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April 25, 2016


Reception set for story collection exhibition

The stories of Asian Pacific Americans will be highlighted in an exhibition and celebrated with a reception on Monday, April 25, at the Herrick District Library.

Stories for "Our Asian Pacific American Community" were collected by the Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University. Staff members worked in partnership with representatives from Herrick District Library, Latin Americans United For Progress, City of Holland, Holland Museum, Grand Valley's Meijer Campus in Holland, and St. Francis de Sales Parish.

A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Herrick District Library, 300 S. River Ave. It is free and open to the public.

The exhibition features more than 40 stories of area Asian Pacific Americans, many of whom will attend the reception.

Melanie Shell-Weiss, director of the Kutsche Office of Local History, said this collaborative project allows for the office to engage with community partners and "celebrate the diversity of Holland's communities, as well as the stories of our Holland-based GVSU faculty and students who participated in the project."


COE Convocation celebrates educators

Students and faculty members in the College of Education will be honored at a convocation ceremony April 28 at Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids.

This is the second time the ceremony will be held at the high school (the first was in December), marking the beginning of collaborative work between the college and public school. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the Ottawa Hills High School Auditorium.

About 230 graduates are expected to attend; 73 are master's students who will participate in a hooding ceremony, a practice started last April during the College of Education's 50th anniversary celebration. 

Three students will serve as keynote speakers: Hailie Roblyer, secondary education major; Mackenzie Kroll, special education major; and Carolyn McLean, higher education major.

For more information on convocation, visit


Premiere screening set for GVSU Summer Film Project

Screening of the Summer Film Project, 'The Lens,' is set for April 29.

Screening of the Summer Film Project, 'The Lens,' is set for April 29.


A woman named Isabelle buys an antique camera lens at a garage sale, but little does she know that the lens has mystical powers of healing. Does she use these powers even though every time she heals someone or something, she loses a piece of her soul?

This is the question raised by the 2015 Grand Valley Summer Film Project, "The Lens," which is set to debut Friday, April 29. The screening will take place at 8 p.m. at Celebration! Cinema North in Grand Rapids. Admission is $5 per person (cash only).

The film’s 20-member crew, consisting of all Grand Valley students, spent approximately one week filming in various West Michigan locations during July of 2015. Filming locations included Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Marks Photo and Video, and a house in Jenison.

Students then spent the 15-week fall semester editing the film and recording its musical score. Dan Rickabus, '10, of The Crane Wives, composed the original score.

Joseph McCargar, affiliate professor of film and video production, and Brian Gotberg, ’14, ’15, are co-producing “The Lens," with Richard Brauer, president of Brauer Productions Inc., serving as director. Brauer also wrote the film's script.


Autism conference will celebrate 15 years

Local and national experts will discuss teaching strategies for children with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome at Grand Valley’s 15th annual Statewide Autism and Training Project (START) conference.

The conference will take place Monday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

In honor of the 15th year of the conference, three speakers will present a wide range of topics, from supporting children with autism in the community to creating an inclusive culture in schools.

Stephen Shore, clinical assistant professor at Adelphi University, will give two presentations. During his first lecture, Shore will share the numerous challenges facing people who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Shore will then discuss strategies for enabling individuals with autism to achieve success in finding and maintaining employment.

Dan Habib, from the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, will present the benefits and challenges of inclusion for students with disabilities in grade schools and beyond.

Alyson Beytien, certified autism consultant, will illustrate why there is a need for greater inclusion in the community for children with ASD. She'll explore a variety of community activities that individuals with autism can engage in.

Registration is required for the conference, and closes April 27. For more information about the conference and to register, visit or call x16480.


Registration open for annual golf outings

Emily Trowbridge is among 55 people to earn a degree through the Traverse City Regional Center; commencement is set for May 3.

Emily Trowbridge is among 55 people to earn a degree through the Traverse City Regional Center; commencement is set for May 3.

Three Traverse City area women who are making a difference in their communities will be among the 55 graduates to receive degrees at Grand Valley's commencement ceremony, scheduled for May 3 at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City.

The women — Hollianne McHugh, Sally Smeltzer and Emily Trowbridge — are earning degrees through the Traverse City Regional Center, which offers 12 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Smeltzer, who will earn a bachelor's degree in liberal studies, was able to design her degree program to suit her interests — sociology and environmental health — and career plans. She said her degree has prepared her for her current work at Creation Farms in Beulah, in Benzie County, and, in the future, perhaps a new venture as a change-maker.

"I had so many great classes in the program," she said. "The degree program leaves room for new careers and careers that don't even exist now.

McHugh is a technology instructor for the Career Tech Center's Manufacturing Technology Academy, and serves as a board member for Buckley Community Schools. She will earn a master's degree in educational leadership, and said the degree will help her to see the larger picture of K-12 education and provide her with tools to impact change. Before moving to Traverse City, McHugh worked as an engineer for a Big Three automaker.

Trowbridge will earn a master's degree in social work. She is working at Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan with young children who were victims of sexual abuse and will soon work as a crisis counselor. Working with victims of sexual abuse is difficult, Trowbridge said, but rewarding.

"These kids are great. The biggest thing I've learned is that change does not happen overnight, and you learn to be grateful for the small victories," she said. "They pass a test, join a sports team, anything that emphasizes their strengths, is tremendous progress."

The commencement ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at the center, 715 E. Front St. President Thomas J. Haas will make remarks.


FTLC plans workshops throughout summer

The Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center has a slate of workshops planned in May and June, including a retreat to help faculty members design courses and an Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute.

Highlights of workshops are below; for more information, visit Registration can be completed online at

• May 2, 1-3 p.m., Portfolio Preparation Workshop for Affiliate Faculty: Zumberge Hall, room 3062

• May 3, noon-2 p.m., Promoting Academic Integrity in Your Classroom: Preventative strategies that can reduce incidents of academic integrity violations will be discussed; includes lunch. Zumberge Hall, room 3068

• May 19-20, 18th Annual Teaching Life Retreat: A retreat at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, in Hastings, will help faculty members on course design, redesign or with refreshing a project. To apply, send an email to Christine Rener with a description of the course project.

• June 6-10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Personnel Portfolio Workshop: A session for faculty members who are preparing for pre-tenure or tenure reviews. L. William Seidman Center, room 4002

• June 22-24, Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute: FTLC is partnering with the Division of Inclusion and Equity to offer this session for faculty members. Applications can be submitted online at