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October 23, 2017


Campus community to celebrate founders of Grand Valley 

On October 25, the Grand Valley community will celebrate the 282 individuals who came together nearly 60 years ago to start the vision for Grand Valley. 

Now in its fifth year, Founders Day began in 2012 with the unveiling of an iconic outdoor statuenear the Mary Idema Pew Libraryof Bill Seidman, recognized as the founder of Grand Valley. An annual celebration has been held each year on October 25, commemorating the date Seidman organized a group effort to raise the $1 million required to receive legislative support to build a four-year college in the Grand Rapids area. 

Cupcakes will be handed out from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Cook Carillon Tower on the Allendale Campus, and students will create a large, "GV" flag display in two locations: Zumberge Pond on the Allendale Campus and at the DeVos Center courtyard on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. 

The annual celebration is organized by the Laker Traditions Team in Student Life.For more information, visit


Fall Arts Celebration will spotlight award-winning poets  

One of the wonders of poetry is the potential for the intricacies of ordinary life to be described in extraordinary ways. 

Patricia Clark, professor and chair of writing, said this is exactly what audiences can expect to hear during the Fall Arts Celebration poetry night with authors Jane Hirshfield and Dan Gerber. 

“An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Jane Hirshfield and Dan Gerber” will take place Thursday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m., at the Eberhard Center. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. 

Hirshfield has penned many collections of poetry and prose, includingThe Beauty, Come Thief, The Lives of the Heart, The October PalaceandGiven Sugar, Given Salt. Her book,After, was shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize and named a “Best Book of 2006” by theWashington Post,San Francisco ChronicleandLondon Financial Times

“Jane’s poems take on an incandescence with the ability to layer steady affirmation with, at times, and underlying humor, and compassion for the sorrows, losses and inconsistencies of life,” said Clark. 

Gerber, a native of Fremont, is the author of a dozen books of poetry, fiction and essays. His most recent books includeParticles: New & Selected PoemsandSailing through Cassiopeia. His work has receivedForeWord Magazine’s Gold Medal Award, a Mark Twain Award for distinguished contribution to Midwest literature, a Michigan Author Award and a Michigan Notable Book Award. He is also the co-founder of the literary magazineSumac

“Dan studies what’s at hand: an old dog, a fox he glimpses on a walk, a starry night, or a cabin in the woods,” Clark said. “Often, he, like Jane, begins a poem with something near at hand and then uses that object to find a deeper significance, perhaps about the past, family or life.” 

For more information about Fall Arts Celebration, visit 

Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield

Dan Gerber

Dan Gerber


Reception planned for International Open Access Week

Students can learn more about international education at the Study Abroad Fair, Wednesday, October 11, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room. 

Faculty program directors, students who have participated, and other staff members will be available to answer questions about academic programs and funding. Visit to learn more. 

• The Padnos International Center will host its fifth annual Global Laker Celebration on November 2 at Waldron Public House in Grand Rapids. 

The event celebrates international education, serves as a study abroad reunion and support scholarship funds that help students study abroad. 

Information and a RSVP link are online at The event will run from 6-8:30 p.m. at Waldron Public House, 58 Ionia Ave. SW; tickets are $25 for students and $35 for guests, faculty and staff members. 


The fifth annual Global Laker Celebration will be held November 2; the event raises money for scholarship funds that help students study abroad. 

Sponsors for this year’s Carey Memorial Lecture are the Communication Studies major, School of Communications, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Sociology Department, Psychology Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Provost’s Office and Psi Chi National Honor Society.

For more information, contact Valerie Peterson, professor of communications studies, at


Homecoming offers variety of events

Homecoming weekend offers a full slate of activities for Laker fans. 

With the theme, "Halloween Tricks, Laker Treats," the weekend begins Friday, October 27, with the annual Charles H. Irwin Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony beginning at 5:45 p.m. with a reception in the Kirkhof Center. Register online at

Events on Saturday, October 28, begin with a 5K Run/Walk at 10 a.m. at the Kelly Family Sports Center. Registration costs $30 for adults ($25 for alumni, faculty and staff members) and $20 for students; the price includes breakfast after the event. Proceeds from the event will benefit Grand Valley's cross country and track and field programs. Details are online

The Laker football team will host the Northern Michigan Wildcats at 4 p.m., an alumni tailgate and beer garden near the outdoor basketball courts precedes the game, beginning at 1 p.m. 

Other events are highlighted below: 

• Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity Homecoming Celebration:October 27, The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW in Grand Rapids; tickets are $15 or $20 at the door, proceeds support the center. Register online

• Tricks and Treats at University Libraries: October 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., events include a best pumpkin contest, tours of the Technology Showcase and a trivia game. 


New Music Ensemble to perform 'homegrown' compositions

Grand Valley’s award-winning New Music Ensemble has released a new CD, comprised of pieces composed by three alumni of the program. 

