What's Ahead

January 26, 2015


Talk Back Tuesday series continues

Women and the civil rights movement will be discussed at the next Talk Back Tuesday event January 27.

Sponsored by the Women’s Center, the event will take place from noon-1 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, room 1201; it is open to the campus community and RSVPs are not required.

The event will discuss the exclusion of individuals who are left out of history and how that is impacting the U.S. today.

The Talk Back Tuesday series is hosted monthly and focuses on current topics and events. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/women_cen.


Retiring professor to share artistic process

A retiring art and design professor will discuss his artistic process in conjunction with an exhibit of his work commemorating his time at Grand Valley.

“An Artist’s Process: Ed Wong-Ligda on Creating His Work” will take place Wednesday, January 28, from 4-5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, Art Gallery.

Wong-Ligda’s professional painting career dates back to the early 1970s; he came to Grand Valley in 1996 when he was hired to develop and coordinate the Art and Design Department’s illustration emphasis. Two years later he became the coordinator and primary instructor of Illustration.

Wong-Ligda’s presentation complements his current exhibit, “Veracity, Distortion, Reduction: Visual Explorations by Ed Wong-Ligda,” which is on display in the Art Gallery through March 20.

For more information about the exhibit or Wong-Ligda’s presentation, visit www.gvsu.edu/artgallery.


Events will celebrate Asian American heritage

A variety of events are planned to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage at Grand Valley.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and many other campus organizations, events will take place January 29- March 21. All events are free and open to the public.

The celebration will kick off with the Asian New Year Festival on Thursday, January 29, from 6-9 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room. The festival will showcase the traditional Asian New Year celebration and will feature Asian cuisine and performances by Asian ethnic groups, including a dragon dance and Chinese martial arts.

Other events include:

• A Recognition of Fred T. Korematsu: January 30, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium. As a Japanese American, activist Fred T. Korematsu was incarcerated during World War II. In 1998, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton. The program will begin with a documentary video on Korematsu’s life and legacy, followed by brief remarks from a panel of speakers.

• The Celebrated “China Doll”: Troubling Asian Adoption on Television: February 11, 2-3 p.m., Kirkhof Center, room 2270. “Modern Family” and “Sex and the City” TV programs will be analyzed by assistant professor Kimberly McKee. She will lead a discussion on how adoptees’ representation is linked to Orientalism and the fetishization.

• Why Vote?: February 12, 1-2 p.m., Kirkhof Center, room 2263. This interactive workshop will explore issues of immigrations, jobs, economy, health care and education and what they have to do with the election.

• Building Transformative Responses to Violence: February 24, 6-8 p.m., Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room. Community educator and organizer Mia Mingus will discuss the concept and framework of transformative justice and how to respond to violence without causing more harm or violence. This is an Intersections event.

• R.I.C.E. Conference: Realizing and Addressing Issues in Our Culture and Education: March 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center. Registration is required for this event. Contact Davis Tran at david.tran517@gmail.com to RSVP. 


Partnership Showcase highlights community engagement

The Partnership Showcase, highlighting community-based teaching and research initiatives, will be held Friday, January 30, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Mary Idema Pew Library. The showcase will feature poster presentations and provide a forum for exchanging ideas with community partners and Grand Valley faculty, staff and students.

The showcase is a part of the Community As Classroom series, hosted by the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence, Community Service Learning Center, Division of Inclusion and Equity, Office for Community Engagement, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, University Libraries and Women’s Center.


Superhero-themed weekend set for siblings and kids

Students, faculty and staff members are invited to bring their siblings or children to the annual Sibs N Kids Weekend at Grand Valley on January 30-31. 

During the superhero-themed weekend, activities like laser tag, a superhero transformation room green screen, a puppet show, swing and hip-hop dance lessons, and rock climbing will be held on the Allendale Campus.

Register and see a complete list of activities and the schedule at www.gvsu.edu/sibsnkids. The registration fee is $20 for the first guest and $10 per each additional guest.

Join the conversation on social media by using #GVSibs15.


Registration open for annual G3 Camp

Ever wonder how a zombie’s brain works, how light can create art or how to make kid friendly snacks? These are just a few of the activities grandparents and their grandkids can experience by registering for the 2015 Grandparents, Grandkids, Grand Valley (G3) Camp.

Hosted by the Regional Math and Science Center, G3 Camp offers a fun and engaging opportunity for children ages 8-12 and their grandparents to attend hands-on classes while experiencing college life by living on the Allendale Campus for three days.

“The camp provides a great opportunity for generations to connect in a fun and educational environment,” said Margo Dill, Regional Math and Science Center program director. “The goal is to offer educational activities that will strengthen the family bond, give children a college life experience and create many positive memories for family members.”

Participants from last years G3 Camp

Participants from last year’s G3 Camp are pictured. Registration is open for the 2015 camp.

Activities for this year’s G3 Camp include the following:

• Creating a zen-inspired garden

• Exploring how light inspires art

• Learning how sounds are created and how we hear them

• Designing and building “Trash Bots” that will be tested on an obstacle course

• Testing solar powered devices to learn how the sun impacts daily life

• Stopping the villainous “Pete the Polluter” and his army of “Energy Suckers” from destroying the eco-friendly features of the Mary Idema Pew Library through a series of puzzles and clues

During evening hours, campers can explore Grand Valley’s campus and take advantage of activities in the Fieldhouse or Kirkhof Center where kids and their grandparents can swim, use the climbing wall, play basketball, bike, play pool or watch movies.

Registration is now open through April 30 and scholarships are available. For more information or to register, visit www.gvsu.edu/g3 or call the Regional Math and Science Center at x12267.