News Briefs 02/06

‘Bus bank’ spare change drive to help raise money for study abroad

Starting Monday, Feb. 6, and running through Monday, Feb. 20, the Grand Valley State University Padnos International Center will be holding a spare change fundraiser in an effort to raise money for students looking for study abroad opportunities. Students, faculty and staff can donate at the 20/20 Desk in the Kirkhof Center, the Padnos International Center in Lake Ontario Hall and several other offices across campus.

Students who donate will receive a ‘bus bank,’ a coin bank that resembles the GVSU Campus Connector buses operated by The Rapid that shuttle students between the Allendale and Pew campuses. Students, faculty and staff can donate online as well at

Former Michigan representative to give talk on cyber security

Mike Rogers, former FBI special agent and former U.S. Rep. for Michigan’s 8th District, will be presenting at the Peter F. Secchia Breakfast Lecture Monday, Feb. 13, at the L. William Seidman Center on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus at 8 a.m. The breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. Rogers will be giving an address titled “Global security means local problems: Space. Cyber. Expansionism. Politics.”

While serving in Congress, Rogers was the chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and oversaw the funding of the United States’ 17 intelligence agencies. He is also the current host of CNN’s “Declassified.”

To register for the event, visit by Monday, Feb. 6.

Renowned author and historian to discuss Truman, MacArthur conflicts on Pew Campus

Author and historian H.W. Brands will speak in the L.V. Eberhard Center on the Grand Valley State University Pew Campus Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. about President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur and the conflicts and showdowns they had during the Korean War and the chaos of McCarthyism during the early 1950s in the U.S.

Brands’ talk will be mostly based off his book “The General vs. the President,” a New York Times bestseller. Brands has published a combination of 25 biographies and books about U.S. history and is currently a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. To register, visit

Screening of ‘The Occupation of the American Mind’ set for Wednesday, Feb. 8

The film “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States” will be played in Lake Huron Hall Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. The film centers on the conflict occurring in Israel between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The film examines the response and backlash toward Israel attacking and invading Palestinian territory from almost every major world power and why the United States maintains a unique position, looking in particular at pro-Israel public relations within the U.S.

The event is free and open to the public and is LIB 100 approved.