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September 15, 2011
KCON Alumni Fall Open House | RSVP 

September 16, 2011
Accounting Scholarship Golf Outing Sign Up 

September 17, 2011
Indy Club Tailgater 3:00p.m. | Sign Up Football: GVSU at Univ. of Indy | Info      

September 24, 2011
Alumni Tailgater 5:00p.m. | Sign Up
Football: GVSU vs. Findlay | Tickets

September 27, 2011
Alumni Artprize Reception & Tour | Info

October 16, 2011
Colts vs. Bengals Alumni Tailgater | Info

October 29, 2011
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November 2, 2011
Academic Major Fair  Info | Volunteer

November 15-16, 2011
GradFest: Details Coming Soon

Alumni Spotlight


Adrenaline surged through his body as Joe Buys, ‘07 performed his recent single in front of countless screaming fans at Rock the Rapids Music Festival on August 13. The aspiring hip-hop artist, actor, and model felt right at home in Grand Rapids.

One year after graduating from Grand Valley with a degree in advertising and public relations, Buys took a leap of faith and drove 2,280 miles from Michigan to the City of Angels, in pursuit of his dreams.

“I fell in love with hip-hop music early on and never looked back," he said. It’s a feeling that runs so deep that it’s almost unexplainable, almost like I didn’t choose hip-hop, but it chose me.”

Determined to jump-start his hip-hop career in L.A., Buys landed small gigs on movie sets, and TV shows, and had a reoccurring role as a model on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. However, he says his real passion is in music. He has been paying his dues and performing at clubs in California and Michigan, and returns to his hometown of Ionia to perform a few times a year.

Buys recently filmed his first official music video called “Go Hard.” The video represents everyday people who are making a big difference in the world. Buys encourages his listeners and his fellow Grand Valley alumni to give life everything they’ve got.

Joe admits his latest performance at Rock the Rapids as the opening act for platinum recording artists T-Pain and Ludacris is his most significant gig to date. When he got the offer to perform, he was speechless.

“This isn’t the pinnacle for me yet, but I never dreamed I would even be in this position and be able to do these things. I had to overcome a lot of doubt.”

Buys said he has been blessed with the ultimate supporting cast, his family and friends.

Buys’ long-time friend and business partner Tyler Way, ‘09 of T.Way Collection documented his Rock the Rapids experience. The documentary will be available on Joe's website on September 13. 

Full Story | Video Interview  | Photo credit: Michael Cook - Grand Rapids Social Diary


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  Alumni News

GVSU Homecoming - October 29

Come back if you dare... GVSU Homecoming is a weekend full of fright and delight for the entire familyReconnect with your alma mater on October 29, and join us for the many tricks and treats in store for example, the 5K run and costume contest followed by a pancake breakfast and more!

Reunion Row - back by popular demand - will leave you howling at the moon, and join in the fun at our Alumni Tailgater & Expo featuring a special Halloween tailgate buffet . Finally, watch as the Laker football team takes on Michigan Tech!  Check out the Homecoming 2011 website for details and see who is coming on facebook!

Your help is appreciated! Volunteer at Homecoming | Sign Up Now

Make a Splash at Artprize 2011 with Alumni Artists!

You're invited to a special reception in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids to celebrate ARTPRIZE 2011, and GVSU alumni artwork. Join us September 27 at the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

We'll take care of the refreshments, you bring your imagination! After the reception, pick up a custom map and take a self-guided tour of alumni art showcased around the city. Details | RSVP

Artists: Contact schmidtk@gvsu.edu by       September 20 and specify your project and venue information so you can be added to promotional materials.

Annual Alumni Tailgater - September 24

Reunite with true blue Laker fans and alumni on September 24 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. as the GVSU Lakers take on the Findlay Oilers! Join alumni, family, and friends at this traditional tailgater which is sponsored by the GVSU Alumni AssociationYoung Alumni Council , and the Seidman College of Business.

Your $5 ticket includes: Full tailgate meal, DJ music, and two drink tickets (game tickets must be purchased separately). This is a family friendly event!

