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L. William Seidman Center
The L. William Seidman Center is the site of a June 20 workshop on doing business in China.
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In the News

Kramer named director of Campus Dining

Paul Kramer was named director of Campus Dining, returning to the campus where he started his career.

Kramer worked as food service director at Grand Valley for four years before taking positions at Ball State University and Central Michigan University. He most recently served as senior district manager for Aramark.


The Van Andel Global Trade Center will host "Culture & Coffee: Navigating China" on June 20 from 8-10 a.m. in the L. William Seidman Center. Topics include business meetings, negotiating tactics, communication, gift giving and business attire. To register, visit gvsu.edu/vagtc


Julie Cowie, program manager for the Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur Lab in the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Seidman College of Business, was interviewed by WZZM-TV and WWJ-AM about the program, which is designed to give veterans the education and resources to start or grow a company.


State commission meets on campus

The Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission met June 9 at the L. William Seidman Center. 

The Division of Inclusion and Equity hosted the meeting; it was arranged by Connie Dang, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, who served as a MAPAAC commissioner and is now an alumna.

Jesse Bernal, vice president for Inclusion and Equity, told commissioners, who are appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, Grand Valley has seen a 40 percent increase in students who identify as Asian American over the last five years.

Dang, who finished two, four-year terms as a commissioner in December, said most MAPAAC meetings are held on the east side of the state. "We wanted to increase the visibility of the commission on the west side and expand the reach of the commission," she said.

Scott Ayotte, Grand Valley's director of Affirmative Action, also serves on MAPAAC.



The book CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process, co-authored by Renee Zettle-Sterling, professor of art and design, won multiple awards in eight different competitions. Awards included: Next Generation Indies (Grand Prize in Non-Fiction, winner in Art and Best Overall Design categories); Eric Hoffer Award (shortlisted for Grand Prize, winner in Art category, winner of First Horizon and awarded for "superior work by debut authors"); International Book Awards (winner in Art category); and Independent Press Awards (winner in Finer Art and Coffee Table Books categories.)

Susan Harrington, assistant professor of nursing, gave presentations, "Intercollegiate Alliance for Health and Well-being Walking Program" and "Research Mentoring Group’s Crosswalk," at the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators Annual Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Facilities Services received the Grand Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities, the highest award from Healthy Schools and Green Cleaning, for innovative, health-focused and environmentally minded cleaning programs.