News briefs 1/15/18

Stalking Awareness Month event to take place

Grand Valley State University’s “It’s on Us” organization will hold an event titled “Stalking Awareness Month – Get Informed” on Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Rooms 2215/2216. The event is designed to inform members of the GVSU community about the dangers of stalking today. In addition to discussing the prevalence of stalking, attendees will also be educated on how to identify the warning signs of stalking. The event is LIB 100/201-approved.

Real estate trends to be discussed 

The 2018 West Michigan Economic and Commercial Real Estate Forecast will take place Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the DeVos Place Convention Center in ballrooms B and C. The event is a collaboration between Colliers International and Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business. Colliers International Group is a global real estate company operating in nearly 70 countries. To RSVP for this event, visit

Democracy 101 event to take place 

The Grand Valley State University Community Service Learning Center’s Democracy 101 series will return Wednesday, Jan. 17, for “Democracy in Classical Athens: An Organizer’s Guide.” The event will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Room 2266. The event will allow attendees to explore the history and inspiration behind many current democratic practices that were founded by the Ancient Greeks. The event is LIB 100/201-approved. For more information, visit

MLK events taking place throughout Grand Rapids

Several events honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will take place in Grand Rapids on Monday, Jan. 15, observed as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S. At Grand Valley State University, April Reign will lead a keynote speech after a silent march through campus starting at 1 p.m. At the Woodland Mall Celebration! Cinema, the film “Selma,” based on the marches led by King in the 1960s, will be playing throughout the day. Showtimes can be found here. At Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, “I Dream,” a performance detailing the life of King through jazz and other performances, will start at 7:30 p.m. Reign will be speaking there as well.

‘Night of Service’ taking place at Seidman Center

Those looking for service opportunities will be able to do so at the Seidman College of Business’ “Night of Service” on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m in the L. William Seidman Center’s forum. The event is also in collaboration with Grand Valley State University’s Community Service Learning Center.

Service projects taking place that night will benefit three West Michigan groups: Humane Society of West Michigan, Operation Gratitude and Kids’ Food Basket. For more information, visit