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Scientific symbiosis

At a time when there is an increasing demand for careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and health sciences across the U.S., Grand Valley’s new P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science offers students unique academic opportunities to study and excel in these fields.

The building has lab space for student and faculty research, nine classrooms and a 3,700-square-foot greenhouse. Read more about it here.



Ribbon cutting for the Kindschi Hall of Science

students around a table

Seidman College exapnding EMBA

Area employers are investing in leadership skills and the Seidman College of Business is expanding one of its popular programs to meet demand.

A general Executive Master of Business Administration program will launch soon, modeled after the successful Executive Health Care MBA for Spectrum Health employees. Read more about the program here.

Sailing at 1/12th scale

It was a race to the finish on the high seas in the Fred M. Keller Engineering Labs during the 25th annual Wooden Shoe Regatta in July.

Junior-level students majoring in mechanical engineering readied their handmade sailboats for style and speed competitions to celebrate the conclusion of a summer-long course about fluid mechanics. Read more about the regatta and its history here.


Students watch sailboats at the Keller Engineering Labs

Kurt Ellenberger

Same song, different verse

Pop artist Sam Smith agreed to give co-writing credit to rock superstar Tom Petty over similarities between Smith’s hit “Stay With Me” and Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, who performed 2013’s massively popular song “Blurred Lines,” must pay $7.3 million, a judge ruled, for infringing on the copyright of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 track “Got To Give It Up.”

Kurt Ellenberger, professor of music, said the problem with some of these lawsuits is that they are litigated over the parts of a song that can’t be copyrighted, and if these types of lawsuits continue, it will be hard for artists to release an album. Read more here, including a list of songs that sound very similar.




Q&A Lynn 'Chick' Blue

Lynn McNamara Blue came to Grand Valley in 1968 as a clerk typist. Throughout her career at the university, she has held several positions, including director of Records and Registration, Registrar, and vice provost and dean for Academic Services. In May 2015, she was named vice president for Enrollment Development, a newly created position focusing on enrollment management.

During her 47 years at Grand Valley, Blue has been committed to serving students. She spoke with Grand Valley Magazine about the challenges of retaining and attracting students, changing demographics and the growing complexities of enrollment management. Read more here.


Lynn Blue