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GVSU Historical Timeline

1958-1959 | 1960-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-2015

  Study by Dr. John Russell, commissioned by Michigan legislature, determines need for a new four-year college in Grand Rapids area—the first in 60 years independent of existing institution.
October 25 L. William Seidman creates Committee to Establish a Four-Year College (CEFYC) to study Russell Report, obtain legislative support, and begin process of planning and promoting a four-year institution.
  For more information about the founding of Grand Valley, link to the narrative history, Section One, Part I, "High Hopes."
March The Grand Rapids Foundation funds a more detailed study by John X. Jamrich. "A New College: A Report to the Legislative and Citizens Committees on the Eight County Study of Higher Education Needs in Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa Counties," published on November 30.

April 26 Public Act 120 of the 70th Legislature of the State of Michigan, Regular Session 1960 (House Bill No. 477), to establish and regulate a state institution of higher learning, is signed into law.
  Million Dollar Fund Drive set up to raise private money required by legislation. $350,000 raised for purchase of campus site and over $1,000,000 for building program from over 5,000 individuals, organizations, and businesses in eight-county area.
  College Naming Contest draws 2500 submissions. Several suggest Grand Valley State College; drawing held in March 1961 from those entries for prize of four-year tuition scholarship. Winner gives scholarship to his 7-year-old sister.
  Thirty-six member Site Committee forms to evaluate locations for new college in one of the eight counties of the area: Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo and Ottawa. By March 10, 1961, 20 sites are under consideration.
October 17 Grand Valley College Board of Control sworn in and holds first meeting in office of Governor G. Mennen Williams.
  Citizen’s Advisory Council is created to involve community in establishment of college.
  University of Michigan, Michigan State, Wayne State, Western Michigan, and Grand Rapids Junior College provide assistance for development and planning.
April 8 Board of Control selects 876-acre site bordered by Grand River in Allendale, Michigan in Ottawa County. 10-year master plan for campus developed, architects hired.
  For more information about the site selection process, link to the narrative history, Section One, Part IV, "A Place for Us."
June 2 Governor Swainson signs higher education appropriations act providing $150,000 for Grand Valley operations funding for fiscal year 1961-62.
  Administrative offices moved from Randall House in Grand Rapids to remodeled farmhouse on new campus.
February 9 Dr. James H. Zumberge, professor of geology at University of Michigan, appointed first president of Grand Valley State College.
  For more information about Dr. Zumberge, link to the narrative history, Section One, Part VII, "The Right People."
August 28 Groundbreaking for college’s first academic buildings.
  First library set up in The Pink House, a small residence and garage, to prepare for new library planned for second floor of Lake Superior Hall. First acquisition of literature and rare books for the library.
  First prize awarded to anonymous contestant among 60 submissions for design of college seal.
  First catalog describing educational program printed.
October First students accepted to start as freshmen in 1963.
December First faculty hired.
  First foreign student, from Iran, enrolls in pioneer freshman class.
September 26 Opening Day ceremonies for Grand Valley State College. 226 students (all freshmen) are enrolled.
  For more information about the first days of Grand Valley, link to the narrative history, Section One, Part X, "A Campus in the Cornfields."
  First buildings in Great Lakes Group, Lake Michigan Hall and Lake Superior Hall, completed.
  Racing shells for Grand Valley's first team sport, crew, are purchased by a community group.
November 22 First student newspaper, The Keystone, is published.
May 13 Student charter is adopted.
Fall Enrollment of freshmen and sophomores 530.
November Fortune Magazine features Grand Valley State College as one of five new campuses in U.S. with superior architecture and design.
  Link here for a slide show by renowned architectural photographer Balthazar Korab featuring photographs of Grand Valley's Great Lakes group of buildings.
  Electronic study carrel system for access to audio-video resources is developed in conjunction with American Seating. Project receives wide attention for innovative academic information retrieval and distribution.
  Seidman House, named for the Thomas Erler Seidman Foundation, opens as student center, bookstore, recreation room and offices for student groups. Lake Huron Hall completes first academic complex, the Great Lakes Group.
Fall Enrollment of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors 1,144. Programs in education and business added to Liberal Arts curriculum.
  Off-campus student housing opens at privately owned Grand Valley Apartments and Grand River Apartments. (Grand Valley Apartments acquired by the University in 2000.)
  Little Mac pedestrian bridge constructed, spanning 230-ft. wide, 70-ft. deep ravine and connecting north and south campus.
