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January 25



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.


Northern Jet Management


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


Dave & Mary Annis
Jim & Kathy Batts
Mike & Kristen Batts
Roger & Marcia Beutner
Flo Bouwman
Jim & Donna Brooks
John & Marie Canepa
Dan & Pamella DeVos
John & Penny Edison
Raleigh Finkelstein & Dini Katz
David & Judy Frey
Tom & Marcia Haas

Allen & Helen Hunting
Karen Loth
Arend & Nancy Lubbers
Ed ’74 & Barbara Marod
David & Linda Mehney
Seymour & Esther Padnos
Peter & Carroll Perez
Douglas ’78 & Janet Reed
Jim & Susie Sebastian
Jerry & Marcia Tubergen
Kate Pew Wolters
Dick & Barb Young


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.


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