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Autocam Engineering Scholarship
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Investing In The Future New Library To Become
The Heart Of Campus
Our Students Are Transforming Health Care Holsinger-Robinson Helps Bring Studentsâ€™ Ideas To Life
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Donors Help To Expand Freshwater Research In West Michigan
Athletics Campaign A Success
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Scholarship Dinner Alumni Leadership Celebration Foundation Annual Meeting Foundation Holiday Reception Florida Forum Events
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or three Grand Valley State University students, the Autocam Engineering Scholarship is making a huge impact on their current education and future careers. Christopher Foster, Preston Purdue, and Leah Bauer received the newly initiated scholarship earlier this year. The Autocam Scholarship was created to address the need for advanced manufacturing skills in West Michigan, while making education more accessible for incoming students who are interested in manufacturing careers. Foster, a mechanical engineering major, said that he was grateful for the scholarship for financial reasons. “My family of four only has one source of income, so paying for college was already really hard,” he said. “I was close to the brink of not being able to afford college. I know now that my future is guaranteed and I will be able to get my degree.” Bauer, who is studying product design and manufacturing, expressed that receiving the scholarship was a helpful boost to her confidence.
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“I’m actually dyslexic, so school was always a struggle for me and I knew that I had to work a little bit harder than most kids,” she said. “This scholarship reassured me that all of my hard work has paid off. It also gave me a boost to be more motivated, more driven.” Now immersed in their major classes, the three scholarship recipients are noticing how much of an edge they will have in the engineering field after they graduate. They agree that the professors in the School of Engineering really know their stuff when it comes to the “real world.” Purdue, who is also majoring in mechanical engineering, said he thinks the required co-op or internship in engineering is especially valuable. “It’s unbelievably helpful,” he said. “From a logical standpoint, it makes so much sense to get that kind of experience.” John Kennedy, Autocam president and Grand Valley Board of Trustees member, recognizes this need for experienced students in the work force.
| Autocam Engineering Scholarship opens doors for three Grand Valley students “We are very pleased to provide these full-tuition scholarships for Grand Valley’s excellent engineering program,” Kennedy said. “Autocam is experiencing rapid growth in our advanced fuel systems technologies, and hiring outstanding engineers is critical to our success. By investing in students through this scholarship, we are investing not only in the future of the West Michigan community but in Autocam’s future as the premier company for this specialized technology.”
“Mr. Kennedy was telling us that he doesn’t fund this scholarship to get his name out there, he does it to invest not only in the future of his company, but the future of the community as well,” Purdue added. The three scholarship recipients said they are all extraordinarily grateful that they were chosen for the Autocam Scholarship. “Scholarships help people like me, who can’t quite afford going to college, reach their goals,” Foster said.
Bauer, Foster, and Purdue were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet Kennedy and other representatives from Autocam when they received their scholarships. “When we met them they made us feel so comfortable,” Bauer said. “They were like a family and it makes me so happy that they want me to be a part of it.”
In photo (from left to right) Leah Bauer, Preston Purdue, Chris Foster ›› WWW.GVSU.EDU/ENGINEERING/ENGINEERING-SCHOLARSHIPS-11.HTM
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NEW LIBRARY TO BECOME THE OF CAMPUS Thanks to the generosity of more than 1,400 donors, the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons is just months from completion. Next fall, students will be able to take advantage of all the resources the new library will provide.
“As we believe great universities should have great libraries,” she said. “We immediately decided to give a major initial gift to initiate a new library, which would incorporate web-enabled revolutionary new technology for summoning knowledge from all over the world.”
“It’s a place where learning is going to be made fun,” said Jack Iott, Student Senate president. “They took what the students wanted and are bringing it to life. There was so much need here for a bigger and more efficient learning space for study groups to have space to meet on campus, for intensive research to take place, for a place to just sit and be with your mind and studies. There really isn’t a place like this at all on campus and now this new library is going to be the heart of campus. I think it defines what Grand Valley really is all about.”
