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February 20, 2017


In the News


Jennifer Jameslyn, director of the Office of Integrative Learning and Advising, was interviewed by WGVU for a story about the Community Reading Project and this year's selection, The True American.


Coat drive

Refugees in West Michigan were welcomed by the Grand Valley community through a clothing drive sponsored by several departments.

More than 200 hats, gloves and mittens, 175 coats and 70 blankets were donated to Bethany Christian Services. 

The Welcoming Our Neighbors Winter Gear Drive was organized by the student organization Better Together, and sponsored by Student Senate, Division of Student Services, Community Service Learning Center, Division of Inclusion and Equity and Division of Enrollment Development.


Trailblazer award

Cassonya Carter presentsJulianne Vanden Wyngaard with theDoris RucksTrailblazer Award

Photo by Jess Weal

Cassonya Carter, background, presents Julianne Vanden Wyngaard with the Doris Rucks Trailblazer Award at the Positive Black Women Valentine's luncheon.

Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, pianist and university carillonneur, received the Doris Rucks Trailblazer Award from Positive Black Women at the organization's annual Valentine's Day luncheon in the Kirkhof Center.

Cassonya Carter, senior academic advisor for Kirkhof College of Nursing, presented Vanden Wyngaard with the award. Carter, who also directs the student gospel choir Voices of GVSU, called Vanden Wyngaard a mentor during the choir's formative years.

Vanden Wyngaard praised PBW during her remarks. The faculty and staff organization was established in 1994, and members have endowed a scholarship fund and presented more than $25,000 in scholarships.

"What a wonderful legacy you all have provided for me," Vanden Wyngaard said.

The award is named for Doris Rucks, former sociology faculty member. 



Vandana Pednekar-Magal, professor of communications, wrote an article, “Liberal Education as Counter-hegemonic Movement,” published in Educating for an Ecological Civilization.

John Kilbourne, professor of movement science, has been named one of 45 advisors to the Global Foundation of Community Health.

Ian Lang, research coordinator for the Community Research Institute at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, was a co-author of an article, "Developing an Evidence Base of Best Practices for Integrating Computerized Systems into the Exam Room: A systematic Review," published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Evelyn Clingerman, executive director of the Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation, was re-elected as co-chair of the National Academies of Practice, Nursing Academy.

College of Education faculty members Rick Vandermolen and Catherine Meyer-Looze gave a presentation, "Putting Theory into Action through Collaborative Partnerships," at the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.