The next wave of the best and brightest: incoming students at their send-off in July, courtesy of the West Michigan Alumni Chapter.
We’ve got great alumni chapters across the nation and around the globe. We feature events, formal and informal, at these different locales in the Alumni Around the World section of which you are probably aware. I had a chance to chat with one leader, Kevin Grzelak '89 of the West Michigan chapter, recently. To say they are successful is understating it quite a bit.
Kevin’s been involved in the Grand Rapids area since 1997, when "a small group of alumni were holding events here and there, collecting some money for tickets and food, and then we began to make a profit,” he says.
They started socking away the extra funds and eventually established an endowed scholarship beginning in 2001 which is now approaching $40,000. They target incoming Tech students from GR and the local counties, and, as they hold more events, they add to the funds. (Some alums just donate directly into the scholarship fund.)
A typical year for this group entails events such as an annual, formal spring dinner, new student send-off, minor league baseball game, Grand Valley football and basketball, minor league hockey games at GR and Muskegon, a gathering at Marie Catrib’s restaurant (which she opens for alums only on a Sunday), a golf outing, and a K-Day event (this year targeting newer alums and HuskyLink registration).
And, as if that’s not enough, they do a couple of charter-fishing raffles to entice donations, one offered by Andersen Charters on Lake Michigan; one offered by Jireh Charters on Saginaw Bay.
“We’ve got a great group of folks helping out,” Kevin says. “There’s ten or twelve of us, so we can divvy up the work. And Chas Thompson ’91 and Jim Schwerin ’87 of Schmoz Brewery help, too, donating beer to some of the events.
They sound like a fun bunch to be around, and whatever is in the water (or beer) down there, it’s working.
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The Colorologist Returns
"Turn, turn, turn," he says.
Great song. Great verse.
"I mean the seasons, spots of color around already."
I saw that.
"Sherman Field should already be great for the home football opener on the 10th."
We have a great defense, and defense wins.
"So does Mother Nature. She's undefeated."
Dennis '92, '09