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Alexis Mencotti accepts her diploma from President Haas during GVSU Commencement on Saturday December 9, 2017.

More than 1,000 students graduate at fall 2017 commencement

Grand Valley State University saw another class of students become Lakers for a lifetime. On Saturday, Dec. 9, GVSU held its commencement ceremony for the fall 2017 semester at that Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. More than 1,000 students received either their bachelor's or graduate degrees. Gayle Davis, former provost of GVSU, received an honorary degree for her contributions to the university.


GVSU professor discusses rising cost of tuition, food at Democracy 101 event

Students could pay for their college tuition in about 2.6 months working part time and making minimum wage in 1968. Now, students face crippling debt, have more difficulty affording healthful food and find that they can't stretch their money as far.  As part of the Community Service Learning Center's Democracy 101 series, Grand Valley State University sociology professor George Lundskow discussed the reasons behind the cost of education and healthful living rising so dramatically. 

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Grand Valley's car share vehicle sits in the Kirkhof parking lot on Nov. 29, 2015.

Parking Services changes lot hours, policies for exam week

All-night study sessions, last-minute cramming and excessive amounts of coffee—these are some of the many signs that exam week is starting. To help reduce some of students’ stress during this time, as well as help students prepare for their holiday departures, Parking Services at Grand Valley State University has made some changes to its normal procedures and policies. 


Coping with finals week stress

Finals week can be the most stressful time during the entire semester. It may feel like 16 weeks of hard work come down to a handful of tests, papers and presentations. It's this stress that often causes students to struggle. The pressure coming from classes, extracurriculars and other outside factors can make finals week a nightmare if it's not properly addressed.

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GVSU to offer new study-abroad program in Namibia next year

Grand Valley State University’s Padnos International Center will offer students a new and unique study-abroad program in 2018—Namibia: African History, Cultures and Environment. This program will give students an exclusive opportunity to explore the wilderness of southern Africa, encounter wildlife, camp in the desert and discover indigenous cultures. 

GVL /Matt Read Student Senate meets on Thursday November 13th, 2017. They opened with discussing their social media outreach.

Student senate votes on faculty awards

At its general assembly on Thursday, Dec. 7, Grand Valley State University’s student senate gathered to vote on the Student Award for Faculty Excellence (SAFE) and the Laker of the Year award. Guest speakers Kristen Evans and Sue Korzinek also addressed the assembly.  

GVL / Luke Holmes - Kevin Powell speaks in the Fieldhouse Arena on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

GVSU announces speakers for 2018 MLK week

Each January, members of the Grand Valley State University community attend events for Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week, a celebration of the life of King and his work in the civil rights movement. The keynote speakers for January 2018 are April Reign and Bree Newsome, both of whom made waves in 2015 for their efforts to initiate social change.  

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GVSU resource fair educates on safe, healthy sex

Grand Valley State University held its first peer-led sexuality-education resource fair, "Get Sex(Ed)," on Monday, Dec. 6. Over the course of the fall 2017 semester, students from LIB 326: Sexuality, Justice and Advocacy have been researching and planning for Get Sex(Ed), a sexual health and advocacy event allowing students to openly discuss sexual health.