Fall 2020

A paradigm shift for the teaching profession

The COVID-19 pandemic created an extraordinary opportunity for Grand Valley experts to offer materials and resources to support K-12 students and teachers across the globe.

Fall 2020|Feature


Read article Laker community adapts to fall semester with safety at forefront

Laker community adapts to fall semester with safety at forefront

University leaders monitored the four Ts (tracking, technology, testing and tracing) as students moved back to campus and the fall semester started amid challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fall 2020|Feature

Read article Steps to a military friendly campus means building bridges with student veterans

Steps to a military friendly campus means building bridges with student veterans

The 400 student veterans on campus represent a small segment of the population, yet they have received increased attention over the years from university leaders.

Fall 2020|Feature

Read article Innovation Fund grant designed to turn computing program into talent pipeline

Innovation Fund grant designed to turn computing program into talent pipeline

Computer science students will have increased access to a growing program designed to give real-world experiences, thanks to the university's first Innovation Fund grant.

Fall 2020|Feature


Mathias Alten at 150

This is the story of an immigrant who settled in West Michigan, withstood the isolation of a pandemic, and celebrated the beauty found in his local surroundings.

Fall 2020|Arts


Read article First-timers on campus

First-timers on campus

Four people new to Michigan stepped into leadership roles on campus in the fall semester.

Fall 2020|Briefs

Read article The results are in: 2020 GVSU alumni survey

The results are in: 2020 GVSU alumni survey

More than 2,600 alumni completed the 2020 survey created by the Alumni Relations team. Results provide the university with a better understanding of alumni expectations.

Fall 2020|Alumni Feature

Read article For the love of plants

For the love of plants

Tim Evans peppers his presentations and conversations about botany with a folksy vibe, pop cultural references and even somersaulting, all to heighten interest in plants.

Fall 2020|Research


Harvesting Hope

The Sustainable Agriculture Project, the university's educational farm, has donated more than 500 pounds of produce to support communities impacted by COVID-19.

Fall 2020|Focal Point / Behind the Lens


Read article Detroit photographer builds business, provides hope to aspiring artists

Detroit photographer builds business, provides hope to aspiring artists

The owner of Matthew LaVere Photography is a self-professed gearhead who loves the problem-solving that comes with high-profile photo shoots.

Fall 2020|Alumni Profile

Read article Supporting Black Excellence

Supporting Black Excellence

Brian '08, '14 & Olubunmi (Bunmi) Parks '08, '13 work in Detroit and maintain ties to Grand Valley through support of a scholarship.

Fall 2020|Supporting Future Leaders

Read article The President's Page

The President's Page

President Philomena V. Mantella discusses the opportunities a challenging semester bring.

Fall 2020|The President's Page