The Young Alumni Council hosted it's largest holiday event to date at the Van Andel Arena for the Grand Rapids Griffins game on December 13, 2013. The group gathered in a private reception room prior to the game, sporting their ugliest holiday attire. Event attendees voted on the most spirited outfits by introducing themselves and leaving stickers on the sweaters of their choice. After happy hour, the group of more than 100 people headed to their seats to watch the Grand Rapids Griffins defeat the Milwaukee Admirals.
Metro-Detroit alumni decked in their ugliest holiday attire celebrated the season with their Holiday Brews & Ugly Sweater Party on December 7, 2013 at Rochester Mills Beer Company. More than 40 alumni attended that festive event and participated in an ugly sweater contest, and holiday themed minute to win it games. Several new graduates and first time attendees enjoyed making connections with Metro Detroit Lakers. The next alumni event will be Community Outreach Week taking place at the end of March.
Laker alumni from nine institutions, one headquarters, one association management company, nine states and eight international membership affiliations of Greek Life reunited at the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) in Orlando, Florida during their annual meeting. The event took place on December 6, 2013 and higher education leaders discussed their favorite Grand Valley memories while catching up on the latest industry trends.
President T. Haas helps celebrate the journey taken as a Laker for a Lifetime, escorting the senior class into alumni status and into a new relationship with Grand Valley State University.
A few thousand soon-to-be alumni filtered through the semi-annual GradFest to gear up for graduation and celebrate their accomplishments. Students picked up their cap & gown, commencement tickets and graduation gift from the Alumni Association and were visited by Louie the Laker. Grads got the chance to capture their special moments with professional photography, and they also picked up their official "Laker for a Lifetime" pennant, a congratulatory gift from GVSU Alumni Relations. Graduates also received information about their free membership to the Alumni Association and all the benefits & services of being an alumnus.
Alumni share first-hand information about what it is like to work in their particular field with students who have not yet decided upon a major or are contemplating a major change at the 2013 Academic Majors Fair, an event co-sponsored by GVSU Academic Advising and the Alumni Relations Office.
Grand Valley education alumni professionals lead the various roundtable sessions and provide insight into elementary and secondary environments.
The GVSU African American Alumni Association hosts a panel discussion, "Taking Your Dreams To The Next Level," that helps teach students about the importance of living their dreams and choosing careers based on their gifts, talents and passion.
Fellow alumni and KCON faculty recognize faculty and staff as they moving to retirement and the introduction of new faculty members.