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N00 A NEWSLETTER FOR THE GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY Former NBA star promotes study abroad programsFormer NBA star Steve Kerr honed his basketball skills on outdoorcourts in Cairo. He climbed Egyptian pyramids and went to gradeschool with kids from hundreds of different countries.These experiences, he said, were priceless. Kerr urged Grand Valleystudents to find their own experiences overseas during a February 18presentation in the Cook-DeWitt Center. The Office of InternationalEducation sponsored Kerr 's lecture; staff members hope it generatesinterest in study abroad programs.Kerr was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and went to school in several regionsof the Middle East when his father, Malcolm Kerr, was a university professor. He said cultural understanding in the post-9/11 era is especiallyimportant."Our natural inclination is to back off from other cultures and put labelson everyone," Kerr said. "But the dangers that brings are a division ofpeople and a division of cultures. There is still a fear of America, andthat's why cultural exchange is so important."Kerr donated his speaker's honorarium to Playing for Peace, a non-profit organization that uses basketball to develop leaders in regions of theworld historically separated by strife. Playing for Peace operates inSouth Africa and Northern Ireland.Now a NBA analyst for Turner Sports, Kerr won championships as aAcross CampusPhoto by Adam BirdSteve Kerr signs an autograph for a student following his presentationin the Cook-DeWitt Center on study abroad programs and international understanding.player with the Chicago Bulls (1996 , 1997 and 1998) and San AntonioSpurs (1999 and 2003).···-------------------------Grand Valley chefsgo for the goldto be incorporated into all dishes - wasrevealed to them only seconds before theclock started ticking.Grand Valley's Fresh Food Co. in theCommons has never seen such nervous anticipation as it did during the Chef Challenge onFebruary 18.It was portobello mushrooms.The competition pitted Grand Valley's chefsagainst culinary teams from Central Michiganand Saginaw Valley State universities in aFood Network "Iron Chef'-style contest ofcooking skills and food savvy.The three teams, working side by side, hadexactly an hour to prepare five servings offour dishes - an appetizer, soup , salad, andentree - in front of an audience of severalhundred. They had chosen their main ingredients beforehand , but the competition's secretweapon - the "mystery ingredient" requiredGRANDVALLEYSTATE UNIVERSITY"We weren't planning on getting a vegetablefor the mystery ingredient," said Grand ValleyExecutive Chef Ryan Jones. Grand Valley'sculinary team had hoped for a mystery meatitem so it hadn 't included any meats in itsselection of ingredients. Needless to say, theGrand Valley chefs' dishes were vegetarian.And apparently, they were delicious , wellprepared, and beautifully presented. Fourjudges, including two professional chefs andGVSU administrators Pat Waring and MickDoxey, tasted and scored all teams' meals. Theverdict? Grand Valley was rated No. 1.continued on page 2Photo by Nancy WilleyGrand Valley's culinary team included, left toright, Emil Rousseau, Executive Chef RyanJones, Ewardo Fuentes, Steve Blomquist, andJimmy Forrest. In front of them are plates oftheir top-scoring salad.

2 Forum I February 23, 2004Across Campuscontinued from page 1Ryan's team scored 272 points out of a possible 320, Saginaw Valleycame in second at 237, and Central (whose chefs won the first Chef'sChallenge last fall and cooked at GVSU last week wearing CMU footballjersies) came in third ."We killed them with the salad," reported Deb Rambadt, marketingmanager for campus dining at GVSU, referring to Grand Valley's tomspinach salad arranged with grilled pineapple, salsa and toasted bread.And portobello mushrooms.The competition was extremely labor intensive, but fun, said Ryan. Willthere be a rematch? You bet - probably in the fall semester.University sponsors Camp Fireletter-writing eventGrand Valley is again one of the sponsors of the Camp Fire USAAbsolutely Incredible Kid Day and organizers are looking for faculty,staff and students to write letters.The eighth annual Absolutely Incredible Kid Day is March 18. Last yearthe Grand Valley community wrote 1,500 letters to students in GrandRapids Public Schools. Letters are brief and positive; organizers say children enjoy receiving a personalized letter.Barbara Reinken , associate professor of