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Year in review: Top 17 stories of 2017

  • A photo montage from top stories.

Posted on December 21, 2017

From a new program that supports student veterans, to a device built by students for NASA, to the opening of an expanded performing arts center, 2017 has been a year full of unforgettable moments at Grand Valley.  

Here are the top 17 memorable stories of 2017. They were chosen based on their impact on campus, in the news and on social media.  

Grand Valley signs on as full partner with Detroit Promise

President Emeritus Don Lubbers announces fund to honor son’s memory

Hauenstein Center receives major gift from Hauenstein family

Business majors starts bakery which employs people with special needs

Students selected to design device for NASA

Grand Valley names new provost

Professor turns incurable vision diagnosis into inspirational outlook on life

Student ‘behind’ Louie the Laker revealed

Students harvest hundreds of pounds of honey from bees on campus

Football player donates stem cells to man in Denmark

Grand Valley announces expansion to Grand Rapids health campus

Grand Valley celebrates dedication of expanded performing arts center

Grand Valley buys property, plans for engineering expansion and parking

Grand Valley again named a top Midwest university, Best College Buy

Grand Valley earns federal grant to support degree completion for area veterans

Grant will fund initiative to support students from foster care system

Grand Valley receives $1 million grant to support STEM students