50th Anniversary Office
1225 Kirkhof Center
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401-9403
Phone: 616-331-2179
Fax: 616-331-3503
osipoffr@gvsu.edu

50th Anniversary Events Calendar (2010-2011)

These events took place in 2010/2011 during Grand Valley State Universities' 50th anniversary celebration.

July | August | September | October | November | December | January | February | March | April | May | June

July 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010 – Traverse City Alumni Reception
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn West Bay, Old Missions Room
Traverse City, Michigan

Saturday, July 10, 2010 – Cherry Festival Parade, President and Mrs. Haas Participants
11:15 a.m. – Parade Begins
Downtown Traverse City, Michigan


August

50th Anniversary Event

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 – “Hot August Night” Kickoff Event
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Fieldhouse, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
By Invitation Only - Tickets Required

We are nearly at capacity - please submit your reservations by Thursday, August 12. We may be unable to fill your request after that date

50th Anniversary Event

Friday, August 27, 2010 - Opening Convocation
10:00 a.m. – State of the University Address by President Thomas J. Haas
Louis Armstrong Theatre, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
11:30 a.m. – Convocation Ceremony
Fieldhouse, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

50th Anniversary Event

Friday, August 27 to Friday, October 1, 2010 – MultiMedia I: Art & Design and School of Communications Faculty Celebrate Grand Valley State University’s 50th Anniversary
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 5pm-7pm, closed university holidays
GVSU Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

New works in a wide range of media including animation, installation, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, video and works on paper by current tenure track faculty. This exhibit will be presented in two parts. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/artgallery or call 616-331-2563.

50th Anniversary Event

Friday, August 27 to Friday, October 1, 2010 – New Selections from the Erwin Raible Collection of French Prints: A Gift of Elaine Rutowski Shay
Building Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-10:30pm, closed weekends
Red Wall Gallery, Lake Ontario Hall, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

The Grand Valley State University Print and Drawing Cabinet now preserves a growing collection of more than 2,500 fine works of art on paper. Its holdings offer students of art and other academic disciplines rich opportunities for studying, learning and research. In 2009, Elaine Rutowski Shay generously donated a collection of Fin de Siècle French Prints with important works by Bonnard, Toulouse-Lautrec, Vuillard and others. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/artgallery or call 616-331-2563.

50th Anniversary Event

Friday, August 27 to Friday, December 10, 2010 – Grand Valley State University Print and Drawing Cabinet: A Decade of Collecting
Building Hours: Sun-Thurs 7:30am-Midnight, Fri-Sat 7:30am-2:00am
Faculty Dining Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

A Print and Drawing Cabinet (PDC) is a collection of fine works on paper. Grand Valley State University’s PDC was established with an important gift of more than 300 original prints by Dutch artist, Cyril Lixenberg. In 2002, the collection was further enhanced by the Brooks family’s donation of 500 prints by contemporary Dutch artists. One year later, faculty members Ann and David Keister pledged a gift of several hundred Master Printer’s Proofs by contemporary American artists.

The collection has continued to grow with numerous acquisitions including original broadsides by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, works on paper by influential Russian Mitki artists, Olga and Alexander Florensky, Chinese Calligraphy by modern masters, the Tyler gift of Prints, Indian Miniatures and donations from the noted contemporary printmaker, Steve Sorman. The PDC has become an ongoing resource for students, the community and for future exhibitions. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/artgallery or call 616-331-2563.

50th Anniversary Event

Friday, August 27 to Friday, December 10, 2010 – Cyril Lixenberg: Selections from the Print and Drawing Cabinet
Building Hours: Mon-Thurs 7:00am-10:00pm, Fri 7:00am-9:00pm, Sat 8:00am-7:00pm, closed Sunday
West Wall Gallery, Eberhard Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Internationally acclaimed Amsterdam-based artist, Cyril Lixenberg is a printmaker and sculptor of monumental steel works who has played an important role in modern Dutch art movements. Lixenberg has become a familiar member of the west Michigan art community. His most recent public sculpture commission, Steel Water, is located along the Grand River next to the downtown J.W. Marriot Hotel. Lixenberg has donated to Grand Valley State University’s Print and Drawing Cabinet an original of every print produced in the course of his notable 40-plus year career as well as small models of his large-scale steel sculptures.


September

Thursday, September 2 – GVSU Football v. West Texas A&M at Home
8:00 p.m.
Arend D. Lubbers Stadium, Allendale Campus
Admission Fee

Saturday, September 11 – GVSU Football v. Hillsdale College at Home
7:00 p.m.
Arend D. Lubbers Stadium, Allendale Campus
Admission Fee

50th Anniversary Event

Monday, September 13, 2010 – John Philip Sousa's El Capitan, Fall Arts Celebration
8:00 p.m.
Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Ticketed Event-Free Admission; call the GVSU box office to obtain tickets: 616-331-2300

From the moment it premiered at Boston's Fremont Theatre on April 13, 1896, and through many years of turn-of-the-century headline performances in New York City and abroad, John Philip Sousa's El Capitan quickly became an audience favorite of the March King, who excelled more than any other American composer at spirited tunes and beautiful melodies. GVSU will resurrect this long neglected, but never forgotten, gem of Sousa's compositional verve and excellence, an operetta that at one time was synonymous with American theater itself, in concert performance, conducted by Barry D. Martin, for the 50th Anniversary Fall Arts Celebration.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration - Life Journeys sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Women's Center and News and Information Services.
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Office of Multicultural Affairs, Room 1240 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

"Life Journey" is a visual showcase of the stories and photographs of faculty and staff members, students and alumni.

50th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 – Art Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception – MultiMedia I: Art & Design and School of Communications Faculty Celebrate, Fall Arts Celebration
5:00-7:00 p.m.
GVSU Art Gallery, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, September 16, 2010 – “Rockin’ on the River Laker Style!”
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Renaissance Center – Wintergarden Room, Detroit, Michigan
$15.00 per person

Join Detroit alumni and GVSU representatives for an evening of live entertainment, GVSU update, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and sodas as well as complimentary valet parking

Saturday, September 18, 2010 – “Learning, Living and Dining” Center Opening
2:00-3:30 p.m.
New building across from the Glenn A. Niemeyer West Living Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Enjoy a tour of one of the newest buildings on the Allendale campus.

Saturday, September 18, 2010 – GVSU Football v. University of Indianapolis at Home
7:00 p.m.
Arend D. Lubbers Stadium, Allendale Campus
Admission Fee

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - Hispanic Heritage Month - "Serenade Under the Moon" sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Latin American Studies and Latino Alumni Association
7:00 p.m.
Outdoor Courtyard Area, DeVos Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Rain Site Location: Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, Pew Campus
Free and Open to the Public

Join us for an enchanting evening reminiscent of old Mexican tradition and culture. Enjoy a serenade under the moon by a traditional Mexican Mariachi and learn more about the music and culture as you experience this romantic evening. The event will be led by Professor Carlos de La Barrera who will give a brief presentation on the history of Mariachi music.

