Papa John's in the Connection.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Grand Valley to cut business ties with Papa John's

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.  

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GVSU partners with Ottawa County for groundwater management plan

Grand Valley State University has recently partnered with Michigan State University and the Ottawa County Planning Department to find a solution for inconsistencies in groundwater quality within Ottawa County. As the county’s population continues to grow and the agricultural and productive industries in the community flourish, maintaining access to clean water is becoming a challenge.

GVL / James Kilborn

GVSU hosts first ever tech challenge

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.

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GVSU to host first Study Abroad Story Slam

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. 

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GVSU Performing Arts Center to Become LEED Silver Certified

Last year, Grand Valley State University completed its additions to the Haas Performing Arts Center on the Allendale campus. The remodel included the Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre as well as expansions to the costume and dressing department, two theater classrooms for costume design and fabrication and music ensemble and rehearsal spaces. These renovations created a two-story, 47,000 square-foot addition to campus.