News briefs 4/16/18

GradFest, a traditional event held before commencement celebrating students' success, will take place this week at Grand Valley State University from Monday, April 16, to Thursday, April 19. Both Monday's and Tuesday's celebrations will be held on the Allendale Campus in the Grand River Room (2250) of the Kirkhof Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sessions on Wednesday and Thursday will take place downtown at the DeVos Center Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall from the same time.

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President Thomas Haas, Ella Fritzemeier, and Sarah Daniels toast with the class of 2017 on Wednesday April 19, 2017.

ExtravaGRANDza returning to campus

With the end of the winter 2018 semester coming soon, the Grand Valley State University Office of Student Life will once again host ExtravaGRANDza. This event will take place from Saturday, April 14, to Friday, April 20.  

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GVSU students teach geology lessons at local high school

At Grand Valley State University, the "Laker Effect" can be described as an ongoing effort where students and staff work to positively impact the community, the state and the world. Recently, one of the ways the Laker Effect has been impacting the local community is through the GVSU Ambassadors of Environmental Education project.  

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GVSU students create signs before participating in a "Slut Walk" on campus on Saturday April 7th, 2018.

Student organizations work to raise sexual assault awareness

Sexual assault is a serious and prevalent issue on college campuses across the U.S. Children grow up learning strategies that are meant to protect them from that very threat, such as avoiding walking alone in the dark, never leaving drinks unattended and carrying around a bottle of pepper spray, among other things.  In 2009, former President Barack Obama declared the month of April Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and at Grand Valley State University, many student organizations are stepping up to the plate, educating fellow students and spreading awareness. 

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Becky Oppman checks her grades on blackboard on Sunday October 15, 2017.

'Hackathon' taking place this weekend

On Saturday, April 14, Grand Valley State University will host hackGVSU, a computer programming event, or “hackathon,” that will give high school and college students an opportunity to improve their computer coding skills. The event is in conjuncture with Blackboard Inc. and will focus on improving Blackboard Learn, allowing students to practice coding on a web application with which many are familiar. 

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Student leaders from Forest Hills Northern High School direct the March For Our Lives protest in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday March 24, 2018.

1 in 5 Americans has participated in protests since 2016, study finds

Since 2016, numerous protests and marches have taken place across the country, many of them dealing with issues viewed as being related to President Donald Trump. But just how many Americans are actually protesting, and what do these modern movements look like compared with the protests of 50 years ago? Recently, The Washington Post put out an article detailing a study on this topic.  

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News briefs 4/12/18

Grand Valley State University will recognize the winners of the spring 2018 Laker Effect Challenge on Thursday, April 12. 

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Pineapple Awards return for 14th year

On Friday, April 13, the Padnos International Center (PIC) will announce this year’s winners of the Pineapple Awards. Every year, international students at Grand Valley State University nominate professors, faculty and staff who have played an integral role in their experience at GVSU and have made them feel welcomed.  

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