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Incoming president Mantella attends State of the Union address

Following her Jan. 22 appointment as the fifth president of Grand Valley State University, Philomena V. Mantella filled her role as guest to Michigan Sen. Gary Peters at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address Feb. 5.  “This was my first opportunity to attend a State of the Union address,” Mantella said. “I was surprised and delighted when Sen. Gary Peters personally called me to extend the invitation to be his guest.” 

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Distracted driving: Michigan city bans phone use for drivers

Beginning Friday, Feb. 15, drivers in Battle Creek, Mich. are likely to get pulled over if they are caught using a phone while driving, regardless if the driver is actually texting or not. Drivers in violation of the new law could be issued a civil infraction and fined $100 for the first offense or $200 for the subsequent offenses. 

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President Haas and wife Marcia celebrate 10 years of T. Haas during the President's Ball on Friday Feb. 5, 2016.

GV responds to Presidents Ball cancellation with charitable giving

Although Grand Valley State University President’s Ball dance was cancelled, the university ensured the food prepared for the event didn’t go to waste. Over 500 hot meals were distributed to the Hispanic Center of West Michigan, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools in Wyoming and the David Hunting YMCA branch near the downtown Pew campus.  Melissa Baker-Boosamra, Associate Director of Student Life, stated that once the event was cancelled, the university reached out to these organizations offering the unused meals. 

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2/2/19, GVSU Allendale Campus, Polar Vortex.  GVL / Katherine Vasile

Snow week means snow work for GVSU essential staff

Michigan winters, though beautiful, are frigid and hazardous. Snow days are not uncommon — in fact, they’re considered a rite of passage for those who endure these subarctic conditions year after year. Grand Valley State University is known to permit the occasional snow day in exceptionally bad weather, but last week, the brutal temperatures and continuous snowfall broke records all over the Midwest and caused the most consecutive snow days in GVSU history. 

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GV leaders set sights on Lansing for additional funding

With a new congress sworn in this past January, members from Grand Valley State University will travel to Lansing to make a case for receiving additional state funding. President Thomas Haas and Student Senate President Rachel Jenkin plan to testify before the Michigan House of Representatives’ Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee Feb. 14. 

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2/2/19, GVSU Allendale Campus, Polar Vortex.  GVL / Katherine Vasile

GV cancels week of classes due to Polar Vortex, sets school record

In the last week, Michigan has faced its coldest days since 1996, rightly claiming the week’s weather forecast title of Polar Vortex 2019.  The temperatures hit record lows for the last two decades, with highs below zero and wind chills hitting 50 below zero  in some parts of the state, making for dangerous conditions for anyone outside for more than five minutes. 

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Seidman College of Business shares alumni insights through speeches

According to a 2017 report by Jeffrey Selingo at the Washington Post, business is currently the most popular major for college students in the United States. In fact, every year, almost 20 percent of all degrees given out by higher education institutions are in a business-related field, such as economics, finance or accounting.  In the Fall 2018 semester at Grand Valley State University, 4090 undergraduate students and 273 graduate students were enrolled in the Seidman College of Business, proving the statistics true.

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FBI agents answer questions, educate students on field

On Tuesday, Jan. 25, students from any academic area interested in working for the FBI were able to get a glimpse of what that future would hold for them at the 2019 FBI Collegiate Academy held in the Loosemore Auditorium in the DeVos Center on Grand Valley State University's Pew Grand Rapids Campus.  This was the first time that GVSU’s School of Criminal Justice hosted the event, and they “hope to bring it back in the Fall of 2019,” according to Williamson Wallace, Director of GVSU's Criminal Justice Training. 

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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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