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GrandPR celebrates 10th anniversary by giving back

GrandPR, Grand Valley State University’s student-run public relations firm, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by giving back to the community that has supported it from the beginning.  In honor of 10 successful business years, GrandPR is performing 10 acts of service between January and March. These service acts will be done in preparation for the Timeless Ten event on Friday, March 29. During GrandPR’s Timeless Ten, students, faculty, professionals and alumni will gather together to launch the “Frank Fund” endowment. In addition to honoring the recently retired GVSU professor Frank Blossom, this endowment event will offer scholarships to students whose goal is to grow in their professional development capacity. 

Courtesy: Peter Riemersma

Geology Department connects through annual chili cook-off

On Monday, Feb. 11, over 75 Grand Valley State University students, faculty and staff filed into the Padnos Hall of Science for the chili experience of a lifetime. For 15 years, the GVSU Geology Department has held a chili cook-off that brings students and professors together for a relaxed night of food and fun.  The chili cook-off was first created by Geology Professor and Chili Coordinator Peter Riemersma. Since its start, the event has not only grown, but become a welcome tradition. With help from Professors Janet Potgeter and Kevin Cole, Riemersa still organizes and runs the event. 

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GVSU receives grant to assist Nursing students

Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) was recently granted $600,000 to help assist students with the cost of the program. The Helene Fuld Health Trust has a mission to support and promote the health, welfare and education of student nurses, and is the nation’s largest private funder devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education. 

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GV student named a Newsmaker of the Year by Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Valley State University student Katarina Samardzija was recently named one of the Newsmakers of the Year by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. She is currently a senior double majoring in marketing and entrepreneurship. The Grand Rapids Business Journal held their annual Newsmakers of the Year event on Friday, Feb. 1 at the Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. Samardzija won the “Startups” category for her business Locker Lifestyle, which she started about two years ago. She said she could tell she was one of the youngest finalists there by about 20 or 30 years.

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Braving the cold: GV students to travel to Ice Fest

Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17, professional ice climbing athletes from all over the world are flying to Munising, Mich. for the annual Michigan Ice Festival. Grand Valley State University community members will be joining them in a thrilling weekend, inviting students to climb world-class ice on the frozen waterfalls of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  GVSU’s Climbing Center and Hospitality and Tourism Management Department will be taking a group of 15 to 20 students to Ice Fest. These students will experience a weekend of ice climbing, giveaways and meetings with professional mountain climbers.

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GVSU Recreation to host Love Your Body Week

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an international awareness affair, and Grand Valley State University is participating with this 19th annual event to promote a healthy body image in its own community.  Through a combined effort by Campus Recreation, the Center for Women and Gender Equity, the University Counseling Center and Campus Dining, the Love Your Body Week 2019 will take place Monday, Feb. 18 through Thursday, Feb. 28. The programs this week features aim to educate students about positive body image, the media’s influence on body image, healthy eating habits and more. Some of the events include free group exercise classes, cooking demonstrations, Body Positivity Bash and eating disorder screenings. 

Courtesy: GVSU Asian Student Union

GV to host Asian New Year Festival

The festival will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9th from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room 2250. The Asian New Year is a huge celebration and a time to make memories with family and friends ringing in the Lunar New Year. The Lunar calendar is celebrated by Asian countries with a variety of festivities and gatherings. The GVSU festival showcases a multitude of cultures from countries all over Asia.

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GV's Gift of Life starts their annual campus challenge

Each year, 11 Michigan universities and colleges compete to see which school can get the most number of people to register as new organ donors. This year, the Gift of Life campus challenge started on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and will end on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Gift of Life is a non-profit organization that recovers organs every year for those in need. They are also partnered with the Secretary of State of Michigan to oversee the entire organ donor registry.

Courtesy: David Theune

GV alumnus travels to Netherlands to promote anti-bullying

According to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children, 160,000 students skip school each day in fear of being bullied. A Grand Valley State University alumnus, David Theune, has made it his priority to defeat bullying in the classroom through promoting empathy.  Theune graduated from GVSU in 2009 with a Master’s in Education Degree and is currently a high school teacher at Spring Lake Public Schools. For the past three years, he has been sharing student stories of bullying throughout Spring Lake and surrounding communities.