Nearly 150 people gathered at Clubhouse 66 on Thursday, Sept 4 for a pre-game tailgate in California to help the GVSU football team kick off its season vs. Azusa Pacific University. SoCal Alumni Club members, alumni from Las Vegas and Arizona attended along with many parents of players, family, and friends of the university from all over the United States attended, even as far as Hawaii!
University President Tom Haas and Tim Selgo spoke at the tailgate event. GVSU took on Azusa Pacific at 6 p.m. PST and lost the game in double overtime. For more information on Laker football and athletics go to: www.gvsulakers.com.
Traverse City alumni club leaders hosted area alumni at the Mission Table Tasting Room on August 21, 2014. The group sipped local beer and wine, enjoyed delectable nosh and discussed the importance of financially supporting their alma mater. The club also recorded a congratulations video to the graduating class of fall 2014, which will be played at the Toast with T. Haas event - an event for GV seniors hosted by the university president - in November.
Alumni returned to campus on August 19, 2014 to help more than 4,000 freshmen and their families move on to campus during welcome week. Students were assisted by 132 volunteers during morning and afternoon shifts at various living centers. The group also filled out cards with their best advice for first year students.
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
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.
Vote for our spirit station to win $500 for GVSU students before May 23. https://www.53riverbankrun.com/spirit-competition.php (Please vote once, or a few times. Excessive voting will disqualify GVSU from the prize)
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.