Development

GVSU receives national recognition for excellence in fundraising and support for students

The university recently concluded a successful Laker Effect campaign, started in July 2012, which raised $130 million.

Jun 19, 2020


Former UAW president Owen Bieber remembered for strong ties to GVSU, commitment to students

Owen Bieber, who died Feb. 17 at age 90, had strong ties to Grand Valley including the establishment of the Owen F. Bieber Scholarship Trust to support UAW members and their children.

Feb 18, 2020


Grand Valley mourns Foundation Director John D. Wardrop

Grand Valley mourns the death of John D. Wardrop, a Grand Valley University Foundation director and longtime supporter of Grand Valley State University, who died on June 21 at age 82.

Jun 21, 2019


David Hooker honored by GVSU Board of Trustees

David Hooker, president and CEO of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and former member of Grand Valley State University's Board of Trustees, was honored by the board at its February 8 meeting held at the L. William Seidman Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Feb 8, 2019


Professor named Mentor of the Year by national organization

Ingrid Johnson, associate professor of physical education, has received recognition for providing advising and mentorship to students and alumni both in and out of the classroom. Johnson has been named Mentor of the Year by the Society of Health and Physical Educators. She is being recognized for her mentoring strategies, which include supporting students with job searching, teaching classes for alumni, sharing professional insights, and more.

Feb 7, 2019


Photo Gallery: President-elect Mantella tours GVSU campuses

One day after being elected the fifth, and first woman, president of Grand Valley State University, Philomena V. Mantella spent the day touring campus buildings, meeting faculty, staff and Louie the Laker, and taking selfies with students.

Jan 23, 2019


GVSU appoints fifth president; first woman

The Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Philomena V. Mantella as the university's fifth president. The trustees voted unanimously to appoint her to the presidency at a special board meeting held on the Allendale Campus, January 22, 2019.

Jan 22, 2019


Professor preserves medical traditions of Kenyan tribe through catalog

A Grand Valley professor is preserving the medical traditions of an indigenous community in Kenya by cataloging the medicinal plants used by the Maasai tribe. The catalog was created by Kristin Hedges, assistant professor of anthropology, who has been working with the Maasai since serving in the Peace Corps in Kenya from 2000-2003. The Maasai are a group of indigenous people who inhabit areas in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.

Jan 11, 2019


Year in Review: Memorable GVSU stories from 2018

From President Haas announcing his retirement and Grand Valley's Health Campus expanding in Grand Rapids to identical alumni twin brothers marrying identical alumni twin sisters, 2018 has been a year full of unforgettable moments at the university. These are some of the most memorable stories of the year that were chosen based on their impact on campus, in the news and on social media.

Dec 20, 2018


Alumna improves guest experiences at Disney through statistics

Elizabeth "Biz" Stolz�s job is to make �the most magical place on Earth� that much more magical. The 2014 alumna currently works as an experience insights senior analyst at Disney Parks and Resorts in Orlando, Florida. During her daily work, Stolz analyzes various data sets from different lines of business at Disney to improve the guest experience at the parks and resorts. The types of data she works with include anything from resort and dining reservations to FastPass+ bookings.

Dec 19, 2018