News briefs 4/19/18

Exam Cram Study Break offers students time to relax

It’s no secret that finals week is stressful. For those struggling to cope with the crushing amount of work on their shoulders heading into the home stretch, the Grand Valley State University Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting its winter semester Exam Cram Study Break from Monday, April 16, to Friday, April 20. 

Here, students will have the opportunity to decorate their graduation caps and gowns, color, listen to music, dance, munch on snacks and receive massages (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only). The Exam Cram will take place in the Kirkhof Center, Room 1240, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

First-ever Lakerpalooza bringing excitement to GV 

Laker Traditions, Whale Radio and Spotlight Productions are teaming up to host the first-ever Lakerpalooza on Friday, April 20. The event will be packed with live music, games, inflatables and food. The event is scheduled to run from noon to 4 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center. 

‘Civicize Me’ to make community voices heard

Grand Valley State University’s student senate, in association with the Community Service Learning Center and Michigan Voice, is hosting a LIB 100- and 201-approved event called “Civicize Me” at the DeVos Center on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The free event is intended to give Lakers and community members the ability to make their voices heard in their school, city and state. It is intended to focus on different levels of local government and their functions and give attendees useful tools to make an impact. 

Detroit couple provides scholarship boost to GV students

Detroit natives Bob and Ellen Thompson have committed themselves to changing the lives of Grand Valley State University students—even if they may never meet them. The Thompsons, who recently sold their asphalt company (the largest in Michigan) after 40 years in business, are providing 100 incoming first-year students and 25 Michigan college transfer students with $5,000 from their foundation, the Thompson Working Family Scholarship Foundation. 

The money is intended to go to hard-working families who cannot afford to pay for their students’ education. 

Lakers prepare to show off engineering excellence 

Not everybody has what it takes to be an engineer. Students from Grand Valley State University will have the chance to showcase their skills at GVSU Project Day on Thursday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will take place at the Kennedy Hall of Engineering and Keller Engineering Labs on the GVSU Pew Campus. 

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