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Student senate encourages campus engagement with week of activities

Student senate recently held Student Senate Week, which featured a variety of events centered on getting elected members engaged with the student body. These events aimed to be valuable in creating a dialogue between senators and students, illustrating what issues are weighing on the campus community and creating plans on how to address them.  Bilal Qureshi, student senate Vice President of Public Relations, said the week of events allows senators to connect with students, as well as raise awareness of student elections that will begin March 25. 

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Honors College establishes diversity task force, seeks to improve inclusion

In the Fall 2017 semester, 81.9 percent of undergraduate students at Grand Valley State University were white, and minority students make up an even lesser percentage of GVSU’s Frederik Meijer Honors College. Director of the Honors College Roger Giles recently spoke at a student senate meeting about some changes in curriculum, refocusing on issue-based courses and improving diversity. Senate members had plenty of questions and advice for Giles, many focusing on collaboration with campus diversity resource groups.

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Fundraising dinner raises money for Haitian students

On Sunday, March 24th, students and faculty showed Grand Valley State University a different side of Haiti. In the Niemeyer multipurpose room, members of Students for Haiti (SFH) gave GVSU a taste of Haitian culture to not only educate, but provide an opportunity for students to share about their study abroad experiences as well as accept donations to give a Haitian student a chance at a GVSU education. “The main purpose is to raise awareness about Haiti, share about the study abroad program and what’s been happening with that, and let people taste Haitian food to see what it’s like because they’ve never had it before,” Professor Peter Wampler said.

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Student Success Network finds pilot success, expansion planned for Fall 2019

Following the pilot program’s implementation last year, organizers of Grand Valley State University’s Student Success Network are assessing its impacts before expanding the program to encompass all incoming first-year students. The program seeks to assist freshmen students, pairing them with faculty mentors invested in easing the transition to campus life at GVSU.  Brian Hatzel, Director of Faculty Initiatives for Student Success, views the program as invaluable for the students it serves, as investing in their success not only assists them in their academic pursuits, but creates a campus environment where incoming students feel welcome. 

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Author presents religious, activist, feminist identity at GV

An author’s visit to Grand Valley State University on March 18 provided more than books for sale to LIB 100 and 201 students. Laurel Zwissler discussed anthropological research using her book “Religious, Feminist, Activist: Cosmologies of Interconnection.”  “So my project is ethnographic,” Zwissler said. “That means it’s anthropological. I went and interviewed people and hung out in communities to learn more about them.”

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Campus community joins US in celebrating Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month — 31 days to celebrate women of the past and present who have reformed societies and continuously strive for equality. The National Women’s History Alliance has declared the 2019 theme “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.”  This month celebrates the champions who have carved new paths in history, such as Rosa Parks, Angela Davis, Sally Ride and Mother Theresa — while also giving due recognition to the diligent efforts of today's women in leadership, like Malala Yousafzai, Roxane Gay, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Tarana Burke. 

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GVPD presents Stop the Bleed seminars

Created in 2013 by the American College of Surgeons after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Stop the Bleed attendees will learn to control bleeding by direct pressure, wound packing and the use of tourniquets. They will also learn to identify life-threatening bleeding and how to take further action depending on the location of the wound. According to research cited by the Stop the Bleed campaign, about 40% of trauma-related deaths are caused by uncontrolled bleeding, making it one of the leading causes of preventable death.  


Last Lectures focus on personal experiences, inspiring students

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, Professors Joel Wendland and Neal Buckwalter gave their last lectures in Grand Valley State University’s Mary Idema Pew Library. Although their final topics skewed away from their usual lessons — liberal studies for Wendland and the nonprofit sector for Buckwalter — when addressing students this time around, they gave testimonies of their lives, lessons learned and advice.  Wendland spoke about “how to be your most radical self.” He explained his upbringing in Tacoma, Washington where their family wallet was not as full as they would like. 

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Gift of Life: You can be the cure

You can be the cure: Gift of Life GVSU strives to help blood cancer patients Every four minutes, a child or adult in the United States is diagnosed with some form of blood cancer, ultimately affecting nearly 170,000 people each year. There are no specific traits that could cause blood cancer; it could occur in anyone, anytime. Cures for many patients are possible, but the shortage of registered bone marrow donors leaves many patients waiting years to receive a transplant, if ever. Gift of Life at Grand Valley State University recognizes the need for more donors and encouraged more than 100 people to step up at their registration event last week.