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Nobel Peace Prize winner selected as SSD keynote speaker

Grand Valley State University has announced the keynote speaker for Student Scholars Day in April. Henry Pollack, co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global warming and climate change, will speak at the 17th-annual SSD dinner on April 11 in the Kirkhof Center. Pollack won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize alongside former Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Student Scholars Day is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship. More than 600 students are expected to showcase their scholarship through poster presentations, panel discussions and presentations, fine arts exhibits and performances. Registration for students to present on SSD will be available online Jan. 30. For more information on SSD, visit

West Michigan film to air on PBS

Locally-produced documentary “Up from the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream” will air on PBS television stations nationwide, including Grand Rapids station WGVU, on Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. for Black History Month.

The film tells the story of the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the North during World War II years and beyond. National Educational Telecommunication Association, Michigan Humanities Council, Alcoa Inc. and Grand Valley State University all sponsored the The Paul Robeson Award-winning film.

For more information visit, or call Jim Schaub in the School of Communications at 616-331-3633.