News briefs: Hypnotist Tom DeLuca to visit campus for free show

Small Business, Big Threat

The Michigan Small Business Development Center at Grand Valley State University will host an event to educate small business owners about the threat of cyber attacks on Dec. 4.

At the event, small business owners will learn the best strategies to protect important information and passwords as well as how to react when a security breach occurs.

“Small Business, Big Threat” will take place from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the L. William Seidman Center, located on the Pew Campus.

Attendees are asked to fill out a Cyber Security Assessment that will determine whether their company has a security risk. This survey along with additional information about the event can be found at

Design Thinking in a Nonprofit Organization

The design thinking process in relation to nonprofit organizations will be the point of focus during a presentation by the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids on Dec. 1.

As the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Kathy Crosby has used the creative process of design thinking to build the non-profit company into what it is today.

“Design Thinking in a Nonprofit Organization, a Culture Challenge” will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room. A reception will take place before the presentation from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information including how to register, go to

Different Waters: Thirty Years in the Western Amazon

A new photographic exhibition exploring the experiences of one Grand Valley State University professor will be on display in the Red Wall Gallery through Dec. 18.

Jim Penn, associate professor of geography and planning, has taken part in programs such as wildlife research, natural resource management, community development, health care and human rights initiatives in the Loreto region of Peru.

In the photographic exhibition, “Different Waters: Thirty Years in the Western Amazon,” Penn’s experiences in these programs over the past 30 years will be open for viewing in the Red Wall Gallery, located in the first floor main hallway of Lake Ontario Hall.

An exhibition reception open to the general public will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 in Lake Ontario Hall, Room 167.

For more information about the exhibition, contact GVSU’s Art Gallery at [email protected] or (616) 331-2563.

Hypnotist Tom DeLuca to visit campus for free show

Spotlight Productions at Grand Valley State University will host a free hypnotist show on Dec. 2.

Hypnotist Tom DeLuca is the most-requested corporate hypnotist and college hypnotist in the U.S. His show is known to incorporate participant creativity in fun and strange ways.

The show will take place at 9 p.m. in the Grand River Room, located at the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus.

For more information about the show, contact Hannah Brown at [email protected].

Arts at Noon: Holiday Music for Brass Quintet

The next installment of the Grand Valley State University Arts at Noon series will feature the GVSU Brass Quintet on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

The GVSU Brass Quintet will perform traditional holiday season music in their annual “Holiday Music for Brass Quintet” concert. The quintet includes GVSU faculty members Alex Wilson, trumpet; Richard Britsch, horn; Mark Williams; trombone; and Paul Carlson, tuba.

The free performance will take place from noon to 1 p.m. inside the DeVos Center.

For additional information, contact Henry Duitman at [email protected] or call (616) 331-3484.