FORUM Vol. 38, No. 30, April 21, 2014


Speakers announced for April commencement

Grand Valley graduates will hear commencement addresses from a national security expert and African education leader at the April 26 commencement ceremonies.

Lawrence J. Korb, senior fellow at American Progress, is the morning speaker, and Naana Jane Sam Opoku-Agyemang, minister for education in Ghana, is the afternoon speaker.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will include the following colleges: Seidman College of Business, College of Community and Public Service, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, College of Health Professions and Kirkhof College of Nursing.

The 3 p.m. ceremony will include the following colleges: College of Education, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Korb is a senior fellow at American Progress, an institute dedicated to improving lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. He has served as assistant secretary of defense and dean of Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at University of Pittsburg. He has authored numerous books and articles on national security issues.

Lawrence J. Korb

Lawrence J. Korb

Naana Jane Sam Opoku-Agyemang

Naana Jane Sam Opoku-Agyemang

Opoku-Agyemang is the minister for education in Ghana, West Africa, where she plans to construct 200 high schools to provide opportunity for the country’s growing youth population. She was the first woman to be named vice chancellor at the University of Cape Coast, where she led the English Department and was the founding dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

The Alumni Association will present its Distinguished Alumni Award to Kathleen Vogelsang and its Outstanding Educator Award to Asli Y. Akbulut, associate professor of management.

Vogelsang is director and chief investment officer for Van Andel Institute. She received a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration from Grand Valley. Akbulut joined Grand Valley in 2003 and has played a key role in the design, development and delivery of new courses.