Faculty and staff sketches

February 6, 2024 (Volume 47, Number 12)

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

Christian Glupker, clinical affiliate faculty of economics, was interviewed by Crain's Grand Rapids Business for a story about the research he and others from Seidman College of Business conducted for the Meijer Gardens economic report. The report, in part, said the organization generated $138 million in economic activity in 2023.

Bobby Springer, director of the GEAR UP program, received the W.W. Plummer Humanitarian Award during the GIANTS Award ceremony, held February 3 at DeVos Place.

Roger Moiles, senior affiliate faculty of political science, was interviewed by WXMI-TV for a story about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State address.

Paul Stansbie, associate dean, College of Education and Community Innovation, was interviewed by MoneyGeek for a story about hotel reward credit cards.

Rob Franciosi, professor of English, was interviewed by WXMI-TV for a story about the West Michigan Holocaust Memorial, which documents the lives of Holocaust survivors who live in the area.

Jonathan Brignall, assistant professor of accounting, was interviewed in the studio by WXMI-TV for a story about the kickoff to tax season and changes to tax credits and direct filing.

Paul Isely, professor of economics and associate dean, Seidman College of Business, was interviewed by WXMI-TV and other outlets for stories about his annual Grand Rapids Economic Forecast.

Cheryl Dunn, professor and director of the School of Accounting, was interviewed by Ashley Leeds for a podcast, "15 Minutes for Accountants and Bookkeepers."

Sketches
Al Steinman, the Allen and Helen Hunting Research Professor at the Annis Water Resources Institute, received the C.R. Everson Award from the West Michigan Environmental Action Council for long-term dedication and contribution to environmental protection in Michigan at the annual meeting in Grand Rapids.

Adrienne Wallace, associate professor of advertising and public relations, was named president of the West Michigan Public Relations Society of America board of directors. GVSU alumni hold other WMPRSA offices: Jessica Meldrum, president-elect; Delaney MacKenzie, secretary; and Jason Manshum, treasurer.

Michael DeWilde, professor of management and director of the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative, gave three presentations, "Entheogens at the End of Life," at the Trillium Institute; "On the Uses and Misuses of Apologies: Surgeons and Staff" at the Vincentian Business Ethics Conference in Dublin, Ireland; and "Pronouns, Politics and Purpose" at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit hosted by The Right Place in Grand Rapids.

IT Innovation and Research staff Eric Kunnen, Hunter Bridwell, Jacob Fortman and Ty Rizer gave four presentations, "Leveraging Innovation and Research to Pioneer the Future of Education through an Era of Complexity," "Exploring the Future of Teaching and Learning in the Technology Showcase," "VR Learning Design Compendium," and "Student-Built Solutions to Address University Needs," at the EDUCAUSE conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Corey Anton, professor of communications, wrote a book, A.EYE CANDY: A Museum of Imaginary Robots and Other Digital Delights, published by the Institute of General Semantics.

Annie Whitlock, associate professor of history and social studies, served as editor of a book, Hollywood or History? An Inquiry-Based Strategy for Using The Simpsons to Teach Social Studies, published by Information Age Press.

Jason Crouthamel, professor of history, gave a presentation, "Reconstructing the Psyche: Trauma, Religion and Technology through the Eyes of German Soldiers during the First World War," at the University of Copenhagen.

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This article was last edited on February 5, 2024 at 1:49 p.m.

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