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Community Service Learning Center to host MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity

To celebrate the end of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week, Grand Valley State University will be one of many campuses providing students the opportunity to volunteer on MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity. The Community Service Learning Center and the MLK Week Executive Planning Committee have partnered together to organize this 33rd annual day of service at GVSU. The day will begin with a key note presentation about Dr. King’s legacy and community involvement, and it will end with students travelling to one of 9 participating non-profits that serve those in the west Michigan area.

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Lavar Green-Jackson.  Courtesy / GVSU

Community involvement through the eyes of our 2018 homecoming regent

Crowning a homecoming regent during the halftime of the homecoming football game has become an exciting annual Laker tradition. The 2018 homecoming regent, Lavar Green-Jackson, demonstrates that this honor means much more to him than just attending weekly classes on campus.  On Saturday, Oct. 6, Lavar Green-Jackson was crowned Grand Valley State University’s 2018 homecoming regent. According to the Office of Student Life, a homecoming regent is either a junior or senior at GVSU, is a member of a student organization participating in homecoming events, is in good academic standing and embodies GVSU values in their everyday life. After the candidates participate in elements such as interviews and endorsement letters during the nomination process, all students, faculty and staff are allowed to vote for their favorite Laker. 

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GV running club hosts 10th annual Turkey Trot race

November brings the season of giving, and at Grand Valley State University there is no shortage of opportunities to give back to the community. This past Saturday, Nov. 17, the GVSU Running Club did just that at their 10th annual Turkey Trot.  The GVSU Running Club is an organization for all students who have any interest in running. The group meets every day from Monday through Friday at 6pm at the Kelly Sports Center. Students of all abilities are welcome, and members’ running experience spans from never running a step in their life to ultra-marathoners and everything in between. 

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Delta Phi Lambda to showcase different cultures at annual event

On Friday, Nov. 9, Delta Phi Lambda Sorority will be hosting their annual Global Gala in order to showcase the different cultures at Grand Valley State University. This event will take place at the Grand River Room in the Kirkhof Center 2250 at 6 p.m.  The event will consist of a variety of performances by student organizations, as well as free food and raffle prizes.  “I am excited to be able to bring people together,” said Jennifer Ung, Co-Planning Chair of the event and President of Delta Phi Lambda Sorority. “With a lot of hate and differences in this world, it is important to bring people together through common interests.”

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Sikh Society of West Michigan Gurdwara, October 2018. Courtesy / Interfaith Resources

Interfaith Resources strengthen GV community

Grand Valley State University’s Campus Interfaith Resources helps connect students to each other through their differences in faith; they seek to support and celebrate the religious, secular and spiritual diversity here on campus. Along with the many resources and connections the organization provides, the Campus Interfaith Resources also offers an internship program to one person each year.

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Poetry slam to be held for Domestic Violence awareness

In 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence coined October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. Since then, the month of October has been a time to educate people on Domestic Violence and support victims.  This October, the Grand Valley State University It’s On Us As Lakers organization is partnering with Anchored in Poetry to present the Slamming the Stigma event. The event, which is taking place this Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m., is an open mic night focused one spreading awareness on Domestic Violence.

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New eSports club sparks interest among students

“This might sound dumb, but I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about anything ever,” said Marshal Brummel, Grand Valley State University junior and President of the GVSU Esports club.  “I just really saw an opportunity for the gaming community in Grand Valley to come together and have a lot more of a connective poll with each other than apart,” Brummel said. “The community of gamers, I mean we play tons of games. I think I have four or five games on my computer right now, and I don’t play all of them as much as I play my favorite, but it’s enough that you can relate to everyone. It was just a good opportunity to get a community together for people who don’t always have a community where you can actually meet people.”

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Grand Valley Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Intercultural Student Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the annual Intercultural Student Reception is being held in the Kirkhof Center’s Grand River Room. This event provides an opportunity for GVSU faculty, staff and student organizations to connect with the student body. More than 20 student organizations will be present to share information about their club and encourage visitors to join. Many faculty members will also be attending the reception to inform new students about the numerous offices and resources on campus that may be beneficial throughout the school year.

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Campus Life Night September 4, 2018.  GVL / Amanda Rogers

Students get involved at Campus Life Night

Crowds of students filled the streets as they made their way to Grand Valley State University’s annual Campus Life Night on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Over 400 organizations lined up their tables in Lot H to represent their favorite groups.  Campus Life Night is a student organization fair that provides students with the chance to explore the various clubs and organizations GVSU has to offer. Students also were able to meet campus department staff and learn how they could benefit from GVSU’s countless resources. 

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