Across Campus

October 20, 2014


Exercise science majors assist at Wings preseason camp

Students majoring in exercise science played a role in helping prepare the Detroit Red Wings for this hockey season.

Ross Sherman, associate professor and coordinator of exercise science, said a dozen undergraduate students traveled to Traverse City, where the Red Wings hold their preseason camp, to assist with the players’ fitness tests.

Sherman said students assisted and supervised weight room assessments like dead lifts, bench presses and pull-ups, and field-based tests like body composition, jump height, speed and agility, and anaerobic capacity. They worked with both Red Wings prospects and returning players.

The Grand Rapids Griffins strength and conditioning coach contacted Sherman to ask if students would be interested in helping during the Wings’ training camp.

The group’s two-day trip to Traverse City was supported by funding from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.

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Ross Sherman, back row center, and exercise science students are pictured at the Detroit Red Wings training camp in Traverse City. Red Wing Johan Franzen is in the front row, far right.


Celebration will recognize Grand Valley founders

The campus community will celebrate the founding of Grand Valley during a day full of events and activities Thursday, October 23.

The second Founders Day will include a performance by the Laker Marching Band, a flag display and cupcakes, courtesy of Meijer, for all campuses and centers.

The end of October marks the time of year when L. William “Bill” Seidman organized a group effort in 1960 to raise the $1 million required to receive legislative support to build a four-year college in the Grand Rapids area. In 1963, Grand Valley State College enrolled its first 226 students.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: President Thomas J. Haas will celebrate with students by blowing out birthday candles at Kleiner Commons and Fresh Food Company

Noon: Laker Marching Band performance by the Cook Carillon Tower

7 p.m.: Laker Remembrance at the Cook Carillon Tower. The event will honor students, faculty and alumni who have died in the previous year.

All day: A 282-flag display will be on the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses to recognize Grand Valley’s 282 founders. A trail on both campuses will include facts about Founders Day.

Students are encouraged to showcase their Laker pride by wearing Grand Valley gear throughout the day.

Last year, hundreds of students, faculty, staff members and community members celebrated the inaugural event by dedicating a  statue of L. William “Bill” Seidman, recognized as the founder of Grand Valley, by the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons.

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Community read committee seeks book suggestions

The Community Reading Project committee is looking for a few good books.

Brian Jbara, director of Integrative Learning, said suggestions are welcome for books that address “big topics or issues.” The book chosen as the Community Reading Project must also be a current book and accessible to students and community members.

More information about CRP is online at; suggestions can be sent to by November 1.

This year’s CRP selection is “Five Days at Memorial,” by Sheri Fink. A campus/community discussion is planned for October 23, 3-5 p.m., in the Kirkhof Center, room 2263. Students, faculty and staff members and community members will have an opportunity to discuss Fink’s book, which details five days at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.


Applications taken for Internship Mini-Grants

The Career Center is taking applications for Internship Mini-Grants, which provide opportunities for faculty and staff members to create, enhance or expand internships or practicum initiatives in academic departments.

Past recipients of IMGs have used funding to create websites, build employer connections within the community, and organize internship panels/recruitment events for their academic areas.

Proposals are due November 14. Information and an online application can be found at, click on “Faculty and Staff.”


University Libraries earn excellence award

Grand Valley’s libraries have collectively become the first academic libraries to receive the 2014 State Librarian’s Excellence Award for superior customer service.

The award, presented each year by the Library of Michigan Foundation and Library of Michigan, highlights the importance of services provided by libraries in Michigan.

Grand Valley received the award on October 16 during the Michigan Library Association’s annual conference in Grand Rapids.

Servicing Grand Valley’s more than 25,000 students, University Libraries is comprised of the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, Steelcase Library, Frey Foundation Learning Center, and Special Collections and University Archives.

Lee Van Orsdel, dean of University Libraries, said before moving into the Mary Idema Pew Library in 2013, library staff spent a full year redefining what great service should look like from the perspectives of those who use the multiple facilities.

“In the last 16 months, we have seen a lot of evidence that our commitment is evident to our students,” said Van Orsdel. “To get the State Librarian’s Award for excellence in customer service is icing on the cake and we are truly thrilled to have our efforts recognized.”

The Library of Michigan specifically praised the Mary Idema Pew Library’s innovative new technologies and supportive academic spaces, specifically the Knowledge Marketplace and Technology Showcase. 


Students participate in Voice Day

High school students from around Michigan participated in a unique opportunity at Grand Valley to improve their vocal abilities. On October 10, more than 60 students joined Grand Valley faculty members and guest teachers for the third annual High School Voice Day.

Dale Schriemer, professor and director of vocal activities, said the event gives promising high school students of voice an opportunity to participate in various hands-on workshops, including effective warm-ups, audition techniques and master classes.

“There are no ‘college prep’ music programs within school systems so the responsibility goes to the individual students to seek music tutors who will prepare them for the rigors of college music curricula,” said Schriemer.

Vocal Day

Photo by Amanda Pitts

Participants at High School Voice Day are pictured.