50th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 to Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - Battle of the Valley's Pedometer Challenge
50 Years in 50 Days
Open to All GVSU Faculty and Staff

Battle of the Valleys is back and the competition is fierce! Join the GVSU faculty and staff community in our 50 years in 50 days pedometer challenge! Not only are we battling Saginaw Valley State Universtiy faculty and staff, but our own internal departments to celebrate GVSU's 50th anniversary.

  • 9/1 - Team registration opens
  • 9/22 - Battle begins!
  • 9/29 - Late regisration open through September 29
  • 10/6 - GVSU/SVSU bonus steps day
  • 10/28 - GVSU/SVSU bonus steps day
  • 11/10 - Challenge ends. Final entries must be made by 12 p.m.
  • 11/13 - GVSU vs. SVSU Football Game - Winners announced

TEAMS

  1. Identify a team captain and three teammates
  2. Determine your competition level:
    Level 1 - The majority of our team members perform physical activity less than three days a week.
    Level 2 - The majority of our team members perform physical activity more than three days a week or have positions which require walking for most of the day.
  3. Beginning September 1 - Team captain visits the web portal and registers the team.
  4. Track team progress. Once the team captain has registered a team, each team member can access the portal using their Novell username and login to track their own progress on the activity tracker (note: there is an activity conversion chart for non-walking activities). If you do not have your own pedometer, one is available for each team member at Lake Michigan Hall Room 140 at no charge. If you are not located on the Allendale campus, contact us at healthandwellness@gvsu.edu or 331-2215 and we can send you one. Get moving! You have 50 days!

BONUS STEPS EVENTS

Sign in on the Health and Wellness clipboard at each event to receive 500 extra steps!

  • 9/29 - Farmer's Market
  • 10/12 - Hula Hooping for Fun
  • 10/14 - Hula Hooping for Fun
  • 11/9 - Diabetes Presentation

BONUS STEP DAYS GVSU vs. SVSU: Participants receive bonus points for any entries made on the following dates! The GVSU Health and Wellness Team will add an additional 2,000 steps per member entry to your team's final count!

  • 10/6
  • 10/28

PRIZES!!
First 125 teams to register receive a Battle of the Valley's 50 years in 50 days 50th anniversary t-shirt.
Top 25 overall teams get a drawstring gym bag.

The winning university recieves the Golden Shoe Trophy!

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, September 23, 2010 – DeVos Art Lecture with Guest Speaker Eames Demetrios
5:30 p.m.
Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Eames Demetrios has lectured in 32 countries on topics ranging from his own films to the work of his grandparents, Charles and Ray Eames, to the creation of his alternative universe, Kcymaerxthaere. Almost always, his presentations focus on one topic or the other. At Grand Valley State University, host of one of Eames’ alternative universe plaques and during ArtPrize, the Powers of Ten year (2010), and a stone’s throw from Herman Miller where the Eameses did so much, Demetrios will weave some of the myriad threads of his life journey together in the DeVos Art Lecture.

50th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - Seidman College of Business Alumni Association Breakfast featuring Tim Selgo, GVSU Director of Athletics
Topic: "Fundamentals for Success in Leadership and Why Technology Has Very Little To Do With It"
7:30-9:00 a.m.
Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan
RSVP www.gvsu.edu/business/events
Free and Open to the Public

The Seidman Alumni Association hosts breakfasts throughout the year for alums, the University and area business communities. Breakfast speakers cover a variety of business-related topics that appeal to a wide audience. The inaugural Seidman breakfast was held nearly 16 years ago on September 23, 1994 and featured the late L. William Seidman.

50th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - University LipDub Music Video Project!
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Sign up at gvsulipdub@gmail.com
Free and Open to the Public

The International University LipDub project began at Hochschule Furtwangen, a technical university in Germany. They challenged other universities to show off their campuses while meeting the challenge of creating a video in one single shot. Soon, universities from all over the world responded to the challenge, including our neighbor, Calvin College.

The idea behind LipDub is to choose a song which several people can lip sync to. Our students have chosen "Come Sail Away" by Styx. The vision is to incorporate a water and sailing theme throughout, although not exclusively.

As mentioned, the main challenge is that the entire video has to be one continuous shot -- no cuts, no edits. The soundtrack can be dubbed in after the taping -- hence, Lip Dub. As you can imagine, this is going to take a lot of logistical and creative planning as well as cooperation from many sources.

The committee has been working out the timing of the song along the planned shooting route. We have choreographed certain parts of the performance, but want to leave some creativity to the groups and individuals who volunteer to participate.

Please sign up today! Email your information to the following address and you will receive future email updates and instructions: gvsulipdub@gmail.com. The taping of the video will take place on Wednesday, September 29 from noon to 3:00 p.m. Anyone NOT registered should report to the table on the Kirkhof lawn (pond side) on the day of the event.

See samples of what other universities have done at http://universitylipdub.com/.

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, September 30, 2010 – Distinguished Academic Lecturer, Dr. Jill Ker Conway, Fall Arts Celebration
Topic: “The Next 50 Years in the World”

7:00 p.m. Lecture and Q&A
8:00 p.m. Book Signing and Reception
Second Floor, Eberhard Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

A successful author and academician as well as the first woman president of Smith College, Dr. Conway serves on the boards of Colgate-Palmolive and Nike and is the former chairwoman of the Lend Lease Corporation. Jill Ker Conway is equally successful in the business world. Dr. Conway shares her rich experience, insight and wisdom.


October

Friday, October 1 through Sunday, October 3 and Thursday, October 7 through Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 2010 Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival presents As You Like It by William Shakespeare
7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
2:00 p.m. on Sunday
Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Advanced Ticket Prices:
General Admission $14.00 per person
Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Seniors $10.00 per person
Students $6.00 per person
Tickets are $1.00 higher when purchased at the event.
For more information, go to www.gvsu.edu/theatre or www.gvsu.edu/shakes
Box Office Telephone: 616-331-2300
Box Office Fax: 616-331-8105
Box Office Mailing Address: Theatre Ticketing, GVSU, 121 LSH, Allendale, MI 49401
Startickets at 1-800-585-3737 or www.startickets.com.

Mainstage "Season of Collaboration" includes a range of offerings that explore and present various social and interpersonal themes. How societies combine, interact, and relate provides good conflict for drama as well as thought-provoking introspection and rich entertainment.

Opening the season is the 17th Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival's production of As You Like It. Celia and her cousin, Rosalind, together with the family clown, Touchstone, seek refuge from Manhattan in the quiet groves of the Poconos. The ladies disguise themselves by cross-dressing as men, but nonetheless they fall hopelessly in love with new swains they meet in the Forest of Arden. They're also reunited in Arden with Rosalind's noble father, the Duke, exiled to the Poconos with his courtiers. Shakespeare's most delightful romance is filled with wonderful poetry, eight marriages, unbelievable clownery, down-home songs and magical enchantment. It's fun for the whole family!

50th Anniversary Event

Tuesday, October 5 through Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - HOMERathon III: A Non-Stop Reading of Homer's Iliad
4:00 p.m. Tuesday through 2:00 p.m. Wednesday
Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

The event begins at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5 and concludes with a performance by celebrated translator, Stanley Lombardo of the University of Kansas from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2010.

