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September 25, 2017


In the News

Retired faculty member dies

John M. Ritch, retired assistant professor of physical therapy, died August 4. He was 75.

Ritch worked at Grand Valley from 2009-2013. He also held various executive roles at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and the Peter Wege Center for Health and Learning.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Conductive Learning Center in Grand Rapids, or Trinity Lutheran Church. An obituary is posted online at



Sylivia Mupepi, professor of nursing, and a graduate student wrote an article, “Potential Dangers of E-Cigs for Teens and Young Adults,” published in the Grand Rapids Press.

Susan Mlynarczyk, assistant professor of nursing, had three diagnoses, Ineffective Infant Feeding Dynamics, Ineffective Child Eating Dynamics, and Ineffective Adolescent Eating Dynamics, published in Nursing Diagnoses: Definitions and Classification 2018-2020.

Nursing faculty members Dianne Conrad and Amy Manderscheid gave a presentation, "An Innovative Practice-Based Model for Faculty Scholarship," at the National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Conrad gave another presentation, "Diversity in Scholarship--The Reach for Tenure," with colleagues at the conference.

Nursing faculty members Sandra Spoelstra, Marie VanderKooi and Dianne Conrad gave a presentation, "An Innovative Team Approach to Effective and Efficient DNP Scholarly Projects," at the National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Christine Rener, director of the Pew FTLC and vice provost for Instructional Development and Innovation, will serve as chair-elect of the professional development committee of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education. 

Michael DeWilde, director of the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative for Seidman College of Business, wrote an article, "Bringing Neuroscience Into the Teaching of Ethics," published in BizEd Magazine. He also gave a presentation, "Revolution and Evolution: From Philosophy to Neuroethics in the Curriculum," at the Neuroethics Network Conference in Paris, France.

John Kilbourne, professor of movement science, was interviewed for a documentary film, "The Motivation Factor," which was released for distribution.

Linda Rettig, program advisor for TRIO/STEM Student Support Services, wrote two textbooks, The Next Step 1, and The Next Step 2, geared toward high school students to prepare them for college. 

Stephen Glass, acting vice provost and dean of students, and a student wrote an article, "Compensatory Muscle Activation During Unstable Overhead Squat Using A Water-Filled Training Tube," published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

The Center for Adult and Continuing Studies received an outstanding commitment award from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration Training Institute for providing health and safety training to businesses at the Meijer Campus in Holland for more than 10 years.