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March 27, 2017


In the News


Eric Kunnen, associate director of eLearning and Emerging Techologies, was interviewed by Rapid Growth for a story about how technology affects education.


Bowen named assistant vice president

Provost Gayle R. Davis announced the appointment of Bonnie Bowen as assistant vice president for Academic Affairs.

Bowen is the assistant dean in the College of Education; she will join the Office of the Provost in July after Kathy Gulembo retires.

Bowen joined Grand Valley in 2000. In her current role, she is responsible for policy creation and implementation, enhanced grant oversight and management of the college's budget. She has served the College of Education as administrative assistant and the financial assistant to the dean.

As assistant vice president, Bowen will be responsible for budget and resource management for the Academic and Student Affairs Division.

Davis said Bowen will work closely with Gulembo to ensure a smooth transition.

Bonnie Bowen

Bonnie Bowen



WGVU-FM received the Station of the Year award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters during a ceremony March 8 in Lansing.

David Oliver, engineering supervisor at WGVU Public Media, received the Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. 

Amy Russell, associate professor of biology, wrote an article, "Fatalities at Wind Turbines May Threaten Population Viability of a Migratory Bat," in the journal Biological Conservation.

Dan Bergman, associate professor and chair of biomedical sciences, supervised students who gave a presentation, "Chronic Effects of Nonylphenol on Reproductive Behavior and Development of Crayfish," at the Annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Craig Benjamin, professor of history, Honors College, gave presentations, "Soviet Central Asia and the Presentation of History" and "Big History of the First Domesticates" at the World History Association Conference at the University of Ghent, Belgium; and "A Little Big History of Private E.E. Benjamin" and "The Globalization of Big History" at the International Big History Association Conference at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Brent Smith, assistant professor of liberal studies and religious studies, wrote a chapter, "Can't I Just Learn about Religion in My Church, Mosque, or Temple?" for a book, Religion in Five Minutes, published by Equinox Publishing.

Bopi Biddanda, professor of water resources gave an invited seminar, "Finding a 'Goldilocks Zone' for Carbon Cycling in a Great Lakes Watershed," at the Departmento Ecologia, University of Granada, in Spain. He also wrote an article, "A View of Michigan's Muskegon Lake Observatory Buoy," published in Eos, Earth and Space News.

Polly J. Diven, professor of political science and director of international relations, wrote an article, “Leveraging Aid: How Sri Lanka Hedges against Superpower Influence,” at the annual conference of the International Studies Association in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jody Vogelzang, assistant professor of public health, wrote a book chapter, "Creating Public Policy and Advocating for Nutrition Polices," for Nutrition in Public Health, published by Jones and Bartlett Learning.