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December 9, 2011
Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Educator Dinner

December 10, 2011

January 6, 2012
Seidman Breakfast Series: Economic Forecast

January 12, 2012
Young Alumni Event at the GR Symphony

January 20, 2012
Music Department Alumni Reception

February 23, 2012
GVSU Career Fair

March 26-31, 2012
Community Outreach Week

Through April 4, 2012
Wheelhouse Talks

Alumni Spotlight


Michelle R. Troseth, ’83 & ’97,  will be recognized at the Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Educator Awards Dinner on December 9, 2011.

Troseth is the executive vice president and chief professional practice officer for Elsevier Clinical Decision Support & Elsevier Clinical Practice Model Resource Center in Grand Rapids. She is responsible for continuing to improve the professional practices of health care providers, and transforming the culture of healthcare settings around the world.

In 1983, Troseth earned a bachelor of science in nursing, and in 1997, a master of science in nursing from Grand Valley State University. She started her career as a critical care nurse and later joined forces with her former professor and mentor, Bonnie Wesorick, founder of the CPM Resource Center. 

The CPM Resource Center works with healthcare organizations to provide clinicians with resources to focus on coordinating care and improving patient care using the latest clinical information and health information technology.

Troseth’s job has taken her around the world, and the CPM Framework™ and Models has been implemented in more than 300 hospitals across the United States and Canada with a mission to co-create the best places to give and receive care.

Among her many accomplishments and awards, Troseth was inducted into the National Academies of Practice as a distinguished practitioner in nursing.

She and her husband are campaign chairs for the Wesorick Center for Healthcare Transformation within the GVSU Kirkhof College of Nursing. She has shown support of the University financially and with her time and resources, and continues to support the evolving teaching practices in nursing and interprofessional education. She frequently speaks internationally, and shares the collaborative work of Grand Valley, the Kirkhof College of Nursing, and CPM Resource Center.

Troseth has three sons and currently resides in Hudsonville with her husband, Kevin.

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Young Alumni Event: Swingin' with Sinatra at the GR Symphony

Join us for music and martinis at this one-of-a-kind sneak peek event! The Young Alumni Council will be kicking of the new year with a private reception at the Grand Rapids Symphony. Swingin’ with Sinatra & Dorsey will be held at the DeVos Performance Hall on Thursday, January 12, 2012. This "Rat Pack style" reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with backstage tours and an open rehearsal concert that begins at 7:00 p.m.

Mingle with your fellow Laker alumni and guests, and enjoy a signature libation "Chairman of the Board" - a Laker shaker cocktail martini. You won't want to miss the hit Sinatra songs My Way, New York, New York and more. Attire is business casual, but feel free to arrive in style with Sinatra-inspired swingin' looks.

RSVP by Monday January 9, 2012. See who's coming on Facebook or get more info.

Alumna and Educator to be Recognized at December Commencement

This weekend, the GVSU Alumni Association will honor Michelle Troseth, ’83 & ’97 (see sidebar) and Dr. Felix Ngassa, '07 at the University's commencement ceremony. Troseth, executive vice president and chief professional practice officer for Elsevier Clinical Decision Support & Elsevier Clinical Practice Model Resource Center in Grand Rapids, will be awarded with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Ngassa, associate professor of chemistry will receive the Outstanding Educator Award. Accomplishments will also be celebrated at a reception and awards dinner on December 9.

Do you know a fellow graduate who deserves to be recognized? The Alumni Association and Young Alumni Council are looking for nominations for the 2012 Young Alumni Award. Nominations will be accepted through January 31, 2012.

Lakers in the Spotlight During 2011 Football Season

The GVSU Alumni Association was proud to share the accomplishments of some of its successful Grand Valley alumni during the 2011 football season. Honored graduates were featured on the Lubbers Stadium video scoreboard and on the Lakers radio network.

Watch or listen to their stories.


Making a Difference

Leave your Legacy at Grand Valley - Make a Year-End Gift!

How will you leave behind your legacy at GVSU? You can make an impact on students long after graduation by joining your fellow alumni in making a gift in honor of your significant accomplishments.

As this year comes to a close, it is time to reflect on what there is to be thankful for. GVSU is thankful for alumni like you who care about the students who follow in your footsteps. Your donations make an incredible difference and allow us to deliver the high quality programs that you and our current students expect.

We invite you to join with us in coming together and supporting the future of Grand Valley State University. Any size gift makes a difference. To make a year-end donation, please visit our online donation page or contact Jill Dooley, '90 & '99 at jill_dooley@gvsu.edu before December 31, 2011.

