Civil Discourse Café, Coat Drive, Darien Ripple, Soup's On, and more!
Civil Discourse Café, Coat Drive, Darien Ripple, Soup's On, and more!
Grand Valley State University

Message from Interim Dean
Mark Schaub

Just Show Up
The phrase “to show up” has at least two (contrasting) meanings:
1. “To show someone up” is to embarrass them, to defeat them in humiliating fashion. Even at its most positive, it’s a pejorative.
2. On the other hand, for someone to “show up,” in the sense of conspicuous presence, is awesome. I love students and colleagues who show up.
I’m aware of the ableist connotations for this. It’s significantly harder for many of us to overcome a disability, a lack of a private automobile, or an illness to attend an event, to be present in the office outside of office hours, or to be on campus well outside scheduled classes. The intent or desire is what matters. Furthermore, one can physically be at the gathering but not be fully present. They might have gotten credit for turning up but then spend the whole time on their phone, and not actually be “there.” Great students and faculty show up. Fully.
Students who show up for student organizations, write stories for (or even read) the Lanthorn, help out at the Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP), put themselves out there in new or even challenging ways, are those who position themselves for success. Colleagues who show up at Laker Experience Days, attend one another’s presentations, or participate in hiring efforts are those who physically demonstrate their support for student and faculty success. Being in one’s office well beyond scheduled office hours means these faculty are more likely to answer a random student question or be available to chat with a prospective student by phone or in person. Showing up for students transcends actually being there, too.
There is a disparity in how many student or graduate letters of recommendation that faculty members write. These letters can make a real difference in graduate school or job applications. This “hidden” labor may not make its way into an annual performance review. Yet, these are the folks who show up.
In just a few weeks, Brooks faculty will—I’m sure—show up in big numbers at commencement. This is a tangible demonstration to our students and their families that we are “there” for them. I already suspect that in our percentages of participation at commencement ceremonies we may be “showing up” other colleges (in the arrogant victory way). Let’s continue that.
Thanks to you who show up. We see you. We love you. And our students love you.
You and your students are invited to the 6th Annual Padnos/Sarosik Civil Discourse Symposium on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M in the Eberhard Center. Please share this event with your students in class or via email/Blackboard, and encourage them to attend. The event is free and open to the public. Details and RSVP at LIB 100/201 approved!

Coat drive continues, supports students

Continuing its efforts from last year, the Office of Integrative Learning and Advising is again collecting and distributing new and gently used coats to Grand Valley students. Last year, 111 coats were donated and 35 coats were given to students, including one coat for a child. In recognition of its efforts, the Office of Integrative Learning and Advising received a 2019 Sustainability Champions Award.
This year, 26 coats have already been distributed to students and more coats are now needed. Hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves are also being collected. Donation boxes have been placed across campus and a list of locations is posted at Coats are brought to the Integrative Learning and Advising Office where they are folded, sorted, sent for cleaning if needed, and stored. Students in need of coats can go to 133 Lake Michigan Hall to make a selection.

Soup's on!

Soup's On has been a tradition in Brooks College for several years and next month, the soup is back! During finals week, Soup's On is a fun time to relax and catch up with colleagues over a bowl of hot soup.
The dean's office invites you to join us on Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10 between 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM in Lake Ontario Hall, Room 225. Hot soup will be provided by the dean's office. If you like, bring a treat or dessert to share!

New faculty intro: Darien Ripple

Darien Ripple is a visiting professor in the Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies (IRIS) Department. Darien has a Ph.D. in sustainability education and has received a variety of scholarly grants, including a Fulbright Scholarship to study globalization in Mexico and Belize. Darien has extensive experience designing, developing, and implementing active learning projects involving real-world experiences and hands-on learning. In 2018, his "Design Thinking to Meet Real-World Needs" courses worked with the Boy Scouts of America on a project to develop a Center of Regional Excellence that promotes opportunities for the education of Sustainability, STEAM, & Leadership in unrepresented communities in West Michigan. Darien is also the head coach of the GVSU women’s rugby team. This year the team went undefeated in regular-season play and are the 2019 Great Lakes Conference Champions! Darien lives in Rockford with his wife, Daisy, and sons, August and Leif.
Lizzie Randall, an integrative studies senior, is a member of the GVSU women's rugby team. Speaking about Coach Darien, Lizzie said, "He truly cares about this team on and off the field and wants us to succeed as individuals both in academia and as citizens of the world. The energy and intellect that he brings each week to practice has already shifted the culture of women’s rugby at Grand Valley and I can’t wait to see where he takes us next."
Coach Darien Ripple with the GVSU women's rugby team, 2019 Great Lakes Conference Champions!

GVSU named "Green College" 10 years in a row

Congratulations to our Office of Sustainability Practices for their work in helping Grand Valley earn the title of "Green College" for 10 years in a row!
The university has been named one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review in its 2019 edition of "The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges." The guide profiles higher education institutions in the U.S. that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability based on academic offerings and career preparation for students, as well as campus practices, initiatives and activities. Grand Valley has been included in the guidebook every year since the first issue was published in 2010.

Faculty, Staff & Student Recognition

Jae Basiliere, Lisa Perhamus, Justin Pettibone, and Andrew Schlewitz all presented at the seventh annual Teach-In: Power, Privilege, and Difficult Dialogues.
Craig Benjamin, professor of history, Meijer Honors College, co-edited a book, The Routledge Companion to Big History, published by Rutledge.
The Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships was selected as one of three locations nationwide to host a joint Critical Language Scholarship/Gilman Scholarship workshop by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The office hosted 55 representatives from 50 universities and colleges in September.
Cáel Keegan, assistant professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies and IRIS, was a panelist on, “Diversity in Film,” at the Annual Chaz and Roger Ebert Symposium in Urbana, Illinois. Cáel also gave a talk, “Transgender Studies, or How to Do Things with Trans*,” at the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Jack Mangala, professor of area and global studies, was commissioned by the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration to write a report on diaspora engagement policies and circular migration in EU-Africa relations. Jack was also invited to participate in a policy dialogue on the implementation of the UN Global Compact for Migration at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Kristin Moretto, director of the Office for Community Partnerships and Student Professional Development, spoke at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce to introduce and welcome the 2019 cohort of the community program, Inside Grand Rapids.
Benjamin Scott-Brandt, integrative studies student in the Meijer Honors College, was published on The NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity for his short film, "Finding Sacred Spaces." Ben is also a finalist to be the student commencement speaker in December.
Peter Wampler, faculty-in-residence in the Meijer Honors College, co-chaired a session, "Improving Scientific Literacy and Dispelling Misconceptions about Wicked Water Resource Problems," and gave a presentation, "Challenges and Cultural Complications of Teaching About Clean Water in Haiti," at the annual Geological Society of America Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
Semester in Grand Rapids was selected to present at President Philomena V. Mantella's Investiture Student Showcase. On Friday, November 15, students Delaney McDonald and Rian Berry will share stories in an interactive format from 12:00 - 2:30 P.M. in the Mary Idema Pew Library.
Jerry Stinnett, director of Supplemental Writing Skills, gave a talk, "What Will Students Transfer: Supporting the Use of Writing Beyond FYC," at Saginaw Valley State University.

Upcoming Events

*RSVP Requested
The Global Café is open weekdays from 12:00 - 1:00 P.M. in the Interdisciplinary Salon (LOH 163).

Faculty Calendar & Deadlines

November 27 - December 1: Thanksgiving recess
December 7: Classes end and commencement ceremony
December 9-14: Examination week
December 14: Semester ends
December 17: Grades due from faculty by 12:00 P.M.
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