GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Guest speaker Bobby J. Springer talks to the assembly at the Student Senate Meeting Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017.

Student senate elections open through next week

With almost 500 student organizations at Grand Valley State University, it can be overwhelming for students to decide which ones to get involved with. Some can make for an easy decision, for example if a student likes to sail, they can join the sailing club, or if they have an interest in bees, they can join the bee club. And for those looking to be leaders and become civically engaged on and off campus, student senate can offer that to all students.

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GVL / Courtesy - Tyler Kanczuzewski

Stepping up

Two members of the Grand Valley State University Graduate Student Association (GSA) are stepping up to the plate to run for the roles of president and vice president of the organization. Both Tyler Kanczuzewski and Daniel Myers have been active members of the GSA and are eager to increase their responsibilities and obtain leadership positions. The GSA elections began Monday, March 13, and will run through Thursday, March 23.

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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.

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Reaching out

To highlight collaborative relationships between Grand Valley State University faculty, staff and students and members of the surrounding community, the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) will host a Civic Engagement Showcase Thursday, April 13.

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GVL/ Hannah Zajac- Dr. Gary Stark, an award-winning professor and scholar, gives a speech on German History and how their Democracy turned into a Dictatorship on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

From democracy to dictatorship

Adolf Hitler’s rise to power was the topic of discussion at one of the latest installments of the Grand Valley State University Community Service Learning Center’s Democracy 101 series. The event, “The Path to Dictatorship: How Hitler Consolidated Power (1933-34),” took place in the Kirkhof Center Tuesday, Feb. 28.

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GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Juanita Davis, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. Juanita is the new assistant director of the office of Mulicultural Affairs.

Moving up

Grand Valley State University attracts a wide array of people from all over the country and the world. These people from all walks of life come together on one campus to earn a higher education and become Lakers for a lifetime. For some, spending years here as students encourages them to come back to campus and make more memories as faculty or staff members. That is exactly what Juanita Davis, the new assistant director at the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), did back in 2008.

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GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Melissa Baker-Boosamra introduces keynote speaker Professor Louis Moore during the Democracy: 101 event on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

"The Role of Media in a Democracy"

In continuation of its Democracy 101 series, the Grand Valley State University Community Service Learning Center hosted a panel event to examine “The Role of Media in a Democracy” Wednesday, March 1, in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room. During the event, the panelists discussed the process of verifying news sources and identifying “fake news,” the function of social media in modern reporting and current challenges facing journalism.

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GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Former dean of math and sciences, P. Douglas Kindschi, speaks before the Kindschi Hall of Science. Grand Valley celebrates the P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science with a dedication ceremony Friday, August 28th, 2015. The dedication recognized both Grand Valley and state officials that made the realization of this building possible.

New Kindschi Fellowship offers unique research opportunity for GVSU students

A new opportunity is available to science majors who wish to pursue a unique research opportunity at Grand Valley State University: the P. Douglas Kindschi Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the Sciences. This year marks the first year where students in certain majors will be able to pursue a research opportunity during the school year. The Kindschi Fellowship is a $1,500 fellowship that allows undergraduates to pursue research while under the mentorship of a faculty member.

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GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Guest speaker, Jodi Chycinski, at the Student Senate meeting Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

Student senators, admissions office discuss recruitment, scholarships

Campus tours and student recruitment were the focal points of the Grand Valley State University student senate general assembly Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Pere Marquette Room. Talking about students and their role in the GVSU community, Jodi Chycinski, GVSU’s director of admissions, spoke about the working relationship between the Admissions Office and student senate, which included the formation of an advisory group for recruiting incoming and transfer students.

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