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Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss on Wednesday April 4, 2018.

Grand Rapids Mayor Bliss talks about leadership at GVSU

Grand Valley State University students had the opportunity to learn about effective leadership from the chief of the second-largest city in Michigan. Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss spoke at GVSU on Wednesday, April 4, for the Kenneth Venderbush Leadership Keynote. Bliss, who in 2016 became the first woman to become mayor in Grand Rapids, shared advice on believing in others, finding balance and making the most out of transitions in life.

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Student leaders from Forest Hills Northern High School direct the March For Our Lives protest in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday March 24, 2018.

'March for Our Lives' an example of increasing youth activism, GVSU administrators say

Local members of the West Michigan community, including current students, came together at the "March for Our Lives" to call on representatives in Congress to address what they see as ineffective gun-control legislation.  Mark Richards, chair of the political science department at Grand Valley State University, sees the student activism displayed in the "March for Our Lives" as an opportunity to get students more involved in politics and more civically engaged. 

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GVSU's Geography and Sustainable Planning Department provided T-shirts and water bottles at the Grand Rapids by Design event on March 27th, 2018.

Grand Rapids city designer speaks at GVSU

The city of Grand Rapids can expect major changes in the next few years. To talk about the city’s master plan, Suzanne Schulz, managing director of design and development for Grand Rapids for 13 years, gave a presentation at Grand Valley State University. The event, “Grand Rapids by Design,” took place Tuesday, March 27, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center.  

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Grand Rapids mayor to speak at GVSU

Grand Valley State University has been honoring the memory of Kenneth R. Venderbush since 1999 with an award in his name and a series of annual leadership lectures. This year, instead of bringing in three speakers for the Venderbush Leadership Lecture, GVSU will be hosting Grand Rapids’ first female mayor, Rosalynn Bliss.  

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Johnson Center receives gift for innovation fund

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University is receiving a generous gift from namesake and co-founder Dorothy Johnson. Over the years, she has been consistently active in the betterment of the center, and her latest contribution will pour nearly half a million dollars into the creation of the Dorothy A. Johnson Philanthropy Innovation Fund.  

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GVL / Dylan McIntyre. Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Wheelhouse talk by Eric Liu.

Eric Liu defines citizenship at Wheelhouse Talk

Eric Liu, author, columnist and CEO of Citizen University, captivated an audience at the L.V. Eberhard Center with his talk about citizenship and activism. He spoke at Grand Valley State University on Wednesday, March 14. His speech followed a simple formula: Power plus character is citizenship, or P + CH = CI. 

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