FORUM Vol. 43, No. 15 April 8, 2019

Blue Connection dedication to be held April 9

Lynn "Chick" Blue, `86, vice president for Enrollment Development, will be honored for her longtime dedication to students and support for Grand Valley during a naming ceremony for the Lynn M. Blue Connection on the Allendale Campus. 

The ceremony will be held at the Blue Connection April 9 at 3 p.m. Remarks will be made by President Thomas J. Haas and Jodi Chycinski, director of Admissions. 

The building is named in honor of Blue, who is the longest-serving employee at Grand Valley. She achieved the 50-year mark in September 2018.  

Blue has built a legacy of enriching the lives of students, helping many overcome academic and personal obstacles. She and her husband, Herb, are longtime supporters of the university. Together they established the Blue Working Family Endowed Scholarship to assist Michigan high school graduates who face financial barriers to attend college. 

Blue was instrumental in designing the Connection, which opened in 2010 on the south end of campus. The building includes classrooms, study areas, the Disability Support Resources office and dining. 

She was hired as a clerk typist in 1968 and has held several positions at Grand Valley, including director of Records and Registration, registrar, and vice provost and dean for Academic Services. She was named vice president for Enrollment Development in May 2015, a newly created position focusing on enrollment management. 


Lynn Blue

Photo by Valerie Wojciechowski

The Blue Connection is named in honor of Lynn M. Blue, who is the longest serving employee at Grand Valley. She achieved the 50-year mark in September 2018.

Air Quality in Pew Campus Buildings Found in Safe Range

Grand Valley experts told the audience at a March 29 meeting that results from indoor air quality tests at select buildings on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus were found to be safe. 

The meeting was held in the L. William Seidman Center to share the test results and information regarding an MDEQ study of emissions of ethylene oxide from Viant Medical, Inc. in Grand Rapids. 

Grand Valley hired an independent company, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc., to test the indoor air quality in the L. William Seidman Center, The Bicycle Factory, the DeVos Center, and Winter Hall, which are all located near the Viant facility.  

Officials said measured results from testing on February 16 were low and considered to be in the safe range. Grand Valley scheduled additional testing March 16 which verified the initial results. 

Panelists at the meeting included Grand Valley experts Dave Huizen, occupational health and safety program director; George McBane, professor of chemistry; and Rick Rediske, professor and researcher at the Annis Water Resources Institute. 

They said the results were, "very low, either below or just above the detection limit." 

They said based on all of the sampling information, as well as the results of two sets of modeling, all the risk levels for Grand Valley employees and students using the most conservative model for estimating total cancer risk are less than the risk threshold for public health intervention. 

Air Quality Panel

Photo by Rachael Mooney

AWRI professor Rick Rediske was one of the presenters at a March 29 meeting about indoor air quality tests on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Grand Valley experts said they agree with the MDEQ that the measured and modeled concentrations do not pose a short-term health concern to faculty and students at the Pew Grand Rapids Campus, and the additional lifetime cancer risk, while not zero, is too small to warrant concern.  

They said it is highly unlikely that even one GVSU person will contract cancer because of ethylene oxide from Viant. 

Other panelists included Deb Alderink, occupational safety and health manager with Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc., and Tammi VanTil, air dispersion consultant and president of Madison Consulting. Ed Aboufadel, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs at Grand Valley, served as moderator. 

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