The Department of Classics, with the support of the Office of the Provost, will be holding its third "HOMERathon" - a non-stop, public reading of the ancient epic poem in translation. This follows upon the inaugural HOMERathon in March of 2007 (Homer's Iliad) and the second HOMERathon in October 2008 (Homer's Odyssey).

50th Anniversary Event

Saturday, October 9, 2010 – GVSU 50th Anniversary Homecoming
Homecoming 2010: The Golden Ticket
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Various Campus Locations - Open to the Public
www.gvsu.edu/homecoming

Join in the many planned activities for Homecoming 2010 and celebrate The Golden Ticket: A sweet celebration honoring the 50th Anniversary of Grand Valley State University. Tremendous things are in store for you! Many wonderful surprises await you.

50th Anniversary Homecoming Presidential Address, Expo and Pep
Welcome and address by President Haas. Procession of the Pioneer Class. 50th Anniversary Video. Campus Timeline & Memorabilia. GV Groove! A Capella Performance. Pep Rally with Laker Marching Band, Cheer Team, Dance Team. Campus Expo of Alumni Chapters, Academic Units, Alumni Authors, Children's Activities and More. Inflatables, Birthday Cake, Clown. Incentive Gifts to the First 200 Attendees.

Alumni Tailgate
Food, activities, music, prizes and more! Children's activities and adult fun galore! This family-friendly tailgate offers a meal for purchase, including the GREATEST CANDY BUFFET IN ALL THE LAND. Join the festive environment and don't miss the Laker Marching Band, Cheer Team and Dance Team before they step off to the stadium.

Reunion Row
NEW THIS YEAR Reunion Row, part of the Alumni Tailgate is an opportunity for groups to gather in their own private tents. Developed specifically for the 50th annivesary, Reunion Row will accomodate the large amount of alumni, friends, family, students, and community members that will return to campus and is an opportunity for student organizations, campus entities, Greek groups, club sports, academic units, athletic groups or any organiztion to host a mini-reunion or small gathering of fellow alumni and friends during the Homecoming tailgate. Check the Homecoming Web site to see what groups have confirmed tents so far.

  • 50th Anniversary Homecoming Presidential Address, Expo and Pep
  • Alumni Tailgate
  • Reunion Row
  • Jason Derulo - Homecoming Concert
  • Laker Homecoming 5K Run/Walk
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Second Annual Lil Lakers Walking parade
  • Buses from SE Michigan to Allendale
  • Alumni House Homecoming Hospitality Center
  • Legal Studies Program Celebration
  • Seidman College of Business Volunteer Reception
  • Shakespeare Festival
  • Renaissance Festival
  • Rowing Regatta: Alumni vs. Freshman Race and Rowing Center Reception
  • Charles H. Irwin Athletic Fund Dinner and Laker Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
  • Women's Soccer Game
  • Women's Volleyball Game
  • Laker Football vs. Northern Michigan

Saturday, October 9, 2010 – GVSU Football v. Northern Michigan University at Home
Homecoming Game
7:00 p.m.
Arend D. Lubbers Stadium, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Admission Fee

50th Anniversary Event

Monday, October 11 through Thursday, December 9, 2010 – Padnos International Center’s Pics: A Study Abroad Photo Contest
Building Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-10:30pm, closed weekends
Red Wall Gallery, Lake Ontario Hall, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

The Padnos International Center presents its first student photo contest. All GVSU students who have studied abroad within the last three years will be invited to submit their photographs in the following categories:
‘Where is your classroom?’
‘Get Lost’
‘Social Issues’
‘Send Me There’
‘The Great Outdoors’
‘Celebration, Tradition and Ritual’

Students will be allowed to enter two photographs per category and the images will be voted on by the public. Top prizes include a substantial travel voucher, an iPod, and the printing, matting and framing of winning pieces for the GVSU permanent art collection. For more information, please contact the Padnos International Center at 616-331-3898 or www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad.

50th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 – “50th at Noon” with President Emeritus Don Lubbers and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Emeritus Glenn Niemeyer
Topic: “Early History and the Vision for GVSU”

Noon – 12:45 p.m.
Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

President Emeritus Arend (Don) Lubbers and Vice President for Academic Affairs Emeritus Glenn Niemeyer will talk about the early history and their vision for Grand Valley State University.

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, October 14, 2010 – Art Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception – MultiMedia II: Art & Design and School of Communications Faculty Celebrate, Fall Arts Celebration
5:00-7:00 p.m.
GVSU Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, October 14 to Friday, November 19, 2010 – MultiMedia II: Art & Design and School of Communications Faculty Celebrate Grand Valley State University’s 50th Anniversary
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 5pm-7pm, closed university holidays
GVSU Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

New works in a wide range of media including animation, installation, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, video and works on paper by current tenure track faculty. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/artgallery or call 616-331-2563.

Saturday, October 16, 2010 – GVSU Football v. Lake Erie College at Home
7:00 p.m.
Arend D. Lubbers Stadium, Allendale Campus
Admission Fee

50th Anniversary Event

Monday, October 18, 2010 - 50th Commemorative Book Signing Event
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Thornapple Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Open to the Public - Free Parking in Lot H

Bring your 50th anniversary Commemorative Book or purchase one at the event and have it personally signed by President Emeritus Don Lubbers, Former President Mark Murray and President Thomas Haas.

50th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 – “Chili Cook-off”
11:30-1:00 p.m.
Alumni House, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Faculty and Staff Only

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - Arts at Noon, Cello Fest!
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Arts at Noon brings together some of the finest cellists in the region for a one-of-a-kind performance. The all-star cast includes Detroit Symphony Principal cellist Robert DeMaine, Chicago Symphony member Brant Taylor, Interlochen Arts Academy faculty member Crispin Campbell and GVSU cello professor Pablo Mahave-Veglia.

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, October 21, 2010 – “An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Carol Ann Duffy and Bob Hicok,” Fall Arts Celebration
7:00 p.m.
Second Floor, Eberhard Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Come celebrate GVSU's reach in humor and insight from the Great Lakes to Great Britain as we enjoy the poetry of former GVSU student Bob Hicok and Great Britain's Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Bob Hicok has been called "one of the most individual and necessary voices of his generation" while according to The Guardian in the world of British poetry, "Carol Ann Duffy is a superstar."


November

50th Anniversary Event

Monday, November 1, 2010 – GVSU's Dance Program presents Appalachian Spring, Music by Aaron Copland, Choreography by Martha Graham. © The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Fall Arts Celebration
Directed by Shawn T Bible, Music Direction by Kevin Tutt
Performed by GVSU Dance Faculty and Students

8:00 p.m.
Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Ticketed Event-Free Admission; call the GVSU box office to obtain tickets: 616-331-2300

Just as the 50th anniversary of Grand Valley State University represents the ideals of achievement and excellence, Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, written in collaboration with the legendary Martha Graham, captures the essence of an ideal America of open fields, the pastoral beauty of the American heartland, and the true spirit of the American people.

