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From student to mentor

President Haas mingling with graduating students before the toast.GVL / Emily Frye.

From student to mentor


By COLLEEN SCHONFIELD Published 12/04/14 12:45am

Over the past few years, Grand Valley State University’s Pals Student Mentors program has provided at-risk youth of the Grand Rapids community with a sense of stability and reliability – two things unfamiliar to those who come from broken homes or who have no consistent role model in their life.


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GV student granted wish from Make-A-Wish Foundation

GV student granted wish from Make-A-Wish Foundation

Jessica LeBlanc spent much of her time in high school playing music and volunteering, until she was faced with serious health issues. Overcoming adversity and learning to deal with challenges in life became her top priority, and today she is thankful for that.

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New student organization aims to provide holiday relief for homeless

New student organization aims to provide holiday relief for homeless

Packing Hope is a student organization that was recently established in October. Club president and founder Erin O’Rourke was inspired to help the homeless after being approached on multiple occasions in downtown Grand Rapids. Despite her friends telling her to ignore them, it struck a chord with her.

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Sustainability Fair highlights efforts and opportunities

Sustainability Fair highlights efforts and opportunities

Named one of America’s Greenest Universities as well as earning LEED gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council, Grand Valley State University’s sustainability efforts have managed to turn an ordinary college campus into one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible.

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GradFest helps ease transition from student to alum

GradFest helps ease transition from student to alum

As the fall semester soon draws to an end, graduation ceremonies and its stresses are found to be not too far off. Seniors may find their exit from studies at Grand Valley State University easier than expected with help of GradFest.

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Interested in becoming an RA?

The dynamic opportunity to bond with fellow students and promote a positive living experience is one that is undertaken by resident assistants, or fellow students who care for the proper development of the community through proactive interactions with peers.
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Alternative Breaks gives new perspective to vacation

Alternative Breaks gives new perspective to vacation

Alternative Breaks has been operating on the GVSU campus since 1991, and offers students an opportunity to spend a week-long break in winter, spring or summer volunteering for social and environmental causes around the country.

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