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Horizons Volume 34, No. 1

Private Scholarships Top 300 At this year’s annual scholarship dinner, the university celebrated 300 private scholarships, an increase from 50 a decade ago. Today, those scholarships help nearly 2,000 students. The Scholarship Celebration Dinner, with a record crowd in attendance, also celebrated the initiation of 24 new scholarships in the past year and the success of the Shaping Our Future comprehensive campaign, which significantly increased new private scholarships over the past four years. continues on page 2

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Horizons is a publication of the Grand Valley State University Development Office and is produced by the GVSU News and Information Services Office. Horizons reports new developments and directions at Grand Valley and is mailed to members of the Grand Valley University Foundation and other friends and supporters. Visit Grand Valley’s Web site at For more information, please contact Grand Valley University Foundation, 301 Michigan St. NE, Ste. 100, P.O. Box 1945, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-1945. (616) 331-6000; e-mail address:

Private Scholarships continued from page 1 More than 600 donors, student scholars and parents attended the dinner on October 17 to celebrate the power of scholarships. The reception and dinner held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel provided the opportunity for donors to congratulate students on their academic success and for the students to offer their appreciation for the support they have received. President Thomas J. Haas spoke about the impact a scholarship has on a student.

“The gift of a scholarship is an investment in each student who receives one, their families and the communities they serve in the future,” Haas said. Juliana Nahas, ’08, a graduate student and 2011 scholarship recipient, explained how the scholarship support she received at Grand Valley benefited her future and career by helping her succeed academically and personally.

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New Scholarships • Kathy A. Agard Endowed Fellowship in Community Philanthropy • Aquatic Ecologist Postdoctoral Fellowship • Baldwin Foundation Endowed Scholarship • Ruth Chamberlain Global Issues Scholarship Endowment • DV Alpha Scholarship Endowment • Economics Department Faculty Endowed Scholarship • Empowering Haiti through Education Fund

• Excel Business Scholarship • Finance Department Faculty Endowed Scholarship • Anonymous GVSU Undergrad Endowed Scholarship • GVSU Web Team Scholarship • Johnson Leadership Scholarship Endowment • Marlene Kenneway Love of Dance Scholarship • MaryBeth Koeze Art Scholarship • MaryBeth Koeze Endowed Scholarship • Laker Baseball Alumni Leadership Scholarship

• Benjamin Mutnick Mettle Award for Hospitality and Tourism Management • Joel J. Orosz Fellowship in Philanthropy • PAETEC Technology Scholarship • PNC Early Childhood Education Scholarship Endowment • School of Accounting Faculty Endowed Scholarship • William Schroeder Undergraduate Endowed Fellowship in Chemistry • Thompson Working Family Scholars Program • Don Williams Sr. Dean Emeritus MBEC Scholarship

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Alumni Accept the Challenge At the Alumni Celebration of Leadership reception, President Thomas J. Haas challenged alumni leaders to help double support by 2015. The event was held in November at Reserve, a popular wine bar in Grand Rapids. On behalf of Grand Valley alumni, John Bultema, ’95, accepted the challenge. Julie Bulson, ’99, new Alumni Association Board president, welcomed

the large crowd and expressed her excitement for the future of Grand Valley. President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers and past President Mark A. Murray each talked about how alumni can make a difference in the Grand Valley community. “We need you. We need you in the habit of giving to Grand Valley and we need you as ambassadors to reach

out to others and build up this habit,” Murray said. “How you live and what you give are the most important factors in the university’s future,” Lubbers said, encouraging all graduates of the university to take part in building its future.

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New Foundation Directors Appointed Five new directors were named to the Grand Valley University Foundation, and Nancy Batts and Helen DeVos were named to the GVU Foundation Advisory Cabinet at the annual meeting in October.

