Faculty and staff sketches

December 13, 2022 (Volume 46, Number 8)

In the News

Nearly 100 Thompson Scholars volunteered their time to fill 2,000 holiday treat bags that were delivered to Corewell Health, Allendale Fire Department, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Children's Advocacy Center of Kent County and other organizations.

GVSU's Advertising and Public Relations program was named one of 2023's "A-List 50 Programs" by PRNews.

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, associate professor of multimedia journalism, was a co-author of a USA Today national investigation into troubling staffing levels in nursing homes. Three Grand Valley multimedia journalism students — Lauren Formosa, Jared Sweet and Audrey Whitaker — were listed as contributors to the investigation, which received support from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

Grand Valley is one of 23 national institutions participating in the Institute on ePortfolios offered by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. The team from GVSU – Cathy Buyarski, Bradford Dykes, Kris Pachla, Jackie Rander and Christine Rener — will participate in "a yearlong engagement opportunity for campus teams seeking to actualize an ambitious strategy to broaden student and faculty/staff engagement with ePortfolios," according to a release from AAC&U.

Sport management students in Jon Coles’ course participated in an experiential learning activity on November 30, raising more than $4,000 for Special Olympics during a basketball game in the Fieldhouse. The fourth annual Rally with the Rapids basketball game included Special Olympians from Big Rapids and Grand Rapids. 

Louis Moore, professor of history, was interviewed by CNN for a story about Deion Sanders leaving an HBCU school to coach at the University of Colorado.


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. 

Paul Leidig, director of the School of Computing and professor, was elected chair of ABET’s Computing Area Delegation. ABET is a global nonprofit organization that accredits more than 4,300 associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs worldwide in the areas of applied and natural sciences, computing, engineering and engineering technology. 

Kyle Brink, associate professor of management, wrote an article, "Cybervetting is the Latest Symptom of a Deeper Problem," published in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Elena Selezneva, coordinator of faculty-led programs for the Padnos International Center, was selected for a two-year term as a member of the Intercultural Communication and Training Network Subcommittee for the Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Knowledge Community at NAFSA: Association of International Educators. 

Matt Ruen, associate librarian, was invited to participate in the 2022 Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute as part of a team building a contextual, collaborative resource for evaluating scholarly journals.


Faculty & Staff Sketches

This article was last edited on December 13, 2022 at 10:21 a.m.

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