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GVSU alumna running for state representative

A recent Grand Valley State University graduate is hoping to effect change in the state of Michigan by running for public office. Melina Brann, who holds a master’s of social work (MSW) from the College of Community and Public Service, is currently campaigning to be a part of the Michigan House of Representatives for District 68, which encompasses much of the Lansing area.  


VP of enrollment development creates scholarship for incoming students

According to Debt.org, 70 percent of college graduates in 2017 left with student loan debt averaging $38,000. To help students from working families afford college and avoid taking on such an unhealthy amount of debt, Lynn (Chick) Blue, vice president for enrollment development at Grand Valley State University, has developed the Blue Working Family Endowed Scholarship.  

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Board of Trustees approves graduate program in social innovation

A group of faculty members at Grand Valley State University recently took big steps in its effort to implement a new graduate program in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. The GVSU Board of Trustees approved the college’s request for a Master of Arts in social innovation, as well as the College of Health Professions’ request for a new Bachelor of Arts in communication sciences and disorders on Friday, Feb. 2.  

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Grand Rapids stormwater manager to speak at GVSU on green infrastructure

Grand Valley State University students interested in learning more about Grand Rapids’ sustainability initiatives will have the chance to do so next week. The GVSU Urban Planning Association (UPA) is bringing in engineer Carrie Rivette, Grand Rapids stormwater manager and lead on green infrastructure, to speak in Mackinac Hall B-1-118 on Monday,  Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. The main topic of discussion will be green infrastructure in Grand Rapids. 

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Students discuss topics in their small groups at the Student Senate meeting on January 11th, 2017.

Student senate working to reduce textbook prices

Grand Valley State University’s student senate continued to work on promoting inclusion and decreasing student expenses at the general assembly on Thursday, Feb. 1.  This week, the senators announced that they are working to get approval for a task force that would create a grant for GVSU professors. The grant would be tailored to help decrease what students are paying for textbooks. 

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Democracy 101 event to focus on marriage rights, religious liberty

After same-sex marriage was legalized in 2015, many people are now questioning the boundaries of freedom to practice religion and laws that protect LGBT persons against discrimination.  The Democracy 101 event “Whose Rights? Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty” will take place Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Room 2266 of the Kirkhof Center, and will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. Darren Walhof, professor in the political science department at Grand Valley State University, will be presenting at the program. 

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Scott Richardson presented with others at the student senate meeting on Thursday, January 25, 2017.

Student senate creates petition for state funds

The agenda for the Grand Valley State University student senate’s general assembly on Thursday, Jan. 25, covered several issues. Five students were appointed to fill spots on senate committees; a petition for more state funding for GVSU was discussed; and senators were encouraged to complete 10 Outreach, Research and Engagement forms (OREs) in the next two weeks.