Faculty and Staff Sketches

September 22, 2014


Toastmasters celebrates 20 years

Grand Valley’s Toastmasters Club celebrated its 20th anniversary with an open house on September 10. The Allendale club, which includes community members, students, faculty and staff members, is one of three housed at Grand Valley; Downtown Toastmasters meets weekly, and there is a Toastmasters club for Seidman College of Business students enrolled in the FIMBA program. More information is online at www.gvsu.edu/toastmasters.




In the News

Jonathan White, professor of interdisciplinary studies and executive director of the Homeland Defense Initiative, was interviewed by WZZM-TV for a story about the terrorist group ISIS.

Timothy Eernisse, development and marketing manager for WGVU Public Media, and Elaine Collins, dean of the College of Education, were interviewed by Mlive about a new partnership among PBS, WGVU Public Media and the College of Education.

Shari Bartz-Smith, program director of athletic training and associate professor of movement science, appeared in a sports safety segment on “Miranda Where You Live” on WOTV 4 Women. 



Jann-HueiJinn, professor of statistics, co-wrote an article, “A statistical Analysis of Independent Test Items: A Parametric Approach,” published in JP Journal of Fundamental and Applied Statistics.

Jeremiah Cataldo, assistant professor of history, Honors College, wrote a chapter, “Memory Trauma in Ezra-Nehemiah,” in a book, Methods, Theories and Imagination: Social Scientific Approaches in Biblical Studies, published by Sheffield Phoenix Press.

A. Scott Rood, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management, co-wrote an article, “Examining the importance of Culture, Gender and Individual Differences in Customers,” which was presented at the International Conference of Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation in Poland and recently published in the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation.

Jeanine Beasley, associate professor of occupational therapy, gave a presentation, “Conservative Management of the Osteoarthritic CMC Joint and Postoperative Management of Total Wrist Arthroplasty,” at the combined meeting of the Congress of the European Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy and the Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand in Paris, France.

Brian Lakey, professor of psychology, co-wrote an article, “Symbolic Providers Help People Regulate Affect Relationally: Implications for Perceived Support,” published in Personal Relationships.