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March 5



America's culture is unique in the world. We’ll explore the things that drive our American values, stemming from our quest for liberty in the Revolutionary War. Join Gleaves Whitney, presidential scholar and director of Grand Valley’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, for an exploration of the values that unite us at a time when we need it most.

The evening will also include a university update from Grand Valley’s President Thomas J. Haas and time for newcomers and long-time friends of Grand Valley to connect with each other in an open and casual atmosphere.


Sarasota Sponsor


4:30 pm

5:00 pm

6:00 pm
Cocktails & Dinner


Jim & Donna Brooks
Cal & Ardy DenBesten
Bob & Rudean Fairman
Tom & Mickie Fox
Tom & Marcia Haas
Donna Hecker
Bill & Starr Humphries
Karen Loth

Arend & Nancy Lubbers
Tim & Theresa ’79 McKee
Bob Monaghan ’67
Cal Owen
Don ’67 & Diane ’67 Paton
Tom & Ann ’78 Villemure
Bill ’67 & Pamela Wiersma


Gleaves Whitney

Gleaves Whitney

Gleaves Whitney has been director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University since 2003. In that capacity he has launched the Common Ground Initiative, hosted more than 400 programs, created the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy, and co-produced one PBS documentary, America’s Senator: The Unexpected Odyssey of Arthur Vandenberg (2011). H.W. Brands calls Gleaves “one of the most effective entrepreneurs in the business of higher education,” and Richard Norton Smith says the Hauenstein Center has become “a jewel in the crown of Michigan.” Before assuming his duties as the first full-time director of the Hauenstein Center, Gleaves worked 11 years in the administration of Michigan Governor John Engler, as senior writer, chief speechwriter, and historian-archivist. A historian who pursued graduate work at the University of Michigan, Gleaves has written or edited 15 books.


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