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September 26, 2016


In the News

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Second from left, Lisa Miller, director of the Meijer Campus in Holland, is pictured with the Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore group, which received an award from the Michigan DEQ.

Meijer Campus part of collaborative recognized by DEQ

The Meijer Campus in Holland was recognized by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for its efforts with a Holland area collaborative that engages community members in sustainability issues.

"Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore" was recognized by the DEQ as the recipient of the 2016 Top Neighborhood Environmental Partner Award.

The award was presented September 14 at the Eberhard Center during the Michigan Sustainability Conference.

Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore partners are Grand Valley's Meijer Campus in Holland, the City of Holland, Herrick District Library, Hope College, and League of Women Voters.

Lindsey DesArmo, health and wellness specialist at Grand Valley State University, was appointed September 16 by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. The council was established in 1992 to improve the health and increase physical activity among Michigan residents.

Ranelle Brew, program director and associate professor of public health, was interviewed by WGVU for a story about a documentary, "Weighed Down: Finding Hope For Childhood Obesity." The documentary aired September 25 on WGVU, followed by a panel discussion.


Rob Rozema, associate professor of English, was recently awarded the 2016 English Journal Edwin M. Hopkins Award for his article, "Manga and the Autistic Mind" by the National Council of Teachers of English. He will be presented the award at the annual NCTE convention in Atlanta, Georgia, in November.

He won the 2016 English Journal Edwin M. Hopkins Award for his article, “Manga and the Autistic Mind,” from September 2016. This award recognizes outstanding articles published by someone other than a high school teacher during the previous school year in English Journal.

Carmen L. Nochera, professor of biomedical sciences, wrote an article, "Preparation of a Breadfruit Flour Bar," in the journal, Foods.

Biology faculty members Michael P. Lombardo and Patrick A. Thorpe gave a presentation, "Age-related Patterns of Sexual Dimorphism in Tree Swallows" with a student at the North American Ornithological Conference in Washington, D.C.

Robert Deaner, associate professor of psychology, wrote an article, "Fast Men Slow More than Fast Women in a 10-kilometer Road Race," published in Peer J.

Caitlin Callahan, assistant professor of geology, and co-authors earned the Outstanding Paper distinction for an article, “Using the Lens of Social Capital to Understand Diversity in the Earth System Sciences Workforce,” published in the Journal of Geoscience Education. Callahan will be recognized at the Geological Society of America conference in Denver, Colorado.

Ben Lockerd, professor of English, gave a presentation, “Eliot and the Sense of History,” at the Eliot Society Conference in Rapallo, Italy.

Chemistry faculty members Felix Ngassa and Shannon Biros wrote an article, "Crystal Structure of Phenyl 2, 4, 5-trichlorobenzenesulfonate," published in Acta Crystallographica Section E Crystallographic Communications.

Donald Mitchell Jr., assistant professor of education, and a graduate student wrote an article, "Racial Positionalities, Professional Development, and a Master’s Study Abroad Experience in Jamaica for Preparing Student Affairs Professionals," published in the College Student Affairs Journal.