What's Ahead

September 1, 2015


Laker Marching Band announces halftime schedule

The Laker Marching Band will take the field at Lubbers Stadium during home football games this season and feature energetic and entertaining performances.

John Martin, director of Athletic Bands, said each year the Laker Marching Band Council selects the themes and songs of the shows. The council is a student organization comprised of current students who currently are, or have previously been, members of the band.

“The Laker Marching Band Council did an outstanding job this season creating a wide variety of themes and songs,” Martin said. “The first show on September 3, ‘Party at GV,’ will be a fantastic show that will be primarily done facing the student section.”

Martin added that a local rock band, The Lake Effects, will join the band during their first performance, along with the GVSU Royal Dancers and the Donald Sinta Quartet, featuring Dan Graser, assistant professor of saxophone.

The themes for the other five home games are September 19, “Spy Show”; October 3, “Sound of Music”; October 17, “Circle Drill” and “Band Day” featuring Band Day participants; October 24, “Once Upon a Laker…” Homecoming; and November 14, “Veterans Day Salute.” 


GVSU partners with festival of innovation

Grand Valley will host innovators and makers during the second annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire, September 5-7. 

Maker Faire combines the traditional science fair with innovation and engineering. The faire will feature established and emerging makers, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, local food, and educational installations. 

Grand Valley joined the festival as an organizing partner in June. Makers and their projects will be on display in the Kennedy Hall of Engineering and Keller Engineering Labs. 

For more information, visit www.makerfairegr.com


CLAS initiative encourages faculty to give 'breather'

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is encouraging faculty members to incorporate a “Fall Breather” into their syllabi — a weekend with no readings, assignments or homework given to students prior to the deadline to drop classes.

Monica Johnstone, CLAS director of communications and advancement, said the idea of the Fall Breather is to clear students’ schedules from October 24-25, so they can do whatever benefits their success before the drop deadline of October 30. 

“We are conscious that our first-year students are experiencing their longest educational period without a break for the very first time,” Johnstone said.

Maddie Cleghorn, Student Senate president, said the Senate actively sponsors the Fall Breather because of the impact it can have on students in and outside of the classroom, especially considering the initiative falls on Homecoming weekend this year.

“Using this weekend to take part in Grand Valley Homecoming traditions could be exactly what many students need in order to feel at home here, especially at a time when the weight of classes feels particularly heavy,” Cleghorn said.

Fred J. Antczak, dean of CLAS, said the Fall Breather isn’t intended to ask faculty to completely alter their syllabi for the semester.

“I am not suggesting faculty takes any time away from class, nor even that they decrease by an iota the amount of work in the fall course,” Antczak said. “I’m simply asking them to redistribute it, so that for that weekend across as many courses as possible, there’s no assigned work.”

For more information about the Fall Breather, contact Johnstone at x12495 or at johnstmo@gvsu.edu.