50th Anniversary Event

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - Diversity Theatre, Stories from Grand Valley State University sponsored by Inclusion and Equity Office, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

An original production that utilizes eclectic performance elements and styles (theatre, dance, music, etc.) to depict classroom dynamics, student/faculty experiences, departmental culture and climate and staff work life at Grand Valley State University.

Working with a diverse ensemble of GVSU students, faculty and staff, interviews will be conducted and formed into a theatrical production that reflects relatable student, faculty and staff experiences at Grand Valley. Talk-backs, led by the director and others, will explore audience reactions and perspectives.

50th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - Diversity Theatre, Stories from Grand Valley State University sponsored by Inclusion and Equity Office, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, MI
Free and Open to the Public

An original production that utilizes eclectic performance elements and styles (theatre, dance, music, etc.) to depict classroom dynamics, student/faculty experiences, departmental culture and climate and staff work life at Grand Valley State University.

Working with a diverse ensemble of GVSU students, faculty and staff, interviews will be conducted and formed into a theatrical production that reflects relatable student, faculty and staff experiences at Grand Valley. Talk-backs, led by the director and others, will explore audience reactions and perspectives.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - Arts at Noon, Violinist Rachel Barton Pine with Ars Antigua
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine performs worldwide as chamber musician and soloist. One of her areas of interest is research and performance on the baroque violin. For this concert she is joined by the Chicago-based period instrument ensemble Ars Antigua for a performance of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

Thursday, November 4, 2010 - Professionals of Color Lecture Series sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Seidman College of Business
Doug Glanville, "Life, Baseball & Business"
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Doug Glanville throws into question every stereotype you may harbor about ex-pro athletes. As both an Ivy Leaguer and a pro baseball player, Glanville has managed to bridge the worlds of sports, academics and commerce better than most, showing us that brains, brawn and business are not mutually exclusive. An analyst for ESPN, he also writes his own Op-Ed column, "Heading Home," for The New York Times online. His book, The Game From Where I Stand, examines the day-to-day life of a Major League Baseball player. Glanville was drafted 12th overall by the Cubs in 1991, but before starting his career the "Academic Ambassador to Baseball" returned to the University of Pennsylvania to finish his degree in systems Engineering. Beginning in 1996, Glanville had nine seasons with the Cubs, Yankees, Rangers and Phillies. He had over 1,000 career hits and 203 straight games without an error. Equally important was his work in the boardrooms, serving on the Executive Subcommittee of the MLB Players Association and as a player representative. On the business front, Glanville is the founder of GK Alliance LLC., a green-friendly real estate company specializing in residential building in Chicago.

Saturday, November 6, 2010 – GVSU Football v. Northwood University at Home
7:00 p.m.
Arend D. Lubbers Stadium, Allendale Campus
Admission Fee

50th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 – “50th at Noon” Lecture Series featuring Professor Emeritus Joan Boand and Professor James Scott (Retired)
Topic: “The Early History of Physical Education and Intercollegiate Athletics at GVSU”
Noon-12:45 p.m.
Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Professors Boand and Scott will discuss what it was like to be a part of the first athletic department.

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - Arts at Noon, Bassoonist Vaclav Vonasek
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

A native of Prague, bassoon wunderkind Vaclav Vonasek is a member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and tours internationally as a chamber musician and soloist. The winner of several international performance competitions, he is joined for this performance by The Perugino String Quartet, GVSU's own quartet-in-residence.

Friday, November 12, 2010 - Multicultural Cohort Programs Reunion
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Second Flooor, Eberhard Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan
RSVP Required

Graduates of the Multicultural Cohort programs are invited for a reception and dinner celebrating the history of the cohort programs. Grand Valley graduate and Marriott International senior vice president for Lodging Development, Ray Bennett, class of '92, will share his experiences following dinner. Other highlights include special guest, Don Williams, Dean Emeritus and Blues on the Banks of the Grand featuring Joyce Cobb.

50th Anniversary Event

Friday, November 12 through Sunday, November 14, 2010 – “Founding” - A Collaborative Play, sponsored by the GVSU School of Communications
7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
2:00 p.m. on Sunday
Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Advanced Ticket Prices:
General Admission $12.00 per person
Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Seniors $10.00 per person
Students $6.00 per person
Tickets are $1.00 higher when purchased at the event.
For more information, go to www.gvsu.edu/theatre
Box Office Telephone: 616-331-2300
Box Office Fax: 616-331-8105
Box Office Mailing Address: Theatre Ticketing, GVSU, 121 LSH, Allendale, MI 49401

When a class of GVSU students tries to write a play about the founding of Grand Valley State University, they discover their futures are strangely and surprisingly connected to the past. A collaborative new play, written and directed by undergraduates about the work of history, the comedy of the classroom and the challenge of becoming yourself. In collaboration with a visiting guest artist.

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, November 18 through Saturday, November, 20, 2010 – “Founding” - A Collaborative Play, sponsored by the GVSU School of Communications
7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Advanced Ticket Prices:
General Admission $12.00 per person
Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Seniors $10.00 per person
Students $6.00 per person
Tickets are $1.00 higher when purchased at the event.
For more information, go to www.gvsu.edu/theatre
Box Office Telephone: 616-331-2300
Box Office Fax: 616-331-8105
Box Office Mailing Address: Theatre Ticketing, GVSU, 121 LSH, Allendale, MI 49401

When a class of GVSU students tries to write a play about the founding of Grand Valley State University, they discover their futures are strangely and surprisingly connected to the past. A collaborative new play, written and directed by undergraduates about the work of history, the comedy of the classroom and the challenge of becoming yourself. In collaboration with a visiting guest artist.

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, November 18, 2010 – Bling! Flash! Art! Opening Reception
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Grand Gallery Balcony, DeVos Place
303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, November 18 to Friday, December 10, 2010 – Bling! Flash! Art! – Graphic Design & Photography Senior Thesis Exhibition
Building Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Grand Gallery Balcony, DeVos Place
303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Grand Valley State University showcases the works of graduating seniors in a series of one-week exhibits at the end of each semester. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/artgallery or call 616-331-2563.


December

 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - Arts at Noon, Sanjukta Banerjee, Indian Classical Dancer
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, MI
Free and Open to the Public

Holding a post-graduate degree in English Literature from Calcutta University, Sanjukta Banerjee was initiated into dancing at a very tender age and performs in the traditions of Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam, and Kathakali Indian classical styles. A first in our series, Ms. Banerjee's performance is not to be missed. 

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - Faculty and Staff Holiday Service Awards
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Open to Faculty and Staff Only

50th Anniversary Event

Monday, December 6, 2010 – A Fall Arts Celebration Holiday Gift, Messiah by George Frideric Handel
8:00 p.m.
Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Ticketed Event-Free Admission; call the GVSU box office to obtain tickets: 616-331-2300.

In honor of the 50th anniversary year for Grand Valley State University, the Fall Arts Celebration will close with an exceptional presentation of the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel's great oratorio, Messiah.  GVSU Music Department students, faculty and staff will join Conductor Henry Duitman and guest soloists from across the nation to perform this breathtaking seasonal work at Fountain Street Church in downtown Grand Rapids.