April Contest held to decide nickname and mascot for sports teams and other activities. "Lakers" selected by students from 80 student and public submissions. New name replaces unofficial nickname, Bruisers, used for two years and derived from school colors of black, blue and white.
Fall Enrollment for first semester of full four-year program 1,341.
  First dormitory, named for founding Board of Control member James O. Copeland, opens, along with Campus View Apartments, first college-owned apartment complex.
May 13 Loutit Hall of Science, featuring a 28-ft. pedestal greenhouse, dedicated.
  Accredited by Michigan Commission on College Accreditation.
  First Winter Carnival
August Five students complete graduation requirements at end of summer term; will receive diplomas with first class in June 1967.
January Bachelor of Science degree added to curriculum.
  For more information about changes in Grand Valley's curriculum, link to the narrative history, Section Two, Part II, "Tweaking the Vision."
June 18 First graduation. Class of 138 seniors includes 86 members of Pioneer Class. Constitution of new Alumni Association accepted by Board of Control.
  Research vessel Angus, named to honor donor D.J. Angus in 1966, is outfitted for oceanographic study as part of Summer Program in Ecology.
Fall Enrollment 1,729.
  Second on-campus dormitory, named for founding Board member Kenneth Robinson, dedicated. First building in Islands Complex, Mackinac Hall, completed in November. Commons dining facility completed.
February Center section of new Fieldhouse dome collapses during construction.
March Grand Valley is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (NCA).
June Graduation ceremonies at Civic Auditorium in Grand Rapids for more than 180 students.
Fall Enrollment 2,220. A new academic unit, the School of General Studies, is opened, offering innovative inter-disciplinary program. First academic unit at Grand Valley re-named College of Arts and Sciences.
  For more information about the new academic unit, later named Thomas Jefferson College, link to the narrative history, Section Two, Part III, "A Second Society"
  Second building in Islands Complex, Manitou Hall, completed. Architects of Manitou and Mackinac win Award of Honor in 1969 from Michigan Society of Architects.
October 9 Student-operated radio station begins broadcasting.
December Injunction brought by Ottawa County Circuit Court stopping publication of student newspaper, the Lanthorn, and charging its editor with obscenity. In August 1969, Michigan Attorney General ruled that county did not have legal authority to close newspaper.
January Arend D. Lubbers succeeds James H. Zumberge as President of Grand Valley State College.
  For more information about the new president, link to the narrative history, Section Two, Part IV, "The Arrival of Arend D. Lubbers."
April New James H. Zumberge library opens.
June 15 Commencement ceremonies held in new Fieldhouse.
Fall Enrollment 2,718.
Fall Grand Valley sends first students abroad, to the University of Lancaster in England, and establishes program in Merida, Mexico. Office of International Studies established in 1970.
October School of General Studies renamed Thomas Jefferson College of General Studies.
October 12 Inauguration for President Lubbers and dedication ceremonies for Zumberge Library and new Fieldhouse. President Lubbers presented bronze presidential medallion.
October 15 &
November 14
Moratorium Days held to assess war in Vietnam.

February Author Jim Harrison speaks on campus for the first time. Harrison donates his papers to GVSU's Special Collections in 2005.
June James Zumberge returns for commencement address as GV marks 10th anniversary.
July Board of Control approves School of Business and School of Health Sciences, new degree programs in earth science, environmental science, public service and theatre.
Fall Enrollment 3,301.
Spring Kistler Living Center, named for founding Board of Control member Grace Olsen Kistler, is dedicated.
March Report on Status of Women at GVSC prompts task force to study discrimination.
July Thomas Jefferson College hosts National Poetry Festival, also in 1973 and 1975.
Fall Enrollment 4,174.
September William James College opens.
  For more information about William James College, link to the narrative history, Section 3, Part II.
September New Fine Arts Center, named for sculptor Alexander Calder in 1972, opens, with theater named for jazz icon Louis Armstrong.
December Stage 3 experimental theater established in downtown Grand Rapids, merges with TJC in 1973.
  For more information about performing and visual arts at Grand Valley, link to the Sidebar section "Arts at Grand Valley."
January Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference founded. First full-time athletic director, Donald Dufek, hired in spring.
Fall Enrollment 5,218.
Fall School of Public Service established within College of Arts and Sciences.
December 17 WGVC-TV, Grand Valley’s public television facility begins broadcasting.
