Papa John's in the Connection.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Grand Valley to cut business ties with Papa John's

Around the beginning of the school year in August, the Papa John’s location in the Commons on GVSU’s Allendale campus was replaced by Oath Pizza. According to GVSU Vice President of Finance Greg Sanial, the location in the Connection is also on its way out. Although the timing of this change has much to do with the comments Schnatter made in June, Sanial says the university has been considering ending their business relationship with the company for quite some time.  

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Mary Idema Pew Library celebrates five years of innovative education

Filled with collections of LED lights, 3D printers, computers and virtual reality sets, the technology showcase in the bottom level of the library provides students and staff members with access to innovative technology. This year, the showcase is celebrating its five-year anniversary and a celebratory open house was held on Friday, Sept. 14 in the atrium of the library.

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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.