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Jason Yancey with a few of the more than 200 puppets he has created.

Professor uses puppets to teach students, connect with community

Jason Yancey incorporates puppeteering into his upper-level Spanish theater and drama courses.

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Gilman Scholarship recipient connects to Polish heritage

Jennifer Polasek was able to connect to her family heritage while studying abroad in Poland.

Joshua Brewer, a police officer in Evansville, Indiana, formed Uniting Evansville.

Alumnus forms Uniting Evansville

Joshua Brewer, '07, a police officer in Evansville, Indiana, formed the group, Uniting Evansville.

Patrick Farris

Alumnus develops treatment plans as medical dosimetrist

Patrick Farris works as a medical dosimetrist at Mayo Clinic, helping patients receiving radiation.

Grand Valley students performing with the Grand Rapids Symphony's Mosaic Scholars during a February 18 concert.

Music majors work with local students to compose and perform

The original compositions were performed during a Grand Rapids Symphony concert on February 18.

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Vanden Wyngaard receives Trailblazer award

PBW presented its Trailblazer award to university carillonneur Julianne Vanden Wyngaard.

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Alumni earn business award, make community impact

As new business owners, two Grand Valley alumni have made a significant community impact.

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KCON Student Nurses' Association earns honors at state convention

The Student Nurses' Association earned honors at the Michigan convention in Ann Arbor in January.

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Alumna manages collection of 1 million monetary objects at Smithsonian

Hillery York, '12, is the collections manager at the Smithsonian's National Numismatic Collection.

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Teaching English to refugee family goes beyond lessons for student

On her first day of teaching a refugee family English, a student faced eight eager learners.