 

Saturday, December 11, 2010 - Commencement Exercises
10:00 a.m.
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Open to the Public

50th Anniversary Event

Friday, December 17 to Friday, March 18, 2011 – Visiting Artist Program: Printmakers, Curated by Independent Study in Art Students
Building Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-10:30pm., closed weekends.
Red Wall Gallery, Lake Ontario Hall, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Every year since 2005, the GVSU Art Gallery Print and Drawing Cabinet (PDC) invites a well-known artist to collaborate with Calder Art Center Printmaking faculty, David Keister, Dellas Henke and Steven Sorman and their students to produce a limited edition print. One print from each edition, preliminary drawings, printing elements and proofs are added to the PDC’s permanent collection. Printmakers will highlight the fascinating processes involved in printmaking and the finished prints of visiting artists Steven Sorman 2005, Sue Coe 2006, David Shapiro 2007, Karen Kunc 2008, Terry Winters 2009 and Endi Poskovik 2010. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/artgallery or call 616-331-2563.


January 2011

50th Anniversary Event

Monday, January 10 to Friday, February 25, 2011 – MultiMedia III: Alumni Invitational
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs. 5:00-7:00pm, closed university holidays
GVSU Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

The GVSU Art Gallery invites former outstanding Art & Design and School of Communications students to showcase new work. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/artgallery or call 616-331-2563.

50th Anniversary Event

Monday, January 10 to Friday, April 29, 2011 – Cyril Lixenberg: Selections from the Print and Drawing Cabinet
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00am-2:00pm
Faculty Dining Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Internationally acclaimed Amsterdam-based artist, Cyril Lixenberg is a printmaker and sculptor of monumental steel works who has played an important role in modern Dutch art movements. Lixenberg has become a familiar member of the west Michigan art community. His most recent public sculpture commission, Steel Water, is located along the Grand River next to the downtown J.W. Marriot Hotel. Lixenberg has donated to Grand Valley State University’s Print and Drawing Cabinet an original of every print produced in the course of his notable 40-plus year career as well as small models of his large-scale steel sculptures.

50th Anniversary Event

Monday, January 10 to Friday, April 29, 2011 – Print and Drawing Cabinet: A Decade of Collecting
Building Hours: Mon-Thurs 7:00am-10:00pm, Fri 7:00a-9:00pm, Sat 8:00am-7:00pm, closed Sunday
West Wall Gallery, Eberhard Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

A Print and Drawing Cabinet (PDC) is a collection of fine works on paper. GVSU’s PDC was established with an important gift of more than 300 original prints by Dutch artist, Cyril Lixenberg. In 2002, the collection was further enhanced by the Brooks family’s donation of 500 prints by contemporary Dutch artists. One year later, faculty members Ann and David Keister pledged a gift of several hundred Master Printer’s Proofs by contemporary American artists. The collection has continued to grow with numerous acquisitions including original broadsides by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, works on paper by the influential Russian Mitki artists, Olga and Alexander Florensky, Chinese Calligraphy by modern masers, the Tyler gift of Prints, Indian Miniatures and donations from the noted contemporary printmaker, Steven Sorman.

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, January 13, 2011 – Opening Reception to the MultiMedia III: Alumni Invitational
5:00-7:00 p.m.
GVSU Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

 

Saturday, January 15, 2011 - GVSU Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - GVSU Day of Service
8:30-2:00 p.m.
Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Register in advance at www.gvsu.edu/mlk
Free and Open to the Public

Volunteer in honor of civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ella Baker.

 

Monday, January 17, 2011 - GVSU Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Events for the Day:

GVSU Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfasts
8:45-10:00 a.m.
Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan and
Loosemore Auditorium of DeVos Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Open to GVSU Community Only

GVSU Silent March
Noon
Assembles at Zumberge Library, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

GVSU Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program featuring Judy Richardson
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public - Free parking in Lot H

Judy Richardson, civil rights veteran and founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, will speak about her film Scarred Justice.

 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - GVSU Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program featuring Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University
"What's Next? Martin Luther King Jr. in the 21st Century"
Prelude musical selection by Shake the World Unity Choir
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public - Free parking available in Lot H

Dr. Dyson is also an author and radio host. The presentation will be closed circuited to overflow rooms at Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus and Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew Campus.

 

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - GVSU Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture featuring Dr. Steven Rosales, GVSU History Professor
"Fighting the Peace at Home: Mexican American GIs and the 1944 GI Bill of Rights"
4:00-5:00 p.m.
2263 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

50th Anniversary Event

Friday, January 21, 2011 – Preview Reception for Mathias J. Alten: Discovery of an American Impressionist
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park Street, Naples, Florida
By Invitation Only

  Friday, January 21, 2011 - GVSU Martin Luther King Jr. Student Senate Event
"The Art of Reflection: Listen, Watch, Dance"
4:00-7:00 p.m.
2204 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public
50th Anniversary Event

Saturday, January 22 to Sunday, February 20, 2011 – Traveling Exhibits-GVSU presents: Mathias J. Alten: Discovery of an American Impressionist, a selection of paintings from the George and Barbara Gordon Gallery and friends.
Call the Center directly for building hours at 239-262-6517.
The von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park Street, Naples, Florida
Free and Open to the Public

Mathias J. Alten (1871-1938) has become a celebrated American regionalist artist, painting over 2,500 works of art throughout his life. Building from a traditional Barbizon and Tonalist landscape background, Alten began as a naturalistic scene painter and later transitioned into painting in an impressionistic style.

GVSU holds the largest public collection of Mathias Alten in the world, consisting of over 70 paintings as well as his family’s archive collection of family photos and letters. Private collectors, George and Barbara Gordon, determined their Alten paintings should be on permanent public display and made the lead gift to GVSU in 1991. They continue to build on that gift annually.

  Monday, January 24, 2011 - GVSU Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture featuring Dr. Michelle Miller-Adams, GVSU Political Science Professor
"Do Universal Scholarship Programs Reduce Inequality?  Lessons from Kalamazoo"
6:00-7:00 p.m.
2201 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public
50th Anniversary Event

Saturday, January 29, 2011 – Super Science Saturday: Celebrating Chemistry
10:00-4:00 p.m.
GVSU Padnos Hall of Science, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

A science extravaganza for the West Michigan community providing educational activities and opportunities for students and their families to experience the wonder of chemistry. These hands-on activities will focus on understanding the importance of the chemistry in our lives and our future, experiencing chemistry as it applies to understanding all science disciplines (earth systems science, physics, biology, health sciences, engineering, and technology), and explore how chemical research is critical for solving our most vexing global problems involving food, water, health, energy, transportation, and more. Highlighted will be the areas of study surrounding green chemistry, nano-technology, and renewable energy sources. This event will also focus on women in science by celebrating the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize award in addition to celebrating GVSU’s 50th anniversary. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/rmsc.


