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GV students help create “Halloween Heroes” at Mary Free Bed

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is known for being one of the only hospitals in Michigan that has a unit specifically for inpatient pediatric care, which serves about 130 children and teens each year. For the past three years, the hospital has been bringing joy to the children’s Halloween festivities through a special event called Halloween Heroes.  Grand Valley State University’s Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering students have been involved in Mary Free Bed’s Halloween Heroes since the very beginning, with 30 students participating in the event this year. Halloween Heroes aims to give children the Halloween experience of a lifetime by allowing them to dress up as whatever they desire. The students designed and created 27 costumes that are not limited by wheelchairs or other disabilities. 

Sikh Society of West Michigan Gurdwara, October 2018. Courtesy / Interfaith Resources

Interfaith Resources strengthen GV community

Grand Valley State University’s Campus Interfaith Resources helps connect students to each other through their differences in faith; they seek to support and celebrate the religious, secular and spiritual diversity here on campus. Along with the many resources and connections the organization provides, the Campus Interfaith Resources also offers an internship program to one person each year.

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GVSU Council for Exceptional Children to hold 23rd annual Symposium

On Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 to 3 p.m., the Grand Valley State University Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is hosting the 23rd annual Symposium in the GVSU Kirkhof Center. This day of professional development will begin with breakfast followed by an address from the keynote speaker and inspirational educator Christina Costa. The event will then continue with breakout sessions which feature more special guest educators where students will network and take in a variety of useful information. 

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Support global Lakers at annual Study Abroad Celebration

At Grand Valley State University, opportunities to study abroad are nearly endless. From two-week trips to yearlong stays, faculty-led programs to non-GVSU programs, there is a study abroad trip perfect for each and every Laker.   This Friday, Nov. 2, the Padnos International Center is hosting its sixth annual Global Laker Celebration, an event that celebrates the study abroad opportunities at GVSU, as well as helps fund future trips. The celebration will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on the third floor of the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids.

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GV researchers study shoes, running economy

Two Grand Valley State University community members are performing high-impact research on the effects of specific shoes on running economy. GVSU senior Jordan Juzwiak, Clinical Exercise Science major, is working with Dr. Kyle Barnes, ph.D and Professor of Movement Science, to test how different shoes can improve the running efficiency and economy of elite athletes.  The idea for this research came to life when Nike came out with Nike VaporFly 4% shoes, which were advertised to improve running economy by four percent. With these shoes, Nike planned to have somebody break two hours in the marathon. 

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GVSU to hold Day of the Dead celebration

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has been an integral part of the Mexican culture ever since the Spanish invaders introduced the custom in the early 1500’s. Now, Grand Valley State University aims to honor this tradition by sponsoring a Day of the Dead Celebration to educate students on the importance of the holiday.  On Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Latin American Studies and Modern Languages and Literature programs are hosting the Day of the Dead Celebration in the GVSU Fredrick Meijer Honors College. True to its origin, this event is a time to remember lost loved ones and celebrate their memory. There will be an authentic Mexican ofrenda, live music and food to insure students the full Día de los Muertos experience. 

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GV professor recognized statewide for energy conservation

Grand Valley State University Professor Roy Cole has played an essential role in furthering the Laker Effect by sharing his passion for sustainability both at home and in the classroom.  Last September, Cole, a professor of Geography and Sustainable Planning at GVSU, was one of three finalists in Michigan for the Governor’s Energy Excellence Award. This award honors organizations and individuals statewide for their commitment to responsible energy production and consumption. Unbeknownst to him, Cole was nominated for the “Best Residential Projects” category in acknowledgement of the extensive work he had undertaken to conserve energy in his home.

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Event set to discuss GV’s history of diversity

Grand Valley State University was established in 1960, right in the midst of the civil rights movement. At the time of opening, GVSU was predominantly white, and it wasn’t until the end of the civil rights movement that African Americans were truly integrated into the GVSU community. Years later, diversity is not only celebrated at GVSU, but is also a major priority.  To celebrate the diversity of the GVSU community, as well as recognize the history and bravery behind it, the GVSU African American Alumni Chapter is partnering with the Division of Inclusion and Equity to sponsor an event called “Paving the Way for Future Generations: Stories of African Americans Who Were Firsts at Grand Valley.” The event is taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 5:45 p.m. at the Alumni House Perry Dining Room. 

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Students awarded Gilman International Scholarship

The prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship was awarded to 23 Grand Valley State University students to fund the study abroad experience of a lifetime.  The 23 Gilman scholars from GVSU received 8,000 dollars toward their study abroad costs for their trip in either the spring or summer of 2018. This scholarship aims to allow students the opportunity to gain skills that are essential in economic competitiveness and national security. These leadership skills that the students are encouraged to bring back to the U.S. stem from the broader understanding of cultures, languages and economies that study abroad provides.