News briefs 11/9/17

Susan Stryker to deliver keynote speech at Transgender Day of Remembrance

Grand Valley State University’s Milton E. Ford LGBT Center is sponsoring a Transgender Day of Remembrance event Monday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room. Gender theorist and historian Susan Stryker will be delivering a keynote speech on topics such as labels, preferred pronouns and other current conflicts. Those interested in learning more about the event can visit

Publisher George Wietor to lecture at GVSU

The Grand Valley State University Department of Visual and Media Arts is sponsoring a presentation by George Wietor, a GVSU graduate and publisher for Issue Press. The event will take place Friday, Nov. 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Issue Press headquarters, located at 314 Straight Ave. SW, Grand Rapids. Weitor is known among publishers for his innovation in design techniques and publishing technology development. Those interested in learning more can visit

Venderbush Leadership Reception to take place at GVSU

Grand Valley State University will host the Venderbush Leadership Reception Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room. The event will feature GVSU alumni who will speak about leadership to attendees. The speakers are Marvis Herring, a news reporter for Wood TV8 in Grand Rapids; Keyauna Rosemond, program manager for FitKids 360; and Branden Stewart, vice president of operations for Phired Up Productions. Those interested in attending must RSVP and can do so through OrgSync. More information can be found at

SBDC West Michigan Region to host business legal issues event at GVSU

The West Michigan Region branch of the Michigan Small Business Development Center will host  a business legal issues discussion at Grand Valley State University’s L. William Seidman Center Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. Curt Rympa of Schenk, Boncher & Rympa, P.C. will be the featured speaker. The event will include discussion on various legal topics in business. There is no cost to attend. Those interested in learning more about the event can visit

Michigan Senate passes law allowing weapon concealment in schools

Senate Bills 584-586 passed in the Michigan Senate Tuesday, Nov. 7, 25 to 12. The bills allow individuals with concealed weapons permits to gain permission to carry concealed arms in traditionally gun-free zones. CPL holders must go through a minimum of eight hours of additional training to gain the exemption to carry.