Grand Valley State University

Heider awarded GVSU scholarship

August 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

Katelyn Heider of Rockford has been named a recipient of a faculty scholarship to Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Heider, a recent graduate of Rockford High School, is the daughter of Charlie and Debbie Heider. To be considered for a faculty scholarship, the recipient must have a 3.6 high school grade-point average (GPA), a minimum ACT score of 29, and attend a scholarship competition. The award is renewable for three additional years with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA or better. GVSU is dedicated to providing a rich learning environment for students, offering a wide range of majors and hands-on research opportunities. Highly credentialed and responsive faculty and individual advisors and mentors promote a liberal arts emphasis that teaches students critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Rockford graduate helps GVSU to national championship game

December 29, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rockford native Samantha Decker was part of the No. 2 Grand Valley State University (GVSU) women’s soccer team’s third straight appearance in the NCAA Division II National Championship game. Decker helped the Lakers to an overall record of 20-1-4. GVSU finished the year ranked fourth in goals-against average (0.384), posted 16 shutouts and outscored their opponents 64-10. Decker played in eight games this season as a sophomore taking four shots as a defender. GVSU reached the championship game after a shootout against Chico State, advancing 3-2 on penalty kicks. It was the fourth time in six years that the team advanced to the national championship. Decker is part of a sophomore class that has posted a two-year record of 42-2-6 and 90.0 winning percentage. Decker played four years at Rockford High School, helping the Rams to two district championships and was also named to the All District and Academic All Nation teams. She is a Dean’s List honoree, majoring in health professions.

Rockford student takes first in math competition

February 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rockford was well represented at the Regional Math Counts competition held at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) on Friday, Feb. 11. Alex Markules, an eighth-grade student at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, placed first amongst all individual participants. Pictured is Alex signing a scholarship he received from GVSU due to his win. He is also in the group photo, third from the left, holding the trophy.

Grand Valley, Mary Free Bed announce Wounded Warriors project

December 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with traumatic brain injuries can receive free, comprehensive rehabilitation in Grand Rapids through a program funded by the Department of Defense. Officials from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital discussed details of the Wounded Warriors Traumatic Brain Injury Project (WWTBIP) at a news conference November 9 at the hospital. They were joined by U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers, who was key to securing the $1.279 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense that will fund the project. Ehlers, who will retire after serving Michigan for 17 years in Washington, said he was pleased that he could get funding for the project. “It’s really the least we can do for our soldiers,” he said. The WWTBIP offers opportunities for standard physical and psychological care, and community support to veterans who sustained traumatic brain injuries while they were deployed in either Afghanistan or Iraq. Jean Nagelkerk, principal investigator and vice provost for health at GVSU, said the idea behind this project came from area families with loved ones who received a traumatic brain injury. “We are so excited to be able to provide care and rehabilitation services to wounded warriors and help reintegrate them into society to lead productive lives,” Nagelkerk said. GVSU faculty members from the Kirkhof College of Nursing and College of Health Professions will help develop the educational program to enhance the knowledge base of Mary Free Bed staff members who will be directly involved with the veterans. Dr. Jacobus Donders, co-investigator and chief psychologist at Mary Free Bed, said the services through WWTBIP will not duplicate those that veterans already receive through veterans hospitals or clinics, but the WWTBIP project will deliver enhanced services such as driver rehabilitation, on-site job evaluation and coaching, and group and family support. GVSU President Thomas J. Haas said announcing the program so close to Veterans Day was appropriate; he also called the men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan “the next greatest generation.” Those service members include Haas’ two sons and daughter. The program is open for enrollment. For more information about the WWTBIP, call (888) 736-0208, e-mail to, or visit This research project is being conducted by Grand Valley State University and Mary […]

Chamber luncheon to feature Dr. Linda Chamberlain

September 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to present the October installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. The event is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4 at Bostwick Lake Inn, 8521 Belding Road, Rockford. The featured speaker is Dr. Linda Chamberlain, executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Grand Valley State University. Chamberlain will share her knowledge and expertise in this selected field during her presentation, “Working Together to Catalyze Our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.” She received both her BS and doctorate degrees in chemistry with honors from Purdue University. Chamberlain joined Shell Development Company in 1987 as a futures research chemist and later moved into management of scientific and technical teams. During her eight years at Shell, she had 19 patents issued for work in catalyst, polymer and product/process development. For the three years prior to her current role, Chamberlain served as executive director of the West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative, a business accelerator focused on commercialization of life science products and technologies. In addition, she is the owner and principle of InnoValuation, a company that focuses on ensuring companies have the processes and tools to extract the full value of their best innovations. To attend this timely presentation, please call the RCC office at (616) 866-2000, or e-mail to to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Please note that if you have registered and are unable to attend, you must call and cancel prior to the event or you will be charged. The bi-monthly luncheon is a wonderful way to enjoy good food, expert advice and excellent company in a relaxed atmosphere. Drawings for prizes are conducted at the conclusion of the event. The luncheon is also a great networking opportunity, so participants are reminded to bring their business cards.

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