February

 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - Black History Month - Community Reading Contextual Lecture
Presenter:  Harriet Washington
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

The Community Reading Project Contextual Lecture will feature guest speaker Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, who will contextualize the main topics of the 2011 CRP selection:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - Faculty Awards Convocation
4:00 p.m.
Loosemore Auditorium, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Faculty Awards Convocation is held each February to honor the outstanding contributions of our faculty.  Awards are presented to long-standing faculty who are celebrating important milestones (25, 30, 35, and 40 years) in their career.  University awards are also presented for excellence in teaching in and outside the classroom, scholarship that advances the professions and helps society, inspiring mentoring to aid our students successfully along their way, and dedicated service to the campus and larger community. 

 50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - Black History Month featuring Incognito sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Imagine discovering you are not the person you thought you were, that you have a family history and an ethnicity you never knew. How would this discovery impact your life, the lives of those around you, your vision of yourself and society? Incognito is the story of one's journey to uncover and discover the roots, family and the difficult history behind the tragic American complexity of "race."

 

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - Asian New Year Festival sponsored by the Asian Student Union and the Office of Multicultural Affairs
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

A spectacular festival showcasing the traditional Asian New Year celebration. The program highlights the richness and diversity of Asia by featuring samples of Asian cuisine and traditional performances from various Asian ethnic communities including a dragon dance, martial arts performance, national dance and cultural fashion show. 

50th Anniversary Event

Friday, February 4, 2011 – Presidents’ Ball
Sponsored by President Haas and the Student Senate President

6:00 p.m. Dinner, 8:00 p.m. Dance
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Ticketed Event – For information and tickets, call the 20/20 Desk at 616-331-2020.

 

Monday, February 7, 2011 - A Walk to Remember - Stories From Our Past, Hmong American Student Association of GVSU - 2011 Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration
1:00-2:00 p.m.
2263 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Members of the Hmong American Student Association share captivating life-changing stories of their family's ancestry and origin. Their stories reveal the struggles assimilating to the American life while preserving the values of their own ancient culture and how their journeys in the new homeland have shaped their lives.

 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - Philippines Folk Dance Performance - 2011 Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration
Minnie Morey, artistic director of the Pacific Island Dancers of Grand Rapids
3:00-4:00 p.m.
2215/2216 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

There are more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines, each with its unique tradition and culture. The Philippine folk dances represent some of the island traditions and styles, which are also influenced by other cultures such as the Spanish, Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian. To the Filipinos, folk dances illustrate the fiesta spirit and love of life. They express a joy in work, love for music, and pleasure in the simplicities of life.

Instructed by Minnie Morey, the Pacific Island Dancers perform a variety of traditional dances from the rural provinces of the Philippines. Minnie Morey is a Filipino descendant and was raised in the traditional Filipino family. She is the artistic director of the Pacific Island Dancers of Grand Rapids and currently teaches Philippine folk dances as well as Polynesian dances. 

 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - Asian Pacific American Islander Heritage Celebration - Utake - Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs
Mistress of Ceremony:  Janet Mason, president and general manager of WZZM-13
Music:  Kurt Ellenberger, Rob Foster, and Ric Troll
Art:  Tom Nakashima, distinguished Japanese-American artist
Poetry:  GVSU students and Sayaka Abe, visiting professor, GVSU
Location:  Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Reception immediately following the program.
Free and Open to the Public

Join us for an evening of music, art and poetry influenced by Japanese art and folk music traditions. Utake, a trio comprised of Rob Foster (shakuhachi flutes), Kurt Ellenberger (piano) and Ric Troll (percussion) will perform their unique blend of Japanese and Western folk/jazz music. Selected songs from their first CD, "The Name of the Wind" premiered at the World Shakuhachi Conference in Sydney, Australia, will be performed.

Distinguished Japanese-American artist, Tom Nakashima, whose artwork is featured on the CD, will offer a pre-concert presentation on art and philosophy in the Japanese culture. His artwork will be on display at the concert. Between performances, traditional Japanese poetry will be read by GVSU faculty and students.

 

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - Broken Promises of the Model Minority Narrative featuring Amanda Kim, lead faculty, International Psychology Ph.D Program Director, Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology - 2011 Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration
4:00-5:30 p.m.
2215 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

The model minority narrative has been intricately woven into the history and experiences of Asian Americans in the United States. Empirical and demographic data demonstrates that Asian Americans are not a monolithic group that can be stereotyped as a hard-working, problem-free and successful group.  The narrative of the model minority has been persistent and insidious. The socio-political underpinnings of this phenomemon as well as the realities of the Asian Americans' experience and the continuing impact of the model minority narrative will be discussed. 

 

Monday, February 14, 2011 - ExplorAsia with Christina Jackson, GVSU Graduate Assistant, Office of Multicultural Affairs - 2011 Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration
4:00-6:00 p.m.
1240 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Originating from nearly 50 countries and ethnic groups, the Asian Pacific Islander American is a diverse group enriched with unique migration patterns, histories, languages, customs and cultures.  The APIA speak over 100 languages and dialects. ExplorAsia seeks to heighten the awareness and understanding of the complexity of this diverse group by creating a space for APIA students to educate our campus community on their native country through presentation and stories. A map of Asia will be on display for students to highlight their family's ethnicity and trace their roots.

 

Monday, February 14-Friday, March 11, 2011 - Pay It Forward Campaign, sponsored by the Children's Enrichment Center, Student Life and Health & Wellness
www.gvsu.edu/payitforward
There is no cost associate with the good deed and no deed is too small. 

Pay It Forward is directed at creating a culture for GVSU students, faculty, staff and community that promotes citizenship, unity and engagement. It is not a competition, but would, hopefully, promote inclusion and diminish bullying and other forms of disrespect for others.

50th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - Distinguished Academic Lecturer, Paul Hillegonds
Topic:  
"The Next 50 Years in Michigan"
5:45-7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Lecture with Questions and Answers
Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Named by Governing Magazine in 1994 as Public Official of the Year, Paul Hillegonds is currently senior vice president of corporate affairs at DTE Energy. He is the former Speaker of the Michigan House and former president of Detroit Renaissance. He serves on many boards including The Cultural Alliance for Southeast Michigan, Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Future, Inc., Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, The Center for Michigan and The Kresge Foundation. 

 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - "East of Main Street" HBO Documentary Video and Roundtable Dialogue - 2011 Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration
Facilitators:  Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Event Planning Committee
3:00-4:00 p.m.
2204 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

In 2010, HBO filmed a collection of stories from the APIA's diaspora in celebration of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Fourteen unique stories highlight the journeys and experiences of newly immigrated, first and second generation East Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian people. The documentary movie explores the intersections of politics, cultural identity, ethnic diversity, sexual orientation, and bi-racial relationship. It also depicts the lives of Asian newcomers as well as those who have settled in America for many generations. Clips from the video will be shown and followed by an interactive dialogue.

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, February 17, 2011 – “Indulge in a Cause”
5:00-7:30 p.m.
Room 215, Eberhard Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan
$30.00 general admission and $10.00 for student admission. Tickets may be purchased online at www.gvsu.edu/women_cen or by calling the Women’s Center at 616-331-2748.

