When the U.S. Congress convened in January, for the first time it included more than 100 women. However, Michigan continues to hold its rank at 36th in the nation for the number of women holding state elected offices.
To help boost the number of women serving in local, state and national politics, Grand Valley, Saginaw Valley State University and the Michigan ACE Women’s Network join other sponsors to host the fourth annual “Ready to Run Michigan,” a nonpartisan campaign training workshop designed to encourage women to run for office.
Registration is now open for the 2015 workshop, set for April 17-18 at Saginaw Valley. Cost to attend the daylong workshop is $100 (early bird price), an optional networking reception is $25. Visit www.gvsu.edu/readytorun to register and see details. Space is limited and some scholarships are available.
The workshop will include sessions on campaign planning, fundraising, media training and messaging. Campaign professionals will lead trainings, and elected and appointed female politicians are scheduled to speak and provide insight.
Ready to Run Michigan is co-sponsored by SMG Strategies, with support from the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics. For more information, visit the website or call the Women’s Center at x12748.
Multiple faculty members will discuss the tradition of artists inspiring the work of other artists during a special presentation of “Artists Quoting Artists.”
The event is set for Tuesday, February 24, from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center, Art Gallery.
Faculty scheduled to present include Ellen Adams, assistant professor in the Meijer Honors College; Ed Wong-Ligda, professor of art and design; and Virginia Jenkins, Art and Design Department chair. Jenkins will also lead participants in a special project where they will have the opportunity to create their own work of art.
This event is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition, “Veracity, Distortion, Reduction: Visual Explorations by Ed Wong-Ligda,” showcasing 15 oil-on-canvas paintings created by Wong-Ligda during his time at Grand Valley. He will retire from the university in April.
For more information about “Artists Quoting Artists,” visit www.gvsu.edu/artgallery.
The Padnos International Center will host a passport fair on Tuesday, February 24, from 1-4 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, rooms 2215/2216.
Students, faculty and staff members are invited to apply for a new passport or renew their current one. Allow up to six weeks for passport processing.
Participants applying for a new passport should bring proof of U.S. citizenship, proof of identity with photo, and two separate checks or money orders ($110 to the Department of State, $25 to the Postal Service).
Passport photos can be taken at the fair for $3 cash. Participants must present GVSU identification cards.
Visit www.gvsu.edu/pic for more information.
The 2015 Winter Career Fair will take place Tuesday, February 24, from 1-5 p.m., at DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids.
The fair is free and open to college students and alumni seeking professional employment or internship opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 200 employers will attend.
The Health Career Expo, featuring health care employers, will be held in conjunction with the fair.
Participant pre-registration is not required, but students should bring their student ID. Follow and participate in the conversation on Twitter at @GVSUcareers and #GVCareerFair.
For a list of registered employers, visit www.gvsu.edu/careerfairs.
Mia Mingus, a writer and community educator and organizer, will give a presentation this week as part of the Intersections program.
Mingus is a member of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective, a group that works to build and support transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse. She has been recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change, an honor given to Americans who do exemplary things to uplift their communities. Her research has examined issues of disability justice.
Her presentation, “Building Transformative Responses to Violence,” is set for Tuesday, February 24, 6 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room.
Mingus was named one of Campus Pride’s Top 25 LGBT Favorite speakers in 2009, one of the 30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30 by the blog Angry Asian Man and received the 2008 Creating Change Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, among others.
Intersections is a series of events hosted by Grand Valley’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Women’s Center, and LGBT Resource Center. The series provides opportunities for the campus community to look at the world through multiple dimensions including race, gender, sexual orientation and class status.
For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/intersections.
The next speaker in the Her Story series will be Mary Sharp, coordinator of Multicultural/Diversity Services and Training for the University Counseling Center.
Sharp’s presentation will take place on Thursday, February 26, at noon in the Kirkhof Center, room 2204.
The Her Story series, co-sponsored by the Women’s Commission and Women’s Center, provides an opportunity for the campus community to listen to authentic stories of women in leadership positions at Grand Valley.
For more information, visit the Women’s Commission website at www.gvsu.edu/w_commission.
The theme for the 16th West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium is “North American Manufacturing Fueling Growth.” North America is home to many of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, with 63 of the top 100 located in Michigan.
The symposium, hosted by the Van Andel Global Trade Center, will be held March 5, in the DeVos Center Loosemore Auditorium, and will highlight how North America is fueling the automotive industry’s growth in an era of new design and technology.
The event brings together business owners, senior management and decision makers from all tiers of the industry, providing the most up-to-date automotive forecasts, trends and opportunities to network and learn from others.
Keynote speakers include:
• Roberto Soto Montes, director of Powertrain Purchasing for Renault-Nissan of North America;
• Ed Wulbrecht, vice president of Quality Control for Subaru of Indiana Automotive;
• Mike Wall, director of Automotive Analysis for IHS Automotive;
• Michael Dorney, director of Global Business Development for Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
To register or for more information, visit www.vagtc.org or call x16811.
Historian Larry Gerber will discuss university service and shared governance during an event hosted by the Faculty Council.
Gerber will highlight “2015 Out of the Box Event: Sharing Governance,” which is set for March 12, 1 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Pere Marquette room.
He is the author of The Rise and Decline of Faculty Governance: Professionalization and the Modern American University, professor at Auburn University and officer of the American Association of University Professors.
• Out of the Box workshops will take place March 18-19 at noon each day. Space is limited, RSVP online at www.gvsu.edu/clas, and search “Upcoming Events.”
The events are sponsored by CLAS.