Articles by Matthew Makowski

Interfaith conference to examine human morality and moral behavior

Human morality and moral behavior will be the focus of the upcoming Grand Dialogue in Science and Religion conference at Grand Valley. The conference provides an inter-institutional and interdisciplinary exploration of how science and religion connect to create constructive dialogue around interfaith. The conference will take place March 16 on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The keynote speaker will Christian Miller, the A.C. Reid professor of philosophy at Wake Forest University.

Mar 7, 2019

Event to examine importance of interfaith leadership in the 21st century

An upcoming presentation at Grand Valley will explore the importance of encouraging young people to grow in their interfaith understanding in order to become positive religious leaders of the 21st century. Kinza Khan, a domestic violence attorney, will be the featured speaker during the 2019 Rabbi Phillip Sigal Memorial Lecture on March 11.

Mar 4, 2019

Students create glue, extract banana DNA and explore green chemistry during STEM event

Extracting DNA from a banana, exploring magnetism and using green chemistry were just a few of the activities that local middle school students participated in during a recent, interactive STEM event. "Fall in Love with STEM," presented by the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) - West Michigan, took place February 23 in the Padnos Hall of Science on the Allendale Campus. The event included various workshops and activities led by Grand Valley faculty, staff and students, focusing on cell and molecular biology, engineering

Feb 26, 2019

Photos: Lakers take over Little Caesars Arena during Red Wings GVSU Night

The Grand Valley community turned Little Caesars Arena Laker blue by attending the first GVSU Night at the February 24 Red Wings game in Detroit. A total of $3,585 was raised through ticket sales for the GVSU Scholarship Fund.

Feb 26, 2019

Design Thinking Academy Pop-up Classes to focus on active listening and collaboration

Active listening and collaboration are two essential elements to comprehend in order to fully utilize the design thinking process. Two upcoming workshops presented by Grand Valley's Design Thinking Academy will aim to teach these skills to faculty, students, and the community. Pop-up Classes will take place February 28 (collaboration) and March 14 (listening) on the Allendale Campus. Both workshops will be facilitated by Steve Seward of Seward Consulting.

Feb 22, 2019

Campus Rec encouraging GVSU community to unplug from technology, participate in healthy events

It's a fact: people spend a lot of time looking at and using their various devices, especially on college campuses while completing school assignments, browsing social media, communicating or completing projects at work. The Campus Recreation team at Grand Valley is encouraging students, faculty and staff to take a break from technology for one week in an effort to improve their overall health and wellness. Unplugged will run from February 24-March 2.

Feb 21, 2019

Faculty, staff will fix students' belongings during two free Repair Clinics

Two upcoming events will offer students free opportunities to have ripped clothes, missing buttons, broken zippers, torn backpack straps and more fixed and mended by Grand Valley faculty and staff members. Repair Clinics will take place February 19 on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus and February 27 on the Allendale Campus.

Feb 15, 2019

College interfaith leaders to promote importance of religious understanding during event

Encouraging the next generation of interfaith leaders around the world, and especially on college campuses, will be the focus of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute's upcoming Abrahamic Dinner. The event will take place February 20 in Grand Rapids. Three local college students will share the perspectives of their individual traditions regarding transcending religious intolerance in order to foster greater interfaith understanding. This year's Jewish representative will be Allison Egrin, president of Hillel at Grand Valley.

Feb 13, 2019

Professor named Mentor of the Year by national organization

Ingrid Johnson, associate professor of physical education, has received recognition for providing advising and mentorship to students and alumni both in and out of the classroom. Johnson has been named Mentor of the Year by the Society of Health and Physical Educators. She is being recognized for her mentoring strategies, which include supporting students with job searching, teaching classes for alumni, sharing professional insights, and more.

Feb 7, 2019

Exhibit explores Saugatuck-Douglas history with LGBT community

During the Cold War, the twin West Michigan beach towns of Saugatuck and Douglas turned into a haven for college students, motorcycle gangs, hippies and other diverse communities. The towns' inclusivity caused Saugatuck-Douglas to become a popular destination for the LGBT community, which found acceptance there in the face of social and legal discrimination. The Kutsche Office of Local History has created a project to document the area's history with the LGBT community. Elements from the project will be on display in the Mar

Feb 6, 2019