Arts Briefs

Kate Branum

Michigan Blood Bus Drive

All students at Grand Valley State University will have an opportunity to help save a life Monday, Sept. 12.

Michigan Blood is hosting a blood drive at GVSU on the Allendale Campus. A Michigan Blood bus will be parked outside of the Kleiner Marketplace all day to accommodate students’ schedule.

Students are encouraged to stop by before or after class for just a few minutes to donate blood.

To make an appointment, contact Amy Smith at [email protected].

GV Climbing Center Offers Free Rocking Climbing

The Grand Valley State University Climbing Center in the Fieldhouse on the Allendale Campus is offering one hour of free rocking climbing for all faculty and students Tuesday, Sept. 13 from noon until 1 p.m.

This event requires no prior climbing experience and all essential climbing equipment will be available to rent for the hour. An experienced staff member will be present to assist climbers with general safety and demonstrate how to properly use the equipment.

There is no sign up necessary, and all participants are welcome to stop in.

Counseling Center Hosts Suicide Prevention Program

In the U.S., suicide remains the second-leading cause of death among college students.

The Grand Valley State University Counseling Center is hosting the event “QPR– Question, Persuade, Refer” Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Kirkhof Center Room 2270 on the Allendale Campus.

The intent of this program is to dispel any common misconceptions about suicide, help students recognize possible warning signs of suicide and empower students to save lives using the nationally-recognized QPR method of suicide prevention.

Students will have an opportunity to examine the issue of suicide from both a social and multicultural perspective and consider their own role in preventing suicide.

Combating the Drug Epidemic in West Michigan

When most people think about drugs, they don’t necessarily realize how much of an impact drugs have on the community as a whole.

The organization Families Against Narcotics (FAN) will be facilitating the event “Combating the Drug Epidemic in West Michigan” at Grand Valley State University in the Grand River Room of the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This event will feature speaker Phil Pavona, who plans to address and evaluate the widespread drug epidemic West Michigan using his personal experiences.

The goal of the interactive discussion is to promote awareness to the ethical and social justice issue of drug use and allow audience members to gain a greater understanding of how drugs impact the community and how the community can resolve the issue.

The event is cost-free and does not require prior sign up. For more information, contact Chad Jackson at [email protected].