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January 16, 2017


In the News


PAS program in Traverse City earns grant

The Physician Assistant Studies program in Traverse City earned a $8,750 grant from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and Northwest Michigan Osteopathic Endowment. 

Nicholus Kopacki, director of PAS expansion services and clinical affiliate faculty, said the grant money will be used to purchase anatomy models for the PAS lab.


CASE presentation

University Development staff members gave a presentation about alumni engagement at the CASE District V and VI Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Carolyn Clayton, director of annual giving, and Katelyn Semelbauer, assistant director of annual giving, detailed the Alumni Champions program, which seeks alumni volunteers who engage in peer-to-peer networking to help increase alumni giving. 

“Sharing the Alumni Champions program with other colleges and universities from across the country really put into perspective the uniqueness and impact of the Laker Effect," Semelbauer said.

Learn more about Alumni Champions by visiting


Professor earns Grammis nomination

In Sweden, the Grammis Awards are considered to be the Swedish equivalent of the Grammy Awards in the U.S. Gregory Maytan, associate professor of violin, recently received a nomination for a Grammis Award in the "Classical CD of the Year" category.

Gregory Maytan

Gregory Maytan

Maytan's CD, "Amanda Maier Volume 1," is one of five albums competing in the category.

Amanda Maier (1853-94) is best known for becoming the first woman to graduate with degrees in violin, piano and music history from what is today known as the Royal University of Music in Stockholm. Maier's talents attracted the attention of famous composers, such as Johannes Brahms and Edvard Grieg. She died at the age of 41 from tuberculosis, and left behind only a small number of works.

Maytan's love for Maier's musical expertise began when he was first introduced to her work at the age of 14 after one of his teachers instructed him to learn one of Maier's sonatas. 

Maytan originally approached dB Productions, a Swedish record company, with the idea of recording a long forgotten violin concerto by Maier while he was in Sweden on sabbatical.

The Grammis Award winners will be announced February 28 during the ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall. The gala event will be broadcasted live on Swedish national television and streamed online.


Michael Moody, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Johnson Center, was interviewed by for a story about the nation's most- and least-charitable states.

Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, was interviewed by Politico and Time for stories about the transition from President Obama to President-elect Trump. He was also interviewed by Time, USA Today, New Republic, Associated Press and WWJ-AM for stories about Obama's farewell address.



Jason Crouthamel, professor of history, was a co-organizer of "Languages of Trauma," an international, interdisciplinary conference at Humboldt University at Berlin.

Danny Balfour, professor of public, nonprofit, and health administration, wrote a book chapter, "Doubling Down on Derivatives: The Legal but Corrupt Exploitation of the Fallout from the Great Recession," published in Legal but Corrupt: A New Perspective on Public Ethics.

Roger Ellis, professor of communications, wrote an article, "On the Science with Mark Russel at the New York Public Theater," published in the American Journal of Arts Management.

Donald Mitchell Jr., assistant professor of education, and a graduate student were co-authors of an article, “Developing Multicultural Competence for Preparing Student Affairs Professionals Through a Study Away Program,” published in the Journal of College Student Development.

Jeremiah Cataldo, associate professor, Honors College, gave a presentation, "Victimized Colonizers: New 13 as an Autotelic Narrative for the Syrian Refugee Experience?" at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion.

Elizabeth MacQuillan, assistant professor of clinical dietetics, wrote an article, "Using GIS Mapping to Target Public Health Interventions: Examining Birth Outcomes Across GIS Techniques," published in the Journal of Community Health.