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Local entrepreneur named Honors College chair

(07/01/12 11:11pm)

The Frederik Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University has announced it will be hiring local entrepreneur Bill Holsinger-Robinson as chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the university. "He is one of the most foreword thinking entrepreneurs from the business and social entrepreneurship side and is at the forefront of thinking," said Jeff Chamberlain, director of the Honors College.


$55M science building approved

(07/01/12 11:11pm)

Coming in fall 2015, Grand Valley State University will be completing construction on a new science building located on the Allendale Campus equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, and faculty offices. "Think of this as an addition to Padnos Hall but it's across the street," said Matt McLogan, vice president of university relations.


Affordable Care Act may cost students extra cash for health care

(07/15/12 7:56pm)

In the wake of the passing of President Barack Obama’s new healthcare reform bill, the Affordable Care Act, Grand Valley State University is changing its insurance policies to meet the new rules and regulations needed to provide students with proper insurance. “The 2011-2012 policy was a $50,000 policy and the 2012-2013 policy is a $100,000 policy,” said Candy Mears, an account manager for GVSU’s Student Assurance Services.





Parking struggles plague GV’s health services building

(08/26/12 6:21pm)

Parking permits, parking meters, and restricted parking are all options to help local residents deal with parking problems near Grand Valley State University’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. Kristi DeKraker, executive director of the Belknap Lookout Neighborhood Association said that the parking problem has been a issue for some time now. “It has been a reoccurring issue since 2001 with the building of the Cook-DeVos Center,” DeKraker said.





Multicultural votes make difference in upcoming election

(09/26/12 5:28pm)

With the Nov. 6 presidential election around the corner, Grand Valley State University is doing what it can to encourage students to get out and vote. Lupe Ramos-Montigny, chairperson on the committee to honor César Chávez, visited GVSU in conjunction with the National Latino American Heritage Month to encourage students to educate themselves about the candidates and make a difference by voting.




Idea Pitch offers students a place to share new, personal ideas

(10/07/12 5:49pm)

Idea Pitch is returning to Grand Valley State University for the eighth year and will feature anywhere from 20 and 80 students pitching their ideas to a panel of judges. “Idea Pitch is a catalyst to get students to think about their ideas,” said Miles Smith, President of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization.




Zero Waste football game waits to tally final numbers

(10/21/12 7:07pm)

Grand Valley State University’s homecoming game against Northwood University marked the universities first attempt at a zero waste football game. “We haven’t tallied the numbers yet but based on the fact that some items can’t be composted or recycled, we were pretty close to accomplishing our goals,” said Josh Lycka, member of the Student Environmental Coalition.