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Grand Valley State University presented a nearly 40-minute long video delivered via the university’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

“I want to acknowledge the unique nature of how COVID-19 pandemic affected your journeys as Lakers.”

President Dr. Philomena Mantella delivering a first-ever virtual commencement celebration.

“By finishing out the year learning remotely, you’ve shown the tenacity and flexibility that will serve you so well in your career and in your life.”

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Area hospitals are preparing for a spike in COVID-19 cases in West Michigan coordinating with area partners adding hospital bed capacity.

Grand Rapids “Medical Mile” neighbors Spectrum Health and Grand Valley State University have been preparing for a public health crisis. A plan 10 years in the making.

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The not-for-profit economic development organization behind major Grand Rapids projects is returning with some new faces. Grand Action formed in 1992 supporting quality of life projects leveraging public-private investments in Grand Rapids. Downtown projects including Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place DeVos Performance Hall, the Grand Rapids Civic Theater, the Downtown Market and the Secchia Center at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine are the results of Grand Action.

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With Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer by her side, Grand Valley State University President Philomena Mantella announced a new accelerated program that “will help adults complete their bachelor’s degree online while earning a certification in one of four skill categories as well.

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Grand Valley State’s new President hopes to make the school a “breakout university” and a “21st century education leader” in the state of Michigan with the announcement of two, new initiatives. The announcement came during Philomena Mantella's investiture, a symbolic ceremony that unofficially began her reign as Grand Valley State University’s fifth president. Mantella announced two new initiatives during her speech on Friday, calling them an “investment in the future during a time when the landscape of higher education is changing.”

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Grand Valley State University President Philomena Mantella outlined her strategy for the school’s future during the November Board of Trustees meeting with her Reach Higher Together imperatives.

Dr. Mantella has been seeking input from the entire Grand Valley community as she formulates a strategy for the university’s future. Hundreds of faculty, staff and students have been meeting in what have been called “Grand Huddles.” Meetings where opportunities and challenges are addressed. More than 2,200 ideas and comments have been expressed.

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In the future, new jobs will emerge and changing – and in some cases – be eliminated due to new technologies. Grand Valley State University president, Dr. Philomena Mantella, explained how higher education must evolve and meet the demand during Thursday morning’s Peter Secchia Breakfast Lecture.

“We expect students to come in at 18-years old and at 22-years old they leave and they’re set for a lifetime of change. It’s not going to work in the future that we have ahead.”

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For the first time in history, Grand Valley State University will be under the leadership of a female, as today marks Dr. Philomena V. Mantella’s first day as President. Mantella comes from Boston, where she served as senior vice president and chief executive officer of the Lifelong Learning Network at Northeastern University. The new job in Allendale is a return to Michigan however, as Mantella earned her Ph’D in college and university administration at Michigan State.

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President Donald Trump dedicated one sentence to education during his State of the Union Address.

Incoming Grand Valley State University president, Dr. Philomena Mantella, attended the joint session of Congress as a guest of Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters. Monday before leaving for Washington D.C., Dr. Mantella told WGVU she was hopeful President Trump would highlight higher education’s role in America’s future. What did she make of the President’s brief remark?

“I would have liked to have seen education take a broader role in the conversation.”

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Grand Valley State University’s president-elect Dr. Philomena Mantella will attend tonight’s State of the Union Address as a guest of Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters. WGVU spoke with Dr. Mantella about Grand Valley’s role in the state’s workforce development and expectations for President Trump’s address.

“Well, this is a first for me. So, this will be exciting on a personal level.”