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November 20, 2017


Khatir promoted to captain at downtown campus

Kourosh Khatir, a 20-year veteran police officer, has been promoted to captain and assistant director of the Department of Public Safety Services. Khatir will continue to work at the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Khatir has been at Grand Valley for two years, working as a security manager. Before coming to Grand Valley, Khatir retired from the Phoenix Police Department after 20 years of service.

Brandon DeHaan, acting director of the Department of Public Safety Services and chief of police, said adding sworn law enforcement officers to the Pew Grand Rapids Campus is part of an overall plan to move the department forward. Pew Campus Security had previously been separated from the Department of Public Safety. 

"We are currently hiring and training additional law enforcement officers to serve at the downtown campus come fall 2018," said DeHaan. "Khatir's leadership will continue to help in reunifying the department under one umbrella and will help us better serve the Grand Valley community."

Kourosh Khatir

Kourosh Khatir


Haas signs new agreement with University of Sunshine Coast

President Thomas J. Haas and Greg Hill, vice chancellor of the University of Sunshine Coast (USC) in Australia, signed a new five-year agreement to extend the partnership between the two universities.

The signing took place November 15 during a ceremony at USC, located in Sippy Downs, near Queensland's capital of Brisbane. 


More than 85 Grand Valley students have participated in the study abroad program with USC since it began in 2005, and several faculty exchanges have taken place over the years.

USC has a student body of about 12,000 students who come from more than 50 different countries. The university campus is built on a nature reserve and has a number of research centers including the Centre for Animal Health Innovation, Forest Industry Research Centre, Sustainability Research Centre, and Tropical Forests and People Research Centre, to name a few.


President Thomas J. Haas and Greg Hill

President Thomas J. Haas (right) and Greg Hill



First-generation students celebrated

First-generation students

About 100 first-generation students, along with 65 faculty and staff members, attended the First Annual First Generation College Celebration November 8 in the Kirkhof Center.

First-generation students were honored for their achievements at Grand Valley. The breakfast event was sponsored by the Student Academic Success Center, Division of Inclusion and Equity, Enrollment Development, Dean of Students Office, TRiO SSS, TRiO STEM and TRiO TPSS.


ScholarWorks reaches milestone of 4 million downloads

Researchers and students from around the world have accessed Grand Valley’s collection of scholarly works more than 4 million times since the resource became available in 2008.

ScholarWorks@GVSU is an open-access repository maintained by University Libraries that showcases and maintains works by Grand Valley scholars. All Grand Valley faculty, staff and students have the ability to add their scholarly and creative works to the repository, currently comprised of more than 9,000 documents.

“ScholarWorks@GVSU allows faculty, staff and students to share scholarly and creative work that would otherwise be behind a paywall or gathering dust in a filing cabinet, and it also is a way for GVSU to impact a global community of learners," said Matt Ruen, University Libraries scholarly communications outreach coordinator. "Our 4 million downloads come from almost every continent and country in the world — we're only missing Antarctica and the island nation of Nauru."

Ruen added that this milestone presents an opportunity to celebrate the global reach of Grand Valley’s scholarship.

"It’s not a single thesis or article that went viral for a month and was forgotten—this is thousands of items, downloaded hundreds of times, each one helping someone answer a question, build new ideas or simply learn more about our world," he said. "It is evidence that there’s a strong, consistent demand for the intellectual and artistic output of GVSU, and evidence that we’re making a difference for people who may not have access to expensive subscription resources. It’s our Laker Effect, and that matters more than any big round number we happen to reach."

The 4 million downloads milestone incidentally coincides with International Open Access Week, a global celebration of the benefits of open access to scholarship.

For more information, contact Ruen at (616) 331-9182 or ScholarWorks@GVSU can be accessed at


Registrar's Corner

Watch this space for helpful tips to pass on to students.

• Winter 2018 registration is open; students are reminded to check in with advisors and check myPath for degree progress.

• Did you know? Grand Valley allows students to register for 15 credit hours at the same cost as 12 credits.

• The online academic calendar can be downloaded to phones and desktop computers, allowing faculty and staff members to see important student dates.