CLAS Acts July 2014


  July 2014
Vol. 7, issue 12

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life.


Frederick J. Antczak, Dean

You'll get no points for guessing that we are a bit financially focused here at fiscal year end.  I'm happy to report that we came quite close to making endowment level for the CLAS Scholarship Fund thanks to the record support we received from many at CLAS on the Green.    Big thanks to the committee, the golfers, the volunteers and the sponsors.  Raffle results and the big winners are announced on the CLAS on the Green webpage.  One thing of which you should be aware, but not wary, is that the Provost Office is again cutting CSSM (operating budget for day-to-day needs) across the colleges by 1½%. Last year, departments and the College Office shared equally in the cut.  This year, I'm absorbing the entirety of the cut from the College budget. You may see some of the effects of this in fewer or smaller matches for special allocations, more Spartan food and beverage setups for College events, and the like.  Our aim, though, is to absorb the shock this year, so that faculty may go about their duties overall undiminished by the diminished overall funding.  That funding is going for a good purpose: many of you will notice that this year the University was able to adjust the salaries of faculty in groups that CUPA data showed were underpaid.  Of course that's contingent on the Board of Trustees approval at their July 11 meeting, but it adds up to a significant commitment to keeping CLAS salaries at or above market levels.  But I'm very grateful to Provost Davis for working with CLAS to raise salaries that were lagging. Speaking of the Board of Trustees meeting on July 11, raises, emeritus status, and promotions are made official by our Board of Trustees.  After that date, various processes can commence in campus offices that result in official notifications of the faculty and staff involved.  While not immediate, you can expect to receive word in the next couple weeks afterward.  HR tells us that some processes are happening by e-mail this year that previously involved snail mail, so be sure to check. As fun as all that is to think about, I turn to my real favorite subject, student success.  As Dottie Barnes of University Communications wrote in her article, "Grand Valley was the first university in Michigan to sign a 2+2 articulation agreement with a community college when Grand Valley and GRCC signed an agreement in exercise science. With the June 4 signing, faculty members from both institutions will work together formalizing a set of GRCC courses that students need in order to complete a transfer to Grand Valley."  Good work MOV!  I'd also like to commend the many students who received competitive study abroad scholarships and the four recent alumni who received teaching Fulbrights.  Our dancers have been recently featured in a two-page spread in a dance magazine as well as participating in a collaborative project highlighting alternative energy. Summer is also the time that Deans enjoy some of their most exotic e-mail.   Faculty traveling abroad are sometimes able to touch base.  For instance, Lisa Kasmer is involved with our Math students in Tanzania and shares this news: Student Sarah Thomas describes her experience, "Tanzania is a special place, filled with incredible people.  They have taught me how important it is to believe in yourself, in your dreams, and in the dreams of others.  The value placed on education in Tanzania is inspiring, and I am looking forward to being a part of such a supportive community in Arusha!"
Our program is fortunate to have begun a partnership with the Arusha Meru Secondary School this year. Not only is the headmistress a GVSU grad (Cheryl Elliot '89), but 3 of our  students were able to spend the month of May teaching there. Now, Sarah Thomas (mathematics) and Samantha Wint (science) will begin their teaching careers at this school January 2015.     When our students and our graduates are making such a difference in the world, we know we have empowered them and prepared them well for the possibilities they encounter in the world.  Makes all that budgeting worth the sweat and the sacrifice. Wherever you happen to be this Independence Day and for the rest of July, I hope you are finding inspiration to refuel your commitment to our calling.               


From Conversation to Realization-Shari Bartz, a Collaboration Village, and the Injury Care Clinic  

Associate Professor Shari Bartz-Smith is in her 15th year at GVSU in the Movement Science Department.  For much of that time, she has seen a need for a clinic to treat injuries such as those sustained by athletes or during exercise. Colleagues such as Brian Hatzel had initiated conversations about this need with Bob Stoll in the Office of Student Life.  That was about ten years ago.  Eight years ago, Shari started talking about this need with Amy Campbell in the Rec Center.  Students and friends were asking for consultations by those with training in this area which reminded them of the need on a regular basis.  Shari also talked with Laker rowing head coach John Bancheri who was also seeing the need since club sports and intermural sports aren't plugged into the athletic trainers provided for intercollegiate sports.  Students on these club and intramural teams who come from out of the area didn't know where to go. Next steps included meetings with legal counsel, risk management, Dean Antczak, and Head Athletic Trainer Mark Stoessner.  All were supportive and saw from the informal survey that the need was real. Shari notes, "Motherhood for Amy and me adjusted the timeframe a bit, but progress for the project picked up again about four years ago.  Andy Beachnau (associate vice provost for student affairs and director of housing and health services) is in charge of bidding out health services and was able to adjust the bid to include preventative services.  Many different configurations were explored and it was felt that the best model was to go through Metro Health, allowing them to extend some of their existing services on campus. Metro's Dr. Edwin Kornoelje, in charge of Metro Sports Medicine, met with GVSU team physician Dr. Matt Boyd and both supported the emerging plan.  A 20 hour per week campus-based position was effectively created by creating a full time position which would work half of the time on campus and the other at Metro Health with Dr.  Konoelje. Movement Science supported the use of space in their teaching lab (room 145 of the Field House).  From 8 am to noon classes are taught there and for noon until 2 pm research is conducted.  After 2 pm the space became the Injury Care Clinic. In December of last year Ethan Cunningham, a graduate of the athletic training program at GVSU with experience at GR Christian High School, was hired, and the clinic opened in the second week of classes in January 2014.  In the first four weeks, despite snow days, the clinic saw 130 new patients during its four hours a day, four days a week schedule.  In fact, one day 29 people came to the clinic.  By the end of the semester, 258 people had visited the clinic for a total of 423 visits in its 45 days of operation. Services include injury evaluation, basic treatment, basic rehabilitation, and referral.  Some cases are complex. Many want to know if they need to see a doctor. Others have questions about injury prevention or want basic taping and wrapping. The services are free; one just purchases consumables such as tape at a price that is more economical than most alternatives. An advisory council was set up including Ethan, as well as representatives from Student Life, intramurals, faculty, physicians, and a student.  This diverse group will help the Injury Care Clinic to address a wide variety of needs and issues. The clinic doesn't run during the summer, but it is clearly an early success.  "I took the approach when designing the prospectus of how we go about making the case for a new program here at GVSU-requirements, a survey, statistics and anything else that pointed toward the need," Shari explains.  "It is really a joint venture:  MOV donated the space and time when Ethan is on vacation; Wellness and Recreation and Student Life purchased the ice machine and helped with seed money for supplies." Eventually the clinic is envisioned to be self-sufficient other than the cost of the employee at a good competitive salary.  Amy Campbell has provided the business side of the operation including purchasing, marketing, communication with Metro Health, and securing office space for Ethan.  A student worker checks clients in and gets them into the system as well as doing ongoing purchasing and facilitating referrals.  Metro Health follows up with each students who visits.  "It is truly a team effort," Shari says.  "And we are getting a lot of data on clinic use, types of injuries-this might be a clinical rotation site someday." Shari and colleagues involved in an injury prevention group also have their sights on initiatives to bring the message of prevention to coaches, parents, and youth involved in athletics.  Some of the partnerships explored during the process of building the clinic are paving the way for those initiatives, too.