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Using sunlight to save lives

Engineering students have built a portable power system for a rural hospital in southeastern Africa. The hospital serves 100,000 but the electricity goes off nearly daily, and can have fatal results. Read about the team's work and watch a video by clicking here.

Group of four people in front of building



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The science of food

The new master's-degree program in clinical dietetics is one of two in Michigan that includes supervised practice hours. The field is booming, faculty members say, because people are increasingly interested in the foods they eat. Read more here.


Laker Navy

Grand Valley's men's and women's rowing teams compete with elite universities from the East Coast as well as the Big Ten. They do so as a club sport, meaning crew team members pay dues to participate. Learn about the team's successes by clicking here.

Crew practice on the Grand River

Adult coloring

Adult coloring books offer a way to relieve stress and center the mind, but the trend presents a unique business opportunity for young entrepreneurs, including an alumna. Carly Van Eck, ’12 and ’13, created special Grand Valley-themed coloring pages; download them here to color, then share with GVSU on social media.

Read more about how coloring eases stress levels here.

Louie the Laker as an illustration


A study abroad group faced a crisis in July during a terrorist attack in Nice, France. That incident set the university’s crisis response plan in motion; Mark Schaub and Eric Klingensmith, chair and member of Grand Valley’s International Crisis Team, respectively, discussed the importance of preparation and unity, read their interview here.

Mark Schaub

Mark Schaub

Eric Klingensmith

Eric Klingensmith