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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.

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Tuesday May 30, 2017.

GVSU to host traffic skills course for bicyclists

Grand Valley State University and the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition (GGRBC) plan to partner up to provide an informative Traffic Skills 101 Smart Cycling session. This course is designed to help participants refresh their knowledge of the rules of the road, as well as increase their on-bike confidence.

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Michigan receives grant to combat opioid usage

The use of opioid drugs is rising nationally, and the state of Michigan is reserving money specifically to combat the addiction. The state received a $16.37 million grant that was awarded to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and will finance prevention and treatment initiatives across the state. This includes the development of a statewide awareness campaign, research, prevention services and more.

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Preston Smith and Daniel Diem Rylaarsdam (center) of Bootstrap Innovations win $6,500 during the MWest Challenge, held inside of Grand Valley's Eberhard Center on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Getting their business off the ground

The MWest Challenge, a student business-plan competition designed to create cross-collaboration between students in the West Michigan area, will hold its final event Friday, April 21. The event will take place in the Loosemore Auditorium of the DeVos Center.

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Civic engagement showcase

Partnering up

According to the American Psychological Association, civic engagement is “individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.” This type of work being done in the Grand Rapids and Western Michigan communities by individuals and groups within Grand Valley State University has taken hold and spread like wildfire, so much so that Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities dedicated to the “public purposes of higher education,” uses GVSU as a model for what a school is capable of doing in the civic realm.

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GVSU Public Health Society wraps up menstrual hygiene product drive

Statistically speaking, women spend an average of $7 a month on menstrual hygiene products. Over a span of 40 years, the average American woman will spend approximately $3,400 on these products. For the 260,000 women in Michigan living below the poverty line, according to talkpoverty.org, spending that much money on products for their period is not possible.

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