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Ben Glick


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GradFest helps ease transition from student to alum

As the fall semester soon draws to an end, graduation ceremonies and its stresses are found to be not too far off. Seniors may find their exit from studies at Grand Valley State University easier than expected with help of GradFest.

Alternative Breaks gives new perspective to vacation

Alternative Breaks has been operating on the GVSU campus since 1991, and offers students an opportunity to spend a week-long break in winter, spring or summer volunteering for social and environmental causes around the country.

GVSU celebrates second annual Founders Day

Campus organizations are ready to celebrate the founding of Grand Valley State University, which turns 54 this year.

Career Fair to highlight employment opportunities

It may not be a stretch to say that the ultimate goal for university students is to secure employment, especially in the fields of their study.

Undergraduate Research Fair highlights importance of academic research

An important first step for students looking to continue their education after receiving their bachelor's degree is learning to do research in their field of study and how it can be applied later on.

GV family fun night

At Grand Valley State University, student parents balance more than just academics, with childcare and work taking up much of their time. Family Fun Night is geared toward these students.

I Am Grand Valley 2014 kicks off

The Office of Student Life is readying to kick off “I am Grand Valley,” an annual recognition program that distinguishes student leaders over the past academic year.

Sharing International stories

Earlier this month, the Padnos International Center held a ballot for photos students have taken while abroad in the 2013-2014 school year. The ballot closed Friday, Sept. 12 and winners will be announced as soon as the votes are counted, but in the meantime the office has seen increased interest in students wanting to study abroad.

Fall Arts Celebration line-up preview

To help accommodate the onset of the dreary autumn weather, the Grand Valley Art Gallery has a number of events lined up to help students cope with the changing of seasons.The 2014 Fall Arts Celebration will supply Grand Valley students with a series of six monthly installments ranging from music, art, dance and poetry.

Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair

The Fall 2014 Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair will take place Sept.

Campus to Cast Votes for 'PIC pics' Photo Contest

The author GK Chesteron once said that the traveler sees what he sees, and the tourist sees what the traveler has already seen. While many students on Grand Valley's campus may see what other travelers have already seen in Lake Ontario Hall, they may also be inspired to pave paths of their own.

Challenging preconceived perceptions through artwork

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the latest installation on the Pew Campus may be worth more than that. “River Tattoo” is the latest artistic acquisition for Grand Valley State University, and now its most anticipated. The creation of University of Michigan Art Professor Jim Cogswell, the work is being hosted at the Eberhard Center and is an entry in this year’s ArtPrize.

Sound the horns

The sirens will call out this July to signal the start of the 10th annual Grand Valley International Trumpet Seminar. From July 20 – 27 some of the best trumpet players in the world will converge on the Grand Valley campus to take part in a weeklong exercise with high school and college-level musicians learning from the field’s top performers. The event attracts students from around the country and around the world in order to participate in a dialogue that will help them cultivate their talents.

One year and one-million down

The Mary Idema Pew Library and Information Commons is a colossus. Hidden beneath its glassy, post-modern exterior is a combined floor area of 150,000 square feet, and for every one of those feet there is an equal number of books available in its stacks, with additional space for 600,000 more in its automated retrieval system ASRS.

On June 24, the Mary Idema Pew Library hits its first-year milestone, and its staff is looking back on the year’s lessons learned and successes earned and how they will be applied to years to come.

“Honestly, I think it’s been amazing,” said Brian Merry, Head of Operations and User Services.

New Music Ensemble concludes tour of national parks

After two years of planning and a 4,000-mile trek, Grand Valley State University’s New Music Ensemble wrapped up its circuit of several national parks in the Southwest.

Headed home

After one of the most gruesome winters in recent memory, most Grand Valley State University students look forward to a break from the rigors of college life and to bask (for a while, at least) in the sun.

Better Together Day promotes interfaith dialogue

The way religion is portrayed today, one could think that it is the source of much of the world’s violence. While religious division continue into 2014, interfaith groups at Grand Valley State University are gathering to address problems facing religion by confronting religious violence and intolerance as a part of a national movement.

Featured club: Wesley Fellowship Worship

Wesley Fellowship Worship at Grand Valley State University hopes to bring an educated perspective on worship and scripture to help GVSU’s Christian students discover and develop their faith with interaction and collaboration.

Women's Center celebrates Women's History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Grand Valley State University Women’s Center is holding its 11th annual “EqualiTea” gathering on March 18.

Dancin' feet

Sometimes all you want to do is dance, and if you’re on campus this week, there are plenty of opportunities to do just that.

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