Emily LeFevere graduated twice from GVSU! In 2008 Emily was an Honors College student who earned her BA in Spanish & Information Systems, and in 2015 completed her M.S. in Computer Information Systems. Immediately after graduating with her undergraduate degree, Emily joined Steelcase as an intern. At the end of that summer, she was offered a full-time position with the company. For six years Emily worked in Infrastructure, where she enjoyed coming up with strategies to automate and improve Steelcase’s business processes. In the back of her mind however, she really wanted to do software development. After acquiring web development skills in her M.S. course work at GVSU, and with the encouragement of her management, she transitioned to a team that develops web apps and APIs within Steelcase. She has worked in this role as a web developer for three years now, and it is a job she thoroughly enjoys.
As an Honors College student Emily enjoyed the foundation courses that tied all the standard requirements together with an interesting theme and unique project. She felt like she benefited from being part of a smaller community that shared a living space and classroom space where she made a lot of lifelong friends. One of her favorite course was Honors Geology, which ended with a memorable three week hiking trip out West that tied together everything she learned that semester. Participating on the Honors Council was also a great opportunity, she felt, to work together with fellow students and collaborate with faculty.
Paige Baustert is currently a junior majoring in Allied Health Sciences. Last summer, she had the opportunity to study abroad through the honors college to Ghana, Africa. While in Ghana, she conducted a Qualitative Needs Assessment of Health Care at many of the health facilities around Winneba. This research examined the health care needs of Winneba’s residents from the perspective of both health care professionals and community members. Health care professionals and community members agreed that overall, Winneba is in need of more health care facilities, a better national insurance system, and more malaria prevention. Her research paper has recently been accepted to the National Conference of Undergraduate Research at the University of Central Oklahoma. This four-day conference in the first week of April hosts students from all over the country with research from all areas of study. She will be giving a twenty-minute oral presentation about her research.
Dr. Ellen Adams, Assistant Professor of Art in the Frederik Meijer Honors College, was selected as the 2018 recipient of the Pew Teaching Excellence Award. This award recognizes professors for their passion, teaching excellence and their ability to stimulate intellectual curiosity in their students. Dr. Adams teaches the sequence “Europe: Center and the Margins” and several Junior Seminars with art history as their central discipline. Dr. Adams’ innovative pedagogy includes a module called “Reacting to the Past,” a role-playing game in which a moment in history is learned through engagement with primary sources and collaboration with classmates. These student-centered games force students to think critically and creatively about history and culture. It gets students out of their seats and shakes up the traditional classroom. Her class was featured in GV Magazine and can be read about here. Dr. Adams’ students never forget her classes, and send her postcards from all across the globe detailing how her teaching has helped them appreciate art and culture.
Jeremiah recently published his fourth book, the topic for which is a social-political history of monotheism ranging from the 6th century BCE to the 4th century CE. The following is an abstract from Routledge Press:
In A Social-Political History of Monotheism, Cataldo shows how political concerns were fundamental to the development of Judeo-Christian monotheism. Beginning with the disruptive and devastating historical events that shook early Israelite culture and ending with the seemingly victorious emergence of Christianity under the Byzantine Empire, this work highlights critical junctures marking the path from political frustration to imperial ideology. Monotheism, Cataldo argues, was not an enlightened form of religion; rather, it was a cultic response to effluent anxieties pouring out from under the crushing weight of successive empires. This provocative work is a valuable tool for anyone with an interest in the development of early Christianity alongside empires and cultures.