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Thursday, December 18, 2014

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WGVU has a long tradition of reaching out to audiences and a mission to serve the public both on-air and off. WGVU Engage works with our Outreach and Community Engagement programs to connect to the community. From Preview Screenings and Events to stimulating public discussion, WGVU Engage is there.

The Mission of the Engage Committee is to extend the outreach of WGVU through local events and programs in an effort to better serve the community.

WGVU Volunteer Spotlight
Ohio State Alumni Club of West Michigan

OHIO STATE ALUMNI CLUB OF WEST MICHIGAN

As many will know, it’s not always easy being a Buckeye in Michigan - thus The Ohio State Alumni Club of West Michigan enjoys every opportunity it has, to show what a great group of Buckeyes live, work and contribute to life in West Michigan. Our local Alumni Club serves the 1200+ alumni, family and friends that live in West Michigan and who come from as far as Traverse City.
 
The history of our Club’s volunteering for WGVU’s Public Television goes back to the mid 1980’s when the broadcasting was still done in Allendale.  We have continued to volunteer for the Telethons at least once a year and thoroughly enjoy meeting and working with the staff at WGVU, answering phones during the station’s Pledge Drives and watching the wonderful shows that WGVU broadcasts during our 4 hour shifts.  Our Club is very proud of the $15,740.00 in Pledges we received during ONE evening in December, 2008!  
 
Club Members have also volunteered in several other community service projects including Habitat for Humanity; the Annual Blood Drive Competition between the Alumni Clubs of Michigan State, Notre Dame and the University of Michigan; monetary & food donations to the local Feeding America Food Bank; volunteering at a Mobile Food Pantry; our annual ABCD clothing donations to Mel Trotter Ministries (Accepting Buckeye Clothing to Donate); and contributing to Operation Overdrive which sends care packages to U.S. Military Personnel stationed overseas!
 
Most recently, we enjoyed a partnership with Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley University and The Kendall College of Art and Design as we were the lead sponsor of the January, 2011 Diversity Event entitled, THEM: Images of Separation at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids.
 
A day of “Buckeye Camaraderie” is topped by great prizes and a silent auction of Buckeye Memorabilia. Proceeds are contributed to our Endowed Scholarship Fund - which allows us to provide scholarships to local students for their freshman year at OSU.
 
If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in joining The OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan, please send an email to OSUWestMI@aol.com. You do not need to be a graduate of OSU to join and more details can be found at www.wmibucks.com.  GO BUCKS!

Other volunteer spotlights

ERIC FASSLER GVSU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ROB AND CHRIS GEER NOTRE DAME CLUB OF GRAND RAPIDS RON BARKEL KRISTIN ARMSTRONG ALPHA IOTA OF GRAND RAPIDS PRIORITY HEALTH CYCLING TEAM SHARON YENTSCH MARCIA DE YOUNG LIZZIE WILLIAMS JENNA PUISIS MARIE BYL JOANN FLOWERS KATY ATCHISON CHRIS MALLEY JOY CHAPMAN BILL AND KATHIE PENDERGAST DEIDRA MCCLELLAND SHONDREKA LOTT KATIE FAVALE JACQUIE LOVEGROVE TELEPHONE PIONEERS JON HELMRICH NANCY BROZEK KISHEN NEWTON

Thank you to the following sponsors of WGVU Engage

Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Inclusion sponsored by
GVSU Office of Multicultural Affairs PNC Bank
 
Health sponsored by
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital  
 
Arts sponsored by
Centennial Securities  
 
Veterans sponsored by
On the Border Mexican Grille and Cantina Michigan National Guard
 
Education sponsored by
PNC Bank On the Border Mexican Grille and Cantina
 
 
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