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.

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.

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.

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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Grand Valley purchases 3.5 acres to build on for downtown parking on Feb. 22, 2017.

GVSU to lease, buy land to build parking lots downtown

At its meeting in Detroit Friday, Feb. 10, the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees voted to rent and ultimately purchase 3.5 acres of land near the Pew Campus from the Louis Padnos Iron and Metal Company. Pending approval from the City of Grand Rapids, GVSU intends to convert the land into parking lots by August 2017.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Professor Louis Moore speaks during the Democracy: 101 event on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

'Protest and love'

Since its inception, protests in the U.S. has not come in blips, but in waves. From the revolution of 1776, to the call of abolitionism in the 1800s, to the widespread fight against the Vietnam War in the 1960s, protestors have fought at injustices in their cultures and lives since the beginning.


Bolstering scholarship

A strong leader is someone who is willing to take risks for the betterment of the majority. A passionate leader is someone who takes the time to listen to those whom they are leading and takes all of their opinions into consideration. A wise leader weighs their options and thinks through a decision, instead of acting on pure impulse. The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University is striving to mold young leaders to have those qualities in its Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy (CLA), which is now accepting nominations and applications for membership in its ranks.

GVL/Hannah Zajac - George Heartwell, a member of President Obama's Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and of the American Bar Association Task Force on Sustainable Developement, gives a presentation on adapting to climate change to a group of GV students on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.​

"Beyond the Paris Accords"

George Heartwell, former mayor of Grand Rapids, came to Grand Valley State University Tuesday, Feb. 21, for an event titled “Beyond the Paris Accords: Adaptation Planning and Local Government.” He spoke about his role in dealing with climate change at the local level, specifically as mayor.


Building the budget

Year after year, Grand Valley State University puts out performance metrics that rank amongst the top three in public universities in the state of Michigan. Year after year, however, GVSU does not receive near as much funding as other institutions do. Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder released his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2018. In it was an across-the-board increase for higher education by 2.5 percent. Each school, however, received individual percent increases; GVSU was recommended for a 3.4 percent increase in state funding, the highest increase among all the universities.