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To make the most of the Family Guide:

Grand Valley has published this guide in order to help inform you of the resources available to your student. We hope this will be helpful in maintaining a supportive connection with your student during their college years.

• read the information and discuss it with your student; • keep this guide to use throughout the years; and • discover more helpful tips by visiting us online at www.gvsu.edu/familyguide/.

President Haas and his wife, Marcia, hand out refreshments during move-in week.

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WELCOME TO THE LAKER FAMILY

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e are so honored that your student has decided to enter the Grand Valley State University community. It is a community designed to challenge his or her thinking and intellect. Because it is a community, Grand Valley has many services for students. This guide informs you of what is available to your student as they make the profound transition to college life. Our faculty is dedicated to teaching and involving undergraduates at the highest level of engagement. Your student has the opportunity to excel academically at Grand Valley and be guided by the best. Their success is integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. Your student will have social opportunities as well. We have an active Office of Student Life with hundreds of clubs to fit students’ interests. It’s important that you stay engaged with your student as he or she explores independence and faces exciting decisions. You can be assured that the Grand Valley community is committed to your student’s success. After you get to know GVSU, we know you’ll believe your student made the right decision to join us. Sincerely,

Thomas J. Haas President

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ll of us appreciate the trust you have placed in this university by sending your student to Grand Valley. We honor that trust by offering all of our students the best of educational environments and resources and a rich array of degree programs suited to the challenges of the 21st century. We hope that your family’s new Grand Valley student will become immersed in the opportunities presented here, including those offered in his or her chosen degree program and the liberal education curriculum as well as through co-curricular experiences. It is an exciting time for all involved. We at the university welcome you and look forward to our shared interest in the education of your student, our student, as he or she develop into our citizen of the future. Sincerely,

Gayle R. Davis Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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LAKER FINANCES............................20 Student Employment.............................................................20 Financial Aid.........................................................................20 Banking and ATMs................................................................20 Student Accounts..................................................................21

LAKER LIVING.................................22 Housing and Residence Life .................................................22 Dining On Campus................................................................24 Transportation.......................................................................25 Living Off Campus.................................................................27

LAKER LIFE.....................................28 Get Involved..........................................................................28 Student Organizations...........................................................30 Staying Active........................................................................32 Music and Dance Opportunities.............................................33 Theatre Opportunities............................................................33 Five Questions.......................................................................34 Laker for a Lifetime................................................................35

LAKER COMMUNITY SERVICES........36 TABLE OF CONTENTS Career Services.....................................................................36 LAKER FAMILY...................................1 Counseling and Career Development Center..........................37 Welcome to the Laker Family ..................................................2

Disability Support Resources.................................................38

Laker Values...........................................................................4

Office of Multicultural Affairs .................................................38

About Grand Valley .................................................................5

LGBT Resource Center..........................................................39

Family Association..................................................................6

Women's Center....................................................................39

FERPA 101.............................................................................7

IT Support.............................................................................40

LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS ......8

University Bookstore..............................................................41

Liberal Education....................................................................8 Academic Advising .................................................................8 Student Academic Success Center........................................10

University Libraries................................................................41

LAKER RESOURCES.........................42 Campus Maps.......................................................................42

Tools for Academic Success..................................................12 myPath.................................................................................12 Krystal Wilson, Family Guide Designer Art and Design B.F.A., Business Minor

MAP-Works ..........................................................................12 The Grand Finish..................................................................13 Blueprint for Student Success...............................................14 Study Abroad........................................................................18 Research and Scholarship ....................................................19 Fellowships...........................................................................19

One of the many opportunities given to me by Grand Valley was my internship with the Office of Student Life. As a part of this internship, I produced the guide you are viewing. You’ll find that Grand Valley has a wealth of opportunities to get involved. I hope you enjoy looking through this guide as much as I did working on it.

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LAKER VALUES

As the newest members of the Grand Valley community, your student will discuss and learn the expectations of the Laker Values. These values are part of the commitment that students make as a member of the community. Commitment to being a student at Grand Valley State University begins with a fundamental understanding and appreciation of the university vision, mission, and values. It is expected that all community members will uphold the following Laker Values.

I will be an engaged member of the university community. • I will strive to learn about people different from myself and will not tolerate hateful remarks and actions. • I will take responsibility for my own actions, inactions, and words. • I will follow state and federal law, the Student Code, and university policies. • I will maintain my personal health and wellness. • I will seek out campus involvement opportunities outside of class activities.

As a Grand Valley Student, I will take responsibility for my learning.

• I will help the members of my community live by the Laker Values we have pledged to uphold.

• I will attend class and class activities. I understand this means being on time, being prepared, and participating.

I will give back to my community.

• I will study for my classes. I understand that this includes seeking out resources which will improve my academic success.

• I will be aware of my surroundings by understanding the needs and concerns of the world around me.

• I will practice academic integrity. 

• I will serve as an active citizen, by participating in activities which will benefit the GVSU, local, and global communities. 

• I will take credit only for my own work and will recognize and credit others for their words, thoughts, and ideas.

• I pledge to uphold the Laker Values as an individual, a student, and a community member. 

• I will utilize my course choices at GVSU to include subjects I know little about. • I will be purposeful with my time at GVSU to become a successful student both in and out of the classroom. • I will prepare myself for lifelong learning, following the traditions of a liberal education.

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ABOUT GRAND VALLEY

Value Statements

Mission

At Grand Valley, we value:

Grand Valley State University educates students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. The university contributes to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service.

• Effective teaching • Liberal education • Scholarship • Service • Inclusiveness

Vision

• Community

Grand Valley State University will become one of the nation’s premiere Carnegie classification “Master’s Large” institutions of higher education grounded in the tradition of liberal education. It will be recognized and acknowledged as a community of diverse, committed scholars engaged in collaborative, lifelong learning to achieve acknowledged academic excellence and positive community impacts. By focusing on the promotion of high quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the institution will be the university of choice for students and faculty members alike and it will enjoy broad support for its innovative partnerships and initiatives that promote the physical health and the intellectual, social, environmental, economic, and cultural advancement of West Michigan, and ultimately, the advancement of the state, nation, and world.

• Sustainability Visit www.gvsu.edu/strategicplanning to learn more. Grand Valley is proud to have eight colleges offering 82 undergraduate and 29 graduate degrees: • Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies • College of Community and Public Service • College of Education • College of Health Professions • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences • Kirkhof College of Nursing • Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing • Seidman College of Business

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FAMILY ASSOCIATION On behalf of the parents and families of Grand Valley State University students, welcome! We’re glad you’re a part of our family. This guide can help serve as a go-to resource for you over the next several weeks. Once your GVSU student becomes a part of campus, you may be wondering, “What’s my role? What do parents of college students do?” Here at Grand Valley, parents have an opportunity to have their own relationship with the university. You will receive our parent newsletter, The Insider, throughout the year, as well as other opportunities to connect with GVSU — such as an invitation to attend Family Weekend. Parents just like you network, volunteer, and serve in leadership roles on our Family Association Advisory Committee. Parents also support Grand Valley by making gifts to the Grand Valley Fund, attending sporting and performance events, and reaching out across the miles on Facebook. "That’s good information," you may be thinking, "but how do I continue to parent my child now that they’re in college?” The Family Association is here to help answer that question and other questions you have along the way in your journey as Grand Valley parents. Yes, parenting a college student is different. Your role shifts from one of day-to-day monitoring to one of week-to-week mentoring. Here are some recommendations we can make to help your family in this transition.

AGREE HOW YOU’LL COMMUNICATE: Do you text, Skype, email, or call? Don’t expect daily communication, but do set an expectation of checking in at least once a week. And, if you are friends with your child on social media such as Facebook, consider limiting how often you comment on their activities. TALK ABOUT MONEY: Every family has different circumstances and different students have different needs. Set a budget for any weekly living expenses they may have (shampoo, soap, etc.) and assess how those needs will be met. If applicable, make sure they understand their responsibility in paying for college expenses while in school and also after graduation. If your student receives financial aid — scholarships, loans, grants, or work study — make sure you both understand the limits and conditions of the awards and how you’ll manage expenses and expectations if those conditions aren’t met. PLAN TO LISTEN: Because you’ve always been there, know you are still most likely the “go-to” person when things go wrong in your child’s life. Trust that their feelings are most likely temporary and that the problem can be solved. Calmly listen to their frustration and give them an opportunity to create a solution on their own. EMPOWER: Trust that your student will go through changes and be comfortable with knowing that they can be responsible for making their own decisions. Try not to do anything for them that they could do for themselves. Over the next several weeks, give him or her added responsibilities at home and make sure they understand some essential life skills such as laundry, cleaning, and paying bills. Growing into a relationship with your adult child may not always be easy, but learning to respect and value one another in a new way can strengthen your bond even more. You have helped shape the foundation for their lives, and we’re grateful to be a part of what’s next. Thank you for your interest in being a part of Grand Valley — we look forward to getting to know your family! Sincerely,

Heather Zeoli Manager, GVSU Parent and Family Program

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Recommended Resources There are many great books that can help you and your family in the transition from high school to college. Fellow Grand Valley parents suggest: • The Happiest Kid on Campus by Harlan Cohen (for parents) or The Naked Roommate, also by Harlan Cohen (for students) • Letting Go by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger

Common Adjustments

• You’re On Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me) by Marjorie Savage

Connecting with other families and utilizing resources for college parents can help normalize feelings and provide solutions to common college adjustments such as these:

• 1001 Things Every Teen Should Know Before They Leave Home or 1001 Things Every College Student Should Know, both by Harry H. Harrison, Jr.

