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Strengths Of The Social Safety Net In The Great Recession : Supplemental Nutrition Assistance And Unemployment Insurance, Christopher J. O'Leary, David Walter Stevens, Stephen A. Wandner, Michael Wiseman Aug 2019

Strengths Of The Social Safety Net In The Great Recession : Supplemental Nutrition Assistance And Unemployment Insurance, Christopher J. O'Leary, David Walter Stevens, Stephen A. Wandner, Michael Wiseman

Upjohn Press

The contributors in this book use administrative data from six states from before, during, and after the Great Recession to gauge the degree to which Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) interacted. They also recommend ways that the program policies could be altered to better serve those suffering hardship as a result of future economic downturns.


Individual Training Accounts And Nonstandard Work Arrangements, Randall W. Eberts Aug 2019

Individual Training Accounts And Nonstandard Work Arrangements, Randall W. Eberts

Upjohn Institute Technical Reports

This paper was commissioned by the Organisation for Economic and Co-operative Development (OECD) to describe the use of Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and under its predecessor the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Particular interest is in the use of ITAs by WIOA participants from nonstandard work arrangements. The study provides detailed information about the use of ITAs by participants of the two adult programs under WIOA, Disadvantaged Adult Programs and Dislocated Worker Programs, and in two states, Michigan and Washington. Information for the WIOA programs is gathered and analyzed from the public-use version of ...


Analysis Of An Inner City Community College And Public School District: The City Of Highland Park District Project, Abdelkhalek Elagamy Jun 2019

Analysis Of An Inner City Community College And Public School District: The City Of Highland Park District Project, Abdelkhalek Elagamy

Augsburg Honors Review

Highland Park, Michigan, is a city rich with twentieth century history, from the automobile revolution of Henry Ford to the historic landmarks that early immigrants created in wake of the elusive and lucrative American Dream. However, Highland Park is a city today that is characterized by extreme poverty, unemployment, and crime. The City of Highland Park District project is a sociological approach to the study of a selected inner city district in the United States, which was the City of Highland Park, Michigan. This research study is comprised of two sections of detailed analysis regarding the effects of inner city ...


Bilingual Family Literacy Programming In West Michigan: Points Of Alignment And Disconnect Among Learners, Instructors, And Local Partners, Thomas J. Rogers Apr 2019

Bilingual Family Literacy Programming In West Michigan: Points Of Alignment And Disconnect Among Learners, Instructors, And Local Partners, Thomas J. Rogers

Masters Theses

This research explores the beliefs and experiences of stakeholders in a family literacy program through the Literacy Center of West Michigan and Head Start for Kent County. The program is currently developing a curriculum to improve outcomes for learner specific goals. Therefore, one motivation behind this research is to analyze the goals, needs, and understandings for the multiple stakeholders within the program. On a national scale, there exists a need to better define the goals of family literacy programming in general. Points of alignment and disconnect for the participants in this study reflect realities that extend beyond the program at ...


Embodied Control: Biopolitics In The Water Crisis Of Flint, Mi And Appalachian Coal, Sarah Wheeler Jan 2019

Embodied Control: Biopolitics In The Water Crisis Of Flint, Mi And Appalachian Coal, Sarah Wheeler

Occam's Razor

Flint, Michigan still doesn't have clean water or safe pipes. On the border between West Virginia and Pennsylvania, a coal ash pond called Little Blue Run has been leaking toxic metals into nearby streams for four decades (Patterson, 2018). While these two regions differ in their location and history, similarities can be contextualized and understood based on class, race, state sanctioned water contamination, the exploitation of natural resources, and environmental crimes. Given the factors at work when water crises occur, it is crucial to recognize the United States' practice of knowingly poisoning their citizens, to draw parallels between the ...


Bruce, Paula (Fa 1224), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2018

Bruce, Paula (Fa 1224), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project FA 1224. Student folk studies project titled: “Collection Project on Games and Songs,” which includes survey sheets with brief descriptions of folk games and songs in Warren County, Kentucky , Michigan, and Miami, Florida. Sheets may include a brief description of a folk game, song, joke, text classification, informant’s name, age, and address.


M.S.N. Student Impacts Michigan Community With Health Equity, Mark D. Weinstein Oct 2018

M.S.N. Student Impacts Michigan Community With Health Equity, Mark D. Weinstein

News Releases

Friendly neighbors, thriving school districts, low crime rates and location might be on most American’s checklists when they’re house hunting. But many residents in Kent County, Michigan, cannot afford to be this selective.


