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Fall Arts Celebration 2015

The internationally renowned Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, at right, are one of six events during the Fall Arts Celebration, which runs September-December.

The tradition of bringing national and international artists to West Michigan began in 2003.

Read more about this year's offerings of music, poetry, lecture and art, and view a 2015 calendar of events, here.

Dance troupe

MarcQus Wright

Evolving as a professional

A generation ago, workers sought jobs and vied for promotions that led them on a career path that required an upward, straight climb and resembled a hill. The winding path today’s workers take resembles a meandering road of short hills, straightaways and curves.

Three faculty and staff members with diverse career paths are highlighted; they each had a path in mind when prompted: "What would you like to do?"

Read more, including their advice for career advancement, here.

Finding fellowships

Rachel Schwallier grew up on an apple orchard in Coopersville, and is currently studying carnivorous plants in southeast Asia.

Schwallier, who wanted to earn a doctoral degree, is among many Grand Valley students and alumni who are guided by the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships when applying for highly competitive scholarships and fellowships. Read about Schwallier's journey, and the $1 million in scholarships and aid the fellowships office has helped secure for students, here.

Rachel Schwallier

Mario Adkins in a classroom

Mastering a subject

Talented faculty, motivated students, first-rate facilities, technology and community partners are all part of a very important mix that creates a solid graduate program.

This combination has proven successful since the first graduate program was established in 1973, the master’s of business administration. Fast forward 42 years to 2015 when 36 programs that span all eight colleges serve more than 3,500 students.

Read about Mario Adkins, pictured at left, and two other graduate students here.


Museum School

Imagine a typical school classroom — desks, whiteboard, brick walls, a TV on an AV cart.

Now imagine a classroom big enough to suspend a 76-foot skeleton of a fin whale from the ceiling, a 3/4 scale re-creation of Grand Rapids in the 1890s and a planetarium with Digistar projection technology with immersive surround sound.

The latter describes just a portion of what is inside the Grand Rapids Public Museum in downtown Grand Rapids, where 60 sixth-graders are about to begin classes, thanks to a partnership with the College of Education. Read more here.

Museum school participants at GRPM

Q&A John Berry

With 40 years of professional design experience working with global manufacturers, international architectural and design firms, art and design colleges and professional associations, John Berry joined Grand Valley last year as director of the Design Thinking Initiative to bring the concepts of design thinking to students, faculty, staff and the West Michigan community.

Read more about Design Thinking and Berry here.

John Berry