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Writing Department welcomes authors to GVSU

The Grand Valley State University Writing Department will welcome both established and up-and-coming writers to campus throughout the school year for the annual Writers Series.  This year’s Writers Series features eight distinguished authors at six individual events taking place between Monday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday, Apr. 9. Each event is open to the public and includes a writing craft talk (a discussion about the craft of writing), and a reading. Authors will also visit classes so students can have the opportunity to learn about artistic career paths, the art of writing and other invaluable tips from distinguished writers. 

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Learn about research opportunities at annual research fair

The Grand Valley State University Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) is hosting the tenth annual Undergraduate Research Fair on Tuesday, October 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room. At the fair, students will learn about faculty and staff directed research and creative projects.  “The Undergraduate Research Fair features faculty mentors from a diversity of departments across campus,” said Dr. Jodee Hunt, Professor of Biology and Faculty Fellow, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship. “The event focuses on providing undergraduate students, especially those in their first few years at GVSU, with information about research opportunities across the disciplines and helping them connect with potential research mentors.”

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New eSports club sparks interest among students

“This might sound dumb, but I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about anything ever,” said Marshal Brummel, Grand Valley State University junior and President of the GVSU Esports club.  “I just really saw an opportunity for the gaming community in Grand Valley to come together and have a lot more of a connective poll with each other than apart,” Brummel said. “The community of gamers, I mean we play tons of games. I think I have four or five games on my computer right now, and I don’t play all of them as much as I play my favorite, but it’s enough that you can relate to everyone. It was just a good opportunity to get a community together for people who don’t always have a community where you can actually meet people.”

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Current events explored at Talk Back Tuesday

The Grand Valley State University Center for Women and Gender Equality was almost filled to capacity during the first Talk Back Tuesday of the school year.  On Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., the GVSU Center for Women and Gender Equality held this year’s first monthly Talk Back Tuesday in the Kirkhof Center. More than 15 students filled their plates with chicken, fruit and candy to join the center in discussing current news topics regarding gender equality issues. 

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Joel Paauwe, '15, pictured in front of the Laker Marching Band during Fan Fest August 23. Courtesy / Bernadine Carey-Tucker

GV welcomes a new voice for the Laker Marching Band

After 23 years, Grand Valley State University is welcoming a new Voice of the Laker Marching Band. Joel Paauwe, GVSU alumnus, is here to step up and fill the shoes of Tom Yackish, who retired from the role after 23 years.  In the role of the “Voice,” Paauwe introduces the Laker Marching Band to the crowd during pregame and halftime at football games. Occasionally, Paauwe will also travel with the band to some of their other events such as Bandorama and Art Prize. 

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Grand Rapids welcomes college students during GR College Week

Grand Rapids welcomes college students to explore the city during the annual GR College Week. Monday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 16, the city will open its arms to all college students within the area. It is a week designed to get students out and about in the city of Grand Rapids. GR College Week is not just for Grand Valley State University college students; it is a joint effort between the city and all of the different colleges that are located nearby. Colleges such as GRCC, Calvin College, Ferris State University and many more are welcome to participate in the events as well.

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Grand Valley Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Intercultural Student Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the annual Intercultural Student Reception is being held in the Kirkhof Center’s Grand River Room. This event provides an opportunity for GVSU faculty, staff and student organizations to connect with the student body. More than 20 student organizations will be present to share information about their club and encourage visitors to join. Many faculty members will also be attending the reception to inform new students about the numerous offices and resources on campus that may be beneficial throughout the school year.

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GV alumni paddle across Lake Michigan

In the early hours of Thursday, Aug. 9, Eric Strickler, 2008 graduate, and Daniel Bonner, 2009 graduate, set off on a 79-mile paddle boarding journey. The two Lakers started in Wisconsin and paddled all the way across Lake Michigan.  “We paddled from Milwaukee over to Muskegon, and we were paddling for about 22 hours,” said Strickler. “It was 73 miles total that we paddled; 79 miles is the crossing distance. We stopped six miles out because there was pretty trying conditions.”

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