60 for 60

Your memories of GVSU

logo for 60th anniversary

Grand Valley has a history of exploration, grit and resolve — the students of the 1960s took a chance on the university in a cornfield. In the decades that followed, Grand Valley forged ahead, constantly growing and evolving — successfully engaging student interest while simultaneously serving the broader community.

As we look to what’s next, we recognize those who have come before us. We honor the first students, visionary founders, accomplished learners, dedicated faculty and staff, and generous supporters of GVSU. We celebrate their stories and how they made Grand Valley possible by establishing the foundation of our essence, our strength, and our ability to fulfill our mission.

Tell Your GVSU Story

It's a simple concept with a lot of meaning. 60 people sharing a 60-second story about their experiences at Grand Valley, or sharing a story about the university. President Philomena V. Mantella introduces the project in a video, at right.

University Communications is producing a series of 60 short videos to highlight the untold stories of our University. This project will feature people of all backgrounds who have contributed in different ways to shape the university into what it is today.  Through this series of short video stories, we will showcase the talent of this community as well as the demonstrated commitment of so many people that has been expressed in many ways.

Your story is an important part of this rich history. Please fill out this form for a chance to be featured. 


Untold Stories in 60 Seconds

Pick and choose from these stories, or watch the 60 for 60 Playlist of all videos.

Lubbers: first major gift

Murray: 9/11

Haas on T-Haas

President Philomena V. Mantella

President Philomena V. Mantella

Jill Hinton Wolfe

Jill Hinton Wolfe, military and veterans resource manager

Michael Scantlebury

Michael Scantlebury, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management

Nathan Kemler

Nathan Kemler, director of galleries and collections

Gregg Dimkoff

Gregg Dimkoff, professor of finance

Murray: artist/alumnus Hubert Massey

George Grant

George Grant, former dean of CCPS

Dale Schriemer

Dale Schriemer, professor of music

Chasity Bailey-Fakhoury

Chasity Bailey-Fakhoury, associate professor of education

Paola León

Paola León, associate professor of social work

Paige Johnston

Paige Johnston, first-year student and Laker track athlete.

Kevin Howell

Kevin Howell, mailroom services staff

Kate Stoetzner

Kate Stoetzner, director of international student and scholar services

Jack Lindsay, '18

Jack Lindsey, project coordinator for VentureSource

V'Lecea Hunter

V'Lecea Hunter, senior director, diverse populations and retention initiatives

Nicole Gustin

Nicole Gustin, '16 and '18, adjunct faculty of nursing

Cynthia Sonderegger Smith

Cynthia Sonderegger Smith, associate professor of education

Chris Barbee

Chris Barbee, '88, director of alumni relations

Phillip Todd

Phillip Todd, '18 and '21, student success coach of diverse populations

Annie Jacobs

Annie Jacobs, '67, member of the first graduating class

LeaAnn Tibbe

LeaAnn Tibbe, retired associate director of student life

Matt McLogan

Matt McLogan, vice president for University Relations

Julianne Vanden Wyngaard

Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, retired carillonneur, talks about the carillons on the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses.

Connie Dang

Connie Dang, senior inclusion and equity officer

Bobby Springer

Bobby Springer, associate director of Veterans Upward Bound

Tim Selgo

Tim Selgo, retired athletic director

Megan S. Rydecki

Megan S. Rydecki, '07 and '09, chair of GVSU Board of Trustees

James Moyer

James Moyer, retired associate vice president for Facilities Planning

Tim Thimmesch

Tim Thimmesch, retired associate vice president for Facilities Services

Tony Beachler

Tony Beachler, '93, and the advent of the fight song

Lynn 'Chick' Blue

Lynn 'Chick' Blue, retired special advisor to the president

Bill Lucksted

Bill Lucksted, director, Facilities Services Grand Rapids and Regional Centers

Keri Becker

Keri Becker, director of Athletics

Jerry Baltes

Jerry Baltes, head track and field coach

Brandon DeHaan

Brandon DeHaan, director of Public Safety and chief of police

B. Donta Truss

B. Donta Truss, vice president for Enrollment Development and Educational Outreach

Damon Arnold

Damon Arnold, director, Laker Academic Success Center

Corey Anton

Corey Anton, professor of communication studies

Sherry Bouwman

Sherry Bouwman, University Communications assistant

Lubbers: DeVos Center

Henry Matthews

Henry Matthews, inaugural director of Art Galleries and Collections

Alan Steinman

Alan Steinman, director of the Annis Water Resources Center

Judy Williams

Judy Williams, affiliate faculty of school counseling

Tara Bivens

Tara Bivens, senior benefits manager

Mark Schaub

Mark Schaub, dean of Brooks College

Jodi Chycinski

Jodi Chycinski, associate vice president, director of admissions

Nykia Gaines

Nykia Gaines, assistant vice president for federal TRIO programs

Scott Whisler

Scott Whisler, senior project manager

Dottie Barnes

Dottie Barnes, associate director of news, University Communications

Binh Ha

Binh Ha, ’21, MPA

Kim Schmidt

Kim Schmidt, '88 and '00, director of athletics giving

Roger Ellis

Roger Ellis, professor of theater