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Shelby Pendowski


Recent articles


Local band produces album 'Pass it On'

It has been three years since The Outer Vibe released music, and on Jan. 30 they will release an EP of their new music at the Intersection. 

Long-time GV art professor to retire in April

The Grand Valley State University Art Gallery echoed with the chatter of students, community members and faculty as they viewed the array of work by art and design professor Ed Wong-Linda. After almost 20 years of teaching at GVSU, Wong-Linda will bid the university adieu when he retires following the commencement of the 2015 winter semester.

Harmonizing as individuals and as a community

For the past five years, the Grand Valley State University chapter of SAI Mu Alpha has hosted A Cappell-Off. A Cappell-Off is a competition that brings a cappella groups from around the Midwest to compete for titles such as best overall group, best male group, best mixed group and best female group. This year, not only will groups from four different states compete, but also all four of GVSU’s a cappella groups will go head to head.

Local film stars GV talent

In 2009, 228 people boarded Air France flight 447 in Rio de Janeiro to make a routine flight to Paris, but the passengers and flight crew never reached their final destination. The Air France flight disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean.

Months of hard work debut in two performances

The muffled conversations of the audience at the Grand Valley State University’s Louis Armstrong Theatre fell to whispers as the room fell dark at the Fall Dance Concert on Dec. 6. Those whispers quickly subsided into silence as the spotlights upon the stage ignited to reveal the first piece of the night – “Concerto.”

GV professors spread holiday cheer through performance

Grand Valley State University highlights a new artist on a weekly basis through the Arts at Noon series. Performances have included students, local performers and faculty members.

Faculty event features international holiday traditions

Grand Valley State University employs hundreds of professors from all around the world. To bridge the gap between international and domestic professors, the GVSU International Faculty and Friends committee through the Padnos International Center is hosting a Holidays Around the World event on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Room 308 in the Padnos Hall of Science.

GVSU alumnus produces award-winning film

In 1998 at a restaurant in Los Angeles, two friends sat together sipping drinks dreaming of the day when they would take over Hollywood. From this point, Myles Sorenson and Grand Valley State University alumnus Clifford Fields went their separate ways in the film industry, but remained friends through it all.

Allendale Fire Department no longer responding to medical calls at GV

In the past, when a student, faculty or visitor at Grand Valley State University called 911 for a medical emergency on the Allendale Campus, the operator would route them through to the Allendale Fire Department.

A snapshot of the semester

As other Grand Valley State University students began cracking open their books in early September, six senior photography students started snapping away on their cameras, filling memory cards full for artwork.

Campus dining teams up with Red Cross to send cards to veterans

All around the world, people are preparing to celebrate the upcoming holiday season in different ways.

GVSU seniors find their ‘Existence’ in the dance studio

For the past four years, Grand Valley State University seniors Dan Wentworth, Audrey Holt, Charlie Clark, Shelby Chambers and Shelby Gigliotti have immersed themselves in the world of dance. After countless hours spent rehearsing in the GVSU Performing Arts Center, late nights memorizing routines and dedicating the majority of their time to their degrees, dance has become their existence.

GV theatre department to share two distinct performances

This Friday evening will be a big one for the theater department at Grand Valley State University for the opening night of “The Women of Lockerbie” and “The Magic Flute.” The productions offer two very different performances: one being a modern play and the other a classical opera.

GVSU Octubafest sheds light on two instruments

As the grandfather of all the bass instruments, the tuba is usually placed in the brass section of an orchestra to anchor the music with its deep vibrato sound. However, the third annual Grand Valley State University Octubafest is bringing the tuba and the euphonium to center stage for a week of performances.

University libraries receive state award for customer service

The Library of Michigan Foundation usually highlights public libraries with their annual awards, but the foundation bestowed Grand Valley State University with the 2014 State Librarian’s Excellence Award for superior customer service.

Behind the curtain

Behind the rows of seats, past the thick velvet curtains and over the worn-in wood floor of the Grand Valley State University Louis Armstrong Theatre is the scene shop. It is in this workshop that eight pairs of hands construct the sets of four main stage productions, one opera and a number of student productions.

Ladies Love Politics event encourages women to get involved politically

There are 435 members in the House of Representatives, of which only 79 are females.

In light of these statistics and the continual fight for equal gender rights, the Bachelor of Social Work Student Organization (BSWSO) at Grand Valley State University decided to organize the event Ladies Love Politics.

Back in Blue

In the early morning hours on Oct. 9, the Spotlight Productions crew at Grand Valley State University began preparing for the arrival of the Wayans brothers, Marlon and Shawn. The students under the direction of Spotlight president Amy Hallochak set up seating for 3,200 people, transformed the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena with a stage and prepared organic chicken at the request of the comedians.

GV to hold Holocaust conference

Forty years ago, members of the history department at Grand Valley State University came together to create the Great Lakes History Conference. Each year the conference highlights different global issues and addresses them through various presentations and speakers.

Slowing down with a bit of poetry

The season of midterms at Grand Valley State University began lurking this week. Although this mile marker doesn’t seem to have students bound to their books like finals week, it still can induce students with a high level of stress. Each year, GVSU hosts the Fall Arts Celebration to promote different art forms, and organizers of the poetry-themed presentation hope it relieves some students’ stress.

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