Faculty and staff sketches

April 23, 2024 (Volume 47, Number 17)

16 people standing in two rows in front of windows that look outside, person in middle is in academic regalia, others wearing honors cords

Grand Valley chapter, Lambda Omega, of the International Geographic Honors Society, Gamma Theta Upsilon, held its induction ceremony. Pictured, left to right, are Jim Penn, Kin Ma, John Grice, Alexander Baetz, Anthony Poynter, Meghan Nash, Griffin Thompson, Jeroen Wagendorp, Ashtyn Gluck, Grace Richards, Lorna Milstead, Emily Dailey, Joshua VanderLaan, Alexandra Jorns, Ethan Cowlbeck and Rebecca Lubbers. Students not pictured are Neil Besteman and Ryan Lewis.

Faculty and staff members who have given presentations, were recognized for outstanding contributions or had their research published are detailed below. The campus community can submit a sketch online for future publication. 

In the News
Scott Rood, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, was interviewed by MoneyGeek for a story about full-time travelers managing their finances.

Al Steinman, the Allen and Helen Hunting Research Professor at the Annis Water Resources Institute, was interviewed by Michigan Farm News for a story about the salinity of the state’s groundwater

John Lipford, affiliate professor of hospitality and tourism management, was interviewed by MoneyGeek for a story about the perception that small towns are safer than big cities.

Michael Henshaw, associate professor of biology, was interviewed by FOX 17 for a story about the emergence of cicadas in the Midwest.

Annie Whitlock, associate professor of history and social studies, was interviewed for a story in the Alpena News about a Council of Social Studies movement to urge legislators and school administrators to start civic education in elementary school.  

Lambda Omega, Grand Valley's chapter of the International Geographic Honors Society Gamma Theta Upsilon, held its induction ceremony. Students must carry a high grade point average and perform service to the geographic community. Students inductees were Alexander Baetz, Neil Besteman, Ethan Cowlbeck, Emily Dailey, Ashtyn Gluck, John Grice, Alexandra Jorns, Ryan Lewis, Rebecca Lubbers, Lorna Milstead, Meghan Nash, Anthony Poynter, Grace Richards, Griffin Thompson and Joshua VanderLaan.

Grand Valley was named a Gold Campus by the Exercise is Medicine On Campus Committee for efforts to create a culture of health and well-being on campus.  

Chemistry faculty members R. Marshall Werner and Allison N. Soffa were co-authors of an article, "Considerations for the Development of a Field-based Medical Device for the Administration of Adjunctive Therapies for Snakebite Envenoming," published in Toxicon X.

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies created a website, Brooks Books, which showcases books written by the college's faculty and staff members. 

Adeline M. Borti, assistant professor of English, was a panelist for "Using Ubuntu as a Research Paradigm to Unpack Qualitative Research Collaboration in an African Context," at the World Conference on Qualitative Research in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Jeremiah Cataldo, professor of history, Meijer Honors College, gave a presentation, "Has the Dust Settled? The State or Fate of Social Scientific Analysis in Biblical Studies," at the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion.

Educational Leadership and Counseling faculty members Catherine Meyer-Looze and Richard Vandermolen gave a presentation, "Impact Leadership Partnership in Dublin, Ireland," at the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement.


Faculty & Staff Sketches

This article was last edited on April 23, 2024 at 12:28 p.m.

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