What's Ahead

February 8, 2016


LAS to host lecture by political anthropologist

Latin American Studies will host a lecture by a Canadian professor about how farmers in Paraguay are caught in that country's transition to democracy.

Kregg Hetherington, associate professor of anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal, will give a presentation, "Making Paraguay Real: How to Measure an Agrarian Transformation," on Thursday, February 11, at 2 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, rooms 2215/2216.

Hetherington, a political anthropologist, is an expert in environment and infrastructure, the bureaucratic state and international development in Latin America. His book, Guerrilla Auditors, explores how rural thinking about property and information at times conflict with bureaucratic reform projects promoted by international experts. 

The presentation is co-sponsored by the Anthropology, History and Sociology departments; it is LIB 100/201 approved. For more information, contact David Stark, LAS coordinator, at starkd@gvsu.edu, or call Area Studies at x18110.


Campus will celebrate Darwin Day with activities

Darwin Day

Grand Valley will celebrate its first Darwin Day February 11-12 with two days of events, including a keynote presentation, art exhibit, faculty and student presentations.

The event is interdisciplinary in nature. One of the organizers Cara Ocobock, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, said Darwin's theory of evolution touches everyday life in many ways, through language, art and health.

"I'm an anthropologist so evolution is constantly in my studies," Ocobock said. "Internationally, Darwin Day events have been held for years, and I thought, 'Why not here, too?'"

The keynote speaker is Wenda Trevathan, professor emerita of anthropology at New Mexico State University. She is a co-editor of two collections of works on evolutionary medicine and wrote Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives: How Evolution Has Shaped Women's Health.

Trevathan will give a presentation at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 12, in the Mary Idema Pew Library, multipurpose room. "Flash Talks," quick presentations similar to TED Talks, will follow Trevathan's address from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

February 11 events are at Wealthy Street Theatre; a comedy show will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a screening of "Jurassic Park," with a panel discussion.

The Science on Tap monthly event closes Darwin Day activities. Laura Stroik, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, will give a presentation, "Amazing Adaptations and Other Evolutionary Eccentricities," at the SpeakEZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, at 8 p.m.

The art exhibition, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful," will run through February 25 in Mary Idema Pew Library.

For a schedule or more information about Darwin Day, visit www.gvsu.edu/darwinday.


Financial aid staff to help students apply for aid

College-bound students and their families can get help applying for financial aid during College Goal Sunday on February 14. 

Grand Valley is participating in College Goal Sunday, a national initiative aimed at increasing the number of students pursuing higher education. Financial aid staff members from Grand Valley will guide students and families through each step of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, or FAFSA. The FASFA form, due March 1, is required for all students seeking financial aid, including grants, loans and scholarships.

College Goal Sunday will take place from 2-4 p.m. in building A of the DeVos Center.

Students under 23 years of age are encouraged to attend with a parent or guardian. Parents and students should bring their completed 2015 federal tax return (1040) if possible, or their W-2 and 1099 forms. 

Other College Goal Sunday sites in West Michigan include Grand Rapids Community College, Western Michigan University, Muskegon Community College, Grand Haven High School and Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor.

For more information, contact Michelle Rhodes, director of Financial Aid, at x13234 or visit www.micollegegoal.org. 


National recycling competition runs through April

Grand Valley will again participate in Recyclemania, a national recycling competition that challenges colleges and universities to collect the largest amount of recycleable and compostable materials during an eight-week period. 

From February 7-April 2, Grand Valley will compete for the ninth year in a row. 

During the 2015 competition, more than 298,000 pounds were recycled. Grand Valley ranked first in the state and 24th in the nation in the composting and Grand Champions categories. 

Janet Aubil, operations supervisor for Facilities Services, said the university's success has been the result of team work, as it takes effort from all students, faculty and staff members to take the time to compost and recycle. 

Facilities Services is leading the contest, with support from the Office of Sustainability Practices, Campus Dining, Office of Housing and Resident Life, Student Environmental Coalition and Pew Campus Operations. 

For more information, visit www.recyclemania.org. For more information about recycling at Grand Valley, visit www.gvsu.edu/facilitiesservices.