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September 11, 2017


'Yooper' dialect focus of Kutsche Office of Local History event

Kathryn Remlinger, professor of English, will discuss her new book that examines the regional language and culture of Upper Peninsula residents, commonly referred to as "Yoopers," during an event sponsored by the Kutsche Office of Local History.

"Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula" will be held Thursday, September 14, from 2:30-3:45 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, room 2270.

Kathryn Remlinger, professor of English, will discuss her new book that examines the regional language and culture of Upper Peninsula residents, commonly referred to as "Yoopers," during an event sponsored by the Kutsche Office of Local History.

"Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula" will be held Thursday, September 14, from 2:30-3:45 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, room 2270.

Remlinger's book of the same title draws on her 16 years of research as she examined how the idea of a unique Yooper dialect emerged. The presentation will center on how Remlinger became interested in Yooper talk and findings from her study. The book was published in June by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Remlinger said struggles over land, labor and language during the last 150 years have shaped how English is spoken by resident Yoopers, and how residents are viewed by outsiders.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, which is approved for LIB 100/201 courses. More information is online at

Kathryn Remlinger headshot

Kathryn Remlinger will discuss her new book at an event September 14.


Mozart composition to be performed during Fall Arts Celebration

In the time of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, serenades were considered “dinner music” to be performed only at upper-class parties, military events, court functions and other social events. 

Mozart’s “Serenade in B-Flat Major, KV 361, The Grand Partita” transcended that limiting category to become one of the composer’s most beloved compositions, and the wind band genre’s earliest masterpiece.

The piece will be performed during this year’s Fall Arts Celebration music event, “The Timeless Genius of Mozart: The Grand Partita, KV 361,” on Monday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts, Louis Armstrong Theatre. The performance will be preceded by a carillon concert on the Cook Carillon Tower at 7:10 p.m. featuring Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, university carilloneur.

Danny Phipps, Music, Theater and Dance Department chair, said that the composition is Mozart’s largest, and arguably most innovative instrumental work, and employs a full range of wind instruments throughout the score.

"Many musicians and critics consider the 'Grand Partita' to be the greatest example of wind music ever written, and one of the finest works in all the chamber music repertoire," Phipps explained. "Mozart wrote the piece shortly after he arrived in Vienna in 1781 and, from that point forward, the wind bind genre was essentially born."

music score

The Fall Arts Celebration opens with a Mozart composition on September 11.

For this performance, Lowell Graham, former commander and conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band will return to West Michigan to lead an ensemble comprised of faculty and staff, including Phipps (bassoon), Arthur Campbell (clarinet), Marlen Vavrikova (oboe), Sarah Constable (oboe), and three alumni from Campbell's clarinet studio. Members of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra will also join the ensemble.

For more information about Fall Arts Celebration, visit


Grand Rapids Symphony musicians kick off Arts at Noon

The Arts at Noon concert series at Grand Valley will kick off its 40th season with a performance by an ensemble of Grand Valley music faculty and Grand Rapids Symphony members.

Arts at Noon begins Wednesday, September 13, with the Dvorak String Quintet. Members of the ensemble include music faculty Pablo Mahave-Veglia (bass), Michael Hovnanian (bass) and Paul Swantek (viola). They will be joined by members of the Grand Rapids Symphony, including Megan Crawford (violin) and James Crawford (violin). Hovnanian and Swantek are also members of the Grand Rapids Symphony.

For this concert, the Dvorak String Quintet will perform "Antonin Dvorak String Quintet op. 77."

All Arts at Noon concerts will take place in the Cook-DeWitt Center on the Allendale Campus, begin at noon, and last approximately one hour. Each concert is free and open to the public. For a list of performers, visit


Series focuses on discussion of current events

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a monthly series in the fall semester that focuses on open discussion of current events. 

Conversations of Color will focus on timely topics about race, pop culture, identity and current events. The first event is September 13 and the topic is Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Future discussions will take place October 11, November 15 and December 6 from noon-1 p.m. at OMA, located in the Kirkhof Center, room 1240. 

Britney Underwood, OMA graduate assistant, said the discussions will provide a space for the campus community to discuss challenging topics. For more information, visit or contact Underwood at 


Hauenstein Center will host debate on Constitution

In honor of Constitution Day, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies will host a debate on constitutional interpretation.

"Debating the Constitution" will be held Thursday, September 14, at 7 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids. The event is free and open to the public.

The debate will be between Nathan Goetting from Adrian College and John McGinnis from Northwestern University. Victoria Vuletich from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School will moderate. 

McGinnis is the George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law at Northwestern University, and has served in the U.S. Department of Justice. Goetting is the Editor-in-Chief of the National Lawyers Guild Review and an associate professor of criminal justice and jurisprudence at Adrian College.

Registration requested at The event is presented in partnership with the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 


Holi festival planned near carillon tower

It may be close to fall, but a collaborative effort by campus departments will turn Friday, September 15, into a spring festival of colors.

