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History conference puts spotlight on the Midwest

Despite Midwestern America’s importance to the country’s politics and economy, many scholars have found academia’s understanding of its history and culture to be lackluster.  That’s why Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center and the Midwestern History Association have teamed up to host Finding the Lost Region V: The Fifth Annual Midwestern History Conference May 30-31, an event dedicated to sparking — and sustaining — a revival of Midwestern studies in American scholarship. The conference has run for five consecutive years and Hauenstein Center Program Manager Scott St. Louis said it has only grown as time has passed. 


Grand Rapids group holding town hall on Green New Deal

It’s no secret that American politics have come to a boiling point, but that turbulent landscape seems to be bringing new voices and ideas to mainstream political dialogue. For example, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is infamous for her working class background, her distinction as the youngest woman to have ever served in the United States Congress and her radical political platforms, the most oft-discussed of late being the Green New Deal.


Michigan kombucha unites

Local West Michigan company Sacred Springs Kombucha will be hosting the first Michigan Kombucha Festival at their Grand Rapids Taphouse.  Kombucha tastings, a homebrewing competition and a Kommunity Kombucha brew will occur during the Saturday, May 18 festival. The ticketed event will be held at the Sacred Springs Kombucha Taphouse at 1059 Wealthy St. SE from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The organizers of the festival reached out to every Michigan kombucha company, all of which are involved in the festival in some way.  Sacred Springs co-owner Joel Andrus said almost the whole state is represented by a kombucha brewing company from that area. 

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Art Bash for Creston

On Friday, May 2, the Creston Neighborhood Association hosted its 14th annual Art Bash for Creston. The event, which lasted from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., included a plethora of art, food and activities provided by local artists, restaurants and businesses. All proceeds went to the Creston Neighborhood Association, and the event served to bring the community together and celebrate Creston’s growing presence of art and culture.  The Creston Neighborhood Association is a non-profit organization committed to supporting the over 25,000 Creston residents and enriching a diverse community where all neighbors thrive. 

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President Haas and wife Marcia celebrate 10 years of T. Haas during the President's Ball on Friday Feb. 5, 2016.

It’s time to say “Haasta La Vista”

For 13 years, Thomas Haas has served as the Grand Valley State University president. Over this course of time, Haas has been dedicated to helping students succeed and feel welcome, while making the Laker Community a wonderful place to be. As announced last year, this 2018-2019 school year will be Thomas and Marcia Haas’ last year at GVSU.  The couple has always stayed dedicated to GVSU – they have touched the lives of many by actively being involved in students’ and staff members’ lives. To remember and honor their legacy, the Office of Student Life, Student Senate and Campus Activities Board have put together a special event called Haasta La Vista – one last celebration of all their contributions to the GVSU community.  

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Explore cultures at Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival

Living in the United States, we are constantly exposed to Hollywood blockbusters. Although we have spent hours siting on the couch, shoveling down popcorn and binge watching Netflix, many of us haven’t experienced the style, imagery and imagination of films set and created in other areas, such as Latin America. On Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7, multiple award winning films from Latin America will be displayed right here in Grand Rapids for the Latin American Film Festival. This will be the ninth annual Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival (GRLAFF) and will be free and open to the public. 

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GV students recognized for excellence in broadcasting

After hours of hard work both in front of and behind the camera, a handful of Grand Valley State University Multimedia Journalism students were recognized at the Great Lakes Media Conference. The conference was hosted by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and took place on March 5 and 6.  For the second year in a row, GVSU’s West Side Stories Television took first place in the Daily Newscast category of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ Student Awards. West Side Stories is a student-run program that focuses on interesting stories about people and places in west Michigan. The program started in 2017, and has since received early and consistent success.

Alpha Omicron Pi held their Annual Spaghetti Dinner to raise money for “IKUS” on Wednesday February 20th, 2019.  GVL / Emily Modloff

Alpha Omicron Pi serves community and spaghetti

The oldest Panhellenic chapter on Grand Valley State University’s campus hosted their oldest annual event on Wednesday, Feb. 20 to support their local charity.  Since 2006, Alpha Omicron Pi has hosted its annual Spaghetti Dinner to raise money for IKUS Life Enrichment Services. The sisters come together to string lights, lay tablecloths and cook spaghetti in preparation for this famous event. In addition to spaghetti, meatballs and salad, the chapter orders Olive Garden breadsticks every year by popular demand to serve guests and make the experience even more memorable. 

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Office of Multicultural Affairs to host “Black Girls Rock”

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will be hosting “Black Girls Rock” for the first time ever at Grand Valley State University. This event, which is based off of the original TV show on Black Entertainment TV (BET), will give spotlight to some of the most influential Black women professionals right here at GVSU. “Black Girls Rock” originated from an award show that happens yearly on BET. During the show, Producer Beverly Bond acknowledges the work that Black women have done across the world.