Horizons Volume 28, No. 1
Engineering, Computing Grow with Innovation Connection
A Letter from President Mark A. Murray
Horizons is a publication of the Grand Valley State University Development Office and is produced by the GVSU News and Information Services Office. Horizons reports new developments and directions at Grand Valley and is mailed to members of the Grand Valley University Foundation and other friends and supporters. Visit Grand Valley’s Web site at: www.gvsu.edu/ For more information, please contact University Development, 301 Michigan St. NE, Ste. 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3314. (616) 331-6000; e-mail address: email@example.com. Visit Grand Valley’s Development Web site at www.gvsu.edu/development.
Sorry We Missed You! The following names were omitted from the 2005 GVU Foundation Annual Report: Earl and Donnalee Holton All our supporters are important to us, and we regret this omission.
A ‘Great’ Grand Valley Helps Region Not even 50 years old, Grand Valley has become a great university. As The Grand Rapids Press said recently: “The university is larger, more selective and more racially diverse than (five years ago). GVSU no longer is a purely regional school: a quarter of its 22,565 students come from the east side of the state. Three national football championships since 2002 have helped raise its profile … While there are about 2,000 more students now than in 2001, it is tougher to get a seat on campus. Grade-point averages and collegetest scores for incoming freshmen are higher than in 2000.” This kind of success comes about when West Michigan’s values of hard work and frugality join our quest for continual improvement. Whether it’s installing energy conservation appliances for sustainability, greater use of Internet and information technology to handle student administration or sound management of the university’s budget, the efficiency we pursue may not be headline material, but our attention is there. One of our proudest achievements has been the 10 consecutive years that we’ve received national recognition as one of the top 100 “Best College Buys” – the only public university in Michigan with that record. It is so important that we serve our students as efficiently as possible. It allows us to focus resources on the greater issues. The global competitive challenges continue to mount. We are doing our part by ensuring a global perspective for our students. We offer major languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian. Our Van Andel Global Trade Center has helped more than 6,000 individuals and 125 organizations, providing learners with skills to compete in the global marketplace. We offer dozens of opportunities for study abroad through the Padnos International Center and have increased intercultural offerings and speakers on campus. A recent campus calendar lists speak-
ers on South Africa, Latin America and Africa. Furthermore, we have incorporated an international perspective as part of our general education requirements. Opening these windows on the world will also open doors for today’s graduates. A great Grand Valley helps West Michigan stay competitive in another way. Recent initiatives such as our annual Fall Arts Celebration have brought new levels of cultural enrichment to Grand Valley, whether it’s members of the New York City Ballet, Pulitzer-prize winning poets, Van Cliburn international piano virtuosos or women artists from the Caribbean. These visitors come as guests of vigorous campus programs in the arts and humanities. A strong Grand Valley that provides such programs will help deepen the region’s cultural assets and help secure the knowledge workers who will power West Michigan’s new economy. Delivering value. Facing the global challenge. Deepening cultural resources so our region will thrive. These are our watchwords for the time ahead, and these are the goals that will continue to motivate us and our many friends and supporters who have made our progress possible. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you in stewardship of this great university. It has become an outstanding university. Its 60,000 alumni can take pride in this excellence as they make their mark in the workplace, at home and in their houses of worship, enriching the fabric of their communities and increasing prosperity for all. It has been my pleasure and privilege to contribute, with so many others, to that excellence over the past five years. Our donors, friends and alumni have given “time, talent and treasure” to help us get to this point. It will be exciting to see how much better it is in another five years. My best wishes to everyone Elizabeth and I have met on this journey. Sincerely,
Mark Murray will leave the university this summer to become the president of Meijer Inc.
