A look back: GVSU's most memorable stories of 2020

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In 2020, as Grand Valley joined the world in grappling with the COVID-19 crisis, the university also created more education opportunities for a wide range of learners while reaffirming its commitment to student-centered research and community engagement.

Below is a sample of some of the most notable stories from Grand Valley in 2020. These stories exemplify the strength, agility and innovative spirit shown by the Laker community in this challenging and unique time.  

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What will the GVSU student experience look like in five years? Students, President Mantella share ideas during design thinking workshop

GVSU's accelerated degree program will improve state's economy, fit governor's initiative

GVSU expert shares what astronauts can tell us about isolation

Alumnus leads grassroots effort to help West Michigan businesses

Big Data being used to help track, study coronavirus

Not a typical year: GVSU's virtual graduate celebration recognizes class of 2020

Somersaulting botanist: GVSU plant expert creates video mini-lectures mixed with acrobatics, pop culture and a folksy vibe

Alumna leads window activation project 

Mantella marks one year as president of GVSU

Networks of Support: Pen-pal friendship becomes encounter at hospital for nursing student

Slow and steady, with a head start

Photos: GVSU move-in week 2020

New Laker Line opens with enhancements, faster rides between campuses

GVSU community members march in solidarity for Black lives

McNair Scholars transition undergraduate research projects to online formats

Virtual theater, the rehearsals

Dozens of GVSU students vote on campus; Mantella encourages dignity and respect

Mantella announces GVSU Veteran Promise: Guaranteed admission for enlisted 2021 Michigan high school graduates

Grand Valley partnership, testing to provide public health experts with data about potential COVID-19 hotspots

Students are front and center, helping lead GVSU's COVID-19 surveillance testing program


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