Faculty and staff sketches

January 23, 2024 (Volume 47, Number 11)

Melissa Baker-Boosamra, associate director of Student Life-Civic Engagement, speaks at the podium during a Thompson Scholars event in September.

Melissa Baker-Boosamra, associate director of Student Life-Civic Engagement, speaks at a Thompson Scholars event in September. Baker-Boosamra wrote an article published by Forbes for a Civic Nation project.

Photo Credit: Kendra Stanley-Mills

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
Melissa Baker-Boosamra,
associate director of Student Life-Civic Engagement, wrote an article, "Fighting for Justice Through Student Voter Engagement," published in Forbes for a Civic Nation project.

Paul Isely, professor of economics and associate dean, Seidman College of Business, was interviewed by MLive for a story about the West Coast Chamber's Economic Forecast. Isely was also interviewed by WOOD-TV for a story about the impact of changing tastes for Grand Rapids' craft brewers.

Aaron Mowen, director of Recreation Wellness, and graduate student Lauren Walsh were interviewed by WOOD-TV for a story about dry January.

Christian Glupker, clinical affiliate faculty of economics, was interviewed by the Rapid City (South Dakota) Journal for a story about the findings of the 2023 Airport Economic Impact Study. 

Deana Weibel, professor of anthropology, was interviewed by the Washington Post for a story about sending human remains to the moon with private spacecraft.

Michelle Rhodes, associate vice president for Financial Aid, was interviewed by WZZM-TV for a story about changes to the FAFSA form.

Sketches
Daniel L. Groce,
adjunct professor of social work, received the Drum Major for Justice Award at the Grand Rapids Urban League breakfast event commemorating the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thomas Pentecost, professor of chemistry, was a co-author of an article, "Application of Two-Parameter Item Response Theory for Determining Form-Dependent Items on Exams Using Different Item Orders," published in Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation.

Todd Fettig, adjunct instructor of communications, served as editor of a book, "A Father's Arms: Close to Death, Across Hitler's Path and Home at Last," published by Mission Point Press.

Grace Coolidge, professor of history, received an honorable mention book award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender for her book, Sex, Gender, and Illegitimacy in the Castilian Noble Family, 1400-1600, published by the University of Nebraska Press.

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This article was last edited on January 23, 2024 at 8:38 a.m.

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