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

Published September 14, 2014

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.



GR mayor declares 2015 the 'year of interfaith service'

Published September 14, 2014

When Grand Valley State University junior Mohib Azeem migrated from Pakistan to the U.S. over two years ago he carried his Islamic faith and a wary view of other religions with him.Today as the president of the GVSU Muslim Student Association he still holds his faith close but he has also acquired the mission to spread religious tolerance.



From coloring books to ArtPrize

Published September 7, 2014

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.



Experience through production

Published August 26, 2014

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.



Grand Rapids' solar-powered nightlife

Published August 16, 2014

One of Grand Rapids' many music venues The Pyramid Scheme joined the green initiative by installing rooftop solar panels to power their facility.We always planned on trying to take a big step on decreasing our carbon foot print said Carolyn Schaut office manager of The Pyramid Scheme and The Meanwhile a popular watering hole in Grand Rapids East Town.



A comical start to the semester

Published August 16, 2014

With the ability to talk too much to crack a joke and because she had no other talents Jen Kober concurred that making people laugh as a comedian was the perfect profession.I was always that kid in class that talked too much Kober said.



OMG Music Festival to hit Grand Rapids

Published July 6, 2014

Since thecreation of YouTube Facebook Twitter and other social media sites more andmore musicians have sparked their own big breaks by uploading videos andrecordings of themselves.The OMG MusicFestival is a festival that highlights some musicians that began their careerthrough these means.



Jazzing down our carbon footprint

Published July 6, 2014

The DTE Energy Foundation after years of supporting Michiganfestivals has expanded its reach into Grand Rapids by sponsoring the GRandJazzFestthis year.



A musical summer in the mitten state

Published May 30, 2014

Each year Michigan is home to a variety of music festivalsfeaturing artists from all genres on the musical spectrum.



Film festival transports students to Latin and Hispanic cultures

Published April 2, 2014

Foreign Film is the cheapest way to travel at least that8217s how Melba Hoffer views it.



Concert gives female artists a chance to 'rock the mic'

Published March 26, 2014

With male artists consistently dominating today8217s music charts rarely are musical events devoted to all-female talent.



Student comedian performs in LaughFest for the second time

Published March 19, 2014

The comedy career for Grand Valley State University student Jacob Guajardo began on an impulse.



LaughFest brings MTV's Girl and Guy Code to GVSU

Published March 12, 2014

Since its inception in 2011 Grand Rapids comedy festival LaughFest has featured comedians such as Bill Cosby Kevin Hart Gabriel Iglesias Margaret Cho and Betty White. This year the festival is bringing in comedians to whom young people can relate a little more easily.



Local Environmental Groups Unite to Present “Chasing Ice”

Published February 26, 2014

After being caught in the polar vortex for months now the idea of global warming may seem inconceivable to students braving frigid temperatures to walk class.



Mid-Day String Strike

Published February 19, 2014

The audience chatted away prior to the performance of the Perugino String Quartet on Feb. 19. With the first strike of the violin though the auditorium of Grand Valley State University8217s Cook-DeWitt Center fell silent.



Local musicians serenades until love is equal

Published February 12, 2014

On June 15 2011 an anti-discrimination ordinance failed to pass in Holland Mich. The 5-4 vote made it legal to fire or evict someone who is homosexual. Following the decision individuals from the Grand Rapids and Holland communities such as Wealthy Theatre artistic director Erin Wilson came together to form Until Love is Equal. The organization fights against homosexual discrimination in Holland.



Film students combat project funding shortage with Kickstarted program

Published February 5, 2014

A student film faces a multitude of difficulties. Lack of funding for instance can tarnish the films overall quality. So when Grand Valley State University students Shae Spencer and Jeffrey Butler conceived the idea for Tattered Canvas which serves to fulfill Butlers senior thesis and Spencers honors senior project they knew what they were in for.



Opening Weekend of “Urinetown” Disperses a Pleasant Stench

Published February 3, 2014

Urinetown. One can only imagine the fowl attributes of a town with such a name.Urinetown The Musical acknowledges this less-than-flattering name but the production is anything but unsettling.



A colorful journey

Published November 20, 2013

For some graduating seniors finals aren8217t the only hurtle to overcome. Seniors in the photography department must also prepare senior exhibitions.



A bond that can't be broken

Published October 30, 2013

After countless hours of practice and late night rehearsals the Grand Valley State University Pompon Team turned into a sisterhood. On Nov. 3 the team will head to Saginaw Valley State University for the Mid-American High Kick and Dance Championship.