Dear Students: A Welcome from the Chair
August 29, 2012
Dear new and returning students,
Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year! Our faculty and staff are excited about working with you and including you in our classes, research activities, events and other anthropological happenings.
We all had an interesting, productive summer. Dr. Brashler ran the archeological field school, which was, as always, a terrific field experience in the local community. Our new associate professors also were busy this summer. Dr. Van Wormer took students to New Zealand to study the Wilderland community, Dr. Madden had a class come to Ukraine to do physical anthropology, and Dr. Molla conducted research in medical anthropology in Haiti. Also be sure to ask Dr. Arnold about her amazing archaeological dig in Israel... All of our faculty are constantly innovating - new research, new teaching, new ways to be of service to anthropology and to the university community.
This fall we welcome a new member of the faculty - Dr. Michael Wroblewski. Dr. Wroblewski comes to us from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He's a linguistic anthropologist who conducts research in the South American country of Ecuador. His interests include local economies of language, the role of language in indigenous cultural identity politics, and the way Spanish and various forms of the indigenous language Kichwa interact and influence each other. During fall semester he's teaching ANT 207, Language and Culture, and we have a new addition to the winter semester - ANT 330, "The Ethnology of Indigenous Latin America." This class is strictly limited to 20 students, so enroll while you can! Speaking of new additions, Dr. Wroblewski is also a new daddy. He and his wife welcomed a new daughter, Elsa, on August 15th.
We've got some amazing adjuncts teaching for us this year: Pamela Galbraith, Angela Reed, Erica Begun, and two GVSU Anthropology grads who are embarking on their own careers as anthropologists, Christy Mello and Jordan Karsten.
Take advantage of the comraderie and networking opportunities of the GVSU Anthropology Club! Their first meeting is Wednesday, September 5 in room 249, Lake Michigan Hall (Anthro Lab) at 6 pm, and this year's officeers are:
•President- Jarrod Trombley
•Vice President- Sarah Corrello
•Secretary/Financial Officer- Meagan Roche
•Secretary/Financial Officer- Sarah McCormick
•Anthropology Club Overlord- Kevin Gurski
The faculty advisor is Dr. Dale Borders. You can learn more about the Anthropology Club on Facebook.
We encourage you to stop by the Anthropology Lab (249 LMH) and say hello to Kristina and the students who hang out there. As always, our office staff, coordinated by Office Coordinator Cindy Zehner, is here to help you at 1138 ASH.
Have a wonderful year full of cultural experiences and learning!
Dr. Deana Weibel
Chair, Anthropology Department
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