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Housing Graduate Assistant Resource Guide 2013-2014

Housing & Residence Life 103 Student Services Building Allendale, MI 49401 (616) 331-2120

A Letter from the Director of Housing Prospective Candidate: Thank you for your interest in working for Housing & Residence Life at Grand Valley State University. We are committed to finding exemplary staff through our national search process- especially candidates who represent our values of liberal education, intercultural competency, and sustainability. As we strive to learn more about you, we appreciate you taking the time to learn about our department as well. You can do this through utilizing this employment guide, meeting our professional and graduate Housing staff at conferences, scheduling a campus visit, and by checking out our website ( Grand Valley State University is a liberal arts institution with over 24,000 students, predominantly located in Allendale, Michigan. Grand Valley offers more than 200 areas of study (81 undergraduate majors and 29 graduate program). U.S. News & World Report has named Grand Valley an “up and coming” university. The Housing & Residence life department aims to serve students at the university, especially the 6,000 students currently living with us on campus. In addition to providing safe and state of the art facilities for students to live in, we partner with other faculty and staff to provide oncampus programming and living-learning communities (Frederick Meijer Honor’s College, Art Housing, Movement Science House, International House, Women’s Leadership House, & Women in Science & Engineering). If you find that Housing & Residence Life at Grand Valley State University would be a good fit for you, please visit There you will find the exact steps to take in order to apply for our graduate and professional staff positions. Thank you again for your interest in our department! Sincerely, Andy Beachnau, Ph.D. Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs & Director of Housing and Health Services


TABLE OF CONTENTS “While there are various assignments that require a good time commitment, the great thing about this program is that many of the professors allow you to be creative and interpret the content as you see fit. This makes it less difficult while still brain stimulating. I am looking forward to the more challenging courses that may be presented during second year because it will keep me on my A game!” - Justine Easter GA for the Johnson Center for Philanthropy CSAL Class of 2014


Department Mission


Facts About Grand Valley


Graduate Assistant Description


CSAL Description


Where’s Allendale?


Shopping Resources


Housing Building Stats


Living-Learning Communities


Campus Map

DEPARTMENT MISSION “You put into it what you get out of it. If you choose to prioritize and do you work in a timely manner, you will excel. It is as difficult as you make it to be. Don’t try to juggle too many things at the start of your first semester, but rather wait until you’ve figured out the workload and the expectations of your professors. ”

Housing Mission Statement: Collaborating to provide opportunities for student learning and success through inclusive residential communities and experiences. Values: • Liberal Education • Intercultural Competency • Sustainability

- Justine Easter GA for the Johnson Center for Philanthropy CSAL Class of 2014


FACTS ABOUT GRAND VALLEY • Colors: Blue, Black, and White • Nickname: The Lakers • Mascot: Louie the Laker • For the 15th year in a row, Grand Valley was named one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys” by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc. • Grand Valley is listed as one of “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010 by Forbes magazine • Grand Valley is ranked seventh in the “Top Public Regional Universities in the Midwest” • Grand Valley is ranked third and 34th among Midwest regional universities in the “Up-and-Comers” and “Best Regional Universities” categories, respectively, all by U.S. News & World Report

Enrollment Figures • Total students: 24,662 • Undergraduate students: 21,236

• Grand Valley was named one of the best universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review

• Graduate students: 3,426 • Alumni: 80,860

• Grand Valley State University was chartered by the Michigan legislature in 1960 in response to the need for a public, four-year college in the state’s second largest metropolitan region

• Faculty (regular): 837

• 18 intercollegiate sports - ten for women and eight for men

• Undergraduate Degrees: 81

• Support staff: 1,148 • Areas of Study: 200+ • Graduate Degrees: 29

• Winner of Director’s Cup (Best NCAA division II Athletic Program in the Nation): 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

• Average Class Size: 27 • Student Organizations: 342 • Study Abroad Programs: 4000+


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LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITIES Frederik Meijer Honors College Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center

Housing & Residence Life offers living-learning communities in a number of our on-campus apartments. Students living in these buildings have chosen to expand their education through shared learning experiences, and each community is built upon a specific theme, major, or area of interest. Professional and graduate staff work closely with a faculty coordinator in these communities to provide a rich living-learning experience that extends outside of the classroom (programs, events, field trips, research, etc.). Read on to learn more about the communities we offer!

Students in the Frederik Meijer Honors College have the unique opportunity to live here if they enjoy the optimal environment for intellectual growth and become part of a nurturing learning community.

International House Mark A. Murray Living Center Provides international business, international relations, modern languages, and political science students an opportunity to live with their peers.

