What's Ahead

September 10, 2018

Arts at Noon to feature seven performances

The Arts at Noon concert series at Grand Valley will kick off a new season featuring multiple free performances by renowned musicians from around the world.

The series will feature seven fall concerts beginning September 12 with the Mirror Visions Ensemble, followed by seven winter performances beginning in January.

All concerts will take place on Wednesdays in the Cook-DeWitt Center on the Allendale Campus, begin at noon, and last approximately one hour. Each concert is free and open to the public. Below is a full schedule of fall Arts at Noon concerts; visit gvsu.edu/artsatnoon for more information.

September 12 – Mirror Visions Ensemble: The ensemble was founded more than 25 years ago from a desire to explore the relationship between music and text. The group's passion for storytelling has produced thematic concerts based on scholarly research and humor. Mirror Visions Ensemble is encouraging new composers by providing a platform for their works to be showcased by commissioning and performing more than 85 pieces by 28 composers, including Pulitzer Prize recipient Yehudi Wyner. 

September 26 – Die Tanzgeiger: For more than three decades, Die Tanzgeiger has performed through intimate ties to their roots and contemporary music. The ensemble has performed at festivals, celebrations, dances and conferences all over the globe, including in Austria and Europe. 

October 3 – REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music

October 10 – Donald Sinta Quartet

October 31 - Foltýn & Foltýnová

November 7 – Grand Rapids Symphony

November 28 – GVSU Brass Quintet Holiday Celebration

Big Data events will cover wide scope

The benefits of data analysis in areas such as journalism, climate change, health care and even analyzing ancient Greek texts, will be examined during multiple Big Data Month events on campus throughout September.

Ed Aboufadel, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs and lead Big Data Month coordinator, said it's important for students to understand how big data affects their careers and daily lives.

“Students will benefit by learning how big data tools are being applied across the curriculum, impacting their future careers in ways they may not be anticipating,” he said. “An understanding of big data is important because of its effects in so many areas, from health care to elections, from weather prediction to stock market prediction.”

Below is the full schedule of events. Excluding the Big Data Ignite Conference, all events are free, open to the public and LIB 100 approved for students. For event information, visit gvsu.edu/bigdata.

September 13: Quantifying Variability in Environmental Systems to Improve Management, Planning, and Policy Development (sponsored by Biology Department)

September 13: Models and Data for Studying Water Quality and Climate Change (sponsored by Office of the Provost)

September 19-21: Big Data Ignite Conference

September 26: Life at the Intersection of Biology, Statistics, Mathematics, and Computer Science (sponsored by Mathematics Department)

September 27: FOIA-Fest (sponsored by the School of Communications)

September 28: Bodies of Work: Digital Corpora for Teaching and Research (sponsored by Classics Department)

Fall Arts Celebration concert to feature musical tour of Italy

music quartet

The Tesla Quartet will perform September 17 in the Cook-DeWitt Center.

Inspired by numerous pleasurable escapes from harsh Russian winters, composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s love of Italy is reflected in his “String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70 ‘Souvenir de Florence.’”

The piece will be performed by the internationally acclaimed Tesla Quartet and Grand Valley music faculty members during this year’s Fall Arts Celebration. “An Italian Journey: Tesla Quartet performs Tchaikovsky’s ‘Souvenir de Florence’” will take place September 17, 7:30 p.m., in the Cook-DeWitt Center on the Allendale Campus.

The Tesla Quartet will open the program with “Quartet in B minor, Op. 33, No. 1” by Franz Joseph Haydn, and then be joined by Paul Swantek, affiliate professor of viola, and Pablo Mahave-Veglia, associate professor of cello and Early Music Ensemble director, to perform “Souvenir de Florence.”

Best known as a master composer of symphonies and ballets, Tchaikovsky crafted this work through a rich blend of well-known Italian street songs and melodies.

“The music of Haydn is timeless and the music of Tchaikovsky opens us up to the romantic century which defined his compositions,” said Danny Phipps, chair of Music, Theatre, and Dance Department. “Having both of these masterpieces performed with a new and fresh perspective and vision will be an extraordinary treat.”

