What's Ahead

November 24, 2014


Educators honored at College of Education Convocation

The College of Education will honor two outstanding educators during its convocation ceremony Tuesday, December 2, at 7 p.m. at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids. About 100 graduates are expected to participate. The ceremony is a precursor to Grand Valley’s commencement ceremonies on December 6 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

During convocation, Mike Pascoe, principal at City Middle-High School in Grand Rapids, and Lisa Minella, principal at Mulick Park Elementary School in Grand Rapids, will receive Outstanding Alumni Administrator Awards.

Three students will serve as keynote speakers: Karen Malloure, Caitlin Smith and Melinda (Minna) Woodward.


CCPS sabbatical series continues

Richard Jelier, professor and director of the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration, will showcase his research from Moscow State University during the next CCPS Sabbatical Lunch and Learn Series.

Faculty members from the College of Community and Public Service are showcasing their research during a series of meetings in celebration of the college’s 10th anniversary.

Jelier’s presentation, “View from one of Stalin’s Seven Sisters: Moscow’s Transition from Communism to ‘Dollarocracy’ and the return of Holy Russia,” will take place December 3, from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in the Bicycle Factory, room 340.

In his presentation Jelier will challenge many of the American stereotypes of Russians and Muscovites that were formed during decades of Cold War relations and the collapse of the Soviet Empire. Jelier taught an undergraduate course, conducted a seminar series for public administration doctoral students and presented a number of public lectures and conference presentations to and with Russians. 


Committee seeks questions for MLK speaker

The planning committee for the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week is seeking questions from the campus community to pose to Sybrina Fulton during her January 19 presentation.

Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager who was the victim of a shooting death in 2012. Fulton’s presentation is set for 1:30 p.m. in the Fieldhouse, and due to the anticipated large audience, there will not be a formal question-and-answer session.

Questions for Fulton can be submitted ahead of time by sending an email to oma@gvsu.edu by December 15. The committee will review questions prior to Fulton’s visit.

For more information about Fulton or the week’s activities, visit www.gvsu.edu/mlk.