Things to do at GVSU in May

Things to do at GVSU in May

Audra Gamble

Though the vast majority of Grand Valley State University students have headed home for the summer, there is still plenty to do around and on GVSU’s campus this month. Here are just a few ideas of things to do in May to make sure the summer starts off with a little fun.

1. Beginning on Thursday, May 8, there will be an eight-week online series about meditation for all faculty and staff. The sessions begin at 1 p.m. and will last until June 26. The series, put on by the Health and Wellness Center, is geared toward beginning meditators who wish to de-stress and increase their focus. Those who are interested in the series may register online at

2. The River Bank Run on May 10 might not be all that fun for non-runners, but everyone can take part in the post-race party held in the DeVos Center parking lot on the Pew Campus. GVSU will be celebrating the Laker for a Lifetime team as they finish the race with a party from 7 a.m. until noon. Tickets are required for the event, and are $10. The ticket includes snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and one drink ticket. Proceeds from the event go to the Grand Valley Fund. To register for the party, visit Those who wish to register for the actual race may also do so at that link. Laker for a Lifetime team members may participate in the 5K, the 10K or the 25K runs.

3. For those looking for a more political kick-off for their summer, the fourth annual “Then & NOW” event is being held by the Grand Rapids chapter of the National Organization for Women on May 20. The event, titled, “Then & NOW 2014: Your Political Power,” will feature keynote speaker Democratic Sen. Gretchen Witmer, an outspoken opponent of SB 1293, also known as the “rape insurance” bill. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception, and the programming will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event may be purchased at

4. GVSU will be the co-host for the NCAA Division II track and field national championships, along with the West Mich. Sports Commission from May 22 to May 24. Over 700 athletes will compete at the event, which will be held at the outdoor fields. Additionally, GVSU will be hosting the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championships at the Meadows on May 19-23.

For more events going on during May at GVSU, visit

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