and supported.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY | Expecting integrity, honesty, and accountability at all times.

COMMUNITY | Engaging students in active leadership and service; celebrating campus rituals and traditions; preparing students to contribute their talents within a global society.

SUSTAINABILITY | Modeling responsible use of human, fiscal, and natural resources.

COLLABORATION | Partnering with students, faculty, staff, and external constituents in order to realize shared goals.

INNOVATION | Fostering critical and creative thought to continually strengthen our programs, services, and environments.

Staff Directory

First Name Last Name Email Title
Shyceka Armstrong armstrsh@gvsu.edu Event Services Assistant View
Melissa Baker-Boosamra bakerbme@gvsu.edu Associate Director of Student Life for Civic Engagement & Assessment View
Dylan Barron s_barrondy@gvsu.edu Graduate Assistant for Fraternity & Sorority Life View
Justin Brown s_brownju5@gvsu.edu Graduate Assistant for Fraternity & Sorority Life View
Phillip Brzezinski s_brzeziph@gvsu.edu Graduate Assistant for Civic Engagement View
Cindy Driesenga drieseci@gvsu.edu Secretary View
Leah Erben erbenle@gvsu.edu Marketing Communications Coordinator View
Katie Garrett garretka@gvsu.edu Assistant Director of Programming View
Valerie Guzman guzmanv@gvsu.edu Director of Student Life View
Jenna Mazurek s_mazureje@gvsu.edu Graduate Assistant for Programming View
Chad Novak s_novakcha@gvsu.edu Graduate Assistant for Programming View
Valerie Palmer palmerv@gvsu.edu Student Life Assistant View
Jeremy Paul pauljer@gvsu.edu Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life View
Kellie Pnacek-Carter pnacek-k@gvsu.edu Associate Director, Kirkhof Center and Event Services View
Bri Slager slagerbr@gvsu.edu Assistant Director of Student Organizations View
Nick Smith smithni7@gvsu.edu Assistant Director of Event Services View
Olivia Witsaman s_witsamol@gvsu.edu Graduate Assistant of Student Organizations and Leadership Development View

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