The Padnos International Center hosted its first second-generation visiting scholar when Michal Kudlacz followed his father's path from 1985.
Tadeusz Kudlacz and two other professors from the Cracow University of Economics in Poland were among the first international scholars to visit Grand Valley in 1985.
Michal Kudlacz, a professor of economics at Cracow, said he discussed visiting Grand Valley with his father, who encouraged him to go. “I was 6 years old when he came to Grand Valley. He told me to go because he has a lot of good memories from his time here and GVSU is a different university,” he said.
While on campus, Kudlacz used library resources to further his research into large-city development in Europe and the United States. He also lectured in several classes.
Mark Schaub, chief international officer, helped Kudlacz recreate a photo his father posed for in 1985. They met Alan Walczak, who now leads international programs at Davenport University, for a photo in the Polish neighborhoods of northwest Grand Rapids. In the 1980s, Walczak was a Grand Valley faculty member.