Women, Gender, and sexuality studies anniversary celebration. March 21st, 2019. GVSU PEW Campus, Loosemore Auditorium. Alumni Panel. Julia Mason, Kristen J. Cuhran fuller, Jazz Mckinney, Erika Vandyke, Dani Vilella. GVL / Benjamin Hunt

Celebrating 45 years of Women's Studies at GV

The WGS anniversary celebration was held on March 21 on GVSU’s downtown campus with several other workshops occurring during the week with keynote speaker Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis. The event centered around the effect the WGS program has had on its students, community and the progression of marginalized voices. Beginning with an alumni panel, the celebration was able to note how WGS studies can make all the difference both before and after college.

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Hundreds take to service, celebrate Community Outreach Week

Grand Valley State University is celebrating its tenth annual Community Outreach Week from March 23-30. Sponsored by GVSU’s Office of Alumni Relations, Community Outreach Week allows students, alumni, faculty and staff to participate in planned service projects or develop a volunteer opportunity of their own. Kyle Barnhart has served as GVSU’s Alumni Volunteer Coordinator for the past year and a half. As part of this job, he said he helps with recruiting participants and registering them in various service projects.

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GV acknowledges former general, presidential candidate for leadership

On March 14, members of the west Michigan community convened at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids to commemorate the service of Wesley K. Clark, retired Army general and candidate in the 2004 presidential election.  During Clark’s 38 years of service in the United States Army, he oversaw strategic airstrikes during NATO’s Operation Allied Force, ending the ethnic cleansing of Albanians in Yugoslavia, as well as negotiating the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the Bosnian War. Following his retirement from the United States Army in 2000, Clark said it was America’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks that prompted him to become involved in politics. He went on to run in the 2004 Democratic Primary, winning Oklahoma. 

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Student senate encourages campus engagement with week of activities

Student senate recently held Student Senate Week, which featured a variety of events centered on getting elected members engaged with the student body. These events aimed to be valuable in creating a dialogue between senators and students, illustrating what issues are weighing on the campus community and creating plans on how to address them.  Bilal Qureshi, student senate Vice President of Public Relations, said the week of events allows senators to connect with students, as well as raise awareness of student elections that will begin March 25. 

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Honors College establishes diversity task force, seeks to improve inclusion

In the Fall 2017 semester, 81.9 percent of undergraduate students at Grand Valley State University were white, and minority students make up an even lesser percentage of GVSU’s Frederik Meijer Honors College. Director of the Honors College Roger Giles recently spoke at a student senate meeting about some changes in curriculum, refocusing on issue-based courses and improving diversity. Senate members had plenty of questions and advice for Giles, many focusing on collaboration with campus diversity resource groups.

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Fundraising dinner raises money for Haitian students

On Sunday, March 24th, students and faculty showed Grand Valley State University a different side of Haiti. In the Niemeyer multipurpose room, members of Students for Haiti (SFH) gave GVSU a taste of Haitian culture to not only educate, but provide an opportunity for students to share about their study abroad experiences as well as accept donations to give a Haitian student a chance at a GVSU education. “The main purpose is to raise awareness about Haiti, share about the study abroad program and what’s been happening with that, and let people taste Haitian food to see what it’s like because they’ve never had it before,” Professor Peter Wampler said.

GVL/Katherine Vasile, 3/23/19, Kelly Family Sports Center Louis Track And Field, Michigan Science Olympiad

Allendale High School, Middle School advance to state following GV-hosted Science Olympiad

Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus hosted the 35th annual Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad tournament on Saturday, March 23, where hundreds of middle and high school students were able to compete in STEM activities.  This year’s tournament involved more than 1,000 students from 40 middle schools and 28 high schools across Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties. The tournament, presented by GVSU’s Regional Math and Science Center allowed these students to show their knowledge and skills in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and technology. 

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Student Success Network finds pilot success, expansion planned for Fall 2019

Following the pilot program’s implementation last year, organizers of Grand Valley State University’s Student Success Network are assessing its impacts before expanding the program to encompass all incoming first-year students. The program seeks to assist freshmen students, pairing them with faculty mentors invested in easing the transition to campus life at GVSU.  Brian Hatzel, Director of Faculty Initiatives for Student Success, views the program as invaluable for the students it serves, as investing in their success not only assists them in their academic pursuits, but creates a campus environment where incoming students feel welcome.