Local residents line up for Abdul El-Sayed rally in Grand Rapids.  GVL / McKenna Peariso

Candidate for Michigan governor visits Grand Rapids

With Michigan primaries just around the corner, several candidates are gearing up for election season. On Saturday July 28, governor candidate Abdul El-Sayed, visited Grand Rapids for a political rally to garner support for his campaign. Hundreds of residents from the area crowded Ottawa Hills High School to rally behind El-Sayed and several local government officials. 

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80th annual Boys State visits Grand Valley

Ever wonder what goes on at Grand Valley State University after students have left for the summer? Well, besides construction, Grand Valley hosts several clubs and events on it’s campus throughout the summer months. During the last week of June Grand Valley was used as a venue for the 80th annual Boys State sponsored by the American Legion.

GVL / Luke Holmes - Nursing Students finish up some work after class in the Center for Health Sciences building downtown.

GVSU implements a new holistic approach to nursing applicants

This fall, Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing will implement a new holistic admissions process that focuses on increasing student diversity, emphasizing different backgrounds and life experiences with the hope that it will produce a more enriching learning experience. These changes follow a nationwide trend of added emphasis on diversity and race in the workplace and work toward producing nurses capable of providing quality care in changing workforce environments. 

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WGVU General Manager to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters recently made the decision to present long time WGVU General Manager Michael Walenta with a Lifetime Achievement award, recognizing him for his impact on the world of broadcasting. The MAB describes the award as the highest award they give, meant for those who have “dedicated the majority of their careers to broadcasting in the state of Michigan.” Only one person receives the award each year. Walenta has been with WGVU Public Media more than 30 years and will receive the award in August. Tim Eernisse, Director of Development and Marketing for WGVU, said Walenta’s experience in broadcasting led to him being chosen as the award’s recipient, as well as his local and national impact.

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Tri-county economic impact report reaches new heights

Grand Valley State University’s economic impact report on the region has been released at the total of $849 million. The total sales in the region marks the increased sales for all businesses including Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon. Moreover, 11,970 of these employees are Grand Valley State University graduates working in the West Michigan area.  Areas of employment for GVSU alumni, which now up to approximately 117,000 graduates, include business and public administration, teaching, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistants and more. They have found careers in Amway, Deloitte LLC, Flat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors, Gentex Corporation, Herman Miller Incorporated, Hope Network, Kellogg Company, Meijer Inc., Mercy Health, Quicken Loans, Spectrum Health, the State of Michigan and Steelcase Inc. 

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GVSU places top ten in national recycling competition

Each year, universities from all over the United States compete in the nationally recognized competition known as "RecycleMania". This past season, Grand Valley State University took eighth place in the recycling category as well as 12th in overall diversion rates. In 2001, RecycleMania began as a contest between Miami University and Ohio University as a way to promote recycling efforts on each school’s campus. The competition saw an increase in campus recycling participation and has since expanded to more than 150 colleges and universities. 

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Local police note problem of paintball wars in Grand Rapids

Paintball issues arise across downtown Grand Rapids

Law enforcement is concerned about a recent city-wide development involving individuals targeting houses, cars and people using paintball guns. These “paintball wars” are on the rise across many cities and pose a troubling issue for community members who wish to keep their neighborhood streets safe.