January Governor Milliken signs law changing name of Grand Valley State College to Grand Valley State Colleges.
Fall Enrollment 5,920.
September College IV opens; renamed Kirkhof College in 1978 to honor donor Russel H. Kirkhof.
  For more information about College IV, link to the narrative history, Section 3, Part III.
Fall Four-year baccalaureate program in nursing established; Honors Program begins.
September 25 Opening convocation for F.E. Seidman Graduate College of Business, offering first graduate degrees at Grand Valley. Graduate and undergraduate programs in business are merged in 1979.
  For more information about the beginning of graduate education at Grand Valley, link to the narrative history, Section 3, Part IV.
September Grand Valley Lakers log first football win in coach Jim Harkema's first season.
  For more information about sports at Grand Valley, link to the sidebar section "Athletics."
  The Lanthorn wins first place honors from Michigan Collegiate Press Association, Best Newspaper bi-weekly category for 1972-1973.
  Ravine Apartments open. Townhouse village first of its kind in Michigan, one of few in nation built specifically for student apartment living on a college campus.
January Evening classes offered in Holland for first time.
March Lakers Basketball team wins first berth in national tournament.
April 20 Campus Center, renamed Russel H. Kirkhof Center in 1982, dedicated.
May Grand Valley wrestling team wins first individual national championship.
  Grand Valley is the first college in Michigan to award a women's athletic scholarship.
July Re-accredited by NCA for graduate programs.
Fall Enrollment 6,677.
October WSRX-FM non-commercial, student-operated station signs on.
May Board of Control abolishes mandatory residence hall living.
  Regional Affairs Resource Center opens at Grand Valley library to provide resources on Ottawa, Kent and parts of Allegan Counties.
June First graduate degrees awarded in business program.
Fall Enrollment 7,340.
Fall College of Graduate Studies established; Graduate School of Education opens.
1975-76 Experiments in architecture and alternative energy include 500 s.f. Omnistructure utilizing solar energy built by William James College; Pear Orchard Project (POP) interdisciplinary experiment at Thomas Jefferson College focusing on practical skills (homesteading, gardening, and construction), science courses and workshops.
  For more information about the roots of environmental awareness at Grand Valley, link to the Sidebar section "Architecture & Environment: The Physical Grand Valley."
March Two Grand Valley wrestlers are first to compete in NCAA Division II tournament.
  First Enrichment Dinner, a biennial event sponsored by Grand Valley College Foundation, honors founders L. William Seidman and David Dutcher, first President James H. Zumberge.
July Grand Valley library receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to expand computer-based information network.
August Group of citizens of Yugoslavia representing University of Sarajevo arrives for four-week course of study and tours as part of institutional student exchange program.
Fall Enrollment 7,540.
Fall Grand Valley Center established at Muskegon Community College. AuSable Hall on Allendale campus completed.
October 4 The Forum, Grand Valley’s faculty/staff newsletter, publishes first issue.
  Grand Valley’s scientific activities in environmental research acknowledged as internationally significant by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and added to United National Environmental Programs Referral System. Environmental Health program initiated.
Summer Grand Valley and Grand Rapids Symphony initiate Summer Music School and Festival.
Fall Enrollment 7,469.
  William James College awarded contract by the US Office of Education for demonstration project in providing career education at liberal arts college.
February Grand Valley wrestling ranked No. 1 NAIA team.
May 12th Annual State of Michigan Rowing Championships hosted by Grand Valley at Riverside Park, with 1000 in attendance.
Fall Enrollment 7,065.
Fall Graduate program in Social Work established.
October 28 Grand Valley's first Homecoming celebration, celebrating 15th year of academic operation. First tailgate party, Grand Valley beats Northwood 36-7.
October Campus Center Art Gallery established, budget allocated for exhibitions, permanent collection.
January Clerical, Office, and Technical staff (COT) vote to join Michigan Educational Support Personnel Association. Contract signed in October to begin in 1980.
March & April High school students gather on campus for Computer Contest and Calculator Contest sponsored by Math and Computer Science Department.
March Anonymous donor gives $600,000 to Grand Valley for downtown center.
May Board of Control votes to close Thomas Jefferson College in June 1980.
Fall Enrollment 7,142.
September 15 New football stadium named for President Arend D. Lubbers is dedicated.

January 17 Fieldhouse dome, condemned in 1978, collapses as demolition begins.
May Grand Valley faculty union proposal defeated after rejections in 1974 and 1977.
