Presidential Initiatives

Student action teams seek to enhance university experience

The first student action team convened following a design thinking workshop held in January of this year. At the workshop, more than 50 students from a variety of majors, academic levels and backgrounds gathered with President Philomena V. Mantella to identify ways to reimagine the student experience at Grand Valley.

Jul 30, 2020


Town hall on health, safety touches on steps to implement testing, contact tracing in fall semester

Grand Valley leaders provided a glimpse into the preparations of opening a campus under the shadow of COVID-19 during a town hall July 23 for faculty and staff members focused on health and safety measures.

Jul 23, 2020


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

A pen-pal friendship became an in-person chance encounter at a hospital when an older man sick with COVID-19 symptoms was greeted by the nursing student with whom he corresponded.

Jul 23, 2020


GVSU names first military and veteran resource manager

Jill Wolfe has been selected to serve as Grand Valley's first Military and Veteran Resource manager.  The new position was originally announced by President Philomena V. Mantella at the November 2019 Veterans Day Breakfast with the goal of providing additional support to military-connected students and dependents while expanding Grand Valley's visibility, partnerships and pipelines within the community.

Jul 7, 2020


Mantella marks one year as president of GVSU

When Philomena V. Mantella began her tenure on July 1, 2019, as Grand Valley's fifth president, she established a dynamic vision and energized the Grand Valley community to shape the university as a leader in the future of education.

Jul 1, 2020


Volunteer networks expand tutoring services, assist with food distribution during COVID-19

Volunteer networks of students, faculty and staff members from Grand Valley continue to assist Michigan residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jun 26, 2020


First Innovation Fund proposal will increase computing graduate assistants, grow talent epicenter

The first proposal to the Innovation Fund, one of President Philomena V. Mantella's initiatives to propel Grand Valley forward, is underway and seeks to increase enrollment in computing programs by annually hiring more graduate assistants sponsored by industry partners.

Jun 23, 2020


Two recent graduates credit Thompsons for providing them access to college

The coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis are not stopping two recent Grand Valley graduates from starting their careers. Both women credit a generous Detroit couple for helping them get to college in the first place.

Jun 12, 2020


Earning a master's degree during a pandemic: alumna finds learning form of self-care

Jaime Counterman had planned to start a master's degree program several times but found excuses: a new job once, a new position in the same organization another time.

Jun 9, 2020


Community blood drive dedicated to frontline heroes, supported by university volunteer networks

President Philomena V. Mantella and other faculty and staff members are expected to attend and participate in a blood drive designed to thank area hospital heroes.

Jun 1, 2020