education, said she hopes to collect 2,000 letters this year. The deadline is March 1 in order for letters tobe distributed to students. To adopt a group of students and obtain CampFire stationery for letter writing, call Reinken at x13347 or send an e-mailto [email protected] .Deadline for service award extendedThe deadline for nominations for the Outstanding University Serviceaward has been extended to April 1. The award is given at Convocation.Criteria includes significant contributions in a specialty area, influentialinvolvement in the community, service to the university for at least 10years , creativity in bridging university and community links, modelingintellectual and professional excellence, having exceptional character andconduct.Call Catherine Earl, chair of the Outstanding University Service AwardCommittee, at x17178 with questions.Pictured are cast and crew members from 'King Henry,' a ShakespeareFestival production. Organizers are looking for more volunteers thisyear.Shakespeare Festival seeks new membersAs the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival enters its 11th year this fall ,organizers are looking for faculty and staff volunteers to strengthen its allcampus planning committee.The oldest and largest Shakespeare Festival in Michigan, GVSF attractsnearly 6,000 patrons to its events each year and brings national and international talent to campus for its annual celebration of Shakespeare and theRenaissance."We ' ve lost several key committee members the past few seasons due toretirements, changes in staffing , and other causes," said Alfred Sheffield ,a member of the design team for the festival's stage productions. "Wehave a number of important projects that need directors to plan activitiesand supervise the numerous student interns assigned to festival tasks."Roger Ellis, founding director of Grand Valley 's Theatre Arts program, isstage director of this year's production of the Bard's "Measure forMeasure." He pointed to the need for an education director to guide thefestival 's extensive programs aimed at tri-county school s. Other areas inneed of faculty and staff participation include audience development ,fund-raising, publicity, accounting and budgeting , and volunteer services.While some GVSF committee appointments are compensated, others arevoluntary. Those interested in learning more are asked to visit the GVSFwebsite at or contact Festival Director Robin Reeseat xl2149.···------------------------FORUMVolume 28, Number 27Football in the HouseThe GVSU Forum is published by the Newsand Information Services Office every Mondaywhen classes are in session and biweekly during the summer. The submiss ion deadline isTuesday noon. Send publication items toMichele Coffill , editor, c/o forum .Telephone: 616-331-2221. Fax: 6 16-33 1-2250.Faculty and staff members can find an online"Sketches" submission form on the Web .html.Grand Valley State University is an affirmativeaction/equal opportunity institution.Visit GVNow, Grand Valley 's daily online publication , on the Web at: courtesy of Michigan House of RepresentativesLaker football players and coaches were formally congratulated for winning a second straight national championship by members of the state House and Senate on February 18. The team, pictured withmany representatives from West Michigan, was recognized on both the House and Senate floors andlater joined by lawmakers at lunch.

3 Forum I February 23, 2004What's AheadAcclaimed novelist to readfrom her workRosellen Brown ,called "one of ourmost talented writers"by fellow novelistAnnie Dillard, willread from her workduring a presentationon Wednesday,February 25.Her presentation willbegin at 7 p.m. at theCook-DeWitt Center. A reception and booksigning session will follow.Brown is the author of five novels including theNew York Times bestseller Before and After(1992), which was translated into 23 languagesand made into a film starring Meryl Streep andLiam Neeson. Her latest novel , Half a Heart ,and three previous books , Civil Wars, TenderMercies and The Autobiography of My Mother,received acclaim from book critics and otherreviewers and authors.Endowment for the Arts, among others, andbeing selected as one of Ms. Magazine's 12"Women of the Year" in 1984. She currentlyteaches in the graduate creative writing program at the School of the Art Institute ofChicago .Expert on 'Buffalo Soldiers'to speak, display artifactsA descendent of a Civil War-era soldier willserve as a guide through America's old Westduring two presentations on "Buffalo Soldiers"as part