April Fire closes Stage III theater in downtown Grand Rapids.
June 7 Thomas Jefferson College closes with ceremony at north entrance to Lake Huron Hall. Commemorative plaque placed with college motto: "This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind."
Fall Enrollment 6,984.
  Salaries reduced for top administrators, more than 50 positions cut. Academic calendar changed from quarter system to semesters.
  Master of Social Work program established.
  For more information about the financial stresses of the time, link to the narrative history, Section 3, Part VII, "Doom and Gloom."
Fall Enrollment 6,699.
September 6 Grand Valley Marching Band makes first appearance at a professional football game at home opener for Detroit Lions.
Fall Enrollment 6,366.
October 2 Dedication of new Fieldhouse adjacent to remodeled original sans dome.
March Final William James College Synoptic Series, "Endings and Beginnings."
  For more about the end of William James College and Kirkhof College, link to the narrative history, Section Four, Part II. "A Time of Optimism and Experiment and Reform."
Fall Enrollment 6,710.
Fall Academic program reorganized into divisional structure, including Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Science and Mathematics, and Social Sciences. College reverts to name Grand Valley State College (dropping the s). William James College and Kirkhof College are absorbed into disciplines within the single college. School of Nursing and Campus Center are renamed to honor Russel H. Kirkhof. All business and economics graduate and undergraduate programs combined into Seidman School of Business.
  Graduate program in nursing established.
Fall Enrollment 7,142.
  Michigan legislature awards funding to develop architectural plans for proposed Grand Valley Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Land is acquired and buildings demolished to prepare for construction.
March Grand Valley begins hosting Regional Science Olympiad.
March-April Grand Valley’s Silver Anniversary Celebration.
  For more about Grand Valley's 25th anniversary, link to the narrative history, Section Four, Part VI, "25 Years and Still Growing."
Fall Enrollment 7,667.
  National accreditation earned by Master of Social Work program and Physical Therapy program.
  Men's Basketball team advances to NCAA Division II tournament for first time; Laker Baseball team plays in first NCAA Central Regional tournament.
  Water Resources Institute established as part of Grand Valley Biology Department. Research vessel D.J. Angus serves water research and education needs in home port of Grand Haven.
June 4 Groundbreaking for Grand Rapids Center.
Fall Enrollment 8,361.
  300 attend first President's Ball in Kirkhof Center.
Fall Enrollment 8,948.
October 3 Living Centers named for Board members Icie Macy Hoobler, Ella Koeze-Weed, Paul A. Johnson, Arnold C. Ott, are dedicated.
November Governor James Blanchard signs bill designating Grand Valley State College as Grand Valley State University.
  Steelcase Inc. donates land to extend downtown campus.
April 29 Dedication ceremony for L.V. Eberhard Center and Meijer Public Broadcast Center in downtown Grand Rapids.
  For more about Grand Valley's first downtown buildings, link to the narrative history, Section Four, Part IV, "Building a Presence."
Fall Enrollment 9,768.
  Women's Basketball team plays NCAA Division II tournament for first time.
Fall Enrollment 10,914.
  School of Criminal Justice established.
  Robert Kleiner Commons and Living Centers named in honor of William F. Pickard, Richard M. DeVos, and Robert C. Pew are dedicated.
  Grand Valley Lakers football team posts first undefeated season at 11-0, finishing third in the final NCAA Division II poll.

Fall Enrollment 11,726.
  Grand Valley begins program to plant one tree for every ton of paper recycled by the school. Trees planted in Recycling Forest, renamed in 2001 to honor Vice President Emeritus Ronald F. VanSteeland.
Fall Enrollment 12,565.
  Cook-DeWitt Center, housing campus ministry and a 250-seat auditorium, is dedicated.
  Women's Climate Study Report results in new policy and programs.
  NASA names Grand Valley as only institution in Michigan to participate in Joint Venture (JOVE), to increase universities' involvement in science-related research.
Fall Enrollment 12,867.
  Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership established, renamed The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership in 1999.
Fall Enrollment 13,384.
  First Shakespeare Festival celebrated by Theater Department; Shakespeare Garden dedicated.
  Academic organization reviewed; School of Education, School of Social Work and Kirkhof School of Nursing become autonomous schools, graduate program in nursing established.
September 2 Groundbreaking for new Science Complex, encompassing Loutit Lecture Halls, Seymour and Esther Padnos Hall of Science, Student Services, and Henry Hall, named in honor of the late Paul B. Henry, U.S. Third District Congressman.
