GVL / Olivia Fellows

Collaborative lecture series discusses Alzheimer's disease, dementia

“In most cases, it’s family members who will notice certain changes in a loved one’s personality, and these changes can be among the major indicators of early dementia or Alzheimer’s.”  This finding was just one of many discussed by Spectrum Health Neurologist and Michigan State Professor Cynthia Hingtgen during the health lecture “Alzheimer’s Disease: A Look into the Future” on Nov 12 in the L. William Seidman Center on Grand Valley’s downtown Pew campus. 

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State senate hearing on PFAS crisis held on Pew campus

On Tuesday Nov. 13, Michigan Senator Gary Peters held a hearing titled "Local, State and Federal Response to PFAS Contamination in Michigan” in Grand Valley State University’s Loosemore Auditorium. The hearing was called to address a report about looming PFAS contamination that was submitted in 2012 by geologist Robert Delaney but did not see state action until just last year.

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Changing the narrative: Greek Life reflects on image, aims to highlight pledged values

From the outside looking in, Greek Life is often branded in a hostile and adverse manner. Nationally, Greek Life is largely associated with alcohol and parties, and news headlines place many chapters in a negative spotlight. However, at Grand Valley State University, Greek Life members have been working hard to push against the national trend and preserve the higher morals they swore themselves to. On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Greek members met with GVSU’s Greek Life Board and Associate Dean for Student Life Bob Stoll for a Greek Life Town Hall, where Greek members planned to set their best foot forward.

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GVPD educates students with rape aggression defense course

These words are from Grand Valley State University Sergeant Nate Dornbos during a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class held on Monday, Nov. 5, as he explained the difficulties of trying to profile sexual assault attackers. According to Dornbos, there are no true physical profiles to serve as warnings, and only potential behaviors to look out for. Additionally, in approximately 75 percent of sexual assault incidents, the victim knows their attacker — whether from a class, party or other association.

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Ferris Coffee and Nut facility to become Innovation and Design Center

The former Ferris Coffee and Nut facility on GVSU's Pew Campus is currently being renovated to become the new Design Center as part of the College of Engineering and Computing. The ability to renovate an existing space allows the university to avoid the delays and expenses that come when constructing a new building. The center will offer more collaborative spaces and development labs for engineering students.

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Access To Medicines spreading awareness about global heath disparities at Kirkhof Center on November 6th, 2018.  GVL / Emily Modloff

UAEM educates, promotes accessible medicine in week-long campaign

Grand Valley State University’s Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) chapter hosted an Access to Medicines week from Nov. 5-11 to promote easier access to medications.  UAEM’s main goal for the week was to receive signatures for the Global Access Licensing Framework, a document the entire corporation collaborates on to help start conversation about creating transparencies in access to medicine in the university setting. UAEM students hope to receive 160 signatures by the end of November in order to present the petition to the Student Senate and university. 

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GVPD addresses false reports and safety notifications

Last weekend’s alarming notice that an alleged drugging and rape had occurred near campus left the Grand Valley State University community feeling startled and confused, and the confusion continued into the following week when it was determined by Ottawa County police that the incident did not actually happen.  It is still unclear at this point whether the subject intentionally made a false report or whether they had a legitimate reason to believe they had been assaulted. The Grand Valley Police Department says this incident opens up a new discussion about reporting crimes.

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Kirkhof Center considered for possible renovations

Grand Valley State University’s Student Senate brought up a possible expansion to the Kirkhoff Center, including building upgrades and a bussing rework. Although nothing is official yet, GVSU acknowledges that there are a number of issues continuing to be raised by student organizations regarding the center’s current size and layout.  

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