Faculty and Staff Successes, September 2016

September 01, 2016

Jeremiah Cataldo, associate professor in the Frederick Meijer Honors College, received a positive review on a book he contributed to titled, Imagining the Other and Constructing Israelite Identity in the Early Second Temple Period. The book was reviewed in Review of Biblical Literature which is published by the Society of Biblical Literature.

Brian Cole, director of research, development, and assessment at the Center for Adult and Continuing Studies, has been recognized by the Association for Continuing Higher Education. The ACHE have chosen to present Cole with the 2016 Meritorious Service Award at their Annual Conference and Meeting in New Orleans, LA. For more information on the ACHE conference and program, please visit  

Gamal Gasim,  associate professor of Middle East Studies, was interviewed by the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy for a story about the current situation in Yemen.

Carol Griffin, a professor in the Biology Department, as well as the Director of the General Education program, presented on June 3rd at the Global Learning Colloquium on General Education as part of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference in Denver.

Danielle Lake, assistant professor of Liberal Studies, and students Hannah Fernando and Dana Eardley, were authors of an article, "The Social Lab Classroom: Wrestling with and Learning from Sustainability Challenges," published in Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy.

Louis Moore, professor of African/African American Studies, was included in an interview with Tony Sarabia, host of Morning Shift on NPR station WBEX 91.5 Chicago. Their topic “Black Athlete Activists Have A Rich History In America” covered the involvement of black athletes on African American controversies, both present and in the past, such as the Civil Rights movement and “Black Lives Matter”. To hear a podcast of the discussion, click here.

Mark Schaub, chief international officer in the Padnos International Center, gave an invited presentation, “Four Decades of Commitment and Evolution: the Cracow University of Economics and Grand Valley State University Partnership,” at the international conference Partnerships Between Polish and American Universities in Warsaw, Poland.

Brent Smith, associate professor of religious studies in the Liberal Studies department, had his article “Transforming Discourse: Interdisciplinary Critique, the University, and the Academic Study of Religion” published by Cogent Arts and Humanities. Smith’s work will be a part of their high-profile special collection “Interdisciplinary Research” for philosophy and religion. 

Kate Stoetzner, director of international student and scholar services in the Padnos International Centerreceived the Cooper Award for Excellence in International Student Advising from the Michigan International Education Professionals Association.

Jonathan White,  terrorism expert and professor of interdisciplinary studies in the Honors College, was interviewed by several media outlets for stories about the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The Meijer Campus in Holland has partnered with numerous community organizations along the lakeshore to develop Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore, a collaborative infrastructure that allows the community to engage with a new sustainability topic monthly with the hopes of encouraging reflection and action by individuals. This work is being recognized by the Department of Environmental Quality at the Michigan Sustainability Conference (MISCON) held at the Eberhard Center on September 14th as the winner of the 2016 Top Neighborhood Environmental Partner Award.  

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