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Searched, patted down, led through a metal detector and stamped as cleared to enter — that was the process required before students could walk into Jacquelynn Doyon-Martin’s class each week last fall. They met inside the oldest functioning prison in the state: the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia. Read about the innovative class and watch a video here.

Inmates, students around table

Not your average spring break

From one trip in 1991, to 24 trips with more than 230 participants last year, Alternative Breaks celebrates 25 years of making a positive impact around the country. Read more about the service organization here.


Students outside a house

Life stories

When a community tells its collective story, a theme of shared experiences prevails. Residents in Oceana County, with help from Grand Valley’s Kutsche Office of Local History, will tell the story of the county and its rich history as the state’s top producer of asparagus and tart cherries for an oral history archive. Read about the project here.


Woman holding family portrait

Fall Arts Celebration

Events highlighting international art, poetry, dance, music and a scholarly lecture fill the calendar during the Fall Arts Celebration. Read about each of the six events here.


Ying Quartet

Dance troupe

Q&A Erika King

Political science professor Erika King shares her thoughts about the changing face of America, and how that has impacted the presidential election. Read more here.



illustration of Erika King