Emily Luke inspects coral specimens that have been growing in the lab within the Robert B. Annis Water Resource Institute (AWRI) in Muskegon on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. GVL / Archive

New initiative focuses campus energy on water, collaboration

Grand Valley State University recently adopted a new water awareness campaign, called the Making Waves About Water Initiative (MWI). The initiative is set to be GVSU’s focus for the next two years, officially beginning next fall. The goal of the water initiative is to create collaboration across campus — among students, faculty and staff, as well as within the overall community, according to the MWI homepage. The goal of the initiative is to explore and investigate the many ways that water touches our lives, from being a life-force, to defining GVSU’s relationship to the Grand River and Lake Michigan. 

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2012 Career Fair.  GVL/Archive

Students create connections in hospitality field through Networking Extravaganza

Tuesday, Feb. 5, Grand Valley State University provided a free networking open house at the DeVos Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall in Grand Rapids, allowing students to come and connect with area businesses and employers.  The event, Networking Extravaganza, was geared towards the hospitality and tourism management major and was attended by 25 companies and roughly 75 to 100 students. Some of the area businesses in attendance were representatives from organizations like The Amway Hotel Collection, Suburban Inns, Celebration Cinemas, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Carnival Cruise Lines. 

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2/2/19, GVSU Allendale Campus, Polar Vortex.  GVL / Katherine Vasile

Snow week means snow work for GVSU essential staff

Michigan winters, though beautiful, are frigid and hazardous. Snow days are not uncommon — in fact, they’re considered a rite of passage for those who endure these subarctic conditions year after year. Grand Valley State University is known to permit the occasional snow day in exceptionally bad weather, but last week, the brutal temperatures and continuous snowfall broke records all over the Midwest and caused the most consecutive snow days in GVSU history. 

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Improv group Subject to Change provides free performance

The show consisted of a series of several short-form improv scenes and wrapped up with a long-form improv scene. Subject to Change president Marion Jamot differentiated the two styles of improv. She explained that short form “involves smaller themes with more audience suggestions,” while long form has more of an expansive storytelling format.

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2/2/19, GVSU Allendale Campus, Polar Vortex.  GVL / Katherine Vasile

GV cancels week of classes due to Polar Vortex, sets school record

In the last week, Michigan has faced its coldest days since 1996, rightly claiming the week’s weather forecast title of Polar Vortex 2019.  The temperatures hit record lows for the last two decades, with highs below zero and wind chills hitting 50 below zero  in some parts of the state, making for dangerous conditions for anyone outside for more than five minutes. 

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FBI agents answer questions, educate students on field

On Tuesday, Jan. 25, students from any academic area interested in working for the FBI were able to get a glimpse of what that future would hold for them at the 2019 FBI Collegiate Academy held in the Loosemore Auditorium in the DeVos Center on Grand Valley State University's Pew Grand Rapids Campus.  This was the first time that GVSU’s School of Criminal Justice hosted the event, and they “hope to bring it back in the Fall of 2019,” according to Williamson Wallace, Director of GVSU's Criminal Justice Training. 

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GV student cited as top Buzzfeed quiz maker, second-most driver of website traffic

Millions of users flocked to Buzzfeed’s website due to the work of a Grand Valley State University sophomore’s quiz-making prowess. Rachel McMahon, a communications studies major, was cited as Buzzfeed’s second largest driver of worldwide website traffic due to her nearly 700 quizzes she made for the website.  McMahon said her quiz making started as a way to pass the time during her yearbook class at Hudsonville High School. When she discovered the ability to make quizzes in April 2017, she said she was hooked. 

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Shannon Cohen speaking at Grand Valley in remembrance of Martin Luther King. GVL / Andrew Nyhof

GV MLK Jr. week encourages celebrating King's legacy through activism

The week of Jan. 21, Grand Valley State University celebrated what has now become a campus-wide affair: Martin Luther King Week. This year’s theme of “Break the Silence” was evident throughout the week’s events.  The week-long celebration began on Monday with workshops, a silent march, a keynote presentation by David Stovall and a #BreakthesSilence panel discussion. The last event was held on Saturday, Jan. 26, entitled “The MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity,” where students involved were educated on the Civil Rights Movement. 

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