Across Campus

October 21, 2019

Open Enrollment period begins

The 2020 annual benefits open enrollment period is October 22-November 6.

Benefit-eligible faculty and staff members are encouraged to review benefit options and make adjustments during that period online at

Staff members from the Benefits and Wellness team will be available for individual appointments October 24-31 at various campus locations, visit the website for details. Questions can be sent via email to or by phone to x12220.

Events planned to celebrate Founders Day 

statue of bill sideman surrounded by flags

Photo by Amanda Pitts
The statue of one of Grand Valley's founders, Bill Seidman, is surrounded by flags during a previous Founders Day celebration. Grand Valley will celebrate Founders Day on October 25. 

The campus community will celebrate the individuals who rallied support to establish a public higher education institution in West Michigan on Founders Day, October 25.

Founders Day is celebrated each year on October 25, the day the university was chartered by the State of Michigan in 1960.

Students, faculty and staff members and alumni celebrate Founders Day by remembering and supporting the university in honor of the nearly 300 individuals in the West Michigan community who helped meet the state's $1 million challenge to establish Grand Valley.

Organizers of Founders Day planned events throughout the week of October 21 to remember and honor the dedicated community members who saw the need for a public university in West Michigan. Events are detailed below. 

• Students will place flags representing each founder on the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses. 
• Rick Gillett, son of founder Dick Gillett, will participate in a panel discussion at noon on Saturday, October 26, at the Alumni House. The GVSU Through the Years luncheon is open to all alumni. RSVP online at
• A campuswide giving day will raise funds for first-generation students; visit to donate or for more information.
A list of Grand Valley's founders is online at

Making Waves highlights

making waves logo

The campus community continues to highlight the Making Waves initiative; a list of recent activity is below.

• Erik Petrovskis, director of environmental compliance and sustainability for Meijer, will deliver a keynote address at the Fall Science Update conference, sponsored by the Regional Math and Science Center. The address, "Facilitating Environmental Sustainability at Meijer," is October 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room. The lecture is free; for more information, visit

• The GVSU Water Community is a database that allows people to find potential speakers, match interests and more. The resource includes information on water-related projects as well as water-related interest areas and expertise. To see this ever-expanding database or to add information, visit

• Eight faculty members and nine students attended and gave nine presentations focused on water at the Geological Society of America meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, September 22-25. Faculty members who attended were Caitlin Callahan, Kevin Cole, Pat Colgan, Steve Mattox, Ginny Peterson, Peter Riemersma, John VanRegenmorter and Peter Wampler; students were Jillian Ashton, Emily Bergel, Jessalyn Gonzalez, Tyler Baker, Thomas Byars, Ella Larson, Colleen Rankin, Daryn Taylor and Claire Thomassen.