Faculty and Staff Sketches

January 26, 2015


Grants receive top Urban League award

George Grant Jr., dean of the College of Community and Public Service, and Beverly Grant, interim executive director of the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, were selected by the Grand Rapids Urban League as the recipients of its highest honor, the 2015 Drum Major Award.

The award is in recognition of a speech made by Martin Luther King, Jr., who said: “Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.”

George and Beverly have been married for 20 years and are both very active in the community, serving on board and committees.

King recognized the importance of the “drum major instinct” that drives people to lead, and that those who serve others and put justice before gain are the greatest leaders. 

Joseph Jones presents the Drum Award to Beverly and George Grant

At left, Urban League President/CEO Joseph Jones presents the Drum Award to Beverly and George Grant.


John Stevenson, associate dean of Graduate Studies, and Christian Hinsch, assistant professor of marketing, co-wrote an article, “Exploring the Influence of Clinical and Classroom Training on Advocacy for Safe Patient Handling Practices among Student Physical Therapists,” published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

Roy Cole, professor of geography and planning, wrote an article,“Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in Large, General Education, World Regional Geography Course,” published in the International Journal of Education and Social Sciences.

Amy Russell, associate professor of biology, wrote an article, “Optimizing Conservation Strategies for Mexican Free-tailed Bats: a Population Viability and Ecosystem Services Approach,” published in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.