Faculty and Staff Sketches

March 30, 2015


In the News

From left are Kowalski-Braun, Sue Snyder, wife of Gov. Rick Snyder, and Rowland

Statewide effort to reduce sexual assault

Marlene Kowalski-Braun, assistant vice provost for Student Affairs, and Theresa Rowland, interim Title IX coordinator, joined representatives from Michigan’s public universities in Lansing March 18 for a meeting to begin a statewide initiative to reduce sexual assault on university campuses. From left are Kowalski-Braun, Sue Snyder, wife of Gov. Rick Snyder, and Rowland.

Gamal Gasim, assistant professor of political science Middle East Studies, wrote an article, “Yemen Strife Threatens Neighbors Too,” published by Al-Jazeera.

Chris Harper, affiliate instructor of accounting, was interviewed by WZZM-TV for a story about tax return fraud and prevention tactics.



Kelly James Clark, visting professor, Meijer Honors College, wrote a book, Religion and the Sciences of Origins, that was reviewed by New Books in Religion and Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

Teri Losey, executive associate to the president and secretary to the Board of Trustees, was elected to a three-year term by the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education Board of Directors at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. 

Dan Balfour, professor of public, nonprofit and health administration, gave a presentation, “At the Borders of Governance: Connecting the Local Narratives of Surplus Populations,” at the Quality of Governance Workshop annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration. He was also appointed chair of the Ethics Section of ASPA, and book review editor of Public Administration Review.

Jeanine Beasley, associate professor of occupational therapy, gave a splinting workshop and presentations on “Pain, Nerve Compressions, Sensory Re-education, and Mirror Therapy” at the Latin American Congress of Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Brachial Plexus in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Amy Russell, associate professor of biology, gave a presentation, “Using Multispecies Genetic Landscapes to Inform the Spread of White-nose Syndrome,” at the North American Joint Bat Working Group meeting.

Stephen Rowe, professor of philosophy and liberal studies, wrote an article, “Ethics, Transformation, and Practice: A Perspective on Liberal Education in the Global Age,” published in Teaching Ethics.

Kathryn Remlinger, professor of English, gave a presentation, “Touring the U.P.’s Linguistic Landscape,” at the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition’s annual meeting in Marquette.

WGVU TV and WGVU Radio received Station of the Year and other Broadcast Excellence Awards form the Michigan Association of Broadcasters at the annual Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony in Lansing.

Newsmakers: “The World of Dr. Seuss,” Merit Award in Mini Documentary or Series; and “Stories of Champions,” Merit Award in Marketing Materials and Promos.

WGVU Radio received three Best in Category Awards: “Many Ways to Give,” Membership Appeal; “Mind Meets Music,” Special Interest and Cultural Programming. 

WGVU Radio received Merit Awards for LearningMedia Summit, in Community Involvement; and Newscast.

Catherine Meyer-Looze, assistant professor of education, wrote an article, “Creating a Cycle of Continuous Improvement Through Instructional Rounds,” published in International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation.

Salvatore Alaimo, assistant professor of public, nonprofit and health administration, had his documentary, “What is Philanthropy?” reviewed in the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.

Sylivia Mupepi, associate professor of nursing, co-wrote an article, “Knowledge Practice and Barriers toward Cervical Cancer Screening in Elmina Southern Ghana,” published in the International Journal of Women’s Health.