Dr. Chia-Ying Chan playing piano. Courtesy / Community Center for the Arts

Renowned pianist Dr. Chia-Ying Chan hosts guest masterclass

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance welcomed Dr. Chia-Ying Chan to Grand Valley State University. Chan is an active soloist and chamber pianist who has given solo performances and recitals across the globe.  Dr. Chia-Ying Chan, originally from Taiwan, is known to bring passion, creativity and vibrancy in her performances, as she’s performed in Europe, Spain, the Carnegie Weill Hall (New York), and has recently been invited to perform at the Wiener Saal Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

GVL / Olivia Fellows

Collaborative lecture series discusses Alzheimer's disease, dementia

“In most cases, it’s family members who will notice certain changes in a loved one’s personality, and these changes can be among the major indicators of early dementia or Alzheimer’s.”  This finding was just one of many discussed by Spectrum Health Neurologist and Michigan State Professor Cynthia Hingtgen during the health lecture “Alzheimer’s Disease: A Look into the Future” on Nov 12 in the L. William Seidman Center on Grand Valley’s downtown Pew campus. 

Ben Awrey of Young Pioneer. Courtesy / Young Pioneer youtube

Spotlight Productions brings Ben Awrey of Young Pioneer to campus

Vocalist Ben Awrey of Michigan band Young Pioneer performed an acoustic concert for Grand Valley State University at the Cook-Dewitt Center in Allendale at 9 p.m. The show was held on Nov. 15 and was sponsored by GVSU's Spotlight Productions.   Junior Kalie Tomlinson is the Concert Chair of Spotlight Productions and in charge of coordinating concerts for the organization’s events on campus. Tomlinson and Awrey connected at a previous concert, which led to Awrey’s collaboration with Spotlight Productions. She expressed her excitement about bringing Awrey and his music to GVSU’s campus. In past years, she said Spotlight Production used to host a coffee shop series, and since she said she loves music—this concert was her way of bringing it back. 

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Changing the narrative: Greek Life reflects on image, aims to highlight pledged values

From the outside looking in, Greek Life is often branded in a hostile and adverse manner. Nationally, Greek Life is largely associated with alcohol and parties, and news headlines place many chapters in a negative spotlight. However, at Grand Valley State University, Greek Life members have been working hard to push against the national trend and preserve the higher morals they swore themselves to. On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Greek members met with GVSU’s Greek Life Board and Associate Dean for Student Life Bob Stoll for a Greek Life Town Hall, where Greek members planned to set their best foot forward.

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GVPD educates students with rape aggression defense course

These words are from Grand Valley State University Sergeant Nate Dornbos during a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class held on Monday, Nov. 5, as he explained the difficulties of trying to profile sexual assault attackers. According to Dornbos, there are no true physical profiles to serve as warnings, and only potential behaviors to look out for. Additionally, in approximately 75 percent of sexual assault incidents, the victim knows their attacker — whether from a class, party or other association.

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Ferris Coffee and Nut facility to become Innovation and Design Center

The former Ferris Coffee and Nut facility on GVSU's Pew Campus is currently being renovated to become the new Design Center as part of the College of Engineering and Computing. The ability to renovate an existing space allows the university to avoid the delays and expenses that come when constructing a new building. The center will offer more collaborative spaces and development labs for engineering students.

Access To Medicines spreading awareness about global heath disparities at Kirkhof Center on November 6th, 2018.  GVL / Emily Modloff

UAEM educates, promotes accessible medicine in week-long campaign

Grand Valley State University’s Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) chapter hosted an Access to Medicines week from Nov. 5-11 to promote easier access to medications.  UAEM’s main goal for the week was to receive signatures for the Global Access Licensing Framework, a document the entire corporation collaborates on to help start conversation about creating transparencies in access to medicine in the university setting. UAEM students hope to receive 160 signatures by the end of November in order to present the petition to the Student Senate and university.