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With Michigan primaries just around the corner, several candidates are gearing up for election season. On Saturday July 28, governor candidate Abdul El-Sayed, visited Grand Rapids for a political rally to garner support for his campaign. Hundreds of residents from the area crowded Ottawa Hills High School to rally behind El-Sayed and several local government officials.
This month, Post 459 is partnering with Funds2Orgs to bring the Save our Shoes fundraiser, an event that helps both the Post and those in need. The Post is collecting gently worn pairs of shoes, sending them to the needy, and then getting reimbursed for what they collect. Contributions to the fundraiser are therefore helping both veterans and those in need.
It’s a whole new world out there wearing the face of technology in all businesses, including international ones. The Van Andel Global Trade Center is hosting its inaugural Summer Summit to discuss a range of hot topics in the international business world.
The Van Andel Global Trade Center is an outreach unit at the Seidman College of Business and that was started in 1999.
From its art to its architecture, Grand Rapids is a city well known for its beauty and character. Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is one of the many Grand Rapids organizations that keeps the city looking vibrant and beautiful.
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is a nonprofit organization focused on creating and maintaining beautiful and useable community spaces. “We are a nonprofit organization that is separate from the city Parks and Rec department,” said Stephanie Adams, Executive Director of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. “Our mission is really to empower people in our community to cultivate diverse parks and green spaces, public spaces and trees.”
Ever wonder what goes on at Grand Valley State University after students have left for the summer? Well, besides construction, Grand Valley hosts several clubs and events on it’s campus throughout the summer months. During the last week of June Grand Valley was used as a venue for the 80th annual Boys State sponsored by the American Legion.
Recruiting isn't just for high school seniors anymore. Kaylee Bakker, a high school sophomore from Zeeland West in Zeeland, Michigan, recently committed to Grand Valley State's women’s basketball team. Though the forward still has two more years to prepare, it’s no wonder GVSU picked up on this 6-foot-one-inch superstar.
Bakker played power forward for her school’s varsity girls basketball team as a freshman. After finishing her successful sophomore season, she committed to playing for Grand Valley State shortly after.
Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing is taking on a refreshing new approach to how applicants are accepted into the program. The new holistic admissions process looks more into the individuals skills and values rather than academic standing alone.
The nursing program at Grand Valley is arguably one of the most difficult programs to get into, requiring a minimum grade point of average of 3.5.
This fall, Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing will implement a new holistic admissions process that focuses on increasing student diversity, emphasizing different backgrounds and life experiences with the hope that it will produce a more enriching learning experience. These changes follow a nationwide trend of added emphasis on diversity and race in the workplace and work toward producing nurses capable of providing quality care in changing workforce environments.
The 2017 season did not go according to plan for the Grand Valley State Lakers football team.
Coming off of a Division II playoff berth the previous season with more production expected to be gained than lost for the new season, the Lakers finished “only” 8-3 – a record most teams would call a success, but one that GVSU refuses to settle for.
Behind the walls of the Cook and Beckering Family Carillon Towers is far more than just clockwork. Forty-eight intricately crafted bells fill the carillons on each of Grand Valley’s campuses – bells that fill the surrounding areas with sound throughout GVSU’s 24th Annual Carillon Concert Series.
The series, organized by University Carilloneur Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, spans from July 1 through Aug. 19 between both of GVSU’s carillons. Vanden Wyngaard said that the series provides audiences with access to a style of performance that’s unique to the carillon.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters recently made the decision to present long time WGVU General Manager Michael Walenta with a Lifetime Achievement award, recognizing him for his impact on the world of broadcasting. The MAB describes the award as the highest award they give, meant for those who have “dedicated the majority of their careers to broadcasting in the state of Michigan.” Only one person receives the award each year.
Walenta has been with WGVU Public Media more than 30 years and will receive the award in August. Tim Eernisse, Director of Development and Marketing for WGVU, said Walenta’s experience in broadcasting led to him being chosen as the award’s recipient, as well as his local and national impact.
