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. 

GVPD vehicle. Courtesy / Grand Valley State University

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.

GVL / Sheila Babbitt

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.  

Courtesy / Zack Sheppard

Reported off-campus rape confirmed false by investigators

On Saturday Nov. 3, a rape was reported to local police shortly after midnight. The Grand Valley student reportedly told officers they had been raped after being given a drink with unknown substances in the Alpine Apartment complex located near the Allendale campus. Ottawa County investigators determined on Tuesday that the rape in question did not occur and nobody had been drugged at the party. 

Courtesy / GVSU College of Education

College of Education to undergo revisions in coming years

Grand Valley’s College of Education undergraduate education programs will be seeing some changes in the next few years. These changes come directly from the state of Michigan who have requested that all teacher education programs be revised no later than 2021. Most of these revisions will be reflected in coursework that is specialized to the grade bands students are studying to teach. 

GVL / Dan Pacheco

GVSU hosts 22nd annual multicultural seminar

On Friday, Nov. 2, Grand Valley State University hosted their 22nd Annual Multicultural Seminar in the Kirkhof Center. Each year, the seminar focuses on a different social justice and or diversity issue.  This year, the one-day conference titled “Healing the Trauma of Exploitation,” explored the narratives and neurological development of human trafficking victims in the United States. The event was put on to help create cultures where recovery from trafficking can take place, as well as to provide students and audience members with resources, interventions and warning signs for human trafficking victims in health settings. 


Former GVSU provost honored with two new awards

In October, Grand Valley State University announced that there will be two new awards given out to students and faculty alike in honor of former provost Gayle R. Davis.  Davis is also the former executive vice president for academic and student affairs, and though she retired from her career at GVSU in 2017, her legacy carries on.