2023 Grand River Campus-to-Campus Cleanup

2023 Campus Cleanup Events

As part of the annual Mayor’s Grand River Cleanup effort, Making Waves sponsored the second annual Grand River Campus-to-Campus River Cleanup September 16-23.  There are several events that you can attend to help clean up the Grand River

2023 Campus to Campus Cleanup Map

Interested in helping with the 2023 Campus to Campus Cleanup?

Please use this form to indicate your interest in helping for the 2023 GVSU Campus to Campus Grand River Cleanup

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.

Making Waves Promotional Video

Making Waves Goals Slide

GV Gallery Art Pieces

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

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.

Winterfest with Making Waves

Winterfest Ice Carving

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.


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Students kayaking

Dr. Peter Wampler and his students preparing to kayak on the Grand River

Making Waves hosts kayaking on Grand River for Earth Day

Fitting for Earth Day, Grand Valley students and faculty members spent time April 22, 2021 kayaking on the Grand River, launching from Grand Ravines North County Park, near the Allendale Campus. They were joined on the shoreline by President Philomena V. Mantella and Provost Maria Cimitile

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Confluence Conversation

Thank you to those who were able to join us for our Virtual Spring Confluence Conversation: Robotic and Real-time Technology for Great Lakes Ecosystem Observations on May 12th. If you could not make the event, we are working to share a recording of Steve Ruberg's talk for those who are interested.

Steve Ruberg shares his expertise on emerging robotic technologies that are providing immediately available information year-round and under ice.

While research vessels with human crews will always be an important component of Great Lakes research and monitoring, robotic vehicles show promise for collecting routine ecosystem information and for operations in extreme environments.

View past Confluence Conversations here

AWRI director featured on national television morning show for expertise on climate change and Lake Michigan erosion

Alan Steinman, the Allen and Helen Hunting director and professor at the Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon, was featured on Good Morning America April 22, 2021. Steinman was asked about climate change and Lake Michigan coastal erosion.

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Al Steinman

Class 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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Logo designed by Sarah Tibbe, GVSU alum

Page last modified September 19, 2023