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February 28



The Grand Valley University Foundation forum is an annual winter gathering of Michigan and Florida friends. The day is sure to be full of enlightening information, and the event offers newcomers and long-time friends an open and casual atmosphere in which to connect with others interested in Grand Valley and our state.

Rick Atkinson, renowned military historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, returns to the Grand Valley University Foundation Forum to explore the American Revolution that gave birth to our country and launched a culture and democracy that has endured to become a model for other nations. Through his unique blend of thorough research and storytelling, Rick will share a sneak peek of the insights that will be part of his newest book trilogy launching in 2018.

We are delighted to bring our program to you this year in partnership with the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University.


Naples Forum Sponsors


9:30 am
Continental Breakfast

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Forum Featuring Rick Atkinson

11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Cocktail Reception

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Luncheon and Discussion


Jim & Betsy Barton
Jane Becker
John & Marian Bouwer
Jim & Donna Brooks
Don & Fran Buske
Jim & Judy Czanko
Ronald & Jessie Dalman
John & Judy DeMaria
Dan & Pamella DeVos
Art & Marilyn MA ’83 Emery
Robert & Rudean Fairman
Happy Fox
Forrest & Sandee Frank
George & Barbara Gordon
Bob & Sharie Grooters
Tom & Marcia Haas
Ed & Nancy Hanenburg
Art & Betsy Hasse
David & Joyce Hecht
Tom & Barb Hiller
Earl & Donnalee Holton
J.C. & Tammy Huizenga
Mike & Sue Jandernoa


Chuck & Carol Jennings
Mart & Dottie Johnson
Tom & Margy Jones
Jim & Ginger Jurries
Buzz & Wendy Kersman
Karen Loth
Ray & Ginny Lovett
Arend & Nancy Lubbers
Frank & Jan Merlotti
Jack H. Miller
David & Diana Moore
Don '67 & Diane '67 Paton
Randy & Debbie Price
Peter P. & Pat Renucci
Budge & Marilyn Sherwood
Wayne & Lyndy Simon
Jim & Karen Stokes
Cliff & Lucille Taylor
David & Bonnie Wesorick
Jim & Phyllis Wynsma
Bernon & Bette Young
David & Bea Zylstra



Rick Atkinson

Rick Atkinson

Rick Atkinson is an accomplished journalist, a best-selling author, and distinguished military historian who has received honors throughout his career. His work includes six books and numerous articles published in The Washington Post. He has received the Pulitzer Prize on three separate occasions (national reporting, 1982; public service, 1999; and history, 2003) and the 1989 George Polk Award for national reporting, among others. Most recently, Rick was awarded the 2015 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award which is given annually to an internationally acclaimed author who has written a distinguished body of work and made a major contribution to the field of literature and letters. He served as the General Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership at the U.S. Army War College and Dickinson College, where he remains an adjunct faculty member.


Please direct questions to Nicole Woody at (616) 331-6574 or