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September 26, 2016


Researcher: American corporations vanishing

What lies ahead in a world with fewer major American corporations? And, what does their diminished number mean for questions of inequality, job creation and the stock market? 

Jerry Davis, professor of management and organizations from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, will answers these questions during a presentation on Monday, September 26. The event, sponsored by the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative in the Seidman College of Business, will run from 6-7:20 p.m. in the Eberhard Center.

Davis will discuss his new book, The Vanishing American Corporation and the Hazards of the New Economy.  

For more information, contact Michael DeWilde, director of the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative, at 


The Right Place president give lecture

The Grand Rapids area has experienced an unprecedented level of growth and prosperity over of the past several decades, according to Birgit Klohs, president and CEO of The Right Place Inc., an economic development organization for the retention, expansion and attraction of businesses to the West Michigan area. 

Klohs will be the speaker for the Peter F. Secchia Breakfast Lecture Series on Tuesday, September 27, at the L. William Seidman Center. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and the lecture will be from 8-9 a.m.

Klohs will draw on her 30 years of experience in the region to talk about why West Michigan works, how it became one of the most prosperous metro areas in the Midwest and what the future holds for the region.

Klohs, a native of Germany, has served as president and CEO of The Right Place Inc. since 1987. Previously, she worked at Grand Valley as assistant director of the Office for Economic Expansion and was affiliated with Prince Corporation in Holland. 

The event is sponsored by the Seidman College of Business Alumni Association. For more information contact the Seidman College of Business at x17100 or email


First Writers Series author visit set

Authors from around the world will visit campus during the 2016-2017 Grand Valley Writers Series, beginning with award-winning nonfiction author Donovan Hohn.

Hohn, a former features editor of GQ Magazine and contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine, teaches creative writing at Wayne State University in Detroit. His presentation is set for Thursday, September 29, at 6 p.m. in Lake Superior Hall, room 174.

His book, Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea (2012) was a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Prize for Excellence in Journalism, and runner-up for both the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. 

Below is a list of other Writers Series events; all presentations are free and open to the public.

• October 25: Claire Vaye Watkins and Derek Palacio

• January 31: Amorak Huey and Caitlin Horrocks

• February 27: Vievee Francis and Matthew Olzmann

• March 30: Austin Bunn

For more information, contact Todd Kaneko at x18064 or, or visit


Colloquia series highlights community-based learning

Community-based learning is the focus of a colloquia series, co-sponsored by multiple campus departments, for faculty and staff members.

Three presentations are planned, highlighting community engagement, course design and civic readiness. The presentations are listed below; register online at

• September 30, 10-11:30 a.m.: "Community Engagement: The What and Why," by Robin Lynn Grinnell, director of the Michigan Campus Compact; Bicycle Factory, room 303.

• October 14, 10-11:30 a.m.: "Course Design for Community-Based Learning," by Patty Stow Bolea, associate professor of social work and FTLC faculty fellow; DeVos Center, room 502C.

• November 11, 10-11:30 a.m.: "Preparing Students for Community-Based Learning: Personal, Professional and Civic Readiness," by Susan Carson, professor of education, and Jessica Jennrich, director of the Women's Center; DeVos Center, room 302E.

The series is sponsored by the College of Community of Public Service, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, Division of Inclusion and Equity, Office for Community Engagement, and Community Service Learning Center. More information about the presentations is online at


Students to perform Shakespeare's darkest comedy

Marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, theater students will bring to life one of the Bard's darkest and final comedies, "Measure for Measure," during the Shakespeare Festival. 

Performances of "Measure for Measure" will take place September 30 and October 1, 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m.; and October 2, 8 and 9, at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in the Performing Arts Center, Louis Armstrong Theatre. 

Two actors in "Measure for Measure"

Madame Overdone, played by Ariana Martineau, discusses her call girls with Lucio, played by Liam Purtle, in 'Measure for Measure.'

Tickets are $14 for adults; $12 for GVSU faculty, alumni, staff; $12 for seniors; and $6 for students. This production is recommended for ages 8 and up. No children under school age will be admitted.

"Measure for Measure" takes audiences deep into the underbelly of a city where authority is absent and the scales of justice are becoming increasingly unbalanced. In Venice, where the play begins, brothels and ale houses are thriving, and the law has become "more mocked than feared." As a result, the Duke chooses to take a holiday, leaving behind a proclamation to tear down the brothels and reform the city's morality. To enforce this new direction, the Duke appoints the Lord Angelo as his deputy.

For Roger Ellis, professor of theater and "Measure for Measure" director, this play was an easy selection given that 2016 is an election year.

"This play deals explicitly with the issue of good governance of the state, so I thought the theme would be very relevant to students and the general public," Ellis said. "A second important theme is the story's focus on the situation of women: they are not only the principal victims in the conflict, they're also the principal crusaders for justice."

This production of "Measure for Measure" will feature a cast of students and local guest actors Christopher Weaver, Gary Mitchell and Kyle Westmaas.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit


Dates of flu vaccine clinics detailed

Grand Valley will offer flu vaccines to students, faculty and staff members and their dependents, retirees and community members. 

Clinics will be held October 3-27; dates and times are listed below. 

There is no charge for faculty and staff members, their dependents and retirees. Faculty and staff members can register for a clinic online at and receive a reminder via email. Students can get insurance billing for the cost of vaccines only at the GVSU Family Health Center; they can use credit, debit and student account billing at any clinic.

• October 3, 4-6 p.m.: GVSU Family Health Center, 72 Sheldon Blvd. SE

• October 4, noon-2 p.m.: Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, room 123

• October 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Kirkhof Center, rooms 2259, 2263

• October 7, 9-10 a.m.: Annis Water Resources Institute, room LMC 225

• October 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: DeVos Center, student project area

• October 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Kirkhof Center, rooms 2259, 2263

• October 21, 9-10 a.m.: Meijer Campus in Holland, room 104

• October 24, 4-6 p.m.: GVSU Family Health Center

• October 25, noon-2 p.m.: Holton-Hooker Living and Learning Center

• October 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, room 331

• October 27, 4-6 p.m.: Niemeyer Living Learning Center

The GVSU Family Health Center, operated by the Kirkhof College of Nursing, will accept walk-ins during office hours. Appointments at the center can be scheduled by calling (616) 988-8774; for office hours, visit Vaccines for children under 3 years old will only be given at that location.

For the third year, the Michigan Department of Community Health is hosting a college student challenge. Grand Valley's Premed Club is leading the student challenge.