Spring 2019

Servant Leader

After 13 years at Grand Valley, countless selfies with students, visits to Lansing to meet with legislators and handshakes with new graduates, President Thomas J. Haas looks ahead at retirement.

Spring 2019|Feature


Read article Endangered no more

Endangered no more

From New Zealand to Grand Rapids and from snakes to butterflies, Grand Valley professors and students have conducted research on endangered or threatened species.

Spring 2019|Feature

Read article Eat Better, Move More, Smile Often

Eat Better, Move More, Smile Often

Public health faculty and students have teamed with a community group in Lowell to offer wellness camps for elementary students.

Spring 2019|Feature

Read article Increasing Access

Increasing Access

Departments team to help more students, particularly students from under-represented backgrounds, study abroad.

Spring 2019|Feature


If you write it, they will come

Alumni created University Wits in 2012, a nonprofit organization that provides local theater enthusiasts an opportunity to learn and grow in the craft of performing arts.

Spring 2019|Arts


Read article Want to run faster?

Want to run faster?

Kyle Barnes, a former collegiate runner and avid marathoner, is studying running economy in a multi-part study that includes testing the Nike Vapor Fly.

Spring 2019|Research

Read article The master of 'Torreography'

The master of 'Torreography'

Torrey Thomas takes pride in 20 years of fulfillment as dancer, choreographer, teacher; and he shares a story about touring with Aretha Franklin.

Spring 2019|Off the Path

Read article Honoring the 'zeal' of the Haases

Honoring the 'zeal' of the Haases

Michele Schallip is the executive officer on a U.S. Coast Guard cutter; she discusses how her master's degree helps her lead on the ship, and how the Haases welcomed her to the Coast Guard family.

Spring 2019|Giving


Carillon droplets

Watch a video of how these water droplets with iconic Grand Valley symbols are photographed.

Spring 2019|Focal Point / Behind the Lens


Read article Alumni connect, reflect on time with President Haas

Alumni connect, reflect on time with President Haas

Alumni reflect on their personal connections with President Haas.

Spring 2019|Alumni Feature

Read article Student athletes raise money for wish kids

Student athletes raise money for wish kids

Led by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Grand Valley athletes have raised $10,000 or more in each of the past three years for Make-A-Wish® Michigan.

Spring 2019|Athletics

Read article Alumni Awards 2018-2019

Alumni Awards 2018-2019

The Alumni Association presents four awards annually; current recipients and award descriptions are detailed.

Spring 2019|Alumni Feature