A Holi festival, highlighted by throwing colored powder and water at each other, is planned from 4:30-6:30 p.m. near the Cook Carillon Tower; sponsors of the event include Religious Studies, Campus Interfaith Resources and the Indian Student Association.

Abhishek Ghosh, assistant professor of liberal studies and religious studies, said the festival had been initially planned for April, but organizers deemed it too cold at that time. "Having it in the fall is also a good way to welcome new students," Ghosh said.

The program, approved for LIB 100/201 courses, includes discussing the origins of Holi, sharing potluck food and throwing colors. Ghosh said Holi is a centuries-old festival that has origins in India but quickly spread throughout other Pan-Asian countries. "Much like yoga, it's a gift from Hinduism to the world that has been adapted by other religions and cultures," he said.

He said the powder is made from organic materials but participants are encouraged to wear old clothes. Grand Valley's first Holi festival was held in 2016. 


Fall Arts Celebration art exhibit features 50 years' worth of Middle Eastern artifacts

Professor of history Jim Goode and his wife, Virginia, have explored 11 countries throughout the Middle East for business and pleasure over the past 50 years.

Along their adventures the duo has collected a wide variety of ceramics, rugs, textiles and other everyday artifacts — most representing simple instruments of daily life in these regions of the world.

During a Fall Arts Celebration exhibition, many of these artifacts will be on display for the first time in the university’s Art Gallery.

A reception for the “Afghanistan to Morocco: Journeys of Jim and Virginia Goode” exhibition is Monday, September 18, from 5-7 p.m., in the Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts, Art Gallery (room 1121). The exhibition will be on display through October 27.

“The exhibition displays some very simple, but important objects that allow insight into the daily lives of ordinary people in the Middle East region,” Jim said. “We all share certain common practices, such as the need to prepare food and drink, entertaining family and friends and worshiping.

“This exhibit emphasizes such commonalities; we are more alike than we are different, regardless of our cultural backgrounds.”

Jim began teaching for Grand Valley’s History Department in 1986, and said students have been at the center of the Goodes’ involvement in the Middle East. He helped establish the university’s Middle East Studies program and has facilitated student involvement in the Model Arab League since 1988. Jim has additionally led study abroad programs to Egypt and Turkey over the past 17 years.

He will retire in December; Virginia retired as office coordinator of the Chemistry Department in 2006.


Multiple free events will occur on the Allendale Campus in conjunction with this Fall Arts Celebration exhibit:

• “Travel in the Middle East: Highs & Lows”; September 13, 1-2 p.m., Haas Center for Performing Arts, Art Gallery

• “Professor Jim Goode: Recollections of an Iranophile, 1968-2017”; September 18, 1-2 p.m., Kirkhof Center, rooms 2215/2216

• “Carpets and Kilims”; September 27, 1-2 p.m., Haas Center for Performing Arts, Art Gallery,

For more information about Fall Arts Celebration, visit

Middle East artifact

Everyday artifacts from the Middle East are the focus of the Fall Arts Celebration art exhibit, which is on display through October 27.


Provost will be keynote speaker at Women's Commission event

Provost Maria Cimitile will provide the keynote address at the annual Fall Welcome hosted by Grand Valley's Women's Commission.

Faculty and staff members are invited to the event, set for Tuesday, September 19, from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room.

RSVP for the event online at, deadline for RSVPs is September 13.


Events celebrate Hispanic heritage

Grand Valley's annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration will feature guest lecturers, spoken word poetry, dancing and celebratory cultural events. 

The events, organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, take place in conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month. All events are free and open to the public. 

Events continue through November; early fall events are listed below. Learn more at

Why (Y)our History Matters: The Latino Experience in the Midwest

Wednesday, September 20, from 3-4:15 p.m., 2204 Kirkhof Center

Lilia Fernández, a specialist in 20th century Latino history, will give a lecture. Her book, Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago, is the first to document the history of Latino populations in the city after World War II. 

Professionals of Color Lecture Series: Hispanics: More Than Statistics

Wednesday, September 27, from 1-2:30 p.m., 2250 Kirkhof Center

Antonia Coello Novello, a native of Puerto Rico, served as executive director of public health policy at the Disney Children’s Hospital at Florida Hospital. In 1990, she was sworn in as the 14th Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service; she was the first woman and first Hispanic American to hold the position.


Grand Valley kicks off ArtPrize

The air in downtown Grand Rapids will be filled with the thundering sounds of the Laker Marching Band and cheers for the GVSU Dance Company as the two ensembles help kick off ArtPrize Nine, on Wednesday, September 20, from 7-8 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle.

The 220-member Laker Marching Band will begin the festivities with a performance at the Eberhard Center at 6:15 p.m. before marching in cadence across the Blue Pedestrian Bridge through downtown to Rosa Parks Circle.

The band will then perform a second time under the direction of President Thomas J. Haas, followed by a performance by the GVSU Dance Company. This year marks the fifth consecutive year that the two ensembles have helped energize the Grand Rapids community for ArtPrize.

Laker Marching Band

The Laker Marching Band will kick off ArtPrize on September 20 at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids.