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The 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration takes place Monday, Jan. 15.  It honors the life and legacy of King with a community celebration that features Keynote Speaker April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, and the premiere of the opera “I DREAM” at Fountain Street Church.

Monday’s celebration is open to the public and is hosted in collaboration with Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and for the first time,  Opera Grand Rapids.

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Close to 700 high school students and parents will gather at Grand Valley State University on Saturday to participate in the “FIRST” Robotics Competition kick-off event.  Experts say the lessons learned through robotics help young people get into the engineering and stem fields.

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Starting tomorrow Fulton Street at Mt. Vernon will be closed for about five months as the City of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University partner to study the effects of closing roadway.  Officials say it’s a low cost study to help inform future campus planning and transportation decisions. 

“With classes ending, it lined up quite well for us to begin this experiment this weekend. The closures will start happening tomorrow and this will be a full closure from Mt. Vernon to the south.”

Grand Valley State University in Michigan has banned a fraternity chapter from campus for at least five years after an investigation into hazing and alcohol use. The school in Allendale says an investigation after the 21-year-old Sigma Phi Epsilon member was treated after consuming too much alcohol revealed student code violations for hazing and consumption of alcohol

Grand Valley State University President Thomas J. Haas delivered his 11th annual accountability report Friday to the University's Board of Trustees, highlighting a number of successes the university has achieved in the past year. 

Haas said in a time when West Michigan is recruiting talent and skilled workers to the area, he was proud to report that most GVSU graduates are choosing to stay in Michigan when they enter the workforce.

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A Grand Valley State University Professor was able to breathe a sigh of relief after former GVSU students in Houston came to the rescue. A group of Grand Valley alumni lent a helping hand after the fellow Laker’s childhood home was devastated by flooding during Hurricane Harvey.

“I don’t know how to thank them enough. I’m glad, GV produces such great students. Feel like I’m lucky to be a part of that. And former students, reaffirmed my choice of profession, that’s for sure.”

Grand Rapids Public Museum hosts eclipse watch party

Aug 21, 2017

As the United States experienced its first coast to coast solar eclipse in nearly a century, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Valley State University’s Physics Department hosted an official eclipse party at the Museum to take in the once in a lifetime event. The last time a solar eclipse was visible from coast to coast in the United States came on June 8th, 1918. 

Dr. Bradley Ambrose teaches Physics Education at Grand Valley State University.

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A Grand Valley State University group has developed an app for a local entrepreneur.  It allows children to “earn” screen time on their electronic devices. 

“The students get an incredible learning experience, because they’re really learning what to do for a real client.  It helps prepare our students for the real world and I think that’s a real a benefit for the students and the community.”

Detroit Tigers host GVSU Night at Comerica Park

Jul 26, 2017

Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas along with the vice chair of the GVSU Board of Trustees will kick off GVSU Night at Comerica Park tonight in Detroit. At least 3 bus loads will make their way from the Allendale and Grand Rapids’ campuses.

“It’s our first event to be participating in at Comerica Park, so we’re extremely excited about it," Courtney Geurink, director of Alumni Relations at GVSU said.


Guests join us from the Kirkoff College of Nursing to share information about a unique teaching partnership between KCON and Grand Rapids Housing Commission.