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Over the course of three weeks students at Grand Valley State University organized and implemented five different events to raise nearly 2400 for the Make-A-Wish Michigan organization last April.The class Introduction to Meeting and Event Management was taught by Patricia Janes professor of hospitality and tourism management and had 24 students who worked in teams to coordinate the events.Make-A-Wish Michigan really embodies everything we try to do in the hospitality industry Janes said.
Grand Valley State Universitys nursing program operates at full capacity and continues to produce graduates for a professional field in need of more employees. With the baby boomers moving out of the workforce and into retirement the demand for nurses has increased to more than 135000 according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
The K-8 campus of Allendale Public Schools became significantly more wildlife-friendly Saturday when the community gathered to plant a butterfly garden install bird feeders and construct bat houses as part of the second annual Allendale Community Field Day.
Sustainable research and development at Grand Valley State University continues this summer with projects at the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center that focus on harnessing wind and solar energy.MAREC relocated its wind research buoy April 27 placing it six and a half miles offshore on Lake Michigan midway between Muskegon and White Lake.
Allendale Public Schools host its second annual Allendale Community Field Day event on May 18 bringing together students teachers professors and other community members in an effort improve the outdoor educational facilities on the Allendale K-8 joint campus.Last year the field day involved planting two gardens as part of a larger effort called Project Budburst.
As local hospitals and health organizations attempted to prepare in the event of an unanticipated tragedy Grand Valley State Universitys Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences building became the site of the first mock disaster.Volunteer patients received practice medical care on May 3 as the event was created to assess the use of the CHS building as an alternative care site for Spectrum Healths Butterworth Hospital in the event of a large-scale disaster or health crisis in downtown Grand Rapids.Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital Region 6 Healthcare Network Coalition Kent County Health Department and GVSU were all involved with the project. The mock exercise was extremely successful said Katie Branch health compliance specialist with GVSUs Office of the Vice Provost for Health.
The Career Centers LakerJobs website will combine with the Student Employment Offices Job Board Money Tree site to make job hunting easier for students at Grand Valley State University.
Grand Valley State Universitys Office of the Vice Provost for Health welcomes volunteers from the campus community to participate in a mock disaster taking place May 2 and 3 in the Center for Health Sciences downtown.GVSU in collaboration with Spectrum Health Systems and Region Six Healthcare Coalition have developed a Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences building-specific emergency response plan said Katie Branch of the Vice Provost of Health office.
Wrapping up the academic year as Aprils Sustainable College of the Month is the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing.
LANTHORN What have been the biggest sustainability-related events in the past yearJORDAN I think for this you have to keep in mind that Im only talking from the perspective of what Ive really done8230.From my point of view we had the zero-waste football game.
Thirty biology students spent their Easter Saturday volunteering in an effort to remove and treat invasive honeysuckle plants from the Kitchel-Lindquist Dunes Preserve in Grand Haven Mich.We were discussing invasive and exotic species in my BIO 109 Plants in the World class and thought it would be an interesting volunteer opportunity for my students to become involved in said Nicholas Gressick the biology and botany professor at GVSU who led the effort.
Starting next year Grand Valley State University will offer a new sustainability-related course called Wicked Problems.This class focuses on learning by doing action-based research preparing students to collaboratively tackle wicked problems in their communities said Danielle Lake an affiliate professor in the Liberal Studies Department.
With flu season wrapping up and dormitories starting to clear the time might be right to go through medicine cabinets and get rid of all unused and expired prescriptions.
As sustainability becomes more and more the buzz word in all disciplines Grand Valley State University is looking to accommodate this new interest with fresh courses offered in upcoming semesters.
The Soil and Water Conservation Society of Grand Valley State University is wrapping up the semester with several events including a garlic mustard pull and tree planting.The GVSU SWCS chapter is the only one in the state of Michigan and is mainly a service organization that participates in community and environmental improvement projects such as invasive species removal river cleanups wood duck habitat improvement Adopt-A-Highway native seed collecting and tree planting.
Shirley Fleischmann a professor of mechanical engineering at Grand Valley State University guided three students to conduct an energy efficiency audit on the Wesley House near GVSUs Sustainable Agriculture Project on March 22.The big thing were looking for is how much insulation there is how much energy is used in the house and how much energy is being lost in the house Fleischmann said.
Marchs Sustainable College is the College of Community and Public Service which boasts eight sustainability-related courses and three major sustainability events the showing of the YERT documentary a presentation by Ken Robinson and Recyclemania
Students packed into one of Lake Michigan Halls two lecture halls on March 19 to hear Dr. Erika Edwards lecture Sex and the City Black Womens Honorable Intentions on Afro-Argentine populations in Buenos Aires during the 1700s and 1800s. People overflowed the space with some even seated on the floor.
The Counseling Centers Peer Educators group hosted the How To Talk So Your Professor Will Listen presentation Monday to advise students on healthy relationships between students and faculty.
Grand Valley State University has been selected by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards as the first site in Michigan to launch a new Military Police Basic Training Program which is designed to give military veterans seeking to join the civilian police an abbreviated licensing program.