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.
Laker pride on the Wildlife Refuge trip. #GVAB #SpringBreak2017 #LakerForALifetime #GVLakerEffect
"Students in my lab are involved in all aspects of a research project. They're involved in planning, theyre reading the literature, theyre understanding the important problem that were trying to tackle." - Paul Cook, GVSU Chemistry faculty member
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.
The Laker Effect in Action - Student-developed App Helps Farmworkers
Grand Valley graduate student Xiaomei Huang develops an app which connects seasonal farmworkers with resources and farms that are hiring.
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.
"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
"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
Faculty and students working to remove rattlesnake species from endangered list.
Jennifer Moore, biology professor at Grand Valley, and a team of students, have been conducting ongoing research in an effort to ultimately save the eastern massasauga rattlesnake species.
The Laker Effect in Action - Jamie Platt
The list of organizations Nursing major Jamie Platt belongs to is extensive, but the list of reasons why she volunteers is short: to help new mothers.
"We are in a unique position that most schools arent. Were 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
The Laker Effect in Action - Catherine Johnson
Catherine is a heavily involved junior at Grand Valley who is heavily involved in sustainable practices.
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.
McNair Scholars ready for graduate school
All McNair Scholars plan to pursue doctoral degrees; the program provides them with mentoring, research opportunities, GRE tutoring and graduate school application assistance.
"The faculty has 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
"This university offers so many opportunities and resources. The more you take advantage of these, the more youre going to build that community feel that everyone talks about." - Juliana Barla, '17, Therapeutic recreation major
"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
Thank you @GV_AB for another great week of service with @ymcawnc #BeCauseY #GVLakerEffect #ActiveCitizens
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.
"To me, to be a Laker really means to make a difference. To be here on this campus, I know with every grain, every strand of my body that there's not a better university for me out there." - Christopher Lopez, liberal studies major
"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
"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
The Laker Effect In Action - Madalyn Slubowski
Madalyn is a GVSU Student who, not only excels in her education, but also in her efforts in the community.
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.