Alumni in 10
David Luther, '06
Title/Employer: Featured Columnist / Bleacher Report
Degree Earned/Emphasis Area: International Relations
1. What has your journey been since graduation?
Shortly after graduating from GVSU, I became involved in sports marketing through GVSU's club hockey program. After a couple of years, I began writing for an online sports startup called Bleacher Report. Within a few years, BR had grown to the third largest sports website in North America, and was purchased by Turner Broadcasting.
2. How has Grand Valley had a role in your journey?
GVSU instilled a never-ending, insatiable desire for learning. That appetite colors my career by constantly pushing the boundaries of my area of coverage to new and interesting angles within the wider sports world.
3. What is your favorite Grand Valley memory?
My favorite GVSU memory is taking a trip to Florence, Alabama in 2005 and rushing the field after the Lakers won another national championship.
4. What three words describe your experience at Grand Valley?
Community, Service, Learning
Grand Valley is a unique community that remains incredibly tight-knit and familial despite its ever-increasing size.
Grand Valley instills a sense of service in its students that carries over to their lives as alumni; service not only through their professions, but through philanthropic endeavors as well.
While education is the goal of every university, Grand Valley goes beyond that mission by instilling in its students a love of learning. Preparing for our careers with education is certainly important, but when our education comes to a close, we can and must continue learning about our professions, societies, communities, and ourselves.
5. How, and why, have you stayed involved with Grand Valley since graduation?
Since graduating, I have volunteered on numerous occasions with the Alumni Association, attended events, and donated my talent, time, and treasure. In 2017, I was named to the GVSU Young Alumni Council, giving me an even greater opportunity to give back to my alma mater. I consider myself fortunate to benefit from all of the great education-both academic and social-I received while at Grand Valley; giving back through continued involvement is the least I can do for my Laker family.
6. Why are you proud to be a Laker for a Lifetime?
Despite being a large, highly-ranked university, GVSU has maintained a tight-knit, small college atmosphere. That leads to an enduring sense of community and familiarity among the faculty, staff, students, and Alumni that extends far beyond a typical educational environment. GVSU is a unique university, and I cherish every moment spent with my Laker family.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Typically, my leisure activities revolve around the same thing my professional activities do: sports. The only difference is when I'm not being paid to watch a sporting event, my first choice is a GVSU sporting event.
8. What is your favorite quote/motto to live by?
'Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.' -President Gerald R. Ford
9. What motivates you?
I am constantly striving to make things better, be it my profession, my community, or my alma mater. It may be easier to criticize when things aren't quite right, but it's far more satisfying to take an active role in making a change for the better.
10. What book or movie have you recently enjoyed?
Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer