Articles by Matthew Makowski

Faculty art exhibit explores looking at the past as inspiration for the future

It is not an uncommon practice for artists to reflect on previous artwork, methods and practice to help inspire future ideas, direction and work. Multiple Visual and Media Arts faculty members are illustrating this process through the "Reflect-Revive-Reshape" exhibit on display in Grand Valley's Art Gallery through March 29. The exhibit features work by Dellas Henke, Anthony Thompson, Hoon Lee and Brett Colley, who all recently completed sabbaticals.

Feb 5, 2019

Acclaimed authors to discuss their craft during GVSU Writers Series winter events

Two Grand Valley State University writing faculty members will discuss the inner-workings of their creativity and craft during the annual Grand Valley Writers Series. Chris Haven, associate professor of writing, and Gale Thompson, visiting professor, will present a faculty reading on February 5. Haven teaches courses in intermediate and advanced fiction, beginning creative writing, style and techniques, and composition among other topics. Thompson is the author of two chapbooks and the founding editor of Jellyfish Magazine.

Feb 4, 2019

GVSU Opera Theatre follows two sisters chasing their dreams in "Wonderful Town"

Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood leave behind their ordinary lives in a rural Ohio town in pursuit of fulfilling their dreams in New York City. Filled with swinging show tunes, Grand Valley students will showcase how "Wonderful Town" captures the thrill of two sisters chasing their dreams. GVSU Opera Theatre will present multiple performances of "Wonderful Town" February 8-17.

Jan 26, 2019

Photo Gallery: President-elect Mantella tours GVSU campuses

One day after being elected the fifth, and first woman, president of Grand Valley State University, Philomena V. Mantella spent the day touring campus buildings, meeting faculty, staff and Louie the Laker, and taking selfies with students.

Jan 23, 2019

Bahamian actors to perform during 25th season of Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival

The 25th anniversary season of the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival will continue when actors from Nassau in the Bahamas visit the Allendale Campus to perform one of the most critically acclaimed productions ever presented in the Bahamas. The festival's "Bard Beyond Borders" series will present performances of "Sizwe Banzi is Dead" January 31-February 2.

Jan 23, 2019

Professor translates children's poetry from Holocaust era for exhibit

French Surrealist poet Robert Desnos brought hope in the face of despair as he wrote children's poetry while living in Nazi-occupied France. Kirsten Strom, professor of art history, is sharing Desnos' vision of hope with a new generation. A selection of her translations and illustrations of Desnos' work is currently on display in the "Apple Blossom and Nightingale" exhibit in Mary Idema Pew Library through January 30.

Jan 14, 2019

Professor preserves medical traditions of Kenyan tribe through catalog

A Grand Valley professor is preserving the medical traditions of an indigenous community in Kenya by cataloging the medicinal plants used by the Maasai tribe. The catalog was created by Kristin Hedges, assistant professor of anthropology, who has been working with the Maasai since serving in the Peace Corps in Kenya from 2000-2003. The Maasai are a group of indigenous people who inhabit areas in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.

Jan 11, 2019

Grand Rapids quartet to kick off Arts at Noon winter concert schedule

The 2018-19 Arts at Noon concert series at Grand Valley  continues this winter with multiple free performances by renowned musicians. The winter schedule includes seven performances beginning Wednesday, January 16, with Grand Rapids' own Perugino Quartet.

Jan 8, 2019

Holiday concert to be performed on GVSU carillon tower

Grand Valley State University's Beckering Family Carillon will fill the air above Grand Rapids with the sounds of the season during a special holiday concert. The concert will take place on Christmas Eve on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Dec 20, 2018

Year in Review: Memorable GVSU stories from 2018

From President Haas announcing his retirement and Grand Valley's Health Campus expanding in Grand Rapids to identical alumni twin brothers marrying identical alumni twin sisters, 2018 has been a year full of unforgettable moments at the university. These are some of the most memorable stories of the year that were chosen based on their impact on campus, in the news and on social media.

Dec 20, 2018