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April 24, 2017


Teacher Search will bring 160 recruiters

Teacher Search 2017, a job fair featuring Michigan employers, will take place April 25 at the Eberhard Center from 1-4 p.m. No advanced registration is necessary.

About 160 recruiters representing 75 Michigan school districts and organizations will attend. Some recruiters may conduct short introductory conversations, while others may offer on-the-spot interviews.

The event is free and open to the public for candidates who are fully certified to teach for fall 2017. Some organizations will also be recruiting social workers and speech/language, occupational and/or physical therapists.              

The event is co-sponsored by Grand Valley, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University and Hope College. 

For details and a list of participating employers, visit and click on Teacher Search.


Asian student graduation reception

Pictured are participants at the reception for Asian graduating students

Photo by Dianne Carroll Burdick

Pictured are participants at the reception for Asian graduating students on April 13. The Division of Inclusion and Equity hosted receptions for Asian and LGBTQ students last week; ceremonies for Black, Native American and Hispanic/Latino students are scheduled for April 28, visit


COE will celebrate educators

Students and faculty members in the College of Education will be honored at a convocation ceremony April 26 at Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids. The ceremony will run from 7-9 p.m. and will be held in the auditorium.

More than 200 graduates are expected to participate; the ceremony will also include a hooding ceremony for those completing their master’s degree requirements. 

During the ceremony, Joann Riemersma will receive the Outstanding Educator Award. Riemersma earned a master's degree from Grand Valley in 1996 and has worked for Grand Rapids Public Schools as an elementary teacher, literacy coach and principal. She is known as a passionate leader of teaching and learning and has provided professional development to school districts in and around Grand Rapids for several years. 

Over the past three years, she has worked alongside Grand Valley professors and students to create place-based learning classrooms at Stocking Elementary School, providing valuable opportunities for future teachers and increased instructional support for students.

The College of Education Convocation is a precursor to Grand Valley's commencement ceremonies April 28 and 29 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

For more information, visit


Register for CLAS golf outing

Registration is open for the annual CLAS on the Green golf outing. The event, hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is Wednesday, June 14, at the Meadows Golf Course. 

Each year, CLAS on the Green supports the CLAS Endowed Scholarship Fund. The event is open to faculty and staff members, alumni, students and community members. 

Registration and the driving range will open at noon, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The outing will conclude with a cookout and celebration with prizes at 6 p.m.

To register for CLAS on the Green, visit To give to the CLAS Student Scholarship Fund, visit


International musicians to perform during carillon concert series

Some of the finest carillonneurs from around the world will fill the air with music on the Grand Valley campuses during the annual International Carillon Concert Series.

The 23rd annual Cook Carillon International Concert Series will take place on Sundays at 8 p.m. on the Allendale Campus, from June 25-August 20.

Cook Carillon Concerts

June 25: Amy Johansen, Australia

July 2: Open tower tours (beginning at 7 p.m.), hosted by Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, university carillonneur at GVSU

July 9: James Fackenthal, Chicago, Illinois

July 16: Sharon Hettinger, Lawrence, Kansas

July 23: David Johnson, St. Paul, Minnesota

July 30: Laura Ellis, University of Florida

August 6: Sue Bergren, Naperville, Illinois

August 13: Ray McLellan, Ann Arbor

August 20: Julianne Vanden Wyngaard

The 17th annual Beckering Family Carillon International Concert Series brings five concerts to the Lacks International Plaza located at the DeVos Center. These concerts will take place on Wednesdays at noon, beginning July 5.

Beckering Family Carillon Concerts

July 5: Carol Lens, University of Denver

July 12: James Fackenthal, Chicago, Illinois

July 19: Helen Hawley, Grand Rapids, Michigan

July 26: Jon Lehrer, Vancouver, British Columbia

August 2: Julianne Vanden Wyngaard

All concerts are free and open to the public, and will take place rain or shine. For more information, visit, or call the Music and Dance Department at (616) 331-3484.