  For more about the new Science Complex, link to the narrative history, Section Four, Part VI, "25 Years and Still Growing."
December 11 First Winter Commencement held.
Fall Enrollment 13,553.
November 15 Cook Carillon Tower on Allendale campus dedicated.
  The Meadows Golf Course, with Clubhouse and Learning Center, opens.
  First School of Communications Summer Film project.
  Regional Math and Science Center established
January James L. Stevenson Center for Higher Education, joint project between GVSU, Ferris State University and Western Michigan University, opens on the campus of Muskegon Community College.
Fall Enrollment 13,887.
  GVSU Traverse City Regional Center established at Northwestern Michigan College University Center.
  GVSU receives its first patent, held jointly with Engineering Professor William A. Chren, for Direct Digital Frequency Synthesizer.
  Robert and Mary Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center established.
  Grand Valley student chapter of Habitat for Humanity builds first home.
  Graduate Program in Public Administration accredited.
  New Children’s Enrichment Center completed.
April 12 Seymour and Esther Padnos Hall of Science dedicated with ceremony featuring Former President Gerald R. Ford as speaker.
Fall Enrollment 14,662.
  Second research vessel for the Water Resources Institute commissioned, named W.G. Jackson in honor of Muskegon businessman and environmentalist.
  Grand Design 2000 Campaign surpasses goal of raising $15 million in private funding for downtown campus expansion.
June First commencement ceremonies held in Van Andel Arena, and in Traverse City.
Fall Enrollment 15,676.
October 16 Groundbreaking ceremony for Grand Rapids downtown campus expansion, named for Amway co-founder Richard M. DeVos.
  Living Centers dedicated named for Board members Maxine M. Swanson and Bill Seidman, along with his wife, Sally.
June 6 Groundbreaking ceremony on 19-acre site donated by Meijer, Inc. in Holland.
  Seidman School of Business accredited by American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.
May National Science Olympiad held at Grand Valley.
  For more about the National Science Olympiad, link to the narrative history, Section Four, Part VI, "25 Years and Still Growing."
Fall Enrollment 16,751.
March 19 Calder Arts Center, named for sculptor Alexander Calder, dedicated; former Calder Fine Arts Center renamed Performing Arts Center.
August 28 Meijer Campus in Holland dedicated.
  Meadows Golf Course listed in top 25 public courses in Michigan by The Detroit News; Golf World selects its designer as golf course architect of the year.
  Living Centers named for Board members William A. Kirkpatrick and Dale Stafford dedicated on Allendale campus.
  School of Health Professions established.
April 23 Groundbreaking for Peter F. Secchia Hall, first Grand Rapids campus housing, dedicated in October 2000.
Fall Enrollment 17,452.
  Van Andel Global Trade Center established.
  Ground is broken on Grand Rapids campus for Fred M. Keller Engineering Labs building by a virtual reality robot designed by students in Padnos School of Engineering.

August 24 Richard M. DeVos Center, Steelcase Library, Beckering Family Carillon Tower dedicated as part of expansion of Grand Rapids campus, named in honor of Robert C. Pew, former chairman of Steelcase, Inc.
  For more about the downtown campus expansion, link to the narrative history, Section Four, Part VII, "Good News, Bad News: Growth and Goodbye."
Fall Enrollment 18,579.
September President Arend D. Lubbers announces his retirement. President of GVSU since 1968, he was the longest serving president of a public university in the nation.
October Fred M. Keller Engineering Laboratories building dedicated on Pew campus.
Homecoming New Alumni House and Visitor Center on Allendale campus is dedicated.
  Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies founded.
April 19 Hail to the Chief, a tribute to retiring President Don Lubbers organized by Grand Valley students.
May 24 Dedication ceremony to rename Recycling Forest the VanSteeland Arboretum, honoring Ronald F. VanSteeland, vice president emeritus, for his commitment to campus beautification.
June 21 Lake Michigan Center in Muskegon opens, new home of the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute.
  For more about Annis Water Resources Institute, link to the narrative history, Section Four, Part VI, "25 Years and Still Growing."
July 1 Mark A. Murray appointed third president of Grand Valley.
Fall Enrollment 19,762.
September 11 Evening classes cancelled, memorial services held for victims terrorist attacks.
Fall First issue of new Grand Valley Magazine published.
