GVL/Hannah Zajac - George Heartwell, a member of President Obama's Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and of the American Bar Association Task Force on Sustainable Developement, gives a presentation on adapting to climate change to a group of GV students on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.​

"Beyond the Paris Accords"

George Heartwell, former mayor of Grand Rapids, came to Grand Valley State University Tuesday, Feb. 21, for an event titled “Beyond the Paris Accords: Adaptation Planning and Local Government.” He spoke about his role in dealing with climate change at the local level, specifically as mayor.

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Grand Valley student teachers working alongside Alpine Elementary School teachers and students.

GVSU co-teaching program enhances education curriculum, student experiences

The time and dedication a devoted teacher puts into their work is monumental. These educators put their students’ best interests first and try to create the best learning environment they can. The educators who dedicate extensive time to their students usually see the best results, which begs the question, shouldn't all educators to be this devoted? At Grand Valley State University, future educators are being trained to be just that.

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Callie Spytman (left) and Lee Hewson (right) study for their exams in the Mary Idema Pew Library on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016.

Looking out for each other

In the classroom, students put on faces of interest, of concentration and of engagement in order to be successful. But outside the classroom, many students battle hardships that make college more difficult in a different way. The loss of a parent or loved one, a bad breakup, a mental health or a physical health concern are examples of these difficulties that can weigh heavily on students, causing them to underperform in class, not come to class or worse.


Building the budget

Year after year, Grand Valley State University puts out performance metrics that rank amongst the top three in public universities in the state of Michigan. Year after year, however, GVSU does not receive near as much funding as other institutions do. Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder released his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2018. In it was an across-the-board increase for higher education by 2.5 percent. Each school, however, received individual percent increases; GVSU was recommended for a 3.4 percent increase in state funding, the highest increase among all the universities.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Heather Tafel, associate professor of political science at GVSU, presents during Grand Valley's first Democracy: 101 event inside the Kirkhof Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.

Do third parties stand a chance?

The 2016 presidential election sparked fresh debate about the role and potential of third parties in the United States’ political system. Is it worthwhile to vote for a third-party candidate, or would that be throwing away a vote? Is there any chance for a third party to receive enough support to break the long-standing two-party system? To answer these and other questions, the Grand Valley State University Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) hosted its first Democracy 101 event, “Elections & Two-Party Systems: Why Third Parties Have It Rough,” Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Kirkhof Center.

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President Thomas J. Haas (left), and Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson (right)

A step ahead

It was no accident that Roy Wilson, president of Wayne State University, picked out a Laker Blue tie the morning of Friday, Feb. 10. Gathered in the Grand Valley State University Detroit Center for the Board of Trustees meeting, leaders from GVSU and Wayne State's School of Medicine signed documentation Friday to put the "Early Assurance" partnership program into action.

GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Nekeya Graham, presenter on funding and higher education, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.

Looking at college funding

All throughout the month of February, Grand Valley State University’s Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) has hosted numerous events related to the funding of higher education within the state of Michigan. To continue this conversation about college tuition and aid, the CSLC scheduled a “Democratic Dialogue” event Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Grand Valley's NAACP chapter holds a campus wide demonstration in protest of police brutality Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in Allendale.

Standing up at GVSU

Student activism has existed as a voice for the voiceless for years at Grand Valley State University. In keeping with this long-standing tradition, the GVSU Kutsche Office of Local History (KOLH) will hold an event where people can learn about the past and present works of activism by undergraduate and graduate students since the university’s beginning.