News briefs 3/29/18

Dates, locations of prospective dean presentations announced

On Tuesday, March 27, Grand Valley State University announced the presentation times for the final four candidates for the dean of students and vice provost position. 

The candidates are Brandon Miller, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Loren Rullman, former associate vice president for student life at the University of Michigan; Gary Dickstein, interim vice president for student affairs at Wright State University; and Marlene Kowalski-Braun, assistant vice president for inclusion and student affairs at GVSU.

Miller will present Friday, March 30, at 1:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center (KC), Room 2215. Rullman will present Tuesday, April 3, at 1:30 p.m. in KC, Room 2204. Dickstein will present Thursday, April 5, at 1:30 p.m. in KC, Room 2215. Kowalski-Braun will present Friday, April 6, at 1:30 p.m. in KC, Room 2204.

The presentations will last 30 minutes and are open to the public. Each candidate will present on a topic concerning student services.

Nassar survivor speaks at GVSU 

On Monday, March 26, Grand Valley State University was host to Marisa Kwiatkowski, a reporter for The Indianapolis Star who was among the lead reporters in breaking the Larry Nassar/USA Gymnastics scandal. 

Kwiatkowski participated in a Q&A session with GVSU professor Jeff Kelly Lowenstein in the first installment of the Robert Mayberry Comm-Unity series. During the event, she described her process from getting the first lead on USA Gymnastics to breaking the story. 

At the event, Sterling Riethman, a survivor of Nassar’s abuse, was in attendance. She spoke and thanked Kwiatkowski for her work.

“You have given so many women their lives back,” Riethman said. “And I hope you understand that.”

For full coverage of the event, visit

Gas line turned off after leak at Kistler Living Center

There was a small gas leak at Kistler Living Center on the Allendale Campus Tuesday, March 27. The leak was from a one-inch line outside the building and possibly related to a water leak. Residents were evacuated as a precautionary measure only. DTE was on the scene to turn off the line. No one was injured as a result of the incident. 

Residents were allowed to re-enter the building on the same day after DTE turned off the line. 

Professor to lecture on LGBTQ experiences in legal system

On Tuesday, April 3, Grand Valley State University professor Carrie Buist will present a lecture titled “Queer Criminology.” The event will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Room 2266.

Buist, winner of the 2016 American Society of Criminology, Division on Critical Criminology Book Award, will present on the experiences that LGBTQ individuals face as victims, offenders and professionals in the criminal legal system. 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate to speak on campus

The Grand Valley State University Public Health Society will host Abdul El-Sayed, a Democratic candidate in Michigan’s gubernatorial race, on Thursday, April 5. El-Sayed spoke on campus as recently as Wednesday, March 14. 

El-Sayed will speak at noon in the DeVos Center, Room 109D, located on GVSU’s Pew Campus. At the event, he will discuss his history in the field of public health as Detroit’s health chief. 

To RSVP for the event, visit