About Us

What is your mission?

As a department of the Office of Student Life, the Laker Traditions team carries a simple mission to foster community at Grand Valley State University and wants students to feel like active, engaged members of the Laker family. Whether it's joining us at one of our monthly traditions, or enjoying a Laker Weekends event, we want you to know you're a Laker for a Lifetime.

What is your purpose? What events do you host?

Laker Traditions was developed to align all of Grand Valley's traditions under one programming body to streamline their planning processes and to create opportunities for undergraduate students get involved with more campus programming. Traditions oversees the coordination of the Laker for a Lifetime Kickoff, Founder's Day, Family Weekend, Homecoming, Battle of the Valleys, Sibs N Kids Weekend, Presidents' Ball, Intercultural Festival, and the newest tradition at Grand Valley, ExtravaGRANDza.

Zach Morford

Zach Morford

Overall Chair

As the Overall Chair, Zach is responsible for supervising all of the coordinators on the Laker Traditions team. His mission is to ensure each tradition is planned and executed flawlessly for the entire year.


Rebecca Noell

Volunteer Coordinator

Rebecca's duties as Volunteer Coordinator include recruiting, enlisting, and managing our team of volunteer staff. "These volunteers are stationed throughout our events helping in countless ways, from running booths, taking photos, set-up and clean-up, just to name a few. Our traditions would not be possible without our incredible volunteer staff!"

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Tyler Ziola

Promotions Coordinator

Promotions and social media are on-going tasks for our coordinator. He is responsible for ensuring that each and every student on Grand Valley's campus knows about every tradition happening this year. He is also responsible for making sure that each event has live and post social media coverage!


Sean O'Melia

Laker Weekends Coordinator

As Laker Weekends Coordinator, it is Sean's job to find and create events for students to partake in on the weekends. "The purpose of this lasting tradition is to help students feel connected to Grand Valley, as well as offer a way for them to have fun and relieve stress."


Marissa Pulsipher

Core Team Assistant


Family Weekend

Caitlin Perlotto - Coordinator (Left)

Zoie Williams - Assistant (Right)




Brandon Fitzgerald - Coordinator (Left)

Amy Hallochak - Coordinator (Right)



Founders Day

Alica Arnold - Coordinator (Left)

Lois Rosinski - Assistant (Right)



Battle of the Valleys

Bethan Angell - Coordinator (Left)

Brandi Barno - Assistant (Right)



Sibs N Kids

Bethan Angell - Coordinator (Left)

Brandi Barno - Assistant (Right)



Presidents' Ball

Emma Moulton - Coordinator (Left)

Terrell Couch - Assistant (Right)



Intercultural Festival

Anthony Clemons - Coordinator (Left)


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Darcy Sempert - Coordinator (Left)

Marisa Riddle - Assistant (Right)