Faculty and Staff Sketches

February 23, 2015



Heather Carpenter, assistant professor of nonprofit management, published a book, The Talent Development Platform: Putting People First in Social Change Organizations.

A. Scott Rood, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management, co-wrote an article, “Casual-Dining Restaurant Preferences: A Cross-Cultural Comparison,” published in the Journal of Foodservice Business Research.

Annis Water Resources Institute faculty members Carl Ruetz and James McNair co-wrote an article, “Removal and Mark-Recapture Methods for Estimating Abundance: Empirical and Simulation Results for Mottled Sculpin in Streams,” published in North American Journal of Fisheries Management.

Troy VanKoevering, office coordinator for the Padnos International Center, is a finalist in the 2015 Write Michigan Short Story Contest for his short story, “The Himalayan.” It will be published in the 2015 Write Michigan Anthology.

Steven Smith, associate professor of social work, was named to the Editorial Board of Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership and Governance, published by Taylor & Francis Group.

Bopi Biddanda, professor of water resources, received a $50,000 grant from NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Studies to operate the Muskegon Lake Observatory.

Rick Roberts, chef manager at The Connection, received ProChef II certification. 


In the News


Campus mourns death of staff member

The campus community is mourning the death of Christine Hernandez, Procurement Services assistant. Hernandez died February 14 after a battle with cancer; she was 50.

Hernandez began working at Grand Valley in 2004. She was a past member of the COT Development Committee, volunteered at WGVU Public Media, and mentored international students. She also volunteered for Grand Rapids Civic Theater.

Services were held February 21 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Grand Rapids. Memorial contributions are suggested to Civic Theater.