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New student organization aims to provide holiday relief for homeless

Erin O’Rourke, Kellie Abraham, Allyson Schomer of Packing Hope organizes a bake sale. GVL/Brianna Olson

New student organization aims to provide holiday relief for homeless


By MADDIE FORSHEE Published 11/20/14 1:39am

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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