of Grand Valley's celebration of BlackHistory Month .Legislation in 1866 officially designated sixAfrican-American Army units to serve aspeacetime soldiers. Cheyenne Indians recognized their fighting spirit and began calling themen "Buffalo Soldiers" out of respect."Here comes the giant ," co-workers say whenLois Smith Owens walks into a room.Owens, director of admissions and recruitmentfor Grand Valley's graduate School of SocialWork, was honored in January with a GiantsAward, the Ethel Coe Humanities Award.The Giants Awards , initiated in 1983 by GrandRapids Community College and the AfricanAmerican community, reflect the history ofGrand Rapids . Each of the 13 awards is namedfor someone who pioneered change that fos tered the inclusion of minorities in GrandRapids.Owens said her colleagues were very proud."We ' re all very close in this department; we'relike family," she said.Family is what brought Owens back to WestMichigan. She was raised in Manistee and haslived in Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C .,and Ann Arbor.Bell is a descendent of former Buffalo SoldierAddison Taylor. He now lives in Colorado andlectures around the country.Classic movie re-editshown at LoosemoreMitch Walcott , of IT/Media Services, said thenew musical score by Jeff Mills, of AxisRecords, "blends wonderfully" with the sci-fifilm . The si lent movie is considered by manyfi lm critics to be one of the best movies everproduced . The plot takes place in 2026 andforeshadows an out-of-control industrial revolution in which the workers run the machines, butthe machines run the lives of the workers.John Bell in period clothing.The screening is free and open to the public.The movie will begin at 7:30 p.m., doors openat 6:30 p.m.···--------------------------GVFacesLois Smith OwensSchool of Social Work director ofadmissionsAlong with his presentation, Bell will displayseveral original Civil War artifacts. He possesses one of the largest collections in the country,including a weapon that belonged to Gen.George Custer, plus period guns, slave chainsand uniforms .A re-edited version of "Metropolis ," the 1926film by Fritz Lang , will be shown on Friday,February 27 , in Loosemore Auditorium of theDe Vos Center.Brown is also the author of three collections ofpoetry and numerous essays and stories. Herworks have been published in magazines andher short stories have appeared frequently in 0 .Henry Prize Stories , Best American ShortStories, and Pushcart Prizes. One is included inthe recently published bestseller, Best ShortStories of the Century, edited by John Updike.Recognition of Brown 's work includes awardsfrom the American Academy and Institute ofArts and Letters, fellowships from theGuggenheim Foundation and the NationalRetired educator John Bell will transport audience members back to the late-1800s during hispresentations on Thursday, February 26. Bellwill speak at noon in Loosemore Auditorium atthe De Vos Center and at 6 p.m. in the CookDeWitt Center. The presentations are free andopen to the public. For information , call theOffice of Multicultural Affairs at xl2177."My mom is93 and Iwanted tocome home tocare for her,"she said.Many ofOwens ' eightbrothers andsisters alsolive nearby.Owens hasLois Smith Owensleft a lastingimpression in each city where she has lived."I like to be involved in the community, I'vebeen an activist no matter where I've lived . Mostof my work has been in the theater," she said .It's that type of work that led to the GiantsAward."I'm a storyteller. I've written, directed, andproduced plays for women and about women,"she said.One of her favorites is a play she directed thatfollows the life of Malcolm X. It's a play shewould like to produce someday at Grand Valley.Before coming to Grand Valley in 1998, Owensworked as a social worker in Chicago, paroleofficer in Washington , D.C. , teacher at theUniversity of Virginia and the State Universityof New York. She described her life asunplanned."My life has simply unfolded . like an onionnot a flower," she said. "When you grab a tigerby the tail, you've got to hang on and go for theride."Owens attributed her success to her parentswho, with little or no education themselves,taught her how to read before she was 5. "Theirbiggest gift was a world of books; as a child Ispent hours in the library," she said.Owens is 65 and said she sees no reason toretire. "There are two benefits to being my age,you're still alive and you can collect SocialSecurity," she joked.As for her future plans: "When I'm 70 I'd liketo join the Peace Corps ," she said.