The release of the ensemble’s fourth commercial CD, “Return,” will be celebrated on Friday, October 27, with a concert from 7:30-9 p.m. inthe Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts,Louis Armstrong Theatre. 

The album’s three composers, Adam Cuthbért, ’10, Matthew Finch, ’15, and Daniel Rhodé, ’12, will be in attendance, and Cuthbért will open the show with a special performance. An opportunity to meet the composers and the members of the New Music Ensemble will take place following the concert. The event is free and open to the public. 

Bill Ryan, New Music Ensemble director, said this project fulfills his longtime goal of producing a “100 percent homegrown project.” 

“This recording represents everything I envisioned when I started the New Music Ensemble — an entire album composed by three outstanding creative thinkers that came through our program, enthusiastically performed and recorded by current students,” said Ryan. 

The composers worked with the ensemble's acoustic recordings, and either manipulated them or didn't in order to create the 15 acoustic-electronic hybrid compositions featured on the album. 

"Return" is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes. The CD will be released on the Innova label, and the album was mastered by Grammy Award winner Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound, whose other clients include Lady Gaga, Adele and Katy Perry. 

For more information about the New Music Ensemble, visit


Events Week of October 30 

Symposium will highlight area impact of immigrants

The fourth annual Padnos/Sarosik Civil Discourse Symposium will focus on immigrants and refugees, featuring panelists who are deeply engaged with those populations. 

"Immigrants and Refugees: Celebrating Our Diversity" is set for November 2 at the Eberhard Center from 5-8 p.m., a light dinner will be served. It is free and open to the public; RSVP online at

Jack Mangala, the currentPadnos/Sarosik endowed professor of civil discourse, said the symposium will be an extension of his two-year term as endowed professor, studying the benefits and challenges of immigration and the impact on local communities.Panelists are listed below; Alan Headbloom, host of "Feel Like You Belong," will facilitate the program with Mangala. 

• Mladjo Ivanovic, visiting professor of philosophy at Grand Valley, whose research focuses on the moral and political challenges of forceful displacement of people; 

• Steffanie Rosalez, program director for Grandville Avenue of Arts and Humanities, who works with children from immigrant families; and 

• Kristine Van Noord, program manager for Bethany Christian Services' refugee adult and family programs, who has more than 19 years of experience in the field. 

The next endowed professor of civil discourse will be announced at the event.

Creating inclusive communities is focus of annual seminar

A South Asian American activist will lead a one-day seminar November 3 that focuses on creating inclusive classrooms, communities and campus environments. 

Deepa Iyer, senior fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion in New York City, will lead conversations that explore the effects of bias, structural racism and Islamophobia, as well as best practices that can create inclusive and safe communities. The seminar, hosted by the University Counseling Center, will take place from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room. 

The cost to attend is $50 for faculty, staff members and students; $99 for community members. Lunch is provided. Register by October 27 at

Jewish studies scholar to give presentation

A Jewish studies scholar andUniversity of Michiganvisiting faculty member will give a presentation at Grand Valley about the concepts of gender during the Jewish creation story. 

Rabbi Sarra Lev, associate professor and chair ofRabbinic literature at theReconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, will present "How Many Genders Were Present at the Creation Story in Genesis 1 and 2?" on November 6, at noon at the Kirkhof Center, room 2263. The event is hosted by the Religious Studies department. 

Lev is serving the current academic year as the visiting Padnos professor at the U-MFrankel Center for Judaic Studies, a professorship sponsored by the Louis and Helen Padnos family. 

For more information, contactSheldon Kopperl, professor of liberal studies and biomedical sciences at 


Dancers to perform in the 'vertical realm' 

Fall Arts Celebration will transcend the traditional dance floor and fly into the sky when Aerial Dance Chicago (ADC) presents a new world of athleticism coupled with an elegant showcase of dancing in the air. 

“Celebrating Originality: Defying Gravity with Aerial Dance Chicago” will take place November 6, at 7:30 p.m., in the Thomas J. and Marcia J. Center for Performing Arts,Louis Armstrong Theatre. The performance will be preceded by a carillon concert at 7:10 p.m. featuring Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, university carilloneur, and followed by a reception. 

A pioneer and international leader in aerial dance, ADC is dedicated to presenting original choreography and performance in the field. The ensemble launches itself into the creative possibilities found in a vertical realm. 

During the company’s Fall Arts Celebration performance, ADC will incorporate a variety of apparatus, including suspended fabrics, bungee cords, hoops, swings and ropes.Founded in 1999, ADC is currently the only dance company in the Chicago region dedicated to choreography and performance in the field of aerial dance. In 2014, ADC opened Chicago’s first dance center dedicated to work in aerial dance. 

For more information about Fall Arts Celebration, visit