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GVSU professor keeps Maasai knowledge and culture alive through catalog

“The Maasai are well known as an indigenous group in East Africa, but with that also comes stereotypes and this image of a one-time definition of who they are,” said Kristin Hedges, Assistant Professor of Anthropology. “The reality is that cultures are always changing and they are, too.” Hedges was a Peace Corps volunteer from 2000 to 2003, during which she stayed with the Maasai Tribe in Kenya. Since then, Hedges has continued to visit and work with the community.  Most recently, Hedges worked with the tribe to document traditionally used medicinal plants. The project, which started as just a documentation, eventually turned into a small, easy to use catalog. 

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GV alumnus Jeff Bouwman named 2019 Science Teacher of the Year

GVSU Alumni Jeff Bouwman was named the 2019 Science Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA).   Bouwman, ’03, is currently a science teacher at Shumate Middle School in Gibraltar, Michigan. Along with being a science teacher, he is also a Science Education and Educational Science Technology Adjunct Professor at University of Michigan- Dearborn.  “It’s an honor. We are doing amazing things for students in the Gibraltar school district,” said Bouwman. “We are providing amazing real-world science opportunities for our students.”

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Peer educators teach importance of bystander intervention

Awareness about sexual harassment and assault has been a huge focus in the past year. From the Me Too movement to Time’s Up, our society has been more exposed to the harm and injustice surrounding sexual harassment than ever before. However, with this new found knowledge, many people still don’t know how to help others in the case of sexual assault and harassment. Luckily, we have resources right here at Grand Valley State University that focus on educating students to be active bystanders. 

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Billy Lanford to share his experience at the Vision, Process, Both? event

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, Lanford will be speaking at the Vision, Process, Both? event. The talk will take place at Seidman Forum 1008A from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Lanford is currently the Ambassador of Wellness and the Director of Operation at A.K. Rikk’s in Grand Rapids, MI. He has had a lot of experience with interviews and has learned what to do and what not to do, so he wants to share that with others. “My biggest passion is helping people take that next step,” said Lanford. “Everybody has that next step. Whether you are a college student or a CEO, it doesn’t matter because you are constantly evolving.” 

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Community Service Learning Center to host MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity

To celebrate the end of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week, Grand Valley State University will be one of many campuses providing students the opportunity to volunteer on MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity. The Community Service Learning Center and the MLK Week Executive Planning Committee have partnered together to organize this 33rd annual day of service at GVSU. The day will begin with a key note presentation about Dr. King’s legacy and community involvement, and it will end with students travelling to one of 9 participating non-profits that serve those in the west Michigan area.

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GV alumna crunches numbers at Disney

GV Alumna Elizabeth Stolz uses statistics to help make guests’ experiences a lot more magical at Disney Parks and Resorts.  Stolz graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2014 with a double major in math and statistics, and is currently working as an experience insights senior analyst at Disney Parks and Resorts in Orlando, Florida. 

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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. 

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