Student Life Briefs 06/05

Student Life Briefs 06/05

New app allows viewing of GV art collection online

Grand Valley State University features more than 14 thousand pieces of art across campus, and now, thanks to Nathan Kemler, curator of collections management, all of GVSU’s art is available anytime and to anyone with a smart device.

The “Art at GVSU” app not only allows users to view GVSU’s art collection, but it also allows them to favorite pieces of art and share them on social media.

The app is currently available free of charge on all Apple and Android devices.

Increased class size in GV police academy

The Grand Valley State University Police Academy is conducted annually during the spring/summer semesters from May through August. The GVSU Police Academy’s 2017 class is the largest in more than 13 years with 40 recruits and is also one of the most diverse.

Thirteen recruits are already employed by area law enforcement agencies that are sponsoring their training because the academy is introducing innovative training methods and techniques that are setting the bar for law enforcement education. GVSU’s academy goes beyond the mandatory minimum training requirement of 594 hours set by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, instead providing 653 hours of instruction in 16 weeks.

GV farmers market

Grand Valley State University’s staff members kick off the 11th season of GVSU’s farmers market Wednesday, June 7. The market will run each Wednesday through Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Lot G on the Allendale Campus. The main objective is to create a place where local food vendors can collaborate with GVSU in delivering fresh food for students, faculty and Grand Rapids community members. Grill challenge samples for lunch are seven dollars, and proceeds will be donated to Replenish, the student food pantry, and the Children’s Enrichment Center.

‘Common Balance: Still Life Paintings’ by Mike McDonnell

‘Common Balance: Still Life Painting’ by Michigan-based artist Mike McDonnell illustrates how he strives to idealize common objects in balance and unique groupings. This exhibit is being held in the Blue Wall Gallery in the DeVos Center, Building B, on the Pew Campus through Friday, September 22. It is free and open to the public. McDonnell began drawing each object individually, then patiently applied multiple glazes of watercolor paint to achieve the illusion he was striving for. McDonnell has been enamored with still life arrangements of common household objects since the early 1980s.