News Briefs 05/08

The 44,000 square foot addition on the east side of the Performing Arts Center that will include a black box theater, theater support spaces, two theater classrooms, three ensemble rooms and a student study space will be completed and occupied by August, according to James Moyer, associate vice president for facilities planning at Grand Valley State University. The $20 million construction project was approved by the Board of Trustees in April and began in May.


Michigan receives grant to combat opioid usage

The use of opioid drugs is rising nationally, and the state of Michigan is reserving money specifically to combat the addiction. The state received a $16.37 million grant that was awarded to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and will finance prevention and treatment initiatives across the state. This includes the development of a statewide awareness campaign, research, prevention services and more.

GVL / Emily Frye
Grand Valley State University campus on Sunday May 7, 2017.

Living in a ghost town

Students pack the libraries and study areas to cram before final exams. Then, they finish their classes, and most pack up for a summer at home. But some students will be staying on campus this summer as student employees and athletes and for the purpose of taking classes.

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Making summer plans with T. Haas

For Thomas Haas, the president of Grand Valley State University, the summer really begins after commencement. With activity on campus slowing down in the summer months, Haas is able to relax and unwind while preparing for the business of the fall and winter semesters. Whether it’s traveling, spending time with family, dining with donors or playing a game of golf with some friends, the GVSU president stays busy with both work and leisure.

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Sylivia Mupepi

GVSU nursing professor earns fellowship in Ghana

A nursing professor at Grand Valley State University is traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to participate in a fellowship revamping nursing programs. Sylivia Mupepi will be traveling to the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana to help the faculty reevaluate and restructure their nursing program, as well as pave the way for future student exchanges and train faculty in how to teach certain classes.

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Maria Cimitile

GVSU announces new provost

After a lengthy selection process, Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas announced his appointment of Maria Cimitile as provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs Wednesday, April 26.