Winter 2022

Small Business Development Center creates opportunities for businesses still finding their way back from pandemic

Nearly two years after the COVID-19 pandemic began to cripple or cause the closing of some small businesses across the state, owners like DeAnna Gantt are still trying to find ways to survive.

Winter 2022|Feature


Read article Changes in senior leadership announced

Changes in senior leadership announced

Two new people were named to the university's leadership team: Fatma Mili as provost and Jennifer Hall-Jones as the inaugural vice president for Student Affairs.

Winter 2022|Feature

Read article GVSU Police Academy cadets learn, practice mediation tactics

GVSU Police Academy cadets learn, practice mediation tactics

The academy is the only one in the country to offer extensive mediation training.

Winter 2022|Feature

Read article Fossil Clues

Fossil Clues

Student and faculty researchers dig for fossils in South Carolina to better understand climate change.

Winter 2022|Feature


The President's Page

President Mantella: Our innovative students are well-positioned for their roles in 'The Raging 2020s'

Winter 2022|The President's Page


Read article Sister bond helps alumnae to scale business during pandemic, launch specialty cafe

Sister bond helps alumnae to scale business during pandemic, launch specialty cafe

Alyson '12 and Mallory '17 Caillaud-Jones opened Chartreuse Sisters and baked unique French pastries in their home. They will soon open a storefront on Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids.

Winter 2022|Alumni Profile

Read article ACI team plays key role in developing technology to assist international students with transcript delivery

ACI team plays key role in developing technology to assist international students with transcript delivery

It's technology Chinaka Njoku, a native of Nigeria, could have used more than a decade ago when he tried to enroll in college -- and later, start the U.S. citizenship process.

Winter 2022|Research

Read article Building upon the foundation of Grand Valley

Building upon the foundation of Grand Valley

For Donald '84 and Kathleen '88, '97 VanderVeen, giving back to their alma mater is about doing what they can for the university they love.

Winter 2022|Supporting Future Leaders


Meet the working dog class of 2022

From a dog with his own 'Rate My Professor' ranking to one who entertains an office of IT staff members, meet some of the working dogs on campus.

Winter 2022|Focal Point / Behind the Lens


Read article 50 years in the classroom

50 years in the classroom

After five decades in the classroom, Pat Baker, a 1972 graduate, continues to find innovative ways to teach students in Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Winter 2022|Q & A

Read article Homecoming 2021

Homecoming 2021

Alumni returned to campus on October 30, or connected virtually, during Homecoming, showing what it truly means to be a Laker for a Lifetime.

Winter 2022|Alumni Feature

Read article The SAP during winter: Fields nestled under leftover billboards

The SAP during winter: Fields nestled under leftover billboards

Preparing the SAP for winter includes using leftover billboards to protect the fields and treating the beehives for mites.

Winter 2022|Sustainability