What's Ahead

November 19, 2019

CCPS to hold student research symposium

More than 100 students in the College of Community and Public Service will present their research and scholarship projects Wednesday, November 20, on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

The inaugural "Community-Engaged Student Research Symposium: Change is on You" will be held from noon-6 p.m. in the DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium.

Students will feature research on a variety of topics, including changing community demographics, best practices in sustainability, climate change, global tourism, affordable housing, and rural poverty in Michigan.

"We are an engaged college because we take the skills and talents of our students, faculty and staff and we work on projects in the community," said George Grant, dean of CCPS. "We help to be a voice. We see ourselves as a college and a university, but we are part of the community and not separate from the community."  

For more information visit gvsu.edu/ccps.


Interfaith Thanksgiving service celebrates 20th year

Staff members at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute invite the campus community to the 20th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration.

The event is Monday, November 25, at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, 301 Sheldon Ave. SE in Grand Rapids. The event is free, and light refreshments featuring global dishes will be available.

Kyle Kooyers, associate director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, said the service has been a wonderful space for the Grand Rapids community to gather and worship together.

“While we come from different backgrounds and belief systems, there is something beautiful in experiencing the songs, scriptures, reflections, and dance that give voice to that shared gratitude for one another," Kooyers said.

Reflections from Ghazala Munir, co-founder of Interfaith Dialogue Association; and David Baak, executive pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, are planned in addition to global music and readings. Childcare will be provided.

A freewill offering will be taken to support God's Kitchen.

Fall Arts Celebration concludes with holiday concert

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A concert of holiday seasonal songs at Fountain Street Church December 2 concludes the 2019 Fall Arts Celebration.

A festive performance of songs of the holiday season concludes this year's Fall Arts Celebration.

The holiday celebration, "Beloved Songs of the Season," will fill Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE in Grand Rapids, December 2 starting at 7:30 p.m. The concert includes yuletide selections from British composers David Willcocks and John Rutter.

Audiences will hear Willcocks' brass choir settings of beloved carols as well as a classical holiday masterpiece, Rutter's "Gloria."

The celebration is the perfect way to start the holiday season, said Danny Phipps, chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. The evening will also include a sing-along.

"Fountain Street Church, decorated for the holidays and coupled with both the visual and aural effect of massed choirs and instrumentalists, will be a feast for the eyes and ears to everyone who attends," Phipps said. "This year the University Arts Chorale and Cantate will be joined in performance by the Hudsonville High School Varsity Voices, West Ottawa High School Vocalaires, and our special guests, the Jenison Elementary Honors Choir."

All Fall Arts Celebration events are free and open to the public. For more information visit gvsu.edu/fallarts.