News Briefs

GV Service Award

The 2016 Service Award from Gilda’s Club in Grand Rapids was awarded to Grand Valley State University. The award was presented Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the third annual “Gilda’s Night of Gratitude.” The award was accepted by Paul Stansbie, associate dean of the College of Community and Public Service on the university’s behalf.

GVSU has had a long-standing relationship with Gilda’s Club as many students, faculty and staff members from various departments, clubs and organizations have volunteered at the organization. GVSU groups and organizations volunteering at Gilda’s Club include: Housing and Residence Life-South Apartments, the Women’s Center, Delta Zeta sorority and the golf and softball teams.

Fresh from the garden

Grand Valley State University professor Amy McFarland will host a workshop at the Sustainable Agriculture Project Farm Monday, Nov. 21. Students will participate in a garden walk and learn about the farm. Students will also participate in a discussion about agriculture, food and sustainability.

Activities will include a how-to on producing harvest and cooking it. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The garden is located approximately one mile south of the Allendale Campus. To RSVP for the event, contact [email protected].

Semester in Detroit program

Six students from Grand Valley State University are spending the fall semester in Detroit. Part of an 18-member cohort, the students are participating in a program focusing on the city’s history, culture and community activism.

The Semester in Detroit (SID) program is operated by the University of Michigan and this is the first year GVSU students have participated. The SID cohort is housed in the Cass corridor and Woodbridge neighborhoods. The students have most classes together and are required to serve internships within Detroit at local organizations.

The students have various declared majors and participate in many different local partnerships. Program organizer hope to continue GVSU involvement next fall. For more information visit