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'Mélodies' brings a celebration of French culture to GV

On March 20, the French section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures put on Mélodies, described by the department as being “An evening of French song, music and poetry performed by GVSU students, faculty and special guests from the community.” French professor Isabelle Cata has been the coordinator of Mélodies since 2012. In regards to the event, she said that, “It's an evening of song and poetry, and students, professors and members of the community perform poems, songs, French musical pieces and sometimes excerpts of plays.” 

New Zealand Vigil 3-21-19.  Dan Pacheco/GVL

Students mourn Christchurch terrorist attack with community vigil

Grand Valley State University’s Campus Interfaith Resources and Muslim Student Association (MSA) held a vigil March 21 beside the Cook Carillon Clocktower to honor the 51 lives lost during the Christchurch, New Zealand terrorist attack nearly a week prior. Students, faculty and community members listened to speakers, held a moment of silence and supported each other through the attack on the Muslim community.  MSA President Maisha Sharif said that the lives lost in the attack included Muslims in their vulnerable state of Friday prayer. 

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Laker Marching Band selects new drum majors

With band camp and football games around the corner, Grand Valley State University’s Laker Marching Band has selected three drum majors for the 2019 season. The process began earlier this semester through applications, interviews and auditions, with Alyssa Hawker, Sean Miller and Hana Smith taking on the drum major role. 

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Department of Movement Science to offer new "supermajor" Fall 2020

Grand Valley State University’s Department of Movement Science will offer a new, comprehensive dual major option to students beginning Fall 2020; coined a “supermajor” by Associate Professor Ingrid Johnson, this new option will allow students to earn degrees in both Health Education and Physical Education. Students who fulfill requirements for the major will be certified to teach both health and physical education classes from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. 

Janine Joseph and Oliver Baez Bendorf. Courtesy / Jaclyn Heward and Cate Berry

GV Writers Series features two accomplished authors

On Thursday, March 14, Grand Valley State University’s Writing Department hosted two poets, Janine Joseph and Oliver Baez Bendorf, as part of the Writers Series.  According to the writing department’s website, “The Grand Valley Writers Series has a long history of bringing distinguished and emerging writers to campus to read from their work, visit classes and interact with students across GVSU's campus.”

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GVSU’s ATO fraternity walks “Hard Many Steps” for Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser

This spring break, from March 1-8, Grand Valley State University’s Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity hosted their seventh annual Walk Hard event benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The eight-day fundraiser entails a 160-mile walk from Traverse City to Allendale, Michigan, with a kickoff ceremony on GVSU’s campus before the walk began.  This year, 20 fraternity brothers took part in the grueling journey meant to symbolize the pain that people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) face every day through the fatigue, poor balance and muscle cramps that the continuous, daily walking causes. In the past 7 years of hosting the fundraiser, the fraternity has raised over $230,000 for the cause. 

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GV's 'fishladder' promotes student voices through art

Since 1970, students at Grand Valley State University have submitted their work for publication to the university’s art journal, fishladder. Originally called Amaranthus and Italics, the journal seeks art, photography, drama, poetry and creative writing to promote student work and spark discussion. Fishladder is student-run, including submitters, editors and layout staff, with a new magazine released each April. 

Grand Valley’s Orchestra performing February 19 in the Cook-DeWitt Center under the direction of Henry Duitman.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

GV professors showcased in faculty concert

While Grand Valley State University music students often undergo juries and recitals, professors got to take their turn on Feb. 19 with the Faculty with Strings concert. The performance featured music faculty with the GVSU Chamber Orchestra, directed by conducting professor Henry Duitman. Three professors were showcased as soloists: voice professors Alexander Hahn and Jennifer Sung and clarinet professor Gary June.