Foundation Supporters To Celebrate Giving The 2006 Enrichment Dinner is an opportunity to recognize those whose gifts are creating opportunities and changing the lives of Grand Valley students. Also this year, three community leaders will be honored for their philanthropy and service. Richard M. DeVos will again chair the event, with Foundation Vice Chairs Jim Brooks and Donna Brooks cohosting the program. An event of the Grand Valley University Foundation, the Enrichment Dinner is scheduled for June 7, at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The following people will be recognized:
Enrichment Award John C. Kennedy is an entrepreneur whose success in business is coupled with dedication to community service and philanthropy. At 30, Kennedy leveraged everything he had to buy Autocam, at that time a single shop with one customer and sales of $8 million. By 2005, John C. Kennedy Kennedy grew the company to 13 locations around the world and $350 million in sales, while adhering to a vision that reflects social and environmental values. Kennedy has served as a trustee for Grand Valley, Michigan Department of Transportation, Van Andel Institute and various corporate and nonprofit boards. In addition to his personal philanthropy, he has chaired or co-chaired numerous capital campaigns, benefiting organizations such as United Way, Lacks Cancer Center, Catholic Secondary Schools, Meijer Public Broadcast Center and Padnos School of Engineering.
Leadership Award Randall S. Damstra will receive the Leadership Award, which honors emerging leaders whose commitment to public service, economic development, educational and cultural enrichment has contributed to the quality of life in West Michigan. Damstra has achieved success in many business, community and university roles. Since 2001, he has served as chief investment officer for RDV Corporation, leading the firm’s private fund and co-investment activities. He is an active community member, serving as chairman-elect of the board for Goodwill Industries of Grand Rapids and as a trustee of Ada Township. Damstra has Randall S. Damstra been a longtime supporter of Grand Valley’s intercollegiate athletics program and was a generous benefactor of the Alumni House. He also served on the campaign committee for the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.
Arend D. Lubbers Award Joyce F. Hecht will receive the Arend D. Lubbers Award, established to honor longtime Grand Valley faculty and staff for service to the community and university. For 25 years as the director of development and the founding executive director of the Grand Valley University Foundation, Hecht was directly respon-
sible for raising private funds that made possible significant milestones at the university. With President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers and friends of Grand Valley, she helped raise more than $50 million for projects and buildings including the Eberhard Center, Meijer Public Broadcast Center, DeVos Center, Annis Water Resources Joyce F. Hecht Institute, and many others. During her tenure, the university’s endowment grew from less that $1 million to its then-record peak of $40 million in 2000. Hecht has also served on boards for the Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Forum and played an active role with Grand Rapids Rotary and other organizations.
‘Innovation Connection’ Campaign Meets Needs With a tug and a crash, a section of wall came tumbling down outside the Eberhard Center, making way for a new Grand Valley building designed to help transform Michigan’s economy. Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Michigan legislators and major GVSU engineering benefactors helped pull the rope that felled the wall on October 14 in a ceremony to mark the beginning of work on the new $16 million John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering. The ceremony also acknowledged the launch of the Innovation Connection campaign to fund the private portion of the project. The facility will be sited between — and offer connections to — the Eberhard Center and Keller Engineering Laboratories. The three-story, 51,800square-foot building will house classrooms, offices and labs with a focus on electrical and computer engineering. The state committed $12 million to help expand Grand Valley’s engineering program, provided that the university can raise $4 million from private sources to complement state funds. Another $1 million will be raised for scholarships, equipment and programs, bringing the total goal to $5 million. To meet that goal, John Kennedy and Seymour Padnos agreed to cochair the Innovation Connection Campaign. Kennedy is president and CEO of Autocam Corporation and a former Grand Valley trustee. Seymour K. Padnos is the chairman of the board of Louis Padnos Iron and Metal Company and, with his wife Esther, is the namesake of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing. Kennedy and Padnos have enlisted a committee of more than 50 industry and community leaders who are reaching out to the manufacturing community, major foundations, and Grand Valley engineering and computing alumni.
