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ExtravaGRANDza 2015

Laker Traditions to host annual ExtravaGRANDza

The annual Laker Traditions ExtravaGRANDza will be happening on campus starting Monday, April 17, with activities and events running through Friday, April 21. This Grand Valley State University tradition was established to cultivate the Laker family spirit and promote the identity of Lakers for a lifetime.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Nikolaus (left) and Lukas (right) Schroeder pose for a photo on the stage of the Louis Armstrong Auditorium on Friday, April 14, 2017.

Finding his muse

Listening to music is a largely passive activity. It’s fun to listen to songs on the radio on the commute to class or while studying, doing homework or partying with friends, but the average person doesn’t usually analyze music in depth. Most people don’t transcribe the notes they hear on a sheet of paper as they’re listening to them or sit down and appreciate the tone and rhyme scheme the composer chose or examine the role each instrument contributes to the piece as a whole. Instead, most people just listen to music because they like the way it sounds.

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Student scholars day on Wednesday April 12, 2017.

A job well done

With its mission to encourage student inquiry, scholarship and research, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) at Grand Valley State University dedicates one day out of the entire year to celebrate students of all levels in their creative and scholarly endeavors. Student Scholars Day (SSD) was held Wednesday, April 12, in order to highlight students who have spent a great deal of time and effort researching a topic, creating a display and presenting their findings to the community.

GVL/Mackenzie Bush- Katrina Rast speaks about the truths, lies, and consequences of Marijuana Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Learning about marijuana

The Alcohol & Other Drugs Campus Education Services (ACES) organization and the Grand Valley State University Police Department teamed up to present the program “Marijuana: Truth, Lies and Consequences” Tuesday, April 11, in the Kirkhof Center.


GVSU announces Design Thinking Academy

The Design Thinking Academy (DTA), a newly established program at Grand Valley State University, is designed to teach students the collaborative, problem-solving experience of design thinking. “The academy is a program—it’s a non-credited program—which provides the experience of learning design thinking and then applying design thinking,” said John Berry, director of GVSU's Design Thinking Initiative and the DTA.

GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Family, friends, professors, and faculty come together to celebrate GVSU students. The Student Awards Convocation Ceremony was held in the Eberhard Center Monday, April 10, 2017.

Graduating seniors honored at Student Awards Convocation

Students graduate from college all the time, but not everyone makes it out of college being praised by the deans of their discipline for their academic excellence. When a student aims to achieve their absolute best, and they do everything they can to succeed, they have the chance to be the recipient of an Excellence Award given out during the Student Awards Convocation at Grand Valley State University.

​GVL/ Hannah Zajac- Spencer Brower, gives his opening statement in the Multipurpose room on April 11th, 2017

Geology 300 class holds mock trial

As the culmination of a semester-long project, the geology 300 class at Grand Valley State University held a mock trial of the 1980s water contamination case in Woburn, Massachusetts. The mock trial was held as an open event Tuesday, April 11, in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons.