Briefs for June 02

Audra Gamble

GRCC and GV to sign articulation agreement

Grand Valley State University’s President Thomas J. Haas and Grand Rapids Community College’s President Stephen C. Ender will sign an articulation agreement on June 4 at 11 a.m. in Sneden Hall, room 108 at Grand Rapids Community College, located on 415 E. Fulton St. This partnership allows an easier transition for GRCC students studying in all fields coming to GVSU, as well as seamless credit transfers.

GV students file lawsuit against university

Two Grand Valley State University students, Erin Jurek and Ashley Short, have filed a lawsuit against the university. The students feel that they were unjustly accused and punished for academic dishonesty after their professor, Jonathan Hodge accused them of collaborating on a take-home exam in Mathematics 345 during the 2013 summer.

The students argue that their answers were similar due to studying together before the exam was handed out. The two students also claim that Hodge harassed them based upon their gender.

CLAS on the Green

The third annual golf outing sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will take place on June 18 at the Meadows golf course. The event is open to all Grand Valley State University faculty, staff, alumni, students and community members.

Registration is still open, and may be completed at

Registration and the driving range opens at noon, and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. A cookout and a celebration with prizes begins at 6 p.m.

GV faculty receive Fulbright Scholar awards

Three Grand Valley State University faculty members have received Fulbright Scholar awards, which allow them to work abroad in the coming months. Russ Rhoads, an associate professor of anthropology will be teaching at Njala University in Sierra Leone, in West Africa. 

Jerry Scripps, assistant professor of computing and information systems will be teaching at a technical school in Graz, Austria. 

Charles Baker-Clark, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, will teach in Montenegro. He hopes to create a new HTM course when he returns about the food and culture of the Balkans.