GV students boost local blood supply
About 300 people from Grand Valley State University donated blood from March through April during the College Care Challenge, a student blood drive contest sponsored by Michigan Blood. Participation in the blood drives at GVSU increased 163 percent from the previous year, which helped the university receive the MVP award.
The drives were coordinated by the Community Service Learning Center in Student Life at GVSU. Over the course of the 2012-2013 academic year, the university hosted 44 drives total and 11 during the contest.
GV adds new master’s program
The Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees approved the addition of the master’s of public health degree program at its April meeting. The program will accommodate a cohort of 60 students beginning in fall 2013, and there are currently 22 students who have expressed interest in the program, which will focus on epidemiology, health promotion and health administration. It will also aid students looking to work in both public and private sectors of public health.
GV farm stands offer spring produce
The Sustainable Agriculture Project of Grand Valley State University will hold weekly Farm Stands throughout the month of May offering seasonal produce grown through organic farming practices. The SAP allows students, faculty and staff to experience the process of sustainable agriculture on campus. Spring produce like kale, lettuce, spinach and parsnips will be available to purchase at the Farm Stands Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Transformational Link on the Allendale Campus.
Girls on the run through campus
Grand Valley State University will host a 5K run through campus to close out a 10-week after-school program for girls, which focuses on promoting healthy choices and relationships. The Girls on the Run/Girls on Track event is expected to bring 1,450 girls and their 300 volunteer coaches to the Allendale Campus on May 17 at 6:30 p.m. Community members are encouraged to participate in the run or attend to show support. For more information or to register as a volunteer coach, visit www.gotroac.org.
Two convicted in murder of GV adviser
Two separate juries found Timothy Miller and Maceo Scott guilty in the armed robbery and murder of Grand Valley State University adviser Santiago Zapata. Miller and Scott were tried separately in two Kent County courtrooms by different juries. Zapata was found dead in his home on Sept. 25 of last year and the juries reached a verdict April 29. Both Miller and Scott are set to be sentenced June 6.
GV to host West Michigan food summit
Grand Valley State University will host the first ever West Michigan Growing Connections Food Summit, which will offer working group sessions, guest speakers and a dinner with locally sourced ingredients. The event will bring together farmers, businesses, educators, students and community organizations interested in discussing local and sustainable food operations. The event will take place May 7 from 12:30 to 7 p.m. at the Eberhard Center of GVSU’s Pew Campus, and registration is required. Student admission is $10, and the event is open to the public with a general admission of $25. For more information and to register visit, www.gvsu.edu/gcfs.
Women’s golf in seventh after day one
Grand Valley State University women’s golf team is in seventh place after the completion of day one of the NCAA Division II Women’s Super Region 1 competition hosted at Joliet Country Club, a par 72 course located in Illinois.
With one round played, the University of Indianapolis has a secure hold of the field (303 strokes) and is followed by Ashland (325 strokes), California-PA (327 strokes), Findlay (330 strokes) and Drury and Missouri-St. Louis, who are tied (333 strikes).
GVSU was led by freshman Gabrielle Shipley, who shot an 83 (T-19) and was led by recent GVSU student-athlete of the week sophomore Kelly Hartigan, who like teammates Marni Weinstein and Ashley Beard shot an 85 (T-30). The Lakers have a round one team score of 338 strokes. Competition will continue through May 7.
Football alumni to begin NFL camp
Grand Valley State University alums Charles Johnson and Tim Lelito both entered the professional ranks and joined the fraternity of Lakers in the NFL last Saturday, a crowning accomplishment to most any football career. Making a final 53-man roster and staying in the league is the next step.
Johnson, a seventh round pick (216 overall) of the Green Bay Packers and Lelito, an undrafted free agent signed by the New Orleans Saints, will both enter rookie minicamps May 10-12.
This will be the first opportunity for them and approximately 30 other fellow rookies to get a taste of the NFL on the field and in the classroom and give coaching staffs a reason to keep them around. Voluntary OTA’s will begin May 20-22, mandatory minicamp June 4-6.
GV named ‘Green College’
For the fourth year in a row, Grand Valley State University has been named one of the county’s most environmentally friendly colleges by the Princeton Review. This guide profiles different institutions of higher education throughout the U.S. that show significant contributions to sustainability. Different areas of evaluation included the university’s commitment to LEED standards, environmental programs, as well as recycling and conservation programs. For further information, contact the Sustainable Community Development Initiative at www.gvsu.edu/sustainability or 616-331-7366.
Delta Tau Delta receives charter
The Grand Valley State University chapter of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity received it’s charter on April 13 at Sunnybrook Country Club, including performances by members of the Eastern Michigan University Chapter among other programing provided by the fraternity’s National Headquarters.
Consultants from the Delta Tau Delta National Headquarters first came to GVSU’s campus in winter of 2010, tabling with information to potential recruits and eventually offering 18 students invitations to join the fraternity. The fraternity has more than doubled in size after two years, now 36-members strong. The Delta Tau Delta Colony has received awards for the most community service hours and highest average GPA.