Current Issue, Winter 2014










Covenant House provides education, opportunity

Rebecca Mubiyayi wants to be a doctor, but knows she has to finish high school and earn a diploma to have a shot at college and, eventually, medical school. But Mubiyayi, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is still working to overcome an education and a childhood disrupted by war. (Read More)




Going the extra Medical Mile

It is one of the most common neurological disorders and there is no known cure. It affects approximately 1 percent of the world’s population, and about one in 10 people has suffered a seizure.

A group of faculty members and two graduate students, including Gurisko, have teamed with physicians from the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital to research epilepsy and help patients manage it. (Read More)


Student media: creating community

Technical difficulties, a late start and a broken tripod were among the many challenges during the student-run TV station’s live broadcast of the first “Lakers for a Cure” telethon last spring, but GVTV manager Jaime Bartkowicz was proud of how everyone came together in a successful team effort. (Read More)


Seeds of Promise

Ludie Weddle walks along the streets of her neighborhood on Grand Rapids’ southeast side, encouraged by the changes she sees. “It’s cleaner, the neighbors know each other better and look after each other,” said Weddle. “The children at the elementary school are getting free tutoring after school.”  

Positive changes have been made in the neighborhood since a grassroots initiative called Seeds of Promise began in 2005. (Read More)


Q&A Bill Holsinger-Robinson

Nearly two years ago, Bill Holsinger-Robinson was named the first Frederik Meijer Endowed Honors Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a lengthy title that means he helps guide students in their entrepreneurial pursuits as well as in the emerging world of social entrepreneurship. (Read More)



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