The Rapidian

Grand Valley State University

How Veterans Upward Bound is helping veterans stay focused on their goals

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Submitted 02-21-2019 under NONPROFITS

Roberto Amaya first heard about Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) when a dear friend sent him a link to the website. After reading about the program, it didn’t take him long to make a decision. “Obviously, I liked what I read, and joined,...

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Helping fellow veterans through Veterans Upward Bound

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Submitted 12-14-2018 under NONPROFITS

William Vanderslik has been involved with Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) since April 2018. He joined VUB to help fellow veterans with their educational and career goals, and also because he liked the social aspect to the program. “I wanted to...

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Triennial Interfaith Dialogue will explore whether religious identities are what unites or divides us

by (elainasmith)

Submitted 10-19-2018 under NEWS

Since 1989, the Kaufman Interfaith Institute has been working to promote understanding and respect among different faith groups in West Michigan. Their Triennial Dialogue happens every three years and serves as an eye-opening conversation that...

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American Civil War Museum CEO highlights importance of understanding history

by (jproth1)

Submitted 01-18-2018 under NEWS

Grand Valley State University’s Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew campus in downtown Grand Rapids was filled with over 200 people on Tuesday evening, January 16th. Christy S. Coleman, CEO of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia...

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I saw a sign: My journey from food bank client to food bank advocate

by (kooim)

Submitted 05-25-2017 under OPINION

In my son’s first year of life, I didn’t have enough food to feed us. It was just me and I was doing the best that I could. At 20 years old, without a degree and very little experience it was hard to survive on my own. I had really only...

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Catalyst Radio: Community Read explores identity, diversity in America

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Submitted 03-17-2017 under NEWS

Download the interview here.  This week's Catalyst Radio episode is an interview with Jennifer Jameslyn, the director of the Office of Integrative Learning and Advising in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Grand Valley...

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Experience of food insecurity inspires Grand Valley student to help others

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 12-15-2016 under NONPROFITS

It’s late September and Gabby Vernon is standing in a field in Allendale, launching a drone. The drone lifts off and hovers more than a hundred feet above Ham Family Farm where a dozen volunteers are picking kale and loading it onto a van...

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Catalyst Radio: The interfaith movement in West Michigan

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Submitted 11-18-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Interfaith engagement is the positive interaction between communities from various religious, spiritual, and secular backgrounds, and there has been a strong interfaith movement in West Michigan since the 1980s.  Katie Gordon, program director...

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Mathias Alten painting inspires Grand Rapids Symphony cellist to compose original work for orchestra

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 11-15-2016 under NONPROFITS

Mathias Alten, whose paintings can be found throughout West Michigan, may be the most important artist Grand Rapids ever has produced. In 2008, an early 20th-century landscape by Alten was featured on PBS-TV’s “Antiques Road Show,...

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Catalyst Radio: Civil discourse initiative promotes dialogue on immigration, refugees

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Submitted 11-11-2016 under NEWS

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Jack Mangala, the current Padnos/Sarosik Endowed Professor of Civil Discourse at Grand Valley State University. He is an Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Political Science, and...

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