Grand Valley celebrates Founders Day

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The campus community celebrated the founding of Grand Valley with a full day of events and activities October 23.

President Thomas J. Haas celebrated with students by handing out cupcakes at Fresh Food Company and Kleiner Commons. The Lake Marching Band played at noon by the Cook Carillon Tower.

There was also a 282-flag display on the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses to recognize Grand Valley’s 282 founders. A trail on both campuses included facts about Founders Day.

October 25 is the day L. William “Bill” Seidman convened a meeting in 1960 to organize a group effort to raise the $1 million required to receive legislative support to build a four-year college in the Grand Rapids area. In 1963, Grand Valley State College enrolled its first 226 students.

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