Faculty and staff sketches

Exterior of Battle Creek Regional Center
The Battle Creek Regional Center is pictured. Faculty and staff members with published works or presentations are listed below.
Image credit - Valerie Hendrickson

In the News

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.

Battle Creek Regional Outreach Center staff members Al Shifflett and Matthew Bozzo were interviewed by Second Wave Media for a story about scholarships to Battle Creek high school students and the GVSU partnership with W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the school district.

GVSU Laker Store staff members Paul Cullen and Nicole Greiner were interviewed, respectively, by the College Store Magazine for a story about shifting to online retail during the pandemic, and Forward Online about donating a portion of mask sales to the Student Support Fund.


Tess (Stephanie) Armstrong, assistant professor of movement science, and Daphnea Sutherland, director of the Children's Enrichment Center, wrote an article, "Let Them Play! A Call for Play-Based Instruction in Pre-K Physical Education," published in Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance.

Kirkhof College of Nursing faculty members Melodee Vanden Bosch, Susan Strouse and a DNP student, wrote an article, "Perceptions of Physical Activity in Middle-aged Women with Type 2 Diabetes," published in the Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Anthony Williams Jr., director of the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, gave a presentation, "Utilizing Restorative Practices to Heal and Restore Peace Within the Black Community," at the NASPA Region IV-East African American Knowledge Community Virtual Drive-In Conference.

Scott Rood, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management, gave a presentation, "COVID-19 Survey of Resort Recreational Properties," at the virtual National Conference of the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association; it received the RCRA Excellence in Research Award.

Daisy Fredricks, assistant professor of education, was a co-author of a chapter, "Multilingual Youth Perspectives on Humanizing Core Practices," in a book, Handbook of Research on Advancing Language Equity Practices with Immigrant Communities.

Dani DeVasto, assistant professor of writing, was a co-author of an article, "Hybrid Collectivity: Hacking Environmental Risk Visualization for the Anthropocene," published in Communication Design Quarterly.

Jeremiah Cataldo, associate professor of history, Meijer Honors College, gave a presentation, "Bargaining Hosea's Children," at the virtual Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion. 

Ivo Soljan, professor of English, gave a presentation, “’Great Creator, I Am Starting a Rebellion’: Anxiety and Rebellion in Croatian Poetry,” at the virtual ASEEES (Slavic Studies) Convention. Soljan's article, “A Different ‘Anatomy Lesson’ – An Ekphrastic Study, on the Margins of the Dayton Peace Accords (1995): Rembrandt vs. Brueghel,” was published in the Journal of Croatian Studies. His article, “The Mythopoeic Visions of the Mediterranean in the Life and Works of Bogdan Radica, a Croatian Polymath, Politician, and Author,” will be published in Journal of Croatian Studies; and his bilingual anthology (Croatian-English) of poet Silvije Strahimir Kranjcevic is set to be published this year.

Sandra Spoelstra, associate professor of nursing, has received a $244,630 award from the NIH/NIA for continued support for her project, “Statewide Implementation of CAPABLE-Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders in the Michigan Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Program."

Sherri Fannon, assistant professor of nursing, wrote an article, “Implementation of a Protocol: Dexmedetomidine for use in Long-Term Procedural Sedation in Non-Intubated Pediatric Patients," published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing.  

Bopi Biddanda, professor of water resources, wrote an article, "Buoy Completes a Decade of Lake Observing Science," published in American Geophysical Union's Postcards from the Field. 


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