Current Issue, Fall 2017
Refining the art of the arts
The renovated Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts will better accommodate student rehearsals, experimental projects, and the more than 10,000 patrons who attend 250 music, theater and dance performances that occur each academic year.
The two-story, 47,000-square-foot, $20-million addition includes the Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre, with plain black walls and a level floor, typically designed to provide flexibility in stage configuration and audience seating.
Busy as a bee
Honeybees are disappearing and researchers around the world, including Grand Valley faculty members and students, are studying the reasons why.
The Grand Valley contingent is taking a close look at honeybee habitats and health, and organizing community outreach activities to educate people about the species’ importance. Students and faculty members extracted 360 pounds of honey from hives in Holland and Allendale to bottle and sell on campus.
Delivering good medicine
Rachel Rivera has diabetes and has been a patient of Amy Werling’s for nine years. Werling also treated Rivera when she was having difficulty conceiving a child. “Ms. Werling helped me get my miracle,” said Rivera. “She’s the only provider I’ve seen since moving to the area 10 years ago.”
Werling graduated from Grand Valley's physician assistant studies program and now works at the Sparta Health Center. She is one of many successful graduates who are filling a need for more health care providers.
Opening global doors
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and similar programs fund international education programs for students who otherwise might not be able to afford to study abroad.
Like Holly Miller, for example. Miller was diagnosed with autism at 4. As a Grand Valley student, she participated in a 2016 faculty-led trip to China and completed a thesis that focused on how the country diagnoses autism. She is now a graduate student at East China Normal University.
Q&A Fall 2017
'Space camp on steroids' is how Tim Evans, associate professor of biology, describes a 45-day stay aboard NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) mock spaceship.
Evans was selected to participate after a lot of mental and physical testing. These analogs help prepare NASA for possible future explorations to Mars, asteroids and the moon.