News Briefs 02/16

GV provost search to continue

A search for the new Grand Valley State University provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs will continue, according to an announcement from the search committee Tuesday, Feb. 14. This announcement comes after five candidates have already given their visions of what they would do on campus if elected to the position.

The decision to continue the search comes from GVSU President Thomas Haas, who said the previous candidates were well-qualified but did not succeed in capturing the spirit and enthusiasm of the GVSU community.

Haas also said such extensions were not uncommon, citing the extension for the search for the dean of university libraries. More candidates are expected to be on campus later in the winter semester.

Learning to write personal statements

An event entitled “All About You: The Art of Writing Personal Statements” will take place in Room 2266 of the Kirkhof Center Thursday, Feb. 16, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The event will focus on crafting the ideal personal statement to be used in any field of study or career.

The seminar will teach students the do’s and don’ts of writing a personal statement and how to properly structure, revise, edit and stay below word limits while maintaining a professional-sounding statement. All students are encouraged to attend. To RSVP, visit

2017 Winter Career Fair to have more than 230 employers

The 2017 Winter Career Fair will have more than 230 employers present for those on the job market to interact with at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids Thursday, Feb. 23, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The career fair is hosted by the Grand Valley State University Career Center and is open to any interested students and alumni who are pursuing employment or internship opportunities.

Prior to the career fair, an information session will be held in an effort to prepare people for the event. The session is titled “How to Talk to Employers” and will be held in Room 2263 of the Kirkhof Center Thursday, Feb. 16, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Soul food to be served on campus Friday, Feb. 17

African-American soul food will be served in the lobby of the Kirkhof Center Friday, Feb. 17, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The event is meant to showcase the cuisine created by enslaved African-Americans who used the small amount of rations they received to create their own style of food that is still very popular in the U.S. today. The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.