Laker Life Briefs

Student Affairs launches Trek100 Challenge 2020

The Recreation and Wellness program at the Division of Student Affairs is challenging Grand Valley State University students, faculty and staff to track up to 100 miles of exercise between the months of January and February. Registration to the challenge costs $10 and enters you into weekly prize drawings once you hit 50 miles and gets you a Trek100 t-shirt once you hit the goal of 100. The challenge doesn’t end there — logging your miles online will put you on a school-wide leader board, showing you where you rank among participants.

Though progress is measured in miles, involvement in the challenge isn’t limited to walking or running. Recreation and Wellness lists biking, swimming, rowing, group exercise classes and intramural sports as just a few of the activities that count towards total mileage. If you’re interested, register anytime between now and Jan. 31 at

CAB announces tickets for the President’s Ball

Grand Valley’s Campus Activities Board is excited to invite students to 2020’s annual President’s Ball. The event, which this year will take place on Jan. 31, includes chartered buses from the Allendale campus to the ball’s location at DeVos Place, downtown Grand Rapids.

Tickets are on sale now at for the dance itself, which begins at 8:30 p.m., as well as for an additional dinner and social hour that starts at 5:30 p.m. Those who buy tickets for the dinner will be able to request ahead of time whether they want a beef, chicken or vegetarian entree.

Leslie King speaks on human trafficking

Grand Valley State University has invited Leslie King, human trafficking survivor and expert, to speak about her experiences and how this important issue affects our area. A Grand Rapids native, King founded the organization Sacred Beginnings in the city in 2005, the first survivor-led peer mentoring program for women who have been sexually exploited or trafficked in the state of Michigan. In her work, King consults with law enforcement and human service professionals on how to work with prostituted women, teenagers and children.

King will speak on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 6-8 p.m. in Kirkhof Center’s Pere Marquette room. The last half hour of the event is reserved for a Q&A session for audience members who have questions for the speaker. No registration is required to attend the event, which is LIB 100 and 201 approved.