News Briefs 01/16

Being black and brown abroad

The Grand Valley State University Students of Color will hold a Q&A about studying abroad as a person of color Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons Multipurpose Room. Students presenting will discuss different aspects of their study abroad experiences, such as challenges they faced, adjusting to being in a new place, talking to parents about study abroad, financing and more.

Padnos International Center staff will also be there to talk about scholarships and funding and to invite attending students curious about the program to start planning their experience. The event is LIB 100/201 approved and will have free food.

Intro to climbing at the Fieldhouse

The Climbing Center staff will hold an introduction to climbing session for people who have little to no experience with rock climbing Monday, Jan. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Climbing Center is located in Room 170C of the Fieldhouse. The workshop will introduce new climbers to different skills and terminology, such as general safety, standard equipment and how it’s used, basic technique, how and why routes are rated and different styles of climbing.

Different parts of the workshop may require participation, so the Climbing Center advises attendees to dress appropriately for using the wall. Anybody interested in attending should RSVP 24 hours before the workshop at the Outdoor Adventures event page at

Study Abroad Fair set for Tuesday, Jan. 17

The Padnos International Center will host a study abroad fair in the Henry Hall Atrium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. The fair will be an opportunity for students who are curious about study abroad opportunities and ways to finance them to learn more.

There will be students who have been involved in the program there to field questions interested students have, as well as information on the different programs offered by the university and its affiliates, scholarship information and more. There will also be free food and drink provided by the PIC.

PIPES music therapy event

Grand Valley State University’s organization PIPES, or promoting interprofessional education for students, is hosting an event Wednesday, Jan. 18 titled “Co-treating children in acute care settings with music therapy and child life.” The event will be held in the Center for Health Sciences’ Hager Auditorium from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The presentation will focus on how music therapists and child life specialists can co-treat and achieve similar goals with coping techniques, reducing pain, bereavement work, supporting work and procedural distraction.