What's Ahead

October 20, 2014


Panelists will discuss Fords use of amendment

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies is partnering with the Gerald R. Ford Foundation & Museum, the National Constitution Center and the Economic Club of Grand Rapids to host a pair of panel discussions about President Ford.

The first panel will focus on “President Ford and the Rule of Law,” and the second will focus on the “Pardon of Richard Nixon,” with both focusing on use of the 25th Amendment.

The first use of the 25th Amendment occured in 1973 when President Richard Nixon nominated Congressman Gerald R. Ford to fill the vacancy left by Vice President Spiro Agnew’s resignation. In less than a year, it would be used again — this time Ford became president after Nixon resigned, and he nominated Nelson Rockefeller to fill the vice presidential vacancy left by him.

Both discussions will take place at the Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids on Monday, October 20.

• President Ford and the Rule of Law, 8:30-9:45 a.m.

• President Ford and the Pardon of Richard Nixon, 10:15-11:30 a.m.

A joint lunch with the Economic Club will follow at noon at the JW Marriott. To register, visit www.gvsu.edu/s/JG.


Workshop will promote flexibility

An interactive class hosted by Priority Health will teach participants the benefits of flexibility and balance by targeting and lengthening muscles.

“Increase My Flexibility” is scheduled for Monday, October 20, at noon in the Kirkhof Center, rooms 2215/2216.

Register online at www.gvsu.edu/seminar.


Leader to discuss climate change in Caribbean country

The leader of a sustainable initiative in the Caribbean country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will give a lecture on campus on Monday, October 20.

Stina Herberg, headmaster at the Richmond Vale Academy in St. Vincent, is working to make St. Vincent and the Grenadines the world’s first climate compliant nation through awareness of global warming and climate change. The lecture is in recognition of National Sustainability Day, which takes place October 22.

Herberg’s lecture, “Lessons from the St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference,” will take place from noon-1 p.m. at the Cook-DeWitt Center.

Erik Nordman, associate professor of biology, said he met Herberg through the Pan American Development Foundation, where he is working to write curriculum in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“This island nation is prone to natural disasters, like flooding, storm surges and sea level rises, which will be exacerbated by climate change,” Nordman said. “Herberg, her staff and students are working to promote climate-smart agriculture and other livelihoods to raise the resilience of Vincentian farmers by increasing food security while still linking them to the global economy.”

The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability Practices, Biology Department, Environmental Studies, and Geography and Planning.

For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/sustainability


Fall career fair set

More than 230 employers are registered to attend Grand Valley’s Fall Career Fair.

The fair is free and open to college students and alumni who are seeking professional employment or internship opportunities. Employers will represent a wide variety of disciplines within the business, nonprofit and public sectors.

It will run from 1-5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, at DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Avenue.

The event is sponsored by Grand Valley and supported by eight schools: Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Hope College, Kendall College of Art & Design and Kuyper College.

Participant pre-registration is not required, but students should bring their student ID. Follow and participate in the conversation on Twitter at @GVSUcareers and #GVCareerFair.

For a list of registered employers, visit www.gvsu.edu/careerfairs


Office of Public Culture will host author at two events

The author of a book linking an imagination crisis to a capitalistic power crisis will give presentations at two events in Grand Rapids.

Max Haiven, author of “Crisis of Imagination, Crisis of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons,” will discuss his work Tuesday, October 21, at events detailed below. Both events are free and open to the public.

• “Crisis of Imagination, Crisis of Power: Capitalism, Creativity, and the Commons”; October 21, 6:30 p.m., Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, 2 Fulton West, Grand Rapids.

• “Art, Money, and Labor in Practice: Culture Work in the Creative City”; October 21, 3-4:30 p.m., Kendall College of Art and Design, 17 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids.

Grand Valley’s Office of Public Culture is sponsoring Haiven’s visit, co-sponsors are Grand Valley’s Visual Studies emphasis in the Department of Art and Design, Kendall College’s Fed Galleries, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. The Office of Public Culture is housed in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Paul Wittenbraker, associate professor of art and design, said Haiven’s presentations are relevant for artists, activists, educators and entrepreneurs.

Haiven teaches art history and critical studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. His research focuses on themes including the financialization of society and culture, the politics and economics of culture, critical art practices, and social and cultural theory.


Fireside Chat focuses on performance for social change

Two faculty members from the School of Communications will lead a Fireside Chat and discuss stage performance for social change.

Karen Libman and Alli Metz will talk about “Staging Acts of Activism” on Wednesday, October 22, at noon in the Kirkhof Center, room 1201. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches.

The Fireside Chats are sponsored by the Women’s Center and Women’s Commission. 


Hundreds of students to participate in national day of service

Nearly 400 volunteers from Grand Valley are expected to participate in the nation’s largest day of community service on Saturday, October 25.

During Make a Difference Day, students will perform service work at various area agencies for the day. Volunteers will have opportunities to work with many causes, including assisting with youth and senior citizen projects, or cleaning up trails and parks.

The day will kick off at 9:30 a.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room. Participants will then be bused to various sites throughout the Grand Rapids area to work on community service projects until 3 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Community Service Learning Center at Grand Valley. 


Fall Arts Celebration presents Gallim Dance

Gallim Dance, founded in 2007, is a Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company dedicated to creating and performing original work by choreographer Andrea Miller.

Miller is a former Julliard dance graduate who studied GaGa technique with the Batsheva Dance Company under the direction of Ohad Naharin. Upon her return from Israel, Miller embarked on a cutting-edge mastery of movement invention inspired by the compositional improvisation structure of GaGa technique.

“Gallim Dance: Articulate Bodies, Visceral Language” will take place October 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center, Louis Armstrong Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

“Gallim Dance is one of the world’s most sought after contemporary dance companies,” said Danny Phipps, chair of Music and Dance at Grand Valley. “It is breaking new ground in choreographic invention, physical realities and human awareness.”

GaGa technique incorporates past and present movement invention practices fueled by human emotion. In the early 20th century, dance pioneers Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis employed movement invention and exploration practices inspired by the sheer joy of simply moving. In the 1960s, postmodern choreographers Yvonne Rainer and Trisha Brown incorporated spontaneous, pedestrian, task-based movements to develop choreography. Gallim’s dancers are described as fluid, quirky and phenomenal talents.

For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/fallarts, or call x12185.

Fall Arts Celebration

The Fall Arts Celebration continues with Gallim Dance, set for October 27 in the Performing Arts Center.