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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. 

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. 

GVSU sustainability champions. Courtesy / GVSU Sustainability

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. 

GVL / Elyse Greenwood

Frederik Meijer Honors College to host Arctic Games

An integral part of the mission here at Grand Valley State University is to expose students to diverse cultures and broaden their world perspective. The upcoming Arctic Games is an event that does just that – with games and reindeer as an added bonus. The Frederik Meijer Honors College will be presenting the third Arctic Games in the outdoor lobby of Kindschi Hall on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. Students enrolled in the Junior Seminar course Games in Circumpolar World will be recreating some of the traditional games that resemble those played by the Inuit and Sami people. Games and sports were an important tradition in the Sami and Inuit cultures, as they helped the people develop skills that were essential for everyday survival in the harsh environment.

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GV running club hosts 10th annual Turkey Trot race

November brings the season of giving, and at Grand Valley State University there is no shortage of opportunities to give back to the community. This past Saturday, Nov. 17, the GVSU Running Club did just that at their 10th annual Turkey Trot.  The GVSU Running Club is an organization for all students who have any interest in running. The group meets every day from Monday through Friday at 6pm at the Kelly Sports Center. Students of all abilities are welcome, and members’ running experience spans from never running a step in their life to ultra-marathoners and everything in between. 

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“Semester in Grand Rapids:” New program open to students

Inspired by the success of Semester in Detroit, a partnership between the University of Michigan and Grand Valley State University, the Brooks College Office for Community Partnerships and Student Professional Development has established a new program called Semester in Grand Rapids.  The program, which will first take place this upcoming 2019 spring and summer semester, is an opportunity for GVSU students to learn more about the Grand Rapids community and gain experience outside of the classroom.

The GVSU team working with NASA's Micro-g Next project. Courtesy / Rex Larsen

GV students take on NASA’s Micro-g NExT project

Since 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) mission has been to “reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind.” A group of engineering students at Grand Valley State University are also reaching for new heights by challenging themselves to design a new device for NASA and, ultimately, humankind.  NASA’s Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) is a nationwide project that requires undergraduate students to design, build and test a device that addresses a current space exploration challenge. For the past three years, GVSU engineering students have undertaken this task to create a new, innovative space tool. This year, seven students have been working on their design in hopes of being one of the three teams chosen to fly to the NASA headquarters in Houston, Texas to test their prototype. 

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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.