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Alumni Movers and Shakers Help Freshman Move on Campus

Nearly 90 alumni volunteers, some from as far away as Philadelphia, returned to campus on Wednesday, August 24 to help incoming freshmen move into their campus homes. The alums welcomed freshmen and their families to campus offering a helping-hand and some wisdom during an exciting and emotional time for students and their families. Volunteers were fed breakfast and lunch, and enjoyed chair massages at the Alumni House before and after their shifts.

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Club & Chapter News

Stay Connected with Upcoming Events

Metro Detroit Hoedown and Hay Ride

Bring the whole family for a hoedown style hayride and apple picking at a Detroit-area cider mill! Connect with other Metro Detroit area alumni and club leader Brad Gibbons, '08 for this fall outing! Enjoy a hayride and drink some fresh cider while eating delicious donuts. Stay later to walk through a haunted barn or corn maze. Visit the Metro Detroit GVSU Alumni club Facebook event for details.

Nursing Alumni Fall Open House - September 15

Gather with Kirkhof College of Nursing alumni, faculty and staff to honor senior faculty members at a special celebration. Professors Emily Drost Bielak, Agnes Britton, Phyllis Gendler, Kay Kline and Jean Martin are retiring. The reception will be held in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences lobby from 5-7 p.m. on September 15. Call 616-331-3558 or bondl@gvsu.edu for more information | RSVP

Indy Club GVSU Tailgater - September 17

Join Indianapolis Club Leader Jennifer Poad-Baker, '92 for a tailgater before the Grand Valley at University of Indianapolis football game on September 17. Enjoy delicious sandwiches and snacks while catching up with alumni friends at Key Stadium from 3-5:30 p.m.  RSVP

Colts vs. Bengals Alumni Tailgater & Game - October 16

Joe Sierawski, ’93 and Indianapolis Club Leader Jennifer Poad-Baker, ’92 are teaming up for a Fall alumni event for Cincinnati area alumni. The two will host brunch at 10:30 a.m. at the Behle Street CafĂ©  in Covington, Kentucky. After brunch, the group will walk across the river for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati as the Bengals take on the Colts. Cheer on former Laker great Dan Skuta, (#51) who will suit up for the Bengals. Details 

South Florida Alumni: Give Your Feedback

Did you know there are hundreds of Grand Valley alumni living in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area? Fort Lauderdale Club Leader Audra Vaz, '92 wants to connect with you and get your input on activities for the club.

Take a short survey | Connect on Facebook

Campus News

Is Your Family Connected?

Did your son or daughter graduate from GVSU? Do you have a family member currently attending Grand Valley? If you are not the only GVSU Alumnus in your family, tell us your story and share your family connections. Help us build our GV Laker Legacy by emailing us your family connections at familyassociation@gvsu.edu or call (616)331-5709. Watch your email for a special invitation to our Legacy Family events during Homecoming weekend. You won’t want to miss it!

GVSU offers new Biomedical Engineering Masters Program

GVSU has launched a new biomedical engineering masters program. The program is supported by local companies and the West Michigan Medical Device Consortium, and is backed by a grant of nearly $700,000 from the National Science Foundation. The grant will pay for equipment, startup costs and will provide support for students. This program is West Michigan's only opportunity for graduate biomedical engineering education. For more information contact Dr. Rhodes at rhodesam@gvsu.edu.

Alumni Giving - Help Grow a Greater Grand Valley

Grand Valley alumni continue to annually support the university’s highest priorities, including programs and student scholarships. The Alumni Heritage Scholarship has provided nearly $275,000 in financial support to children of GVSU alumni since 2002. Thank you!

We invite you to join your fellow alumni in helping the university increase assistance to students by making a gift to Grand Valley - all gifts matter! To make a gift, please visit www.gvsu.edu/give or contact Jill Dooley at jill_dooley@gvsu.edu

Did you know? Nearly 16,000 companies match their employees’ charitable gifts nationwide? Find out if your employer will match your gift to Grand Valley by visiting www.matchinggifts.com/gvsu.

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