GVL / Kellen Voss

GR College Week events aim to help students develop sense of community

During the week of Sept. 10 to 16, Grand Rapids hosted the third annual GR College Week, an event aimed toward helping students from all colleges in the area connect with one another, discover job opportunities and become more familiar with the Grand Rapids area.  Students from GVSU, WMU, Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Kuyper and other institutions attended several events aimed at helping students step outside of their comfort zone, establish connections and make new friends. 

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GVSU hosts first ever tech challenge

On Saturday, Sept. 8, Grand Valley State University hosted a number of inaugural matches of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Tech Challenge season. Students from across west Michigan—such as the Red Storm Robotics team from East Kentwood High School and the TriSonics Robotics team from Allendale High School—gathered on the Pew Campus in Grand Rapids to compete in a robotics competition where teams construct, program and control a robot of their design and test it against other groups’ creation.

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.