Laker Life Briefs

GV hosts Interfaith Leadership Lecture

An authorized Lama in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism, Rod Owens is a leader in the next generation of Buddhist teachers. Grand Valley’s Kaufman Interfaith Institute has invited him to speak on his life experience and formal Buddhist training for 2020’s Interfaith Leadership Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The event, which will take place from 4:30-5:30 p.m., will be held virtually. Those interested in attending can register online at Those with questions about the free lecture can find out more from Campus Interfaith Resources Coordinator Kevin McIntosh through his email at [email protected].


Work Like a Laker Conference begins

In preparation for their annual Career and Internship fair on Oct. 15, Grand Valley’s Career Center has organized two weeks of professional development workshops and industry information sessions for the benefit of the GVSU community. Starting officially on Oct. 5 and lasting until the fair itself, virtual events like Monday’s “Interviewing for Graduate School,” Tuesday’s “Is Teaching Right for Me?” and Thursday’s “Women in STEM” will be occurring on a daily basis.

To find a full schedule of the conference and to register for individual sessions, those interested can visit the Career Center’s website at Attendees with Handshake can also register for available conference activities through GVSU.


Take the time to monitor your mental health

On Thursday, Oct. 8, Grand Valley’s University Counseling Center will be participating in National Depression Screening Day. Those who take the short online questionnaire will receive confidential, on-the-spot results. The screening is open to all Grand Valley students, faculty and staff.

Those interested can find a link to the questionnaire on the Counseling Center’s website at, as well as more information about mood and anxiety disorders and a virtual self guided depression workshop.