Community friends, supporters, and officials from GVSU, including President Thomas Haas and Provost Gayle Davis, gathered on September 7th to celebrate 20 years of accomplishment by the Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI). Not one, but four, anniversaries were the focus of the celebration at the GVSU Lake Michigan Center, where nearly 200 people attended.
Anniversary celebrations included: 1) The Lake Michigan Center, home of the Annis Water Resources Institute (5 years); 2) The W.G. Jackson, AWRI's second research vessel (10 years); 3) The launching of the D.J. Angus, AWRI's first research vessel (20 years); and 4) The founding of the Annis Water Resources Institute (20 years). The Institute started on the Grand Valley campus in Allendale as a 1-person operation located in a basement office, but over the past twenty years, it has grown to a 70-person research and education program, now located in a 24,500 sq. ft. building in Muskegon.
AWRI is celebrating yet another event this month. On October 6th, we will officially dedicate the permanent berth for the D.J. Angus on Harbor Island in Grand Haven. In its 20 years of sailing for GVSU, the D.J. Angus has never had a permanent berth. We are very proud of her new home, and extend a well-deserved thanks to both Captain Tony Fiore of AWRI and Brad Newman of GVSU's Facilities Planning Department. The hard work and dedication of these individuals allowed the dock to be constructed on time and at a substantial cost-savings to the university.