Padnos International Center boasts eventful 2017-18 year

Grand Valley State University's Padnos International Center (PIC) puts on hundreds of events, offers numerous free services and helps hundreds of Lakers obtain unique global experiences every year. GVSU is proud to have an active study-abroad office, and this year, the university was ranked number nine in the nation for study-abroad participation among master’s-level institutions by the Institute of International Education. 

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GVL / Dylan McIntyre. Thursday, April 12, 2018. Laker Effect Challenge. Liza Felix presenting her poster.

Laker Effect Challenge winners selected

Grand Valley State University faculty, students and staff pitched ideas in the Laker Effect Challenge, where six teams gave presentations at the L.V. Eberhard Center Auditorium on Thursday, April 12. Five thousand dollars in prize money was split among the top presenters, and $500 was divided between the highest-voted poster presentations.  

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Refugees and migrants get off a fishing boat off the Greek Island of Lesbos after traveling across the Aegean Sea to from Turkey in October 2015.

Alternative Breaks holding refugee education event

For those looking to learn more about refugees and what can be done to help them, there will be an event held at Grand Valley State University called “Salaam Supper: Refugee Advocacy 101” on Wednesday, April 18. This event is hosted by GVSU’s Alternative Breaks, and those who attend will receive a free dinner. All are welcome to join.  This event will be held in the Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center Multipurpose Room and will begin at 7 p.m. with a free dinner and dessert for attendees. Discussion and presentations will follow. 

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President Thomas Haas, Ella Fritzemeier, and Sarah Daniels toast with the class of 2017 on Wednesday April 19, 2017.

ExtravaGRANDza returning to campus

With the end of the winter 2018 semester coming soon, the Grand Valley State University Office of Student Life will once again host ExtravaGRANDza. This event will take place from Saturday, April 14, to Friday, April 20.  

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GVSU students create signs before participating in a "Slut Walk" on campus on Saturday April 7th, 2018.

Student organizations work to raise sexual assault awareness

Sexual assault is a serious and prevalent issue on college campuses across the U.S. Children grow up learning strategies that are meant to protect them from that very threat, such as avoiding walking alone in the dark, never leaving drinks unattended and carrying around a bottle of pepper spray, among other things.  In 2009, former President Barack Obama declared the month of April Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and at Grand Valley State University, many student organizations are stepping up to the plate, educating fellow students and spreading awareness. 

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Becky Oppman checks her grades on blackboard on Sunday October 15, 2017.

'Hackathon' taking place this weekend

On Saturday, April 14, Grand Valley State University will host hackGVSU, a computer programming event, or “hackathon,” that will give high school and college students an opportunity to improve their computer coding skills. The event is in conjuncture with Blackboard Inc. and will focus on improving Blackboard Learn, allowing students to practice coding on a web application with which many are familiar. 

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