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.

GVL / Kevin Sielaff - Volunteers help repair and assemble plane parts next to the launch site. Students of STEPS (Science, Technology, and Engineering Day Camps) fly planes that they have built during camp at Warped Wings Fly Field in Allendale on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

Association for Women in Science to host STEM workshops for middle schoolers at GVSU

What do you want to be when you grow up? Children are asked this simple question from the moment they can speak in complete, intelligible sentences. A firefighter, a construction worker, a princess, a dinosaur are all popular responses. Kids let their imaginations wander as they dream of what they can be, even if it is not feasible. Few kids right off the bat want to be something like an astrophysicist who deals with quantum subatomic theory at the molecular level or even a mechanical engineer. These decisions take time and hands-on interaction. At Grand Valley State University, these seeds of interest can be planted through hands-on activities and detailed information.

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Professor Andrew D. Spear speaks at the Theory of Knowledge: Epistemic Pornography and Epistemic Poison at downtown’s campus on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

"The Theory of Knowledge"

How people form beliefs and separate fact from fiction was the baseline of “The Theory of Knowledge: Epistemic Pornography and Epistemic Poison” lecture given by Andrew Spear, an associate professor of philosophy at Grand Valley State University, in the L.V. Eberhard Center Tuesday, Feb. 7.

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Mike Rogers, CNN national security commentator

Behind the screen

Working in a safe and secure cyber community is necessary when conducting business throughout the web to conserve any virtual-based entity, from an individual’s online presence to national security. To highlight how cyber security can affect various entities, like politics and space, CNN national security commentator Mike Rogers will speak at the Peter F. Secchia Breakfast Lecture Monday, Feb. 13, at Grand Valley State University’s L. William Seidman Center.