The vision of the Women’s Center is to make a substantial difference in the quality of life for women of the Grand Valley community and surrounding area. The Women’s Center enriches and improves lives through high-quality programs and services. “Indulge in a Cause” is a fundraising event that helps ensure the vital work carried out by the center continues. The event will feature the area’s best chocolate desserts and a silent auction for fabulous prize packages.

 

Thursday, February 17, 2011 - Unveiling the Truth: The Muslim Women - 2011 Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration
Tahera Ahmad, First Muslim Female Chaplain at Northwestern University
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Ever wonder about women in Islam? Their rights? The headcovering (hijab)? Muslim women in the post-modern era? Join our speaker, Tahera Ahmad, to learn more about the Muslim woman. Tahera received a graduate certification in Arabic from Al-Diwan, Cairo, Ijaazaat (certification) in Tajweed (art of Quranic recitation) and traditional Islamic sciences from various institutions in the U.S. and abroad. During her graduate studies in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, she served as the Muslim Chaplain/Advisor of Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Currently, Tahera serves as an associate University Chaplain at Northwestern University.

50th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – “50th at Noon” Lecture Series featuring Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Services Lynn “Chick” Blue
Topic: “A Tradition of Change: Who is in the Details?”
Noon-12:45 p.m.
Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Ms. Blue, currently the Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Services, has served in several capacities over her tenure at GVSU. She will share her stories of what times have been like from Grand Valley State College to Grand Valley State University.

 

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - Diversity Brownbag Series featuring Dr. William G. Anderson, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Osteopathic Medical Education at Detroit Medical Center sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs
"Living History: He Was There"
Noon-1:00 p.m.
2215/2216 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Anderson risked his life to move the Civil Rights Movement forward. During the early 1960s, he received national attention as president of the Albany Movement, the first mass movement in the Civil Rights era to have as its goal the desegregation of an entire community. During this time, Dr. Anderson called upon his friends, Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy, to help lead demonstrations in Albany. The movement is credited with increasing the number of registered Black voters, inspiring protests in neighboring communities, and accelerating the ultimate desegregation of Albany's public facilities.  

 
50th Anniversary Event

Friday, February 25, 2011 - SoMar Dance Works
7:00 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 1600 Studio Theatre
Free Admission and Open to the Public

Many of you may be familiar with the Emmy's, the Ellen Show, Conan O'Brien and others, in which a group of dancers performed amazing silhouettes and images of pop-culture through the stacking of their bodies. We are lucky to have former PILOBOLUS dancer, Mark Santillano, and former MOMIX dancer, Solveig Santillano on campus. 

 

March

50th Anniversary Event

Monday, March 14 through Friday, April 15, 2011 – Ravines Revisited
Hours:  Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 5pm-7pm, closed university holidays
GVSU Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Photographic essays by GVSU faculty artists Dellas Henke, Stanley Krohmer and Anthony Thompson explore the beauty and complexity of the landscape, the effects of erosion and our complex relationship to the Allendale campus ravines. Complimenting the exhibit will be work in a variety of media by students and additional faculty. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/artgallery or call 616-331-2563.

 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - Diversity Brownbag Series featuring Maximo Anguiano, GVSU Graduate Student sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs
"The Plight of Indigenous Australia"
Noon-1:00 p.m.
1240 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

During his four-week study abroad at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, Maximo conducted a case study of the indigenous people of Australia. Through video clips and storytelling, Maximo will share his cultural experience with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders community of Sydney. His presentation highlights the period from British colonization to today's struggle of modern Aboriginals. The case study focused on the historical background of genocide, social justice and injustice and restorative justice. 

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, March 17, 2011 – Opening Reception, Ravine Revisited
5:00-7:00 p.m.
GVSU Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

 

Monday, March 21 through Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Community Outreach Week
Various locations.
Check www.gvsu.edu/cow for more information.

This week of service is aimed at uniting Lakers from around the globe in providing volunteer support and outreach in their own communities and in ways meaningful to each individual or group. The Alumni Association and the Community Service Learning Center will be leading coordinated projects each day during the week in West Michigan. To broaden collective impact, all alumni Clubs and Chapters and student organizations are encouraged to coordinate and/or participate in a community service project during this week in the name of Grand Valley.

50 for 50
Community Outreach Week is a time for Lakers across the nation to demonstrate the University's mission of "Educating students to shape their lives, their professions and their societies." In honor of Grand Valley's 50th Anniversary, 50 projects are being coordinated throughout the globe for COW 2011.

More information is available at www.gvsu.edu/cow. Once projects are coordinated, they will be added to the calendar of events on this site.

 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - What Happened to the Future?  Lessons from Ancient Athens About Leadership and Its Limits -- Presentation featuring W. Robert Connor sponsored by the Department of Classics and the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies
7:00-9:00 p.m.
L.V. Eberhard Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Whether it is the collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1991 or the more recent global economic crisis and on-going turmoil in the Middle East, all too often we find ourselves blindsided by events that defy rational calculation and modeling. How can we formulate policy, educate political and business leaders and hope to survive in a world of radical and essentially unpredictable change?  The shrewd, level-headed thinkers who reflected upon the glories and disasters of the classical age of ancient Greece were under no illusions about living in a predictable world. They prized practical intelligence informed by an awareness of complexity and a respect for limits. They elevated adaptability and preparedness over pat solutions and over-confient projections.

An expert on Thucydides and the democratic politics of classical Athens, W. Robert Connor considers what we can learn from ancient Greece about leadership and its limits. 

For more information, contact Kathy Rent at 616-331-2770 or rentk@gvsu.edu.

 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - W. Robert Connor - Respondents Panel and Debate sponsored by the Department of Classics and the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies
1:00 p.m.
Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

The shrewd and level-headed thinkers who relfected upon both the glories and the disasters that culminated in the classical age of ancient Greece were under no illusions about living in a world of radical indeterminacy. They prized the kind of practical intelligence, informed by an awareness of complexity and a respect for limits, that elevates adaptability and preparedness over pat solutions and over confident projections.

An expert on Thucydides and the democratic politics of classical Athens and a leader in the field of academic assessment and accountability, W. Robert Connor considers what we can learn from ancient Athens about leadership and its limits.

Dr. Connor was Andrew Fleming Wester Professor of Classics at Princeton University until 1989, when he became president and director of the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. From 2003 until his retirement in 2009, he was president of the New York based Teagle Foundation where he focused upon improving student learning in liberal arts and sciences. He holds honorary degrees from several colleges and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

For more information, visit gvsu.edu/hauenstein/why-were-we-surprised-two-talks-with-w-robert-connor-1021.htm or call Kathy Rent at 616-331-2770 or rentk@gvsu.edu.

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - Stand Up 8 "A Circus Inspired by Eight Wild Performers"- Sponsored by the GVSU School of Communications, Office of Student Life, Spotlight Productions and the 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee
7:00 p.m.
Fieldhouse Arena, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free parking on the Allendale campus.
Free and Open to the Public

The Show:  You've seen reality TV, now experience Reality Circus. A show that breaks the rules of conventional theatre and modern circus. Eight wild performers mesmerizing flight, untamed fiire, side-splitting funny. Edgy and upbeat circus and variety acts you won't see anywhere else. The eight seasoned and spunky street performers interact with you, not at you. Part script, part improv, the show lives and changes. Be dazzled, thrilled, inspired. Fall down seven times, Stand Up 8!

