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GVSU teams with PBS to enrich student experience

By AUSTIN PHILLIPS Published 09/14/14 3:52pm

Since its beginning, PBS has played a role in shaping our community, from television to education. Just over four years ago, they launched a program called LearningMedia, an online educational tool with various forms of state and national level content in order to further their mission of informing the public.


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University welcomes latest Stuart and Barbara Padnos Distinguished Artist-in-Residence

Last year, Grand Valley State University posted an advertisement searching for a talented artist to become the next Artist-in-Residence. Following a handful of interviews and a campus tour, Nayda Collazo-Llorens was hired as Stuart and Barbara Padnos Distinguished Artist-in-Residence. Collazo-Llorens dabbles in all art mediums and has extensive experience in the art field.

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West & Run’s music carries sense of depth, purpose

West & Run’s music carries sense of depth, purpose

When we think of musicians, they’re often associated with the pursuit of fame, wealth and a lifestyle of indulgence that borders somewhere between envious and repulsive. Yet, if you talk to Ryley Grayson, lead singer for the band West & Run, you’ll hear a much different tone reinforcing his ambitions.

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Getting over the fear of speeches

One of the first steps toward success is being able to communicate. Grand Valley State University recognized this and decided to partner with Toastmasters International- a program dedicated to helping individuals improve their communication and leadership skills.

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From coloring books to ArtPrize

From coloring books to ArtPrize

For each family vacation, Sean Hamilton's mom would load up on a vast amount of crayons and coloring books to allow for Hamilton's creativity to disembark on its own adventure. At five years old, coloring was a form of entertainment for Hamilton.

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Experience through production

Twenty years ago a Grand Valley State University professor by the name of Barbara Roos constructed a new type of learning environment by creating the Summer Film Project. The program is a hands-on practicum for students to work one on one with professors and actors while learning about the film industry. “It is a great way to bring in professionals and it is a chance for students to learn from professionals,” said Brian Gotberg, student crew leader.

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OMG Music Festival to hit Grand Rapids

Since the creation of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, more and more musicians have sparked their own big breaks by uploading videos and recordings of themselves. The OMG Music Festival is a festival that highlights some musicians that began their career through these means.

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Jazzing down our carbon footprint

Jazzing down our carbon footprint

The DTE Energy Foundation after years of supporting Michigan festivals has expanded its reach into Grand Rapids by sponsoring the GRandJazzFest this year.

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