News Briefs: Police Academy offering informational sessions

‘Little Immigrants’ film showing

Grand Valley State University will show the film “Little Immigrants” in the Cook DeWitt Center auditorium at noon and at 8 p.m. in the Loosemoore auditorium on the Pew Campus on Tuesday. Co-director Sonia Fritz will lead a discussion following the film. The event is free and open to the public.

The 2007 documentary shows the journey of two undocumented children as they cross the border between the United States and Mexico to rejoin their mother in the north. The film highlights the struggles the family faces in adapting to a new language and culture in a new home.

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Alternative Breaks information night

Alternative Breaks is hosting its first informational meeting at 8 p.m. in the Henry Hall atrium on Tuesday at Grand Valley State University. Alternative Breaks is a service-learning student group that organizes local and national mission trips during winter and spring break.

Students are encouraged to attend if they are interested in volunteering, meeting new people, traveling or learning about social issues. They will meet site leaders and learn about this year’s trips.

For those who cannot attend, another informational night will be held on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. in the Grand River Room of the Kirkhof Center. For more information, find Alternative Breaks on Orgsync or contact them at [email protected].

Scholarship workshop

The Grand Valley State University Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships is presenting the NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship workshop at noon in Room 216 of the Mary Idema Pew Library on Wednesday.

The Boren Scholarship is available for undergraduate students who will be studying underrepresented languages in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin American, the Caribbean and the Middle East. The GVSU deadline is mid-January 2015, and the national deadline is early February 2015.

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Future Alumni Association meeting

The Grand Valley State University Future Alumni Association will meet in the Alumni House on Wednesday at 6 p.m. This organization focuses on helping students develop leadership skills, create a professional network and form permanent connections with campus after graduation.

The Future Alumni Association is hosting its annual ‘Dinner with 7 Lakers’ networking event at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 22. This event will feature individuals from different backgrounds and careers who will give students advice for the future. Registration is preferred. For more information, visit

GVSU Police Academy offering informational sessions

The Grand Valley State University school of criminal justice’s police academy is offering two informational sessions. The police academy takes place from May to August. The 16-week program offers students the opportunity to learn how to be successful law enforcement officers.

The first informational session is Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room B1116 in Mackinac Hall.

The second informational session will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 109D in the DeVos Center on the downtown Pew Campus.

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