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During her time at Grand Valley State University, Natalie Bush took full advantage of all that the university had to offer. She was highly involved with student government as a member and Executive Vice President of the Student Senate. Bush was also a founder of several academic fraternities and an active member of numerous student life organizations. Bush graduated in 2010 with a Business Administration degree in Management with an emphasis in Human Resources Management.
“Grand Valley is different from other universities because it treats its students as more than just a number,” she said. “Grand Valley provides top educational programs, resources, and opportunities to make sure that their students know they are an asset to the university.”
Recently, Bush was hired as the Human Resources Assistant for Battle Creek Public Schools. Bush credits her Grand Valley mentors, Star Swift and Maggie McCrystal, for preparing her for a job after graduation. They helped to guide her down the right career path and provided her with independent study and internship opportunities.
“The professors truly invest in their students,” Bush said. “They invested their knowledge, time, and overall interest in me as a student and as a person.”
Now as an alumna, Bush felt it was important to support her alma mater by making a gift to the L. William Seidman Center and Mary Idema Pew Learning and Information Commons.
“I decided to give to the Seidman Center because I had an inside connection with the business school having been a student myself,” she said. “I also was very touched by Seidman’s story. The new center will make not only my degree worth more, but future students’ degrees as well.”
According to Bush, she gives back to Grand Valley to preserve its top-notch image as a low cost, innovative institution. Bush knows first-hand how quickly Grand Valley is growing and wants to make sure that future students have the same great experience that she had.
“I give back to Grand Valley because I want to make a return on the investment on the education I received. It’s my way of saying thank you to the university that has given me so many life skills, business skills, and Laker pride.”