Community Outreach Week 2012 is Around the Corner

Unite with fellow Lakers this coming March! It's not too early to start planning your project for Community Outreach Week 2012. The Community Service Learning Center and the Alumni Association will team up again during the week of service from March 26-31, 2012.

All alumni from around the world are encouraged to take part in a few hours or a full day of volunteering. Help with a park clean-up, assist at a food bank, or serve a meal at a shelter, volunteering has no boundaries. Together, the global network of Lakers can broaden our service impact.

Contact cow@gvsu.edu for more information.

GradFest Introduces Graduates to Alumni Association

Eighteen alumni volunteers greeted more than 1,000 new graduates during this year's GradFest on Novemeber 15 and 16. Alumni representatives welcomed the newest members of the Alumni Association into the ranks of over 81,000 proud and successful GVSU alumni worldwide. Graduates were presented with a small gift, given information about alumni benefits and services, and encouraged to stay active and involved.

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Club & Chapter News

Metro Detroit Alumni Ring Bells for Salvation Army

The 2nd Annual “Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army” event sponsored by the Metro Detroit GVSU Alumni Club took place on Saturday, December 3. Eleven GVSU alumni bundled up and took turns ringing the bell for at least an hour outside the Macy's at the Troy Oakland Mall. Laker volunteers were treated with fresh donuts and given GVSU alumni apparel. Nearly $300 was collected in the red kettle this year. Thanks to all who participated to help make the holiday season a little brighter for Michigan families!

If you live in the Metro Detroit area (including Flint and Port Huron) be sure to “like” the Metro Detroit GVSU Alumni Club Facebook Page to stay up to date on all the area events!

Music Department to Host Alumni Reception - January 20

Join the GVSU Department of Music for this year's Michigan Music Conference Alumni Reception. The reception will be held on Friday, January 20, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Grandview Room of the Amway Grand Plaza. There will be hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer and wine, and a cash bar.

The Department of Music will host a booth in the Exhibition Hall at DeVos Place during the conference and will also have several presenting faculty. 

RSVP by January 12. Please contact Valerie Stoelzel at stoelzev@gvsu.edu or  (616) 331-3678 for more information.

Campus News

Laker Sports Wrap Up

Laker Football Finishes Season at 8-3

After closing out the season on a seven game winning streak, the GLIAC North Division Champion Lakers finished in the top 25 in the American Football Coaches Association final regular season poll. They have been ranked in every final poll since 2001. The Lakers open the 2012 season on September 1 at Western Oregon.

Women’s Soccer Competes for National Championship

The Lakers' bid for a National Championship three-peat was denied on December 3 after the Lakers lost a tough 2-1 battle to St. Rose of New York. The loss snapped a 42 game unbeaten streak. The season ended with an impressive 20-1-4 record. This year’s season class closed out their career with a remarkable 86-3-10 record. In addition Ashley Botts was selected as the Academic All-America® of the Year for Division II women's soccer.

Women’s Volleyball Wrapup

The Lakers finished the season 14-13 overall and 11-8 in the GLIAC. Three players Abby EbelsEno Umoh, and Clair Ruhenkamp were named to the all All-GLIAC team and six Lakers also earned GLIAC All Academic honors.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Enjoying Success

Coach Andy Boyce’s squads recently finished the 2011 portion of their seasons. The team claimed GLIAC wins over Ashland and Northern Michigan. Both teams posted championship wins at last weekend’s Calvin Invitational. The two teams return to action January 2.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Enjoy Stellar Seasons

The defending National Championship Women’s Cross Country team and the men’s squad both had strong showings at this year’s championship with both teams registering third place finishes.

Lubbers Stadium Preps for Facelift

Lucky Laker fans were able to take home a piece of history last month as the renovation at Lubbers Stadium began. With help from Summit Landscape, fans were able to walk away with pieces of the turf where the Lakers celebrated many victories. Renovations include lowering the field and additional seating.

For full details on these and other Laker sports check out  www.gvsulakers.com

Earn $30,000 to Work in Michigan's High Need Schools

If you are interested in teaching science or math in high need schools, consider the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. This Fellowship offers $30,000 for tuition and expenses. They are looking for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduates with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must be able to commit to at least three years in Michigan’s High Need Secondary Schools.

Applications for the Fellowship are due by January 10, 2012 and must include recommendations and transcripts. To complete an application, visit www.wwteachingfellowship.org/.

For more information about the program at GVSU, including 15 month graduate programs, visit www.gvsu.edu/teachingfellowship or call Dr. Barbara LaBeau (616) 331-6693 or Dr. Loretta Konecki (616) 331-6652

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