What's Ahead

April 20, 2015


Reception set for graduates of color

A reception to celebrate new graduates and recognize graduates of color is planned for Thursday, April 23, from 3-5 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room.

Refreshments will be served and a short program will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Student Senate, Native American Advisory Board and the Faculty and Staff Affinity Associations.


Three FTLC workshops scheduled

The Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center will host three workshops about classroom learning.

• “How Do I Create a Climate for Learning in My Classroom?” will be held April 27 at 11 a.m. in Zumberge Hall, room 3068, or 2 p.m. in DeVos Center, room 107D.

• “How Can I Get Students To Take Responsibility for Learning?” is April 29 at 10 a.m. in Zumberge Hall, room 3068, or 1 p.m. in DeVos Center, room 107D.

• How Can I Promote Deep Learning through Critical Reflection?” is April 30 at 11 a.m. in DeVos Center, room 107D, or 1 p.m. in Zumberge Hall, room 3068.

Participants will watch a “20 Minute Mentor Commons” video then have a discussion, facilitated by Christine Renner, director of the FTLC.

More information is online at http://www.gvsu.edu.ftlc.


MAREC to host solar development workshop

Individuals interested in learning about solar development in Michigan are invited to a free workshop May 5 at Grand Valley’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon.

The workshop, “Solar Powering Your Community,” will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and will focus on actionable steps for adopting solar in West Michigan. Lunch will be provided; register at http://bit.ly/muskegonmiworkshop.

The workshop will feature national and local experts who will discuss the benefits and barriers of solar development in Michigan; creating solar-friendly planning and zoning codes and ordinances; understanding the regulatory landscape of solar; and innovative financing options for solar projects.

The workshop is sponsored by MAREC, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, National Association of Regional Councils and the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership through the U.S. Department of Energy.

For more information, contact Kim Walton, program director for MAREC, at x16900. 


World Trade Week focuses on Latin America

West Michigan World Trade Week will bring together a multitude of Michigan businesses May 6 to discuss emerging trends in Latin America.

The conference, hosted by the Van Andel Global Trade Center and the U.S. Commercial Service, is celebrating 30 years of helping Michigan’s business leaders increase exports and bring more business opportunities to West Michigan.

This year’s keynote speaker is Ambassador Richard Holwill, vice president of public policy for Alticor, Inc. in Washington, D.C. Holwill has extensive experience in South America, China, India and Russia. He served in the U.S. Department of State in a number of positions including Ambassador to Ecuador. He is co-chair of the Cuba Working Group at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The event will run from 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on May 6 in the L. William Seidman Center. Register at www.worldtradeweekmi.org.

Other conference speakers include Thys DeBruyn, president of Advance Resources and Consulting, and Juan Manuel Solana Morales, consulate of Mexico-Detroit.

The West Michigan World Trade Week Planning Committee is comprised of volunteers from more than 20 internationally focused companies and organizations. The committee leadership alternates on an annual basis between the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Van Andel Global Trade Center.


Support Laker for a Lifetime team at River Bank Run

Alumni, students, faculty and staff members and friends will participate in the Fifth Third River Bank Run on May 9 as part of the Laker for a Lifetime Team.

The team will raise money, with a goal of $10,000, for the Student Support Fund, a scholarship for students facing emergency financial situations. Chris Barbee, director of Alumni Relations, has agreed to shave a “GV” logo in the back of his head if the combined fundraising goal reaches $10,000. Visit www.gvsu.edu/alumni to make a donation.

A GVSU post-race party is planned from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at the DeVos Center parking lot. Cost to attend is $10; beer, drinks and food are planned. Visit the website to register.


Interprofessional conference committee seeks abstracts

The eighth annual Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Conference is set for the Pew Grand Rapids Campus on September 17-18.

MIPERC is an organization founded by Grand Valley, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and Michigan State University-College of Human Medicine to develop regional infrastructure for interprofessional education, practice and research. Conference organizers are now accepting abstracts that showcase topics relevant to the conference theme, “Strategies for the Application of Successful Models and Processes.” New to the conference this year, awards will be given for student poster presentations and faculty members are encouraged to ask students to submit abstracts. Details on submitting an abstract are online at www.gvsu.edu/miperc. Deadline for podium abstracts is June 1, poster abstracts is July 30.

Conference keynote speakers are Michael Faas, CEO of Metro Health Corporation and president of Pennant Health Alliance; Lesley Bainbridge, director of interprofessional education for the faculty of medicine and associate principal for the College of Health Disciplines, University of British Columbia; Darrell G. Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges; and Amy Blue, associate vice president for interprofessional education for the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health and Education, University of Florida.

A pre-conference workshop is set for September 17 with a presentation by Barbara Brandt, associate vice president for education and director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at the University of Minnesota Health Center.

For details, visit www.gvsu.edu/miperc.

Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Conference

Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Conference 


Screening set for Summer Film Project

Grand Valley is set to premiere a sneak preview of its 20th annual Summer Film Project, “Lucky Jay,” for West Michigan audiences Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids.

The seven-episode comedy-drama is a web series about one semester in the life of a young film professor pursuing tenure at a fictional college in the Midwest.

The web series will be available online beginning May 1 at luckyjayseries.com with one episode set for release each day until all seven are posted on May 7.

John Philbin, associate professor of film and video production, directed the film and wrote the script, along with collaborators John Dufresne, a novelist and creative writing professor at Florida International University, and Angelo Eidse, a Vancouver-based screenwriter.

The film’s crew consisted of 22 members including faculty members, students and various professionals. Filming for “Lucky Jay” took place at various locations on the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses as well as private homes in Grand Rapids and Fenian’s Irish Pub in Conklin.

The Summer Film Project was established to offer junior and senior students an opportunity to work side-by-side with professionals to produce a short film during a six-week practicum course. Post-production is completed during a 15-week fall course, with a premiere screening each spring.

Summer Film Project

Summer Film Project