Here is a look back at some of the highlights at GVSU in 2022 as Lakers learned, connected, celebrated and continued to Reach Higher.
GVSU in 2022: The moments, stories and images that captured what it means to be Lakers
Leading the conversation, advancing opportunities
Research, learning and discovery
Fatma Mili joined Grand Valley in 2022 as provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. Mili was one of several people hired for key leadership roles. Learn more about Mili in this Grand Valley Magazine Q&A.
The blooming of GVSU's corpse flower, Amorphophallus titanum, in the Barbara Kindschi Greenhouse in April attracted thousands of people to the Allendale Campus to experience the fleeting rotting-flesh stench of the rare tropical flower.
A time-lapse video of the flower opening and closing amid a steady of stream of visitors was also a sensation and was shared widely on social media and by several national news outlets.
Enhancing our spaces
A sculpture commissioned by Grand Valley for the Pew Grand Rapids Campus was created by a descendant of the original people of this area to show the connectedness of humanity. Learn more about Akii Ndodem (Earth Totem) and artist Jason Quigno .
Rankings and recognitions
Grand Valley was recognized for intentional efforts to increase student voter participation. Special events included activities on Election Day.
And lastly, some of our favorite images from December
Left: Student Kaleigh Braginton, right, laughs with President Philomena V. Mantella after being interviewed for a "Philly on the Street" segment in the Mary Idema Pew Library Dec. 7. Mantella and Braginton sang "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" together.
Right: U.S. Army Lt. Jackson Wierenga made Grand Valley history on Dec. 9 by becoming the first military officer ever to be commissioned on campus. Wierenga hugs and kisses his wife and alumna, Arica, after she pinned his officer insignia on his uniform.