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Across Campus

September 25, 2017


Campus supports hurricane relief efforts

The campus community collected enough supplies to make and ship more than 200 hygiene kits and many more supplies to Texas to support victims of Hurricane Harvey. The collection drive was sponsored by the Alliance of Professional Support Staff.

Students who are members of the Public Health Society also collected donations for hygiene kits for hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and the Carribean. 

Ranelle Brew, associate professor and chair of public health, said the student organization partnered with Creston Brewery, which matched PHS's $200 donation and also donated $1 for every pint sold on September 14. The group assembled 167 kits and raised $370.

photo of support staff

The Alliance of Professional Support Staff organized a collection drive on campus to send hygiene kits to victims of Hurricane Harvey.


Louie the Laker visits Traverse City

two people with solar eclipse glasses

Photo courtesy of Jacquelyn Abeyta

Louie the Laker surprised students at the Traverse City Regional Center during the Fall Kickoff on August 30. Jacquelyn Abeyta, office coordinator for the regional center, said more than 80 students attended. Games were played and a raffle was held with prizes donated by Traverse City businesses.


Desktop notifications added to university alert system

Grand Valley has partnered with Alertus Technologies to enhance campus communication during an emergency. Desktop Notification is now part of the GVSUAlert! Emergency Notification System. 

When Grand Valley issues an emergency alert, the alert message will automatically be displayed on university computers in a full-screen pop-up alert. Sgt. William O'Donnell, emergency manager, said the pop-up alerts are in addition to the alert received in email or on mobile devices, and are not meant to replace them. 

GVSUAlert! Desktop Notification is automatically deployed to classroom and lab sites across all campuses. It is set to load automatically onto faculty/staff Windows 10 computers. To install on a Mac computer or Windows 7/8, visit

A computer must be logged on, awake and connected to the GVSU network to receive desktop notifications.

For more information, visit Sign up for mobile alerts by visiting


Flu shot clinics begin October 4

Grand Valley will again offer flu shot clinics for students, faculty and staff members, dependents, retirees and community members.

The cost of the vaccine is covered for faculty and staff members, dependents and retirees. Students can have the $40 cost directly billed to their health insurance, charged to their student account, or bring payment (cash, check, credit card); students should bring their driver's license, insurance card and Grand Valley student ID.

The clinics are staffed by the GVSU Family Health Center, which is operated by the Kirkhof College of Nursing. Appointments are needed for children between the ages of 6 months-3 years old, parents/guardians should call the center at (616) 988-8774.

Dates, times and locations are listed below. Save time in line by bringing a completed form, available online at

October 4: 4-7 p.m., Kirkhof Center (during Wellness Summit); and 5-7 p.m., GVSU Family Health Center, 72 Sheldon Blvd. SE

October 6: 9-10 a.m., Annis Water Resources Institute, Muskegon, LMC 225

October 9: noon-2 p.m., Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, room 127

October 10: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., DeVos Center, Student Project Area

October 16: 8-11 a.m., CHS, room 127

October 17: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room

October 18: noon-2 p.m., Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center, multipurpose room

October 20: 9-10 a.m., Meijer Campus in Holland, room 104

October 25: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room

October 26: 5-7 p.m., GVSU Family Health Center, 72 Sheldon Blvd. SE