Presidential Initiatives

High school students gain work experience, math skills as GVSU consultants during summer jobs

Eight West Michigan high school students learned more about college and gained work experience as consultants to President Philomena V. Mantella through a City of Grand Rapids summer program.

Sep 28, 2020


Fireside Chat presenter: offering nudges to students helps build relationships, satisfaction

The series is a presidential initiative designed to bring in "thought activators" for campus discussions.

Sep 24, 2020


Mantella reappoints two faculty members as Presidential Fellows

Chasity Bailey-Fakhoury, associate professor of Educational Foundations, has been reappointed as the Presidential Fellow for Strategy Development and Outreach. Aaron Lowen, professor of economics and finance department chair, has been reappointed as the Presidential Fellow for Enterprise Learning & Development.

Sep 23, 2020


Mantella elevates learners as consultants to the university

The Learner Engagement Challenge connected high school and GVSU students to reimagine the future of learning.

Sep 23, 2020


COVID-19 Call Center volunteers provide compassion, empathy, resources

More than 35 volunteer faculty and staff members have listened empathetically and offered resources to hundreds of students, parents and supporters who have called the GVSU COVID-19 Call Center.

Sep 22, 2020


University earns national recognition for diversity, inclusion outreach on campus

Insight Into Diversity, the nation's oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, awarded Grand Valley and 89 other institutions the 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award September 1.

Sep 1, 2020


New database serves as central location for all GVSU mental health, wellness resources

It's not a secret that uncertain times can create varying emotions and behaviors that impact a person's mental health. To support the mental health and well-being of students, faculty and staff members, a subgroup of the Networks of Support has created an online repository of available resources, services and organizations.

Aug 21, 2020


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