• Academic rigor • Social acceptance

To build a stronger personal connection with GVSU, please contact our office by phone at (616) 331-5709 or email at familyassociation@gvsu.edu.

• Homesickness • Financial stress and management • Living with others • Committing to a career plan

FERPA 101

• Independent decision-making • Campus culture and involvement

Staying Connected Go to www.gvsu.edu/familyassociation and sign up to receive our family newsletter. Visit campus a few times throughout the year by arranging a time that works for both you and your student. Family Weekend is a great time to connect as other families are typically on campus. Don’t be surprised if your student wants a break from campus life though and would prefer going out for dinner and a movie! Check what’s happening on campus to help plan your visit at www.gvsu.edu/events/. Want to send a package from home or have something sent to your student? Don’t just send it to the main campus address, make sure you get their address right by visiting www.gvsu.edu/housing, clicking "Parents and Families of Residents," and "Mailing Address List by Building." Find us on Facebook and stay connected by searching for “GVSU Family Association."

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) also known as the Buckley Amendment, helps protect the privacy of student records. The Act provides for the right to inspect and review education records, and to limit disclosure of information from the records. It applies to all institutions that are the recipients of federal funding. Students who are currently (or formerly) enrolled in higher education, regardless of age or status, are the ones whose rights are protected. Grand Valley provides all students with full access to their records either in person or by use of university website. FERPA identifies college students as adults responsible for determining who may receive information about them. While parents understandably have an interest in a student’s academic progress, they are not automatically granted access to a student’s records without written consent of the student. Parents are encouraged to consult with the student if academic information is needed. For additional information please refer to the FERPA guidelines available on the Registrar’s website, www.gvsu.edu/registrar/.

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LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS Grand Valley wants your student to succeed in the classroom and we know you do too. Learn about the many academic resources that will aid their success.

LIBERAL EDUCATION A strong liberal education serves as the foundation for Grand Valley State University’s wide array of undergraduate and graduate programs. We are committed to providing your student with a broad educational experience that integrates liberal learning with preparation for a career or profession. Liberal education begins with encountering the great ideas of diverse traditions in the humanities, the visual and performing arts, the natural and social sciences, and mathematics, and is an essential part of all of our professional programs. We value the liberal ideals of critical thinking and preparing students for lifelong learning. The practice of liberal learning develops the skills of inquiry and reflection, which guide students to think for themselves, gain self-knowledge, and make ethical judgments. Such learning can inform individual and collective actions and prepare your student for the responsibility of local, national, and global citizenship.

College Advising Centers Each of Grand Valley’s colleges provides academic advising to GVSU students. • Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies www.gvsu.edu/cois (616) 331-8655

ACADEMIC ADVISING

• College of Community and Public Service Advising Center www.gvsu.edu/ccpsadvising (616) 331-6890

Definition of Advising Advising is an integral part of your student’s college education. The advising process establishes a collaborative relationship between your student and an advisor in which the student feels a sense of connection, support, and guidance. Effective advising is developmental. It responds to, and creates, growth and change within the student. Advising encourages students to think critically, seek out resources, and develop action plans. It provides students with the information and encouragement they need to take personal responsibility for exploring options and making decisions. Ultimately, advising will allow your student to achieve a meaningful and successful educational experience.

• College of Education Student Information and Services Center www.gvsu.edu/coe (616) 331-6650 • College of Health Professions Student Services www.gvsu.edu/chpss (616) 331-3958 • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences www.gvsu.edu/clasadvising (616) 331-8585 • Kirkhof College of Nursing Office of Student Services www.gvsu.edu/kcon/oss (616) 331-7160 • Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing www.gvsu.edu/padnoscollege/advising (616) 331-6025 • Seidman Undergraduate Student Services www.gvsu.edu/business (616) 331-7500

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Advisor’s Role and Responsibilities

Student’s Role and Responsibilities

University’s Role and Responsibilities

1. Develop suitable educational plans.

1. Consider academic and career goals.

2. Clarify student career and life goals.

2. Write a list of questions before each advising session.

1. Communicate consistent information to all students about the advising process.

3. Initiate contact with a faculty advisor and/or an advising center.

2. Provide a community of academic advisors for all students.

4. Interpret institutional requirements.

4. Actively participate in advising sessions.

5. Enhance student awareness about the educational resources available (e.g., internships, study abroad, honors, and learning assistance programs).

5. Ask questions! If unsure of a policy or procedure, be sure to ask questions until it's understood.

3. Assist students in the development of suitable educational plans and goals.

3. Aid in the selection of appropriate courses and other educational experiences.

6. Evaluate student progress toward established goals.

6. Know the academic calendar. Do not miss deadlines. Know when to register and drop or add courses.

4. Monitor and provide accessible guidance on each student’s academic progress. 5. Provide referrals to university services when appropriate.

7. Help student develop decision-making skills.

7. Schedule courses that are consistent with educational goals and will meet degree requirements.

6. Supply required, continuous, and accurate training for all academic advisors.

8. Reinforcement of student self-direction.

8. Accept responsibility for making final decisions on academic choices.

7. Provide sufficient and on-going resources and support for advising services across the university.

9. Refer to and use institutional and community support services.

8. Recognize the importance of excellent and accurate faculty academic advising through the tenure and evaluation process. 9. Conduct continuous assessment and improvement in academic advising.

Paul Plotkowski, Ph.D., Dean Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

“The first year of college is a time of many new discoveries for students, some of these are exciting, some can cause stress. As the parent of two GVSU students, I have tried to be there if they need my support, but also try and stand back and let them take the lead in their college experiences.”

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STUDENT ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) can help foster your student’s development and academic success by providing support services to assist them in achieving their educational goals.

Premajor Advising Advising for students who have not yet declared a major. Advisors help explore possible majors, assist with scheduling, and provide assistance with study skills development. Once students declare their major, they are referred to their major department for advising.

Structured Learning Assistance Program Academic support program available to all interested students featuring weekly study and practice workshops in which students master course content by developing and applying specific learning strategies for the course. The workshops are led by trained facilitators, who in collaboration with the professor, develop workshop materials. The facilitators clarify lecture points and assist students in understanding the expectations of the professor.

Transfer Student Advising Academic support to transfer students during their transition and orientation at Grand Valley.

Learning Skills Development Success workshops and one-onone counseling to assist students in developing strong learning strategies.

Science Success Center Academic assistance and enrichment program offering academic support and problem-solving assistance for students in understanding the content of their science and math courses. The facilitators are successful upper level students who have mastered the content in biology, chemistry, biomedical sciences, mathematics, and physics. They work closely with students to form study groups, provide problem-solving assistance, answer course-related questions, and connect students to other appropriate support services on campus.

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LAKER Academic Center One-on-one academic advising and support to student athletes. Students maintain a regular schedule of appointments to help with academic success and ensure athletic eligibility.

Tutoring-related Support Tutoring-related services vary from one-on-one appointments, small group sessions, and walk-in services to assistance linked to specific course sections. Students are encouraged to use tutoring-related services early and often to support academic success.


TRiO Educational Support Program (ESP)

Course Evaluations/Substitutions

Academic support services, such as academic advising, study skills instruction, and career planning for first-generation, financially eligible students.

Course evaluations and substitutions for General Education Foundation requirements.

TRiO Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program Research opportunities and academic advising to talented juniors (3.0 grade point average or higher) pursuing an education beyond a baccalaureate degree. The goal of the program is to provide assistance to financially eligible, firstgeneration college students and under-represented minorities who wish to obtain a doctoral degree.

Academic Review Committee Reviews appeals of the withdrawal deadline and the Petition to Return process.

Emergency Notification SASC will email students’ professors in cases of extended illness, death, or family emergencies, etc. This process does not excuse students from classes, but serves as an official notification to professors. Students are responsible for making arrangements with professors about missed work.

Credit Overload Appeals Reviews appeals to enroll in more than 20 credits in a semester.

Wendy J. Wenner, Ph.D., Dean Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Residency Waiver Requests Reviews appeals to take a course or courses at another institution during the final 30 semester hours of a student’s degree program.

“Students should find a mentor who will help guide, challenge, and share their successes with them at GVSU.”

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TOOLS FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS Grand Valley has compiled advising and support tools to ensure timely academic achievement and offers the Focus on the Finish Grant to all students achieving a specified number of credit hours who show timely progress to obtaining degrees.

myPATH

Students should review myPath throughout the academic year or after the following instances: • Registering for classes • Making changes to his or her schedule (drop/add) • Receiving final grades • Declaring, adding, or changing a major

What is myPath? The myPath tool is designed to assist students in the preparing and tracking of their academic progress toward graduation. It encompasses both a degree analysis audit and an educational planner.

What Can myPath Do? Your student can use myPath to produce an easy to read and user-friendly degree audit. It also provides clearly defined information for selecting coursework, understanding degree requirements, and developing an educational plan.

How Do Students Access myPath? Your student can access myPath online by logging into myBanner, selecting the "Student" tab, then "Student Records," and then "myPath."

