Laker Life Briefs 3/31/2019

Amy McNeel

GV faculty, staff thank Marcia Haas 

On Wednesday, March 27, more than a dozen Grand Valley State University faculty and staff members came together to gift a handmade quilt to Marcia Haas. The quilt was a secret project that took months to create. 

The quilt consists of Laker blue blocks, and the designs include formulas, student artwork and anchors. Faculty and staff who collaborated on the quilt met in secret over two lunch hours. Some of the quilters took their work home to finish their blocks. Once the blocks were completed, they were taken to a local machine quilter and then stitched together by a small group of the GVSU quilters. 

Marcia has been a huge part of the GVSU community ever since her husband, Thomas Haas, was appointed GVSU president in 2006. The quilt is a gift that thanks Marcia for her involvement in the GVSU community, where she will always be welcome. 

Student work to be showcased at Student Scholars Day 

The 2019 Student Scholars Day (SSD) is taking place on Wednesday, April 10 from to 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in three different locations: Henry Hall Atrium, Kirkhof Center and Mary Idema Pew Library. 

SSD is held every year to showcase the work that Grand Valley State University students have done throughout the year. The showcase will include poster presentations, art exhibits and performances, oral presentations and discussions. All of the work is part of a course or in collaboration with a GVSU faculty member. 

SSD is free and all GVSU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and explore. To register to volunteer or find presentations, visit 

GV to host Laker Experience Days 

Laker Experience Days are taking place on Friday, April 5 and Friday, April 12. These days are specifically for high school juniors and their parents, and aim to help students understand why Grand Valley State University may be a good fit for them. 

Laker Experience Days will include academic information sessions, student services information sessions, walking tours and a handful of optional activates. In depth information about optional activities and information sessions can be found at