GVL / Courtesy - Kevin Spaans

From teacher to life coach

There is no class on “life” for high school students and college students to prepare them for the real world. So, Kevin Spaans, an alumnus of Grand Valley State University, expanded his teaching beyond the classroom with a YouTube channel giving life advice to viewers. 


GVSU to host annual Fall Arts Celebration

The Fall Arts Celebration, held annually by Grand Valley State University, will begin Monday, Sept. 11, and will run through Monday, Dec. 4. This seasonal event was created to enrich the arts and humanities in the West Michigan community, as well as to give students opportunities to see local and national art throughout the autumn season.

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GVSU Laker Familia Orientation kicks off fall semester

The 2017 Laker Familia Orientation is a three-day program designed specifically to welcome Latino/a students to Grand Valley State University. The program provides students with a personal welcome to campus; opportunities to connect with fellow students, faculty and staff; and tools for navigating many campus and community resources.

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Eric Lacerna studies inside the LGBT Resource Center on Sept. 29, 2015.

Marking progress

In a constantly changing nation, new information, along with new ways of self-expression, are almost always coming into the light. To recognize this, Grand Valley State University will be holding its first celebration for the GVSU social justice centers.

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 Kylie Decker and parents

Spreading the 'Laker Effect'

For some 20-somethings, life post-graduation can be stressful and chock-full of uncertainty. From finding a place to live, to trying to secure a job, to obtaining placement in a graduate program, former college students can easily get stuck in a post-university rut. For Kylie Decker, however, this was not the case.

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Grand Rapids Pride Fest to celebrate LGBTQ community

To commemorate June being LGBT Pride Month, the annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival will be held to honor and celebrate the greater LGBTQ community. There will be no fee to enter the festival Saturday, June 17, in downtown Grand Rapids. The event, which will go from noon to midnight, will feature a selection of vendors and booths, as well as music and live drag performances.