Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University is the recipient of a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The money is dedicated to a new project assisting high performing, low-income students pursuing degrees in science or engineering programs.

GVSU has created a program called Retaining and Inspiring students in Science and Engineering. On campus, it’s better known as RISE. The university will assist approximately 50 low-income students pursuing science or engineering degrees who may not be able to afford a college education.

GVSU President Tom Haas
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Michigan’s 21st Century Education Commission issued a report earlier this year that finds students are overall underperforming and that the state must revamp its education delivery system. WGVU spoke with the chair of the education commission for an update.

“We’re OK. We don’t have to be the best because we’re not the worst, but we are racing to the bottom.”

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Grand Rapids’ West Side is experiencing a renaissance that began 16 years ago. Grand Valley State University’s Seidman Alumni Association hosted an event called “West Side Story” with speakers explaining the transformation of its neighborhoods and business districts.

“We’re open for business. I think the West Side for too many years has had West Siders trading dollars with each other.”

New research shows that individuals pooling their resources in what are known as giving circles focusing on a mutual charitable interest are promoting more diversity in philanthropy.

Since giving circles emerged 10 years ago across the United States they have grown to roughly 150,000 people bestowing $1.29 billion supporting charitable organizations.

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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.

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The Republic of Palau is an island nation on the frontline of geopolitical tensions in the western Pacific Ocean. Its President is a Grand Valley State University graduate. While visiting with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, he spoke with WGVU about his country’s role in dealing with the North Korean nuclear threat.

“When you’re small the effects of a hydrogen bomb doesn’t sit too well with any island resident.”

A scientific manuscript soon to be published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research questions the effectiveness of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal’s electrical barrier preventing Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan.

WGVU spoke with Dr. Alan Steinman about the findings. Steinman is Director of the Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University.

Grand Rapids philanthropist Helen DeVos died October 18th at age 90. She was the wife of Amway co-founder Rich DeVos. WGVU explores her philanthropic spirit and its lasting impact.

“It’s really the loss of a philanthropic icon for Grand Rapids.”

Kyle Caldwell is executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. He does his best to describe the philanthropic impact Helen DeVos had on the region.

Grand Valley mourns supporter Helen DeVos

Oct 19, 2017

Grand Valley State University has released a statement regarding the passing of Helen DeVos:

The Grand Valley State University community is mourning the death of Helen DeVos, one of the university’s most steadfast supporters. The wife of Amway co-founder Rich DeVos died October 18, at age 90.

Helen DeVos was a dedicated philanthropist whose lifetime of giving has made a significant impact on West Michigan and beyond. Her generosity and love for helping others have enhanced the community greatly, especially in the areas of education, music, the arts and health care.

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Michigan State University officially opened its $88 million Grand Rapids Research with a ribbon cutting.

“One, two, three…”

Lead by Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, a giant green ribbon was cut opening the Medical School’s six-story, nearly 163,000-square-foot Grand Rapids Research Center.

“Imagine people who are thinking about things that we can’t yet imagine. Ideas that may work, they may not. But they’re all about trying to improve the quality of life.”