Three events kick off year on Friday

The 2013 Convocation is pictured. This year's event begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Fieldhouse.
The 2013 Convocation is pictured. This year's event begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Fieldhouse.
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Grand Valley's new academic year gets a formal kickoff on Friday, August 22.

President Thomas J. Haas will give his annual Faculty and Staff Opening Address at 10 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center, Louis Armstrong Theatre.

Convocation is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Fieldhouse. Haas will give opening remarks to thousands of new and returning students. Faculty and staff members who plan to process will robe in the Fieldhouse Dance Studio.

Also scheduled to speak are Provost Gayle R. Davis; Karen Gipson, chair of University Academic Senate; and Andrew Plague, president of Student Senate.

An all-campus picnic lunch for students, faculty and staff members follows at 12:30 p.m. in Lot C near the Fieldhouse. No RSVPs are needed.