A leadership gift from the Kennedy program and senior design projects that family gave the campaign a rapid start provide real-world opportunities with and has inspired other major gifts local companies. (see page 5 and box on this page). The building is named in honor of Kennedy’s leadership for engineering Corporate and education. To date, $1.2 million remains Foundation Donors Join in to be raised for the campaign. Recognizing the need for engi“This building is our key to advancneers, several corporations and founing our program,” said Paul Plotkowski, dations made early major commitdean of Padnos College. “We’ve proven ments to the campaign, including: that we can work well with industry • The Steelcase Foundation and bring that experience into the • Alticor classroom. We’ve proven that we can prepare well-trained engineers and • ADAC Automotive computer scientists who succeed and • Brooks Family — Holland lead in their companies. When we are • Smiths Aerospace successful in raising the funds for this Electronic Systems expansion, we’ll be able to play our part in retooling Michigan as we all • Consumers Energy Foundation seek a new state economy.” With changes in industry prompting changes in engineering curriculum, particularly in advanced product design and computer-assisted automation, the building will be equipped with the latest technology. The facility will also house all master’s-level computer science programs. Grand Valley engineering students have a nearly 100 percent placement rate every year. Between 96-100 percent of Grand Valley students pass the Fundamentals of Engineering licensInnovation Connection Campaign Committee ing exam each year, while the national Ronald A. Modreski Campaign Co-chairs Campaign Committee rate hovers around 70 Patrick J. O’Hare John C. Kennedy III John F. Alber percent. Students get Tim Pietryga Seymour K. Padnos Nancy Ayres professional experiPaul Plotkowski Honorary Committee John Buchan ence along with their Diane Purgiel M. Dana Baldwin II Brian Cloyd studies through a Steve Quinlan James and Shirley Brett J. Cutler, M.S. Balk cooperative education Andrew Samrick John Dean Jim and Donna Brooks Ed Clark Doug DeVos Jim Hackett Doyle Hayes David and Joyce Hecht J.C. Huizenga José A. Infante Win and Kyle Irwin Bernedine J. Keller Fred P. Keller
Valerie Pierre Simmons
James M. Teets
Raymond F. Fix
John W. Hluchan
Nelson C. Jacobson
Jeffrey A. Jones
P. Douglas Kindschi John Knape John G. Kraus, P.E. Karen Loth
Lead Donors Invest in Future of Engineering to make yet another major commitment to the college that bears their name. As As president of Autocam, an interco-chair of the Innovation Connection national manufacturer in Kentwood, Campaign with John Kennedy, Seymour Kennedy knows first-hand that manusaw the opportunity to set an example facturers are being forced to evolve. and join John and Nancy Kennedy in “Once we focused on auto parts, launching the drive to expand Grand now we are also making high-tech Valley’s capabilities in providing engiproducts such as medical devices,” he neers. said. “In his Speaking book, ‘As the from his long Future Catches career in the You,’ Juan recycling busiEnriquez makes ness as chairthe case that man of the how we invest board at Louis today will Padnos Iron determine how and Metal, our economy Padnos noted develops in the the importance future. If we of investing in invest in eduengineering. cation around From left to right are Esther and Seymour Padnos, “There is no careers in math President Mark A. Murray, John and Nancy Kennedy. better time to and sciences get involved better than our in the engiglobal competition, then we will excel neering process than the present,” he in those areas in the future.” said. “It is urgent, and Grand Valley Kennedy said this gift differed from has the capability to train the people his family’s previous gifts to GVSU. who will drive this ongoing process of improving our lifestyle.” “This gift is unusual for my family because historically, we have tried Charles W. Loosemore to give anonymously, or at least, very Foundation quietly,” he said. “But, we look at this Founded by the campaign differently. First, it is very late Charles W. important that our community invests Loosemore, who ran in math- and science-based careers. the former Grand Secondly, although I am still well Rapids Boilerworks, under 50, I include myself in the next the Charles generation of leadership and we need W. Loosemore to step up.” Foundation has Seymour and Esther Padnos played a role in “There’s no question that the way many milestones for Grand Valley. It of the future is in computer-driven has made major gifts to the Eberhard manufacturing, and engineering plays a Center, DeVos Center, and Cook-DeVos major role in devising all those systems Center for Health Sciences — and now and procedures,” said Seymour Padnos. Grand Valley’s latest engineering facility. “Technology will not stand still for us, Under president David Hecht, the nor is it standing still for the rest of the foundation follows its founder’s focus world. India is way ahead of us. China on “leaving Grand Rapids better than is way ahead of us. We have to teach he found it.” Hecht, an attorney and our young people to know technology, engineer, sees the value of this mission. and it will carry us to the future.” “West Michigan has strength in manuIt is these sentiments that compelled facturing, but is being challenged by Seymour, along with his wife, Esther, competition from low wage countries
John and Nancy Kennedy
so we need to be quick on our feet. Grand Valley’s program has been very hands-on, in its curriculum and in how it works with businesses to bring realworld problems into the classroom and the labs,” he said. The Loosemore Foundation has also supported many other GVSU projects, such as STEPS, which enables middleschool girls to gain exposure to math and science at a summer camp.
