News Briefs

5th annual Graduate Showcase

More than 30 graduate students presented research on a variety of issues at the 5th annual Graduate Showcase on Wednesday, April 15.

From 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., graduate students did poster presentations on issues such as health care trends in West Michigan, sexual assault and domestic violence on campus, the importance of nutrition with the homeless women in Grand Rapids and education programs among the recently imprisoned.

Following the poster presentations there was a poster recognition session at 5:30 with Dr. Robert Smart, Dean Jeffrey Potteiger and Dr. Mark Luttenton.

The event took place in the Loosemore Auditorium inside the DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids campus.

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Final Community as Classroom

The final Community as Classroom on April 17 is set to talk about the issue of synergy in relation to the Grand Valley State University campus.

Community as Classroom is a series of events that promotes community-based teaching, learning and research. The latest session will feature presenters Heather Carpenter, assistant professor of nonprofit administration, and Azizur Molla, associate professor for the Master of Public Health program.

The event will take place from 10 a.m to 11:30 a.m. in Room 2270 at the Kirkhof Center on GVSU’s Allendale campus.

For more information about the final Community as Classroom, contact Dottie Barnes at (616) 331-2221.

William Baum Endowment Fund Series

The William Baum Endowment Fund Series will host Grand Valley State University faculty member and pianist Sookkyung Cho.

Cho has played around the world in places such as New York, Quebec, France, China and Korea and more. In addition to being an experienced pianist, Cho is also the assistant professor of piano at GVSU.

The free concert, which is sponsored in part by Grand Valley’s Political Science Department, will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 19 in the Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall at the Performing Arts Center.

For more information about the performance, contact Grand Valley’s Political Science Department at (616) 331-2320.

Baton twirler places fourth at national competition

Baton twirler Moriah Muscaro from Grand Valley State University was awarded fourth place at an international baton twirling competition held from April 1-5.

The World Federation National Baton Twirling Association (WFNBTA) World Baton Twirling Championships gathers the very best competitors from all around the world. Muscaro competed in the Baton Solo Event category as a member of Team USA and performed two personal best routines.

Following the fourth place win, Muscaro is set to graduate from GVSU with plans of pursuing a career as a physician.

For more information about the competition, Matthew Makowski at (616) 331-2228.

Girls on the Run 5k

The Girls on the Run 5k event is looking for students, faculty and staff members from Grand Valley State University to volunteer for an event on the Allendale Campus on May 29.

Girls on the Run is a nonprofit organization that inspires girls third through eighth grade to stay healthy by running regularly. The 5k on May 29 will mark the end of a 10-week program by Girls on the Run.

The Women’s Center at GVSU is looking for volunteers who will work at the registration table, assist in directing parking, as well working the stations on the 5k route.

Those interested in volunteering can fill out a form at