The first ever alumni fundraiser event took place on August 7, 2014 at the L. William Seidman Center. Rockin’ on the River, an 80s themed event, hosted more than 100 alumni and friends of the university, including special guests President Emeritus Don Lubbers and his wife Nancy. Dan Hosford, ’02 was the emcee and discussed the impact of alumni whose ticket event ticket purchases supported the Pathways Scholarship Fund. Attendees mingled on the patio of the L. William Seidman Center and danced to the music of 80's cover band Rocket 8. More than $1,400 was raised to support the Pathways Scholarship Fund.
Costume contest winners:
Most Rad Male Costume:
1st place - Bob Mitchell
2nd place - Dan Hosford
Most Rad Female Costume
1st place - Christen Fox
2nd place - Christy Holt
For more information about the Pathways Scholarship Fund go to: https://www.gvsu.edu/giving/pathway-scholarships-info-365.htm
On Friday, July 25, the 17th Corky Meinecke Memorial Golf Tournament was held at The Meadows at Grand Valley State (CORKY XVII). Corky, a GVSU graduate, was a sports writer for the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Bay City Times and Grand Rapids Press. Corky and his wife Valerie raised three children, whose college educations were the primary reason this tournament was developed through the GVSU Alumni Relations just months after his passing in 1997.
For several years proceeds from the golf fees, silent raffle and auction have been passed along by the Meinecke family to continue funding the Corky Meinecke Memorial Scholarship at GVSU. This year, 62 golfers raised $3,500 for the scholarship.
The Metro Detroit Alumni Club enjoyed a fun-filled summer picnic at Stony Creek Metro Park. Alumni enjoyed playing lawn games and eating delicious picnic style food while sharing Laker traditions with one another.
The Alumni Association held its annual GVSU Alumni Golf Outing on July 19, 2014. It was a picture perfect day at the Meadows Golf Course on the Allendale campus where 82 golfers and 16 volunteers participated in the festivities. After playing the 18-hole scramble, the group headed over to the Alumni House for a post-game feast. Dozens of prizes were handed out and gifts were awarded to the top three performing teams. Save the date for the Homecoming Alumni Golf Outing on October 11, 2014 at the Meadows.
Alumni family and friends attended the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game on July 16, 2014. More than 150 people enjoyed an all you can eat buffet before the game and then cheered the team on to a victory. Afterward, fireworks lit up the sky for the Laker group to enjoy. Learn more about Young Alumni events & Programming: http://gvsu.edu/alumni/young-alumni-14.htm
University Communications and Alumni Relations hosted an event for current students and alumni who are twins. There are 101 sets of twins enrolled at Grand Valley, more than half came to the event.
This award winning week of service is aimed at uniting Lakers from around the globe in providing volunteer support and outreach to their communities in ways meaningful to each individual or group. This is a joint effort between the GVSU Alumni Association and the Community Service Learning Center. Volunteering has no boundaries. To broaden our Laker impact, all alumni Clubs and Chapters, students, as well as faculty/staff are encouraged to coordinate and/or participate in a community service project during this week in the name of Grand Valley.
The School of Public Nonprofit and Health Administration alumni chapter celebrated the founding of its new organization on March 11, 2014. The group welcomed 52 attendees to the Grand Rapids Brewing Company. The crowd was introduced to the new chapter leaders and professor Dan Balfour gave an update on the recent developments from the SPNHA program. This event encouraged networking and financial participation to the university.
Thirteen Laker alumni and parents attended a reception in São Paulo Brazil on March 8, 2014. The group enjoyed talking about GVSU and celebrating a mini reunion with President Tom Haas and his wife Marcia. Some of the attendees discussed participating in Community Outreach Week.