J.C. Huizenga With interests in companies that employ both teachers and engineers, J.C. Huizenga pays attention to how GVSU educates its engineering students. Huizenga is chairman of National Heritage Academies, a charter school education provider that has been ranked as one of the top 500 fastest growing companies in the nation by Inc. magazine four years in a row. As the owner and chairman of several manufacturing companies, he also cares about how his future engineers are being educated. “Engineering is integral to the future of our economy. In grades K-12 we need to make sure students have a solid grasp of math and science so they can access high-paying engineering careers. At the university level, we need to develop highly skilled engineers who can help retool our economy,” Huizenga said.
The proposed Kennedy Hall of Engineering. To make a gift or to learn more, contact Campaign Director Karen Loth at (616) 3316000.
Scholarships Pave Way for New Engineers The Fred M. and Bernedine Keller Engineering Diversity Scholarship The former chairman of Paragon Die and Engineering Company, Fred M. Keller, once said, “I think you owe it to the community to do something for what it did for you. That’s the biggest part of life … helping somebody else out.” Bernedine Keller created the Keller Engineering Diversity Scholarship in Fred’s memory, to provide financial support to minority students who show a strong desire to pursue a career in the field of engineering. Grand Valley’s Engineering Laboratories Building is named in his honor and reflects his lifelong support of skills education. With Bernedine, Fred formed the Keller Foundation to formalize their tradition of assisting the community. Their generosity has aided dozens of organizations.
entrepreneurs. Spruit hired John C. Kennedy as chief financial officer of Autodie in 1982. Within six years, Kennedy bought Autocam, a spinoff from Autodie. (See page 3.) To honor his mentor, Kennedy created the Joseph Spruit Engineering Scholarship. “Joe was the greatest entrepreneur I know,” Kennedy said. “He had a vision and a risktaking spirit that was incredible. I don’t think
I would have stepped out and taken the risk I did, if I didn’t have him as a model.”
Joseph Spruit Engineering Scholarship Joseph Spruit, founder of Autodie Corporation, was a lifelong entrepreneur who inspired many fellow
(Clockwise from top left) Pictured are Fred M. and Bernedine Keller, Joseph Spruit, Spruit and the Autodie Board in 1986 (with John Kennedy at far left), and Bernedine Keller (center) at a scholarship signing with family, Grand Valley students and staff members.
Engineering Guests See Future Building Engineering and computer science alumni and their guests braved a February blizzard and attended a reception that included a sneak peek inside the new John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering. One of the keys to a successful campaign, according to campaign chairs, is to reach out to the more than 2,500 Grand Valley engineering and computing alumni. Paul Plotkowski, dean of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, said the college’s response to local manufacturing needs has been its “driving
force.” He said in response to industry trends, the college must, in particular, expand its electrical and computer engineering programs.
Private Scholarships Perpetuate Donors’ Values Scholarships have long been a staple of universities, where students often need help from others to pursue an education. These funds, like the 21 new scholarships established by private donors to GVSU this year, do more than assist students, however. As three recent Grand Valley scholarships demonstrate, they perpetuate values that donors hold dear. They also honor people who represent great meaning to those influenced by them.
The Barry Castro Business Ethics Scholarship The Castro Scholarship in Business Ethics honors Barry Castro, who at the time of his death in 2005 was professor of management at Grand Valley. Castro’s career at Grand Valley spanned three decades. During that time, he founded the Business Ethics Center and spoke and published widely on what a business education should and could mean. In all his endeavors and accomplishments, Castro was a philosopher in the tradition of Plato and Socrates. He had a unique gift for bringing seemingly disparate ideas and people together in conversation. He was respected and loved not only by students but by West Michigan professionals. “Engaging in serious discussions with serious people around serious texts is a way, and one of the important ways, to aspire to wisdom,” said Jeff Koeze, CEO of Koeze Company. “Barry would have said it’s the beginning of ethical behavior.”
