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Stuff the Bus 4-12-19

Sigma Pi “Stuffs the Bus”

Each year, the Theta-Rho Chapter of Sigma Pi hosts the “Altruistic Campus Experience” (ACE) Project. The ACE Project, which was officially started in 2003, has become an annual tradition at Grand Valley State University. During this week, Sigma Pi members commit themselves to performing what they call “random acts of kindness.” This year, ACE week took place between Monday, April 8 and Friday, April 12. Sigma Pi members performed random acts of kindness – such as bringing donuts to GVPD and passing out encouraging notes with candy to students in the Mary Idema Pew Library – and then posted a picture with the tag #SigmaPiACEWeek. 

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Greek Life lets their voices be heard at second annual Greek Speak

On Tuesday, March 26, members of Greek Life filed into the Loutit Lecture Halls for the second annual Grand Valley State University Greek Speak. Greek Speak, which was hosted in partnership with GVSU’s Greek Life Board and the Speech Lab, took place between 8 and 10 p.m.  The event is a speaking competition designed to inform the audience about participating Greek fraternities and sororities backgrounds, philanthropies and brotherhood/sisterhood.

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GV Lions Club protects the eyes of little Lakers

On Tuesday, February 26, two student members of the Grand Valley State University Lions Club visited the GVSU Children’s Enrichment Center for their annual Kidsight event. At the event, the Lions Club members screened 24 children to detect eye problems.  Lions Club International (Loving Individuals Our Nations Safety) was founded in 1917 and now has over 1.4 million members in 211 countries. The club provides a safe space for individuals to join together and give their time and effort to their community and the world. The club’s main focus is vision, but they also help many different causes.

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Honors College establishes diversity task force, seeks to improve inclusion

In the Fall 2017 semester, 81.9 percent of undergraduate students at Grand Valley State University were white, and minority students make up an even lesser percentage of GVSU’s Frederik Meijer Honors College. Director of the Honors College Roger Giles recently spoke at a student senate meeting about some changes in curriculum, refocusing on issue-based courses and improving diversity. Senate members had plenty of questions and advice for Giles, many focusing on collaboration with campus diversity resource groups.

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Gift of Life: You can be the cure

You can be the cure: Gift of Life GVSU strives to help blood cancer patients Every four minutes, a child or adult in the United States is diagnosed with some form of blood cancer, ultimately affecting nearly 170,000 people each year. There are no specific traits that could cause blood cancer; it could occur in anyone, anytime. Cures for many patients are possible, but the shortage of registered bone marrow donors leaves many patients waiting years to receive a transplant, if ever. Gift of Life at Grand Valley State University recognizes the need for more donors and encouraged more than 100 people to step up at their registration event last week. 

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The October 15th Dance Marathon that was held in Kirkhof

GV to spread love and support at 2019 LakerThon

Lakerthon is a Dance Marathon at GVSU that celebrates all the fundraising they’ve done throughout the year for kids and families at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital: Children’s Miracle Network. Lakerthon strives to not only celebrate through dancing and activities, but also to raise money through fundraising for the kids and families at the Helen Devos Children’s Hospital. “Dance Marathon started for a patient who loved to dance, so it is our tradition,” said GVSU's Miracle Network Dance Marathon President Hannah Nyeboer. “However, we like to say that bad dancing saves lives so don’t be discouraged to join our movement if you don’t like to dance.”

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GVPRSSA recognized through multiple awards

Grand Valley State University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (GVPRSSA) has recently won four awards for their outstanding impacts in the community. The club strives to help organizations and individuals establish mutually beneficial relationships with the public. As a result of its members' hard work and success, the club earned the Pacesetter award in November and December of 2018 and January and February of 2019.  The Pacesetter award is given by the Public Relations Student Society of America to chapters based on their success in areas of membership, national participation and chapter development.

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K-pop group to host night of dance, discussion

On Thursday, Feb. 28, students will expose the Grand Valley State University community to Korean culture in a whole new way. From 7 to 10 p.m. in the Kirkhof Grand River Room, dance group K-pop Group Evolution (K-GE) will be hosting their annual K-pop Unleashed dance showcase.  The showcase will include performances that the group learned throughout the semester and will also provide information about South Korea and its culture. 

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Student comedians compete in Last Laker Standing finals

Grand Valley State University’s Campus Activity Board sponsored the annual Last Laker Standing finals which featured six student comedians. All students were invited to attend the free event on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale campus.   The Last Laker Standing competition has been in motion for the last several weeks. The six comedians were all required to audition in front of members of the Campus Activity Board in order to advance to the final competition.