GVSU inaugurates $85M 'Laker Effect' fundraising campaign

With the goal of promoting student success now and in the future, Grand Valley State University has initiated a comprehensive $85 million fundraising campaign known as the “Laker Effect.” The funds acquired through this effort will be allocated to three different initiatives categorized as Opportunity, Achievement and Relevance.

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The class of 2019 partaking in speaker Stephen Gray's "Hurricane" of hugs on Wednesday evening. The students participated in different events that opened them up to all that college and Grand Valley has to offer them.

Tips for having a successful freshman year

Freshman year of college can induce a range of emotions in students. It’s possible to feel excitement, sadness and nervousness all at the same time, as there are a lot of activities to do and people to meet. Here are some suggestions that might make it a little easier.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - GVSU President Thomas Haas speaks at Grand Valley's annual Convocation ceremonies on Friday, August 26, 2016.

​Formally welcoming the class of 2021

Every school year brings many unknowns for students, but particularly the incoming freshman class. Grand Valley State University faculty, staff and students take it upon themselves to ensure new students receive a welcome that displays the true comfort of the GVSU community. The formal event to signify the collegiate start for the class of 2021 is the Convocation ceremony, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25, in the Fieldhouse Arena.

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GVSU student engineers test device at NASA

The optimistic saying “the sky's the limit” is supposed to tell someone that their dreams and hopes are boundless, but for a group of student engineers at Grand Valley State University, their dreams have surpassed the sky and flown into outer space. On Tuesday, May 23, for the first time in GVSU history, a group of students were able to create and test a device designed for life in outer space for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Houston.

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GVSU Rifle Club

Rifle club president, GVPD support campus gun ban

Last month, a Michigan state court of appeals ruled in favor of the University of Michigan’s campus ban on guns after an Ann Arbor resident sued, saying it was in violation of the Second Amendment. In the state, Grand Valley State University is another college that also has a gun ban in place. The rule is a part of GVSU’s Student Code, which states that “A student shall not possess any firearm or weapon anywhere upon property governed by the University, except University Police Officers and other legally established law enforcement officers acting in the course of and scope of employment.”

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CEO Carl Erickson of Atomic Object

From the classroom to the boardroom

Carl Erickson was a professor at Grand Valley State University for 10 years. He taught upper-level systems courses and graduate programs in computer science and engineering. However, Erickson felt the need to move into the business world.