The Eugene and Lillian Pawl Scholarship Established by Dr. Lawrence E. Pawl, this scholarship honors his parents, the late Eugene and Lillian Pawl, who did not graduate from college, but made sure that their son did. This scholarship benefits Grand Valley nursing and pre-medical students who are the first in their families to attend college. “My parents showed me the right way to do things, they instilled important values in me,” said Pawl. “They always assumed I would go to college. They were very supportive.” His father worked on an assembly line at General Motors; his mother raised Larry and his sister, Teresa PawlKnapp, who graduated from Grand Valley in 1976. Pawl wants others to think about scholarships, too. “Our alumni are maturing to the point where they are successful enough to start thinking about doing a scholarship. A scholarship is the way to go, it’s my kind of thing, one person helping another,” he said. Pawl, who specializes in oncology, was the first in his immediate family to earn a college degree. He gradu-
As another semester closes and summer begins, the Allendale Campus remains a pleasant place to learn.
ated from Grand Valley in 1971 and has served as a GVU Foundation trustee and as Alumni Association president. In 1991, he received the Distinguished Alumnus award. His wife, Brenda, received both bachelor’s and master’s nursing degrees from Grand Valley.
The William and Lois Hundley Scholarship This scholarship honors William Maynard and Lois Jean Hundley; it was established in 2005 by their son, Jeff, a commercial real estate developer. Jeff, the middle of three children of Lois and Maynard Hundley, grew up in Grand Rapids where his father was involved in the grocery business. Mr. Hundley was born and raised in Kentucky and Mrs. Hundley is a western Michigan native. Her occupation was managing the Hundley household. In 2005 the Hundleys celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Jeff speaks lovingly of his parents. “My older sister, Terri, my younger brother, William, and I have been fortunate to have two of the best parents anyone could ever ask for,” he said. “This scholarship is a small way to honor them and to show my appreciation for all that they did for the three of us.”
Annual Meeting Brings Trustees to Allendale For the first time, the trustees of the Grand Valley University Foundation held their annual meeting on the Allendale Campus. In October, Foundation Vice Chairs Jim Brooks and Donna Brooks joined President Mark A. Murray to convene the meeting and to introduce the “heart of Grand Valley” to the trustees. Many had not seen the on-campus growth of recent years, and were surprised to find a thriving — and full-time — campus community. Trustees toured the central campus by bus prior to assembling in the Alumni House. Tour sites included everything from living centers to the Padnos Hall of Science. Jodi Chycinski, director of admissions, summarized facts about the Allendale Campus and the 200 areas of study offered by GVSU. She noted that Grand Valley’s overall economic impact has reached $588 million, and that more than 18,000
of the university’s 22,500 students have one or more classes in Allendale. She added that Grand Valley’s diversity has grown; 14 percent of students are students of color and 61 percent of students are female.
Michele Van Dyke, president of Fifth Third Bank in Grand Rapids, was appointed as a new trustee.
Trustees Recognized for Support With holiday wishes from General Chairman Richard M. DeVos, the trustees were thanked for their leadership and generosity in helping the university grow during 2005. During a reception, President Mark A. Murray acknowledged their work. In addition to assisting university capital and program needs, to date, 18 trustees have established or helped establish
named endowed scholarships that assist students as they pursue their Grand Valley education. Musical talent from Grand Valley was also on display, with a performance by
After School Special and other university student musicians.
President Mark A. Murray presents Richard M. DeVos with a GVSU national championship football hat.
Frey Foundation Challenge Grant Creates Chair Chair will lead pioneering study on family foundations The tremendous power of some 32,000 charitable family foundations and their billions of grant dollars will begin to be harnessed more effectively thanks to the establishment of the nation’s first endowed chair focusing on family philanthropy. The Frey Foundation is pledging $1.5 million to Grand Valley’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership to establish this chair that will lead to a pioneering program of study on family foundations and how they are led and managed to help society. “Few institutions in American life are so vitally important, and so poorly understood, as family foundations,” said Joel J. Orosz, interim executive director of the Johnson Center. “The Frey Foundation’s bold gift will allow the Johnson Center to identify their keys to success, and most importantly, to find ways to enhance their beneficial impact upon society.” The Frey Foundation has made its pledge as a challenge to help the university raise $5 million in endowment for the Johnson Center. The university’s campaign for the center has raised $3.5 million toward this goal. To meet this challenge, the university will need to
Family Foundations • More than 32,000 family foundations provide critical assistance to America’s 1.2 million nonprofit organizations. • In 2003, the top 50 family foundations in Michigan awarded more than $885 million in grants. This represents 74 percent of the $1.2 billion given by all types of Michigan foundations in 2003.