What is the “What If” Function? The “What If” function allows your student to hypothetically change their degree, catalog year, major, minor, or emphasis. The “What If” audit will show: • Coursework required for the new major, minor, or emphasis • Previously taken courses that are applicable to the new requirements • The courses that still must be taken Please note that “What If” does not change the major/minor. To declare a major, your student must go through the major declaration process in myBanner.

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How Often Should Students Review myPath?

The myPath tool will verify that the courses registered in the current and future semesters or the final grades will satisfy the specific requirements toward your student’s degree.

What is the Educational Planner? The planner assists students in planning courses to complete their desired program. Audits and planning blocks can be viewed on one screen. Your student can drag and drop courses into future semester blocks and type courses directly into planner boxes. Courses should be entered as they appear in the catalog, for example, CHM 115, not Chemistry 115. The audit will outline the courses needed to meet degree, major, minor, and/or emphasis requirements within each specific block. This information can be used to discuss your student’s plan with an academic advisor.

MAP-Works MAP-Works (Making Achievement Possible) is an innovative web-based program that can help your student improve the transition to college. Students are asked to respond to a variety of questions and their responses are ranked with those of other students. If used correctly, this can help your student recognize their own habits and give them tips to succeed at Grand Valley. The only people who see this questionnaire besides the student are: counselors, the living center director (if living on campus), and faculty members connected directly to the student. An invitation to take the survey will be sent late-September to each student through his or her Grand Valley email. It takes about 30 minutes to complete the survey. Your student is not required to take MAP-Works, but it is something that can benefit them and help them get more from their college experience.

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THE GRAND FINISH

Stay Focused

Focus on the Finish Grant

The Focus on the Finish grant was created to assist and inspire the largest number of students possible. Students in all Grand Valley programs are eligible.

Grand Valley’s Focus on the Finish grant is available to first-time and transfer college students who complete 90 credit hours within a specific time period after enrollment at Grand Valley.

Prepare for a Grand Finish The less time a student spends in college, the less money is spent on their degree. Let us help them focus on the finish. When a student completes 90 credit hours within three years of enrollment, we’ll pay them $1,000 over their next two semesters of study. It’s our early graduation gift.

Encourage your student to remain in good academic standing and make the required progress toward graduation. If your student is experiencing difficulty, they can get back on track with summer classes. Plus, we’ve put together excellent advising and support tools to further ensure their timely academic achievement as outlined in the Laker Learning and Success section of this guide. Visit www.gvsu.edu/admissions or www.gvsu.edu/grandfinish for more information.

Transfer students can get a $500 grant once they’ve earned 90 credit hours, with an average of 30 credit hours per year at Grand Valley in the year(s) following their transfer. Every new, full-time student can take advantage of the Grand Finish. Dual enrollment and advanced placement credits earned prior to their first semester at Grand Valley count toward the 90 credit hour requirement, speeding a student’s time to graduation.

Lynn McNamara Blue, M.P.A., Vice Provost and Dean Academic Services and Information Technology

“Thank you for allowing all of us at Grand Valley to be a part of your student’s college life. We understand the importance of this experience in shaping their future. When possible, make a visit, though I would suggest that you ask if it is convenient. Another tip, take him or her out to eat - away from campus.”

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BLUEPRINT FOR STUDENT SUCCESS These pages introduce the four year Blueprint for Student Success. This plan was developed as the First Year Task Force and the Campus Wide Student Success Planning Team examined opportunities and services GVSU provides students. From this assessment, ways were recommended to extend the support for first year students through their second, third, and fourth plus years by identifying academic and community landmarks students could reach. The items noted include aspects of GVSU’s curriculum and co-curriculum, campus traditions, as well as learning outcomes noted in “Learning Reconsidered” and AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP). Student Advising, Persistence, and Time to Graduation committees revisit this blueprint annually and make updates. A Grand Valley education is characterized by programs that challenge, support, and engage the student in their academic experience.

Challenge Your student will be challenged both inside and outside the classroom as they learn the value of liberal education. What is expected academically of your student will be clearly communicated.

Support Support is available to your student personally, academically, and professionally through leadership opportunities, academic support services, and a wide variety of programs.

Engagement Your student will be encouraged to engage in both curricular and co-curricular aspects of their education and via such opportunities as internships, service learning, and off-campus programs, as well as by building relationships with faculty members.

FIRST YEAR Personal Transition Into College

SECOND YEAR Exploration of the College Community

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THIRD YEAR Involvement in the Larger Community

FOURTH YEAR Transition to Career

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STUDY ABROAD

Why Should Your Student Study Abroad?

The staff at the Barbara H. Padnos International Center provides meaningful international experiences for Grand Valley students. More than 700 Grand Valley students complete some kind of study abroad program each year — with most students identifying their experience overseas as not only the best thing they’ve done at Grand Valley, but also the best thing they’ve done in their entire lives.

Is it Safe to Go Overseas? With international tensions high and the threat from terrorism in our minds, it is reasonable for students and their families to question the safety of participating in a study abroad program. Whether participating in a faculty-led program, a program at one of our partner institutions, or another site, your student will probably be as safe as they would be if they remained on Grand Valley’s campus. Over 175,000 United States students earn credits abroad each year, and the vast majority have a wonderful and safe experience. For a complete list of locations and programs to study abroad, visit www.gvsu.edu/pic/studyabroad/.

Study abroad is becoming increasingly popular because of its academic and professional value. Students enhance their competitive edge in the career world, as more and more sectors of our economy involve working with international companies, collaborating or working with foreign teams, or working as part of a multinational or multicultural organization. Gaining meaningful international experience is one of the best ways to prepare for the increasingly global market your student is bound to enter after graduation.

Benefits From Studying Abroad • Build a resume and become competitive in the job market • Develop a capacity for living in a world that is increasingly diverse, complex, and interdependent • Learn about another culture and become more accepting and open-minded to foreign customs and traditions • Enrich their personal life through international challenges; • Become fluent in a foreign language • Take on a challenge that will develop valuable skills such as adaptability and independence • Make new international friends and connections

Cynthia Black teaches math in Tanzania with a GVSU faculty-led study abroad program.

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FELLOWSHIPS

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) offers a variety of opportunities and resources for undergraduates to pursue creative work, scholarship, and research in various disciplines under the direction of a faculty mentor. These opportunities will enrich students’ academic experience and challenge them to strengthen their critical, analytical, and writing skills. Students who participate in these opprotunities will gain a competitive edge when applying to graduate schools or jobs post-graduation. OURS programs and staff members support all aspects of the research and creative process including connecting with research faculty members, fellowships for conducting summer research, and travel grants to attend academic conferences and exhibits.

The Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships assists GVSU students who show extraordinary potential in disciplines all across campus in preparing and applying for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. The staff matches opportunities with students’ strengths, interests, and ambitions; helps students design a plan to attain their goals; and provides support throughout the application process. First year students are encouraged to prepare and plan ahead. Visit www.gvsu.edu/fellowships to learn more.

Cynthia A. McCurren, Ph.D., Dean Kirkhof College of Nursing

“As parents, it is important to acknowledge that students will have success but also disappointment during this new journey into campus life. As a university, we want parents to be involved, to encourage and congratulate your students, and also help pick them back up when things do not go well. What is the best way to help? Support your student to solve issues, but do not attempt to solve them yourself.”

For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/ours/.

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LAKER FINANCES Even with Grand Valley’s tuition being below the state average for public universities, the cost of college is a major investment. The Financial Aid Office can help maximize your investment by determining your unique needs and how to effectively meet them. Contact the Financial Aid Office to learn about the resources available.

FINANCIAL AID

Student Financial Aid Checklist

The Financial Aid Office is located in the Student Services Building on the Allendale campus. The Financial Aid Office strives to educate students and their families with a variety of options to pay for the expenses associated with college. We look forward to working with you and your student.

Important Dates

• Apply for PIN at pin.ed.gov • Complete the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov • Review Student Aid Report • Review Financial Aid Package by logging into myBanner on the Grand Valley homepage • Accept/decline awarded aid

• MID-JULY: Charges assessed and fall bills created

• Notify the Grand Valley Financial Aid Office of outside scholarships

• AUGUST: Fall payment deadline • MID-NOVEMBER: Charges assessed and winter bills created

• Apply for PLUS/Alternative loans at least one month in advance of the fall payment deadline

• DECEMBER: Winter payment deadline

• Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Loan Counseling at studentloans.gov

Planning for Next Year

• Make sure that your contact information is correct on myBanner

• MARCH 1: File your FAFSA by this date in order to maximize your financial aid from Grand Valley and the State of Michigan

• MID-MARCH: spring/summer financial aid application online • APRIL 1: spring/summer awards available • JUNE 1: fall/winter awards available for returning students

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT If your student is interested in part-time employment while in school, they can begin looking for employment now. To find a job, visit www.gvsu.edu/studentjobs and click on the “Job Board” money tree icon.

