News Briefs: Passport Fair

Drew Howard

GV offers new Semester in Detroit program

The Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies has created a new Semester in Detroit program that will be available to all Grand Valley State University students starting in the fall 2016 semester.

Created in conjunction with the University of Michigan, the program allows for accepted students to live in Detroit and take classes taught by U-M faculty members. Students in the program are also expected to intern somewhere within the Detroit community.

All GVSU students are welcome to apply, but those who are interested in social justice work, community engagement, or have taken a civil discourse class are thought to be better fits for the program.

The application deadline is Feb. 29. To learn more about the Semester in Detroit program, go to

Passport Fair

The Padnos International Center (PIC) will make it easier for people to acquire or renew a passport during its Passport Fair on Feb. 23.

Attendees are asked to bring proof of U.S. citizenship, proof of identity with photo, two separate checks or money orders totaling $135 ($110 to the Department of State, $25 to the USPS), and a GVSU identification card.

Those looking to renew their existing passport are required to bring two checks totaling $117.45 ($110 to the U.S. Department of State and one for $6.45 to the USPS).

Individuals are encouraged to save time by visiting the PIC before the Passport Fair to get their photos taken. Passport photos will cost $3 cash at the Passport Fair.

The Passport Fair is set to take place from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center’s Pere Marquette Room.

For more information about the event, contact the Padnos International Center at [email protected] or (616) 331-3898.

Classics Film Series

The Winter 2016 Classics Film and Stage Series “Mimeseis” will continue with the screening of the 1987 film, “Maurice,” on Feb. 24.

“Mimeseis” is a series for both classics and non-classics majors purposed with teaching students the connection between ancient texts and modern literature or productions.

James Ivory’s “Maurice” tells the story of how a young man comes to accept his sexuality while living in an oppressive Edwardian society.

The screening is set to take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The location is still being determined.

For more information, contact David Crane, assistant professor of classics, at [email protected].

Staying safe while enjoying spring break

Staff from ACES, the Women’s Center, and the Grand Valley State University Police Department will host a presentation for students on how stay safe while having fun during spring break on Feb. 24.

Co-sponsored by members of the fraternity/sorority life community, the presentation will educate students on the importance of safety regardless of their spring break destination. The organizations are encouraging students to use #SafeNotSalty to demonstrate safe but fun spring break activities.

“Safe Not Salty – Staying Safe While Enjoying Spring Break,” will take place from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center’s Pere Marquette Room.