News briefs 3/15/18

Student struck by car in crosswalk

On the evening of Monday, March 12, a Grand Valley State University student was struck by a vehicle while crossing Campus Drive. According to Director of Public Safety and GVSU Police Department Capt. Brandon DeHaan, the student was crossing the street in the crosswalk when the crash occurred. 

DeHaan said the vehicle struck the pedestrian’s leg with the front bumper. He cited the injury as non-life-threatening and limited to a leg. Following the incident, DeHaan said the pedestrian was transported to the hospital; the driver of the vehicle told officers they were distracted while operating the vehicle and was found at fault for the crash and cited for failing to yield. 

Majors fair taking place next week

Grand Valley State University students in need of help deciding which major they should choose are in luck. On Tuesday, March 20, a majors fair will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Henry Hall Atrium. The event is sponsored by the GVSU Student Academic Success Center. 

Free food and drink will be provided to those in attendance. For more information, email [email protected].

Professional school fair taking place Thursday, March 15

On Thursday, March 15, the Grand Valley State University Pro-Professional Council, student senate, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center and the Vice Provost for Health will sponsor a professional school fair for GVSU students in fields related to health-care professions.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the second floor of the Kirkhof Center. At the event, admissions representatives from over 50 different graduate and professional schools will be in attendance. 

Human trafficking lecture taking place

Tonisha Jones, an assistant professor in Grand Valley State University’s School of Criminal Justice, will lead a discussion on human trafficking in the state of Michigan on Thursday, March 15, at 6 p.m. in the DeVos Center, Room 138E, located on GVSU’s Pew Campus.

The lecture, titled “Human Trafficking in the State of Michigan: What You Should Know and What You Can Do,” is both LIB 100- and 201-approved. Jones will lead attendees on how to identify signs of sex trafficking, as well as share her research.

Grand Rapids assistant planning director to speak at GVSU

On Monday, March 19, Jay Steffen, assistant planning director for the city of Grand Rapids, will speak at Grand Valley State University for an event titled “Grand River Corridor Planning.” The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Mackinac Hall, Room B-1-118. The GVSU Urban Planning Association is sponsoring the event, which is LIB 100-approved.

Steffen will discuss the projects Grand Rapids is currently undertaking. For more information, email the UPA at [email protected].

GVSU alumna to speak on breaking the USA Gymnastics story

On Monday, March 26, Marisa Kwiatkowski, a graduate of Grand Valley State University’s journalism program, will speak to a crowd of people about breaking the Larry Nassar/USA Gymnastics story. 

The talk, titled “Local Reporting, National Impact: Marisa Kwiatkowski on Breaking the USA Gymnastics Story,” serves as the School of Communications’ first annual Robert Mayberry Comm-Unity Series. The event is co-sponsored by the GVSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Center for Women in Transition, the Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity, the GVSU Department of Public Safety, and the Division of Inclusion and Equity.