Promo Video:  http://standup8show.com/video
Website:  http://standup8show.com

For more information, contact Bob Stoll, Office of Student Life, 331-2345 or stollb@gvsu.edu

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, March 24, 2011 – "Equali" Tea and Historic Fashion Show - Co-sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and the Women's Center
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Please join other activist faculty, staff and students as we celebrate a centuries-old tradition of combining tea parties with discussion of literature, politics and reform.

Using the backdrop of women’s fashion for the past 50 years, we will examine the critical events that impacted and formed our nation and our college campus. Members of the campus community will model the clothing that defined the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Historical highlights will include the Civil Rights Movement, The Vietnam War, Family Planning, Women Rights Movement, and Women in the Workforce. There will be lively discussions, scrumptious food and an opportunity for interaction. 

High tea will be served on March 24 promptly at 3:00 p.m. Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. by calling 616-331-2748 or by email at womenctr@gvsu.edu.

50th Anniversary Event

Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Science Olympiad
Events take place from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Awards ceremony is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fieldhouse, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Middle and high school students from over 70 schools in Kent and Ottawa counties are preparing to show off their science and mathematics skills at the Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad hosted by Grand Valley State University. This will be the 27th year Grand Valley has hosted the regional tournament which consists of middle and high school events in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, computers and technology. These events are a mixture of academic, engineering and design challenges.  For a complete schedule of events, event locations, and participating schools, contact Grand Valley's Regional Math and Science Center at 616-331-2267 or visit www.gvsu.edu/mso-r12 early in 2011. 

 

Saturday, March 26, 2011 - R.I.C.E. Conference - Realizing and Addressing Issues in our Culture and Education - 2011 Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration
8:00-5:00 p.m.
Loosemore Auditorium of DeVos Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

RICE Conference offers three relevant tracks: culture, education and health to educate and raise awareness on Asian issues that matter to our community. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served. Register on-line at http://www2.gvsu.edu/~asu/rice.htm

50th Anniversary Event

Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 29, 2011 – Fishladder and Student Scholars Day Exhibit
Building Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-10:30pm, closed weekends.
Red Wall Gallery, Lake Ontario Hall, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

This exhibit celebrates the award winning Fishladder Student Journal of Art and Writing as well as the scholarship and creativity of Grand Valley State University students.

50th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 – “50th at Noon” Lecture Series Featuring GVSU Former Vice President for Finance and Administration Ron VanSteeland and Vern Ohlman, President of Design Plus
Topic: “Incorporating the Village Experience into GVSU Campus Design”

Noon-12:45 p.m.
Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Mr. VanSteeland and Mr. Ohlman will discuss the master plans and building design features on the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses.


April

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - Frederik Meijer Lecture Series and the Frederik Meijer Honors College present "What's So Good About Being a Liberal Arts Major?" featuring Tom Seidman, Owner, Honey Creek Pictures, Independent film producer and son of Grand Valley founder, L. William Seidman
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Lecture
L.V. Eberhard Center, Second Floor, Robert C. Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, MI
Free and Open to the Public

Tom Seidman has been working in the entertainment industry for over 25 years as a producter, writer and director. He started Honey Creek Pictures, which is best known for The Hazing, a teen thriller that was featured on Showtime. His latest work, The Christmas Bunny, will be released in November 2011 and has already been selected by several prestigious national and international film festivals.

Mr. Seidman will share his thoughts on the benefits of a liberal arts education for success in business and creative work.

50th Anniversary Event

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - Arts at Noon: eighth blackbird
12:00-12:50 p.m.
Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Grammy-winning eighth blackbird promises - and delivers - provocative and engaging performances. Combining bracing virtuosity with an alluring sense of irreverence, the sextet debunks the myth that contemporary music is only for a cerebral few. The New York Times raved: "eighth blackbird's performances are the picture of polish and precision, and they seem to be thoroughly engaged...by music in a broad range of contemporary styles." Profiled in The New York Times and NPR's All Things Considered, the sextet has also been featured on Bloomberg TV's Muse, CBS News Sunday Morning, St. Paul Sunday, Weekend America and The Next Big Thing, among others. 

 50th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - Student Scholars Day
Day-Long Event
Kirkhof Center and Henry Hall, Allendale Campus, Allendale, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Student Scholars Day (SSD) is held once each year to celebrate the scholarship and creative work perfomed by GVSU students. The day showcases faculty-mentored student work, shared through many venues including (but not limited to) oral presentations, discussion and panel sessions, fine arts exhibits and performances and poster presentations. This year's keynote lecture will be given by Nina G. Jablonski, Professor and Head of the Department of Anthropology at Penn State University.  More details may be found at www.gvsu.edu/ssd

50th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - eighth blackbird & GVSU New Music Ensemble in Concert
8:00-9:30 p.m.
Royce Auditorium, St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

The nationally acclaimed GVSU New Music Ensemble joins the stage with Grammy winners eighth blackbird to present Terry Riley's classic score In C. Special guest New York electronic musician Dennis DeSantis adds his other worldly sounds to this one-of-a-kind performance.

50th Anniversary Event

Monday, April 14 to Friday, April 29, 2011 – Bling! Flash! Art! – Graphic Design & Photography Senior Thesis Exhibition
Building Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., closed weekends
Grand Gallery Balcony, DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

Grand Valley State University showcases the works of graduating seniors in a series of one-week exhibits at the end of the semester. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/artgallery or call 616-331-2563.

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, April 14, 2011 – Bling! Flash! Art! Opening Reception
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Grand Gallery Balcony, DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

50th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 50th Anniversary Celebration of the GVSU Music Department
8:00 p.m.
Grandville High School Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public

This gala concert will feature the Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Barry Martin and the GVSU Symphony Orchestra conducted by Henry Duitman. Featured performers will be the winners of the 2011 Concerto Competition, saxophonist Michelle Kozachik and violinist Kelly VanderMolen. In addition, each of the GVSU choirs will combine en masse with the orchestra for a stunning performance of Borodin's Polovetsian Dances.

The concert is open to the public with no admission charge. Alumni and other supporters of the department, throughout its history, will be recognized and thanked. 

50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - Distinguished Academic Lecturer, Ken Burns
Topic:  "The Next 50 Years in the United States"
7:00 p.m. Lecture and Q&A
8:00 p.m. Reception
Second Floor, Eberhard Center, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Free and Open to the Public

For longer than 30 years, Ken Burns, one of the most influential documentary makers of all time, has examined the American experience through his distinctive historical documentary films. Using the insights gleaned from his work, Ken Burns will turn his keen eye to what the next 50 years may hold for this country.

 

Saturday, April 30, 2011 – Commencement Exercises
10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Open to the Public

   

May

   

June

50th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 – Enrichment Dinner
6:00 p.m.
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Michigan
By Invitation Only

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