Dozens of alumni and GVSU faculty and staff volunteered during the April GradFest events in anticipation of spring commencement. More than 2,000 graduating students filtered through the designated spaces in Allendale (Monday & Tuesday) and Pew Grand Rapids (Wednesday & Thursday), which prepared them for the ceremony. Volunteers gave students information about staying connected after graduation with programs and events offered by the GVSU Alumni Association.
The Tampa Alumni club hosted one of its most well attended events to date. The group attended a pre-game mixer before heading over to Joker Merchant stadium on March 23, 2014. There was great synergy in the stands, as well, as alumni - ranging from 1972 to 2013 - shared stories and even started truly talking as friends and making future plans. Also, alumnus and current Jacksonville Jaguar Cam Bradfield made an appearance to the surprise of some Lakers.
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.
Seattle area alumni had the chance to catch up over food and drinks at Purple Café & Wine Bar. Club Leader, Eric Maino, ’05, and GVSU representatives LeaAnn Tibbe, ’00 & ‘05 and Sue Willemsen were on board to bring a piece of GVSU to the Emerald City while providing the latest University updates.
The NYC alumni club celebrated the start of 2014 with a reception at The Hill. A loyal group of alums discussed Grand Valley over food and drinks and planned their annual Community Outreach Week project.
On Saturday, February 8th, the GVSU Hockey team held its annual alumni hockey game at the Georgetown Ice Arena. This year's game featured 27 former players dating as far back as 1997. Players traveled from around Michigan and Indiana to participate in the annual event which was topped off by the Division 2 Laker Hockey team beating Central Michigan.
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GVSU Laker alumni gathered from across the state of Florida to enjoy great company and cheer on the Detroit Redwings as they took on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Over 25 alumni and friends came together - including members of Grand Valley's pioneer class - and shared stories of yesteryear, while also catching up on current happenings in each others' lives and at their alma mater.
Tampa Bay area alums are looking forward to upcoming events including the Sarasota Area Alumni Reception and a Community Outreach Week Project in the coming months.
Creative minds gathered at the Meijer Regency Room at the Pew Campus to discuss innovation, entrepreneurship and how to bring their ideas to life. Panelists from area companies discussed successes and challenges in their careers. Followers of the @GVSUalum twitter account joined the discussion via #GVtweetUP. The group enjoyed conversations and cocktails while making valuable connections. The event was also streamed online.
The 2014 panel consisted of: Felip Ballesteros, '12 - Marketing Director of GR Current, Mark Holzbach - Co-founder and Chief Technology officer at Zebra Imaging, Mandy Cech, '12 - Marketing & Communications manager at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and Daniel Estrada, '05 - Portfolio Manager at Spectrum health with a background in software development.