  Seidman School of Business (now College of Business) named new Michigan Small Business Development State Headquarters by federal Small Business Administration.
October 17 First DeVos Art Lecture features architect Vern Ohlman and GV Vice President Ron VanSteeland discussing academic architecture.
November 9 Inauguration of Mark A. Murray.
  For more about Mark Murray, link to the narrative history, Section Five, Part I. "After Three Decades, A New Era."
July Dr. Gayle R. Davis appointed Grand Valley Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Fall Enrollment 20,407.
October 10 Grand opening of Mackinac Hall addition.
December 14 Grand Valley Lakers beat Valdosta State 31-24 in NCAA Division II Football National Championship final, bringing home the school's first-ever national championship in a varsity sport.
  For more about Grand Valley athletics, link to the narrative history Sidebar section "Athletics."
Fall Enrollment 21,492.
September 15 Dedication of Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in Grand Rapids.
Fall Debut of Fall Arts Celebration.
  For more about Cook-DeVos Center, link to the narrative history, Section Five, Part III. "Health on the Hill."
December 16 Grand Valley wins second consecutive NCAA Division II Football National Championship, defeating North Dakota 10-3.
April 22 Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center dedicated in Muskegon, Grand Valley's first LEED Gold certified building.
  For more about MAREC, link to the narrative history, Section Five, Part IV. "Among the Best."
Fall Enrollment 22,063.
Fall GV academic program reorganized, establishing College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Community and Public Service, College of Education, College of Health Professions, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Seidman College of Business, and Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing.
  For more about the academic reorganization, link to the narrative history, Section Five, Part II. "Reorganizing for Absolute Excellence."
Fall First paid permits for Allendale campus parking required.
  Grand Valley offers first doctoral program, in Physical Therapy.
Fall Enrollment 22,565.
September 26 Fifth building in original academic complex, the Great Lakes Group, is dedicated. Lake Ontario Hall earns LEED Silver rating, the first LEED-certified building on the Allendale campus.
  Grand Valley's first fully endowed chair created in Art and Design Department with a gift from Stuart and Barbara Padnos Foundation.
December 3 Grand Valley Lakers beat Nebraska-Kearney to win first NCAA Division II Volleyball National Championship, the first for a women’s sport at Grand Valley.
  Grand Valley Library’s Special Collections acquires papers of internationally acclaimed writer and Michigan native Jim Harrison.
January Mark A. Murray announces he will leave Grand Valley presidency to become President of Meijer Inc. Provost Gayle Davis named interim president in June.
June Mark A. Murray Living Center on south campus in Allendale named to honor third president of GVSU.
July 10 Board of Trustees appoint Thomas J. Haas as GVSU's fourth president.
Fall Enrollment 23,295.
October 27 Investiture ceremonies for new President Thomas J. Haas.
  For more about Thomas J. Haas, link to the narrative history, Section Five, Part V. "Thomas J. Haas is Grand Valley's Fourth President."
  School of Engineering, Westown Jubilee Housing, and Heartland Builders collaborate to build 'Green House on Watson,' a pilot project in the US Green Building Council's LEED for Homes rating system. In 2009 the project wins the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration.
  Frey Foundation Chair in Family Foundations and Philanthropy endowed in Johnson Center for Philanthropy.
Fall Enrollment 23,464.
October John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering dedicated.
October First Accountability Report published, a public review of GV's academic and economic performance.
  New Music Ensemble releases Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians" CD, reaches #1 on iTunes and Amazon classical charts, named best of the year on many national lists, named a top classical release of the decade.
June Shaping Our Future campaign launched to fund multiple capital and endowment priorities, including new Learning and Information Commons to be named for Mary Idema Pew.
Fall Enrollment 23,892.
Fall Laker Indoor Turf Building opens, providing increased recreational opportunities for students. LEED Gold certification awarded in 2009.
September Honors College re-dedicated in celebration of move into Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center. In October Honors College named for Frederick Meijer. Center is awarded LEED Silver rating in July 2009.
November 12 Expansion of George and Barbara Gordon Gallery in Richard M. DeVos Center, housing selections from Grand Valley’s collection of paintings by West Michigan painter Mathias J. Alten, is dedicated.
  Seidman College of Business is ranked one of top business schools in country by Princeton Review.
  Grand Valley receives U.S. Green Building Council Recognition Award and Sustainable Endowments Institute National Sustainability Innovator Award.
Winter The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership begins publication of the first and only peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy, The Foundation Review.
