News Briefs: ‘Parallel Planning’ informational session

Drew Howard

‘Parallel Planning’ informational session

Students in the health field are invited to learn more about effective career-planning strategies during an informational session at the Grand Valley State University Career Center on Feb. 8.

At “Developing Your Parallel Plan,” students applying for a secondary admit program or graduate program in the health field will be taught how to create a back-up plan when life takes an unexpected turn.

The sessions is set to take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Mackinac Hall, Room A-1-171.

For additional information about the event, contact the Career Center at (616) 331-3311 or [email protected].

Brian Flanagan to present at next installment of The Wheelhouse Talks

Brian Flanagan, director of the Sanger Leadership Center (SLC) at the University of Michigan, is set to present at the next installment of The Wheelhouse Talks on Feb. 12.

Hosted by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, The Wheelhouse Talks is an event series that gives local leaders and influencers the opportunity to share their experiences with the community.

In his presentation, Flanagan will discuss the importance of creating and molding future leaders through initiatives at both the Cook Leadership Academy at Grand Valley State University and the SLC.

Flanagan’s presentation will take place from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the Loosemore Auditorium at the DeVos Center, located on GVSU’s Pew Campus.

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13 departments given “certified healthy” designation

The second year of the Healthy Choices Wellness Program at Grand Valley State University yielded eight new “certified healthy” departments.

The Healthy Choices Wellness Program is run by the Health and Wellness team within Human Resources. To qualify as “certified healthy,” a department must create a work environment that allows its employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Out of the 13 departments designated “certified healthy,” eight were not recognized in the previous year. The new honorees include: athletics and recreation facilities, campus recreation, CLAS academic advising, information technology, university communications, WGVU, the department of public health, and the Regional Math and Science Center.

Video presentation to focus on the life of Rosa Parks

In celebration of Black History Month, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will be hosting an educational video presentation on the life of Rosa Parks on Feb. 9.

“Rosa Parks: A Modern Day Heroine” revisits Park’s infamous bus boycott and the effect it later had on the Civil Rights Movement. The video has been remastered in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott.

The video presentation will take place from noon until to 1 p.m. at the Women’s Center located inside the Kirkhof Center.

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Nominations for student leadership award now open

The Dean of Students Office will be accepting nominations for the Kenneth R. Venderbush Student Leadership Award until 5 p.m. on Feb. 12.

The Kenneth R. Venderbush Student Leadership Award goes to a Grand Valley State University senior who has exhibited strong leadership skills within the campus community.

The winning student will be presented with the award during the annual Student Awards Convocation on April 11.

It’s suggested that the nomination form be sent in a sealed envelope marked “confidential” to the Dean of Students Office (202 STU). The envelope should also have an indication that it’s for the Kenneth R. Venderbush Student Leadership Award.