News Briefs 04/20

| 4/19/17 10:50pm

New scholarship announced in Provost Davis' name

At a retirement celebration honoring the legacy of Grand Valley State University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Gayle Davis, GVSU President Thomas Haas announced a new scholarship in Davis’ name. The scholarship, entitled the “Gayle Davis First Generation Endowed Scholarship” will be awarded to juniors and seniors at GVSU who are the first in their immediate families to pursue a college education.

The scholarship came as a surprise for Davis at one of two retirement ceremonies honoring her 15 years at GVSU. Faculty and staff are encouraged to donate to the scholarship fund at

Retirement planning event to show how to 'retire happy'

“How to Retire Happy and Informed” will be taking place Thursday, April 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the L. William Seidman Center, Room 1008B. This event will highlight different ways people can retire sans the stress that normally comes with the decision.

The seminar will begin with a talk from writer Tom Rademacher, and representatives from the Social Security Administration and Advantage Benefits Group will be there to answer questions.

This event is meant for Grand Valley State University faculty and staff, who can RSVP at


The Grand Valley State University Speech Lab will be hosting the 16th annual meeting of the National Association of Communication Centers, taking place Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, all day in the DeVos Center.

Communication centers from around the country will be gathering at the conference to talk about a central topic.

This year’s theme is “More Than a Space: Empowerment at the Center.” This relates to the issue many communication centers have of not having enough space to adequately meet student needs.

Throughout both days of the conference, presentations will be given based on solutions for expansion, like adding new buildings, or communication centers expanding their message on campus.

Although the event focuses on the growth of oral speech centers, submissions and presentations from writing, multimodal centers and peer tutoring centers are encouraged and welcomed as well.

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