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Annual Sexy Accent Night comes back to GV

While study abroad provides students with a chance to dive into different cultures, not everyone is able to take part. So, Grand Valley State University’s Bringing Together the World will soon be kicking off Sexy Accent Night, where students can dance the night away while exploring unique cultures right here at GVSU. Students will be able to see and experience these cultures without having to do any traveling.  “It’s a night where students can come and learn in a fun way and not feel like they are being lectured,” said President of Bringing Together the World Alan Carter.

Grand Valley Alumni came out to the multipurpose room in the Mary Idmea Pew Library this past Tuesday to speak and answer questions regarding their time studying abroad.  GVL  / Emily Modloff

Recent GV graduates share experiences at Five Under 35: Study Abroad

Grand Valley State University has an excellent study aboard department, with opportunities for every year and major. On Tuesday, March 14, five GVSU alumni gathered for the Five Under 35: Study Abroad event to share some of their study abroad experiences. Five Under 35 was hosted in partnership by the Student Alumni Association and Padnos International Center, and took place in the Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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GV to host 35th Regional Science Olympiad Tournament

On Saturday, March 23, the Grand Valley State University Allendale Campus will be home to the Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad Tournament. This will be the GVSU Regional Math and Science Center's 35th time hosting the event, and they are excited to celebrate the excellence Science Olympiad continues to foster.  “Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad Tournament is a regional tournament that serves as a qualifier for the Michigan State Competition in April,” said tournament Co-Director Chelsea Ridge. “Middle and high School students compete in over 50 events that are related to various science fields.”

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GVPRSSA recognized through multiple awards

Grand Valley State University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (GVPRSSA) has recently won four awards for their outstanding impacts in the community. The club strives to help organizations and individuals establish mutually beneficial relationships with the public. As a result of its members' hard work and success, the club earned the Pacesetter award in November and December of 2018 and January and February of 2019.  The Pacesetter award is given by the Public Relations Student Society of America to chapters based on their success in areas of membership, national participation and chapter development.

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Barbeque Restaurant Opens their First Location in Michigan

Coming soon to downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., will be famous award winning barbeque restaurant “City Barbeque.” City Barbeque is growing fast due to their cozy backyard atmosphere, homemade savory foods and caring staff that gives back to the community through fundraisers. Currently, City Barbeque is popular in eight different states and this will be the first ever Michigan location to open. The restaurant was established in Arlington, OH, in 1999 and will be celebrating 20 years of business this year. City Barbeque will soon be located at 3050 28th St. SE in Kentwood. This will be their 43 restaurant to be up and running. 

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K-pop group to host night of dance, discussion

On Thursday, Feb. 28, students will expose the Grand Valley State University community to Korean culture in a whole new way. From 7 to 10 p.m. in the Kirkhof Grand River Room, dance group K-pop Group Evolution (K-GE) will be hosting their annual K-pop Unleashed dance showcase.  The showcase will include performances that the group learned throughout the semester and will also provide information about South Korea and its culture. 

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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. 

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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.