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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. 

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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.