Team Members

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Alyssa Smith
Overall Chair

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

Chelsea Button
Volunteer Coordinator

Chelsea'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!" - Chelsea

Tyler Ziola
Social Media and Promotions Coordinator

Promotions and social media are on-going tasks for coordinator, Tyler. 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!

Zach Morford
Laker Weekends Coordinator

As Laker Weekends Coordinator, it is Zach's job to find and create events for students to partake in on the weekends. Zach states, "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."

Erika Noth
Laker for a Lifetime Kickoff Coordinator
Laker Remembrance Co-Coordinator

Erika is the coordinator behind the Laker for a Lifetime Kickoff. "This tradition is designed to introduce the incoming freshman to Grand Valley with some fun! This year the kickoff is a street party, immediately following Hooray! (part of the Transitions program). This tradition is a great way to meet some new people and make friends, all while having fun at the same time!" - Erika

CJ Wondergem
Family Weekend Coordinator

As the coordinator for Family Weekend, CJ is responsible for helping plan all of the weekend's events, including a 5k run/walk, Pancakes with the President, a football game, tours, entertainment, and more! Family Weekend is a perfect opportunity to come visit your Grand Valley student.

Ellerie Ambrose
Homecoming Coordinator

"Homecoming is a time when the entirety of the school comes together as one, heightening the sense of pride in the school through the enjoyment of traditional activities throughout the week leading up to the most revered GV October activity, the homecoming football game." - Ellerie

Alicia Arnold
Battle of the Valleys Coordinator

Battle of the Valleys is a long-time tradition at GV but has been completely remastered this year! "This year we are raising money for the non-profit organization S.P.O.R.T.S. This organization donates sports equipment and money to underprivileged kids, giving them a greater opportunity to participate in sports. This year we are going to have a week of different events to get students and alumni involved. GO GV!" - Alicia

Kelsey Rice
Sibs N Kids Coordinator

"The Sibs 'N Kids weekend provides students an opportunity to showcase their fantastic campus life to their siblings. It is a great way to make all siblings, of any age, feel like a Laker for a Lifetime!" - Kelsey

Emma Moulton
Presidents' Ball Coordinator

"Hosted by the President of Grand Valley and the President of Student Senate, President's Ball is a night where students, faculty, and alumni come together to share an elegant night of dinner and dancing. President's Ball is an unique event that has been around for 28 years, what was once held in Kirkhof is now located downtown at the DeVos Center where over 4,000 attend." - Emma

Alex Burkholz
Intercultural Festival Coordinator

"Intercultural Festival is an opportunity for student organizations, academic departments, faculty, and more to come together to express their individual cultures and celebrate their rich heritages, along with diversity. The Intercultural Festival is a chance to bring them all together and celebrate the diversity at Grand Valley!" - Alex 


New April Tradition Coordinator

The new April tradition, which remains to be announced, will be a chance to close out the school year and celebrate the start of summer!

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John Chadwick
Laker Remembrance Co-Coordinator

As a new tradition in 2013, John is "planning this tradition as a way to honor the Lakers who have passed in previous years, celebrate the lives they led, and show what it means to be a Laker for a Lifetime."

Kristin Krause
Event Assistant

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Jenna Stoken
Event Assistant


Page last modified December 16, 2013