50th Anniversary Office
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All 50th Anniversary News Items

Grand Valley leaders to announce comprehensive campaign numbers

June 8, 2011

As an appropriate conclusion to Grand Valley's 50th anniversary, an announcement will be made that the university's first comprehensive campaign is coming to a close at the end of June and has far surpassed its original goal of $50 million. Full Story

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns to speak Thursday at Grand Valley

April 20, 2011

Ken Burns, one of the most influential documentary filmmakers of all time, will speak at Grand Valley State University on Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m. at the L.V. Eberhard Center, 301 W. Fulton, on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. Full Story

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns to speak at Grand Valley

April 18, 2011

Using the insights gleaned from his work, Burns will turn his keen eye to the future with his lecture "The Next 50 Years in the United States," Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m. at the L.V. Eberhard Center, 301 W. Fulton, on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. It will be followed by a Q&A session and a reception. All events are free and open to the public. Full Story

Thousands of hours logged for President's 50-Hour Service Challenge

April 15, 2011

Approximately 26,233 hours of volunteer work were completed by 635 students, faculty and staff members to celebrate community involvement and Grand Valley's 50th anniversary. Full Story

Music celebrates 50th Anniversary with special concert in Grandville

April 14, 2011

The Music Department 50th Anniversary Celebration, on Wednesday, April 20, at 8 p.m. will be held at the Grandville High School Auditorium, 4700 Canal Ave. SW. The concert is open to the public with free admission. All alumni, parents and other supporters are especially encouraged to attend and be recognized. Full Story

Opening Reception: Bling! Flash! Art! Part II

April 13, 2011

As part of Grand Valley's 50th Anniversary Celebration, Bling! Flash! Art! Part II, the Senior Thesis Showcase, will have an Opening Reception on Thursday, April 14, at 5 p.m. in the Skyway Gallery, DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids. Full Story

Last 50th at Noon lecture set

March 28, 2011

The last 50th at Noon lecture for the semester will focus on Grand Valley's buildings and campus design and feature two of the men largely responsible for the architectural vision. Full Story

Science Olympiad celebrates Year of Chemistry 201

March 18, 2011

The 2011 Michigan Science Olympiad Region 12 Tournament at Grand Valley is celebrating the International Year of Chemistry. Full Story

Reality circus to perform a Grand Valley 50th anniversary event

March 17, 2011

West Michigan is invited to a free and fabulous reality circus performance as part of Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary celebration. "Stand Up Eight" will be presented Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the Fieldhouse Arena, on Grand Valley's Allendale Campus. Full Story

Retired leaders offer 'lessons'

March 16, 2011

Three of the masterminds behind the development and growth of Grand Valley each shared personal reflections on their lifelong dedication to learning, while challenging audience members to think how they can make learning an enduring legacy. Full Story

Art Gallery 'Ravines Revisited' opening reception March 17

March 14, 2011

A new exhibition at the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery explores the beauty and complexity of the landscape and the effects of erosion to the Allendale Campus Ravines. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/artgallery, or call (616) 331-2563. Full Story

Retired leaders will give 'lessons' to student audience

March 8, 2011

Three men with a storied history at Grand Valley will share their knowledge with students and others during an event sponsored by Housing and Residence Life on March 15. Full Story

Paul Hillegonds speech available online

February 17, 2011

In celebration of Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary, the much-admired, former Speaker of the Michigan House Paul Hillegonds brought his first-hand experience in government and business to his February 16 lecture on what the next 50 years holds for Michigan. Full Story

Hillegonds to speak as Grand Valley 50th Anniversary Lecturer

February 9, 2011

Hillegonds' lecture is Wednesday, February 16, at 7 p.m. in Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. A reception will be held at 5:45 p.m. and the lecture will be followed by a question and answer session. Full Story

Campaign kicks off with '50 reasons for giving'

February 3, 2011

Grand Valley's Faculty Staff Campaign for 2010-2011 kicked-off this week. Campaign leaders hope to surpass last year's record setting achievements. Full Story

Alten paintings travel to Naples

January 19, 2011

In conjunction with Grand Valley's 50th anniversary, more than 30 paintings by Mathias J. Alten from the university's collection will be exhibited in Naples, Florida, home to many seasonal and full-time Midwesterners and alumni. Full Story

Hundreds of K-12 students expected for Super Science Saturday

January 14, 2011

Super Science Saturday to be held in conjunction with the International Year of Chemistry 2011 and Grand Valley's 50th anniversary. Full Story

Presidents' Ball tickets available

January 13, 2011

Grand Valley Student Senate is hosting the 25th annual Presidents' Ball on Friday, February 4, 2011. Full Story

MultiMedia III: Alumni Invitational Exhibition

January 5, 2011

An invitational exhibit celebrates Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary, and features new work by former outstanding Art & Design and School of Communications students. Full Story

Lubbers delivers 'common sense' commencement address

December 14, 2010

President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers delivered the commencement address December 11 and gave graduates "common sense" advice. Full Story