  GVSU is only Michigan school cited in Kaplan College Guide "cutting-edge green" colleges. Also ranked top "up and coming" institution in Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
Fall Enrollment 24,408.
September 11 Memorial service for founder L. William Seidman held in Louis Armstrong Theater. Seidman died on May 13, 2009 at the age of 88.
November New Music Ensemble releases "In C Remixed," CD of iconic work by Terry Riley, featured in Newsweek, named by many critics to best of 2009 lists.

March 1 The Mobile Applications and Services Lab in the School of Computing and Information Systems launches first mobile app.
March 30 The Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies is named to honor Holland residents Jim and Donna Brooks and their family.
May Grand Valley researchers across the disciplines receive $1.1 million in grants from the National Science Foundation.
July The Board of Trustees approves the first completely online degree program, a master's in educational technology.
September Grand Valley State University celebrates 50th anniversary year.
Fall Enrollment: 24,541
September 21 Officials break ground for the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons.
October Thousands watch a LipDub video produced by the university for the 50th anniversary with the song "Come Sail Away" by Styx.
October 5 Physician Assistant Studies receives more than $2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand its program.
October 27 More than 300 people attend Grand Valley's first TEDx event, centered on sustainability.
November 9 Grand Valley and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital partner and receive a U.S. Department of Defense grant to provide free rehabilitation to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with traumatic brain injuries.
January Many paintings by Grand Rapids artist Mathias J. Alten from the university's collection are exhibited in Naples, Florida, home to many seasonal and full-time Midwesterners and alumni, for a 50th anniversary event.
March Seidman College of Business announces first full-time Master of Business Administration program (FIMBA).
March 15 Steve Ford accepts first Col. Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship award in honor of his father, President Gerald R. Ford.
May 25 Officials break ground for the L. William Seidman Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
June 8 Campus leaders announce that the first university comprehensive campaign, Shaping Our Future, surpassed the original goal of $50 million and raised $95.3 million.
June 25 The Kelly Family Sports Center is dedicated, honoring Brian and Paqui Kelly and their family.
September 12 Grand Valley and many West Michigan partners launch the 2012 Year of Interfaith Understanding, designed to cultivate peace through community interest and understanding of all faith traditions.
Fall Enrollment: 24,662
September 29 Results of fourth campus climate study show 90 percent of students and 76 percent of faculty and staff members are comfortable with the overall climate in their classes and workplaces.
November 4 The Board of Trustees approves a plan to request capital outlay funds for a new science lab building on the Allendale Campus.
January Laker baseball team travels to Cuba for humanitarian mission, and to play against Cuban national team.
January 30 Association of College and Research Libraries presents Excellence in Academic Libraries Award to Grand Valley.
February 10 Board of Trustees approves constructing a new research building for the Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon.
March Women's Center celebrates 10 years.
April Numerous events are planned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the partnership between GVSU and Kingston University in London.
June Regional Math and Science Center hosts first G3 Camp: Grandparents, Grandkids, Grand Valley. More than 100 participate.
August Sarah Zelenka, ’09, and her rowing partner finished fourth in women's pairs in the Summer Olympics.
Fall Enrollment: 24,654, including a record number 370 international students.
December 17 WGVU Public Media celebrates 40th anniversary.
January 21 For the first time, university cancels classes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, allowing more students, faculty and staff members to participate in activities planned on campus.
April 15 Leaders break ground on new Science Laboratory Building on the Allendale Campus.
April 29 Board of Trustees approves opening new charter schools authorized by Grand Valley in Grand Rapids and Detroit that serve former drop-outs and homeless students.
May The University Club celebrates its 50th anniversary.
May 6 New L. William Seidman Center opens.
May 8 Detroit Center opens, serving southeast Michigan and housing classrooms and a regional office for the Small Business and Technology Development Center.
June 24 Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons opens.
July 12 Campaign to construct field station at the Annis Water Resources Institute surpasses its goal.
September 11 Record number of first-year, students of color, out-of-state and international students mark fall semester.
September 23 For 18th straight year, Grand Valley was named one of the America's 100 Best College Buys.
November 1 Board of Trustees approves 11-acre expansion of health campus.
December 2 Two people were recognized for 45 years of service: Lynn Blue and Samir IsHak.
December 9 Ralph Hauenstein makes a substantial contribution to the center that bears his name.
January 5-6 For the first time in history, the university cancels classes two consecutive days due to weather.
