Drew McWilliams tests water from Lake Michigan for E-Coli inside of the Robert B. Annis Water Resource Institute (AWRI) in Muskegon on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. GVL/Archive

GV's Annis Water Research Institute formally partners with MSU

Research into water-related issues and threats continue to be a primary concern for Michiganders, whose identity is rooted in the Great Lakes; this is what makes Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) so essential to ongoing discussions about water. Recently, AWRI has partnered with Michigan State University’s Institute of Water Research (IWR) to collaborate on future water research projects. 

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Health forum to explore organ transplantation

Grand Valley State University continues its commitment to health education through various health forum events, the most recent upcoming event will be held on Friday, Feb. 1 in the Loosemoore Auditorium. "Organ Donation and Plastination," the forum’s topic for discussion, is open to the public and aims to show the current realities of the organ transplant process. Presentations begin at 8 a.m. with a range of health and transplant experts from GVSU and the west Michigan area, the event will conclude at 9:30.

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DeVos Center wedding construction kept under wraps

Grand Valley State University is host to many events and receptions each year,  including weddings, as its various campuses offer exclusive settings and exquisite backdrops for significant occasions. On Saturday Jan. 19, an anonymous GVSU alum was married on the Grand Rapids Pew Campus. The large amount of construction for the event calls into question what limits the university will go to provide a special space for a campus wedding.

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Ferris Coffee and Nut facility to become Innovation and Design Center

The former Ferris Coffee and Nut facility on GVSU's Pew Campus is currently being renovated to become the new Design Center as part of the College of Engineering and Computing. The ability to renovate an existing space allows the university to avoid the delays and expenses that come when constructing a new building. The center will offer more collaborative spaces and development labs for engineering students.

Local residents line up for Abdul El-Sayed rally in Grand Rapids.  GVL / McKenna Peariso

Candidate for Michigan governor visits Grand Rapids

With Michigan primaries just around the corner, several candidates are gearing up for election season. On Saturday July 28, governor candidate Abdul El-Sayed, visited Grand Rapids for a political rally to garner support for his campaign. Hundreds of residents from the area crowded Ottawa Hills High School to rally behind El-Sayed and several local government officials. 


'Ditch the Bed': Local salon provides safe alternative to tanning beds, campaigns for change

With no end in sight to Michigan’s winter weather, many people find themselves reminiscing on warmer days and missing their suntanned skin. This desire to look tan is particularly prevalent among college-aged women, many of whom turn to tanning beds to achieve that bronzy glow.  However common tanning may be, there are many proven negative effects associated with using tanning beds.