The stories can be funny, touching, poignant or historical. As part of Grand Valley's 50th anniversary celebration, students, faculty and staff, alumni and retirees are invited to share their Grand Valley memories and become part of Laker Lore.
Individuals or groups of friends can record a story with sessions taking less than 10 minutes. Stories may be about fun times shared with friends, roommates or colleagues; participation in a campus activity; or memories of an outstanding student or professor.
"Spoken history is as powerful as written history," said Teri Losey, chair of the Laker Lore committee. "These stories will not only help tell the story of Grand Valley's first 50 years, but be a lasting record for those who follow in our footsteps."
Several dates and times in October and November have been reserved to record stories, beginning October 13. Sessions are being held on the Allendale, Grand Rapids and Holland campuses, as well as at the Eberhard Center, the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences and the Lake Michigan Center in Muskegon. Dates are forthcoming for Traverse City. Participation is easy:
• Listen to the sample stories on the Laker Lore Web site
• Think of a 1 or 2 minute Grand Valley story to tell
• Register for a personal recording time
• Arrive on time for recording
To schedule a time to record, visit www.gvsu.edu/lakerlore or stop by one of the scheduled open sessions listed at the site. Selected stories will be aired on WGVU radio during the anniversary year of 2010/11 and available to listen to on the anniversary Web site. All stories will become a part of the university's archives.