What's Ahead

September 22, 2014


Flu vaccination clinics continue

The GVSU Family Health Center continues to offer flu vaccination clinics for students, faculty and staff members and their dependents and retirees through September.

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.

• Monday, September 22: 4:30-7 p.m., Family Health Center, 72 Sheldon Blvd.

• Tuesday, September 23: 9-10 a.m., AWRI, Muskegon

• Tuesday, September 23: 4-6 p.m., DeVos Center, student project area

• Wednesday, September 24: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Kirkhof Center, room 1142


Panel will discuss November elections

Grand Valley political science professors will share insight about the upcoming November elections during a panel discussion hosted by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies on Tuesday, September 23.

The event is part of the Hauenstein Center’s Common Ground Initiative, which throughout the past year hosted programs and lectures dedicated to developing civic leadership through an exploration and redefinition of what it means to be conservative and progressive in the U.S. today.

The Common Ground Election Panel is scheduled from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Mary Idema Pew Library, multipurpose room.

“We’re pleased to host political scientists at Grand Valley whose expertise and insight will shed much-needed light on the significance of this year’s elections, their implications, and on the importance of finding common ground between conservatives and progressives today,” said Joe Hogan, Common Ground Initiative program manager.

The event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is requested, and can be provided online at www.gvsu.edu/s/HP.

For more information, visit hauensteincenter.org/events-calendar.


Events put focus on young immigrants

Latin America Studies will host two events in September that will help participants better understand the current immigration crisis that has brought a surge of undocumented children to the U.S. from Central America and Mexico.

“A Lost Innocence: The Forgotten Children of Central America” is a presentation by student Michelle Alderink, a LAS minor. Her presentation is set for Tuesday, September 23, at 2 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, room 2263.

Alderink will discuss how these undocumented children have escaped violence in their home countries but have been left vulnerable and forgotten.

Two screenings of the film “Little Immigrants” are planned for September 30, both will feature discussion by the director, Sonia Fritz. The film will be shown at noon in the Cook-DeWitt Center, and 8 p.m. in DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium.

The film tells a story about a mother and her two children as they travel across the U.S.-Mexico border.

For more information about either event, contact Zulema Moret at  moretz@gvsu.edu or the Area Studies office at x18110.


Former Lockheed Martin CEO is next Meijer lecturer

An aerospace expert who serves as chair of the U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee will give a presentation on leading change as part of the Frederik Meijer Lecture Series at Grand Valley.

Norman R. Augustine, past president and CEO of Lockheed Martin, will discuss leadership, crisis management, and the role of liberal arts during his presentation.

Augustine will be on campus Tuesday, September 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the L. William Seidman Center, 50 Front Ave. SW. The event is free and open to the public; RSVP online at www.gvsu.edu/honor/lecture-form.htm.

Augustine is a member of the board of regents for the 12-member University System of Maryland. His career spans more than 40 years in government, higher education, and the private sector.

The Frederik Meijer Lecture Series was established with a gift from the Meijer Foundation to provide local and national presentations that focus on issues of leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship from the perspective of students, faculty members, and participants in business throughout the region.

Norman R. Augustine

Norman R. Augustine


Band, dancers help kick off ArtPrize

The Laker Marching Band, GVSU Dance Company and WGVU will kick-off ArtPrize 2014 on Wednesday, September 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.

Joined by President Thomas J. Haas and Louie the Laker, the festivities will begin with an evening of music, a flash mob performed by the Dance Company and an opening address by Christian Gaines, ArtPrize executive director.

Following their Rosa Parks Circle performances, the marching band, dancers and WGVU/PBS Nerd Walk will proceed in cadence through downtown and across the Blue Pedestrian Bridge to the L.V. Eberhard Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

The WGVU/PBS Nerd Walk, new to ArtPrize this year, encourages participants to sport their horn-rimmed glasses, grab their wands, tie their capes and march the streets of downtown Grand Rapids in a celebration of individuality.

Grand Valley’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus is once again an ArtPrize venue — this year hosting two exhibits, one of which is a collaboration between Grand Valley and the University of Michigan.


Happiness Club resumes schedule

The Happiness Club will hold its first meeting of the academic year on Thursday, September 25.

Guest speaker is Jerry Conrad, who will discuss the importance of having fun at work and having a happy attitude. The event will run from noon-1 p.m. in Kirkhof Center, room 1142.

Register online at www.gvsu.edu/seminar. For more information about incorporating happiness at work, visit www.gvsu.edu/healthwellness.



Cancer Warriors hold kick-off meeting

Grand Valley’s Cancer Warriors will host its kick-off meeting on Thursday, September 25.

The event is set for 3 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, rooms 2215/2216. The support group is for students, faculty and staff members battling cancer as well as those caring for a loved one who was diagnosed with the disease.

Monthly meetings will continue throughout the year. Register for the kick-off event online at www.gvsu.edu/seminar.


Films series focuses on social factors of health care

The Counseling Center will host the seven-part documentary series “UnNatural Causes” every Thursday starting September 25 at 6 p.m. in Kirkhof Center, room 2201.

The four-hour series, first broadcast on PBS in 2008, explores the effects of social factors on health and health care in the U.S. It focuses on race, socioeconomic standing, geography and gender. A discussion led by faculty members will follow each segment.

The second segment of the series will be shown October 2 at 6 p.m. in Kirkhof Center, room 2215.

The program is approved for LIB 100 and 201 classes. For more information, call x13266.


Farm Club to host Harvest Party

Students, faculty and staff members are invited to the Sustainable Agriculture Project for a half-day of harvesting produce on Friday, September 26.

Farm Club’s Harvest Party will start at 1 p.m.; a dinner made with fresh produce will be served at 4 p.m. There will be entertainment, including live music and yards games.

SAP, located at 4539 Luce St. in Allendale, is a collaboration between students, faculty and staff to experience sustainable agriculture. The project began with a group of students in 2008 and has expanded in the past few years to include a variety of different projects.

RSVP for the event by sending an email to farmclub@gmail.com or through Facebook at facebook.com/groups/gvsufarmclub.



Family Weekend offers many activities

Families of students and faculty and staff members are invited to Family Weekend, September 26-28.

The weekend, sponsored by the Office of Student Life, will feature dozens of events and activities that will take place on the Allendale Campus.

The weekend kicks off Friday with Dueling Pianos at 7 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center’s Grand River Room. Saturday will start with a 5K, followed by the Kirkhof Roundup, which includes games, prizes and food, and will end with the football game against Lake Erie College at 7 p.m. in Lubbers Stadium.

Other events include Grand Valley’s Shakespeare Festival, farmers market, golf outing and square dancing. The Renaissance Faire and Greenshow will run September 27-28 at the Cook Carillon Tower.

Most events are free; some require a paid ticket for admission. See list of all events at www.gvsu.edu/familyweekend.