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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.

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Michael Moody, Ph.D. is the Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy

Understanding community giving

Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy has recently released a report designed to understand philanthropic dynamics on a community level. The study, "Understanding the Philanthropic Character of Communities,"applies a new method for assessing the philanthropic character of a community.

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Surplus store on Thursday June 1, 2017.

One man's trash

A few years ago, Grand Valley State University opened a surplus store in downtown Grand Rapids in order to reduce waste on campus, recycle, and reuse material and products that weren’t being used anymore. As of the end of 2016, the GVSU Surplus Store has diverted 205,249 pounds of materials from the landfill, including scrap metal, e-waste, plastic and other materials. This has been done through donations, sales and recycling.

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Consumers Energy building on Thursday June 1, 2017.

GVSU, Consumers Energy open leadership center on Pew Campus

Grand Valley State University and Michigan-based Consumers Energy have teamed up and opened a leadership center on the university’s downtown Grand Rapids campus. The John G. Russell Leadership Center, located on Front Avenue Southwest just past the L. William Seidman Center, will serve as a hub for Consumers Energy employees to learn key leadership skills as they work in the company.