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Recognizing student leadership on campus and beyond

Throughout the month of November, the Office of Student Life is accepting nominations for the annual "I Am Grand Valley" leadership recognition program. The goal of this campaign is to honor a wide range of students at Grand Valley State University who display exceptional leadership skills. Initiatives like the I Am Grand Valley campaign make it clear that leadership and teamwork abilities are valued at GVSU. 

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GVSU's impact on state merits more funding

The 11th annual Grand Valley State University Accountability Report, which was released Friday, Nov. 3, at the GVSU Board of Trustees meeting in the Kirkhof Center, revealed that GVSU continues to rank well in the areas of graduation rate, retention rate, Pell-eligible students and degrees awarded in critical skills. Despite the strong numbers posted in the Accountability Report, the most jarring figure has to be GVSU's appropriation per student from the state of Michigan.

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Mentorship programs at GVSU set students up for success

For any college freshman, adjusting to the undergraduate life can be a challenge. In addition to the change of environment, the newfound freedom and the inevitable lifestyle adjustments, there is also the challenging curriculum students have to learn how to tackle, both in the general education program and within specific majors.  That's why at Grand Valley State University there are mentorship programs in place to connect underclassmen with upperclassmen to learn the ropes of how to navigate college-level challenges. 

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Increasing pre-college programs is a smart move on GVSU's part

Many prospective college students have no clue what they want to do once they graduate high school. As a general rule of thumb, most 18-year-olds don't have enough experience to have their whole life realistically planned out, even though they are expected to start making those important decisions at that age. To complicate matters, students from underrepresented or low-income backgrounds often don't have the resources to learn about or embark upon the journey to college in the first place.

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What we can learn about culture from Halloween

At college campuses across the U.S., Halloween is one of the biggest "party" holidays of the year, and Grand Valley State University is no exception. Halloween offers the rare opportunity for students to dress in outlandish costumes without breaking basic social rules. Couple that inhibition with alcohol, bass-heavy music and "spooky"-themed decor, and you have all the ingredients for a classic college party.

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From dialogue to action: Discussing sexual assault is the first step to change

Following the "Zapatos Rojos" (or "Red Shoes") installation created by artist Elina Chauvet to raise awareness about violence toward women, Grand Valley State University held a panel on the same topic  Monday, Oct. 23. This discussion could not have been more timely, considering the snowballing power of the "#MeToo" movement that has been circling social media for the past few weeks. 

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Why students should prioritize their physical well-being

For students at Grand Valley State University, it can be all too easy to put exercise on the back burner and prioritize homework, studying, work and other personal commitments. Making time to work out becomes even more difficult (unrealistic, even) at this point in the semester when deadlines for midterm papers and projects loom ominously over students’ schedules.

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