raise the remaining $1.5 million. A distinguished scholar-practitioner will be selected as the new Frey Foundation chair. That person will take the lead on this innovative program, which will research family foundation formation and grantmaking practices, and teach effective operating techniques Edward J. Frey Francis T. Frey to family foundation trustof best management practices and betees. ter access to research data. “We believe the Johnson Center This is the second fully endowed holds the promise to be the premiere chair for Grand Valley State University university center of its kind in the announced this year. “These chairs signation,” said David Frey, chairman nal Grand Valley’s growing academic of the board of trustees of the Frey maturity and commitment to academic Foundation. “Exploring and understanding the role of private family “The Frey Foundation’s bold gift will allow the Johnson foundations Center … to find ways to enhance the beneficial impact of is critical to family foundations upon society.” the Johnson — Joel J. Orosz, Johnson Center interim executive director Center’s mission. This challenge grant from the rigor and innovation,” said Mark A. Frey Foundation should do much to Murray, president of Grand Valley. “We acknowledge and promote the increasapplaud the Frey Foundation and the ing importance of family foundations Frey family for their vision, leadership in the realm of philanthropy. It is our and generosity.” hope that thoughtful and effective philanthropy will benefit from the skills A nationwide search for the person and focus the new Frey chair can proto fill the Frey Foundation chair will vide.” commence as soon as possible. Relatively few universities have proThe Frey Foundation, based in grams for the study of philanthropy and Grand Rapids, is one of Michigan’s nonprofit leadership recognized by the largest family foundations. Grants are Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. provided primarily to nonprofit organiThe Dorothy A. Johnson Center for zations in western Michigan for projects Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership to enhance children’s development, is one of the oldest of these centers, protect natural resources, promote the having been founded in 1992, with arts and expand philanthropic and civic major support from the W.K. Kellogg action. The Frey Foundation was estabFoundation. It is considered one of the lished in 1972 and was permanently top institutions in the nation for helping endowed in 1988 from the estate of the nonprofit organizations and foundations late Edward J. and Frances T. Frey. work more effectively through the use
Gillett Society Inducts New Members Members of the Gillett Society held their annual dinner this past September to honor and induct new members. It was an occasion to see old friends and to reflect on how Gillett Society members are shaping the future of the university. “Five years ago we celebrated the inauguration of the Gillett Society,” said President Murray. “Your commitments since then give us hope and inspiration as we prepare a new generation for prosperous, fulfilling lives in our community.” The Gillett Society is comprised of people who have made a lifetime commitment to GVSU through planned gifts such as bequests, trusts and annuities. Members inducted in September are as follows: Bud and Arlene Baxter met when they were students at The University of Michigan. Before retiring, Bud was the owner of Baxter Metals, which in 1985 merged with SA Morman Company. Their sons now own SA Morman, so the family business — established in 1857 — continues. Mary Helen “Thommy” Price represents one of the two leading families of Price Heneveld Cooper DeWitt and Litton. Thommy’s late husband, Peter Price, co-founded Price Heneveld with the late Lloyd Heneveld. Her bequest will strengthen the Price Heneveld Engineering Scholarship, supporting students in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing. Jean Enright served as the executive assistant to two Grand Valley presidents. In that role, she acted as a bridge between the president, students, parents, faculty and community leaders for more than 17 years before retiring in 2004. Her leadership and facilitation provided a legacy of successful academic and community events.
President Mark A. Murray and President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers presented new Gillett Society members with plaques, recognizing their commitment to GVSU. Above, clockwise from top left, are members Doug and Barbara Kindschi, Jean Enright, Peter and Galene DeWitt and Mary Helen ‘Thommy’ Price. Also receiving their membership plaques were Bud and Arlene Baxter and Richard I. Williams (pictured on page 11).
