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The Sudent Senate holds a meeting to elect new officers on April 5th, 2018. Voting will commence next week for the new Vice Presidents of the committees.

Student senate sets 2018-19 budget

Grand Valley State University's student senate has set the university's 2018-19 Student Life Fund. The fund jumps from $1.07 million for fiscal year (FY) 2017-18 to just below $1.1 million for FY 2018-19. Club sports once again received the largest increase in allocations for the coming academic year, increasing from $425,000 to $440,000. 

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President Thomas Haas leads the annual toast at the Toast with T. Haas event on Wednesday April 18, 2018.

Class of 2018 celebrates Toast with T. Haas

Grand Valley State University’s class of 2018 piled into the Richard M. DeVos Center on Wednesday, April 18, for the annual Toast with T. Haas celebration. Seniors celebrated their pending graduation by toasting with GVSU President Thomas Haas and catching up with friends. The Laker for a Lifetime program has been hosting the event since 2013.

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

Rachel Jenkin elected student senate president

At the Grand Valley State University student senate general assembly Thursday, April 12, new cabinet members were elected from the body for the 2018-19 academic year. By the end of the night, Rachel Jenkin, vice president of campus affairs from this academic year, was named the president-elect, while Morgan Mattler, vice president of public relations this academic year, was elected as the new executive vice president. 

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Padnos International Center boasts eventful 2017-18 year

Grand Valley State University's Padnos International Center (PIC) puts on hundreds of events, offers numerous free services and helps hundreds of Lakers obtain unique global experiences every year. GVSU is proud to have an active study-abroad office, and this year, the university was ranked number nine in the nation for study-abroad participation among master’s-level institutions by the Institute of International Education. 

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GVL / Dylan McIntyre. Thursday, April 12, 2018. Laker Effect Challenge. Liza Felix presenting her poster.

Laker Effect Challenge winners selected

Grand Valley State University faculty, students and staff pitched ideas in the Laker Effect Challenge, where six teams gave presentations at the L.V. Eberhard Center Auditorium on Thursday, April 12. Five thousand dollars in prize money was split among the top presenters, and $500 was divided between the highest-voted poster presentations.  

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Grand Rapids Public Library holding event on social media privacy

Nowadays, it is normal to share personal information extensively online, including pictures, work places and personal contact information. To teach Grand Rapids citizens about taking care of the information they post on social media, the Grand Rapids Public Library has organized a lesson for Tuesday, April 17, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library. 

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Refugees and migrants get off a fishing boat off the Greek Island of Lesbos after traveling across the Aegean Sea to from Turkey in October 2015.

Alternative Breaks holding refugee education event

For those looking to learn more about refugees and what can be done to help them, there will be an event held at Grand Valley State University called “Salaam Supper: Refugee Advocacy 101” on Wednesday, April 18. This event is hosted by GVSU’s Alternative Breaks, and those who attend will receive a free dinner. All are welcome to join.  This event will be held in the Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center Multipurpose Room and will begin at 7 p.m. with a free dinner and dessert for attendees. Discussion and presentations will follow. 

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