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The Tesla Quartet will bring a taste of Italy to the Cook-DeWitt Center tonight at 7:30 p.m. as they perform Tchaikovsky’s “String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70 ‘Souvenir de Florence,’” following their performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Quartet in B minor, Op. 33, No. 1.” The program is part of the university’s 16th annual Fall Arts Celebration, which is free and open to the public.
Grand Valley State University is considered a haven for the fine arts - especially music - and consistently presents a wide variety of concerts and performances for the public to enjoy. The most recent of the university’s offerings was Sunday’s collaborative performance of French chamber music, featuring a number of musicians from other schools in the area.
During the week of Sept. 10 to 16, Grand Rapids hosted the third annual GR College Week, an event aimed toward helping students from all colleges in the area connect with one another, discover job opportunities and become more familiar with the Grand Rapids area.
Students from GVSU, WMU, Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Kuyper and other institutions attended several events aimed at helping students step outside of their comfort zone, establish connections and make new friends.
After 23 years, Grand Valley State University is welcoming a new Voice of the Laker Marching Band. Joel Paauwe, GVSU alumnus, is here to step up and fill the shoes of Tom Yackish, who retired from the role after 23 years.
In the role of the “Voice,” Paauwe introduces the Laker Marching Band to the crowd during pregame and halftime at football games. Occasionally, Paauwe will also travel with the band to some of their other events such as Bandorama and Art Prize.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, Grand Valley State University hosted a number of inaugural matches of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Tech Challenge season. Students from across west Michigan—such as the Red Storm Robotics team from East Kentwood High School and the TriSonics Robotics team from Allendale High School—gathered on the Pew Campus in Grand Rapids to compete in a robotics competition where teams construct, program and control a robot of their design and test it against other groups’ creation.
On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center collaborated with the GVSU Department of Campus Recreation to put on the second QueeraPOOLooza party—a free event open to all Grand Valley students, staff, and faculty and the general public.
rand Valley State University’s annual DeVos Medical Colloquy will speak about health care access on Monday, Sept. 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Eberhard Center located on the GVSU downtown campus.
The Colloquy began in March 2005, when the DeVos’ created a forum where medical and ethical significance could be discussed with a speaker and the addition of the public.
Around the beginning of the school year in August, the Papa John’s location in the Commons on GVSU’s Allendale campus was replaced by Oath Pizza. According to GVSU Vice President of Finance Greg Sanial, the location in the Connection is also on its way out. Although the timing of this change has much to do with the comments Schnatter made in June, Sanial says the university has been considering ending their business relationship with the company for quite some time.
The Grand Valley State football team has started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2016 after making the six-and-a-half hour bus ride to Marquette, Mich. where the beat the Northern Michigan Wildcats 47-17. The win also gets the Lakers on the board in GLIAC contests.
GVSU’s offense nearly matched their scoring output from the first two games of the season combined led by quarterback Bart Williams who completed 17 of 28 pass attempts for 280 yards and four touchdowns. With the scores, Williams tied – and then passed – Cullen Finnerty for second place in GVSU football history in touchdown passes with 112.
Grand Valley’s very own marching band and dance department will be performing at the opening ceremonies for this year’s ArtPrize on Wednesday. They will be performing two pieces: “Hernando’s Hideaway,” from the musical The Pajama Game, and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” The groups will begin their performance at 6:30 p.m. at the Eberhard Center before marching over to Rosa Parks Circle at 7 p.m. to perform the rest of the opening ceremonies. This marks the tenth year for ArtPrize, and the eighth year Grand Valley will perform at the opening ceremonies.
The first match-up saw the Lakers take on Davenport University, losing 3-1, though was closer than the final tally would imply. GVSU lost the first set 17-25. DU finished with significant advantages in hitting percentage and errors, hitting .250 with only three errors to GVSU’s .093 and nine errors.
The Lakers would bounce back in the second set and win 25-21, finishing with an impressive .516 hitting percentage and only two errors, while DU finished at .394 and 4 errors.
Linemen are the toughest competitors in football, and Grand Valley State's Ben Walling is no exception. Standing at six-feet-five-inches tall and weighing 295 pounds, he has become acclimated to walling off the competition for more than three years now at GVSU.
Walling has established himself as one of the GLIAC’s best offensive tackles. With 37 consecutive starts including playoff games under his belt, the 2017 first team all-GLIAC right tackle has consistently anchored the right side of an offensive line that has had little trouble imposing its will since Walling arrived on campus in 2014.
In 2016, Grand Valley State University saw record-breaking enrollment rates, and the university has continued to see large groups of incoming students with each passing school year. Approximately 4,380 students were welcomed to Grand Valley in fall 2016, with the enrollment for the 2018-2019 year falling a few hundred short at about 4,000.
Grand Valley has managed to maintain one of Michigan's highest freshman enrollment rates with GVSU's current total enrollment standing at 24,677 students. This continued growth has also seen an increase in diversity at the university. This year student enrollment has increased six percent in number of students of color. Grand Valley President Haas is hopeful for the increase in enrollment rates to continue to translate to higher graduation rates.
For the 2018-2019 school year, Grand Valley State University welcomed in approximately at least 4,000 first-year students for the seventh time. This is one of its largest first-year classes, with it being second in Grand Valley history. In Michigan, this is recognized as one of the highest freshman enrollment rates.
According to Philip Batty from the Office of Institutional Analysis, the last time Grand Valley saw record-breaking numbers was in 2016, welcoming a class of 4,380 students.
The first of these tours is a visit to the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints at 12 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. This tour will give students a first-hand experience with a west Michigan Mormon church. Kevin McIntosh, coordinator of Campus Interfaith Resource Center, said these events help connect students to the many religious groups and faiths practiced in the west Michigan area.
Filled with collections of LED lights, 3D printers, computers and virtual reality sets, the technology showcase in the bottom level of the library provides students and staff members with access to innovative technology. This year, the showcase is celebrating its five-year anniversary and a celebratory open house was held on Friday, Sept. 14 in the atrium of the library.
GVSU students remember #911Anniversary by displaying 2,977 flags on the lawn between Zumberge Pond and the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale campus. Flags were also displayed in the courtyard of the DeVos building on the downtown Pew campus.
Grand Valley State University has recently added sworn law enforcement officials to the downtown Grand Rapids’ campus to serve alongside already stationed security.
In the past, most of the university’s footprint was held on the Allendale campus, so not as many officers were needed downtown.
Grand Rapids welcomes college students to explore the city during the annual GR College Week. Monday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 16, the city will open its arms to all college students within the area. It is a week designed to get students out and about in the city of Grand Rapids.
GR College Week is not just for Grand Valley State University college students; it is a joint effort between the city and all of the different colleges that are located nearby. Colleges such as GRCC, Calvin College, Ferris State University and many more are welcome to participate in the events as well.
As cross-country season approaches, chasing championships is what they seem poised to do. Each of the previous five academic years, both the men’s and women’s running programs at GVSU have finished the year ranked first or second nationally among Division II schools.
Leading the way for the Lakers on the men’s team are senior Zach Panning and sophomore Enael Woldemicael who were GVSU’s top two finishers at nationals a year ago. Panning finished second overall posting a time of 30:52 and Woldemicael finished with a time of 31:07, placing sixth.