Grand Valley celebrates Commencement

December 8, 2010

About 950 Grand Valley students will participate in Commencement, as the university celebrates its 50th anniversary. Full Story

'A Fall Arts Celebration Holiday Gift'

November 29, 2010

The final performance of Grand Valley's Fall Arts Celebration 2010 will be a special performance in downtown Grand Rapids, where the community can come together to celebrate Grand Valley's 50th anniversary. Full Story

Presidents to sign books

November 29, 2010

Three of Grand Valley's presidents will sign copies of the commemorative 50th anniversary book during an event at the DeVos Center on Thursday, December 9. Full Story

Holiday gift idea: 50th anniversary book on sale in Kirkhof Center

November 17, 2010

In time for holiday gift giving, the University Bookstore will sell copies of Grand Valley's 50th anniversary book in the Kirkhof Center lobby before exam week, and President Thomas J. Haas is scheduled to sign copies on select dates. Full Story

Take the 50-hour service challenge

November 12, 2010

A campus-wide service challenge helps celebrate both volunteer work and Grand Valley's 50th anniversary. Full Story

'Stories' give voice to those who go unheard

November 5, 2010

From dialogue vignettes, audiences at 'Grand Valley Stories' learned a little of what it's like to be a Grand Valley student. Full Story

Grand Valley photography and graphic design work at DeVos Place

November 5, 2010

'Bling! Flash! Art!' featuring work by 12 photographers and 10 graphic designers will be on exhibit November 17- December 11, at DeVos Place Grand Gallery in Grand Rapids. Full Story

Next 50th At Noon lecture studies athletics

November 5, 2010

The early years that set the stage for Grand Valley's current athletic success will be the focus of the next event in the 50th At Noon Lecture Series. Full Story

Theater performances will be based on campus interviews

October 29, 2010

Two productions of "Grand Valley Stories" are scheduled for early November and based on interviews from students, faculty and staff members in September. Full Story

TEDx event ignites conversation

October 27, 2010

Going paperless, the importance of community service, and facility energy consumption were all topics of discussion at Grand Valley's first TEDx event, themed "Sustainability - a GRAND Tradition." Full Story

Grand Valley history on stage in 'Founding'

October 25, 2010

Students and faculty from the Grand Valley's Theater Program and Department of Writing have united to produce a special event celebrating the university's 50th Anniversary. Full Story

Michigan poets gathered at Poetry Night

October 22, 2010

It was a full house at Grand Valley's Fall Arts Celebration 2010 Poetry Night October 21. Among the audience members were many of the Who's Who of Michigan poets. Full Story

Dozens of faculty and staff members attend annual CUB Chili Cook-off

October 20, 2010

About 70 faculty and staff members were treated to a hot bowl of chili at the Alumni House as part of Grand Valley's 50th anniversary celebration. Full Story

Grand Valley to perform 'Appalachian Spring' during Fall Arts Celebration

October 18, 2010

Through a special licensing agreement with the Graham Foundation, Grand Valley State University is very privileged to bring an iconic work of modern dance to the West Michigan community. Full Story

Grand Valley's Lipdub goes viral

October 15, 2010

Grand Valley's Lipdub is getting local and international attention by journalists and popular online social networks. More than 54,000 people viewed it in the first two days after the video was posted online October 12, at www.gvsu.edu/lipdub. Full Story

Forche replaces Duffy for Poetry Night

October 14, 2010

Due to unforeseen circumstances Great Britain Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be unable, as previously scheduled, to join poet Bob Hicok for Poetry Night at Grand Valley State University. Full Story

GVSU Sustainability Week: A Grand Tradition

October 14, 2010

Celebrating sustainability has become a grand tradition at Grand Valley State University. Going on its sixth year, Grand Valley's annual Campus Sustainability Week runs October 23-30. Full Story

Lubbers and Niemeyer share memories of Grand Valley

October 13, 2010

President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers and retired Provost Glenn Niemeyer reminisced about Grand Valley's early history. Full Story

Three GVSU presidents to sign copies of anniversary book

October 13, 2010

It's not often that three of Grand Valley's presidents are in the same room. When they are, it's sure to be a special occasion. Full Story

'Appalachian Spring' opens dress rehearsal to ease crowds

October 12, 2010

Anyone with tickets for the 8 p.m. performance has the opportunity to trade for admission to the 5 p.m. full dress rehearsal. Full Story

Grand Valley LipDub video now online

October 12, 2010

The University LipDub video produced by Grand Valley State University is now available for viewing online. Full Story

Lubbers, Niemeyer kick off 50th at Noon lectures

October 8, 2010

How did Grand Valley grow from 226 students in 1963 to more than 24,000 students? Two of the people responsible for the university's growth will reflect on their tenure. Full Story

LipDub video to premiere at Homecoming football game

October 5, 2010

The University LipDub video produced at Grand Valley will premiere on the giant video screen at Lubbers Stadium, immediately following Grand Valley's Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 9, against Northern Michigan. Full Story

Grand Valley to celebrate progress toward new home for Seidman College of Business

