GVSU summer staff updates

In May, Grand Valley State University’s Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Eileen Sullivan requested a leave of absence and the college granted it, according to GVSU President Thomas Haas. Sullivan started working at GVSU in July of 2016. Her leave began Tuesday, May 9. Stephen Glass has since stepped in as acting vice provost for student affairs and dean of students.

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GVSU inaugurates $85M 'Laker Effect' fundraising campaign

With the goal of promoting student success now and in the future, Grand Valley State University has initiated a comprehensive $85 million fundraising campaign known as the “Laker Effect.” The funds acquired through this effort will be allocated to three different initiatives categorized as Opportunity, Achievement and Relevance.

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GVSU Rifle Club

Rifle club president, GVPD support campus gun ban

Last month, a Michigan state court of appeals ruled in favor of the University of Michigan’s campus ban on guns after an Ann Arbor resident sued, saying it was in violation of the Second Amendment. In the state, Grand Valley State University is another college that also has a gun ban in place. The rule is a part of GVSU’s Student Code, which states that “A student shall not possess any firearm or weapon anywhere upon property governed by the University, except University Police Officers and other legally established law enforcement officers acting in the course of and scope of employment.”

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Partnering up

According to the American Psychological Association, civic engagement is “individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.” This type of work being done in the Grand Rapids and Western Michigan communities by individuals and groups within Grand Valley State University has taken hold and spread like wildfire, so much so that Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities dedicated to the “public purposes of higher education,” uses GVSU as a model for what a school is capable of doing in the civic realm.

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Dissecting the refugee crisis

About five million people have fled Syria since civil war broke out between the Syrian government and its citizens in 2011. These Syrians fled to neighboring countries on foot, like Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, looking for asylum. They are sometimes refused at the gate or placed in “refugee camps” where they face tough living conditions and are not allowed to leave until they are resettled.

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