News briefs 1/25/18

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Vandalized car seen on campus

A sedan with the words “cheating whore” was seen on Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus and was reported to the GVSU Police Department late last week, according to Sgt. Jeff Stoll.

Stoll said the GVPD received many reports of the vehicle last week. GVPD spoke with the owner of the car, who declined any police investigation for the actions. 

“We did talk to the victim in that case,” Stoll said. “We feel good about the fact … that it shouldn’t be a large-scale issue, as evidence would point out that it’s not. It’s more of an outburst related to a couple people and not a large-scale issue. We don’t know exactly when it happened, but it was reported late last week.”

Stoll said the nature of the language was “disappointing.”

“It’s just not language you would incorporate in your everyday vocabulary, so it’s just disappointing that someone would feel that way, that that would be the best course of action,” he said. “We certainly don’t want that to be the case. We don’t condone any behavior that would indicate that regardless of whatever course of action the victim would like to choose.”

‘Arts at Noon’ winter concert series begins 

The 40th season of Grand Valley State University’s “The Arts at Noon” concert series will begin with seven free concerts on the Allendale Campus starting Wednesday, Jan. 24. 

The series brings nationally and internationally known musicians to GVSU through hour-long performances for 14 Wednesdays yearly. 

The first performance of the series will be the Grand Rapids-based group Perugino String Quartet. The quartet, made up of four Grand Rapids Symphony members, has performed throughout Michigan, as well as at the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar at the Lincoln Center in New York City. 

Each of the free and public Arts at Noon concerts will be held at the Cook-DeWitt Center at noon and last approximately one hour. The series continues through Wednesday, Apr. 18, and will feature acts such as double bassist Robert Black and the Grand Valley Winds. 

For more information about the individual performances, visit the

Research proposals sought for Sustainable Agriculture Project

Grand Valley State University’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship is calling upon faculty to create proposals for projects at the Sustainable Agriculture Project farm site.

Projects must involve work with students and relate to some aspect of food systems. Funding up to $6,000 is available and can be awarded to multiple disciplines or interdisciplinary study projects.

Possible project topics include social and food justice, place-based food-system practices and individual health/nutrition.

Submissions are due Friday, Jan. 26. To find out more about the project, visit

Venderbush Leadership Award nomination deadline approaching

The Dean of Students Office at Grand Valley State University is wrapping up the search for the next Kenneth R. Venderbush Student Leadership Award recipient. The award is presented to a senior who has demonstrated an exceptional blend of academic achievement and leadership effectiveness. The opportunity to send in nominations will end Wednesday, Jan. 31. To see further criteria or to nominate a student, visit