• Check your email regularly for notices

BANKING AND ATMS Discuss finances with your student. They should understand how to coordinate checking needs, ATM access, electronic account transactions, and access to debit/credit cards. A wide variety of area banks and credit unions are available in Allendale, Standale, Jenison, Grandville, and Grand Rapids. The following banks have ATMs on campus: Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU), Fifth Third Bank (5/3), and PNC. The ATM are located in the following locations: • Commons Building (lower level) LMCU • The Connection (main level) PNC • Kirkhof Center (main level) 5/3, LMCU, and PNC

George Grant, Jr., Ph.D., Dean College of Community and Public Service

• Robert Kleiner Commons (main level) LMCU

“Never be afraid to ask questions. Knowledge comes from taking risks.”

• Water Tower Place (drive through) LMCU

• Recreation Center (main level, lobby) LMCU • Richard M. DeVos Center (Grand Rapids) 5/3, LMCU

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STUDENT ACCOUNTS

Charging Books

Electronic Bill (ebill)

If your student has excess financial aid after the semester bill is paid, they may charge books to their student account at the University Bookstore prior to the first week of classes.

All registered Grand Valley students will receive an email during the last week of July letting them know their electronic bill is available for viewing. Your student may give permission for others such as their parents or sponsors to view their bill as well.

Online Payments Bills may be paid online with a credit card or an electronic check. A $15 convenience fee is assessed for each credit card transaction. Grand Valley accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Electronic Check Payment transactions are not assessed a processing fee.

Grand Valley Deferment Plan Grand Valley offers a deferment plan that allows payments over the semester to cover any balance on your student’s account. The account balance is divided into four monthly payments each semester. There is a $40 charge each semester to participate in the Deferment Plan.

Excess Financial Aid Refunds If financial aid exceeds the cost of Grand Valley charges, financial aid is refunded to your student during the second week of classes. To obtain their financial aid refund • sign up for direct deposit and have the excess deposited in a designated bank account; or • have a check, made payable to the student, mailed to their permanent address.

Communication with Parents The amount of your student’s account information that Grand Valley may give to parents is very limited without consent from the student. If your student would like the Student Accounts Office to be able to discuss their account with you, they may do so by going to the Student Accounts webpage at www.gvsu.edu/studentaccounts and clicking on “Authorization to Release Information to a Third-Party."

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LAKER LIVING

What to Bring

Whether your student is living on campus or commuting from off campus, there are important things to review and consider. For some, this may be the first time your student lives away from home. This can be both an exciting and anxious time. Learn about Laker Living and know that you and your student are well informed.

HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE The Office of Housing and Residence Life provides your student with an opportunity to live independently in a supportive environment. The Housing and Residence Life (HRL) staff is available to assist in this transition by focusing on the development of your student and their fellow residents. The design of our residential communities is intentional, promoting community, campus involvement, and contributing to friendships that will last a lifetime.

• Academic supplies • Personal care items • Bedding • General room needs • Clothing For an extensive list, including items prohibited in on-campus housing, visit www.gvsu.edu/housing/. Additionally, it is suggested that roommates contact each other prior to move-in to avoid duplication of items such as microwaves, TVs, stereos, fridges, etc.

Benefits of Living On Campus TRADITION: Memories made with fellow Lakers while living on campus will be retold for years to come and the bonds will last forever. COMPANIONSHIP: There are always opportunities to meet new people — making the transition from home much easier. SUPPORT NETWORK: Each living center has a support network that includes a living center director, resident assistant, and graduate assistant. ACADEMIC SUCCESS: Living on campus provides increased access to academic support resources, as well as a supportive learning environment. CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT: Leadership skills are built by participating in activities and organizations on campus and within the housing community. DINING: Great food is available at any time of day at multiple dining locations. CONVENIENCE: Living on campus puts students closer to faculty members, classes, computer facilities, the library, the fitness center, dining facilities, and more. ONE PAYMENT: Housing services, including Internet and cable, are all wrapped up into one payment each semester. SAFETY: All residential areas have an assigned Community Policing Officer responsible for educating students on how to stay safe on campus. SUSTAINABILITY: From campus recycling to living center energy savings competitions and state of the art facilities/ building practices, sustainability is extremely valued in campus housing.

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Student Success Center

Sophomore and Beyond

Housing and Residence Life partners with other campus departments to offer services that intentionally aid in the success of first year residential students. The Student Success Center is located in North C Living Center, and offers advising, career counseling, and tutoring.

We believe the value of living on campus extends beyond the first year. Statistics indicate that students who reside on campus have higher grade point averages as well as higher graduation rates. The housing selection process for returning students is quick and easy, and allows them to select the housing of their choice. Students with a deposit already on file simply need to apply, select their roommates, and monitor their myHousing overview for the assigned time to select their housing.

Room Changes The Office of Housing and Residence Life allows students to change rooms after the first 10 days of each semester, with permission from the living center director or graduate assistant. If after a conscious effort your student and their roommates are unable to resolve a difference, they may seek an alternative room/apartment assignment. Finding an alternative living space is a choice. Responsibility rests with the moving resident. An HRL professional should be contacted for specific information and further instructions.

Insurance All residents are encouraged to have renters insurance, or check coverage under their family’s homeowners policy.

H. James Williams, Ph.D., Dean Seidman College of Business “Successful students are engaged, inquisitive, and opportunistic.”

We have a variety of on-campus apartments available to students after their first year on both the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses. Additionally, we offer living/ learning communities for students based around themes or areas of academic interest. These communities include Art Housing, the Frederick Meijer Honors College, the Movement Science House, the International House, the Women’s Leadership House, and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). Professional and graduate staff members in these communities work closely with a faculty coordinator to provide a rich living-learning experience that extends outside of the classroom (programs, events, field trips, research, etc.). Additionally, Grand Valley is home to 28 sororities and fraternities and our department currently houses five sororities and one fraternity in on-campus housing. If your student would like to return to housing or if you would like more information on the special communities we offer, visit www.gvsu.edu/housing/.

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DINING ON CAMPUS We are proud to offer one of the best university dining programs around. Our variety, convenience, and flexibility help make your student’s meal plan dynamic. Meal plans allow students to enjoy many great dining privileges. The barcode on the back of your student’s ID card serves as their pass to a plan packed with unlimited buying potential and the ability to eat when and how they like. Meal plans consist of two features: meals and dining dollars.

Meal Plan Options (Per Semester)

Meals Meals are offered in six of the nine meal plan selections. Meal allowance provides the opportunity to enjoy all-you-care-to-eat dining in the Fresh Food Company. Meals can also be used to purchase meal combos at various dining locations. Each time a meal is eaten in the Fresh Food Company or a meal combo is purchased, one meal is subtracted from the meal balance. Students may use up to three meals per day.

19 PLUS: 19 meals per week plus $175 Dining Dollars 14 PLUS: 14 meals per week plus $275 Dining Dollars 10 PLUS: 10 meals per week plus $375 Dining Dollars VALUE: $1,000 Dining Dollars VALUE PLUS: 80 meals and $400 Dining Dollars CASUAL: $600 Dining Dollars CASUAL PLUS: 40 meals and $300 Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars All nine meal plans offer Dining Dollars. Dining Dollars are a debit account attached directly to your student’s meal plan. Dining Dollars are accepted in all Campus Dining restaurants, C-Stores, coffee shops, and concession stands. It works just

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like a debit card and can be used for beverages, snacks, or full meals at any time. You or your student can add dollars by visiting www.gvsufood.com or by visiting the Campus Dining office at 100 Commons on the Allendale Campus. Dining Dollars carry over from the fall to winter semester if your student continues to participate in a meal plan. At the end of the academic year, any unused meals and Dining Dollars are nonrefundable.

5 PLUS: 5 meals per week plus $100 Dining Dollars COMMUTER: $100 Dining Dollars Visit www.gvsufood.com for more information.

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TRANSPORTATION

Is Having a Car on Campus Worth the Cost?

Grand Valley is a permit only campus. Students may purchase a parking sticker from the Grand Valley Police Department in order to park on campus. Residential students will have designated lots for their use.

Using a personal car to get around campus may be an invitation to frustration for your student. Resident students are limited to parking in designated residential lots with exceptions during evenings and weekends. Expense of auto ownership, vehicle repairs, gasoline, insurance, and parking can add up to a large expense.

Bikes

Car-free Lifestyle

Bikes are allowed on campus and must be stored outside; there are ample bike racks available. Bikes are not permitted in university buildings, including living center rooms. Students should purchase bike locks to secure their bikes, and they can register them with the GV Police Department.

We all make choices according to what is important to us. Many of us are concerned about

Cars

• air quality and global climate change, and would like to take part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions; • the obesity epidemic and the need for physical activity, and want to support walkable and livable communities; • minimizing stress and maximizing use of time and energy; • dependence on dwindling oil reserves, and want to reduce petroleum consumption; and • the expense (both time and money) of maintaining and operating an automobile. Whatever a student's motivation, our campus is an ideal place to try out a car-free lifestyle and to participate in a healthy and sustainable community. Depending on where a student is from, they may find getting around the Grand Valley campuses somewhat different from their past experience.

Jeffery Potteiger, Ph.D., Dean Graduate Studies

“Talk to your students about taking advantage of the many different opportunities that will be presented. Successful college students are actively engaged outside of the classroom.”

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Free Bus Service — The Rapid One way to get around campus is by using the bus system. The Rapid bus system is free with a valid GVSU ID seven days a week. During the academic school year on an average day there are 19,000 riders who use the convenient bus service.

