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					                           November 14, 2007                                            Volume 4, Issue 11

 Addition to The
     MAX!                                        Happy (early) Thanksgiving!
                                Just a friendly reminder that Thanksgiving Break starts on
In order to encourage           Wednesday, November 21. Please have a safe and fun
students to read The            break!
MAX, SOC all-star points
are going to be given to
the organizations who                                    Dates & Deadlines
answer the weekly                     All week long Intercultural Festival is taking place. Please
question.                              make sure to stop by Kirkhof for the activities!
The question will pertain             Wednesday, November 14: Passport Fair in the Padnos
to information that is in              International Center (130 Lake Ontario Hall) from 1-5pm. If you’re
                                       thinking of traveling internationally, now is a good time to get your passport.
the latest edition, and will           Instead of traveling to different locations for forms, photos and mailing, the
always be in this column.              Padnos International Center is offering a one-stop Passport Fair for the GVSU
Please email responses to              community. It’s coming on Wednesday, November 14, from 1 p.m. until 5:00                    p.m. at the Padnos International Center, 130 Lake Ontario Hall.
                                       Passport applicants should bring proof of US Citizenship (driver's license or
with the subject line of               Michigan ID), an original birth certificate, two checks (cost is $97) and $2
“The MAX”.                             cash (for photos). Depending on the number of people attending, passport
                                       applicants may be required to wait for application processing.
                                       Please feel free to contact us with any questions at 616-331-3898
 Question: When are                   Thursday, November 15: The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon will be
 monthly recognition                   guest grillers at Mongolian Barbeque on 28th St in Grand Rapids from
 submissions due for the               6-9pm. All proceeds go to Brian Ciluffo to help pay for his cancer
 month of November?                    treatments.
                                      Thursday, November 15: Monthly recognition submissions are due
                                       for the month of November
                                      Monday, November 19: PRSSA is hosting a Turkey Toss from 11am
                                       until 2pm at the Clock Tower to raise money for Grand Rapids Central
                                       High School.
                                      Reminder to check the events calendar for campus

                                                         Laker Late Nights
                                      Friday Nov 16: Sponsored by Sigma Pi Fraternity and Spotlight
                                       Productions Comedian Scott Kennedy! Kennedy has been a national touring
                                       comic for almost two decades, gaining success from performances at the
                                       Montréal Comedy Festival and HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival. Scott has been
                                       seen on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and was given his own 1/2 hour
                                       special Comedy Central Presents... Scott Kennedy. In 2005 Scott was named
                                       one of the 100 greatest all time comedians by Comedy Central.
                                       10:00pm Grand River Room
                                Hillel presents the band,Yom Hadash, which has been at the forefront of
                                Jewish music for the last decade. The group fuses rock, pop & world music
                                with traditional Jewish melodies and ideals. Yom Hadash has redefined the
                                landscape of the contemporary Jewish music.

                                Latin Dance Clinic presents Instructor Laura Armenta who will be hosting free
                                Flamenco Dance Lessons. These high energy dance lessons are sure to get
                                you moving. La Tertulia will also be providing snacks and drinks.

                                And last but not least, Positive Influence is having a Singing and Winging

                               Saturday Nov 17: Has anyone seen The Breakfast Club? Positive Influence
                                is brining the breakfast club back with a 80's Party! Get dressed up in the
                                crazy 80's style and dance all night long to classic music!

                                Everyone loves Harry Potter! The Harry Potter Club will be bringing magic to
                                kirkhof tonight as well with some fun events!

                                        Opportunities & Involvement
                                              Volunteer with Grand Rapids Jaycees

                         The Holiday Shopping Tour is a Grand Rapids Jaycees project that reaches out to
                         organizations in the Greater Grand Rapids community who support and involve
                         underprivileged children. This affords the children the opportunity to go
                         shopping and pick out gifts for their family members to help bring some cheer
                         to them over the holidays. The children also receive a gift of their own from
                         Santa. While at the event, the children are also able to interact with other
                         "characters" such as Mongo-man, Crash, Blitz and other mascots while enjoying
                         cookies and snacks. We will be inviting 12 local organizations and expect
                         nearly 150 kids!

                         This year, the event will be held on Tuesday, December 11th at the Meijer on
                         28th St. in Cascade.
                         Volunteers are needed from 4:30pm until approximately 8:30pm.

