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Billy Lanford to share his experience at the Vision, Process, Both? event

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, Lanford will be speaking at the Vision, Process, Both? event. The talk will take place at Seidman Forum 1008A from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Lanford is currently the Ambassador of Wellness and the Director of Operation at A.K. Rikk’s in Grand Rapids, MI. He has had a lot of experience with interviews and has learned what to do and what not to do, so he wants to share that with others. “My biggest passion is helping people take that next step,” said Lanford. “Everybody has that next step. Whether you are a college student or a CEO, it doesn’t matter because you are constantly evolving.” 

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Community Service Learning Center to host MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity

To celebrate the end of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week, Grand Valley State University will be one of many campuses providing students the opportunity to volunteer on MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity. The Community Service Learning Center and the MLK Week Executive Planning Committee have partnered together to organize this 33rd annual day of service at GVSU. The day will begin with a key note presentation about Dr. King’s legacy and community involvement, and it will end with students travelling to one of 9 participating non-profits that serve those in the west Michigan area.

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GV alumna crunches numbers at Disney

GV Alumna Elizabeth Stolz uses statistics to help make guests’ experiences a lot more magical at Disney Parks and Resorts.  Stolz graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2014 with a double major in math and statistics, and is currently working as an experience insights senior analyst at Disney Parks and Resorts in Orlando, Florida. 

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Replenish Food Resource expands, fights food insecurity

According to Students Against Hunger, 20% of students at four-year colleges qualify as food insecure. Grand Valley State University is taking the initiative to exclude itself from this devastating statistic. Replenish Food Resource, GVSU’s food pantry and resource for students, is expanding to the downtown Grand Rapids Pew campus. In addition to the location in the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale campus, Replenish will now be located in the Cook-DeVos Center of Health Sciences on the Health Campus. The Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity, Office of the Vice Provost for Health and the Student Nurses Association have partnered together to make this expansion possible and to fight hunger amongst college students.

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GVSU senior shares ideas to combat sexual assault

Sexual assaults have recently been in the spotlight here at Grand Valley State University, with at least one sexual assault being reported to the Grand Valley Police Department (GVPD) each week since the beginning of the semester. With this in mind, GVSU Senior Justin Robinson decided to attend a Student Senate meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15 to share his ideas on how to curb sexual assaults on and around campus.  At the meeting, Robinson presented three ideas, which include a volunteer patrol group, weekly marketing of self-defense classes and a pepper spray fundraiser. 

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GVSU to host Exam Cram

Grand Valley State University students are starting their preparation for their final weeks of the fall semester. With the stress of finals week approaching, this time of the year usually means students have little to no time for relaxation.  Exam Cram was created in order for the campus to express their awareness of the stress that finals bring students. Exam Cram takes place the week before and week of finals. Throughout these two weeks, campus partners recognize the stress put upon students during finals and collaborate to support students by offering a variety of programming. 

Lavar Green-Jackson.  Courtesy / GVSU

Community involvement through the eyes of our 2018 homecoming regent

Crowning a homecoming regent during the halftime of the homecoming football game has become an exciting annual Laker tradition. The 2018 homecoming regent, Lavar Green-Jackson, demonstrates that this honor means much more to him than just attending weekly classes on campus.  On Saturday, Oct. 6, Lavar Green-Jackson was crowned Grand Valley State University’s 2018 homecoming regent. According to the Office of Student Life, a homecoming regent is either a junior or senior at GVSU, is a member of a student organization participating in homecoming events, is in good academic standing and embodies GVSU values in their everyday life. After the candidates participate in elements such as interviews and endorsement letters during the nomination process, all students, faculty and staff are allowed to vote for their favorite Laker. 

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Environmental Studies Programs host end of semester Sustainability Showcase

Sustainability is one of the core values here at Grand Valley State University. Each year, students, faculty, staff and community partners work hard to follow sustainability practices.  On Friday, Nov. 30, the Environmental Studies Program will be hosting their Sustainability Showcase in order to present the different projects GVSU students have been working on this semester. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Grand River room. “The showcase is for students in the classes who are working on projects to show the results of their work during the semester,” said Kelly Parker, Director of Environmental Studies Program at Grand Valley State University. “It is a way to share ideas across classes and across students.”

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GV’s aMDI produces sanitation device, decreases hospital infections

Grand Valley State University’s applied Medical Devise Institute (aMDI) is devoted to innovation and the overall improvement of human health. aMDI is a collaboration of students, faculty and the GVSU community that connects students, education and health care to the community.  In partnership with Sterilogy, a hand hygiene company based in Michigan, aMDI undergraduate and graduate students, along with the help of Dr. Karl Brakora, developed the Hand Hygiene Compliance System: A three-device system that will be used to decrease hospital infections.