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October 6, 2019

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Two deans named to Crain's education list

headshots of cynthia mccuren and diana lawson

Cynthia McCurren, left, and Diana Lawson

Crain's Detroit Business named two Grand Valley deans to its list of "Notable Women in Education Leadership."

Diana Lawson, dean of the Seidman College of Business, and Cynthia McCurren, dean of the Kirkhof College of Nursing, were recognized among the 35 women on the list. 

Crain's editors accepted nominations for the list; criteria included career accomplishments, track record of success in the field, contributions to community and mentorship of others.

The Campus Recreation department will now be known as Recreation and Wellness, housed within the Division of Student Affairs. 

Whitt Kilburn, associate professor of political science, was interviewed by MSU's Capital News Service for a story about voter turnout in mayorial elections.


The Career Center partnered with the Traverse City Center, housed in the Center for Adult and Continuing Studies, to host the first Traverse City JCPenney Suit-Up event September 22. Fifty students, alumni and family members attended the after-hours event, purchasing professional clothes at a discounted rate. Another Traverse City Suit-Up event is planned for the winter semester.

Christina Quick, assistant professor of nursing, joined the board of directors for the Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council.

Sherri Fannon, assistant professor of nursing, gave a presentation, “Silos: The Enemy of Interprofessional Communication and Clinical Transformation,” at the MIPERC Conference hosted by the Vice Provost for Health Office.

Anne McKay, assistant professor of nursing, gave presentations, “Interprofessional Partnerships in Assessing the Healthcare Needs of a College Community," at the MIPERC Conference hosted by the Vice Provost for Health Office.

David Eaton, associate professor of history, wrote a book, World History through Case Studies: Historical Skills in Practice, published by Bloomsbury.

Kim Ranger, liaison librarian, served as editor of a book, Informed Learning Applications: Insights from Research and Practice, published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited; and wrote a chapter, "Relational Liaising to Integrate Informed Learning into the Disciplinary Classroom," for the book.

Robert Hollister, professor of biology, and John Kilbourne, professor of movement science, gave presentations, “Why We Need to Document and Understand Terrestrial Ecosystem Change in the New Arctic,” and “Early Sami Play and Games: Sustainability and Peace,” respectively, at the Arctic Futures 2050 Conference in Washington, D.C.  

Cáel Keegan, assistant professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies, received the 2019 Trans/Gender-Variant Caucus Award from the National Women's Studies Association for a paper, "Getting Disciplined: What's Trans* About Queer Studies Now?" 

Jim Penn, associate professor of geography and sustainable planning, gave a presentation, "Abundance, Distribution and Use of Non-timber Forest Resources in Amazonia: Using GPS and GIS to Map Forest Resources in Support of Community Conservation Efforts and Sustainable Development," at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.

Brent Smith, associate professor and assistant department chair of integrative studies, wrote a book, Religious Studies and the Goal of Interdisciplinarity, published by Routledge as part of a series, Routledge Focus on Religion.

Azizur R. Molla, associate professor of public health, and Theresa Bacon-Baguley, associate dean of research and professor of physician assistant studies, were co-authors of an article, "Public Perception of the United States' Affordable Care Act," published in the International Journal of Healthcare. 

Ronald Loeffler, associate professor of philosophy, gave an invited presentation, "Recognizing Other Minds in Conversation: Beliefs as We-Attitudes and Assertions as Expressions of Beliefs So Conceived," at the University of Hradec Králové in the Czech Republic. Loeffler also co-presented a workshop, "Instituting Normative Statuses Through Scorekeeping in the We-Mode," at the Social Institution of Norms at the University of Vienna.