GVL / Elyse Greenwood

Frederik Meijer Honors College to host Arctic Games

An integral part of the mission here at Grand Valley State University is to expose students to diverse cultures and broaden their world perspective. The upcoming Arctic Games is an event that does just that – with games and reindeer as an added bonus. The Frederik Meijer Honors College will be presenting the third Arctic Games in the outdoor lobby of Kindschi Hall on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. Students enrolled in the Junior Seminar course Games in Circumpolar World will be recreating some of the traditional games that resemble those played by the Inuit and Sami people. Games and sports were an important tradition in the Sami and Inuit cultures, as they helped the people develop skills that were essential for everyday survival in the harsh environment.

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.

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GV running club hosts 10th annual Turkey Trot race

November brings the season of giving, and at Grand Valley State University there is no shortage of opportunities to give back to the community. This past Saturday, Nov. 17, the GVSU Running Club did just that at their 10th annual Turkey Trot.  The GVSU Running Club is an organization for all students who have any interest in running. The group meets every day from Monday through Friday at 6pm at the Kelly Sports Center. Students of all abilities are welcome, and members’ running experience spans from never running a step in their life to ultra-marathoners and everything in between. 

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“Semester in Grand Rapids:” New program open to students

Inspired by the success of Semester in Detroit, a partnership between the University of Michigan and Grand Valley State University, the Brooks College Office for Community Partnerships and Student Professional Development has established a new program called Semester in Grand Rapids.  The program, which will first take place this upcoming 2019 spring and summer semester, is an opportunity for GVSU students to learn more about the Grand Rapids community and gain experience outside of the classroom.

GVSU Relay for Life 2013. Courtesy / gvsu.edu

GV’s College Against Cancer's first annual Relay For Life recruitment week

Sunday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 10 marked Grand Valley State University’s College Against Cancer’s first ever recruitment week for their Relay for Life event.   College Against Cancer is an organization that works with the American Cancer Society, and Relay for Life is an annual event that they coordinate in order to raise money for the organization.  All of the money raised from the event will go towards the American Cancer Society in order to help fund research to find the cure to cancer. 

GVL / Nick Moran

Grand Rapids welcomes third annual Comic-Con convention

Celebrities, artists and experts on all things pop-culture flocked to Grand Rapids this during the weekend of Nov. 9 for the third annual Comic-Con. Comic-Con is a national convention that showcases multi-genre entertainment as well as everything from the gaming and comic realms.  Comic-Con returned to the DeVos Place on Friday, Nov. 9 and continued through Sunday, Nov. 11. Fans were lined out the door, bearing Grand Rapids' first snowfall of the season as they waited in anticipation to enter. The guests who attended were fans with a passion for superheroes, anime, collectible merchandise, gaming and comics. 

Courtesy / Jennifer Deamud

Seidman College of Business to host ATHENA Connections

According to Greek mythology, Athena is a goddess known for her courage, strength and wisdom. Today, these characteristics are brought to life through ATHENA Connections, a program focused on connecting students to leaders in West Michigan.  This Friday, Nov. 9 from 12 to 2 p.m., the Seidman College of Business is hosting ATHENA Connections at the L. William Seidman Center located in downtown Grand Rapids. At the event, students will learn about the ATHENA Leadership Model, which focuses on eight tenets: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy and Celebration and Joy. 

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GVSU Council for Exceptional Children to hold 23rd annual Symposium

On Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 to 3 p.m., the Grand Valley State University Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is hosting the 23rd annual Symposium in the GVSU Kirkhof Center. This day of professional development will begin with breakfast followed by an address from the keynote speaker and inspirational educator Christina Costa. The event will then continue with breakout sessions which feature more special guest educators where students will network and take in a variety of useful information. 

Courtesy / Professor David Stark

GVSU to hold Day of the Dead celebration

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has been an integral part of the Mexican culture ever since the Spanish invaders introduced the custom in the early 1500’s. Now, Grand Valley State University aims to honor this tradition by sponsoring a Day of the Dead Celebration to educate students on the importance of the holiday.  On Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Latin American Studies and Modern Languages and Literature programs are hosting the Day of the Dead Celebration in the GVSU Fredrick Meijer Honors College. True to its origin, this event is a time to remember lost loved ones and celebrate their memory. There will be an authentic Mexican ofrenda, live music and food to insure students the full Día de los Muertos experience.