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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. 

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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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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. 

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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.

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Students work inside the Mary Idema Pew Library on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. GVL / Hannah Zajac 

Subscription inflation, enrollment dips cause library budget cuts

Grand Valley State University’s libraries is in the preliminary process of cutting over $800,000 for its collections budget to combat the rising prices of subscription-based services and an absence of bonus funds from the Provost’s office. In a January 2019 memo from University Libraries, the process will include the collection of feedback from students and faculty to ultimately make cancellations to journals and databases by January 2020.  Associate Dean of Curation, Publishing and Preservation Services Jeffery Daniels said that out of the library’s approximate budget of $12 million, there is little wiggle room in finding ways to cut costs. Nearly $6 million of those funds supports faculty and staff and approximately $5.2 million is set aside for collections, with the remaining funds being used for library upkeep and support, such as furniture and technology maintenance. 

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When the library must make cuts, students bleed

When a person decides to further their education and pursue a degree, the availability of credible educational resources is just as important as which institution and which program they select. A well-organized and well-staffed library is arguably the single most important tool any student or scholar could ever utilize. That being said, Grand Valley State University’s lack of $800,000 to supplement the University Libraries budget by January 2020 would be counterproductive as it pertains to giving students and instructors the access they need to subscription-based academic journals and other valuable academic resources.

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Students getting food at Kleiner Commons. GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Board of Trustees approves housing, meal plan price increases for 2019-20 school year

Friday, Feb. 8, Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees approved price increases for on-campus housing and meal plans for the 2019-2020 academic year. The unanimous vote increased housing costs by $17 per semester and main meal plan costs by $50 per semester. The total increase was 2.2 percent, a $1.2 million increase overall.  The decision by the board was reached following reviews of GVSU’s tuition costs, as well as the costs of facility operations and student employment. Each year, the board addresses the housing and dining rates in February and tuition rates in July. The July date gives the administration time to factor in enrollment numbers for the fall in calculating tuition rates it proposes to trustees.

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GV Opera Theatre showcases 'Wonderful Town'

On Friday, Feb. 15, Grand Valley State University’s Opera Theatre presented “Wonderful Town,” a production originally created by composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. GVSU's run of the productions began the weekend of Feb. 8 and wrapped the following weekend on Feb. 17.

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