What's Ahead

November 30, 2015

Event observes World AIDS Day

The LGBT Resource Center will host a presentation on World AIDS Day on Tuesday, December 1. 

Eric Paul Leue, a member of the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV, will give a presentation, "How to End a Plague," at 6 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, room 2204. 

Free and confidential HIV testing will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, rooms 1247 and 1249. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/lgbtrc. 


Goodwill CEO to discuss design thinking in nonprofits

The president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids will visit Grand Valley to discuss the benefits of utilizing the design thinking process to grow effective non-profit organizations.

Kathy Crosby will present "Design Thinking in a Nonprofit Organization, a Culture Challenge" on Tuesday, December 1, from 6-7 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room, a reception will begin at 5.

"Design thinking is a creative process that serves any situation where there is a need," said John Berry, Design Thinking Initiative director. "Through her leadership, Kathy Crosby has utilized design thinking to build a culture of service at Goodwill. We're fortunate to be able to explore with her how that's happened and the obstacles and benefits of design thinking in a non-profit world."

In addition to acting as Goodwill's president and CEO, Crosby is the chair of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids' Board of Directors, vice chair for the Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan's Board of Directors. She also serves on the CEO Leadership Council of Talent 2025.

For more information and to register, visit www.gvsu.edu/designthinking/nonprofit.

Kathy Crosby

Kathy Crosby


Exercise Science Expo to offer networking opportunities

Students interested in careers in exercise science will have the opportunity to network with area professionals during the Exercise Science Career and Internship Expo December 4.

The event will take place from noon-2 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room.

Aside from professional networking opportunities, the expo also aims to provide an educational experience for students. At the expo, students will not only get to learn from current exercise science interns about their experiences in the field, but will also have the opportunity to learn about the various employment avenues within exercise science.

Companies expected to attend include David D. Hunting YMCA, Spectrum Health Cardiac Rehab, KoKo FitClub, Helen DeVos Health Weight Center, Metro Health Hospital, MVP Athletic Club, Salvation Army KROC Center and more. Grand Valley’s Career Center, Campus Recreation and Health and Wellness departments will also attend.

The Department of Movement Science sponsors the expo. For more information, contact Heather Peddie at x13397 or peddieh@gvsu.edu.


Students, guest artists unite for fall dance concert

The GVSU Dance Company will team with world-renowned guest artists to present innovative performances of new choreography during the group's annual fall dance concert. 

The performances will take place December 5, at 7 p.m., and December 6, at 2 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center, Louis Armstrong Theatre. Both performances are free and open to the public. 

During the recitals, students will perform 10 different dances choreographed by faculty and guest artists. 

"The dances stylistically range from classical ballet and jazz to contemporary modern dance," said Carrie Morris, GVSU Dance Company director. "We will also be performing a short excerpt from 'The Nutcracker' this year, so this will be an opportunity to get in the holiday spirit."

Guest artists for this year's performances include: Amy Rose, former soloist with American Ballet Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet; Joshua Manculich, former dancer with Thodos Dance Chicago and winner of the 2015 Princess Grace Award in Choreography; and Mina Estrada, educator with Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Each of the guest artists visited the Allendale Campus for a full week at the beginning of the fall semester. During that time, they taught technique classes for students, facilitated auditions for the concert, and provided career advice.


The fall GVSU Dance Company concert is set for December 5-6.


Marching band to perform entire halftime show lineup

From Jimi Hendrix and Taylor Swift, to patriotic classics and "The Sound of Music," the Laker Marching Band will perform highlights from its 2015 football halftime show lineup during its annual Bandorama concert.

"Bandorama" will take place Sunday, December 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Kelly Family Sports Center. It is free and open to the public.

"Bandorama allows the students to focus on the music without worrying about marching," said John Martin, director of Athletic Bands at Grand Valley. "It is a time for their parents, family, friends and the community to attend a performance that recaps the entire season in one hour and 15 minutes."

Martin added that each year the Laker Marching Band Council selects the themes and songs for the season. The council is a student organization comprised of current students who currently are, or have previously been, members of the band. The group, however, is open to all students.


European holiday music concludes Fall Arts Celebration

Grand Valley's 13th annual Fall Arts Celebration concludes with Europe’s most beloved holiday music performed by students, faculty members and soloists.

“Stille Nacht: A Celebration of Holiday Music from Europe” will take place Monday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE in Grand Rapids.

The evening will begin with Johan Sebastian Bach’s “Magnificat,” which has been etched in the history books as one of the holiday season’s most enduring musical classics. The voices of the University Arts Chorale will bring Bach’s cantata to modern audiences to enjoy. “Magnificat” was composed after Bach took a new position of employment at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany, specifically for a performance at Christmas Vespers in 1723.

Spanning the centuries with holiday favorites such as “Il est né, le divin Enfant,” “In dulci jubilo,” “Stille Nacht,” and Adolphe Adam’s “Cantique de Noël,” the performance will conclude with the iconic sounds of the GVSU Men’s Chorus singing melodies of Europe’s most cherished holiday music.

All Fall Arts Celebration events are open to the public with free admission. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/fallarts, or call (616) 331-2185.