At the root of every creation is an inkling of inspiration, regardless of where it comes from. For Grand Rapids' Fountain Street Church, its summer exhibition is directing that inspiration through one creative medium – visual art – and using it to fuel another: poetry.
“Poetry Inspired by Art” filled the church’s Keeler Gallery with a variety of different pieces of art and poetry on Sunday. Fountain Street Church Art committee member Edgar Marty said that using poetry and art to inspire each other is a unique concept that has brought guests to Fountain Street Chuch’s summer exhibition for years.
Grand Valley State University’s economic impact report on the region has been released at the total of $849 million. The total sales in the region marks the increased sales for all businesses including Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon. Moreover, 11,970 of these employees are Grand Valley State University graduates working in the West Michigan area.
Areas of employment for GVSU alumni, which now up to approximately 117,000 graduates, include business and public administration, teaching, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistants and more. They have found careers in Amway, Deloitte LLC, Flat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors, Gentex Corporation, Herman Miller Incorporated, Hope Network, Kellogg Company, Meijer Inc., Mercy Health, Quicken Loans, Spectrum Health, the State of Michigan and Steelcase Inc.
Summer is finally here, which for many of college kids means going right to work. That is exactly the case for Grand Valley State pitcher Josh D. Smith. While many of us are mowing lawns or mopping floors, Smith is spending his summer in a less traditional summer job: playing baseball professionally.
Smith spent two years playing baseball for the University of Kentucky before transferring to GVSU prior to the 2018 season. Before he got hurt, he was an ace on the mound for the Lakers, posting a 2-1 record with 25 strikeouts and a 1.12 ERA in 24 innings, mostly in relief.
As young instrumentalists begin their musical education in school, the bulk of their learning involves understanding how to read and perform music. Once they approach a level where they want to become leaders in their band or ensemble, their education begins to incorporate inspiring musical leadership, the focus of Grand Valley’s Servant Leadership in Music Camp on Tuesday.
When it comes to the various studies present at Grand Valley State University, one would typically not assume that art and microbiology would have much of a potential for crossover. However, students from CMB 150: Biotechnology and Society were able to depict their studies in the form of art, and these works are currently being shown in the Mary Idema Pew Library’s Exhibition Space.
Bringing a Broadway classic turned movie to the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, the Grand Rapids-based Circle Theatre kicked off their live production of “A Few Good Men” Thursday. The play, which is directed by Mike Hull and written by Aaron Sorkin, is a continuation of the theatre’s 66th Main Stage season.
“A Few Good Men” follows the complex trial of two Marines for their involvement in the death of a fellow soldier in Guantanamo Bay. Also popular for its film adaptation, Hull said the play and movie coincide extremely well, but his theatrical interpretation was independent of the movie’s portrayal.
When it comes to the subject of dominance in the GLIAC, the conversation has to start with Grand Valley State, because they have the hardware to prove it. It was announced on May 29 that GVSU has captured the GLIAC Presidents’ Cup Trophy for the 25th time in the prestigious school’s history.
GVSU won the award for the 20th consecutive year, mostly due to the the Lakers' 13 GLIAC titles in the 2017-18 athletics seasons. They finished with 172 points, with 104 from women's sports and 68 from men’s sports.
All good things have to eventually come to an end, and that’s exactly the case with Grand Valley State softball for the 2018 season.
GVSU had a dominant regular season, posting an impressive 24-2 record in conference and 44-9 season overall, finishing in first place in the GLIAC and winning the GLIAC tournament before falling to Southern Indiana 2-1 on May 13 in the NCAA Midwest Region Tournament.
Young Life, a non-denominational Christian organization working to teach middle schoolers, high schoolers and college students about Jesus Christ, hosted their 17th annual golf outing on May 11. Volunteers from the Eastern Ottawa group hosted the outing to raise money for their organization, which focuses on building friendships with students throughout the school year, no matter their religious belief. The golf outing specifically supported the 11 schools where Young Life staff members gather for ministry.