What's Ahead

September 23, 2019

Secretary of State to visit campus for National Voter Registration Day

Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State, will visit the Allendale Campus in recognition of National Voter Registration Day.

Benson will be at the Cook Carillon Tower Tuesday, September 24, from noon-12:45 p.m. to help encourage students to register to vote.

The Secretary of State's Mobile Unit will be at the Pew Grand Rapids Campus on Monday, September 23, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the DeVos South Courtyard, and at the Cook Carillon Tower on September 24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Services available include license, tabs and registration renewals and organ donor registry. Visitors can also apply for a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or state ID card. By October 2020, a REAL ID-compliant document will be required to fly within the United States.

For more information, visit gvsu.edu/service/vote

Women's Commission will host Fall Welcome

Grand Valley's Women's Commission will host its Fall Welcome on Wednesday, September 25, from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room.

Maureen Walsh, associate vice president for Human Resources, will be the keynote speaker.

All faculty and staff members are welcome to attend; light refreshments will be served. RSVP online at gvsu.edu/wcommission.

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Maureen Walsh

Carey lecture to address surveillance in popular culture 

The ninth annual James W. Carey Memorial Lecture will explore the cultural dimension of surveillance and how it is understood in society.

J. Macgregor Wise, professor of communication studies and social technology at Arizona State University, will deliver a speech, "Surveillance: Lessons from Popular Film." The topic will address how pervasive surveillance is today, and how monitoring is portrayed in popular culture.

The event is Wednesday, September 25, from 6:30-8:15 p.m. in the DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium.

Shakespeare Festival returns with perennial favorite

Grand Valley's Shakespeare Festival will perform a perennial favorite this year with its main stage production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

It's the third time the classic comedy is returning to the festival stage, making it the first of the Bard's plays to be performed three times at the event, said Jim Bell, festival managing director.

Bell said the choice of the play also helps commemorate the longevity of the festival, the oldest of its kind in Michigan. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was the festival’s first production and repeated in the 15th year.

The production is a good mix of new and skilled performers, Bell said. The cast is almost entirely students except for two guest actors.

Below are highlights of the main stage performance as well as other events connected to the festival. For more information, visit gvsu.edu/shakes.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: September 27, 28 and October 3-5, 7:30 p.m.; October 5, 6, 2 p.m., Haas Center for Performing Arts. Tickets: $16 for general admission; $7 for students; $14 for seniors and faculty, staff and alumni. For tickets and more information, contact the Louis Armstrong Theatre box office at x12300.

Presentation by Festival Scholar-in-Residence, John Cox: September 27, 4-5 p.m., Kirkhof Center, Pere Marquette Room. 

Bard to Go public performances, "Tossing on the Ocean": October 11, 2 p.m.; November 2, 1 p.m., Haas Center for Performing Arts. Bard to Go is a 50-minute program of scenes which gives students an introduction to Shakespeare in performance. 

Greenshow Performances: October 3 at 4:30 p.m., Haas Center for Performing Arts; Renaissance Faire, October 5 and 6, 10 a.m.; performances throughout the day near Cook Carillon Tower. The Greenshow is a short, interactive English Renaissance piece. Alumnus Michael Empson directs a classic production, “Jack Juggler.” All performances are free.

Clinics for flu shots scheduled through October

The GVSU Family Health Center, operated by the Kirkhof College of Nursing, will staff multiple flu shot clinics for the campus community throughout October.

There is no charge for the vaccine for retirees, faculty and staff members and their dependents. Students can get their insurance billed for the cost of vaccines or can use credit, debit or student account billing at any clinic. More information is online at gvsu.edu/fhc.

Flu shot clinic dates are listed below.

• October 2: GVSU Family Health Center, 72 Sheldon Blvd. SE in Grand Rapids, 5-7 p.m.

• October 4: Kirkhof Center, Health and Wellness Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

• October 8: DeVos Center, Building C, student project area, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• October 9: Musekgon, Annis Water Resources Institute, 740 W. Shoreline Dr., 8:30-9:30 a.m.

• October 10: Fieldhouse Arena, upper lobby, noon-2 p.m.

• October 14: Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, room 127, noon-2 p.m.

• October 16: Meijer Campus in Holland, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

• October 17: Kirkhof Center, Pere Marquette Room, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• October 24: Finkelstein Hall, room 221, 8-10 a.m.

• October 30: Kirkhof Center, Pere Marquette Room, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Poets to share their work during Fall Arts Celebration event

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Ellen Bass and Kevin Young will read from their works October 3 during a Fall Arts Celebration event.

Two acclaimed poets who delve into the wide range of the human condition will share their work through readings during a Fall Arts Celebration event.

"An Evening with Ellen Bass and Kevin Young" will give audiences the chance to fully experience the poetry through hearing the language and imagery, said Patricia Clark, professor of writing and poet-in-residence at Grand Valley.

The event is October 3 with a 5 p.m. public reception and readings at 6 p.m. at the Eberhard Center. 

Bass is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her most recent book, "Like a Beggar," was a finalist for a host of awards including the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Lambda Literary Award. 

Young is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is poetry editor at The New Yorker. His book, "Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels" won an American Book Award. His newest book of poetry is "Brown."

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

Health Forum focus will be consumer-driven technologies

Panelists at the Health Forum of West Michigan October event will focus on consumer-driven technologies in health care.

The event is October 4 at 8 a.m. in the DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium. A light breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public; RSVP online at gvsu.edu/miperc.

Panelists are Jessie Riley, resident technology manager for Holland Home; Brent Nowak, executive director, applied Medical Device Institute; Ted Spooner, senior director for Zimmer Biomet Connected Health; and Bimal Shah, chief medical officer for Livongo.

Health Forum events, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Health, are held the first Friday of each month. Health Forums are coordinated with community partners Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Center, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and the Michigan Center for Clinical Systems Improvement, and sponsorship is provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.  

Public physics talk added to conference schedule

The 29th annual Midwest Relativity Meeting, hosted by the Physics Department, is adding a lecture, “Black Hole Myths and Mysteries,” free and open to the public.

Leo Stein, professor of physics and astronomy from the University of Mississippi, will discuss common misconceptions about black holes and why they are known to be the most powerful force in the universe. 

Stein's lecture is October 4, 8 p.m. in the DeVos Center,  Loosemore Auditorium.