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Voter registration week arrives at GVSU

The week of civic events kicks off with the Open Student Debate Night on Sept. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room. This event is hosted by Student Senate to spark discussion between students about current affairs in the United States. Senate will also be hosting a panel again in the library's Multipurpose Room on Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. following their weekly General Assembly. This panel will discuss who represents students at GVSU and allow for open questions from attendees about civil engagement on campus.  National voter registration day is Tuesday, Sept. 25 and the Michigan Mobile Secretary of State will be on the Allendale campus next to the Cook-Carillon Clock Tower from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to register students to vote. There will also be food, light refreshments and a DJ during the registration event. The Mobile Secretary of State will also offer other services including license, tabs and registration renewals as well as an organ donor registry. 

Grand Valley's class of 2022 come together to form the university's letters.  Courtesy / GVSU Facebook

GVSU sees increase in first-year enrollment, second-highest in school history

For the 2018-2019 school year, Grand Valley State University welcomed in approximately at least 4,000 first-year students for the seventh time. This is one of its largest first-year classes, with it being second in Grand Valley history. In Michigan, this is recognized as one of the highest freshman enrollment rates. According to Philip Batty from the Office of Institutional Analysis, the last time Grand Valley saw record-breaking numbers was in 2016, welcoming a class of 4,380 students. 

Hauenstein Center hosts dean of Yale Law School, Heather Gerken on September 18th, 2018 in the Richard M DeVos Center Loosemore Auditorium.  GVL/Katherine Vasile 

GVSU’s Hauenstein Center hosts Dean of Yale Law School

Last week, Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies hosted guest speaker Heather Gerken, Dean of the Yale Law School. Gerken spoke in the Loosemore Auditorium on GVSU’s Pew Campus on Sept. 18 as a part of the center’s Common Ground Initiative. Program Director Scott St. Louis said that the Hauenstein Center was pleased to host her. 

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GVSU professor turns attention to Great Lakes plastic pollution

As many people enjoy swimming, boating and fishing on the lakes, a new threat has emerged, endangering the long-term health and prosperity of the expansive bodies of water. Man-made micro-plastics, created from the degradation of plastic waste in water, is becoming a major concern within the Great Lakes. Fish and other organisms consume the plastics, which then makes its way into the food chain, endangering other organisms and disrupting the existing ecosystems. Alan Steinman, professor and director of the Annis Water Research Institute (AWRI) is conducting research on which organisms are attracted to in micro-plastics. Doing so will provide a better understanding of how these plastics interact with the base of the food chain, illustrating their negative effects within the Great Lakes. 

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Annis Water Resources Institute expands conservation education

Recently, Grand Valley State University’s Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) hosted a delegation of officials from Japan at the request of the office of Governor Rick Snyder.  The AWRI is a multidisciplinary research organization within GVSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Their mission is to enhance and preserve freshwater resources, as well as bring awareness to the multifaceted problems surrounding the consumption and conservation of water by integrating research, community outreach and student engagement.

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GVSU to host flu clinics for students, staff and faculty

The Kirkhof College of Nursing is staffing on-campus clinics for the entire month of October starting on Oct. 3. Various locations include GVSU Family Health Center in Grand Rapids, The Fieldhouse main lobby, Kirkhof Center during the GVSU Health and Wellness Summit, DeVos Center, Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon, Grand River Room, Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center, Meijer Campus in Holland and Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. 

Conversations of Color, September 19th 2018, in the office of Multicultural Affairs.  GVL / Katherine Vasile 

Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts Conversation of Color

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) celebrates their 30 year dedication on Wednesday, Sept. 19 by focusing their most recent Conversation of Color on underrepresented populations, and with the General Elections drawing near, voting and the importance behind youth participation in the election process was a main topic.    Conversations of Color are dialogues hosted monthly by the OMA from noon to 1 p.m. in the Office of Multicultural Affairs lobby, located at 1240 Kirkhof Center. Topics revolve around current events or social justice issues, and this has become a space for students to find clarity on complex issues happening in our world today. Past discussions have included Islamophobia, DACA, the Charlottesville incident and kneeling during the national anthem. 

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GVSU partners with Ottawa County for groundwater management plan

Grand Valley State University has recently partnered with Michigan State University and the Ottawa County Planning Department to find a solution for inconsistencies in groundwater quality within Ottawa County. As the county’s population continues to grow and the agricultural and productive industries in the community flourish, maintaining access to clean water is becoming a challenge.

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GR College Week events aim to help students develop sense of community

During the week of Sept. 10 to 16, Grand Rapids hosted the third annual GR College Week, an event aimed toward helping students from all colleges in the area connect with one another, discover job opportunities and become more familiar with the Grand Rapids area.  Students from GVSU, WMU, Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Kuyper and other institutions attended several events aimed at helping students step outside of their comfort zone, establish connections and make new friends.