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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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GV Alternative Breaks hosts "LGBTQ in Medicine"

As part of its monthly educational event series, “Transformation Tuesdays,” Grand Valley Alternative Breaks (GVAB) hosted an informational event called “LGBTQ in Medicine.” The purpose of these events is to provide students with an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation about a variety of important topics.

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GV Gamma Phi Beta hosts tournament to benefit 'Girls on the Run'

Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle while studying at college can prove to be a challenge. With this in mind, Grand Valley State University's Gamma Phi Beta chapter hosted the first annual GVSU "Moonball: Blacklight Volleyball Tournament." The Moonball event, which was held Saturday, Feb. 25, gave participating teams the chance to compete for a monetary donation to their philanthropy of choice. Proceeds from the event went to the Girls on the Run charity, the sorority’s philanthropic partner.

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'Fleece and Thank You'

Warmth can be experienced in many different ways. Whether it be sitting by a fire in the fall or making a new friend, the sensation of warmth is something most people crave. For Nicholas Kristock, founder and executive director of the Fleece and Thank You organization, warmth is something that is severely lacking for sick children in hospitals.

GVL/ Hannah Zajac- Betsie Schoedel (center) discusses the latest topic during Talk Back Tuesday inside the Women's Center on Feb. 21, 2017.

Women's Center promotes self-love at 'Talk Back Tuesday'

It's no secret that college is stressful, and sometimes self-care is forgotten in the midst of due dates and exams. With this in mind, the Grand Valley State University Women’s Center has continued its “Talk Back Tuesday” series Tuesday, Feb. 21, with a discussion surrounding the topic of self-love.

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GV alumni receive 'New Business of the Year' award

After moving back to Michigan and opening a chiropractic office, two Grand Valley State University alumni were determined to impact the community with wellness and quality care. After one year of service, Lisa Peerbolt and her partner Joshua Konynenbelt were awarded "New Business of the Year" by the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce.