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October 24, 2016


Passport Fair set for Monday

The Padnos International Center will host a Passport Fair on Monday, October 24, from 1-4 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Pere Marquette Room.

Participants need to bring proof of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate or naturalization certificate), driver's license or Michigan ID, and 

two separate checks or money orders totaling $135 ($110 to Department of State, $25 to USPS). Passport photos can be taken for $3 cash, with Grand Valley ID.

Passport renewals can also be obtained at the fair with two checks ($110 to Department of State, $6.45 to USPS). 

For more information, contact Vicki Wenger at x13898 or


Panelists will discuss election at two events

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies will host two expert panels to analyze and discuss election issues and candidates.

Both panels will feature political experts from campus; panelists will be addressing topics specific to their area of study before taking questions from audience members. 

The first will take place on Tuesday, October 25, at 5 p.m. in the Cook-DeWitt Center. Speakers at that panel will be political science faculty members Mark Richards, Erika King, Laura Schneider, Darren Walhof and Don Zinman.

The second panel will take place on November 1 at 7 p.m. in the DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium. Speakers will be Polly Diven, professor of political science, Matt McLogan, vice president for University Relations, Jonathan White, executive director of Grand Valley’s Homeland Defense Initiative, and Richards and King.

Both panels are free and open to students and the public. To register to attend either panel discussion, visit


Graduate School Fair set for Wednesday

Students interested in an advanced degree opportunities can attend the Graduate School Fair Wednesday, October 26. 

The fair, organized by the Career Center, takes place from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Henry Hall atrium. The event is free and open to all Grand Valley students. 

More than 40 in- and out-of-state colleges and universities representing a variety of fields will attend. See a list of all institutions and programs at


Grand Valley, GRCC collaborate on film festival

A collaborative film festival, hosted by the French programs at Grand Valley and Grand Rapids Community College, will introduce the West Michigan community to films with a bit of international flavor.

The Tournées Film Festival will offer free screenings of six primarily French films October 26-November 4. Dan Golembeski, professor of French at Grand Valley, and Hillery Haney, professor of French at GRCC, are coordinating the festival, which is funded through a French-American Cultural Exchange Foundation Tournées Film Festival Grant.

Below is a full schedule of film screenings. The October 26, 27 and November 2 screenings will take place in the DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium; the screenings on November 3 and 4 will take place in the ATC Auditorium, GRCC.

• October 26, 6:15 p.m.: "Valley of Love" 

• October 27, 7 p.m.: "Phantom Boy"

• November 2, 6:30 p.m.: "La Sapienza"

• November 3, 6 p.m.: "Chocolat"

• November 4, 4 p.m.: "Jauja"

• November 4, at 7 p.m.: "Le Grand Homme"

Sponsors of the festival from Grand Valley include the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence, School of Communications, Frederik Meijer Honors College, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information about the film festival, contact Golembeski at or x13169.


MSU president will present next Secchia Lecture

Contemporary land-grant universities need to adapt their core values of quality, inclusiveness and connectivity to 21st-century realities, according to Lou Anna Simon, president of Michigan State University. 

Simon will be the speaker for the Peter F. Secchia Breakfast Lecture Series October 31 at the L. William Seidman Center. Her speech, "Land-grant Engagement for the 21st Century," begins at 8 a.m.; breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. 

MSU was chartered in 1855 under Michigan law as a state land-grant university, receiving an appropriation of 14,000 acres of state-owned land to fund its creation. Michigan State then became the nation's first land-grant institution under the Morrill Act of 1862, serving as a model for future land-grant universities.

Simon is the 20th president of Michigan State University, appointed in 2005. She began her career at MSU after earning a doctorate there in 1974, starting as an assistant professor in the Office of Institutional Research. She chairs the Association of American Universities and the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board.

The event is sponsored by the Seidman College of Business Alumni Association. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Seidman College of Business at x17100 or email


Seminar topic: talking about religion, faith and spirituality

The University Counseling Center's 20th annual multicultural seminar will focus on the importance of recognizing the role religion, faith and spirituality play in people's lives. 

"The Necessity of Talking About Religion, Faith and Spirituality in Public Spaces," will take place November 4 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center. Register by October 28 at

Dafina-Lazarus Stewart will give a presentation about the appropriateness of acknowledging religion, faith and spirituality as mental health, counseling and student affairs professionals. Stewart is a professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University. 

The seminar will include break-out discussions and professional competencies activities. Cost for students, faculty and staff members is $50; cost for community members is $90. Lunch is provided. For more information, call x13266. 


Register for annual civil discourse symposium

Grand Valley's third annual Padnos/Sarosik Civil Discourse Symposium centers on global migration and the challenges and opportunities that refugees and immigrants bring to a community.

"Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees: Community Engagement and Transformation" is set for Thursday, November 10, from 5-8:30 p.m. in the Eberhard Center. The event is free and open to the public; a light dinner will be served. RSVP online at

Jack Mangala, Padnos/Sarosik professor for civil discourse, said panelists from Detroit and Grand Rapids will offer perspectives as immigrants themselves or as advocates for the immigrant community. The symposium also offers an opportunity to engage with West Michigan organizations that offer resources to refugees and immigrants.

More about the symposium and the panelists listed below can be found online at

Panelists are Raquel Garcia Andersen, director of partnerships and community outreach for Global Detroit; Susan E. Reed, managing attorney for Michigan Immigrant Rights Center; Lupe Ramos-Montigny, member of Michigan State Board of Education; Kizombo Kalumbula, pastor of family life for Tabernacle Community Church; Anh Nguyet Tran, president of Liaison Linguistics; and Amer Zahr, adjunct professor for University Detroit Mercy School of Law.

The symposium expands on Mangala's course, "Immigration: Think Global, Act Local."  The endowed professorship is housed in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies and was a gift to Grand Valley from longtime supporters Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik.