Grand Valley State University officials Friday dedicated a building on its Allendale campus after President Arend. D. “Don” Lubbers and his wife Nancy. What was once known as the Student Services Building will now be known as The Lubbers Student Services Center.

Housing several departments including Admissions, Financial Aid, Dean of Students Office, and Registrar's Office, the Lubbers Student Services Center comes nearly 17 years after President Lubbers retired in 20o1.

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Grand Valley State University pre-med students will soon benefit from a new agreement signed this week by GVSU and Michigan State University.  The partnership grants pre-med students early assurance of admission into the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

“This gives our students opportunity to get early admission to the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the end of their junior year.”

Grand Valley State University has completed what school officials are calling “the first step in expanding the school’s health campus in downtown Grand Rapids.”

The City of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University are looking for your input on a street closure near Fulton Avenue.  A survey is now available online.

“With the campus continuing to develop downtown, we want to make sure we’re meeting both pedestrian and bicycle needs of the campus as well as a circulating network for the public as well.”

That’s Chris Zull, Traffic Safety Manager with City of Grand Rapids explaining why they wanted to study the closure of the intersection of Mt. Vernon Southwest at Fulton. 

The Voices of GVSU are hosting their 30th anniversary reunion concert.  The Voices came into play at a crucial time for its founder, Cassonya Carter.  The “Voices” filled some critical voids related to faith, being homesick and for some, not being part of mainstream, college life.

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“My faith really keeps me rooted and grounded and I found ten other students. We were on the same page they believed in the vision that I had and they joined with me and we started the Voices of GVSU.”

Earlier this week Tourism professionals arrived in Grand Rapids for the 2018 Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism.  And while they came for a conference, they also took time to leave a mark on Grand Rapids.

“Work on projects related to the flood. Some of the damage related to the floods that happened a couple of weeks ago as well as some attention to detail to make them a better experience for our residents and our visitors.”

More than one-thousand local middle and high school students will spend March 17th building bottle rockets, constructing hovercrafts, solving crimes and a lot more at the 34th annual Region 12 Science Olympiad tournament. The competition, presented by Grand Valley State University's Regional Math and Science Center is in its 34th year.

“They compete in anything from astronomy to towers, mission possible, and it’s to build their understanding of science in an extra-curricular way, in a competitive manner and they have a chance to win some awards.”

Local middle school students will have the opportunity to embrace the fields of science, technology, engineering and math during an upcoming event at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College.  It’s an interactive “STEM” program hosted by The Association of Women in Science-West Michigan. 

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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.