Laker Effect

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

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

GVSU announces digital library, traveling exhibit of work by artist Mathias Alten

Grand Valley's Art Gallery has launched a new online digital library that provides a comprehensive database of the life and works of late artist Mathias J. Alten. The university currently owns the largest single public collection of Alten's work. The university also recently received the gifts of the Alten Catalog Raisonné - a comprehensive, annotated listing of all the known works by Alten - and eight new paintings. In 2021, Grand Valley will launch a traveling Alten exhibit that will visit museums and galleries across Mich

Nov 15, 2018

Interfaith conference discusses religion identities in current climate

The role of religious communities to both cause and rectify social division and tribalism was the topic of discussion during the Jewish/Christian/Muslim Triennial Interfaith Dialogue Conference at Grand Valley November 14-15. Presenters included Jennifer Howe Peace, professor of interfaith studies at Andover Newton Theological School; Elliot J. Cosgrove, senior rabbi at Park Avenue Synagogue, the largest conservative synagogue in New York City; and Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core.

Nov 6, 2018

Grand Valley students, staff member win Grand Awards for roles in local theater productions

The annual Grand Awards celebrates Grand Rapids area college and community theater performers and productions, and multiple members of the Grand Valley community won awards during this year's ceremony. Overall, Grand Valley students, alumni, staff and productions were nominated in 10 categories.

Oct 24, 2018

Faculty, staff will repair students' belongings during free event

During the day-to-day busyness of classes and activities on campus, it is not uncommon for students to rip their clothes, misplace a few buttons, or break their eyeglasses, a zipper or a backpack strap. An upcoming Repair Clinic will offer students an opportunity to have all of the above scenarios and more mended by Grand Valley faculty and staff members. The free event will take place October 24 on the Allendale Campus.

Oct 22, 2018

Student cohort strengthens interfaith conversations on college campuses

A collaborative internship program between five local colleges, including Grand Valley, is providing students with opportunities to develop their interfaith leadership skills and generate interfaith conversations on their own campuses. The cohort was established in 2015 after the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. The participating schools currently include Grand Valley, Hope College, Calvin College, Aquinas College and Kuyper College.

Oct 17, 2018

Students help Red Wings prepare for season through fitness tests during preseason camps

Forty-one Grand Valley exercise science and athletic training students helped 72 Detroit Red Wings players prepare for their new season during the team's preseason development camp in September. The students assisted Red Wings staff and Ross Sherman, associate professor of exercise science, conduct medical examinations and test the physical fitness of players.

Oct 9, 2018