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Zoom gallery photo of the Grand Valley Ethics Bowl team competing in a competition are pictured.
Students who participated in the Ethics Bowl are pictured in a Zoom competition.
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Students compete in national Ethics Bowl tournament

The Grand Valley Ethics Bowl team competed, for the third time in three years, in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl National Competition. The two-day virtual tournament, part of the annual international conference of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, involved 36 teams analyzing real-life issues such as the global pandemic, social media and conspiracy theories and the environment. 

Grand Valley’s team was represented by Abbie Branderhorst, Anna Stewart, Kayla Keckler, Jacob Maring, Mallory Wietrzykowski and Nathan Wietrzykowski. The coaches were Ronald Loeffler, associate professor of philosophy, and David Crane, assistant professor of Classics. A host of other faculty members also helped with preparation for the national tournament.

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This photo, taken in front of a computer screen that showed a blue and white plus sign, earned Best in Show in the UPAA January competition.
Amanda Pitts
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Gabriel Sidor is in the Mary Idema Pew Library in this December 2, 2020, photo that earned first place in the UPAA January competition.
Kendra Stanley-Mills
The campus community is pictured during a candlelight vigil held in memory of first-year GVSU student Taylor DeRosa in this photo that earned fifth-place in the UPAA January competition.
The campus community is pictured during a candlelight vigil held in memory of first-year GVSU student Taylor DeRosa in this photo that earned fifth-place in the UPAA January competition.
Valerie Hendrickson

In the News

University Communications photographers Amanda Pitts, Kendra Stanley-Mills and Valerie Hendrickson earned honors in the January photo competition by University Photographers Association of America. Pitts won Best in Show in the General Features and Illustrations category; Stanley-Mills earned two first-place and two fourth-place awards in the News and College Life and Personal Vision categories; Hendrickson earned fifth place in the News and College Life category.

The Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) Program, in conjunction with PAS students, developed the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Advisory Committee. The committee was formed to encourage and support hiring diverse faculty and staff; accepting a diverse cohort of students; implementing curriculum that includes education on diversity, equity, inclusion and justice; and promoting a culture of inclusivity within the program. 

PAS students Brett Mille, Michelle Magnussen, Madison Miller, Kayla Malackowski, and faculty members Andrew Booth, Molly Paulson and Amanda Reddy were instrumental in forming the committee.


Faculty and staff members who have given virtual presentations or had their research published are detailed below. The campus community can self-submit a sketch online for future publication.

Adrienne Wallace, assistant professor of advertising and public relations, gave presentations, "Crossroads in Pedagogy: Applications and Implications of Artificial Intelligence in the Communication Classroom" and "Forging Ahead: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion the Driving Force Behind Communication Education," at the National Communication Association Annual Conference; and "All Together Now: Teaching Effective Diversity & Inclusion Principles and Strategies," at the Institute for Public Relations RACE in the PR Classroom. Wallace was a co-author of a book, Digital Strategies: Data-Driven Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising, published by Oxford University Press.

Corey Anton, professor of communication studies, gave three presentations at the National Communication Association's Annual Convention, one of which received recognition at the Top Papers Panel for Philosophy of Communication Division. The presentations were from a book by Anton, How Non-Being Haunts Being: On Possibilities, Morality and Death Acceptance, published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Anton wrote an article, "Facing the Gorgon: Kenneth Burke on Dramatic Form, Catharsis, and Transcendence," published in the Literature of the Americas.

Lola Coke, acting dean of Kirkhof College of Nursing, was elected as a distinguished fellow of the National Academies of Practice in Nursing. 

Michael Yuhas, professor of accounting, wrote an article, "S Corporation Tax Issues: Lifecycle Traps and Defenses-With Checklists," published in the Journal Estate Planning.

Movement science faculty members Ingrid Johnson and Tess Armstrong gave a presentation, "Strategies to Support Female Faculty: What is Needed?" at the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education. Armstrong also received the SHAPE America Midwest District Young Professional Award.

Ronald Loeffler, associate professor of philosophy, wrote a chapter, "Implicit Scorekeeping: A We-Mode Account of Belief and Interpretation," for a book, Groups, Norms and Practices. Essays on Inferentialism and Collective Intentionality

Kingshuk Majumdar, professor of physics, was a co-author of an article, "Quantum Fluctuation Effects on the Ordered Moments in a Two Dimensional Frustrated Ferrimagnet," published in the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter.

Leanne Kang, assistant professor of education, wrote a book, Dismantled, The Breakup of an Urban School System: Detroit, 1980-2016, published by Teachers College Press, Columbia University. 

Valerie Good, assistant professor of marketing, wrote articles, “Doing Good When Times are Bad: the Impact of CSR on Brands During Recessions," published by European Journal of Marketing; and “Understanding and Motivating Salesperson Resilience,” published by Marketing Letters.

Jean Nagelkerk, vice provost for health, and Jeff Trytko, Scribe Academy program director, were among co-authors of an article, "Sustainability of an IPCP Program within a Federally Qualified Health Center including Interprofessional Student Team Placements," published in the Journal of Interprofessional Care.

April Gamble, adjunct instructor of physical therapy, wrote an article, “The Effects of a Combined Psychotherapy and Physiotherapy Group Treatment Program for Survivors of Torture Incarcerated in an Adult Prison in Kurdistan, Iraq: A Pilot Study,” published in Torture Journal.