Legacies Of Industrial Contamination: Voices Of Resistance In White Lake, Michigan, Elizabeth A. Revord Jan 2018

Legacies Of Industrial Contamination: Voices Of Resistance In White Lake, Michigan, Elizabeth A. Revord

Theses and projects

This research presents a case study of resistance to contamination from three large chemical plants by activists in the communities of Montague and Whitehall located on White Lake, Michigan. Although clean-up efforts have met state and federal guidelines for brownfield and Superfund sites, the people and community of White Lake have continued to be vigilant regarding environmental protection and harbor many concerns regarding their future and redevelopment of sites that are likely still contaminated.

The connection to place and sense of community that the residents of White Lake honor is the foundation of their resistance. Using data collected from semi-structured ...


Impact Of Highway Work Zones On Traffic Crashes: A Case Study In Michigan, Qadri Hafez Shaheen Jan 2018

Impact Of Highway Work Zones On Traffic Crashes: A Case Study In Michigan, Qadri Hafez Shaheen

Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

Infrastructure in the US is severely aged and outdated. This presents a seemingly paradoxical problem in the field of construction management: In order to fix and make roads and highways more safe, construction zones must become inherently less safe in the process. There is a high cost to taxpayers and drivers, as work zones experience a significant amount of crashes and fatalities each year. To mitigate some of the factors that contribute to these crashes, this paper attempts to deliver guidelines on how to update relevant crash data, identify relevant factors, and create recommendations accordingly. The research focused particularly on ...


Phragmites Removal Increases Property Values In Michigan’S Lower Grand River Watershed, Paul Isely, Erik E. Nordman, Shaun Howard, Richard Bowman Sep 2017

Phragmites Removal Increases Property Values In Michigan’S Lower Grand River Watershed, Paul Isely, Erik E. Nordman, Shaun Howard, Richard Bowman

Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics

The presence of Phragmites australis, an invasive wetland plant, negatively affects coastal property values and home prices rise with distance from Phragmites. Home prices increased as distance to Phragmites increased at a rate of $3.90/meter. Removing Phragmites from a property so that the next closest Phragmites was 400 m away results in a property value increase of over $1,500. Removing all Phragmites within 400 m of any property results in a total property value impact of $837,000. This generates about $13,457-$15,121 in additional property taxes each year once the prices and taxes adjust ...


Seidelman, Charles Allen (Fa 1049), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Sep 2017

Seidelman, Charles Allen (Fa 1049), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1049. Student folk studies project titled: “A General Interest Survey of the Dutch in America,” which includes interviews and survey sheets with brief descriptions of Dutch folk practices in Okaloosa County, Florida, in Sioux County, Iowa, in Van Buren County, Michigan, and in Whatcom County, Washington. Sheets may include the recipe, song, belief, motif index number, and informant’s name.


Can Eternity Stand The Test Of Time Sermon, Delivered At Fountain Street Church On July 30, 2017, Arend D. Lubbers Jul 2017

Can Eternity Stand The Test Of Time Sermon, Delivered At Fountain Street Church On July 30, 2017, Arend D. Lubbers

Presidential Speeches

Can Eternity Stand the Test of Time Sermon, delivered at Fountain Street Church on July 30, 2017 by Arend D. Lubbers, who served as President of Grand Valley from 1969-2001.


Our Cruise In The Baltic, Delivered On June 15, 2017, Arend D. Lubbers Jun 2017

Our Cruise In The Baltic, Delivered On June 15, 2017, Arend D. Lubbers

Presidential Speeches

Our Cruise in the Baltic, delivered on June 15, 2017 by Arend D. Lubbers, who served as President of Grand Valley from 1969-2001.


Allen And Helen Hunting Introduction, Delivered At The Gvsu Enrichment Dinner On June 6, 2017, Arend D. Lubbers Jun 2017

Allen And Helen Hunting Introduction, Delivered At The Gvsu Enrichment Dinner On June 6, 2017, Arend D. Lubbers

Presidential Speeches

Allen and Helen Hunting Introduction, delivered at the GVSU Enrichment Dinner on June 6, 2017 by Arend D. Lubbers, who served as President of Grand Valley from 1969-2001.


Sermon Introduction, Delivered At Fountain Street Church On May 9, 2017, Arend D. Lubbers May 2017

Sermon Introduction, Delivered At Fountain Street Church On May 9, 2017, Arend D. Lubbers

Presidential Speeches

Sermon Introduction, delivered at Fountain Street Church on May 9, 2017 by Arend D. Lubbers, who served as President of Grand Valley from 1969-2001.


On Growing Up Finnish In The Midwest: A Family Oral History Project, Ingrid Ruth Nixon May 2017

On Growing Up Finnish In The Midwest: A Family Oral History Project, Ingrid Ruth Nixon

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This study explores what oral history interviews with my mother reveal about the familial and community dynamics that influenced Finnish-American children growing up on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula between 1930 and 1950. Close to four hours of oral history interviews were conducted with Viola Nixon, who is second and third-generation Finnish-American on her father’s and mother’s sides, respectively. After conducting a narrative analysis of the interviews, five themes emerged as significant to community function: family, language, education, work and church. I grouped some of these themes together to create three stories informed by materials drawn from the interviews ...


Veterans’ Satisfaction With Veterans’ Administration Healthcare Systems, Dale Arnold Apr 2017

Veterans’ Satisfaction With Veterans’ Administration Healthcare Systems, Dale Arnold

Master's Theses

There are currently over 600,000 veterans in the State of Michigan served by only five Veterans’ Administration Medical Centers. These medical centers are not evenly distributed throughout the state with the majority located in the southernmost portion of the state. There necessarily will be a number of veterans for which it is unreasonable to travel to these medical centers to receive care to which they are entitled. This research will investigate the number of veterans that are currently required to drive excessive distances to receive adequate care under the present system, and to possibly suggest solutions to the current ...


Press Release For Andy Lubbers Be Nice Fund, Delivered On February 21, 2017, Arend D. Lubbers Feb 2017

Press Release For Andy Lubbers Be Nice Fund, Delivered On February 21, 2017, Arend D. Lubbers

Presidential Speeches

Press Release for Andy Lubbers Be Nice Fund, delivered on February 21, 2017 by Arend D. Lubbers, who served as President of Grand Valley from 1969-2001.


Moving Beyond The Apple Orchard: The Institutional Analysis Of The Construction Of Washtenaw Community College, Julie M. Kissel Jan 2017

Moving Beyond The Apple Orchard: The Institutional Analysis Of The Construction Of Washtenaw Community College, Julie M. Kissel

Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of the study was to understand the institutional forces that constructed and shaped the function, nature of funding, and governance of Washtenaw Community College (WCC). To do this, I studied the founding and development of WCC using organizational theory. This qualitative, historical case study used archival research to identify themes and the institutional building blocks for the junior college movement at large and the transition of the junior college to the comprehensive community college in the 1950s and 1960s as it served to buffer and bridge the post-secondary world. This study discovered that WCC was not a grassroots ...


The Effect Of An Increase In Lead In The Water System On Fertility And Birth Outcomes: The Case Of Flint, Michigan, Daniel Grossman, David J.G. Slutsky Jan 2017

The Effect Of An Increase In Lead In The Water System On Fertility And Birth Outcomes: The Case Of Flint, Michigan, Daniel Grossman, David J.G. Slutsky

Economics Faculty Working Papers Series

Flint changed its public water source in April 2014, increasing lead exposure. The effects of lead in water on fertility and birth outcomes are not well established. Exploiting variation in the timing of births we find fertility rates decreased by 12%, fetal death rates increased by 58% (a selection effect from a culling of the least healthy fetuses), and overall health at birth decreased (from scarring), compared to other cities in Michigan. Given recent efforts to establish a registry of residents exposed, these results suggests women who miscarried, had a stillbirth or had a newborn with health complications should register.


Paper Dragon Thieves, J.S. Nelson Dec 2016

Paper Dragon Thieves, J.S. Nelson

J.S. Nelson

Developments in the law are making the corporate form more opaque and allowing the agents who animate it to escape individual accountability for their actions. The law now provides protection for agents to engage in widespread frauds that inflict massive harm on the public. This article challenges the academic orthodoxy that shareholder and director liability are enough to control agent behavior by developing a paper dragon analogy to focus on the importance of agents in corporate animation. Lack of agent accountability encourages the patterns of fraud that caused the financial crisis in which forty-five percent of the world’s wealth ...


