Kevin Michael Schmitz, '06, to receive the 2009 GVSU Young Alumni Award.
Schmitz is a professional advertising and editorial fashion photographer in Los Angeles and New York. He is the principle/founder of Kevin Michael Schmitz Photography, specializing in location lighting, digital imaging and large scale production. Kevin Michael photographs magazine spreads, fashion lookbooks, advertising campaigns, fine art pieces, documentary spreads, album covers, and is branching into celebrity fashion photography. His high-profile work has been published in eight national and international magazines within the past year.
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Young Alumni Picnic on the Plaza and Fireworks Fete - September 11
Join GVSU Young Alumni, families and friends for a Picnic on the Plaza & Firework Fete. Enjoy lawn games and a boxed picnic dinner in the DeVos Center grassy courtyard area. Bring blankets and chairs for true picnic style dining. Following dinner & games, head to the Eberhard Center riverfront area for a private VIP view of the Celebration on the Grand fireworks.
7:30 p.m. - Picnic meal
Dusk - Celebration on the Grand Fireworks
Cost to attend is $10 per adult (get tix) or $5 per child under 12 (get tix). Please RSVP by September 4.
Laker Football Tailgate Party - September 12
Join us September 12 for the 2009 Laker football home opener versus SVSU. Cost is just $5 per person and includes DJ entertainment, face painting, food and beverages and insider information from special guests President Thomas J. Haas, Athletic Director Tim Selgo, and Seidman College of Business Dean H. James Williams. Sign up by September 5 (football tickets
5 - 6:30 p.m. - Tailgate Party
7 p.m. - Kickoff
Homecoming 2009 - Laker Round Up!
Callin' all Laker Cowboys and Cowgirls...saddle up and mosey on back to Allendale for Laker Roundup, Homecoming 2009. Visit www.gvsu.edu/homecoming for full details.
WANTED - VOLUNTEERS:
We need your help. Many volunteer opportunities are available for Homecoming Saturday, including facilitating tours of the Alumni House and Visitor Center, assisting with registration and entertainment at the Alumni Tailgater, or helping with the Pancake Breakfast. All volunteers will receive a FREE tshirt and complimentary admission to the alumni tailgater. Get further details an sign up for a shift today!
GVSU Ranked Top Up-and-Coming School
Grand Valley State University has been ranked the top "up and coming" institution in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in its prestigious Best Colleges 2010 publication. Also, for the fourth year in a row, Grand Valley was selected as one of "America's Best Colleges" in the same report. Grand Valley ranked 36th in the "Best Universities -- Master's" category. Full Story...
Advance Your Career
Are you looking for a job or to make a career move? Need to update your skills or advice for a big interview? Let your alma mater help! Your Grand Valley experience doesn't end when you receive your diploma - that's just the first step. Offering a host of resources, let the GVSU Alumni Association be your lifelong partner as you travel down your career path.
Career Services - From helping you build your first resume, to coaching you on how to evaluate a job offer, to assisting with career changes, experts are available to assist you at each step of your job search.
Networking Opportunities - Stay connected to fellow alumni and the University through networking tools provided by the Alumni Association, such as the GVSU Alumni LinkedIn Group - now with a Job Board!
LakerJobs - Receive free access to web-based job listings, resume referrals and on-line registration for on-campus interviewing.
The GVSU Alumni Association will bestow its Young Alumni and Alumni Service Awards at an October 3 luncheon held during family weekend. Kevin Michael Schmitz, '06 (see sidebar), Photographer, will receive the second GVSU Young Alumni Award. Steve Carlson, '78, and
Dave Radel, '02, will be honored with the Alumni Service Award. All three recipients will be honored by President Haas during the Laker football game later that evening. Please RSVP by September 27.
Alumni Artists to Compete for World's Largest Art Prize
A host of talented GVSU alumni artists are scheduled to exhibit at venues throughout downtown Grand Rapids during ArtPrize
September 23 - October 10. Grand Valley graduates will compete against artists from around the world for prizes totalling nearly half a million dollars, including $250,000 for the artist who receives the most public votes. ArtPrize will have no formal jury, curator or judge. The public will decide winners by voting online or from mobile devices. So, come on out and vote for your fellow GVSU graduates! More info...
Help us promote you! If you are an alumni artist participating in ArtPrize but not listed in our promotions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share Career Advice With Students - November 4
Want to help students get a jump on their career path? Then volunteer at the Academic Major Fair on November 4, and share advice and information about your career with students who are undecided about or considering switching majors (view video
). Shift times are available in one or more hour blocks between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested in participating, please forward your resume or bio and the times that you are available to email@example.com.
