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Grand Valley State University hosts Reach Higher Showcase

Reach Higher 2025
Grand Valley State University
Grand Valley State University
Reach Higher 2025

GVSU calls it an interactive, exhibition-style public event celebrating the forward-thinking and cutting-edge work of faculty and staff.

Reach Higher 2025 promotional video (music): “The world around us is changing. How will we change along with it and stay grounded in who we’ve always been.”

“In order to really scale innovation, you have to have the opportunity to surface it, collaborate around it, evaluate it. So, I thought, huh? How about a showcase.”

At Grand Valley State University’s downtown campus, the Richard M. DeVos Center is hosting 400 faculty, staff and students presenting more than 140 projects.

“Where everybody has an enjoyable time really looking at the range of innovation happening at Grand Valley.”

GVSU President Philomena V. Mantella explains innovation in education is a responsibility.

“We always make a place for it because the pace of change today requires it for our currency, and for our obligation to be sure that students can meet, not only today’s needs, but tomorrow’s needs.”

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.