News briefs

Parking changes, additional viewing options for football home opener

Grand Valley State University students with Thursday afternoon and evening classes are encouraged to use the Campus Connector Bus System Sept 1. due to the GVSU football home opener. Lot C East and Lot B will be closed starting at noon. At 4 p.m., Lot G will turn into $5 paid parking. Lot C West will be unavailable all day. Lots H and J will be available for student parking. All residential lots are open for all students on this day only and will not be ticketed. Students are also encouraged to arrive to campus earlier than usual because lots will fill up quickly.

For students and fans unable to attend GVSU’s Sept. 1 football game against the Tiffin Dragons, the game will be broadcasted live on ESPN3 and via WatchESPN at 7 p.m. The game will be held at Lubbers Stadium in Allendale and will debut the university’s new video board. The game will be called by Tom Cleary and Bob Mitchell and students can follow along with live Tweets from @GVLSports throughout the game.

Tornado testing

All communities within Ottawa County will participate in tornado siren testing Sept. 2. The tests begin at noon and will consist of a one to three minute long steady tone. Community members do not need to take any action during this time but are encouraged to be familiar with their closest shelter zones in the event of severe weather. In the event of actual severe weather, the test will be postponed. These tests will continue every first Friday of each month. For more information and a list of safety zones on campus visit

TRIO grant

Grand Valley State University received a $1.7 million grant from the U.S Department of Education to fund and expand the TRIO Educational Talent Search program. The programs serves sixth-12th grade students enrolled in Grand Rapids Public Schools. They offer academic and career counseling to students and provide resources and opportunities for success. With the grant, tutoring and mentoring services will be able to expand to more schools in the area and grow the program over the next five years. For more information on the TRIO Educational Talent Search program, visit

Campus Life Night

Grand Valley State University will host the annual Campus Life Night event Sept. 6, where students can meet and connect with over 450 student organizations. The event will be held in Lot H from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. There will also be business and nonprofits from the community available for students to engage with for future career plans. Students can sign up for clubs, groups, organizations and sports while playing games and participating in giveaways. For more information visit,