September 29, 2010

Grand Valley will make a major announcement regarding the new L. William Seidman building for the Seidman College of Business in Grand Rapids. Full Story

Join in the Grand Valley LipDub video today

September 29, 2010

Join in the Grand Valley LipDub live video today! No need to sign up - just show up on the Kirkhof lawn near the pond anytime between noon and 3pm. Full Story

MultiMedia II features Grand Valley faculty

September 29, 2010

A Fall Arts Celebration 2010 opening reception, Thursday, October 14, from 5-7 p.m., kicks off MultiMedia II, in the GVSU Art Gallery though November 19. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Full Story

HOMERathon3: a non-stop, all-night performance of Homer's Iliad

September 28, 2010

Hundreds of students at Grand Valley study the Homeric epics every year, with a unique opportunity now in its third year. Full Story

Distinguished speaker delivers first Meijer lecture as part of Grand Valley's Fall Arts Celebration

September 16, 2010

A successful author, academician, and businesswoman who serves on the boards of major corporations, Jill Ker Conway will draw upon a wealth of experience and insights as she looks ahead to the next 50 years during her presentation at Grand Valley State University. Conway is one of only a few people versatile and distinguished enough to be thought of simultaneously as the first of three Grand Valley 50th Anniversary Distinguished Academic Lecturers, the inaugural speaker of the Frederik Meijer Lecture Series, and the 2010 Fall Arts Celebration Distinguished Academic Lecturer. Full Story

Carillon CD set celebrates Grand Valley's 50th Anniversary

September 15, 2010

Music from Grand Valley's carillon tower is often part of a visit to either the Allendale or Pew Grand Rapids Campus. Some of that music has now been preserved in a 2-CD set produced by music professor Mark Williams, a year in the making as part of the university's 50th Anniversary celebration. Full Story

Bicentennial of Mexican Revolution celebrated

September 14, 2010

A series of events planned by Grand Valley will celebrate the bicentennial of the Mexican Revolution. Latin American Studies Director Zulema Moret spearheaded the celebration, with more than a dozen events. Full Story

Thousands needed for GVSU music video

September 14, 2010

Grand Valley is creating a unique music video in LipDub format as part of an international project. Full Story

Family Weekend offers variety of events

September 13, 2010

New events have been added to the slate of Family Weekend activities including a 50th anniversary fashion show and a preview tour of ArtPrize entries. Full Story

Eames Demetrios to give Grand Valley DeVos Art Lecture, ArtPrize artists join reception

September 10, 2010

The 2010 DeVos Art Lecture, in conjunction with Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary, will feature guest speaker Eames Demetrios, chairman of the Eames Foundation and director of Eames Office. Full Story

Laker student-athletes help commemorate anniversary

September 3, 2010

Grand Valley's 50th anniversary had a national audience September 2 when the Lakers beat West Texas A&M, 34-31, in the football season opener. Full Story

Fall Arts Celebration exhibition to feature faculty

September 1, 2010

Grand Valley State University celebrates Fall Arts Celebration 2010 and its 50th anniversary year with a series of exceptional events. Among them are two consecutive Art Gallery exhibitions to showcase some of the diverse talents of faculty. Full Story

Fall Arts Celebration kicks off with 'El Capitan'

August 30, 2010

Grand Valley State University's Fall Arts Celebration 2010 kicks off with a rare opportunity to go back in time with a special concert performance, during the university's 50th anniversary year. Full Story

Convocation looks to future, acknowledges past

August 27, 2010

Opening address and convocation mark the beginning of the academic year and a major milestone for Grand Valley. Full Story

Grand Valley invites community to Fall Arts Celebration

August 25, 2010

Grand Valley's 50th anniversary year brings a series of exceptional events to the entire West Michigan community. Among them is Fall Arts Celebration 2010, a highly popular and anticipated annual showcase for the arts, humanities, and liberal education. Full Story

Grand Valley celebrates 50 years of shaping lives

August 16, 2010

There's an extra level of excitement as Grand Valley State University students and professors return to campus. The university is kicking off its yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary. Full Story

New activities planned for Homecoming

August 5, 2010

With the theme, "The Golden Ticket," Homecoming 2010 will be a sweet celebration honoring Grand Valley's 50th anniversary. Full Story

Pre-orders taken for 50th anniversary book

March 5, 2010

Pre-orders are now underway to secure copies of Grand Valley Celebrates 50 Years of Shaping Lives, the university's commemorative 50th anniversary book. Full Story

Laker Lore gets phone number

February 22, 2010

Students, faculty and staff members, and alumni who want to share their favorite Grand Valley memory can now do so by phone. Laker Lore has established a toll-free number as a way of recording memories for Grand Valley's 50th anniversary celebration. Full Story

Laker Lore lets you tell the Grand Valley story

October 9, 2009

The stories can be funny, touching, poignant or historical. As part of Grand Valley's 50th anniversary celebration, students, faculty and staff, alumni and retirees are invited to share their Grand Valley memories and become part of Laker Lore. Full Story

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