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Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the annual Intercultural Student Reception is being held in the Kirkhof Center’s Grand River Room. This event provides an opportunity for GVSU faculty, staff and student organizations to connect with the student body. More than 20 student organizations will be present to share information about their club and encourage visitors to join. Many faculty members will also be attending the reception to inform new students about the numerous offices and resources on campus that may be beneficial throughout the school year.
The Grand Valley community is mourning the loss of one of the university’s most influential leaders, Richard M. Devos, who died at age 92 on Sept. 6. DeVos played a pivotal role in the university’s growth from its founding in the 1960s. He was a prominent figure in revitalizing Grand Rapids, and his work in improving higher education, health care, and the economic development of the city made GR what it is today.
The Grand Valley State football team traveled south and saw their win count head north when the Lakers went to Cleveland, Miss. to take on Delta State. GVSU defeated the Statesmen 21-10 in Cleveland, Miss. to improve to 2-0 on the season with wins against two 2017 playoff teams.
Off to a strong start, the Grand Valley State women’s volleyball team traveled to North Canton, Ohio to play four games in the Cavalier Classic tournament on Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1. The team won all four games at the tournament, giving them an overall record of 7-1 and a four game winning streak.
The Grand Valley State women’s soccer team stuck to their winning ways this week, as they picked up two wins to improve to 3-0-0 on the year. GVSU came out hot against Missouri-St. Louis, scoring five goals in the first half before blowing the Tritons out 7-0 last Sunday, Sept. 2. They rode that momentum into this weekend, grabbing another home win against Ohio Valley, 1-0 on Sept. 7.
Junior Katie Chipman is returning to Grand Valley State women’s golf team this year as an on-the-rise athlete in Division II. As a sophomore, Chipman was named GLIAC Golfer of the Year, as well as earning a spot on the All-GLIAC First Team. She is currently among the top five golfers on the GVSU team, and is set to compete in the first tournament of the season starting Monday, Sept. 10.
While many students are busy scurrying to class amid the school day, they may catch escaping rhythms and melodies from the Cook-DeWitt Center. As they rush around campus, others are surrounding themselves with sound through the Arts at Noon concert series which kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 12. Described as a break in the day and an opportunity to hear award-winning musicians, this year’s season of Arts at Noon features a variety of recognized musicians, ranging from local to international. Each concert lasts 50 minutes, which is designed to make concerts easy to consume, often a rarity for the musicians involved.
In the early hours of Thursday, Aug. 9, Eric Strickler, 2008 graduate, and Daniel Bonner, 2009 graduate, set off on a 79-mile paddle boarding journey. The two Lakers started in Wisconsin and paddled all the way across Lake Michigan. “We paddled from Milwaukee over to Muskegon, and we were paddling for about 22 hours,” said Strickler. “It was 73 miles total that we paddled; 79 miles is the crossing distance. We stopped six miles out because there was pretty trying conditions.”
Pablo Mahave-Veglia and Lee Copenhaven, two of Grand Valley State University’s Music professors, are showcasing their talents in the musical arts to the Grand Valley community with a pair of recitals. Copenhaven performed his recital Sunday, and Mahave-Veglia’s recital still to come this week Mahave-Veglia said that recitals are typically a ‘Buffet of Sound,’ as most recitals focus on several styles and base their performances around those styles. For Mahave-Veglia’s recital, he said it’s more unique because it focuses on a singular work, but also features related pieces.
Groundswell, located in the College of Education at Grand Valley State University, accepted the National Innovative Education Award and received $25,000. At its heart, Groundswell is a coalition of community partners that fosters environmental learning, providing opportunities to students grades K-12.
On Thursday, Sept. 13, the Padnos International Center of Grand Valley State University will host the first-ever Story Slam, an event tailored toward students who have studied abroad and the stories they bring home with them. Students will be able to share their foreign experiences with others while connecting and hearing from others who’ve traveled to unique corners of the earth.
During the spring, Grand Valley State University was recognized as a top performer in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2018 Sustainable Campus Index. The university was ranked fourth out of 17 for waste minimization and 10th for well-being and work for master's level universities.
A variety of Michigan artists gathered inside the Muskegon Museum of Art on Sept. 6 for the opening ceremony of the 90th Michigan Regional Exhibition. The Regional featured the works of 150 Michigan-based artists selected by Juror Marc Mitchell throughout the exhibit. "The exhibition is one of the only shows to unite and recognize a wide range of local artists within one show," said Senior Curator Art Martin. "The show, which features artists from a diverse range of skill levels and choices of medium, attempts to capture and feature a summation the local art scene.
Crowds of students filled the streets as they made their way to Grand Valley State University’s annual Campus Life Night on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Over 400 organizations lined up their tables in Lot H to represent their favorite groups. Campus Life Night is a student organization fair that provides students with the chance to explore the various clubs and organizations GVSU has to offer. Students also were able to meet campus department staff and learn how they could benefit from GVSU’s countless resources.
The Grand Valley State football team opened their season with a win on Thursday, Aug. 30, beating the Indianapolis Greyhounds 30-7. After Indianapolis scored the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter, the Laker offense exploded, putting up 30 unanswered points to secure the win.
The No. 10 ranked Grand Valley State football team opened their season on a dominant note, defeating No. 13 Indianapolis 30-7 at Lubbers Stadium. “Good team win. Obviously that’s a good football team we played,” said head coach Matt Mitchell. “Great job by our guys, our coaches, offense and defense coming together and playing even when we were down. We never questioned anything, we just kept playing.”
David Clark raised awareness for Grand Valley State University as he obtained one of the most prestigious awards presented by the Mathematic Association of America (MMA). Clark currently holds the position as Assistant Professor of Mathematics and is entering his 5th year here at Grand Valley State University.
This September, Grand Valley State University will offer free training and workshops for Michigan teachers in efforts to bolster student achievement and improve public and private education within the state.
Beginning at 7 p.m. at Lubbers Stadium during the first home football game of the year, GVSU’s Office of Sustainability will be hosting the fifth annual Zero Waste Football Games. This program aims to decrease the amount of waste that enters landfills during football games by educating fans on the correct bin to dispose of their garbage. Volunteers will be near waste stations throughout the stadium to assist visitors in placing their refuse in either the recycle, compost or landfill bins.