Transportation Safety

The Rapid Bus Routes

The main campus in Allendale covers more than 1,300 acres. Every day pedestrians, buses, cars, cyclists, and delivery trucks are all making their way around campus. This poses a significant challenge in maintaining a safe and pleasant environment for all. Many find that walking combined with bicycling and using the bus is the most convenient and practical way to get around.

• CAMPUS CONNECTOR ROUTE — ROUTE 50 A connector route between the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids Campus • NORTH CAMPUS EXPRESS — ROUTE 37 An off-campus shuttle route that serves the perimeter apartment complexes adjacent to the Allendale Campus • SOUTH CAMPUS EXPRESS — ROUTE 48 A second off-campus shuttle route • CHS EXPRESS ROUTE — ROUTE 51 A shuttle between the Pew campus and CookDeVos Center for Health Sciences (CHS) Complete bus information is available at www.gvsu.edu/bus and www.ridetherapid.org/.

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Route 50 runs continually throughout the day and into the evening stopping at the Meijer store in downtown Standale. Your student is also eligible with their student ID to ride free on all of The Rapid’s fixed bus routes. This is a great resource that connects them to shopping, cultural, and entertainment venues throughout the greater Grand Rapids metro area. All the buses have bike racks.

Traffic safety is everybody’s responsibility. Whether walking, biking, driving, or just getting off the bus, we all help make our community a safer place by knowing the traffic rules and following them. Remind your student to look before stepping out into a crosswalk. The Grand Valley campus is a busy place and it’s filled with people who don’t have a lot of time to waste. When your student is walking along, thinking about getting to their next class on time, they don’t want to find themself stepping in front of a driver who is also in a hurry.

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LIVING OFF CAMPUS

Traveling To and From Campus

Some students choose to live at home for a variety of reasons. For many, the ability to reduce costs of attending college is a factor. Students living at home still have many of the same challenges as those students who move away from home and reside on campus. Students are often feeling anxious about whether they will be accepted, fearful of the difficulty of their classes, and wondering how they will make friends in this new place.

Students attending Grand Valley live throughout the West Michigan area. They commute to classes on multiple campuses. Review the following topics with your student regarding their travel:

Commuter students make up a large portion of the new students attending Grand Valley each fall. It is important for families to encourage their commuter students to be involved in the vibrant campus-life experience, just as those who are living on campus. Getting connected to campus is one of the many challenges commuter students face. Several things can be done to help get your student engaged in the campus community.

• Parking rules and regulations • Carpooling • Traffic congestion during the first couple of weeks — arrive early • Campus bus service options • School closing policy • Traveling during the winter • Contacting professors when absent from class • Emergency contact procedures • Automobile road service plan

Recommendations for Your Student • Find a part-time job on campus as a way to meet other students and staff members • Identify other students to form a study group • Meet new students and expand their circle of friends • Review the university events calendar to learn about what is happening on campus at www.gvsu.edu/events • Pick up a copy of the Lanthorn, the student newspaper that is distributed every Monday and Thursday at campus locations, or check out their online updates at www.lanthorn.com • Purchase a campus dining meal plan and eat with other students while on campus • Identify some student organizations to participate in, or look for other involvement opportunities in intramural sports, music, or theatre

Elaine C. Collins, Ph.D., Dean College of Education

"Welcome to the GVSU community! Please encourage your new GVSU student to meet with an academic advisor early in his or her freshman year and to ask questions. Advisors provide valuable guidance."

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LAKER LIFE With community service opportunities, leadership development initiatives, more than 350 registered student organizations, and music, dance, and theatre opportunities, your student has a wide variety of options to be involved in extracurricular activities both on and off campus. Learn more about the great opportunities Grand Valley offers.

GET INVOLVED Encourage your student to maximize their college experience through participation in a variety of campus events and activities. On average, students spend 30 percent of their time in class during a normal week of college life. Historically, students who are successful in school have developed a plan for how they will spend the remaining 70 percent of their time. Employers look for employees who have a broad range of experiences and are comfortable working with others.

Kirkhof Center Located in the center of campus, the Kirkhof Center is considered the "student union" and provides plenty to do between classes. The big screen theater shows movies four

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times daily; next door the games room is filled with pool tables, foosball tables, and several gaming systems. Games are available at the 2020 Information Desk by checking them out with a students ID. The lounge areas located throughout the building create a great place for students to study alone or with a group and the dining options add the student’s favorite incentive ­­­— food!

Office of Student Life The Office of Student Life, located in the Kirkhof Center, creates an exciting environment for the campus community. Our experienced staff, along with graduate students and several student employees, work diligently to make sure there is always a lot happening on campus. Encourage your student to participate in student organizations, attend campus events, and become involved in leadership and service projects.

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Commitment to Community Service The Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) provides students with opportunities to get involved volunteering in the community. As students spend time providing service for numerous nonprofit agencies in the area, they gain an understanding of themselves, the society in which we live, and the importance of giving to others and helping to make the world better for everyone. The staff in the CSLC helps students match local needs with their passion. They host volunteer fairs each semester which allow the students to discover various agencies needing assistance. They coordinate other ways for students to get involved with Make a Difference Day (MADD), Community Outreach Week (COW), and various service days. Their website, www.gvsu.edu/service, provides current information.

Laker Leadership Programs The Office of Student Life, in collaboration with several other areas of the university, provides leadership training, development, and experiences for Grand Valley students that encourage growth as lifelong leaders of integrity and social change within their lives, professions, and communities. What was once considered effective leadership has changed dramatically and continues to change. Laker Leadership Programs provide students the opportunity to learn and apply new leadership techniques in social and engaging environments. Your student may choose to participate in one or all of the programs during their Grand Valley experience, visit www.gvsu.edu/leadership to learn more.

supplies the campus with weekly entertainment varying from large concerts, and movies to comedians, lectures, and interactive games. Laker Weekends promote activities on campus and in the surrounding area for students each weekend.

Staying Informed With so many things happening on campus all the time – it’s hard to know what to do! Students will want to read The Lanthorn, our newspaper, which is published twice weekly. They can either read it online or pick up a copy from several areas throughout campus. Our radio station (WCKS) and cable access television station (GVTV) can also be found online. Besides keeping students current with Grand Valley information, all these forms of media offer wonderful opportunities for internships and ways for students to gain practical experience. Grand Valley’s events calendar (www.gvsu.edu/events) can also be accessed online for the most current information regarding events anywhere on campus. Students should get in the habit of checking this site regularly to make the most of the events happening on campus.

Sororities and Fraternities Almost seven percent of our student population belongs to a sorority or fraternity on campus. The academic support and social engagement provided by these groups encourage excellence in leadership, scholarship, service, and philanthropy. Parents attest to the personal growth and motivation shown by their students as part of the brotherhood or sisterhood experience.

Traditional Events Each year students are able to take advantage of many traditional events such as: Homecoming, Battle of the Valleys, Family Weekend, Sibs and Kids Weekend, Intercultural Festival, Presidents’ Ball, Relay for Life, and Rock Against Rape. These events help to build community and are part of the Grand Valley experience. Our campus programming group, Spotlight Productions,

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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Being a member of a Registered Student Organization (RSO) is a great way to get involved while meeting people with similar interests. Your student's experience in an organization will vary. Some students are very invested and take on leadership roles, while others use their membership as a way to take an hour of their week to participate in an activity or meeting.

Types of RSOs • Academic and Professional • Cultural • Faith Based • Fraternities and Sororities

How Does Your Student Learn More?

• Honor Societies

Explore our website and reasearch the numerous student organizations available. All RSOs are listed and there is information on how to connect with each group posted at www.gvsu.edu/studentlife/.

• Media

Campus Life Night is “one stop shopping” for students looking to get involved. Most RSOs will host a table at this event and offer information about their organization as well as how to join. Campus Life Night is held annually the Tuesday after Labor Day from 7-9 p.m. in the Fieldhouse Arena.

• Special Interest

Visit or call the Student Organization Center (SOC) in the lower level of Kirkhof (0008 KC) where our SOC consultants are on hand to answer questions.

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• Performing Arts • Programming • Service and Advocacy • Special Interest • Sports and Recreation • Student Government


Thousands of students attend the popular Campus Life NIght held annually in the Fieldhouse.

Questions Your Student Should Ask When Learning About RSOs

Bart Merkle, Ed.D., Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

When are the meetings? Make sure meeting times fit into your class schedule. Do you charge a membership fee or dues? Any financial commitments need to fit into their budget.

“Encourage your students to engage actively both in and out of the classroom, commit themselves to taking educational risks by stepping outside of their comfort zone, treat others with respect, ask questions, and, most importantly, seek help when needed these actions will ensure your success.�

Are new members expected to do anything extra? If so, how long will I be considered a new member? Do not join a group if you feel uncomfortable about membership requirements. Also, the university has a very clear policy against hazing. Who is your campus advisor? Every RSO has a faculty/staff advisor. This person can assist you with any questions or concerns.

What If My Student Cannot Find An Organization In Which They Are Interested?

What kinds of awards have you won and what are you involved in on campus? These are two great questions every organization should be able to answer!

It's easy for students to start a new organization. All they need are four members, a faculty/staff advisor, and a constitution.

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Rowing team competes at Henley Royale Regatta, England.

