News Briefs: Laker for a Lifetime video premieres at Convocation

Multicultural Cohort Program kickoff

The Grand Valley State University Multicultural Cohort Program will host its first meeting of the year on Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. in room 2263 in the Kirkhof Center. The Multicultural Cohort Program is an academic organization that focuses on connecting students with others who have similar career interests. It also provides networking opportunities and resources for academic success and personal growth.

During its Tuesday meetings, the organization will host a variety of programs and workshops, such as Leadership University in September and the Undergraduate Research Fair in October. For more information, visit

Marilyn E. Zumberge garden dedicated

Grand Valley State University’s Zumberge garden was dedicated in a ceremony outside of Zumberge Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

The garden was named after Marilyn E. Zumberge in honor of the late wife of GVSU’s first president, James Zumberge. Marilyn served as the first lady from 1963-1969 and passed away in 2008. Several of her family members along with the current university President, Thomas J. Haas, and his wife Marcia attended the ceremony.

Laker for a Lifetime video premieres at Convocation

To start the 2014-2015 academic year, Grand Valley State University showed the new Laker for a Lifetime video on Aug. 22 at Convocation. Hundreds of students, faculty and staff members watched “We All Have a Story,” directed and written by GVSU students in the Office of Student Life.

Students also produced the 2010 lipdub video to the song “Come Sail Away” and two other Laker for a Lifetime videos; “I’m on a Boat” in 2012 and “Brick by Brick” in 2013. All three videos are available on GVSU’s YouTube page.

Student artwork on display for new science building

Grand Valley State University’s Art Gallery is always on the lookout for artwork from students in the Art & Design Department and the School of Communications to add to their collection. Right now, their are several pieces of student artwork on display in the Thornapple Room in the Kirkhof Center. These pieces will eventually be put in the new Science Laboratory Building, which is currently under construction across the street from the Padnos Hall of Science. Students, faculty and staff can view this artwork from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 0058.