January 6 Diana R. Lawson is named dean of the Seidman College of Business.
February 8 The university opens a surplus store in downtown Grand Rapids, providing the public an opportunity to buy inventory that is no longer in use.
February 11 Recommendations are reported during a town hall meeting following the 2011 campus climate survey.
March 19 Longtime professor Milton E. Ford dies after a battle with cancer. The university later announces it will name the LGBT Resource Center in his memory.
March 26 More than 1,180 people attend a session during the Teach-In, which addressed issues of privilege, power and social justice.
April 30 The university's endowment surpasses $100.2 million.
June 4 Grand Valley expands and enhances its longtime articulation status with Grand Rapids Community College, designed to give students a seamless transfer to the university.
July 14 Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker delivered an address that honored the life and service of former President Gerald R. Ford, and was awarded the Col. Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship in front a full house at the Amway Grand Hotel’s Ambassador Ballroom.
July 24 Researchers at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy receive a $1.05 million grant to study "Pathways to Potential," which helps school-age students and their families succeed.
August 20 The Marilyn E. Zumberge Garden is dedicated. The family of Grand Valley's first president and first lady attends the ceremony.
August 27 Grand Valley introduces the Design Thinking Initiative, led by John Berry. The initiative continues the university's commitment to preparing students for lifelong learning.
September 4 Students are enrolling in record numbers at Grand Valley this fall. Officials are welcoming a record number of first-year students at 4,226, bringing the total number of students to 25,094, hitting a major milestone for the university.
November 11 Grand Valley announces plans to expand its Master's in Physician Assistant Studies program to the Traverse City Center.
December 9 Grand Valley's Board of Trustees approves a property exchange and purchase in downtown Grand Rapids to enable the university to expand its growing nursing and health professions programs.
January 11 Grand Valley mourns the death of artist and longtime university supporter Cyril Lixenberg, who died at his Amsterdam home at age 82.
January 19 Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, addresses an overflow crowd in the Fieldhouse at a keynote event during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week on campus.
January 27 President Thomas J. Haas names Jesse M. Bernal vice president for Inclusion and Equity.
February 12 Grand Valley was ranked second among master's degree institutions for the number of Fulbright Scholars and tied for 12th place for number of student Fulbright Scholars.
February 18 Engineering students create a device that allows a child with a spinal disease to move and be independent. The Play and Mobility Device is a collaborative project between the engineering and physical therapy departments.
February 26 Faculty members, students and community members explore the depths of Reeds Lake to digitally map two sunken steamboats.
March 26 Shaily Menon, associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is named an American Council on Education Fellow.
April 13 The new Laker Store opens at its new location in the Marketplace, next to the new P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science.
April 25 Dale Boedeker is the 100,000th graduate from Grand Valley and is surprised at commencement with a $1,000 check and gift basket. Michael Jandernoa and Paula Kerger give addresses; Noreen Myers receives the Distinguished Alumni Award; Brad Waller receives the Outstanding Educator Award; and David Hecht and Bea Idema receive honorary degrees.
May 26 Lynn McNamara Blue is appointed to the newly created position of vice president for Enrollment Development. Blue has worked for Grand Valley for 47 years.
May 29 President Thomas J. Haas receives an honorary degree from the Cracow University of Economics in Poland. The ceremony marks the 40th anniversary of the partnership between Grand Valley and CUE. A delegation, including President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers, travels to Poland.
June 17 Grand Valley will host an established medical ethics speaker series thanks to a gift from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation.
July 15 Former Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill receives the Col. Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship Medal following his remarks at a lecture.
July 20 Grand Valley and Consumers Energy break ground on construction of a new $15 million leadership center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
July 23 Grand Valley receives more than $3.7 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education to fund and expand services to students enrolled in one of three TRIO Student Support Services programs.
August 5 Tim Selgo, set to enter his 20th year as athletic director, announces he will retire at the end of the academic year.
August 28 Grand Valley celebrates convocation and the dedication of the P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science.
November 6 J.C. and Tammy Huizenga give a $1 million gift to the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, honoring the center's namesake, Ralph Hauenstein.
November 19 Jack Mangala is named the second Padnos/Sarosik Professor for Civil Discourse. The endowed professorship is housed in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies.
December 13 More than 1,000 students participate in commencement at Van Andel Arena. Lt. Governor Brian Calley delivers the commencement address. Nancy Lubbers and Andrzej ChochóB receive honorary degrees.
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