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GVSU Students - Kayaking on the Grand River

April 22, 2021 12:00 AM - 3:00 PM

These FREE Kayak trips will be guided and participants will be provided a kayak, paddle, Personal Flotation Device (PFD), and basic kayaking training at the Grand Ravines North Park. Follow the...

Confluence Conversation: Robotic and Real-time Technology for Ecosystem Observations

May 12, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join Making Waves for our Virtual Spring Confluence Conversation: Robotic and Real-time Technology for Ecosystem Observations. Steve Ruberg will share his expertise on emerging robotic technologies...

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Building new ways to think about water at GVSU and beyond

Making Waves is a University initiative to create collaboration across campus among students, faculty, and staff, as well as with the community. The goal of the Initiative is to explore and investigate the many ways that water touches our lives, from being a life-force to defining GVSU in relation to the Grand River and Lake Michigan. The Initiative has the potential to clearly define GVSU: a liberal education institution where we integrate theory with practice to prepare students for the challenges of our world.

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Winterfest with Making Waves

Watch as the ice carver turns a block of ice into art, and watch as students and community members get involved with the Winterfest events. It was a freezing and snowy weekend, but plenty of people got out there to enjoy the festivities.

The Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program (ENS) is pleased to present a multitude of ongoing student projects exploring a vast range of topics across nine different classes at GVSU. Students develop a holistic, place-based understanding of environmental challenges to generate solutions to real-world problems in food systems, energy and climate change, water resources, or culture and the built environment. Many projects involve collaborating with partners, either on campus or in the community.

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March 22nd is World Water Day!

This year's theme is what water means to people, its true value and how we can better protect this vital resource.

Making Waves urges you to check out the website and celebrate World Water Day 2021 alongside us by taking some time to consider the role water plays in your own life as well as the lives of others. Water is important to every life, but access to clean water differs from person to person, and it is as important as ever to consider the value that water has for people across the globe.

GV Gallery Art Pieces

Gallery Water Works

Grand Valley's online collection of over 12,000 works features many works with the subject and themes of water. These pieces range from oil paintings to sculptures to photographs and capture both realism and abstraction in their subject matter. The list on the webpage is expansive but is still just a sample of the many works related to water that are a part of our collection. 

Check Them Out Here

Social Justice and Water

The Making Waves Initiative is committed, alongside Grand Valley, to speaking out against racial injustices. We have made an effort to explore the racial, socio-economic, and environmental factors that limit access to clean water and water spaces that people experience locally and abroad. Take a moment to look at the Social Justice and Water page.

Class Connections

Making Waves Classroom connections


Now is the time to take advantage of our Class Connections! This resource provides ways to

  • learn more about the water issues impacting diverse communities
  • explore media and art relating to themes of water
  • get involved with opportunities for advocacy online and elsewhere
  • discover what others are saying about important issues of water
  • and much more

Visit our Class Connections tab above or click here to explore.

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