                         In order for the project to be a success again this year, we are in need of
                         your support. We are in need of volunteers in the following areas:
  “The MAX is the         Assisting the children with their shopping lists
                          Wrapping the gifts for the children
newsletter for student
 leaders looking to       Party room support
   MAXimize their         General volunteers
                          Set up and tear down/clean up crew
college experience.”

                         Please contact Matthew Sernau at for more
if your organization is interested in volunteering.

You may also visit to learn more about the Grand Rapids
                  Volunteer Opportunities from the CSLC

The Michigan Service Scholars Program (MSS) is an AmeriCorps scholarship
program that encourages students to serve on their campuses and in their
communities. MSS promotes civic engagement and active citizenship among
college students.

Students willing to complete 300 hours of community service during one
calendar year will receive a $1,000 education award to help further their
education. Service hours may be completed during the academic year and/or
over class breaks, including over the summer. In order to complete 300 hours in
one year students generally serve an average of 9-10 hours per week during the
academic year.

During the 2006-2007 program year, MSS members from 23 Michigan Campus
Compact member campuses performed over 57,000 hours of service, served over
8600 youth, recruited 3579 volunteers to perform 10712.75 additional hours of
service, and partnered with 553 schools and community agencies.
Here at Grand Valley, students have completed their hours at some of our local
community agencies such as: Grand Rapids Public Schools, Big Brother Big
Sister, The American Cancer Society and the Greater Grand Rapids YMCA.

For more information, and/or to apply for the program, please contact Jodi
Griffin, MSS Supervisor via email ( or by phone (616-331-
                                 Blood Drives

If a registered student organization would like to volunteer to run a blood drive
they should contact the Community Service Learning Center and speak with
either Michele Tremml or Ted Nickelson. They will receive a packet which
explains the responsibilities and commitments for running a drive.

Upcoming Blood Drive dates are:

                      January 22, 2008 – 1pm to 7pm

                         January 23, 2008 – 11am – 5pm

                        February 19, 2008 – 12pm – 6pm

                          March 26, 2008 – 1pm – 7pm
                          March 27, 2007 – 11am – 5pm

                           April 16, 2008 – 12pm – 6pm

                                 I am Grand Valley

Are you Grand Valley? Do you know someone who is? The “I am Grand Valley”
campaign is designed to recognize student leaders who are the essential elements of
the University community. If you feel someone in your organization displays and
utilizes their strong leadership skills to contribute to the campus community, you can
nominate them at Up to one thousand nominated
students will be recognized at a reception on January 23, 2007 with an
“I am Grand Valley” shirt. The deadline for nominations is November
26, 2007.
And remember to wear your “I am Grand Valley” shirt or button the first
Wednesday of every month!

                              Workshops on Demand

Workshops on Demand is a year-round program that the Office of Student Life offers
FREE to registered student organizations, groups of students, faculty, and staff. This
program brings developmental workshops to your organization, from our very own
Grand Valley community. It is a great way to provide educational workshops that will
benefit your organization without changing your meeting times!

                            Around the SOC
The staff in the SOC are starting an “SOC Guest Book,” to promote
organizations to utilize the SOC and sign in when they come into the office.
So please come to the desk and sign in when you are here!

We strongly encourage members of your organization to list your events on
our calendar in the hallway outside of the SOC. Just come to the desk and
ask the consultant for a marker to write on the board. Let campus and other
organizations what you are up to!

Storage Clean up Day is happening on Tuesday, November 13 and
Friday, November 16 from 12-6 pm. This day is to help the SOC keep the
Storage Closet clean and organized for its users! Storage Clean-up will give
organizations the opportunity to see what items they have in the Storage
Closet and to remove any unused items. We hope that this will also provide
space for other organizations. Please refer to the liaison emails for more

                   For the good of the cause
If your organization is hosting an event, please email so that
information can be added to The MAX!

Anyone who needs help with event planning, please contact Aaron Haight. Her office
hours are as follows:
          Mondays 3-5pm
          Wednesday 11:30-1:30pm
If you have any other questions regarding event planning, email Aaron Haight at

                      Letter from the Editor
If you have information to submit to the MAX please email to
receive a form or pick one up in the SOC. All submissions are due the Friday prior to
publication by 5:00 p.m.

Late submissions will be included at the sole discretion of the Editor. Repeated
submissions may be sent once with a notation to publish multiple times.

Lauren Neilson
The MAX, Editor

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