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Carly Simpson

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Obstacles to learning

This fall, faculty at Grand Valley State University are collaborating on how to inspire students to be more actively engaged in their learning, especially those transitioning from high school to college expectations. “There seems to be a difference between what the students expect of the professors and their classes, and what the professors expect students to know,” said Deana Weibel, associate professor and department chair of anthropology.

Effective instructor? Agree or disagree

The Universal Student Evaluation of Teaching Implementation, a task force assigned to researching student evaluations at Grand Valley State University, has begun to share their findings with faculty.

Faculty governance preps for a busy year

Carly Simpson


Tomorrow will mark the start of another busy year for faculty governance at Grand Valley State University as the Executive Committee of the Senate holds their first meeting of the academic school year.

Renovations to Au Sable brings students together

During the first week of class, students at Grand Valley State University are starting to get acquainted with the newly renovated Au Sable Hall.

GV uses social media for move in week #gvsumovein

Last week, more than 6,000 new and returning students moved into living centers at Grand Valley State University. As students and their parents lugged in clothes, TVs, microwaves and other room essentials, they were encouraged to post stories and pictures to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #gvsumovein.

Renovated buildings open for fall semester

Over the summer, construction was wrapped up on two main buildings on the Allendale Campus at Grand Valley State University. This fall, new and returning students will once again have access to Kleiner Commons and the James H. Zumberge Hall.

Reinventing ramen OneBowl at a time

Like many other college students, Justin Herd had his fair share of ramen noodles and mac and cheese while in school.

From American to Tanzanian schools

After a 12 hour flight from Detroit to Amsterdam, a 4 hour layover, an 8 hour flight to Tanzania and an hour drive from the airport, 24 education majors from Grand Valley State University arrived in Arusha on May 4.

Farmers Market starts 8th season at GV

This summer, June 4 marks the beginning of the 8th season of the Farmers Market at Grand Valley State University.

Board of Trustees approves new academic programs

Undergraduate and graduate students at Grand Valley State University will soon have more options when it comes to choosing a major. Several programs will be added this year to the catalogue of 81 undergraduate majors and 32 graduate programs.

GVSU charter schools rank in top 10 in Mich.

Charter schools authorized by Grand Valley State University have been receiving state-wide recognition. The “2014 Best High School Rankings,” done by U.S. News and World Report, ranks Grand River Preparatory High School and Black River Public School second and seventh, respectively, among all public schools in the state.

Cyclist with a cause

After graduating, many students are on the lookout for one last adventure to add to the books before they join the real world. Grand Valley State University graduate Colin Kammeraad has found his. This summer, Kammeraad is biking over 3,800 miles from Portsmouth, N.H. to Vancouver, British Colombia.

From a tent to an arena

The first commencement at Grand Valley State University on June 18,1967 was held in a tent on the Allendale Campus. The university handed out 138 diplomas that afternoon. Fast forward to April 26, 2014 as families and friends are filling the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids while nearly 2,900 GVSU students participate in commencement ceremonies.

Alumni starting first hostel in Grand Rapids

In December 2013, Grand Rapids was dubbed the 2014 top travel destination in the country by Lonely Planet, an international travel website. After this announcement, Grand Valley State University alumni Matt Knaack and Tom Damitio knew it was time to start Stay Hostel, which will be the first hostel in the city.

Incomplete policy under review

The “incomplete” policies for both undergraduate and graduate students at Grand Valley State University are currently under review.

Dinner in the Dark

The world becomes dark as the strip of black cloth is tied around the participants’ heads. A few minutes later they feel a light tap on their shoulder.

Discussion on donors continues

Board of Trustees members joined in the discussion about donor relations at Grand Valley State University during a second town hall meeting held by the Student Senate on Thursday.

GVSU aims for world record of most twins on campus

With 101 sets of twins currently enrolled, Grand Valley State University is hoping to set a world record.

'The campus Google'

The Executive Committee of the Senate voted unanimously in favor of creating an Ombuds Office at Grand Valley State University during its meeting on Friday.

Roast of GVSU raises money for charity

Tuition and diversity were the brunt of most of the jokes for the five comedians at Monday’s Roast of Grand Valley: Featuring President Haas.