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GV's Muskegon Innovation Hub honors first ever Innovator of the Year

Grand Valley State University has several pillars in its mission for students and the community, some including sustainability, education and enrichment. One pillar of GVSU’s mission that is sometimes overlooked however, is innovation. This aspect of the university’s mission is fulfilled by its Muskegon Innovation Hub, which provides support to local entrepreneurs and startup companies including those that come from within Grand Valley. The university’s Innovation Hub awarded it’s first ever Lakeshore Innovator of the Year title at a ceremony on March 14. Director of the Innovation Hub, Kevin Ricco, said this award is meant as a ‘round of applause’ to local innovators who are contributing to the greater good of the community.

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GVPD presents Stop the Bleed seminars

Created in 2013 by the American College of Surgeons after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Stop the Bleed attendees will learn to control bleeding by direct pressure, wound packing and the use of tourniquets. They will also learn to identify life-threatening bleeding and how to take further action depending on the location of the wound. According to research cited by the Stop the Bleed campaign, about 40% of trauma-related deaths are caused by uncontrolled bleeding, making it one of the leading causes of preventable death.  

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Provost appoints acting dean of Brooks College

As of Feb. 25, Mark Schaub is serving as the acting dean for Grand Valley State University’s Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. He was appointed to the position by Provost Maria Cimitile after Dean Anne Hiskes chose to take a personal leave of absence prior to her upcoming retirement. Schaub said that he was surprised to be stepping in at the middle of the semester.

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Last Lectures focus on personal experiences, inspiring students

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, Professors Joel Wendland and Neal Buckwalter gave their last lectures in Grand Valley State University’s Mary Idema Pew Library. Although their final topics skewed away from their usual lessons — liberal studies for Wendland and the nonprofit sector for Buckwalter — when addressing students this time around, they gave testimonies of their lives, lessons learned and advice.  Wendland spoke about “how to be your most radical self.” He explained his upbringing in Tacoma, Washington where their family wallet was not as full as they would like. 

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Gift of Life: You can be the cure

You can be the cure: Gift of Life GVSU strives to help blood cancer patients Every four minutes, a child or adult in the United States is diagnosed with some form of blood cancer, ultimately affecting nearly 170,000 people each year. There are no specific traits that could cause blood cancer; it could occur in anyone, anytime. Cures for many patients are possible, but the shortage of registered bone marrow donors leaves many patients waiting years to receive a transplant, if ever. Gift of Life at Grand Valley State University recognizes the need for more donors and encouraged more than 100 people to step up at their registration event last week. 

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GV hosts fifth annual BAMM GSA Summit

Hundreds of students from high schools around Michigan gathered at Grand Valley State University March 8 for Building a Movement for Michigan Gender and Sexualities’ (BAMM GSAs) Annual Summit. The event brings GSA students and advisors together for a day full of keynote speakers, breakout sessions and conversations. The summit aims to connect those involved in Michigan GSA with each other to encourage dialogue about the societal factors surrounding Michigan’s LGBT+ community.

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GVSU hosts fourth annual Youth Virtual Conference on Sustainability

On Feb. 20, Grand Rapids Public Schools partnered with the Center for Economicology in Grand Rapids to host the fourth annual Youth Virtual Conference on sustainability and climate change.  According to a Grand Valley State University press release, the schools involved in the event are part of the United Nations University Network of Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs). GVSU is a member of the Grand Rapids RCE, which also includes other local universities and West Michigan businesses. 

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Marijuana legalization calls for ACES resource expansion

The legalization of marijuana took effect on Dec. 6, 2018, allowing Michiganians who are 21 or older to carry 2.5 ounces of pot on their person and use it at their leisure in private areas. It gives permission to gift the mentioned weight to another over the age of 21. Included in these changes, many of marijuana’s laws are similar to the Minor in Possession laws with alcohol.  Yet, this change did not take place at Grand Valley State University. Due to the university’s federal funding, the use of marijuana is still prohibited on campus, but isn’t something offenders can be arrested for. 

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Grand Rapids hospital costs, growth on the rise

The 2019 Health Check Report by Grand Valley State University and Tulane University determined that both the cost of hospital admissions and health care employment rates in west Michigan are higher than the state averages. The report, which analyzed public health trends in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Allegan counties, found that the average cost of a hospital stay in Grand Rapids climbed from $19,700 in 2005 to $29,900 in 2016. This is approximately $3,000 dollars more than costs in Detroit. The study cited the average hospital stay length in both cities at just under five days.

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