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Registration open for leadership reception

  • Rep. Winnie Brinks will give the keynote presentation at the Venderbush Leadership Reception March 17.

Posted on March 04, 2014

Registration is open for the Venderbush Leadership Lecture, a biannual event that recognizes student leadership on campus.

The winter reception will take place on Monday, March 17, at 2 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Mary Idema Pew Library. Register by March 14 at

State Representative Winnie Brinks will provide the keynote presentation. An advocate for education and job creation, Brinks is serving her first term as a representative for Michigan’s 76th House District. Brinks previously served as executive director of The One Way House, a community-based corrections agency, and as a caseworker at The Source in Grand Rapids, where she worked with businesses and nonprofits to improve workplaces. She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a concentration in sociology from Calvin College.

Each semester the Office of Student Life hosts a reception and lecture in honor of Kenneth R. Venderbush, who came to Grand Valley in 1969 and served as associate professor, dean of William James College and vice president of Student Affairs during his time at the university.

New members of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary will be recognized and the Student Organization Center will present the Immediate Impact Award.

For more information, contact Kate Thome, graduate assistant for Leadership and Service, at or (616) 331-2361.

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