STAYING ACTIVE

Fitness and Wellness Services

Club Sports

Over 50 group exercise, mind/body, and spinning classes are taught weekly by a staff of certified instructors. Classes offer effective and safe workouts in a fun, friendly, and social atmosphere.

The club sports program, coordinated in the Office of Student Life, provides opportunities for students to remain physically active in sports throughout their college career. Participation promotes sportsmanship, aids in the development of skills, encourages regular physical activity, and membership is open to all students. Club sports provide an exciting athletic alternative that bridges the gap between intramural play and varsity athletics. There are currently over 50 opportunities that range from recreational to highly competitve. Many of our team sports are affiliated with national associations and compete on a regional and national basis. Competive teams often have coaches as well as faculty advisors.

To encourage healthy lifestyles, a variety of services include massage, nutrition, personal training, personal exercise program, equipment orientation, fitness assessment, wellness coaching, CPR/First Aid classes, and health screenings. Fitness and Wellness employment opportunities include: internships, group exercise instructors, massage practitioners, clerical, marketing, event staff, and exercise technicians. We can be contacted at (616) 331-3659 or rec@gvsu.edu.

Intramural Sports

Campus Recreation

We strive to provide an even playing field for amateur athletes. Involvement allows students to play and compete with their peers at Grand Valley. Over 25 intramural sport and leisure activities for men's, women's, and corecreational divisions of play are offered in the fall, winter, and spring semesters. Intramural sports promote student development in an environment where sportsmanship, safety, and fun take a higher priority over winning and losing.

The Department of Campus Recreation offers programs and services for fitness, wellness, and intramural sports that involve over 4,600 student participants annually. A complete list of schedules, registration, and other information can be found at www.gvsu.edu/rec/.

Students seeking on-campus employment may also find job opportunities to serve as scorekeepers, officials, supervisors, and interns. We can be contacted at gvintra@gvsu.edu or find us on Facebook by searching "Grand Valley Intramurals."

Whether students are interested in a high level of competition, to learn a new sport or skill, or to simply have fun and meet new people, they will enjoy the recreational fun offered through club sports. Specific clubs and contact information can be found at www.gvsustudentlifesports.com/.

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THEATRE OPPORTUNITIES All students are invited to continue their participation in drama activities at Grand Valley, regardless of whether or not they’re planning a major in theatre. Encourage your student to become involved in theatre, and to attend university stage productions each year. Your student has the following opportunities in which to do so: • Production and performance opportunities • Shakespeare Festival • Intercultural Diversity Show

MUSIC AND DANCE OPPORTUNITIES Students of all majors are encouraged to pursue their performance interests at Grand Valley, even if they are not planning to major in music or dance. Encourage your student to become active in the Grand Valley music and dance community through one of the following opportunities:

• The “Bard-To-Go” • Performance Studio Series • Musical/Opera Theatre Grand Valley Theatre welcomes all students who wish to volunteer their time and serve as vital parts of stage productions. Working as ushers, actors, stagehands, crews, or shop assistants, your student will develop important skillsets in creative thinking, group problem solving, self-expression, communication, ethical awareness, and other areas. For complete information on Grand Valley’s Theatre program, visit www.gvsu.edu/theatre/.

• Concert Band • GVSU Laker Marching Band • Symphonic Wind Ensemble • University Band • University Symphony Orchestra • Early Music Ensemble • GVSU Large Jazz Ensemble • GVSU Small Jazz Ensembles • New Music Ensemble • Percussion Ensemble • Steelband • Opera Theatre • University Arts Chorale • Festival Chorale • Varsity Men • Cantate Chamber Ensemble • University Singers • Music/Dance Ensembles • Dance Ensemble Visit www.gvsu.edu/music and contact the appropriate ensemble director regarding audition requirements.

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FIVE QUESTIONS Parents and families can play a critical role in helping their student in the career development process. The Five Questions initiative is an exciting campus-wide conversation encouraging students to ask themselves Five Questions: What are my interests, passions, and values? What are my skills and abilities? What steps can I take to test them out? Where do I want to go? How do I get there?

Roy Olsson, Ph.D., Dean College of Health Professions

“Express excitement about the new adventure they are about to begin; there will be pitfalls and great accomplishments. Be encouraging while allowing them to stand on their own.�

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Ask your student these questions to open up a dialogue about career choice and implementation. There are no right answers to these questions. There are no wrong answers to these questions. There are only individual answers; answers that may change through discovering interests, skills and abilities, engaging in a variety of new opportunities, and connecting with a plan for the future. The Five Questions website, a compilation of campus-wide career resources, was created as a resource for all members of the campus community. Anyone can self-engage in the exploration process through the website: www.gvsu.edu/ careers/fivequestions/. Have your student check it out today to begin answering the Five Questions and get on track for a successful career!

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LAKER FOR A LIFETIME Congratulations…you are a Laker family! When your student decided to attend Grand Valley, they became a Laker for a Lifetime. This means that you are now and will forever be a part of the Laker family too! So what does that mean? There is a spirit at Grand Valley that bonds students and their families, faculty, staff, and alumni. Students will discover it in our campus traditions. They’ll find it in our classrooms and corridors. They’ll carry it with them as they go through life. It is this bond, this spirit, which makes our students Lakers for a lifetime. If you ask our alumni what it means to be a Laker, you’ll consistently hear that all Lakers share some things in common.

Things like a diverse perspective and a willingness to embrace new ideas, as well as a curiosity and passion for learning, often inspired by working closely with a professor who became a personal mentor. You’ll also hear about the value of service to others and giving back, and how they learned as much outside the classroom as in it, through the West Michigan community, clubs or organizations, study abroad experiences, or by simply engaging in campus life. The roots of this spirit run deep, back to our founding in 1960. Grand Valley was started by visionary entrepreneurs and West Michigan citizens who wanted to make a difference in their community. Our first students were educational pioneers, willing to take a chance on a different type of college so that they could make a difference in the world. Now it’s your student's turn — to contribute to our campus with talent and passion, to be fully engaged in the Grand Valley community, and to care for fellow Lakers. When it is time for your student to graduate, he or she will be prepared to carry the torch for the students who will follow; leading by example, so that they can look to your student and say, "That’s what it means to be a Laker." Thank you for supporting your student as he or she experiences what it means to be a Laker. We welcome you to the larger Grand Valley family and hope that you, too, will consider yourself a Laker for a lifetime.

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LAKER COMMUNITY SERVICES Grand Valley offers numerous services to its students that help them develop and grow as a student and an informed citizen. Learn about the many resources available to your student while they attend Grand Valley.

CAREER SERVICES

Internships and Cooperative Education

The Career Services Office helps students and alumni get connected. Through a variety of programs and one-on-one appointments, we can help prepare your student to find their career. Our staff is available to help develop strategies that will lead to meaningful careers. As our staff works to prepare your student for their future career, you can stay informed by visiting our website at www.gvsu.edu/careers/.

We recommend encouraging your student to obtain work experience in their field prior to graduation. Assistance is provided to prepare for and obtain internships and other meaningful work experiences.

Lakerjobs Career Services partners with employers to bring students and alumni hundreds of internship as well as part-time and full-time career opportunities. New opportunities are posted daily and it’s free to sign up. Your student can simply go to www.gvsu.edu/lakerjobs and use “lakerjobs” as the first-time password.

Workshops, Seminars, Panels, and Events Outreach is available on all campuses through workshops, seminars, class presentations, and panels. Additionally, the office sponsors annual etiquette dinners for all majors.

Job Search Assistance Your student can obtain advice on resume and cover letter writing and job search strategies through a one-on-one scheduled appointment.

On-campus Recruitment Employers conduct year-round on-campus interviews for full-time employment, internships, cooperative education, and summer jobs.

Career Fairs Networking opportunities are offered through several career and informational fairs throughout the year, which allow employers and students to share career information.

Job and Internship Search Class If your student isn’t sure how to go about finding a job or internship in their area of interest, the Job and Internship Search Class is highly recommended. Students are empowered by moving through a structured process designed to help develop the skills and materials needed to conduct a successful job or internship search.

COUNSELING AND CAREER Lee C. Van Orsdel, M.S.L.S., Dean University Libraries

“Be sure your student checks out the libraries at GVSU. They are great places to study, to get help with a research project, to work in a group, or just to chill.”

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DEVELOPMENT CENTER The Counseling and Career Development Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services. The staff is available to assist your student in developing the interpersonal and coping skills needed in today’s complex world.

Counseling Services Individual counseling is short term and is usually reserved for student concerns that need a more personalized focus including suicidal ideation, overwhelming anxiety, substance dependence, lack of academic progress, and severe depression and trauma. If your student desires on-going treatment, they have the option to participate in weekly group psychotherapy or to seek community mental health resources. Group therapy offers professional and peer support to explore a myriad of issues that may include relationship and family of origin difficulties, depression, anxiety, social isolation, and lack of motivation. Also, seminars and psycho-educational groups focus on developing specific life coping skills such as stress management and mindfulness.

Career Development Services The Counseling and Career Development Center, in collaboration with the Career Center, provides students the opportunity to engage in career counseling. Through the use of career exploration groups, career assessments, individual career counseling, and career research, your student will be able to map out their career journey.

