Current Issue, Spring 2014

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Art of the possible

Eric Kunnen thinks the classroom of the future will be different. It may not be students attending classes virtually through a video conference on their iPads, and it may not involve complex three-dimensional projections of molecules into the middle of the classroom — but it could. He’s hoping to bridge the divide between cutting-edge technology and the modern-day classroom.

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Tech showcase

One book carries discussions beyond classroom

Think of it as an intimate book club with thousands of members. Each year for nearly the past decade, the campus community has read, discussed and studied one book.

Book club meetings conclude with a bonus when the author visits West Michigan for presentations. (Few club members dare miss that meeting.)

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PALS program

1 million hours: Lakers anchor community through volunteering

Once a week Grand Valley student Jessica Mac Vane meets with her pal, Jaden, a 10-year-old student at Harrison Park Elementary School in Grand Rapids. More than 160 Grand Valley students serve as mentors for children who attend Harrison, Sibley or Coit elementary schools.

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Power trio turns ideas into companies

It’s being called a unique and aggressive approach to turning innovative ideas into companies. A technology sharing program created by Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI), Grand Valley and GR Current is a rare collaboration in moving ideas from concept to prototype to market, and Grand Valley students are at the forefront of the research.

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Q&A Renee Freeman

Local law enforcement veteran and alumna Renee Freeman was named police chief and director of Public Safety at Grand Valley in September. Freeman spoke with Grand Valley Magazine’s Dottie Barnes about her transition to the university.

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Police chief Renee Freeman