News briefs 1/11/18

The study of paleontology is vast and exceeds far beyond the preconceived notion that the study is limited to dinosaurs. Explore the world of paleontology with Grand Valley State University’s biomedical sciences professor Laura Stroik at the January Science on Tap: Ask a Paleontologist event. Stroik will be discussing the passion and drive behind many paleontologists’ work and also what studying in the field of paleontology entails.  The event will be held Thursday, Jan. 11, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the SpeakEZ Lounge in Grand Rapids. Arrive early to ensure finding a good seat.

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Grand Valley Police Department work alongside other safety departments in the surrounding area to train in the case of an active shooter on Sunday December 17, 2017.

GVPD holds active-shooter-response training in Mackinac Hall

Approximately 40-plus police officers, 20-plus firefighters and 20 to 25 volunteers participated in the Grand Valley State University Police Department’s largest annual training session designed to prepare its staff for an active-shooter situation on campus. As part of its yearly exercise, the GVPD partnered with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency organizations on Sunday, Dec. 17, to practice confrontation and rescue techniques. This year, local fire departments also participated for the first time.

GVL / Emily Frye - Christopher Stark works within the Laker Store on Wendesday, April 15, 2015.

Laker Store, Campus Dining locations see theft during fall semester

As Grand Valley State University concluded another semester, more crime statistics have been released by the GVSU Police Department. The Laker Store has seen 21 cases of retail fraud, more commonly known as shoplifting, spanning from August to the end of December 2017. According to GVPD Acting Director Brandon DeHaan, 16 of the suspected individuals have been identified, with appropriate punitive action taken depending on the degree of shoplifting. The 21 cases signify an increase from the 10 cases that were reported by the Grand Valley Lanthorn in November of 2016. 

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Kevin Callison and Leslie Muller will detail health trends for the area January 12 at the ninth annual West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast.

Panelists to discuss health-care trends in West Michigan

The Grand Valley State University Office of the Vice Provost for Health and the Seidman College of Business Alumni Association have teamed up to survey health-care trends in West Michigan. On Friday, Jan. 12, the results of these surveys will be compared to those from other parts of Michigan, as well as the national average.  

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Students gather in the upstairs dining area of the Kirkhof Center for Campus Life Night 2.0 which takes place on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

GVSU to host Campus Life Night 2.0

Grand Valley State University students looking to become more involved with clubs and other student organizations will have the chance to do so early on in the winter semester. Campus Life Night (CLN) 2.0 will take place on Friday, Jan. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center. The building will open its doors once more to students who may be interested in joining new organizations this semester. 

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Tim Marroquin is the new director for TRIO Veterans Upward Bound.

Veterans Upward Bound names director, goals for students

The new year brings new programs and leadership to Grand Valley State University. This past year, GVSU received a federal grant worth $1.3 million to establish new veteran education programming, resulting in the creation of the TRIO Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) office, and now a director has been appointed to lead the VUB.