Movement Science House South D Living Center Provides opportunities for students to engage in the movement sciences while enhancing their academic, social, and professional development.

Art Housing Calder Residence The Calder Residence provides academic housing for art major.

Women’s Leadership House Ronald VanSteeland Living Center Offers leadership development programming and interaction with WGS faculty, Women’s Center staff, housing staff, and TRIOTA members.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) South C Living Center A supportive, interactive environment for female students pursuing careers in science, math and engineering.


GRADUATE ASSISTANT Half-time positions responsible for sharing and/ or providing the administrative leadership of a residential area housing 500 to 700 students. Graduate Assistants serve as the primary advisor to the Community Council and report directly to a Living Center Director. Individuals should demonstrate critical thinking skills and the ability to balance personal, academic, and work life in a healthy fashion. • Requirements BA/BS required & acceptance to the GVSU Master of Education Program with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership. Ability to handle multiple tasks, work on an individual level and in a team setting and demonstrate excellent communication skills. • Compensation $6000.00 stipend/10 month, tuition waiver of 24 credits per year, housing and meal plan.

“The most important thing is making sure that you appropriately budget your time so that you can make sure to have enough time for each and every assignment.” - Devin Steur GA for Admissions CSAL Class of 2014


“The professors in the CSAL program are always open to working with students outside of the classroom and serve as excellent academic and professional resources. The support I have utilized the most as a CSAL student are my fellow cohort members and classmates. The cohort model facilitates a great environment to work closely with the students in your classes and learn from everyone’s experiences!”

College Student Affairs Leadership

- Abigail Johnson Laker Academic Success Center GA CSAL Class of 2014

The College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL) curriculum prepares students for professional positions in institutions of higher education in a variety of areas such as admissions, student orientation, housing,

Current graduate students gave their opinion on: • Course load: “Each student admitted into

student life, academic advising, recreation, financial aid, multicultural affairs, career services, international

the CSAL program is required to take three

affairs and judicial affairs.

courses their first semester for a total of 9-credit hours. Each class meets once per week, often in the evenings, for three hours. The class sizes are capped around 20 students per section and most of your classmates will be fellow CSAL students within your cohort.” Erin Ash • Expectations: “In the CSAL program, we’re consistently told that school comes first. We work approximately 20 hours per week but our supervisors are flexible with when those hours occur based off of what’s going on academically. We’re expected to work and act as professionals and to communicate with our supervisors and students appropriately. We are expected to hold office hours, to respond to student needs, and take approximately 3 weeks/semester of on-call duty rotation. We are also typically responsible for supervising our building’s community council and working with them to plan programs.” Sarah Joslyn



Howf ar Demographics of the Allendale

• In 2010, Allendale had a population of 17,579, with a median resident age of 20.9 years old (many being Grand Valley students). • While Allendale is a small town it boasts a median household income of $47,106.00.

• Allendale has all four season, and is near Lake Michigan thus the weather is unpredictable due to the lake effect.


• According to the census, Allendale’s population identifies as the following: 88.3% white 4.8% Hispanic 3.2% African American 1.9% multiracial 1.4% Asian .03% Native American Grand Rapids, the largest city nearby has much more increased diversity.

How far to... Chicago, IL

173 miles

Cincinnati, OH

278 miles

Cleveland, OH

315 miles

Columbus, OH

337 miles

Detroit, MI

172 miles

Grand Haven, MI

20 miles

Indianapolis, IN

246 miles

Lansing, MI

82 miles

Louisville, KY

365 miles

Memphis, TN

668 miles

Grand Rapids

Milwaikee, WI

259 miles

• Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM)

Nashville, TN

538 miles

Changing exhibitions feature local, national and

New York, NY

760 miles

international artists.

Toledo, OH

199 miles

Traverse City, MI

155 miles

Discover the beauty and splendor of our botanic garden

Washington, DC

669 miles

and internationally acclaimed sculpture park in Grand

• Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Rapids, MI.

Holland • Holland State Park Holland State Park offers an expansive, sandy beach along Lake Michigan, two

• Grand Rapids Public Museum Plan a visit today and enjoy a world class facility full of exciting, entertaining, and educational exhibits! • ArtPrize

large campgrounds and a beautiful

Part arts festival, part social experiment--this international

view of sailboats and sunsets.

contest is decided solely by public vote annually each fall.

• Holland Tulip Time Festival Our annual celebration of Dutch heritage and culture is a multigenerational event that has something for everyone. (Only occurs during May).

Grand Haven • Grand Haven State Park The park consists entirely of beach sand and provides scenic views of Lake Michigan and the Grand Haven pier and lighthouse.


