News Briefs: Workshop to help students deal with final exam stress

Drew Howard

Internship awards honors students, employers and faculty members

The Internship Recognition Luncheon honored both Grand Valley State University student interns as well as the individuals supporting internship programming on April 13.

Hosted by the Career Center at GVSU, the event featured more than 100 entries for the Outstanding Intern of the Year Award. Caitlyn Albrant, a marketing student who interned at Serendipity Media, took home the award.

Other honorees include Provost Gayle Davis, winner of the Internship Advocate of the Year award; Shaun Ferguson of the Naperville Police Department, winner of the Outstanding Internship Supervisor award; and West Michigan Environmental Action Council and Northwestern Mutual, winners of the Outstanding Employer of the Year award.

Showcase will feature work from more than 40 graduate students

More than 40 Grand Valley State University graduate students will put their research topics on display for the public during the sixth annual Graduate Showcase: Education for the Future on April 19.

Graduate students will set up poster presentations in the DeVos Center’s Loosemore Auditorium from 3:30 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. Following the presentations, a poster recognition ceremony will take place from 5:15 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Research topics include gender stereotyping in children’s toys, amphibian conservation, pancreatic cancer research and social media’s role in higher education, among other things.

For more information about the Graduate Showcase, go to

Workshop to help students deal with final exam stress

The Student Academic Success Center will host a workshop outlining strategies for dealing with stress during final exam week on April 19.

In the workshop, participants will learn crucial test-taking and studying tips as well as best practices for avoiding stress. Participants will also be taught the importance of avoiding procrastination.

“Academic Success Workshop-Final Exam Plan for Low Stress and High Success,” will take place from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. in Room 1104 of the Kirkhof Center.

For more information about the workshop, contact the Student Academic Success Center at (616) 331-3588 or go to

Kickoff event will celebrate new human rights minor

Grand Valley State University will celebrate the creation of a new human rights minor with a kickoff event on April 19.

The new human rights minor will be open for students starting in the fall of 2016. Michael Goodhart, professor at the University of Pittsburgh, will help celebrate the new minor with a lecture on human rights as political tools.

The Brooks College human rights program, the department of political science, and the GVSU student senate are all sponsoring the kickoff event. The celebration is LIB 100/201 approved and will take place from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. in Niemeyer Room 150 (Multipurpose Room).

Asian faculty and staff association hosts first annual graduation celebration

On April 14, the first annual Asian Students Graduation Celebration took place in Kennedy Hal on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus. 

The event combined celebration with cultural dances and also recruitment by local corporations including Amway, Gordon Food Service and Herman Miller. 

A total of 197 Asian graduates will be completing their degrees this semester, including 29 Asian graduate students. 25 graduating students, 25 faculty and staff and six company representatives attended.