Papa John's in the Connection.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Grand Valley to cut business ties with Papa John's

Around the beginning of the school year in August, the Papa John’s location in the Commons on GVSU’s Allendale campus was replaced by Oath Pizza. According to GVSU Vice President of Finance Greg Sanial, the location in the Connection is also on its way out. Although the timing of this change has much to do with the comments Schnatter made in June, Sanial says the university has been considering ending their business relationship with the company for quite some time.  

Grand Valley's class of 2022 come together to form the university's letters.  Courtesy / GVSU Facebook

GVSU sees increase in first-year enrollment, second-highest in school history

For the 2018-2019 school year, Grand Valley State University welcomed in approximately at least 4,000 first-year students for the seventh time. This is one of its largest first-year classes, with it being second in Grand Valley history. In Michigan, this is recognized as one of the highest freshman enrollment rates. According to Philip Batty from the Office of Institutional Analysis, the last time Grand Valley saw record-breaking numbers was in 2016, welcoming a class of 4,380 students. 

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Mary Idema Pew Library celebrates five years of innovative education

Filled with collections of LED lights, 3D printers, computers and virtual reality sets, the technology showcase in the bottom level of the library provides students and staff members with access to innovative technology. This year, the showcase is celebrating its five-year anniversary and a celebratory open house was held on Friday, Sept. 14 in the atrium of the library.

GVL / Laureen Horan

GVSU remembers those lost on 9/11

GVSU students remember #911Anniversary by displaying 2,977 flags on the lawn between Zumberge Pond and the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale campus. Flags were also displayed in the courtyard of the DeVos building on the downtown Pew campus. 

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GVSU remembers influential leader Rich DeVos

The Grand Valley community is mourning the loss of one of the university’s most influential leaders, Richard M. Devos, who died at age 92 on Sept. 6. DeVos played a pivotal role in the university’s growth from its founding in the 1960s. He was a prominent figure in revitalizing Grand Rapids, and his work in improving higher education, health care, and the economic development of the city made GR what it is today.