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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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GVSU PR Club 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.  

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GV's Gift of Life starts their annual campus challenge

Each year, 11 Michigan universities and colleges compete to see which school can get the most number of people to register as new organ donors. This year, the Gift of Life campus challenge started on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and will end on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Gift of Life is a non-profit organization that recovers organs every year for those in need. They are also partnered with the Secretary of State of Michigan to oversee the entire organ donor registry.

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GV welcomes Delta Gamma to the Panhellenic community

Out of a variety of sororities, Delta Gamma was chosen to become the newest member of the Grand Valley State University Greek community this year. Delta Gamma, which has 151 collegiate chapters throughout the United States, is a group that focuses on “Doing good,” both on a holistic and individual scale.  “The committee believed that the values of Delta Gamma and what they were proposing to the committee fit best with the Grand Valley community,” said Julia Henderson, the Panhellenic President at GVSU.

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"We Are Not Invisible" program to celebrate black history

Each year, Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) day is celebrated to display MLK’s importance in human history. This year through the “We are not Invisible” program, the Multicultural Affairs Department at Grand Valley State University strives to not only recognize the day, but to make a regular routine in celebrating the important contributions that African Americans have made. On Friday, Feb. 1, the Multicultural Affairs Department will be hosting “We are not Invisible” from 12 to 1:30 p.m. There will be a variety of activities going on with focus primarily on the significance of Black History Month.