The Laker Effect is the collective impact of the Grand Valley State University community on individual students, West Michigan, our state, and beyond. It's a force for positive change.
Share the effect Grand Valley has had on you and the impact you, in turn, have made through research, service, creating something, solving a problem, volunteering, advocating, etc. Use the hashtag #GVLakerEffect on social media to share your pictures and videos with the rest of the Laker community. Or, you can share your story here.
Digital Media Skills Allow Student to Help Elephant Sanctuary
Spencer Rohatynski, a senior majoring in public relations and multimedia journalism, spent several weeks in Thailand to help raise awareness of the sanctuary.
Laker is the Michigan Teacher of the Year
Luke Wilcox, '06, was honored as the state's Teacher of the Year for 2017-18. He teaches mathematics at East Kentwood High School in West Michigan.
Volunteering for #GVcow @ElesPlaceGR, a healing center for grieving children & teens. #GVLakerEffect
"The faculty members have made a huge difference. I have definitely gotten a lot of one-on-one time with them and I can think of three or four who have influenced my career path." - Emily Noordyke, biology major, honors student
"I chose to attend Grand Valley because of the high importance they give to the science programs here. The facilities are really high-tech." - Zaineb Shatawi, cell and molecular biology major
Student Makes History in Study-Abroad Program
Cameron Saghaeipour, a political science major from West Bloomfield, is the first Grand Valley student to study abroad in Tajikistan.
"I have the luxury of not only focusing on research but on teaching and being able to develop my teaching skills. Those are a few of the things I love about teaching here." - Thuy Simpson, Ph.D., finance faculty member
Writing Alumnus Lands Job At Williams Group
In May 2012, after graduating from GVSU, Dale Johnson began as an intern with Williams Group, a consulting agency that works with both corporate and philanthropic clients.
Laker pride on the Wildlife Refuge trip. #GVAB #SpringBreak2017 #LakerForALifetime #GVLakerEffect
GVSU adult student honored for work helping neighborhoods
Lisa Garringer is both working on a degree and helping create a college-going culture for some Grand Rapids students.
Super Memory Leads Alumnus to Compete on TV Show, in Other Contests
John Graham, '09, has learned how to develop a photographic memory, a skill that led him to the TV show "Superhuman" as well as national and international memory contests. He also is working on ways to teach others how to enhance their memories.
"I chose Grand Valley because of the location. I really liked that the business school was right downtown, close to a lot of businesses and being able to really get that real world experience while going to school." Zoe Bruyn, management and marketing major
He was Louie the Laker
Grand Valley senior Jake Kowalski recounts the sporting events, hospital visits and endless high-fives during his time as the mascot.
"Coming from a small town on the east side (of the state) was awesome. You've got beautiful Lake Michigan 11 miles away and the sunsets there are perfect. And I love the city, so being only 20 minutes away from Grand Rapids is so cool to me." - Savannah Bressman, multimedia journalism and psychology major
GVSU Engineering Students Test Device to Help NASA Astronauts
The students tested a prototype to help astronauts collect surface samples while on space missions.
Liberal Studies Assistant Professor Nationally Recognized for Civic Engagement Work
Danielle Lake was lauded for her ability to translate civic engagement into tangible results for communities. She received the award, which recognized an emerging leader, from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
GVSU football player donates stem cells to man in Denmark
Grand Valley football tight end Nick Keizer celebrated his birthday May 2 by donating his stem cells to a man in Denmark who needed a bone marrow transplant to survive.
"Students in my lab are involved in all aspects of a research project. They're involved in planning, they're reading the literature, they're understanding the important problem that we're trying to tackle." - Paul Cook, GVSU chemistry faculty member
"Being a Laker is just understanding that we're all part of something bigger. I feel like I have encountered so many just selfless people at this university, whether it's professors or people that I have classes with." - Casey Huls, music education major
Nursing professor earns Carnegie fellowship
Sylivia Mupepi, a GVSU associate professor, received the fellowship from the Carnegie African Diaspora program. She will travel to Ghana to mentor nursing faculty at the University of Cape Coast.
"We are in a unique position that most schools aren't. We're in this thriving hub (Grand Rapids) and that really allows us to make connections that other schools might struggle with." Chris Hinsch, business faculty member
"Grand Valley is well known, well respected, and well regarded. As a direct result of the education I got at Grand Valley, I've been able to have an impact not only on my community but on the entire world, and that's pretty amazing." - Sean Sarniak, '11, electrical engineer and corporate recruiter, DornerWorks
Patience pays off for GVSU biology team
Peregrine falcons are incubating eggs for the first time since a biology professor and students installed a box eight years ago atop L.V. Eberhard Center.
"This university offers so many opportunities and resources. The more you take advantage of these, the more you're going to build that community feel that everyone talks about." - Juliana Barla, '17, therapeutic recreation major
Thank you @GV_AB for another great week of service with @ymcawnc #BeCauseY #GVLakerEffect #ActiveCitizens
"I think what keeps me here in nursing is the satisfaction you get when you go into a patient's room and you can really help them out and you just see the look of relief when you manage their pain." Larry Arias, nursing major