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Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

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BRIANA ASMUS, PH.D. (Education) presented "How can we strengthen both our voices to speak out against inequity and our vision for what's possible in more just educational spaces?" on a panel of the CEE Social Justice Commission Roundtables at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference in St. Louis.

BRIGID AVERY '01, M.A. (Career Services) presented "From Performance Evaluation to Learning Assessment: Measuring Growth, Focusing on Strengths" at the annual Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance (MCEEA) conference June 13–15 in Traverse City, Michigan.

IAN BORTON, PH.D. (Communication) presented "A Mixed-Method Analysis of Mediator Socialization through Training" and "Toward a Communication Perspective of Restorative Justice: Implications for Research, Facilitation, and Assessment" at the National Communication Association Conference in Dallas.

DANIEL R. CRUIKSHANKS, PH.D. (Psychology & Counselor Education) published "Clinical Supervisors' Ethical and Professional Identity Behaviors With Post-Graduate Supervisees Seeking Independent Licensure" in Cogent Psychology. It won the Research category of the 2017 TPC Outstanding Scholar Award. He also published “Evaluating Independently Licensed Counselors’ Articulation of Professional Identity Using Structural Coding” and “Independently Licensed Counselors’ Connection to CACREP and State Professional Identity Requirements” in The Professional Counselor (TPC).

STEPHAN DAVIS, PH.D. (Theology) spoke at the opening night of “500th Anniversary of the Reformation: A Time of Remembrance” at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. MICHELLE DEROSE, PH.D. (English) presented "Teaching Irish and African- American Literature: Interchange and Crossover" at the Interchanges conference in Tully Cross, Ireland.

XIN DU, PH.D. (Physics) presented "Laps for Creativity and Invention in a High-Tech World" at the American Association of Physics Teachers and American Physics Society Winter Meeting in San Diego.

JASON DUNCAN, PH.D. (History) presented "Plain Catholics of the North: Martin Van Buren and Religion in the Making of the Democratic Party" at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) in Cleveland.

NKECHY EZEH, ED.D. (Education) was named one of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan, 2018, and West Michigan Woman magazine’s West Michigan Brilliant Woman of the Year, 2018. JONATHAN FRITZ, PH.D. (Chemistry) presented at "Small Splash, Big Waves; Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions," a symposium at the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C.

CHAD GUNNOE, PH.D. (History) presented "The Confessionalization of Plague: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Early Modern Plague Discourse" at a joint Society for Reformation Research/Verein für Reformationsgeschichte meeting in Nuremberg, Germany.

SUSAN HAWORTH-HOEPPNER, PH.D. (Sociology) was awarded two grants from Amway and the Sebastian Foundation for her work on the Girls Empowering Together (GET) program.

REBECCA HUMPHREY, PH.D. (Biology) presented "From Seeds to Service- Learning: Using a Riparian Restoration as a Learning Tool" and "Testing the Effect of Cold Stratification on Length on Germinating Native Wildflower Seed" with Amanda Roth, a senior biology and environmental science major, at the Stewardship Network Conference.

REBECCA HUMPHREY, PH.D. (Biology) presented “From Seeds to Service- Learning: Using a Riparian Restoration as a Learning Tool” and “Testing the Effect of Cold Stratification on Length on Germinating Native Wildflower Seed” with Amanda Roth, a senior biology and environmental science major, at the Stewardship Network Conference.

ELIZABETH JENSEN, PH.D. (Chemistry) leads the student chapter of the American Chemical Society, which received a Commendable award for their activities during the 2016–2017 academic year. They will be published in the November/December 2018 issue of inChemistry and will be honored at the 255th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans.

VICTOR KARANDASHEV, PH.D. (Psychology) presented "Cultural Impetuses and Impediments of Romantic Love: Historical and Global Review" at the International Council of Psychologists in New York City.

BETHANY KILCREASE, PH.D. (History) presented and managed "Mint Chocolate Chip or Blue Moon? Why Teach the Protestant Reformation at a 21st-Century Roman Catholic Liberal Arts College,” a panel discussion at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in Milwaukee.

JOHN KROONDYK, MLS; FRANCINE PAOLINI, MLS and CHRISTINA RADISAUSKAS, MLS (Library) published their piece "Says who? Librarians Tackle Fake News" in College & Research Libraries News.

MICHAEL LORR, PH.D. (Community Leadership) was nominated for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids 2017 Good-to-Great Leadership Award.

VICKI MCMILLAN, MA, MFA (English) published "Venus" in the Bear River Review in May 2017 and "Mask Making" in the spring 2017 issue of The Examined Life Journal.

LYNNSEY MILBURN, CPA (Business Office) earned her license as a certified public accountant.

PHILIP MITRI and KATE SIMONS (Graphic Services) won two Addy Awards from the American Advertising Federation West Michigan Chapter.

ANNMARIE POST, M.M. (Career Services) won the 2018 Career Services Professional Award from Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance (MCEEA) at the annual conference in June. Ann served Aquinas College for 19 years before her retirement this spring.

MARCOS ROMERO, PH.D. (World Languages) published "María de Zayas’ Broken Frame: A Brief Study of the History and Evolution of Frame Narratives" in the March 2018 issue of Neophilologus.

SHELLI ROTTSCHAFER, PH.D. (World Languages) published "Coyote Amidst the Sunflowers" and "The Sidekick" in Wanderlust, a journal of travel essays, in early 2018.

GRETCHEN RUMOHR-VOSKUIL, PH.D. (English) presented on two panels, "A Path to Meaningful Assessment: Face-to-Face Grading Conferences with Student Writers" and "Using Writing and Videos to Address and Take Action on Climate Change" at the National Council of Teachers of English and ALAN conference. She also led roundtable sessions "The Future Is Now: Exploring 21st Century Teaching Ideas with the Next Generation of English Teachers" and "Recapturing the YA Voice in Literature: Culture, Family, and Identity."

DANIEL WAGNER (Philosophy) presented "On the Foundational Compatibility of Phenomenology & Thomism" at the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Dallas. He hosted a satellite session of the Society for 21st Century Thomism and chaired the annual meeting of the Society for Thomistic Natural Philosophy.

TENURE AND RETIREMENTS

TENURE

KEVIN CANTLY (Accounting)
JONATHAN FRITZ (Chemistry)
MARY HURD (Music)
AMANDA LAHIKAINEN (Art)
L. ROBERT PETERS (Biology)

RETIREMENTS

JERRY HENDRICH (Athletics)
ANNMARIE POST (Career Services)
DAVE WOOD (Athletics)