Laker Life Briefs 2/14

Jacob DeWeerd, Laker Life Editor

Grab a Valentine’s Day stuffed animal at Stuff-a-Stuff

Looking for a last minute gift for that special someone? Check out Stuff-a-Stuff. Campus Activities Board is hosting the event on Monday, Feb. 14, where students can create their own Valentine’s Day-themed stuffed animals. Stuff-a-Stuff will take place in the Kirkhof Lobby and is open to all students. Only 100 stuffed animals are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pick up baked goods and carnations for good causes

On Monday, Feb. 14, multiple organizations will be selling Valentine’s Day goodies to raise money for helpful causes. The GVSU Dance Marathon is selling baked goods and proceeds will be donated to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Gamma Phi Beta is selling carnations to raise money for local nonprofit Girls on the Run. Sales by both organizations are being held in the Kirkhof lobby.

Learn to communicate confidently 

On Tuesday, Feb. 15 Seidman College of Business Associate Dean Joy Gianakura will lead a discussion on confident communication. The event will cover the differences between being nice and honest, how to communicate in a clear, timely and honest fashion and how effective communication can make one a better colleague and leader. The event will take place in Seidman 1008B.

De-stress with slime making

The Kaufman Interfaith Institute is hosting a slime-making event on Thursday, Feb. 17. The event will focus on relaxation and providing a way for attendees to de-stress amid a hectic semester. Snacks and slime-making supplies will be available and a guest speaker will make an appearance. The event is being held in Kirkhof 2270 and is open to all students, faculty and staff.

Learn to love failure in research

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships is hosting a discussion on how to learn to appreciate failure when researching. Professor Kristy Dean will talk about the psychology of failure in research, then panelists Michael Santana, Paul Cook and Anna Hammersmith will share their own research experiences. This event is open to all students and is being held on Zoom on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Talk about post-graduate gap year opportunities

For students who may not know what they want to do after graduation, the Community Service Learning Center is hosting a discussion on Feb. 15 to help students explore their options. The event, “Fill the Gap,” will feature representatives from the GVSU Career Center, Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement and the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. This virtual event will feature breakout rooms for students to discuss opportunities amongst themselves and with representatives from the various GVSU organizations. All students are welcome to attend. An RSVP through LakerLink is required to receive the virtual meeting link.