Convocation recap, National Voter Registration Day, and more!
Convocation recap, National Voter Registration Day, and more!
Grand Valley State University
Laker Family Network
The Laker Family Network is a resource of the Division of Student Affairs of Grand Valley State University

Hello, September!

Students are back from the Labor Day recess and ready to make the most of this new academic year. GVSU staff and faculty are ready too and want to share with you the most current details around upcoming events and resources this fall. Keep reading for important information and reminders!

Parent & Supporter Resources & Reminders

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Important Dates 
October 23-25 - Fall Break
November 23-27 - Thanksgiving recess, no classes
December 10 - Commencement
December 12-17 - Examinations


Students showing the anchor up sign at Convocation President Mantella addressing the students at Convocation

2022 Fall Convocation Kicked Off the Academic Year with Some Fun Surprises

This year's Fall Convocation, the traditional start to the academic year, hosted nearly 3500 students during an evening event on August 24. This event was the first of many during the week's Transitions New Student Orientation program for incoming students. A variety of speakers and performers took the stage to help welcome students to their Laker journey.
GVSU VOTES! button

National Voter Registration Day

Tell your Laker to stop by the Allendale campus clocktower on September 20 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. for National Voter Registration Day. They can bring their friends and register to vote! We'll be providing popcorn and Kona Ice, and we'll have yard games set up. They'll want to be sure to snag a GVSU Votes! button while they're there too!

The Countdown Begins — 2022 Laker Family Weekend

Have you marked your calendars yet? 2022 Laker Family Weekend takes place Friday, September 16 - Sunday, September 18! Remember to check out our full line-up of fun events and activities for all ages including a dueling pianos show, kick-off party, food trucks, a 5k run/walk, a pancake breakfast with President Mantella, guided tours, and more. Visit the Famiily Weekend website to pre-order your Proud Laker Family t-shirt too! 
Start planning your weekend now!

Dining on Campus

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Laker Food Co Updates

Academic Support

Student Academic Success Center Academic Success Workshops

Academic Success Workshops

The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) is offering virtual and in-person academic success group workshops throughout the fall semester.
September topics:
  • The Key to Productivity: Time Management Strategies
  • Success Strategies: Utilizing Campus Resources, Seeking Help, & Making Connections
All interested students should visit the SASC website to RSVP and for a list of all workshops. If students prefer to discuss these topics one-on-one with a success coach, they can make an appointment on the Success Coaching website. 
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Encouraging Early Involvement

No need to wait, your GVSU student can start getting involved at the Career Center today! Some ways your student can use campus resources to get a head start in their career journey:

  • Join a Career Community
  • Set up their Handshake account by logging in with their GVSU credentials to find student employment opportunities
  • Drop into CareerLab to start modifying their resume
  • Get involved with professional student organizations to build connections, expand their leadership skills, and gain experience in their chosen field
  • Connect with us on social @gvsucareers!


Learn the Facts
University Counseling Center: Myths and Facts
The Fall 2022 semester is well underway! And while excitement is in the air, all of the changes that accompany the start of a new academic year can, for some, either lend to stress or exacerbate existing mental health concerns. The University Counseling Center (UCC) is here to support students’ mental and emotional well-being. To that end, we will be working to dispel some common myths about mental health services on campus throughout the month of September. If you have a student who is thinking of reaching out, it may be helpful to know these facts.

GVSU Campus Health Center is Now Open!

The GVSU Campus Health Center managed by Trinity Health is currently open to students Monday – Friday,  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. to answer questions and schedule appointments.
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GVSU COVID Vaccine Clinic

Pfizer and Moderna 1st, 2nd, additional and booster doses are available. Ottawa County Health Department will be administering the vaccines. Please encourage your students to register for an appointment today! Walk-ins also welcome.

WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2022 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
WHERE: Allendale Campus - Kirkhof Center, Room 2263
Make an Appointment
inflatables at RecFest students smiling at RecFest students making smores over a fire

2022 Recfest Was a Success!

RecFest, hosted by GVSU RecWell, was a blast! Students and staff had fun participating in the variety of games and activities. Additionally, they took advantage of all of the food trucks, s’mores, and prizes!

Housing and Residence Life

Live Blue for 2

Live Blue for Two!

The Fall 2023-Winter 2024 housing application opens in September and student’s current deposits will cover the upcoming application cycle. On campus apartments are great choices for second year students, where they can be “on their own”, but not alone. Housing staff are there to support as needed, for things like room changes, contract releases for study abroad/internships, etc. 
Living in an on campus apartment is also encouraged for students who lived at home their first Laker year. Our staff can assist in supporting students taking their first step in living away from home!

Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2023-2024 academic year will open October 1, 2022. We encourage using the IRS data retrieval tool to pull 2021 tax information, to make the process even easier.  
Also, our online scholarship database, myScholarships offers GVSU specific and external opportunities for new and current students based on academic merit, financial need, major and more. The majority of deadlines fall between February 15 and March 1. Students can begin to submit applications for the 2023-2024 academic year on November 1, 2022 by visiting the GVSU My Scholarships website. Students with questions should contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships by e-mailing

We understand that unusual circumstances exist that may warrant reconsideration of financial aid eligibility. These special circumstances may be changes that have occurred in your family or student circumstances since the FAFSA was filed or unusual family circumstances not accounted for on the FAFSA. Please visit to learn how to let us know about these changes.
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