What's Ahead

April 23, 2018

COE Convocation celebrates educators

Students and faculty members in the College of Education will be honored at a convocation ceremony Friday, April 27, at Forest Hills Public Schools Fine Arts Center in Grand Rapids. The ceremony runs from 7-9 p.m; doors open at 6 p.m.

More than 200 graduates are expected to participate; the ceremony will also include a hooding ceremony for students completing their master’s degree requirements. 

During the ceremony, Brandi-Lyn Mendham will receive the Outstanding Alumni Leader Award. Mendham is director of curriculum and technology at Zeeland Public Schools. She earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Grand Valley in 1999 and 2003, respectively. She earned a doctorate in 2014 from Eastern Michigan University.

Mendham has more than 17 years of administrative and teaching experience which includes instructing elementary and post-secondary education students, securing grants to support P-12 student learning and growth, and facilitating professional development. 

Mendham has served as the general education services coordinator and early childhood specialist for the West Shore Educational Service District in Ludington, a school improvement coordinator and first grade teacher for Baldwin Community Schools, and a literacy consultant with the Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency. 

The College of Education Convocation is a precursor to Grand Valley's commencement ceremonies. For more information visit gvsu.edu/coe.


High school students invited to visit CHS program

High school sophomores and juniors in Kent County who are interested in health care careers are invited to visit the Health Science Early College Academy.

The academy, a long-standing partnership between Grand Valley and the Kent ISD Career Tech Center, offers free college credits to Kent County high school students who attend classes at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.

Students can visit the biomedical technology classroom in CHS through May 1 to see if the program might be a good fit. Instructor Russ Wallsteadt said interested students can shadow current students and learn more about the program.

Questions can be directed to Wallsteadt at (616) 460-3247 or russwallsteadt@kentisd.org.

Annual tech symposium will center on OER

The 17th annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium, with a focus this year on open educational resources, is set for Wednesday, May 2.

Held in the DeVos Center, Hager Auditorium, the event opens with ePoster sessions and "Technology Test Kitchen" presentations from 1-3:30 p.m. 

Rosemary Cleveland, senior affiliate faculty of education, and Andrew Korich, associate professor of chemistry, will receive Pew Teaching with Technology Awards.

The awards presentation precedes the keynote address by Annie Bélanger, dean of University Libraries, at 2:05 p.m. Bélanger will discuss how University Libraries support the adoption and creation of OER and affordable course materials through advocacy, education, curation, and library publishing services. 

View presentations, register and find more information online at gvsu.edu/elearn/symposium. The symposium is sponsored by eLearning and Emerging Technologies, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center and University Libraries.

Meadows offers new junior golf program

The Meadows will host a new junior golf program beginning in June for children 13 and younger.

Steve Milewski, head golf professional, said the PGA Jr. League is similar to Little League baseball, as teams of eight-12 players will compete against other teams in the area.

Cost for the program is $150 and includes green fees for competition dates, team jersey, practices and two private lessons.

For information, visit http://gvsu.edu/s/0HX or contact Milewski at milewsks@gvsu.edu.

Register for CLAS on the Green

Registration is now open for the CLAS on the Green golf outing fundraiser for the CLAS Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The annual event will take place on Wednesday, June 13, at The Meadows. The driving range and registration will begin at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The event will conclude with a cookout and celebration at 6 p.m.

The event is open to all faculty and staff members, alumni, students and the community.

To register a team or explore sponsorship opportunities, visit https://www.gvsu.edu/clas/clas-on-the-green-382.htm

Call for submissions for Makers Faire

Students, faculty and staff members who are inventors, hobbyists, crafters and tech enthusiasts are invited to showcase their creations at the Grand Rapids Mini Makers Faire this summer.

The fifth annual event will take place August 18-19 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and on Grand Valley's Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The Faire features makers who display a variety of projects, such as robotics, 3D printing, drone races, blacksmithing, glass blowing, baking, gardening and more. The Faire also features local food and educational installations.

It is free to participate; there is a fee of $100 if makers want to sell items. The deadline to apply is July 27. 

Grand Valley joined the Faire as an organizing partner in June 2015. Last year, the event drew more than 6,000 people. 

For more information, visit grandrapids.makerfaire.com. 

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