Entrepreneur is keynote at leadership reception

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A professional photographer and entrepreneur in Grand Rapids will be the keynote speaker at the Venderbush Leadership Reception Monday, November 3. The biannual event recognizes student leadership on campus.

Skip Cerier is founder of four photography-related businesses, including Graduation Foto, Grand Valley’s commencement photography vendor since 1978.

The reception is set for 2-4 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, room 2204. RSVP online at www.gvsu.edu/leadership.

Cerier’s newest start-up company, Greener Grads, recovers and repurposes graduation gowns, preventing them from going into landfills. He has also participated in 11 start-up companies. 

At the reception, new members of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society will be recognized and the Student Organization Center will present the Immediate Impact Award, which is awarded to an exceptional student leader. 

The reception is named after Kenneth R. Venderbush, who came to Grand Valley in 1969 and served as associate professor, dean of William James College and vice president of Student Affairs during his time at the university. He was a strong advocate of student leadership participation as a learning tool.