Summer 2019

Backstage Pass

With tasks like building sets, learning to design lighting and sound for a show, or creating and sewing costumes, students learn an array of behind-the-scenes jobs.

Summer 2019|Feature


Read article Bois Blanc  Island

Bois Blanc Island

Elizabeth and John Kilbourne bought property on Bois Blanc Island. Over 30 years, the Kilbournes have built five structures on the rustic Lake Huron island.

Summer 2019|Feature

Read article GVPD Celebrates 50 Years of Community Policing

GVPD Celebrates 50 Years of Community Policing

GVPD is celebrating 50 years on campus, its growth over the decades and its continuing mission to build relationships with the campus community to provide a safe environment.

Summer 2019|Feature

Read article The Meadows by the numbers

The Meadows by the numbers

The university's golf course celebrates its 25th season in 2019.

Summer 2019|Feature


Expanded Hosford Football Center called 'home win'

Enhancements to the Jamie Hosford Football Center will help recruit prospective student athletes while providing current student athletes access to an updated training room.

Summer 2019|Athletics


Read article Alumna helps Revolution Farms keep lettuce local

Alumna helps Revolution Farms keep lettuce local

A Grand Valley alumna is working to bring lettuce production to West Michigan through a sustainable aquaponics farm southeast of Grand Rapids.

Summer 2019|Sustainability

Read article President Mantella sets a bold agenda

President Mantella sets a bold agenda

President Philomena V. Mantella used her first Board of Trustees meeting to share her vision for the future of the university and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Summer 2019|Q&A/Campus Profile

Read article #GVSUbound

#GVSUbound

Jodi Chycinski, associate vice president and director of admissions, discusses the process for prospective students from application to Grand Valley to enrollment.

Summer 2019|Q & A


Replicating a 6,000-year-old process

Students participate in a bronze pour, where molten metal temperatures reach 2,000 degrees.

Summer 2019|Focal Point / Behind the Lens


Read article Football alumnus, leader gives back to program

Football alumnus, leader gives back to program

Former lineman Michael McFadden played professional football after graduating. Now a medical device sales representative, McFadden credits his GVSU experience for much of his success in life.

Summer 2019|Giving

Read article Subway executive draws from lessons learned  as a Laker

Subway executive draws from lessons learned as a Laker

Len Van Popering '94 is the chief brand and innovation officer of Subway Restaurants, based in Milford, Connecticut.

Summer 2019|Alumni Profile

Read article 2019 Community Outreach Week

2019 Community Outreach Week

During Community Outreach Week, more than 860 Lakers shared their Laker Effect with communities across the country.

Summer 2019|Alumni Feature