governance

March 1 student senate general assembly, GVSU pew campus. GVL / McKenna Peariso

Student senate holds first ever downtown GA

Each Thursday, Grand Valley State University's student senators convene in Allendale campus' Kirkhof Center for their general assembly meeting. For the final GA before spring break, however, senators decided to change things up. For the first time ever on Thursday, March 1, Student Senate held its weekly GA meeting in the university club room on GVSU's Pew campus. The push for the Grand Rapids meeting location came from several downtown-based senators, including Senater Olivia Kolc who helped organize the downtown assembly. The final GA before spring break was compiled with a visitor from the Grand Rapids city manager's office, some discussions on campus affairs and approval of the body's common technical framework.

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Students getting food at Kleiner Commons. GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Board of Trustees approves housing, meal plan price increases for 2019-20 school year

Friday, Feb. 8, Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees approved price increases for on-campus housing and meal plans for the 2019-2020 academic year. The unanimous vote increased housing costs by $17 per semester and main meal plan costs by $50 per semester. The total increase was 2.2 percent, a $1.2 million increase overall.  The decision by the board was reached following reviews of GVSU’s tuition costs, as well as the costs of facility operations and student employment. Each year, the board addresses the housing and dining rates in February and tuition rates in July. The July date gives the administration time to factor in enrollment numbers for the fall in calculating tuition rates it proposes to trustees.

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Delegation negotiates for funding increases from Lansing

Student Senate President Rachel Jenkin stands among state legislators, the first student to testify in front of them in 13 years. The Michigan House of Representatives’ University and College Appropriations Subcommittee sits there expecting another speech about the successes of their funded state universities. Instead, she catches them off guard. “One in three of our students goes hungry by having to choose rent, textbooks or tuition over food.” “40 percent of our students have reported finances being traumatic or very difficult to handle.”

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Student senate encourages campus engagement with week of activities

Student senate recently held Student Senate Week, which featured a variety of events centered on getting elected members engaged with the student body. These events aimed to be valuable in creating a dialogue between senators and students, illustrating what issues are weighing on the campus community and creating plans on how to address them.  Bilal Qureshi, student senate Vice President of Public Relations, said the week of events allows senators to connect with students, as well as raise awareness of student elections that will begin March 25. 

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Provost appoints acting dean of Brooks College

As of Feb. 25, Mark Schaub is serving as the acting dean for Grand Valley State University’s Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. He was appointed to the position by Provost Maria Cimitile after Dean Anne Hiskes chose to take a personal leave of absence prior to her upcoming retirement. Schaub said that he was surprised to be stepping in at the middle of the semester.

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Incoming president Mantella attends State of the Union address

Following her Jan. 22 appointment as the fifth president of Grand Valley State University, Philomena V. Mantella filled her role as guest to Michigan Sen. Gary Peters at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address Feb. 5.  “This was my first opportunity to attend a State of the Union address,” Mantella said. “I was surprised and delighted when Sen. Gary Peters personally called me to extend the invitation to be his guest.” 

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GV leaders set sights on Lansing for additional funding

With a new congress sworn in this past January, members from Grand Valley State University will travel to Lansing to make a case for receiving additional state funding. President Thomas Haas and Student Senate President Rachel Jenkin plan to testify before the Michigan House of Representatives’ Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee Feb. 14. 

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Dr. Mantella addresses the crowd at GVSU's Kirkhof Center following her unanimous appointment. Mantella will be the fifth president in school history and the first female president. GVL / Leah Kerr

Dr. Philomena Mantella to be GVSU's fifth president

Philomena V. Mantella was unanimously appointed Grand Valley State University's fifth president during a special Board of Trustees held on Jan. 22. Mantella, GVSU’s first female president, will replace outgoing president Thomas J. Haas following his last day on July 1.  Following three rounds of interviews with the board’s 18-person presidential search committee, committee chair John Kennedy announced the recommendation at the meeting. The trustees notes Mantella’s strengths in strategic planning, global market expansion and keeping current with trends in education. 

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Officer Seth Beelen places an individual in the police car on Saturday October 28, 2017. GVL / Archive

Student Senate proposes change to university housing contract

Grand Valley State University’s student senate has helped the university to include student input on campus policies through their involvement in passing proposals that help the university decide on changes made to the student living policies on campus, among other student-related issues. During their Jan. 10 general assembly, following a near-unanimous vote, the student senate passed a resolution for their support of a rewording of section 13 in GVSU’s on-campus housing contract.  

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