Events: Winter 2020

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Honors Fireside Chat guest Dante Villarreal

Fireside Chat

Monday, February 17, at 7:00 p.m. Join us for the third fireside chat of the 2019-20 academic year hosted by our Meijer Endowed Chair and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. Our guest will be Dante Villarreal, Vice President of Business and Talent Development at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Villarreal is also a GVSU alumnus! The chat will take place by the fireplace in the Chamberlain MPR in the Niemeyer building.

Mr. Villarreal oversees Business Services, Talent Development, and the organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs at the Chamber. This work leads to a stronger and thriving West Michigan for ALL. Prior to this, he was the Regional Director for the Michigan Small Business Development Center at Grand Valley State University. He is originally from South Texas, with his parents coming from Tamaulipas, Mexico. Early in his life, his family traveled as migrant farmworkers to several states a year following the crop harvest.  Every fall, they would come to West Michigan and work the apple orchards and other corps, eventually settling out in the Grand Rapids area.

Dante holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business and a Master of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University. He is active in his community and serves on several boards and organizations, including the Family Business Alliance, the Downtown Market, Grand Rapids SmartZone, and Grand Rapids Sister Cities.

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Edward P. Gibson

Cyber Security and Your Job Search: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!

Thursday, March 19, 5:00 p.m. Edward P. Gibson is an attorney and internationally recognized expert in cyber security, compliance, white collar crime, risk management, and “commercially disruptive actions or products” of all kinds. With degrees and certificates from Grand Valley State University, the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, American University, and Oxford University, Mr. Gibson has worked for and with the FBI, Amway, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and other organizations as the proverbial “company confidant.”

Mr. Gibson will share what he knows about how your personal information is accessed and used—and offer some advice on how to protect yourself during a job search. He’ll also draw on his vast business and government experience to offer general advice about mounting a successful job search in any field. The talk will take place in the Chamberlain Multipurpose Room in the Niemeyer Learning & Living Center.

Honors Mentor Council and ANCHOR Events


Thursday, January 9, 9:00 p.m.: Body-Body Night 2.0. Come enjoy some games of Body-Body in the Chamberlain MPR, Niemeyer.

Friday, January 10, 6:00 p.m.: Campus Life Night. If you're looking to join some new clubs this semester, join some of the mentors in heading over to the Fieldhouse between 6 and 8 p.m. to check out what campus has to offer!

Thursday, January 16, 6:00 p.m. Doorstops and Deliciousness. Join ANCHOR, Director Gilles, and Director Gilles's wife for food and fun. Several cheap, easy, and delicious dinner options will be provided (along with recipes), and you'll also get a chance to decorate a wooden doorstop for your room. Delicious food and open doors promote a more social atmosphere!

Thursday, January 30, 8:00 p.m. Card Night. The Mentor Council is hosting an evening of cards, cookies, and de-stressing! Chamberlain MPR, Niemeyer.


Thursday, February 13, 8:00 p.m. "Love the Ones You're With." Join ANCHOR and the Mentor Council to decorate cookies, make friendship bracelets, and watch cheesy movies. Chamberlain MPR, Niemeyer.


Wednesday, March 11, 8:00 p.m. Slime & Stress Balls. A Mentor Council event! Holton-Hooker MPR. - CANCELLED. Check back for new date/time

Wednesday, March 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sundaes and Scheduling. The Mentor Council will host Honors advisors Kelly and Meg to help students plan out their 2020-21 class schedules. Sundaes will be served when the schedules are done! Computer Lab (HON 114), Niemeyer.

Thursday, March 19, 8:00 p.m. Bob Ross Painting Party. An ANCHOR event! HON 220, Niemeyer.

Tuesday, March 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Curry and Chords. It's music and food night! Director Gilles will provide the curry, and Professors Benjamin, Stillerman, and Lakey--along with a handful (or two) of Honors students--will provide the chords. Chamberlain MPR, Niemeyer.

Tuesday, March 31, 8:00 p.m. Spring-Themed Bingo. Snacks with the Mentor Council. Holton-Hooker MPR.


Thursday, April 2, 8:00 p.m. Terracotta Pot Painting & Succulent Planting. An ANCHOR event! Chamberlain MPR, Niemeyer.

Tuesday, April 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Adult Coloring & Food. Join ANCHOR, the Mentor Council, and Director Gilles for an end-of-year de-stressing event. There will be food! Chamberlain MPR, Niemeyer.


Campus Events

Tuesday, January 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Human-Trafficking Survivor and Inspiring Speaker: Leslie King. Pere Marquette Room (2204), Kirkhof Center.

Wednesday, January 15, 12:00-1:30 p.m. The Global Express: Sectarianism among Muslims, with Prof. Abdullah Alrebth. LOH 179 (Innovation Lab).

Monday, January 20, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Yusef Salaam Presentation: Part of MLK Day events. Fieldhouse Arena.

Wednesday, January 22, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Cedric Taylor Presentation: Part of MLK Day events. Grand River Room (2250), Kirkhof Center.

Thursday, January 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Steve Luxenberg: Plessy v. Ferguson - Race in American Memory. Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center in GR.

Wednesday, January 29, 12:00-1:30 p.m. The Global Express: Higher Education as a Global Commodity, with Dean Mark Schuab. LOH 179 (Innovation Lab).

Friday, January 31, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Growing Connections Food Summit. Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center in GR

Monday, February 3, 7:30 p.m. Guest Artist Piano Recital:Dr, EunAe Lee. Location TBA.

Friday, February 7, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Wheelhouse Talk: Pia Kurusu White and Brian Hauenstein. Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center in GR.

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Social Justice and Science: How They Are Interconnected. Belinda Bardwell, GVSU Native American Advisory Council. 

Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 p.m. Mosaic Lecture: Dr. Edray Goins, "A Dream Deferred: 50 Years of Blacks in Mathematics." Pere Marquette (Rm 2204), Kirkhof Center.

Tuesday, March 31, 4:00-5:15 p.m. Rich Hiskes on Human Rights. Chamberlain MPR, Niemeyer.