Campus Programs & Traditions

Campus Programs & Traditions

Laker Traditions

Spotlight Productions

Student Senate

The biggest challenge of being on an active campus is knowing where to find what is going on. Check the following places to know what is happening.

  • Check the events listed below.
  • Visit the campus events calendar, for complete up-to-date event information.
  • Call or stop by the 2020 Information Desk located in the Kirkhof Center main lobby or at 616-331-2020.
  • Pick up a copy of the Lanthorn.
  • Read the banners in Kirkhof, posters on posting boards, and table tents located in Fresh Food and River Landing dining areas.


I am Grand Valley 
I am Grand Valley is a leadership recognition program for student leaders who are an active part of the University community. This includes student employees, student organization leaders, resident assistants, exceptional students in the classroom, etc. These students are nominated by faculty and staff and are invited to attend the I am Grand Valley Reception held in January.
For more information email or stop in the Office of Student Life.

Laker Leadership Programs 
Laker Leadership Programs provide GVSU students with training, education, and experiences which encourage growth as life-long leaders of integrity and social change within their lives, professions, and communities. Many different programs and events such as First Year Leadership Experience, Intermediate Leaders Institute, Leadership Summit, and Strengths Based Leadership Seminar and Retreat are offered! Programs are open to all Grand Valley students.

Laker Weekends 
Laker Weekends is a central event planning and marketing group for events on both the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses of Grand Valley State University. Their mission to promote events in the greater Grand Rapids area as well and to provide events that are both entertaining and enriching.

Spotlight Productions 
Spotlight Productions is a student-run programming board on the campus of Grand Valley State University bringing acts and entertainment to the student body.


August 20-22, 2014 
Transitions in an exciting program to help new students meet new people, learn their way around campus, and prepare for a successful year at Grand Valley. All first year students are expected to participate in this program in which they will gain an overall knowledge of the resources and services that Grand Valley has to offer. Students are split up into small groups and assigned a leader who will share valuable information and help them prepare before classes begin. For more information and a schedule of events visit

Campus Life Night
September 2, 2014 
Campus Life Night is a great way to learn about Grand Valleys 350+ student organizations. Join 4,000 Lakers in a one-night event filled with information and freebies from local businesses and non-profit organizations, as well as many campus resources.
For more information visit

Family Weekend
September 26-28, 2014
All Grand Valley students are encouraged to invite their families to participate in Family Weekend. Annual traditions include a pancake breakfast with the President, golf outings, 5k run/walk, farmers market, GVSU football game, as well as several other events for the whole family.
For more information visit or send your questions to

October 6-11, 2014 
Homecoming is a week of events instilling Laker pride in the Grand Valley community. These events include a homecoming concert, the crowning of our male and female homecoming regents, a lot of friendly competitions, and the GVSU football game.
For more information visit or email Laker Traditions at

Founders Day
October 23, 2014
Beginning with the inaugural Founders Day in Fall 2013, this celebration of Grand Valley's history is one of the newest traditions on campus and the main event was the unveiling of the L. William "Bill" Seidman statue in front of the Mary Idema Pew Library.
For more information visit

Make A Difference Day
Held annually, this national day of service gets Grand Valley students involved in making a difference in our community.
For more information visit or email 

Battle of the Valleys
November 9-15, 2014 
Battle of the Valleys (BOTV) is a Grand Valley tradition organized by Student Senate for a friendly fundraising competition organized with rival, Saginaw Valley. The competition takes place the week of GVSU vs. SVSU football game and the winning school is announced during half time. Each university selects their own local charity and raises money through support of students, faculty, alumni, and the surrounding community. For more information visit or contact student senate at

Sibs & Kids
January 30-31, 2015 
Sibs and Kids weekend is a longstanding tradition at Grand Valley. Students are encouraged to invite their siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, and neighbors to experience GVSU. The weekend includes crafts, games, swimming, rock climbing, sporting events, and many other activities for all ages.
For more information visit

Presidents' Ball
February 6, 2015 
Presidents Ball is a favorite tradition at Grand Valley. The evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner, and dance located at the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. Entertainment is provided by various GVSU student organizations. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time and all students are welcome.
For more information visit or email Laker Traditions at

Leadership Summit
February 21, 2015 
Leadership summit is a state-wide premier leadership conference and campus tradition entering its 16thyear. It is student-run and strives to foster leadership development for undergraduate students in multidisciplinary aspects of campus life. Composed of a dynamic keynote address, over 30 workshops to select from, a leadership case study competition sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa, and more. Leadership Summit has something to offer students at every level of leadership!
For more information visit

Intercultural Festival
March 16-21 , 2015
A week to reflect on diverse cultures represented at Grand Valley, Intercultural Festival is a great way to celebrate diversity. The festival includes displays of fashion, artwork, music, dance, language, and food from all across the world.
For more information visit