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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.  

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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. 

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GV hosts fifth annual BAMM GSA Summit

Hundreds of students from high schools around Michigan gathered at Grand Valley State University March 8 for Building a Movement for Michigan Gender and Sexualities’ (BAMM GSAs) Annual Summit. The event brings GSA students and advisors together for a day full of keynote speakers, breakout sessions and conversations. The summit aims to connect those involved in Michigan GSA with each other to encourage dialogue about the societal factors surrounding Michigan’s LGBT+ community.

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Grand Valley’s Counceling Center is located on the second floor of the Student Services Center. 
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GV leads pack in mental health resource expansion

With mental health concerns rising across college campuses nationwide, universities are providing the resources, facilities and expertise to aid in this increasing demand for mental health care, and Grand Valley State University is no exception.  According to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health Annual Report (CCMH) in 2016, the average demand for counseling services across college campuses nationwide grew at least five times faster than average institutional enrollment from 2009-2015. 

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GVPD checks a suspicious vehicle on Saturday October 28, 2017. GVL / Emily Frye   

As GVSU grows, GVPD expands patrol in downtown Grand Rapids

As the Laker community continues to grow in the big city, Grand Valley Police Department recognizes the subsequent need for increased security. GVPD now has two officers on duty near the Grand Rapids campuses, the first step in their plan to establish a downtown GVPD unit.  Upon the opening of Finkelstein Hall in fall 2018, GVPD assigned officer JP West to patrol the Grand Rapids campuses weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Starting this week, officer Andrew Dusendang will start his new job patrolling in the evening.

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GV tackles waste issues with RecyleMania

Spanning from Feb. 4 through March 30, Grand Valley State University will compete in RecycleMania for another year. RecycleMania is a nationwide competition challenging all colleges and universities to bring awareness to recycling.  “Recycling (should be a) part of your life, it’s not just a one-time thing,” said Janet Aubil, waste management leader of the campus sustainability advisory council. 

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Laker Guardian hosts app logo design contest

In an effort to increase the utilization of Grand Valley State University’s “Laker Guardian” app, Grand Valley Police Department is running a logo design contest open to all current GVSU students.  “This contest will allow our students to showcase their talents — not only for those going into visual arts and media, but those students who design or draw as a hobby,” said GVPD Sgt. William O’Donnell. 

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Staff prepares food at Kleiner Commons. GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Student senate resolution puts meal plan reform in spotlight

For many students living on campus, meal plans represent their access to breakfast, lunch and dinner. While there are a variety of meal plans, members of Grand Valley State University’s student senate view the costs of these plans as a barrier for some students and seek to address the issue, entertaining the idea of an income-based meal plan for future semesters.  Student senator Darwin Harris, a proponent of the income-based meal plan, states that the idea stemmed from past encounters with Replenish, the campus food pantry that services students suffering from food insecurity. He cited a lack of resources and funding as a limiting factor for the food pantry, as it relies on donations and other charitable events in order to remain operational. 

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