Title IX conference addresses sexual assault on campus

Grand Valley State University hosted a two-day regional Title IX conference at the DeVos Center on Pew campus. Title IX’s main purpose is prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in an educational setting.  A pre-conference that was open to the public commenced April 30 and was free of charge before the official two-day regional conference May 1 and 2. There were many workshops and discussions at the event that focused on policies, investigation, case preparation and more. 

Student Senate. Student Senate Meeting. 4:30 p.m in Kirkhof, Pure Marquette Room. February 7th, 2019. Discussing ways in which to approve the conditions of GV Students in regards to the education system.

GV Student Senate prompts LGBTQ inclusion update to Procurement Services

From school supplies to construction, Grand Valley State University contracts businesses for its needs. However, Student Senate recently passed W-19-01, a resolution aimed at integrating LGBTQ inclusion into criteria for contracts awarded by the Board of Trustees. “I knew that these executive directives did not apply to universities, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do that ourselves,” said Student Senate president Eric-John Szczepaniak.

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Campus View fills previous Brian's Books location with dorm-style living

ViewPoint, an apartment development proposed by Campus View, is finishing construction in preparation for the 2019–2020 school year. The 24-unit apartment complex proposed at the previous Brian’s Books location is 50 feet from campus and a few hundred yards from Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof Center. Construction started in the spring and ViewPoint should be ready by the Fall 2019 semester. The units are unique in that they have individual studio apartments as well as a shared community area for residents to gather.

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T. Haas honored by GV and beyond

After serving 13 years as president of Grand Valley State University, Thomas Haas will officially retire from the position on June 30. To commemorate Haas for his many years of dedication, organizations both in and out of the GVSU community have held meetings to honor him.  During an April 26 board meeting,  GVSU’s Board of Trustees recognized Haas with a formal resolution and gave him Emeritus Status. Board Chair Mary Kramer noted that Emeritus Status is not automatic and that not every GVSU president has been given the title. 

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GVSU Board approves Endowment Fund spending, student scholarship numbers to grow

Grand Valley State University prides itself on being an open-to-all university, creating need and merit-based scholarships to allow for a diverse and growing student body. In an effort to continue this tradition, GVSU’s Board of Trustees recently approved the Endowment Fund spending of 4.5 percent for next year. The continuation of spending will allow for more students to attend GVSU on scholarships that help with aid.  The endowment was created in 1965 and its total value is $130 million, made up of many funds created by donors who support the scholarships given out by the university each year. 

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Campus detours, bus route changes caused by Laker Line construction

From May 6 to Aug. 9, Campus Drive on Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus will be closed due to construction of the Laker Line. The Route 50 eastbound bus stop on Lake Michigan Drive and Ferndale Avenue near Meijer will be temporarily closed as well. “As with any road construction projects, allowing for extra time on your commute is a good plan as construction may cause travel delays,” said Lisa Haynes, Associate Vice President for Facilities Services Grand Rapids and Regional Centers.


GVPD: student death due to natural causes, investigation ongoing

In an April 25 email addressed to Grand Valley State University's staff, faculty and student body, Vice Provost and Dean of Students Loren Rullman alerted the campus community that a GVSU student died on campus that evening.  Grand Valley Police Department Capt. Jeff Stoll said that university police responded to a "medical incident" on the south side of GVSU's Allendale campus shortly after 5 p.m., alongside Allendale Fire Department and paramedics from Life EMS. GVPD responding officers and paramedics attempted to resuscitate the student and were unsuccessful. The student was pronounced dead on the scene around 5:15 p.m. 

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Student scholars day on Wednesday April 12, 2017.

Students share research at annual Student Scholars Day

On Wednesday, April 10, Grand Valley State University held their 23rd annual Student Scholars Day. Student Scholars Day is an important day for student researchers to display and discuss their research from this year.  There were many presentations, including poster presentations, panel presentations, fine arts exhibits and oral presentations. More than 600 students participated in the event.  After spending almost a year on research, Jorgen Reberg was ready to present his research on the history of propaganda. He even came up with a name for his own theory: stratified prioritization. He described the theory as the threshold that people cross when they reach a level of authority that changes their priority from ideology to economy.

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Student commencement speakers share final thoughts before speeches

With summer approaching and the winter semester drawing to a close, as some students are preparing for finals, others are preparing to reflect and deliver a speech to thousands. This commencement, graduating students Theresa Salas, Amy Harris and Natalie Loewengruber will serve as the first full wave of student speakers following student senate president Rachel Jenkin’s initial speech last fall.  An email was sent to all graduating students inviting them to apply to speak at the ceremony. Loewengruber, who will be graduating with degrees in psychology and biology, said she was hesitant at first, but between a bit of a nudge from a friend and feelings of nostalgia, she applied to speak and was selected.