The new library will provide approximately 1,500 seats for students, which is three times the capacity of Zumberge Library. There will be room for 150,000 books on shelves and an automated storage and retrieval system will hold another 600,000 books.
Grand Valley University Foundation Advisory Committee member Mary Ann Keeler and her husband, Mike, were requested by then President Mark Murray, to consider a gift for the library. ›› WWW.GVSU.EDU/LIBRARY/NEWBUILDING/
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HELPS BRING STUDENTS’ IDEAS TO LIFE
As the first Frederik Meijer Endowed Honors Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Bill HolsingerRobinson hopes to help Grand Valley State University students reach their dreams by creating support structures for first time entrepreneurs. This endowed chair was made possible by a gift from the Meijer Foundation. “Our father always believed that continued education and lifelong learning was critical to success,” said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of Meijer, Inc. and one of the trustees of the Meijer Foundation. “He established the Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Frederik Meijer Honors College as a way to support the excellent faculty at Grand Valley, and to provide those opportunities to students so they can become the leaders of tomorrow.” In this position, Holsinger-Robinson teaches a course called Social Impact through Community Engagement. He also works to create partnerships with outside organizations and businesses to expand opportunities for students who want to explore the world of social entrepreneurship and enterprise. His favorite part of the job, though, is being able to help students make connections and get their ideas off the ground.
OUR STUDENTS ARE TRANSFORMING H E A LT H C A R E Bonnie Wesorick has spent her entire career putting patients’ needs first in health care and Evelyn Clingerman PhD, CNE, RN, who is the executive director of the Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation at Grand Valley, is helping to extend that legacy. “Bonnie was a visionary way before people knew what was needed in the health care field,” Clingerman said. “She created the best evidence, what we call clinical practice guidelines, and applied it to technology that other people can access. What’s most important is that the patient is at the center of that.” Clingerman is working with students in the Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) to help implement their scholarly research into Wesorick’s Clinical Practice Model. The goal of this model is to bring all the pieces of the current “fractured” health care system together by using the latest technology to send and receive real-time patient information. “We need the scholarly work of the students to move forward in transforming health care,” Clingerman said. “The Wesorick Center is a place where we can come together to create the best and most optimal conditions for patients in our society.” Dr. Jean Martin, former professor of nursing, is a dedicated supporter of the Wesorick Center. “Bonnie Wesorick has been a true visionary not only in nursing, but in the delivery of health care,” she said. “I applaud the accomplishments of KCON and the creation of the Wesorick Center, and am very proud and honored to have the opportunity to be part of this historic legacy.”
“I think my biggest impact on the university is the fact that I come about doing things a little differently,” he said. “I offer an alternate perspective on entrepreneurship and innovation within the university. I believe that if students spend their time wisely, they are preparing themselves to be lifelong learners.”
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Great Lakes G R E AT P R O M I S E
DONORS HELP TO EXPAND FRESHWATER RESEARCH IN WEST MICHIGAN Since kicking off last September, the Campaign for the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute Field Station is going strong, thanks to the support of more than 200 donors. The campaign is very close to reaching its goal of $1.2 million. For 25 years, AWRI has been serving West Michigan in the areas of research, education, and outreach. AWRI is helping to preserve our freshwater resources and protect our beloved lakes and rivers for future generations.
To take its research to the next level, the institute is in the process of building a new field station that will significantly increase the institute’s capabilities, ultimately raising the profile of West Michigan as a research, business development, and education hub. It will support the regions’ transition to a knowledge-based, blue economy and ensure the institute’s leadership in freshwater research and education.
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ATHLETICS CAMPAIGN A SUCCESS More than $108,000 was raised for the Don Lubbers Excellence in Athletics Facilities Fund in a targeted campaign that took place last fall. President Emeritus Arend “Don” D. Lubbers played a major role in shaping athletics at Grand Valley, starting by building up the football program. Since then, Grand Valley athletics have been a point of pride for the university. GVSU’s varsity athletic teams have won a total of 15 national championships in seven different sports.