Doug and Barbara Kindschi have been involved in Grand Valley for many years. Doug served as dean of the Division of Science and Mathematics for 28 years. Now interim president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center for Health Professions, he actively promotes the dialogue between science and religion. Barbara has played the carillon for 11 years, and has performed on the university’s two carillons as many as three times a week. Richard I. Williams is a 1998 alumnus of Grand Valley. He received his bachelor’s in biomedical sci-
ence and a Grand Valley master’s of business administration. He then earned his law degree at MSU’s Detroit College of Law and is finishing a master’s of public administration from Grand Valley. Peter and Galene DeWitt are both Grand Valley graduates and have been actively involved in the university for many years. Peter is the co-owner of DeWitt Barrel. He has served on the GVU Foundation Board and the Alumni Association Board. Galene was the Alumni Association president in 1967-68. (See additional photos from the dinner on page 11.)
To learn more about Gillett Society or other legacy planning options, contact John Heerspink, director of Gift Planning for University Development, at (616) 331-6529 or john@gillettsociety. org. Visit the Gillett Society Web site at www.gillettsociety.org.
African American Alumni Offer Career Advice African American alumni members shared experiences and career advice with students of color at the latest in a series of Alumni Association-sponsored roundtable discussions. More than 35 alumni and 90 students attended the October 6 event at the Alumni House and Visitor Center. “This was a great opportunity for alumni to give back to the university,” said Tony Miller, ’98 and ’02, Kent County Health Department senior financial analyst and an event organizer. “Education goes beyond the classroom, and this was an opportunity for us to have a personal effect on the students. We want to help
them take advantage of opportunities and inspire solutions to problems they’ll face both in and after college.” Damon Arnold, director of Athletic Advising, served as moderator of the panel discussion. Panelists included Deborah Clanton, ’76, district court magistrate and director of probation services; David Harris, ’85, physical therapist; Dionne Hardiman, ’98, former middle school teacher; Daniel
Oglesby, ’74, senior vice president at Spectrum Health; and Isaiah “Ike” Lipsey, ’92, attorney. Harris said it was a thrill to interact with students. “I was most impressed by how the students appeared to be thoroughly intuitive, interested and optimistic,” he said. “They had great questions and seemed extremely well-motivated to succeed.” Results from a survey given to participants showed that the event was a success. Plans are underway to sponsor a similar roundtable with Hispanic alumni.
Donors to Grand Valley Fund Enhance Education As the Grand Valley Fund nears the end of its fourth year, it is attracting more donors and increasing its impact on education at Grand Valley. From July to April, more than 4,500 donors have given or pledged to the Grand Valley Fund, a 32 percent increase from last year at this time. Commitments to this unrestricted fund have grown to a record $363,090, up more than 20 percent from April last year. Grand Valley donors support the Grand Valley Fund as well as other designated funds for scholarships, equipment and unique educational opportunities. Because of the generosity of donors to the Grand Valley Fund, the university was able to fund several major areas of educational enhancement. “This is what the Grand Valley Fund is all about,” said Jill Dooley, ’90 and ’99, director of Annual Giving. “These are programs that Grand Valley was not able to fund in any other way. Now thanks to the investment of many alumni, friends, faculty and staff, our students will have better opportunities for learning.” Examples include: • Despite the financial aid opportunities GVSU provides, many promising students still face significant gaps
between what they can provide and what higher education costs. To overcome this, the Grand Valley Fund has provided “gap” funding for the past two years to make the difference for 40 students annually to attend the university. • With textbooks costing $500 or more a semester, the expense of books can be a barrier to staying in college, particularly for lowincome students. Thanks Students in Grand Valley’s Telephone Outreach Program to the Grand Valley Fund, encourage supporters to give back. the university is meeting lates infant vital signs. Training with the needs of 50 low-income “SimBaby” allows nursing students to students this year. enter the workplace with a competitive • New scholarships are being awardedge. ed to international students who dem• Grand Valley’s libraries are launchonstrate high academic achievement. ing two new technologies to speed These awards allow the university to delivery of materials to students and strengthen its diversity by attracting faculty. By reducing slower paper-based these gifted students to Grand Valley. delivery processes, the systems will • Through the Summer Student improve access to library resources. Scholars Program, undergraduate stuThis year’s annual campaign runs dents work with faculty mentors to through June 30. For questions, please research many projects in disciplines contact Jill Dooley at 616-331-6527. from engineering to the humanities. Online gifts may be made at www. • Kirkhof College of Nursing stugvsu.edu/giving. dents hone their emergency care skills using a computerized figure that simu-
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