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The Laker Effect is the collective impact of the Grand Valley State University community on individual students, West Michigan, our state, and beyond. It's a force for positive change. Submit a Laker Effect story.


Watch video of Joe Renner

Joe Renner

Finance B.B.A. / Marketing B.B.A.

To Joe Renner, the vibe at Grand Valley is embodied by the way President Haas connects with students.

Watch video of Savannah Bressman

Savannah Bressman

Multimedia Journalism B.A., B.S. / Psychology B.A., B.S.

See why Grand Valley's location is everything for Savannah Bressman.

Watch video of Zaria Reeder-Wesley

Zaria Reeder-Wesley

Hospitality and Tourism Management B.S.

Zaria Reeder-Wesley believes Grand Valley jumpstarts careers with its resources and networking opportunities.

Watch video of Zoe Bruyn

Zoe Bruyn

Marketing B.B.A. / Management, General B.B.A.

Zoe Bruyn used her GVSU experience to start her own business, Stir It Up Bakery, which employs people with Down syndrome.

Watch video of Mohammed Azuz

Mohammed Azuz

Computer Information Systems M.S.

Mohamed Azuz was able to use his experience both in and out of the classroom during his time at GVSU.

Watch video of Ayris Gonzalez

Ayris Gonzalez

Criminal Justice M.S.

Ayris Gonzalez's passion for helping juveniles has been advanced through Grand Valley's flexible criminal justice master's degree program.

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