Appointments The Counseling and Career Development Center offers counseling at the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids Campuses. Your student may make appointments by contacting the Allendale office at (616) 331-3266 or the Pew office at (616) 331-7596, or by visiting either location during business hours. Visit www.gvsu.edu/counsel for more information.

Fees Counseling services are free of charge to registered and attending Grand Valley students. Psychological/career assessment or testing and court ordered evaluations require fees.

Confidentiality Testing and counseling are confidential except under the following circumstances: • Clear and imminent danger to self or another person • Disclosure of information regarding child or elder abuse and neglect • Court order of records • Written permission by the client Due to confidentiality, the center is unable to talk freely with parents or others regarding the counseling of students.

ACES Alcohol and Other Drugs Campus Education and Services (ACES) provides informational and support programs for students regarding alcohol and drug issues. The focus of ACES is to help students learn to make responsible choices in order to be successful and not struggle with the negative consequences of drug and alcohol use. The ACES Office provides a range of services that includes prevention and educational programs, counseling, assessments, and recovery support. The ACES office hosts daily 12-step meetings and weekly Al-Anon meetings. Visit www.gvsu.edu/aces or call (616) 331-2537 for more information.

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Women's Center Office

DISABILITY SUPPORT RESOURCES The mission of Disability Support Resources is to provide support services and accommodations that enhance the environment for persons with disabilities and to help educate the university community on disability issues. Program advisors can work with your student to assist them with course selection, scheduling, and exploring their areas of career interest. They may make referrals to other offices on campus that have more comprehensive services in these areas. Alternative format textbooks, test taking, and other assistive technologies are available.

Frederick J. Antczak, Ph.D., Dean College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“In the long run, what is most “practical” for students in college to study is what they’re good at, and what they are excited about. As the website for each major can show you, there are jobs for graduates in any major. So choosing a course of study—and getting the most for the money and the irreplaceable time they will invest—is a choice about how to make a life as well as how to make a living.”

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OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is committed to building an inclusive campus that promotes acceptance and appreciation of the diversity, background, and perspective of each individual. Through our signature Professionals of Color Lecture Series and cultural heritage celebrations, OMA enhances students’ learning by fostering an appreciation and respect for the history, tradition, and culture of different ethnic groups and empowering students to be active and engaged learners. OMA is home to the four Multicultural Cohort Programs: Multicultural Business Education Cohort, Multicultural Higher Education Cohort, Multicultural Science Education Cohort, and Multicultural Teaching Education Cohort. Students are selected to join one of four cohort programs, targeting majors in business, higher education, sciences, and teacher education. The cohort programs offer a learning community for freshmen students to transition from high school to college, foster peer-to-peer support, and form networking connections. High-impact learning outcomes are integrated into programs’ activities to offer an array of opportunities for students to develop lifelong skills that will benefit their lives and careers after college.

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LGBT Resource Center

LGBT RESOURCE CENTER

WOMEN’S CENTER

It is the mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center to educate, support, and empower students to lead authentic lives, to challenge gender and sexuality stereotypes, and strive for social justice.

The Women’s Center is committed to creating meaningful learning around gender and advocating for gender justice through the education, engagement, and empowerment of women students and the greater Grand Valley community.

The LGBT Resource Center strives to create an inclusive and just environment where the many expressions of gender and sexuality are celebrated within the complex identities of all students. We support and challenge LGBT students on their developmental journey as well as create a space for all students to confront and overcome personal bias. We envision our students becoming dynamic leaders in the social justice community who demonstrate solidarity with other marginalized communities by working together to challenge intersecting systems of oppression.

The Women’s Center is a place where diversity is valued and affirmed. The center hosts a variety of programs and services each year to enhance your student’s learning. Examples include the publication of the annual “In Our Own Words” journal, our rotating art program, regionally and nationally known speakers and educational workshops, and our Women’s Issues Volunteer Corps service-learning program that pairs students with nonprofits in the community that work with women and girls.

Parents appreciate the availability of the LGBT Resource Center. “As a mother of a teenage son who also happens to be gay, it gives me peace of mind and a sense of comfort knowing that my son has a place to go. I know he will be accepted and supported as a person while he is away from home for the first time and starting on his college journey,"

The Women’s Center has a fun location in the Kirkhof Center that provides a safe place for people to relax in the lounge, complete academic work at study tables, host meetings, utilize the resource library, or seek resources and referral information on various topics such as sexual assault, dating violence, disordered eating, service-learning, and more. The Women’s Center also offers internship opportunities for students in any major.

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) SUPPORT Technology Resources At Grand Valley your student has access to the latest in computer technology, preparing them with the essential skills to succeed in the workplace.

Campus-wide Network

Web Services Many different services are offered to students over the Web. Some of the more popular services include: • Student address information • Class schedule • Midterm and final grades • Degree progress • Unofficial transcript • Account balance • Admission status

Grand Valley’s campus-wide network provides instant access to our library’s card catalog, classroom applications, and general programs for student work.

• Registration

Features include:

University Notification

• More than 1,500 computers located in labs and classrooms throughout the Grand Valley campuses

The University Notificaton System is a supplementary application that will attempt to inform students, faculty, and staff members of emergency or imperative information about Grand Valley. This service will attempt to use email, voice mail, and/or text telephone services to reach the emergency contacts that your student has listed in their personal file. There is no guarantee that any or all of the contacts will be notified as we rely on outside telecommunications vendors to assist us in the notification (cell phone coverage, cell phone towers, or text messaging).

• High-speed network connections in every on-campus housing living area • Secured wireless access in academic buildings and housing locations

Technology Classrooms All classrooms have projection capabilities and permanent computers. All classrooms are capable of computer hookup for class presentations and where permanent equipment is not available, audio-visual equipment can be reserved and distributed to classrooms for instructional use.

Computer Labs Grand Valley’s computer labs are well equipped with the latest Windows and Macintosh computers. The computer labs are open throughout the school year and are located on the Allendale, Pew Grand Rapids, and Holland Campuses. Please refer to the website for locations and hours at www.gvsu.edu/it/.

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• Online student bill • Payment of student accounts

This system will be used to send out urgent information, such as closure due to inclement weather and issues related to public safety or health. Messages will be sent only when the university believes that the information is vital and that it must be disclosed immediately. There is no charge for this service; however, those choosing to receive text/cell messages do so with the understanding that standard incoming text/call fees may apply, based on your cell phone plan.

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If your student needs to change their information on file, please visit www.gvsu.edu/emergencycontact/.

Computer Accounts All students have a number of computer accounts that allow access to specific applications or services pertaining to technology. NETWORK ACCOUNT: Allows student access to campus computer labs and email accounts. EMAIL ACCOUNT: Web-enabled email that allows communication for classes, Blackboard, etc. BLACKBOARD ACCOUNT: Courseware application that allows for Internet communication of course materials, projects, and other assignments. STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS ACCOUNT: Account to maintain and retrieve information on personal data stored with the Records Department. NETWORK STORAGE: Students have access to 500MB of network disk storage for academic purposes. The storage space is for use in all courses and can be accessed on or off campus. The storage is accessed via the main network account. PERSONAL WEB SPACE: All students have access to a server to develop personal webpages or for use in Web development courses. The storage is accessed via the main network account.


UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE

UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES

The University Bookstore is owned and operated by Grand Valley and is located on both the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids Campuses. Visit the University Bookstore at either location or shop online and place a textbook, clothing, or gift order to be shipped to your home address. Textbooks may be reserved ahead of time for in-store pickup.

Grand Valley has four libraries on two campuses and provides support to students taking classes wherever they are located. The libraries hold over one million volumes, including more than 506,000 print books; 507,000 online books; 52,000 print and online journals; and hundreds of electronic databases. With this wealth of information, the University Libraries are positioned to provide your student with the resources they need to succeed.

Visit www.gvsu.edu/ubs for details.

Engaged in the Educational Experience Librarians enhance student learning by providing in-class instruction, traditional reference services, and one-on-one consultations with research assignments. The University Libraries also provide online subject guides so your student can work independently if preferred. Group and individual study space is available at convenient hours.

Technology Technology is used by the University Libraries to facilitate student’s access to resources in a number of additional ways: • Most of the libraries’ electronic resource databases, electronic journals, and e-books are available both on and off campus 24 hours a day. • Students have the ability to renew books, access online course reserve items, and order items from other locations via the Document Delivery service. • Laptops may be checked out for use in the Zumberge, Steelcase, and Frey Libraries. • Students may request items from any other campus library location. • Students may interact with library staff members in person, by phone, and online via instant messaging and email.

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LAKER RESOURCES Remember to keep this guide throughout your student’s academic career, and use it as a quick reference to the wide variety of resources available.

Grand Valley Fight Song We want a Grand Valley victory, as the Lakers we have pride. Our team will lead us on, Blue and White we're at your side!

The friendly staff at the 2020 Information Desk in the Kirkhof Center has the reputation of knowing everything. They are always willing to help find answers to questions, offer directions, explain the location of campus offices, distribute video and board games, and offer advice on what’s going on in Grand Rapids or along the Lakeshore.

www.gvsu.edu/2020 (616) 331-2020

We want a Grand Valley victory, as our foes will quickly see. Raise! Your! Voices and cheer for a VIC-TO-RY

CAMPUS HEALTH CENTER

FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

Alma Mater Hail to thee Grand Valley We're loyal, steadfast, true. Praise our Alma Mater We pledge our faith to you. Keep your banners flying, black, and white and blue. We sing to thee Grand Valley, united we're for you!