SHOPPING RESOURCES Auto Services • Muffler Man, Standale • Tolman’s Auto Service, Allendale

Beauty • Aveda Institute downtown Grand Rapids – discount beauty & hair salon • Great Clips Grandville – men’s & women’s hair salon • Hairacy Kentwood – ethnic hair salon

• Quaker State, Allendale

• Sally’s Beauty Supply Grandville – hair & beauty products

Bank Services

• The Beauty House Wyoming, downtown Grand Rapids – ethic hair supplies

• Bank of America, Chase Bank, Fifth Third Bank, and PNC Bank – on-campus

• Reflections Grand Rapids, ethic hair & nail salon

Dining & Restaurants • Grand Coney Grandville, Allendale – Detroit-style chili dogs/ American-style grill • Hop Cat Grand Rapids – great appetizers and drinks • On the Border Mexican Grill Grandville – authentic Mexican food • Palace of India Grand Rapids – authentic Indian food

Campus Resources • • • • • •

• Stella’s Grand Rapids - #1 burger in the nation

Office of Multicultural Affairs Women’s Center LGBT Resource Center Padnos International Center Disability Services Inclusion and Equity

• The 8th Street Bar Holland – soupbar and beer • The Crooked Goose Standale – sports bar • The Kirby Grand Haven – rustic bar and grill • Uccello’s Italian Restaurant Standale, Grandville – fun, sporty atmosphere

Festivals • • • • • • • • • • •

• Wolfgang’s East Town – breakfast foods

ArtPrize Beer and Wine Festival Coastguard Festival Festival of the Arts Hispanic Festival Juneteenth Laugh Fest Polish Taste of Grand Rapids Festival West Michigan Pride Festival And Additional Ethnic Festivals

Grocery • Family Fare Allendale (3 miles away) – Student perks • Meijer Walker (7 miles away) – M Perks


Healthcare & Wellness • Grand Valley Health Center • GVSU Recreational Center • GVSU Counseling and Career Development Center – Free to all students and staff • Holland Hospital • Spectrum Butterworth Hospital Downtown Grand Rapids • St. Mary’s Hospital Downtown Grand Rapids • Zeeland Hospital

Movie Theater • Celebration! Cinema Grandville, East Beltline, 28th Street Student discount • Kirkhof Spotlight Campus Theater

Postal Office • FedEx Walker, Grand Rapids • U.S. Post Office Allendale & Standale – Stamps can be purchased at the University Bookstore with multiple dropbox locations on-campus

Places of Worship • Multiple religious centers throughout Greater Grand Rapids, services offered in multiple languages (


Shopping • Best Buy Grandville – electronics, media & entertainment • Centerpointe Mall 28th Street • Costco Grandville – wholesale • Mediterranean Island Kalamazoo/36th street – international grocery

Public Transportation

• Meijer Standale, Jenison, Grandville – department store

• Amtrak Train Station

• Target Grandville – supercenter

• Gerald Ford International Airport

• Rivertown Crossings Mall Grandville

• Greyhound stations –Mega Bus station

• Woodland Mall East Beltline

• The Rapid – local free bus system • Yellow Cab Taxi Company

• World Market Grandville - international items



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Grand Valley State University Arboretum Great Lakes Plaza Henry Hall Arthur C. Hills Living Center Icie Macy Hoobler Living Center Paul A. Johnson Living Center Kelly Family Sports Center Russel H. Kirkhof Center William A. Kirkpatrick Living Center Robert Kleiner Commons Grace Olsen Kistler Living Center Lake Huron Hall Lake Michigan Hall

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Lake Ontario Hall Lake Superior Hall Laker Village Apartments Loutit Lecture Halls Arend D. Lubbers Stadium Mackinac Hall Manitou Hall Multi-Purpose Facility Mark A. Murray Living Center Glenn A. Niemeyer East Living Center Glenn A. Niemeyer Honors Hall Glenn A. Niemeyer West Living Center North Living Center A

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North Living Center B North Living Center C Arnold C. Ott Living Center Outdoor Recreation and Athletic Fields Seymour & Esther Padnos Hall of Science Performing Arts Center Robert C. Pew Living Center William F. Pickard Living Center Ravine Apartments Ravine Center Kenneth W. Robinson Living Center Seidman House Bill & Sally Seidman Living Center


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Service Building (Public Safety inside) South C South D South E South Utilities Building Dale Stafford Living Center Student Services Building Maxine M. Swanson Living Center Ronald F. VanSteeland Living Center Ella Koeze Weed Living Center West Living Center A West Living Center B James H. Zumberge Library

Graduate Assistant Resource Guide  

Everything you need to know about being a Graduate Assistant for housing at Grand Valley State University.