Formed at The Julliard School in 2008, members of the Tesla String Quartet include Ross Snyder (violin), Michelle Lie (violin), Edwin Kaplan (viola) and Serafim Smigelskiy (cello). The quartet regularly performs across North America and internationally, with recent appearances in Austria, Canada, Chine, Germany, Hungary, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

The quartet has won numerous prizes and awards at international competitions, including the 2017 John Lad Prize, the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the Second Prize, Haydn Prize, and Canadian Commission Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition.

The quartet’s first album, “Haydn, Ravel, Stravinsky,” debuted on September 7.

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

Voting is first topic of OMA series

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will kick off its annual Conversations of Color series September 19 with a discussion about voting among underrepresented populations. 

The dialogue series takes place monthly and focuses on discussions about race, popular culture, identity and current events. 

All events are expertly facilitated and take place from noon-1 p.m. in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, located in 1240 Kirkhof Center. Additional events will take place October 24, November 14 and December 5.

For more information, visit gvsu.edu/oma

ArtPrize artist to discuss journey from soldier to artist

After retiring from the Army in 2015 following 17 years of service, Kimberly Walker began searching for her voice as an artist, which she found in the form of sharing stories of sexual assault in the military.

During this year's 10th anniversary of ArtPrize, Walker's piece, "Locked and Loaded," will be the sole entry located at the Eberhard Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. ArtPrize takes place September 19-October 7. 

The piece will consist of 46 military-issue duffle bags representing 46 cases of sexual assault in the military. Walker, an Ohio-based artist, said her research revealed that none of the cases were disclosed to the public.

Students to kick off 10th anniversary of ArtPrize

The Laker Marching Band and GVSU Dance Company will kick off the 10th anniversary of ArtPrize on Wednesday, September 19, from 7-9 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle, near the Grand Rapids Art Museum. The band and dance members will then perform under the direction of President Thomas J. Haas, with Louie the Laker revving up the crowd.

The piece will consist of 46 military-issue duffle bags representing 46 cases of sexual assault in the military. Walker, an Ohio-based artist, said her research revealed that none of the cases were disclosed to the public.

Walker will discuss her ArtPrize entry during a special presentation on September 20. "Finding Your Purpose With Art" will take place at 6 p.m. in the Eberhard Center, room 716. A reception will precede remarks at 5:30 p.m. outside the Veterans Upward Bound office.

Following Walker's remarks, Tim Marroquin, director of Veterans Upward Bound, and Krystal Diel, victim advocate in the Center for Women and Gender Equity, will discuss resources on campus available to veterans, students, victims and survivors of sexual assault and advocate community members. This event is LIB 100 approved for students. For more information about this event, visit gvsu.edu/artgallery.

MIPERC conference will focus on building healthy communities

The Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Center (MIPERC) will host its 11th annual conference September 20-21 on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

MIPERC is an organization founded by Grand Valley, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and Michigan State University-College of Human Medicine to support collaborative health care initiatives across disciplines and institutions. Housed in the Office of the Vice Provost for Health, MIPERC has a membership of more than 25 institutions and organizations.

Keynote addresses will center on the conference theme, "Developing Healthy Populations, Communities, and Systems through Interprofessional Collaboration."

Speakers are Barbara Brandt, director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education; Shelly Virva, associate clinical director for the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs; Dr. Corey Waller, principal at Health Management Associates; and Mark Meijer, president of Life EMS Ambulance.

people looking at posters at conference

Participants at the 2017 MIPERC conference view posters in the DeVos Center. This year's conference is set for September 20-21.

The conference will begin September 20 with a pre-conference workshop from 9-11 a.m. at the L. William Seidman Center. Discussion topics include telehealth for clinical placements and distance learning, and big data. Afternoon keynote addresses and poster presentations will be at the DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium. September 21 events will also be at the DeVos Center, including a keynote from Meijer and breakout sessions.

Registration and conference details are online at gvsu.edu/miperc.

Science on Tap event will connect to ArtPrize

To coincide with ArtPrize, Science on Tap participants will learn more about emotion-centered design and how interactions with objects bring different emotions.

Joey Zeledon, principal designer for Steelcase, will give a presentation on September 20 beginning at 8 p.m. at the SpeakEZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Ave. NE in Grand Rapids. Zeledon will discuss product design and how designing for emotions can help create more inclusive, human-centered products.

Sponsored by the Biomedical Sciences department, Science on Tap monthly events are facilitated, casual discussions about scientific topics. Learn more by following the group on Facebook.

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