The Campus Health Center is designed for the diagnosis and treatment of acute minor illness, injuries, or accidents on a walk-in basis. Appointments are suggested for allergy shots and physical exams. Physical exams for sports, work, or school, and immunizations are also available.

Services provided include, but are not limited to the treatment of: • • • • • • •

allergies; asthma; burns; sprains; common cold symptoms; lacerations; and sore throats.

www.gvsu.edu/campushealth (616) 252-6030

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CAMPUS RECREATION Campus Recreation offers programs that enhance the quality of life for the Grand Valley community. It strives to develop a culture that values student learning and academic success, as well as lifelong health through the following: Fitness services: personal training, consultation, and testing Wellness services: health screenings, massage, nutrition, CPR and First Aid classes, and more Group exercise: classes in dance fitness, Kickfit, ZUMBA®, SPIN®, Yoga, and more Intramural sports: 20 intramural sport and leisure activities for men's, women's, and co-recreational divisions of play

CAREER SERVICES A successful career plan begins as early as a student’s first year and can make their college years more purposeful and rewarding. Career Services helps students gain a competitive edge in the job market through the following resources: • Career fairs and events • Individual assistance • LakerJobs (www.gvsu.edu/lakerjobs) • Simulated job interviews • And more

www.gvsu.edu/careers (616) 331-3311

www.gvsu.edu/rec (616) 331-3659

Children’s Enrichment Center

The framework to our program philosophy is grounded on our values that include: • Education • Family • Community • Character

COUNSELING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER Center Service s • Individual and group counselin g • Educational programming • Referral services • Consultatio n • Training

The Counseling and Career Development Center promotes the psychological well-being of the GVSU community. Through preventative services and therapeutic interventions, the center focuses on assisting student s in developing the interpersonal and coping skills needed in today’s complex world. With a growing number of nontraditional students earning degrees, the Children’s Enrichment Center is an on-campus resource that strives to create an environment that is dedicated to early learning and care for young children and families.

www.gvsu.edu/counsel (616) 331-3266

www.gvsu.edu/child (616) 331-5437

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FREDERIK MEIJER HONORS COLLEG E

College Offerings • Personalized instruction • Interdisciplinary education • Living/learning community • Undergraduate research opportunities • Cultural experiences • Honors status

The Frederik Meijer Honors College offers a distinctive learning community and extraordinary opportunities for academically motivated students. Both incoming first-year students and continuing students are eligible to apply. For more information on qualifications and procedure go to the website below.

Office of Multicultural Affairs Disability Support Resources • • • •

Academic advising Alternate format textbooks Alternative test-taking Assistive technology

Disability Support Resources provides support services and accommodations that enhance the environment for persons with disabilities and help educate the university community on disability issues.

• • • •

Documentation to professors Learning and study skills strategy Note-taking assistance Tutoring

www.gvsu.edu/dsr (616)(616) 331-2490 www.gvsu.edu/women_cen 331-2748

Grand Valley Police Department The Grand Valley Police Department provides a safe and secure environment in which to work, live, and learn. The department maintains a 24-hour, seven days a week, nonemergency dispatch center.

Students should dial 911 in the event of an emergency, and call (616) 331-3255 for nonemergency assistance with the following: • Lost and found • Parking • Bike registration • And more

www.gvsu.edu/honors (616) 331-3219 www.gvsu.edu/sustainability (616) 331-7366

INCLUSION AND EQUITY DIVISION The Inclusion and Equity division provides leadership in the development and implementation of a university-wide, integrated approach to enhancing the intercultural competency of students, faculty, and staff.

www.gvsu.edu/gvpd (616) 331-3255 www.gvsu.edu/sasc 331-3588

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Affirmative action Disability support resource s Intercultural training Inclusion initiatives

www.gvsu.edu/inclusion (616) 331-3296

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Mobile applications are continually being developed for the Android market and iOS devices (Apple).

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center's mission is to educate, support, and empower students to lead authentic lives, to challenge gender and sexuality stereotypes, and to work for social justice. The LGBT Resource Center provides resources, services, education, and leadership programs related to gender and sexuality in order to meet the many needs of the diverse LGBTQ and allied communities.

www.gvsu.edu/it (616) 331-2101

www.gvsu.edu/lgbtrc (616) 331-2530

Office of of Office Multicultural Affairs Affairs Multicultural

Services Student Academic • Tutoring Success Center (SASC) www.gvsu.edu/tutoring Academic advising engages

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) promotes acceptance and appreciation of an inclusive campus community that values the diversity, background, and perspective of each individual.

OMA offers

students in the process of exploring and defining their academic and career goals, as well as in creating effective

• student programming, such as the Multicultural Cohort Programs; and • an academic support program such as the Multicultural Cohort Program, diversity lecture series, and cultural heritage celebrations.

• Science Success Center www.gvsu.edu/ms3 • Learning and study skills development services

strategies to achieve these goals.

• Premajor Advising www.gvsu.edu/sasc/undecided

The Student Academic Success

• LAKER Academic Center (for student athletes) www.gvsu.edu/lakeracademiccenter

• a welcoming environment with gathering space; • a wide variety of helpful resources and referrals;

• Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) www.gvsu.edu/sla

Center supports students by providing the following services in one central location:

• TRiO Educational Support Program (ESP) www.gvsu.edu/esp • Testing services www.gvsu.edu/testserv

www.gvsu.edu/sasc (616) 331-3588

www.gvsu.edu/oma (616) 331-2177

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STUDENT EMPLOYMENT Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Student Employment Employment aids aids Student students in obtaining students in obtaining employment that that will will help help employment finance their education and finance their education and develop work skills for their develop work skills for their future career career choice. choice. future Students can can visit visit our our site site Students and click click on on the the “Job “Job Board” Board” and money tree tree icon icon ifif interested interested money in part-time employment. in part-time employment.

About Student Employment • There are over 2,500 student employees working on Grand Valley's campus. • Studies show that students who work, do as well or better academically as students who do not work. • Our Job Board is updated daily with new job postings. Previous job searches can be saved, and students can receive notifications when new jobs are posted. • The Student Employment Office puts on annual events such as the Summer Job Fair and Student Employee Appreciation Days.

www.gvsu.edu/studentjobs (616) 331-3238

Sustainable Community Development Initiative (SCDI)

• Home for more than 350 Registered Student Organizations (RSO) • Collaborative space for RSOs • Creation Station — arts, crafts, and office supplies • Lockers for RSO’s storage • Computers, lounge area, kitchen, and meeting spaces

www.gvsu.edu/studentlife/soc (616) 331-2360

The Women’s Center The Women’s Center creates meaningful learning around gender and advocates for gender justice through the education, engagement, and empowerment of women students and the greater GVSU community. The Women's Center Provides: • • • •

a safe and relaxing environment where all voices are heard outstanding programming academic and personal resources and assistance service learning, leadership and internship opportunities

The Sustainable Community Development Initiative provides Grand Valley students the knowledge and resources necessary to become better stewards and responsible global citizens. We encourage students to become more involved with sustainability efforts at Grand Valley and around the world by offering the following: : • Sustainability majors and minors • Lectures and documentaries on relevant topics • Internship and volunteer opportunities • A green library for sustainability resources

www.gvsu.edu/sustainability (616) 331-7366

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www.gvsu.edu/women_cen (616) 331-2748

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GVSU students can get free tickets to any regular season home athletic event.

Our well-trained peer consultants can help with

The Writing Center

• brainstorming ideas;

Any undergraduate or graduate student at Grand Valley can receive free writing consultation from a staff of trained peers simply by coming to the center during drop-in hours or making an appointment to receive feedback on their writing.

• organizing content; • integrating research; • polishing a draft; and • correctly documenting sources.

www.gvsu.edu/wc (616) 331-2922

www.gvsulakers.com (616) 331-3200

University Bookstore is proud to be owned and operated by Grand Valley State University.

WEST MICHIGAN From the great lake to the grand city, Grand Valley is an important part of Michigan’s West coast. Enjoy urban high life and beachfront fun, all within 25 minutes of campus.

TWO LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU ALLENDALE: Located on the first floor of the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus.

GRAND RAPIDS: Located in Building C of the DeVos Center Plaza on the Pew Campus.

TEXTBOOK RESERVATION Place a textbook reservation and the University Bookstore staff will collect, box, and hold the requested materials for in-store pick-up until the student moves to campus. OTHER PRODUCTS AND SERVICES GVSU imprinted clothing and gifts, school supplies, art supplies, academic software, electronics, general reading, and stamps.

www.gvsu.edu/ubs (616) 331-3520 www.ubs.gvsu.edu (616) 331-3520

www.michiganswestcoast.com

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Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

AVE.

EXIT 85B

AVE.

Michigan St. Univ. Secchia Center

MICHIGAN

BLUMRICH ST. DASH Lot

FREEWAY

GERALD R. FORD

River

AVE.

ST.

H

G

BARCLAY AVE.

ST.

AVE.

DOUGLAS

F

E

Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences Inset

COIT

196

AVE.

AVE.

BRIDGE

LAKE

D

C TO

BOSTWICK

B

AVE.

A

250

500

750

Feet

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