GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Todd Williams, Associate Professor of Psychology, prepares for his event on the Role of Fear and Anxiety in Social and Political Judgement, which will take place Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

GVSU professor to discuss "Fear and Anxiety" as part of lecture series

Todd Williams, associate professor of psychology at Grand Valley State University, will be conducting a lecture titled “The Role of Fear and Anxiety in Social and Political Judgment: A Social Psychological Perspective” Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the L.V. Eberhard Center. “In the talk, what I’m going to be doing is reviewing the ideas of a cultural anthropologist named Ernest Becker,” Williams said.

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Mike Wall of IHS Automotive presents during the 17th West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium inside Grand Valley's Loosemore Auditorium on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

Looking to the future

Big-name manufacturers roll out their newest technology and innovations every year during the multiple auto shows across the country. Whether they’re in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia or New York, the biggest names in the automotive industry try to outdo each other and garner a bigger share of whatever market they are competing in (full-size truck/SUV, midsize sedan, sport coupe, etc.).

GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Emma Weintraub and Jake Elliott prepare for the GVSU Winter Cardboard Challenge Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 in Mackinaw Hall.

GVSU to host cardboard challenge arcade

Several Grand Valley State University students aim to promote creativity and imagination by creating an arcade made of cardboard. Proceeds from the arcade will go to the Imagination Foundation. For $1, students, faculty and staff can purchase a “fun pass” that allows for unlimited play. The arcade will take place Thursday, March 2, at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. It will also be held Friday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Kindschi Outdoor Lobby on the Allendale Campus.

Kent County health event

Examining health disparities in West Michigan

The Health Professionals Graduate Student Alliance (HPGSA) at Grand Valley State University hosted guest speaker Adam London, the health officer for Kent County, Tuesday, Feb. 21, to discuss public health issues in West Michigan. The event took place in the DeVos Center University Club Room.

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Local kids get the chance to talk with Officer Minh Lien on Saturday Feb. 18, 2017.

Changing misconceptions

When people hear the term “law enforcement,” the idea of a police officer on duty ready to protect people typically comes to mind. But for many at-risk Grand Rapids youth, this isn’t always the case. “Those Who Protect Us” is an event held annually to try to change misconceptions these youths may have about public safety officials. This year, it was held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Grand Valley State University’s L. William Seidman Center, Room 1008. Roughly 100 people gathered throughout the day to participate in several activities.

GVL/Sara Carte - Freshly sliced fruit pictured on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016.

University Counseling Center to participate in National Eating Disorder Screening Day

While media can be a great source of entertainment and socialization, it can also be used negatively, like setting unrealistic expectations for body image. Unfortunately, a twisted portrayal of what’s realistic can be the cause of self-consciousness and insecurity in a large portion of the population. Both men and women are faced with trying to fit into the mold that media portrays to be beautiful, and sometimes this objective can lead to unhealthy mindsets and unhealthy habits. Among these are self-hate, self-criticism, insecurity, anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

Common grounds

An officer and a president

With the end of World War II and the beginning of the scientific and militaristic battlefield of the Cold War, the blurred line between political authorities and military leaders was at the forefront in a time when the U.S. was developing itself as a global superpower. Looking at the relationship between civilians and military leaders in light of foreign affairs, H.W. Brands spoke at Grand Valley State University’s L.V. Eberhard Center Thursday, Feb. 9. During his lecture, he discussed the power struggle between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur.

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Speaker Dr. Damon Arnold during The Wheelhouse Talk on Friday Feb. 10, 2017.

The path to leadership

Getting kicked out of not one, but two high schools did not stop Damon Arnold from reaching his greatest potential. Arnold is the , director of academic services in Grand Valley State University’s athletic department. He earned his doctorate degree in education administration and became a cross-country motivational speaker despite facing hurdles earlier in life. His philosophy on leadership and success is to “connect the dots backwards” and be surrounded by encouraging and supportive people.