4 Forum I February 23, 2004 ALENDAR OF VENTSGeneral EventsArts Hotline 616-331-ARTSGallery Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Thurs. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.7 p.m .: Writing Department presents reading byfiction writer and poet Rosellen Brown. CDC .Call xl341 l for more information.8 p.m.: Black History Month event: Soulfest.Grand River Room, KC . Call xl2177 formore information.Thurs., Feb. 268 p.m.: Music Department Concert. GVSUSymphony Orchestra. LAT, PAC. Call x13484for more information.Mon. Feb. 2312 noon-2:50 p.m.: English DepartmentColloquia Series: Relationship of English toGhanaian Languages in Education, presentedby Laura Vander Broek and Shinian Wu. 161LHH. Call x13405 for more information.2 p.m.: Women 's Commission meeting. 161 KC.Call xl2748 for more information.8 p.m.: Music Department Concert. UniversityConcert Band. LAT, PAC. Call x13484 formore information.8:15 a.m.-3 p.m.: The Department ofMathematics annual Math in ActionConference. EC. Call xl2040 for information .12 noon: Arts at Noon Series. The Baird Trio.CDC. Call x13484 for more information .12 noon: Black History Month event: BuffaloSoldiers in the American West, presented byJohn Bell. Loosemore Auditorium, DEV. Callxl2177 for more information.4-6 p.m.: Wellness Center "How To" ScubaClinic. PH-swimming pool. Call xl3659 formore information.Fri., Feb. 277:30- 9 a.m .: Toastmasters International Clubweekly meeting. University Club Room,DEV. Call xl 7337 for more information .7:30-8:30 p .m.: Media Services Departmenthosts re-edit of "Metropolis." LoosemoreAuditorium, DEV. Call x16637 for moreinformation .Mon., March 1Tues., Feb. 248 p.m.: Music Department Concert. Varsity Menand University Arts Chorale. LAT, PAC. Callxl3484 for more information.Wed., Feb. 257:30-9 a.m.: Toastmasters International Clubweekly meeting. 142 KC . Call xl2622 formore information.6 p.m: Black History Month event: BuffaloSoldiers in the American West, by John Bell.CDC. Call x 12177 for more information.8 p.m .: Hauenstein Center for PresidentialStudies presents "Who was Herbert Hoover?The Political Odyssey of a MisunderstoodMan," by George Nash . Gerald R. FordMuseum, Grand Rapids. Call x12770 formore information.Faculty and Staff SketchesIn the NewsKevin R. den Dulk, assistant professor of political science, was interviewed by WOOD-TV 8about the role of "NASCAR dads" in the presidential election.Been interviewed by a reporter? E-mail a"Sketch" to the -Water Resources Institute, co-authored an article,titled "Semidiscrete Pesticide TransportModeling and Application," which was published in Journal of Hydrology.Alan Steinman , director of the Annis WaterResources Institute, has been selected to be amember on the federal government's ScienceAdvisory Board review of USEPA's Report onthe Environment.SketchesPublications and other materials produced byInstitutional Marketing received a gold award(image advertising series) and merit awards (Ata Glance brochure, bus signs, logo/letterhead,course catalog) from the Admissions MarketingReport.WGVU-TV received an award from theMichigan Association of Broadcasters for BestNews Special for "Gerald R . Ford: Turning 90,"produced by Ken Kolbe, Rob Byrd and MikeGrass, at the 2004 Broadcast Excellence Awards.WGVU Radio and anchor David Moorereceived awards from the Michigan Associationof Broadcasters for Excellence in aNews/Documentary Series at the 2004 BroadcastExcellence Awards.Xuefeng Chu , assistant professor at the Annis7-8 :30 p.m.: The Hauenstein Center forPresidential Studies sponsors World AffairsCouncil event: "Perils and Promise ofDemocracy Building in Latin America , withLessons for Iraq," presented by MarilynAcAfee. Performing Arts Center, AquinasCollege. 1607 Robinson Road, Grand Rapids.Call xl2770 for more information .Michael A. Yuhas, professor of accounting andtaxation, co-authored a paper, titled "Income TaxIssues on the Death of a Member of aProfessional Service LLC," published in theJournal of Taxation .Thomas V. Schwarz, director of the Center forFree Enterprise, received the TeachingExcellence Award 2002-2003 by the GraduateProgram in Decision Sciences of the AthensUniversity of Economics and Business.Accounting faculty Stephen R. Goldberg andJoseph H. Godwin, co-authored book reviewsof Economic Value Management and Six Sigmafor Financial Professionals that were publishedin the Journal of Corporate Accounting &Finance.Patrick Fuliang Shan , assistant professor ofhistory, published an article, titled "Frontier ofNot? The Chinese Communist Revolution andHeilongjiang Frontier Society," in AmericanReview of China Studies . He presented a paper,titled "From Warriors to Farmers: the ChangingSocial Status of Manchu and MongolBannermen in the Heilongjiang Frontier, 19051931" at the American Historical Associationconference.Annis Water Resources Institute faculty RichardRediske, Don Uzarski, Michael Chu andThomas Burton from MSU were awarded a 138,000 grant from the EPA's Great LakesNational Program Office to investigate theextent and ecological effects of contaminatedsediments in the Mona Lake watershed.Kate Remlinger, associate professor of English,presented papers , titled "Meanings of the EthnicLabel Yooper: Where Identity and LanguageAttitudes Meet" and "Debunking LanguageMyths in the Linguistics Classroom," at theAmerican Dialect Society/Linguistics Society ofAmerica annual meetings in Boston.Mathematics faculty Filiz Dogru, KarenHe