GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Austin VanDyke (right) and Skyla Snarski (left) work the fields on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 at the Sustainable Agriculture Project.

Sustainable Agriculture Project to host open house

Imagine peering outside of the classroom window to see a smiling man on a bicycle pulling a wagon full of vegetables and fresh flowers. This is the type of project that Youssef Darwich, farm manager at the Grand Valley State University Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) hopes can bridge the gap between sustainable farmers and the community.

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School supply drive to support study abroad in South Africa

Providing students with rich, global experiences and friendships to last a lifetime, study abroad at Grand Valley State University combines academics with service to communities as part of the “Laker Effect.” With this in mind, the women, gender and sexuality studies department (WGS) and the GVSU Women’s Center teamed up in 2012 to start a six-week program held abroad in Cape Town, South Africa.

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'I Am That Girl'

On a global scale, women can often feel disempowered or struggle with self-negativity. The budding Grand Valley State University student chapter of I Am That Girl, however, has plans to combat this issue.

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'Vegucate Yourself'

Many people might believe implementing a plant-based diet into their lives would be too difficult. Cage Free, a vegan lifestyle advocacy student organization at Grand Valley State University, is hosting a program called “Vegucate Yourself” to help change that belief system.

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Community Outreach Week promotes 'Laker Effect'

Whether volunteering alone or as part of a group, giving back to the community is something Grand Valley State University prides as part of its “Laker Effect.” With this in mind, Community Outreach Week (COW) was started to unite GVSU students around the globe. In full-swing since 2008, this event starts Saturday, March 18, while alumni, current students, faculty and staff members are invited to join a project or create their own.

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Annual RICE Conference combats racial injustice

Imagine Chinese-American food served to a Chinese audience or Mississippi banjo music all sung in Mandarin Chinese. These are some of the collaborative efforts between American and Asian communities that inspire Caleb Sawin, president of the Grand Valley State University Chinese Language and Culture club.

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Don Lubbers talks about the "be nice" fund during a news conference on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.

Honoring Andy Lubbers

Nearly six months ago, tragedy struck former President of Grand Valley State University Emeritus Arend "Don" Lubbers and his wife, Nancy, when their son Andy Lubbers, 43, committed suicide after battling mental illness and depression for decades. Transforming grief into community outreach, the Lubbers recently started the “Andy Lubbers be nice. Memorial Fund" in support of Kent County school districts that adopt the “be nice.” program.

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