New year, new era for GVSU president, freshmen

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Cassandra Tank brought her Kalamazoo upbringing with her to Grand Valley State University, and like most first-year students, her concerns and worries came too.

“From Kalamazoo to Allendale, there’s less diversity,” said Tank.

Tank said the Black Excellence Orientation eased her anxiety and helped her meet another freshman in the crowd: Aurora Oviedo.

“GVSU was very welcoming,” said Oviedo.

Oviedo is also from Kalamazoo. She said she found her home away from home in an on-campus group called Laker Familia.

“It’s about heritage and culture and community and public service, and it’s a very beautiful, beautiful community to be a part of,” said Oviedo.

That community and sense of belonging is what new GVSU President Dr. Philomena Mantellafosters. She’s the first woman to hold the post and the first person in her family to go to college.

Read more at 24 hour news 8.



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