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“I was able to meet him for the first time when I was 10 years old, that was back in 1966 when he was running for the Senate race against Dolph Briscoe and he lost.”

Gleaves Whitney is director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University. He knew the Bush family growing up in Texas a mile or two from their home. A friendship and an appreciation for George H. W. Bush grew over the years.

Robert E. Quinn, professor emeritus, University of Michigan's Ross School of Business

Corporate and organization leaders face challenges every day. Learning to become a more effective leader was the focus of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center’s Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy hosting the best-selling author of the book “Deep Change.” 

WGVU spoke with one of the nation’s leadership experts before Thursday evening’s Wheelhouse Talk.

“How do we exhibit the highest levels of leadership?”

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Two years after his death in 2016, Grand Rapids Philanthropist Ralph Hauenstein received the MAK Award Thursday evening from the Michigan Historical Commission. Named after Gov. William G. Milliken, Michigan Historical Commission member Elizabeth Sparks Adams and Attorney General Frank Kelley, the MAK award is given to someone who has played a key role in preserving the history of Michigan. 


The Civil War came to an end more than 150 years ago. Today, communities are debating the preservation or removal of Civil War monuments.

Christy S. Coleman is CEO of the American Civil War Museum. As a guest of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and its Division of Inclusion and Equity, Coleman presented “How Shall We Remember?”

“Around this conversation, this debate, about confederate statuary in particular, part of the challenge is that we have to unpack when they’re put up and why?”

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Ralph D. Hauenstein, the son of philanthropist Ralph W. Hauenstein carried out his late father’s wishes Monday announcing financial gifts to three West Michigan institutions.

“I think his life was exemplary of where he’s placed his fortune. Represented here are the mind, the body and the soul and the health of all three,” said Brian Hauenstein, the Grandson of philanthropist Colonel Ralph W. Hauenstein who passed away in January 2016.


The United States’ service men and women secure our freedom. How can we support them when they return home? Grand Valley State University’ Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies hosted its annual PTSD conference.

WGVU spoke with the keynote speaker, a Vietnam War combat veteran who understands treating the hidden wounds of war.

Jim Hodges joined the Civil Air Patrol when he was 16-years old. The young Texan began working with intelligence officers and joined the Army. “I was born with that soldier mentality in me.”

Barbara Kellerman

GVSU's Wheelhouse talks conclude for 2017 and speaker Barbara Kellerman joins us this morning to discuss, “Contextual Leadership for an Uncertain Future.”

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Guests on behalf of the Hauenstein Center join in to discuss tonight's presentation/Wheelhouse Talk. Chadd Downing and Stephen Shedletzky are our guests.

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The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies presents H.W. Brands: The General vs. the President, tonight, 7pm at GVSU in downtown Grand Rapids. Scott St. Louis, Gleaves Whitney and H.W. Brands join us in studio this morning.

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Two nationally recognized journalists will discuss race in the United States at an event hosted by Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies tonight. We discuss with Gleaves Whitney and Scott St. Louis. "Race and the American Dream" will take place at 7 p.m. tonight in the Eberhard Center.