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GVSU to host first Study Abroad Story Slam

On Thursday, Sept. 13, the Padnos International Center of Grand Valley State University will host the first-ever Story Slam, an event tailored toward students who have studied abroad and the stories they bring home with them. Students will be able to share their foreign experiences with others while connecting and hearing from others who’ve traveled to unique corners of the earth. 

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GVSU Performing Arts Center to Become LEED Silver Certified

Last year, Grand Valley State University completed its additions to the Haas Performing Arts Center on the Allendale campus. The remodel included the Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre as well as expansions to the costume and dressing department, two theater classrooms for costume design and fabrication and music ensemble and rehearsal spaces. These renovations created a two-story, 47,000 square-foot addition to campus. 

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GVSU Student Services Building named after Lubbers family

Grand Valley State University’s Student Services building has received a new title this year. The dedication ceremony for the Arend and Nancy Lubbers Student Services Center took place Friday, August 24, at 2 p.m. on the Allendale Campus. Speakers at the ceremony included university President Thomas J. Haas, Vice President for Enrollment Development Lynn Blue, Student Senate President Rachel Jenkin and Don and Nancy Lubbers.

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80th annual Boys State visits Grand Valley

Ever wonder what goes on at Grand Valley State University after students have left for the summer? Well, besides construction, Grand Valley hosts several clubs and events on it’s campus throughout the summer months. During the last week of June Grand Valley was used as a venue for the 80th annual Boys State sponsored by the American Legion.

GVL / Luke Holmes - Nursing Students finish up some work after class in the Center for Health Sciences building downtown.

GVSU implements a new holistic approach to nursing applicants

This fall, Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing will implement a new holistic admissions process that focuses on increasing student diversity, emphasizing different backgrounds and life experiences with the hope that it will produce a more enriching learning experience. These changes follow a nationwide trend of added emphasis on diversity and race in the workplace and work toward producing nurses capable of providing quality care in changing workforce environments. 

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GVSU places top ten in national recycling competition

Each year, universities from all over the United States compete in the nationally recognized competition known as "RecycleMania". This past season, Grand Valley State University took eighth place in the recycling category as well as 12th in overall diversion rates. In 2001, RecycleMania began as a contest between Miami University and Ohio University as a way to promote recycling efforts on each school’s campus. The competition saw an increase in campus recycling participation and has since expanded to more than 150 colleges and universities.