Event set to discuss GV’s history of diversity

Grand Valley State University was established in 1960, right in the midst of the civil rights movement. At the time of opening, GVSU was predominantly white, and it wasn’t until the end of the civil rights movement that African Americans were truly integrated into the GVSU community. Years later, diversity is not only celebrated at GVSU, but is also a major priority.  To celebrate the diversity of the GVSU community, as well as recognize the history and bravery behind it, the GVSU African American Alumni Chapter is partnering with the Division of Inclusion and Equity to sponsor an event called “Paving the Way for Future Generations: Stories of African Americans Who Were Firsts at Grand Valley.” The event is taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 5:45 p.m. at the Alumni House Perry Dining Room. 

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Poetry slam to be held for Domestic Violence awareness

In 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence coined October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. Since then, the month of October has been a time to educate people on Domestic Violence and support victims.  This October, the Grand Valley State University It’s On Us As Lakers organization is partnering with Anchored in Poetry to present the Slamming the Stigma event. The event, which is taking place this Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m., is an open mic night focused one spreading awareness on Domestic Violence.

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Outdoor Adventures Program to host trip to northwest Michigan

Grand Valley State University’s Outdoor Adventures Program will be providing students an opportunity to explore the west side of Michigan. The program will be hosting a trip to Ludington, MI on Saturday, Oct. 13.  The Outdoors Adventures Program offers a variety of programs and services, including climbing workshops and training, gear rental and a variety of different trips.  The program offers a series of four different types of day trips, which includes outings to Grand Haven, Ludington, Muskegon and Holland. The upcoming Ludington trip gives participants the opportunity to go on a guided hike and explore the nearby state park.

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Puerto Rico in My Heart exhibit celebrates 50th anniversary of Young Lords Organization

The Puerto in My Heart exhibit helps celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Young Lords organization and their transformation from a gang to political activists. The exhibit can be found in the Exhibition Space located in the Mary Idema Pew Library from Wednesday, Sept. 26 through Wednesday, Nov. 14.  Leigh Rupinski, the Archivist for Public Services and Community here at Grand Valley State University, was in charge of putting the exhibit together. “It talks about the history and it walks through some of the steps they took toward social justice,” said Rupinski. “It shows some of the activism that they participated in.”

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Laker alumnus to speak about post-college success

On Monday, Oct. 1, a Grand Valley State University alumni will discuss how he brought the Laker Effect to the Microsoft Corporation. Eric Maino, 2005 Computer Information Systems graduate, is now the Principal Engineering Lead of Commercial Software Engineering at Microsoft.  The event, called “Love Your Work, Love Your Life,” is taking place at 4 p.m. at the Cook-DeWitt Center auditorium. At the event, Maino will be discussing his journey from GVSU to Microsoft. 

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Writing Department welcomes authors to GVSU

The Grand Valley State University Writing Department will welcome both established and up-and-coming writers to campus throughout the school year for the annual Writers Series.  This year’s Writers Series features eight distinguished authors at six individual events taking place between Monday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday, Apr. 9. Each event is open to the public and includes a writing craft talk (a discussion about the craft of writing), and a reading. Authors will also visit classes so students can have the opportunity to learn about artistic career paths, the art of writing and other invaluable tips from distinguished writers. 

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Learn about research opportunities at annual research fair

The Grand Valley State University Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) is hosting the tenth annual Undergraduate Research Fair on Tuesday, October 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room. At the fair, students will learn about faculty and staff directed research and creative projects.  “The Undergraduate Research Fair features faculty mentors from a diversity of departments across campus,” said Dr. Jodee Hunt, Professor of Biology and Faculty Fellow, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship. “The event focuses on providing undergraduate students, especially those in their first few years at GVSU, with information about research opportunities across the disciplines and helping them connect with potential research mentors.”

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Current events explored at Talk Back Tuesday

The Grand Valley State University Center for Women and Gender Equality was almost filled to capacity during the first Talk Back Tuesday of the school year.  On Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., the GVSU Center for Women and Gender Equality held this year’s first monthly Talk Back Tuesday in the Kirkhof Center. More than 15 students filled their plates with chicken, fruit and candy to join the center in discussing current news topics regarding gender equality issues. 

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GR College Week events aim to help students develop sense of community

During the week of Sept. 10 to 16, Grand Rapids hosted the third annual GR College Week, an event aimed toward helping students from all colleges in the area connect with one another, discover job opportunities and become more familiar with the Grand Rapids area.  Students from GVSU, WMU, Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Kuyper and other institutions attended several events aimed at helping students step outside of their comfort zone, establish connections and make new friends. 

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