We are the Office of Student Life

We are professionals that are dedicated to empowering students to effectively engage with their communities through intentionally designed and inclusive programs, services, and environments. Both our student and full-time staff value inclusiveness, personal responsibility, community, sustainability, collaboration, and innovation; these shared values inform everything we do as we foster learning, development, wellness, and success for students at Grand Valley State University.

A group photo of the Office of Student Life staff.


Our Mission and Vision

Mission

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.

Vision

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
Kelly Arrand arrandke@gvsu.edu Promotions Office Coordinator View
Melissa Baker-Boosamra bakerbme@gvsu.edu Associate Director of Student Life View
Kayla Bucci s_buccik@gvsu.edu Graduate Assistant for Fraternity & Sorority Life View
Cindy Driesenga drieseci@gvsu.edu Secretary View
Karo Ekpokpobe-Akinyemi s_akinyo@gvsu.edu Graduate Assistant of Student Organizations and Leadership Development View
Valerie Guzman guzmanv@gvsu.edu Associate Director of Student Life View
Tami John johnt@gvsu.edu Event Services Assistant View
Caroline Murray s_murrac@gvsu.edu Graduate Assistant for Programming View
Ryan Neloms nelomsry@gvsu.edu Assistant Director of Event Services View
Bobby Nielsen nielsebo@gvsu.edu Marketing & Promotions Office Video Manager View
Valerie Palmer palmerv@gvsu.edu Student Life Assistant View
Kellie Pnacek-Carter pnacek-k@gvsu.edu Assistant Director of Event Services View
Eric Stevens stevene1@gvsu.edu Assistant Director of Student Organizations View
Bob Stoll stollb@gvsu.edu Associate Dean for Student Life View
LeaAnn Tibbe tibbel@gvsu.edu Associate Director of Student Life View