Former Thomas Jefferson College Performance Theater Group Returns to GVSU
United Stage, the performance theater group of Thomas Jefferson College (a former GVSU cluster college) returned to the GVSU Pew Campus August 5-8. The performers, including former United Stage instructor Bob Moyer, engaged in four days of workshops culminating with a performance of the story theater and theater game activities they reenacted while in college. The performance entitled United Stage Revisited was preceded by a wine and cheese reception and attracted nearly 80 fellow TJC and William James College alumni, many who hadn't seen each other in over 30 years. Attendees came from all over the state of Michigan and from as far as California, Arizona, North Carolina, Louisiana, Florida, New Jersey and Illinois. They plan to host a similar reunion during GVSU's 50th anniversary celebration in 2010.
A record number of alumni volunteers returned to campus on Tuesday, August 25 to help incoming freshman move into their campus residences. Nearly 80 alumni volunteered their time and welcomed freshman and their families to campus offering a helping-hand and experience-based advice during an exciting and emotional time.
Remember the start of the academic year - reuniting with friends, trips to Meijer, the writing of research papers? Unfortunately with that also comes the tuition bill! As state funding to GVSU shrinks, students are shouldering more of the financial burden of higher education. Currently, 70% of GVSU students are dependant on some type of financial assistance. When paychecks, academic scholarships, and grants aren’t enough, our generous alumni have stepped in to offer financial assistance through need-based scholarships, just one of the programs supplemented by the Grand Valley Fund
. Thank you to the 5,400 alumni who gave to Grand Valley last year to make this possible. Learn more...
President Haas Gives Annual Start of School Address
President Haas and other Convocation speakers welcomed new students to GVSU on Friday, August 28, during the traditional start to the academic year. His remarks at Convocation followed an opening address earlier in the day to about 400 faculty and staff members. At the start of his fourth year at Grand Valley, Haas said the state’s economic outlook may have changed but the university’s values have stayed consistent. “In the past three years our mission has guided our actions and our decisions — all of which are built on the values of Grand Valley State University." He said his top priorities remain to secure funding for construction of the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons and to remind state legislators of their responsibility to invest in this state. "Public education is integral to a vibrant and robust economy,” Haas
said. “I challenge our legislators by reminding them that they have a moral obligation to nurture that asset.” Full Story...
Lakers Travel to Texas to Kick Off the Fall Sports Season
GVSU alumni, staff, parents, and fans traveled to Canyon, Texas August 27-30 for the first Laker football and volleyball games of the season. The travel contingent met up with Texas-area alumni for three days of fun, including dinner at the famous Texan Big Steak House, a cowboy breakfast with the football team, and a Texas-style tailgater on August 29 with over 100 guests! The volleyball team won 3 of their 4 matches (get results
) and the football team defeated West Texas A&M 37-23 (full details), kicking this year's Fall sports season off right!
Oliver Wilson, dean of Multicultural Affairs at Grand Valley State University, died Monday, August 31, following a nearly three-year battle with cancer. He was 44. Wilson was named dean of the Office of Multicultural Affairs in 2003. Prior to that, he worked for Grand Valley's Admissions office and had served as its associate director of minority recruitment. He joined Grand Valley's staff in 1997. Full story...
Accounting Scholarship Golf Outing - September 23
The GVSU Accounting Alumni & Friends organization is now heading up the Don Klein Golf Outing and this year will host the 11th annual outing with a new name, The Accounting Scholarship Golf Outing.
September 5 - Indianapolis Club Laker Football Game - Join Indy Club Leader Jennifer Poad-Baker, '92, and other Indianapolis-based Laker fans to cheer on the GVSU football team at the University of Indianapolis. Enjoy tailgating fare, and get your game ticket for only $10. Tailgate at 4:30 p.m., Kickoff at 6 p.m. RSVP.
September 6 - Tampa Club MLB Outing - Join Tampa Club Leader Tara Crow, '97 and fellow Tampa area alumni & friends for a pre-game party and one last baseball game of the summer! Pre-game party will begin at noon at Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill (right across from the stadium). Game-time is 1:38 p.m. SOLD OUT!
October 22 - Accounting Alumni & Friends Reunion - Accounting alumni are invited to reconnect with former classmates, faculty and staff, and make new connections at this annual reception. Food, beer and wine will be served. There will also be door prize drawings beginning at 6:30 p.m. RSVP
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