Gifts to the Don Lubbers Excellence in Athletics Facilities Fund help provide immediate and available resources for renovations and improvements to athletic facilities, like the recent upgrades to the football stadium. Campaign participants also had the opportunity to leave a personal message for President Emeritus Lubbers or a Grand Valley team or athlete. ›› WWW.DONLUBBERSFUND.COM
ROBERT B. ANNIS WATER RESOURCES INSTITUTE FIELD STATION
CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Chuck Johnson
Roger Andersen Donna Brooks Jim Brooks John H. Bultema III ’95 Jan L. Deur Wes Eklund ’78 Robert D. Grooters Thomas J. Haas Amy L. H. Heisser ’85, ’92 José A. Infante Paul R. Jackson Nelson C. Jacobson
Bari S Johnson Charles E. Johnson III Dorothy A. Johnson Christopher L. Kelly Buzz Kersman Cindy J. Larsen Karen A. McCarthy Gary J. McInerney H. Richard Morgenstern Thomas E. Munroe Suzanne A. Munroe Douglas B. Reed ’78
Roger Royer William Schroeder, Jr. John O. Sebastian Jack P. Smith I. John Snider II James J. Steffel James M. Teets Peter M. Turner Gary L. Verplank Victoria Verplank Michael S. Youngdahl ’71 Robert J. Zylstra
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SCHOLARSHIP DINNER C E L E B R AT I O N
Last year, 20 new privately funded scholarships were created, bringing the total number to more than 300, serving more than 2,000 students. The 2012 Scholarship Dinner celebrated scholarship donors and the tremendous opportunity they are presenting to the students of Grand Valley State University. At the October dinner, donors had the chance to meet and connect with their scholarship recipients. With each scholarship created, others are inspired to give and provide opportunities for our students. With each scholarship awarded, another lasting impression is made on a Grand Valley student. The students who receive these scholarships are on track to become the next generation of leaders for our region and state.
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ALUMNI LEADERSHIP C E L E B R AT I O N
The Alumni Leadership Celebration, held on October 23, emphasized the importance that alumni play in the future of Grand Valley. Alumni leaders gathered at San Chez in Grand Rapids to celebrate the past year and chart the course for the future. Speakers included Alumni Association President Julie Bulson ’99, ’07; President Thomas J. Haas; President Emeritus Arend D. “Don” Lubbers; Past President Mark Murray and GVSU alumna Francie Brown ’79. Attendees were reminded that being a Laker for a Lifetime means giving back to Grand Valley on every level, including financial support.
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F O U N D AT I O N ANNUAL MEETING This year’s Grand Valley University Foundation annual meeting took place at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in October. Six new foundation directors were elected at the meeting: Mike Batts, Dave Mehney, Hank Meijer, Jeff Padnos, Mary Tuuk, and Arthur Scott. Dan Pfeiffer was elected to the Advisory Cabinet. Foundation directors learned about the impact they have had on the university. Vice Provost for Health Jean Nagelkerk shared some additional information about Grand Valley’s health programs and the role the university plays in West Michigan’s health care system. Each year, hundreds of students are unable to access Grand Valley’s health programs simply because there isn’t enough room. Nagelkerk discussed the need to expand these programs to accommodate the growing need for professionals in the field.
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F O U N D AT I O N H O L I D AY RECEPTION At the Grand Valley University Foundation’s holiday reception, foundation directors and friends of the university gathered to celebrate the season together. The holidays are a time to reflect and appreciate all that we have and to express our gratitude. President Thomas J. Haas shared a quote at the reception that sums it up well: “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for an even better tomorrow.”
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F O U N D AT I O N FORUMS Our forums are thought-provoking events and this year was no exception. Three forums were held this winter in Naples, Palm Beach, and Sarasota, Florida. Keynote speaker Bill Brands shared his personal experience with our current president and historical perspective on our past presidents. The forums were interesting and enlightening, and certainly gave event attendees some things to think about in todayâ€™s challenging political climate.
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