News briefs 3/22/18

Democracy 101 event taking place this week

Grand Valley State University’s Community Service Learning Center will host another edition of the Democracy 101 series this week. “Democracy 101: Periods Gone Public” will take place Friday, March 23, at noon in the Holton-Hooker Living and Learning Center. 

The discussion will center on menstrual equity for women in today’s society. Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, lawyer and author of “Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equality,” will speak at the event. Democracy 101 events are LIB 100- and 201-approved.

Student senate general elections starting Monday, March 26

Elections for Grand Valley State University’s student senate will begin Monday, March 26, at 8 a.m. and go until midnight on Sunday, April 1. In order to vote, users must have a GVSU login. Each student may vote for up to 10 senators.

Seminar on medical ethics taking place

The latest segment of DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy will focus on the ethics of genome editing. The event will take place Monday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the L.V. Eberhard Center, located on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus. The event will also be available via webcast on

Speakers for the event include Alta Charo, a professor of law and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and Matthew Porteus, associate professor of pediatrics at Stanford University. Jeff MacKeigan, professor of cancer biology and public diseases at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, will moderate the event. Jean Nagelkerk, GVSU vice provost for health, and Paul Farr, chair emeritus of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Foundation, will deliver welcoming statements.

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Grand Rapids director of development to speak at GVSU

Suzanne Schulz, managing director of development and design for the city of Grand Rapids, will speak at Grand Valley State University on Tuesday, March 27, for an event titled “Grand Rapids by Design: Shaping a Premier City.” The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room.

Schulz, who also serves as the president of of the Michigan Association of Planning, will discuss the efforts made by Grand Rapids officials in planning for the city. The event is open to the public, and is LIB 100- and 201-approved.

Opioid crisis panel to take place Thursday, March 22

Grand Valley State University’s Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will co-sponsor a panel on the opioid epidemic taking place in the U.S.

The panel will take place Thursday, March 22, at 6 p.m. in the DeVos Center Loosemore Auditorium. The event is both LIB 100- and 201-approved. 

The panel will feature individuals from various backgrounds and fields. During the discussion, the panelists will discuss their experiences working with those affected by the opioid crisis.