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GV student cited as top Buzzfeed quiz maker, second-most driver of website traffic

Millions of users flocked to Buzzfeed’s website due to the work of a Grand Valley State University sophomore’s quiz-making prowess. Rachel McMahon, a communications studies major, was cited as Buzzfeed’s second largest driver of worldwide website traffic due to her nearly 700 quizzes she made for the website.  McMahon said her quiz making started as a way to pass the time during her yearbook class at Hudsonville High School. When she discovered the ability to make quizzes in April 2017, she said she was hooked. 

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Increased ethylene oxide emissions surround Pew Campus

Viant Medical Inc. of Grand Rapids is currently facing scrutiny from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) after the company violated ethylene oxide emission levels. Located at 520 Watson St., the company stands less than half of a mile away from Grand Valley State University’s downtown Pew Campus.    On Friday, Jan. 18, all GVSU students received an email from university officials warning them of the increased level of ethylene oxide.  

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Shannon Cohen speaking at Grand Valley in remembrance of Martin Luther King. GVL / Andrew Nyhof

GV MLK Jr. week encourages celebrating King's legacy through activism

The week of Jan. 21, Grand Valley State University celebrated what has now become a campus-wide affair: Martin Luther King Week. This year’s theme of “Break the Silence” was evident throughout the week’s events.  The week-long celebration began on Monday with workshops, a silent march, a keynote presentation by David Stovall and a #BreakthesSilence panel discussion. The last event was held on Saturday, Jan. 26, entitled “The MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity,” where students involved were educated on the Civil Rights Movement. 

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Applied Medical Device Institute earns $500,000 grant

The Grand Valley State University College of Engineering was recently awarded $500,000 by the Grand Rapids SmartZone to create medical devices from the new Carbon, Inc. 3D printer.  The Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) promotes small businesses to get through their first years, otherwise known as “the valley of death”. The LDFA manages Tax Incremental Funding (TIF) money within the city of Grand Rapids. They also sort through proposals and ask if they are good for the city, retain talent and help develop their infrastructure. 

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Historian duo presents on Jefferson's legacy, controversy

Thursday, Jan. 24, Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and the university’s Department of Inclusion and Equity hosted two historians to give a speech and form a discussion on racial issues in America, as a part of the university’s week of events to commemorate the life of Reverend Martin Luther King. Jr.   Annette Gordon-Reed, professor of American Legal History and History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard Law School, and Peter S. Onuf, retired Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Virginia, have been on the road together for two years, sharing the story of moral perspectives on the issues of slavery in American history — including Thomas Jefferson’s. 

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Dr. Mantella addresses the crowd at GVSU's Kirkhof Center following her unanimous appointment. Mantella will be the fifth president in school history and the first female president. GVL / Leah Kerr

Dr. Philomena Mantella to be GVSU's fifth president

Philomena V. Mantella was unanimously appointed Grand Valley State University's fifth president during a special Board of Trustees held on Jan. 22. Mantella, GVSU’s first female president, will replace outgoing president Thomas J. Haas following his last day on July 1.  Following three rounds of interviews with the board’s 18-person presidential search committee, committee chair John Kennedy announced the recommendation at the meeting. The trustees notes Mantella’s strengths in strategic planning, global market expansion and keeping current with trends in education. 

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