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January 23, 2017


Study abroad event focuses on students of color

Students of color will share their study abroad experiences during an event sponsored by the Padnos International Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Laker Familia.

"Being Black and Brown Abroad" is set for Tuesday, January 24, from noon-1 p.m. in the Mary Idema Pew Library. 

Staff from PIC will discuss scholarship and funding opportunities, and students will share their experiences. This event is LIB 100/201 approved and refreshments will be available.

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Big Data Initiative will host event

The Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center will host “Data and the Digital World at GVSU” on Tuesday, January 24, to highlight the power of teaching, scholarship and data through a variety of disciplines. 

The event will run from 4-6 p.m. in Zumberge Hall, room 3000. Wine and refreshments will be served; RSVP for the event online at

Maria Cimitile, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, leads the Big Data Initiative at Grand Valley. She said the large influx of data and the new ways to collect and manage it will impact all students regardless of their careers.

“Everyone needs to be involved in this conversation,” Cimitile said. “The influx of big data will affect staff, faculty, and students in every discipline. We need to collaborate to find the best way to work with it and inquire about it.”

Faculty members are encouraged to attend whether they are engaging in data-intensive work or have basic interest in the digital world. Cimitile said she wants to highlight the growing digital community at Grand Valley by fostering conversation. The Big Data Initiative is planning workshops throughout the winter semester, as well as an intensive summer workshop. 


Grand Rapids Symphony to kick off Arts at Noon winter concert series

The 39th season of the Arts at Noon concert series continues Wednesday, January 25, when members of the Grand Rapids Symphony return to the Allendale Campus.

Almava Trio

Almava Trio is among the performers scheduled for Arts at Noon in the winter semester.

Henry Duitman, series coordinator and GVSU Symphony Orchestra director, said the concert is the most eagerly-anticipated performance of the semester. "Every year, the performance by the symphony brings the warmth of exquisitely-played string and woodwind instruments to the audience in the Cook-DeWitt Center. 

During the concert, the symphony will perform Wolfgang Amadeaus Mozart's "Overture to II re pastore," Joseph Martin Kraus' "Symphony in C minor," and Antonio Rosetti's "Symphony in G minor."

The full concert series schedule is below.

• February 1: Almava Trio

• February 22: Hildegard Singers

• March 15: loadbang

• March 22: Jim Cooper Quartet

• March 29: A Menagerie of Keyboards with Gregory Crowell

• April 5: Percussion Group 1501

All of the Arts at Noon concerts take place in the Cook-DeWitt Center, begin at noon, and last approximately one hour. Every concert is free and open to the public. For more information about the Arts at Noon concert series, visit


Economist to unveil local findings

Economics expert Paul Isely will release results of his annual survey of the regional economy during the 2017 Colliers Annual West Michigan Economic and Commercial Real Estate Forecast.

The event will be held Thursday, January 26, at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids; continental breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program begins at 8:15 a.m.

Isely's survey for the greater Grand Rapids economy (Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, and Allegan counties) was conducted in November and December. A survey was mailed to CEOs and business leaders from 966 organizations based on a representative sample.

Isely, Seidman College of Business associate dean and professor of economics, will talk about employment, sales, export growth and consumer confidence.

The event is co-sponsored by Colliers International. An overview will be given of the real estate forecast for the West Michigan market.

The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited and registration is required at


Weekend for kids set for January 27-28

Sibs and Kids Weekend, a Grand Valley tradition, invites young family members of students, faculty and staff to enjoy a weekend full of activities January 27 and 28.

The weekend will feature events including fort building, laser tag, a dance party and the Valley Exotic Zoo. Most events take place in the Kirkhof Center or Fieldhouse on the Allendale Campus. For a full list of events visit Registration is required for guests and is available online until January 26 or on-site during the weekend.

The event is part of the Laker Traditions program and is sponsored by the Office of Student Life. 


Celebrations of Asian American culture planned

Grand Valley will host the annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Celebration from January through March.  

The events, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and designed by the AAPI Heritage Celebration Committee, will highlight the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and address various forms of oppression in a cultural context. 

Connie Dang, chair of the AAPI Heritage Celebration Committee, said the celebration focuses on embracing the unique voices and experiences that are part of America’s narrative.

“As national demographics have changed, institutions of higher education experienced an increase of students from different racial ethnic communities,” Dang said. “AAPI Heritage Month celebrates the rich cultures and traditions of one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse groups in America.”

All events are free and open to the public. For a full list of activities, visit

Asian New Year Festival: January 28, 6 p.m.

“Every year, this event brings in close to five hundred people because it offers a social and cultural gathering for the community to sample Asian food and to enjoy the traditional dragon performance, a variety of ethnic dances and entertainment,” Dang said. 

The Racial Realities of Asian Americans in Higher Education: February 8, 4 p.m.

Samuel D. Museus, associate professor of higher education and student affairs at Indiana University, will explore the various ways in which Asian Americans are racialized in contemporary U.S. higher education and society, and the impact that these racial realities have on their higher education experience. 

"Arrival" Screening: February 9, 4 p.m.

In collaboration with the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, a special screening of the short film "Arrival" by director and animator Alex Myung. The film, which is based on Myung’s past relationships, portrays a LGBTQ couple. After the screening, Myung will host a Q&A session.

A complete list of events and sponsors can be found at


GVSU to host TEDx idea-sharing event

As a way to inspire and connect the Grand Valley community, TEDxGVSU is organizing an independent TEDx idea-sharing event. 

TEDxGVSU 2017, "The Blueprints between X and Why," will take place February 24, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the Allendale Campus. 

The conference will feature interdisciplinary speakers and performers who will share experiences, current projects and future ideas that promote critical inquiry, innovation and dialogue. The theme focuses on building a personal blueprint for life and developing a brand and path. 

"TEDx events are an amazing tool to bring top thinkers and innovators together in one place," said Jaclyn Ermoyan, TEDxGVSU event co-curator and Grand Valley student. "Organizing this event is a way we can display the high caliber of thought and ingenuity that comes from our community." 

An application and approval process is required to attend. This method will ensure attendees come from dynamic backgrounds and are willing to take what they experience at the conference and apply it to their community. After approval, selected applicants will purchase a $15 ticket, which includes admission and a TEDxGVSU gift bag. The conference is open to 100 people. Apply at

Student DeMario Bell, TEDxGVSU event co-curator, said the conference will provide a space to discuss, create and explore ideas. "We believe this event is the perfect fit to achieve that goal and we hope to see it progress and grow for years to come," he said.

The conference is sponsored by many campus offices, including the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, Charter Schools Office and University Communications. 

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