August 31, 2021 (Volume 45, Number 1)

Mantella empowers, diversifies university leadership

Philomena V. Mantella's tenure as president has been marked by tremendous appreciation of the essence of Grand Valley and the tremendous energy to innovate and engage with others at all levels of education.


August 31, 2021 (Volume 45, Number 1)
Article by Mary Eilleen Lyon

Third faculty member earns Fulbright Scholar award

Steeve Buckridge, professor of African and Caribbean history, earned a Fulbright Scholar award and will teach in a country where he has led study abroad trips.

August 31, 2021 (Volume 45, Number 1)
Article by Michele Coffill

GVFaces: David Robinson, '10

A 2010 Grand Valley graduate earned an NAACP Image Award for his work promoting an album by Detroit gospel group The Clark Sisters.

August 31, 2021 (Volume 45, Number 1)
Article by Michele Coffill

Faculty and Staff Sketches

Members of the campus community who published articles, gave presentations or received accolades are listed.

August 31, 2021 (Volume 45, Number 1)

School of Engineering celebrates experiential learning

The School of Engineering hosted its annual Engineering Design Conference in early August, a tradition that dates back more than 25 years.

August 31, 2021 (Volume 45, Number 1)

Detroit leaders learn about university's regional ambassador program

University leaders and members of the Board of Trustees met with Detroit area leaders August 16 to create a new ambassadors program that will expand opportunities for southeast Michigan's students, adult learners and business owners.

August 31, 2021 (Volume 45, Number 1)
Article by Michele Coffill

The GVSU Forum is published by University Communications; it is distributed bimonthly during the academic year and monthly during the spring/summer semesters. Send publication items to Michele Coffill, editor, c/o [email protected]. Web:

University Communications Staff:
Mary Eilleen Lyon associate vice president
Sherry Bouwman university communications assistant
Sheila Babbitt social media coordinator
Katherine Barnard motion graphic designer
Michele Coffill associate director of publications
Bill Cuppy creative director, video and multimedia
Hannah Farrell  social media coordinator
Chris Knape director of university communications
Dave LeFurge-McLeod videographer
Tony Packer videographer
Amanda Pitts senior photographer
Kendra Stanley-Mills photographer
Brian Vernellis communications specialist
Peg West associate director of strategy/digital content

Other University Communications publications:
Grand Valley Magazine, published quarterly; visit 
GVNext, web publication; visit , for daily news updates and video features