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Hailey Garlich holds up a sign on Friday, Mar. 10, 2017 for the upcoming GVSU Dance Marathon that will take place on Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017.

Dancing for charity

Grand Valley State University is partnering with Helen DeVos Children's Hospital to put on a charity dance marathon. The “Laker-thon” is a 12-hour event that will consist of dancing, other fun activities and meeting “miracle” families from Helen DeVos.


Fishladder to publish 14th edition of student work

Grand Valley State University publication Fishladder, celebrates its 14th year with a fresh batch of original pieces of writing and artwork. The 2017 edition of Fishladder will be released at an unveiling party Friday, April 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The location is to be determined and will be established shortly.

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Anand Giridharadas, headshot

Defining a "True American"

As part of the Grand Valley State University Community Reading Project, the Brooks College Office of Integrative Learning and Advising (ILA) will host author and newspaper columnist Anand Giridharadas to give a lecture. Giridharadas will be covering themes from his most recent book, “The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas,” which follows a Muslim immigrant’s quest to spare from the death sentence the white supremacist who attempted to kill him.


GVSU students to showcase original research at cell and molecular biology symposium

Cell and molecular biology (CMB) seniors are preparing to present their final projects to the Grand Valley State University community. Some seniors have been preparing their work since their freshman year at GVSU. The CMB department has planned for the symposium to take place during three sessions over two days at the P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science. The event, “II Annual Cell & Molecular Biology Symposium,” will take place Friday, March 24, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Student senate senator Sean O'Melia on Nov. 19th.

'Meet the Candidates'

From national and state elections, to student-governing body elections at universities, it's important for voters to get to know their candidate and understand their platforms and what they are campaigning about. With this in mind, Grand Valley State University's student senate is hosting a "Meet the Candidates" event Wednesday, March 22, at 9 p.m. in Kirkhof Center's Pere Marquette Room.

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Community Outreach Week promotes 'Laker Effect'

Whether volunteering alone or as part of a group, giving back to the community is something Grand Valley State University prides as part of its “Laker Effect.” With this in mind, Community Outreach Week (COW) was started to unite GVSU students around the globe. In full-swing since 2008, this event starts Saturday, March 18, while alumni, current students, faculty and staff members are invited to join a project or create their own.

GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Emily Smith (left), Lexi Henckel (middle), Skylar Swifink (right) and Maddie Buning (far right) cut and prepare winter squash at the Sustainable Agriculture Project Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 during the Fresh From the Garden event.

Keeping it fresh

As a fresh spin on its monthly potluck, the Grand Valley State University Farm Club, as part of the Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP), will host an event inspired by the Food Network cooking competition show Chopped.

GVL/Mackenzie Bush - GVSU College Democrats meet Tuesday, March 14, 2017 to plan the first anual Laker gala.

Engaging in the political process

The Grand Valley State University College Democrats club will host its first annual Lakers Gala Saturday, March 18, to raise funds for the fledgling organization, invigorate young voters and connect with different Michigan governmental leaders. The gala will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the GVSU Alumni House and is open to all GVSU faculty, staff and students free of charge.