What's Ahead

September 29, 2014


Flu vaccination clinic moves to Holland

The GVSU Family Health Center will offer a flu vaccination clinic at the Meijer Campus in Holland on Wednesday, October 1, from 9-11:30 a.m.

Cost of the vaccination is covered for retirees, faculty and staff members and their dependents.

The Family Health Center, 72 Sheldon Blvd. in Grand Rapids, is operated by the Kirkhof College of Nursing. People who cannot get to a vaccination clinic can call the center at (616) 988-8774 to make an appointment.


Global games have international flair

The Padnos International Center and the International Student Organization will host “Global Games” on Wednesday, October 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Kelly Family Sports Center.

International students will demonstrate Tchoukball, Kabaddi, BobleFutbol and other games from their home countries. At 7:30 p.m., a student panel will discuss how different countries celebrate soccer’s World Cup.

The event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsors of the event are Campus Dining and Campus Recreation. For more information, call the PIC at x13898.


Clemente will discuss Latino influence

Community organizer, journalist and political activist Rose Clemente will give a Hispanic Heritage Month presentation about Latino influence on current and future American life.

Clemente’s presentation, “Presente! Latinos y Latinas in the 21st Century,” will take place on Thursday, October 2, from 6–7:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room.

Clemente has been a community organizer and activist for more than 15 years, and also a featured keynote speaker, panelist and political commentator. She also consults on issues such as hip-hop activism, media justice, voter engagement among youth of color, third-party politics, intercultural relations between African Americans and Latinos, immigrants’ rights as an extension of human rights, and universal health care.

The free event is in conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Professionals of Color Lecture Series. 


Alumni will discuss Peace Corps service

Three alumni who completed their Peace Corps service will return to campus for a panel discussion about their experiences.

“What Is the Peace Corps Really Like?” is set for Thursday, October 2, at 7 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, room 2266.

All three panelists earned degrees in International Relations. Anel Guel served in Peru, Lyndia McMullen served for three years in Burkina Faso, and Jillian Zirnhelt served in Fiji.

Questions can be directed to Polly Diven, professor of political science and director of international relations, at x13282 or divenp@gvsu.edu.


Comedy of Errors continues this week

The Shakespeare Festival’s mainstage production, “The Comedy of Errors,” is one of William Shakespeare’s earliest and most frequently performed plays.

In the story, two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, miraculously find themselves years later in the same town in the Wild West, setting off a hysterical adventure of mistaken identity.

Performances will continue on Thursday-Saturday, October 2, 3, and 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, Louis Armstrong Theatre.

Tickets are $14 general admission; $12 alumni, faculty, staff and seniors; and $6 students. Purchase tickets at the LAT box office, or by calling x12300. For more ticket information, visit www.gvsu.edu/theatre.

Comedy of Errors cast members

Photo by Amanda Pitts
Students actors Andrew Steward and Charlie Wilburn will perform in ‘The Comedy of Errors,’ set for October 2-4.

Director Roger Ellis said the unique partnership between students, faculty, community actors and professional actors enables students to interact with working union actors in order to learn about professional work ethic, preparation techniques, and rehearsal and performance methods.

“The Comedy of Errors” cast and crew will also be touring area schools to perform for approximately 1,500 students during special matinee performances.

For more information and a complete schedule of Shakespeare Festival events, visit www.gvsu.edu/shakes.


Alumnus will discuss popular education

An alumnus will return to campus to give a presentation on his work as an educator in an immigrant neighborhood in Chicago.

Tony Nelson graduated in 2003 and works at Centro Autonomo, a bilingual adult high school in the Albany Park neighborhood. Nelson’s presentation, “We Question While We Walk: Building Community Through Popular Education,” is set for Friday, October 3, from 7-8:30p.m. in Kirkhof Center, rooms 2215/2216.

Popular education has strong roots in Latin America and focuses on the process to empower people who feel socially and politically marginalized.

Read more about Nelson at www.gvsu.edu/successstory.


Honors students plan 5K to benefit organization in Ghana

Registration is open for a 5K run on the Allendale Campus that will help benefit Challenging Heights, an organization in Ghana that works to rescue child slaves and reduce human trafficking.

The Children’s Rescue Race will take place Saturday, October 4, at 9:30 a.m. The race will begin and end near the Cook Carillon Tower.

Lindsey Crawford and Stephany Zahl, students in the Frederik Meijer Honors College, are organizing the race as their senior project. Zahl traveled to Ghana over the summer and spent seven weeks working with Challenging Heights in Winneba. The organization focuses specifically on the child labor trade that exists in the region surrounding Lake Volta. Challenging Heights provides rescued child slaves with housing, education and rehabilitation. The organization is run by James Kofi Annan, who was a victim of the child slavery trade when he was young.

The race is in partnership with Challenging Heights: Grand Valley, a student organization. All funds from the race will go directly to the physical rescues of trafficked children.

Registration is open on the race website at www.gvsu.edu/s/IC. Registration costs $20. A race shirt is included in registration; children 12 and under run for free. Prizes will be awarded.


Play Day will keep stress away

The University Counseling Center will host its first ever Play Day, just in time for midterms.

The event will take place on Monday, October 6, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Lounge, across from the pool tables.

Students are encouraged to take a break from studying and experience the benefits of play. According to the Counseling Center, research indicates that people who take the time to play, perform better academically and are better able to manage stress.

“We hope to provide education about the idea of playfulness and its benefits in the long run,” said Melissa Selby-Theut, coordinator of Outreach and Peer Education for the Counseling Center.

Students, faculty and staff members are welcome to stop by and stay for as long as they need. Those attending the event can expect popcorn, balloon animals, hula hoops, a make-your-own stress ball craft, play dough and a coloring station.

For more information, contact Selby-Theut at x13266 or selbym@gvsu.edu. 


Fall Arts Celebration will highlight journalist

Scott Simon, host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” will explore the challenges vital to journalism, democracy and personal sanity in the practice and consumption of daily news, as the featured distinguished lecturer for Fall Arts Celebration.

Simon’s speech, “Professional Journalism in a DIY Age,” will be held Monday, October 6, at 7 p.m. in the Eberhard Center.

Simon hosts the PBS television series “Backstage With…” that features his conversations with some of the biggest names in theater. He has been a frequent guest host on the CBS television program “Nightwatch” and CNBC’s “Talkback Live,” as well as an essayist and commentator on NBC’s “Weekend Today,” “NOW with Bill Moyers” and on ESPN.

During his career, Simon has reported from all 50 states and every continent — covering wars, political campaigns, sieges, famines, natural disasters and scandals. He has received numerous awards for his reporting, including the George Foster Peabody Award, multiple Emmy Awards, the Studs Terkel Media Award and the Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism, among others.

Simon has also written multiple bestselling books, including “Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan,” “Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball,” “Pretty Birds,” “Windy City,” and “Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption.”

“Scott Simon is the ideal person to help us think about journalism in an age in which time demands are 24/7, and nearly everyone has a cellphone, but not an editor,” said Fred Antczak, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.

All Fall Arts Celebration events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/fallarts, or call x12185.

Scott Simon

Scott Simon