Foundation Directors • Tammy Born owns and operates Born Preventive Health Care Clinic. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was the former president of the Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery from 1999-2001. • Gary DeWitt was the former president, CEO and chairman of Bil Mar Foods, a family business founded in 1938 that merged with Sara Lee Corp. in 1987. DeWitt graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in business administration and studied farm programs at Michigan State University. He was a namesake donor for the Cook-DeWitt Center on the Allendale Campus. • Tim Schowalter is the president and CEO of Pioneer Construction. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in civil engineering. Schowalter said his greatest professional accomplishment was construction of the Richard M. DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. • Mark Sherwood is first vice president financial advisor for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Sherwood earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a master’s of business administration degree from the University of

Tammy Born

Gary DeWitt

Tim Schowalter

Mark Sherwood

Jerry Tubergen

Nancy Batts

Michigan. He has served on numerous boards in West Michigan, including the Grand Rapids Symphony, Porter Hills Foundation and the JSJ Foundation. • Jerry Tubergen is the president and CEO of RDV Corp. Tubergen is a certified public accountant who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree from DePaul University. He serves on the board of the Orlando Magic Ltd., and is an alternate governor on the NBA Board of Governors.

Advisory Cabinet Members • Nancy Batts has supported many capital projects and programs with her

Helen DeVos

husband, John “Jack” Batts. Through their family foundation, the Batts Foundation, Nancy has impacted public education and health programs in the West Michigan area. • Helen DeVos is a devoted philanthropist who has been recognized nationally for her commitment to the arts. She received a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in 1947. Her philanthropic efforts in the Grand Rapids area and the rest of the country are numerous. Helen, along with her husband, Richard, has been heavily involved in the arts, education, and health, especially children’s health.

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Foundation Events Celebrate Campaign Success The Grand Valley University Foundation annual meeting on October 6 and the Holiday Reception on December 16 both celebrated the successful Shaping Our Future comprehensive campaign. More than 17,000 donors raised $97.9 million to help shape the future of Grand Valley. The Shaping Our Future campaign supported scholarships, endowed chairs, centers, academic programs and capital projects including the L. William Seidman Center and the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons.

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Foundation Events Celebrate Campaign Success

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Community Leaders Shoot for the Stars In January, community leaders gathered at Cygnus 27 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel to commemorate another year of active service to Grand Valley and the West Michigan area. Sean Welsh, regional president of PNC Financial, and Community Leaders Committee member Dan Hurwitz discussed the power of business partnerships with Grand Valley and how that support has benefited the area and the university. Hurwitz thanked audience members for their mentorship of students and for supporting scholarships. He said both avenues of support will help launch the next generation of leaders for Michigan.

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Libraries Honored for Excellence Grand Valley’s University Libraries received an Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries. University Libraries, under Dean Lee Van Orsdel, was cited by ACRL for its collaborative, effective approach to restructuring its systems and building an innovative Construction of the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and and flexible team-based Information Commons began in 2011 and will be comorganization that is responpleted in 2013. An artist’s rendering is at right. sive to changing user needs. The ACRL also recognized Commons, which will be completed in the construction of the Mary Idema the spring of 2013. Pew Library Learning and Information

For more information on the library, visit

Seidman Center Set to Impress Thanks to a mild winter, construction is well underway for the L. William Seidman Center for the Seidman College of Business. The center will feature interactive learning spaces and state-of-the-art Construction of the L. William Seidman Center began in May resources to provide stu2011. It is set to open for classes in Fall 2013. dents with a real-world business perspective Completion of the building is set that will honor university founder Bill for May 2013, opening for classes in Seidman. the fall.

For more information on the Seidman Center, visit giving/seidmancenter.

Extend Your Legacy Many donors support Grand Valley by making a planned gift designated specifically to the university’s endowment. Naming the university as a beneficiary in your will/estate plans, bequeathing a gift of appreciated securities or retirement assets, contributing real/personal property, or creating an income-producing annuity or trust are a few ways that you can include Grand Valley in your

long-term philanthropy plans. Donors who support Grand Valley with a planned gift become members of the Gillett Society. Please let us know if you have already made a planned gift to Grand Valley so that we can recognize you in the Gillett Society. Contact University Development at (616) 331-6000 for information on how

to create a planned gift to Grand Valley that meets your philanthropic goals.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Col. Ralph W. Hauenstein The annual Grand Valley University Foundation forum in Florida honored Col. Ralph W. Hauenstein during events in Palm Beach, Naples and Sarasota. Hauenstein’s personal stories from World War II helped augment historical information presented by Rick Atkinson,

renowned war historian and author, and Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. See Hauenstein’s stories and video of the event online at

Horizons, Spring 2012