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GV’s College Against Cancer's first annual Relay For Life recruitment week

Sunday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 10 marked Grand Valley State University’s College Against Cancer’s first ever recruitment week for their Relay for Life event.   College Against Cancer is an organization that works with the American Cancer Society, and Relay for Life is an annual event that they coordinate in order to raise money for the organization.  All of the money raised from the event will go towards the American Cancer Society in order to help fund research to find the cure to cancer. 

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Seidman College of Business to host ATHENA Connections

According to Greek mythology, Athena is a goddess known for her courage, strength and wisdom. Today, these characteristics are brought to life through ATHENA Connections, a program focused on connecting students to leaders in West Michigan.  This Friday, Nov. 9 from 12 to 2 p.m., the Seidman College of Business is hosting ATHENA Connections at the L. William Seidman Center located in downtown Grand Rapids. At the event, students will learn about the ATHENA Leadership Model, which focuses on eight tenets: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy and Celebration and Joy. 

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Delta Phi Lambda to showcase different cultures at annual event

On Friday, Nov. 9, Delta Phi Lambda Sorority will be hosting their annual Global Gala in order to showcase the different cultures at Grand Valley State University. This event will take place at the Grand River Room in the Kirkhof Center 2250 at 6 p.m.  The event will consist of a variety of performances by student organizations, as well as free food and raffle prizes.  “I am excited to be able to bring people together,” said Jennifer Ung, Co-Planning Chair of the event and President of Delta Phi Lambda Sorority. “With a lot of hate and differences in this world, it is important to bring people together through common interests.”

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GV students help create “Halloween Heroes” at Mary Free Bed

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is known for being one of the only hospitals in Michigan that has a unit specifically for inpatient pediatric care, which serves about 130 children and teens each year. For the past three years, the hospital has been bringing joy to the children’s Halloween festivities through a special event called Halloween Heroes.  Grand Valley State University’s Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering students have been involved in Mary Free Bed’s Halloween Heroes since the very beginning, with 30 students participating in the event this year. Halloween Heroes aims to give children the Halloween experience of a lifetime by allowing them to dress up as whatever they desire. The students designed and created 27 costumes that are not limited by wheelchairs or other disabilities. 

Sikh Society of West Michigan Gurdwara, October 2018. Courtesy / Interfaith Resources

Interfaith Resources strengthen GV community

Grand Valley State University’s Campus Interfaith Resources helps connect students to each other through their differences in faith; they seek to support and celebrate the religious, secular and spiritual diversity here on campus. Along with the many resources and connections the organization provides, the Campus Interfaith Resources also offers an internship program to one person each year.

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GVSU Council for Exceptional Children to hold 23rd annual Symposium

On Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 to 3 p.m., the Grand Valley State University Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is hosting the 23rd annual Symposium in the GVSU Kirkhof Center. This day of professional development will begin with breakfast followed by an address from the keynote speaker and inspirational educator Christina Costa. The event will then continue with breakout sessions which feature more special guest educators where students will network and take in a variety of useful information. 

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Support global Lakers at annual Study Abroad Celebration

At Grand Valley State University, opportunities to study abroad are nearly endless. From two-week trips to yearlong stays, faculty-led programs to non-GVSU programs, there is a study abroad trip perfect for each and every Laker.   This Friday, Nov. 2, the Padnos International Center is hosting its sixth annual Global Laker Celebration, an event that celebrates the study abroad opportunities at GVSU, as well as helps fund future trips. The celebration will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on the third floor of the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids.

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GV researchers study shoes, running economy

Two Grand Valley State University community members are performing high-impact research on the effects of specific shoes on running economy. GVSU senior Jordan Juzwiak, Clinical Exercise Science major, is working with Dr. Kyle Barnes, ph.D and Professor of Movement Science, to test how different shoes can improve the running efficiency and economy of elite athletes.  The idea for this research came to life when Nike came out with Nike VaporFly 4% shoes, which were advertised to improve running economy by four percent. With these shoes, Nike planned to have somebody break two hours in the marathon.