Making Waves


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The two-year Making Waves Initiative creates collaboration and opportunities across campus among students, faculty, staff, and community.  The initiative provides new opportunities to explore and investigate the many ways that water permeates our lives and the natural world around us. The GVSU campuses are connected and influenced by the Grand River and Lake Michigan.  Our geographic context and expertise provide opportunities for students, staff, faculty and the community to take a deep dive into the topic of water and to make a difference locally and globally through their research, advocacy, and leadership.  Students gain skills and understanding through experiential learning, independent research, coursework, MWI activities, study abroad opportunities, and engagement with community partners.  An online reservoir of teaching and learning resources is available through the Making Waves Website (www.gvsu.edu/makingwaves).

Young woman in sunglasses wearing hat with water bottle attached to either side with drinking tube

The GV Water Tower on the Allendale Campus, Christi Wiltenburg (GVSU Photographer), 2015

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Young woman standing in water looking through clear container filled with water

GVSU student Molly Lane collects samples for water quality testing from Lake Michigan at the Pere Marquette Beach, Valerie Wojciechowski (GVSU Photographer), 2020

gathering of Native individuals at shore of Grand River in Grand Rapids, MI

A Native American Water Healing Ceremony next to the Grand River, co-sponsored by the Making Waves Initiative, unknown, 2018

Nighttime, arial view of bridges crossing Grand River in Grand Rapids, MI

Part of the GVSU Pew Grand Rapids Campus next to the Grand River, Amanda Pitts (GVSU Photographer), 2017


Hours and Location

November 2, 2020 - March 5, 2021
Russel H. Kirkhof Center Gallery
1 Campus Dr
Allendale, Michigan 49401 

Gallery viewing is based on building hours

Contact

For special accommodation, please call:
(616) 331-2563

For exhibition inquires, please email:
zwartjo@gvsu.edu

For learning and engagement opportunities, please email:
burnssta@gvsu.edu