Virtual Laker Town Halls

The Laker family is holding strong in this unprecedented time of local, national, and global crisis. Members of our campus community are invited to join President Mantella for one of the virtual sessions below to discuss the impact on Grand Valley today and in the future. 

To register online and submit your questions in advance please select the appropriate button below.

Please note you must register in advance to participate. A confirmation email will be sent to registered guests prior to the event with instructions to join the Zoom webinar. 

Questions: contact Jill Craig at (616) 514-9500 or craigji@gvsu.edu


Grand Valley Faculty & Staff

Thursday, July 23
4-5 p.m.

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Past Town Halls

Inclusiveness & Community Webinar

Thursday, June 4
6-7 p.m.

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Admitted Student Sessions

Friday, May 1
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Wednesday, May 6
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Tuesday, June 16
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Enrolled Student Sessions

Friday, April 10
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Tuesday, April 14
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Thursday, June 18
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Parent & Supporter Sessions

Wednesday, April 8
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Thursday, April 16
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Thursday, June 18
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Alumni Sessions

Tuesday, May 12
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Tuesday, May 19Watch Recap

Community Session

Tuesday, May 12
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All Grand Valley Faculty & Staff

Wednesday, June 3Watch Recap


Staff Sessions

Monday, April 6
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Tuesday, April 14
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Faculty Sessions

Thursday, April 16
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Friday, April 17
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GVNext: Design Thinking Workshop

On January 24, students from various majors brought their creativity together to join President Mantella for an afternoon of design thinking activities and conversations to begin re-imagining the Grand Valley student experience. 

The workshop was facilitated by the GVSU Design Thinking Academy, and consisted of interactive experiences during which participants reflected upon what is special about Grand Valley, considered what might best support students, and prototyped possible ways to achieve the desired student experience. 

Read more about the workshop here. 



Students collaborate at a design thinking workshop

Grand Huddle Series: Grand Gathering Reporting Session

On Wednesday, December 4, President Mantella convened the participants of the Grand Huddle Series, the Grand Survey, and those who contributed their thoughts and ideas via the thought boards located on each campus and in each regional center. The audience consisted of faculty, staff, and students who asked questions and engaged in dialogue with President Mantella as she reported the findings and feedback garnered from this three-month long exercise. 

Acceleration Teams

Three acceleration teams were launched this fall to engage thought leaders from across campus. The teams were charged with:

  • Exploring graduate/professional opportunities with the exponential growth of computing;
  • The pressing K-12 needs in Michigan and the opportunities presented through GVSU academic programs, charters, and commuting networks for solutions; and
  • Addressing the expanded demand for nursing professionals. 


Actions & Investments resulting from the first round of acceleration teams:

  • Market research investment: EMSI (Point Person: Rhonda Lubberts)
  • External review of IT (Point Person: Sue Korzinek)
  • K-12 coordination and database (Point People: Jodi Chycinski & Rhonda Lubberts)
  • Increase Nursing enrollments (Point People: Cynthia McCurren & Maria Cimitile)
  • New approach & micro-credentials in CIS and COE (Point People: Robert Adams & Andrew Topper)
  • Holland Campus Utilization and Opportunities (Point People: Greg Sanial & Tom Butcher)
  • Review of Academic Calendar and Operations for greater flexibility (Point Person: Lynn Blue)


Acceleration Team group photo

Two acceleration teams are currently underway:

  1. Holland Regional Campus
    • Academies: Executive sponsor: Greg Sanial; Focusing on Police, EMT, and Fire 
    • K-12 Innovation Executive sponsor: Tom Butcher; Focus on exploring a range of K-12 innovation models that intersect with the workforce with leads for this focus areas are Linda Chamberlain and Bob Smart
  2. Detroit Regional Campus (Executive Sponsor: Matt McLogan)

These teams help to inform the work being done to shape Grand Valley's fifth chapter. This will continue to be a collaborative and transparent effort requiring creativity and diverse thinking to ignite innovation - taking us to new heights as we reach higher together.