Provost Fatma Mili gives remarks at the Faculty Convocation ceremony
February 14 at the DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium.
At center is Bopi Biddanda, professor of water resources, who gave
the convocation address.
Christian Trefftz, professor of computing, returns to his seat after
receiving the Glenn A. Niemeyer Award during Faculty Convocation.
Grand Valley faculty members were celebrated February 14 for their
achievements and for "defining the spirit and culture of the university."
Fatma Mili, provost and executive vice president for Academic
Affairs, welcomed faculty members and their guests at the annual
Faculty Convocation held at the DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids
Campus. Mili said it was her honor to celebrate service awardees and
"Faculty define the spirit and the culture of the
university," Mili said. "Faculty produce new scholarship
that transforms the state of knowledge of our society. Faculty bring
issues to our collective consciousness and heighten our awareness and
sensitivity to them."
Mili said faculty members educate thousands of students each year and
work to shape the "intellectual ecosystem of society, and form
the moral character of multiple generations."
Bopi Biddanda, professor of water resources, gave a convocation
address, "Water Stories in the Biosphere: Great Lakes to the
Biddanda told five, one-minute stories about microbes in water
systems, including research he conducted with the University of
Granada in Spain. He received a Fulbright Scholar award in 2021 to
teach and conduct research in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.