Johnson, Danny (Fa 911), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2016

Johnson, Danny (Fa 911), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archive Project 911. Project titled: “Ghost Stories.” Project includes survey sheets with descriptions of ghost stories from Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan. Sheets include a description of the ghost story and informant’s name.


Enhancing Public Engagement On Offshore Wind Energy Using Genius Loci: A Case Study From A Lake Michigan Coastal Community, Erik Edward Nordman, Daniel O'Keefe, Erika Arndt Sep 2016

Enhancing Public Engagement On Offshore Wind Energy Using Genius Loci: A Case Study From A Lake Michigan Coastal Community, Erik Edward Nordman, Daniel O'Keefe, Erika Arndt

Erik Edward Nordman

We describe a novel approach to public engagement on offshore wind energy based on genius loci (“spirit of a place”). North America lacks offshore wind farms but they could be viable in the Great Lakes. Cultural ties between coastal Michigan, USA and the Netherlands offered opportunities to learn from the Dutch offshore wind experience. Residents from a Lake Michigan coastal community with Dutch heritage videoconferenced with a Dutch tourism specialist regarding the Egmond aan Zee offshore wind farm. Important differences and similarities between the regions emerged, including the clustering of technological expertise, tourism effects, and perspectives on working seascapes. Michigan ...


Failure To Communicate: Inefficiencies In Voluntary Incentive Programs For Private Forest Owners In Michigan, Mark. D. Rouleau, Jennifer F. Lind-Riehl, Miranda N. Smith, Audrey L. Mayer Sep 2016

Failure To Communicate: Inefficiencies In Voluntary Incentive Programs For Private Forest Owners In Michigan, Mark. D. Rouleau, Jennifer F. Lind-Riehl, Miranda N. Smith, Audrey L. Mayer

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Publications

Coordinating forest management across thousands of nonindustrial private forest (NIPF) owners is a difficult yet necessary task for state land management agencies. Voluntary Incentive Programs (VIPs) can coordinate the decentralized activities of these owners in return for services or financial incentives. However, many VIPs typically have low enrollment. Our study investigates the implementation of VIPs to increase forest management coordination among NIPFs in Michigan. We present findings from 20 semi-structured interviews with leaders of state and local land management organizations, and government officials at state natural resource agencies, and contrast their answers with those recorded from 37 interviews of NIPF ...


Remarks For Holton-Hooker Living And Learning Center, Delivered On August 26, 2016, Arend D. Lubbers Aug 2016

Remarks For Holton-Hooker Living And Learning Center, Delivered On August 26, 2016, Arend D. Lubbers

Presidential Speeches

Remarks for Holton-Hooker Living and Learning Center, delivered on August 26, 2016 by Arend D. Lubbers, who served as President of Grand Valley from 1969-2001.


Introduction To Memoirs, Delivered On August 24, 2016, Arend D. Lubbers Aug 2016

Introduction To Memoirs, Delivered On August 24, 2016, Arend D. Lubbers

Presidential Speeches

Introduction to Memoirs, delivered on August 24, 2016 by Arend D. Lubbers, who served as President of Grand Valley from 1969-2001.


Socialization And Selection Effects In The Association Between Weight Conscious Peer Groups And Thin-Ideal Internalization: A Co-Twin Control Study, Jessica L. Vanhuysse, S. Alexandra Burt, Shannon M. O'Connor, Joel K. Thompson, Kelly L. Klump Jun 2016

Socialization And Selection Effects In The Association Between Weight Conscious Peer Groups And Thin-Ideal Internalization: A Co-Twin Control Study, Jessica L. Vanhuysse, S. Alexandra Burt, Shannon M. O'Connor, Joel K. Thompson, Kelly L. Klump

Psychology Faculty Publications

Affiliation with weight conscious peer groups is theorized to increase thin-ideal internalization through socialization processes. However, selection effects could contribute if genetic and/or environmental predispositions lead to affiliation with weight conscious peers. Co-twin control methodology was used to examine socialization and selection effects in 614 female twins (ages 8-15) from the Michigan State University Twin Registry (MSUTR). Thin-ideal internalization and peer group characteristics were assessed via self-report questionnaires. Results suggested the presence of both socialization and selection effects. In terms of socialization, twins who reported increased exposure to weight conscious peers relative to their co-twins had elevated thin-ideal internalization ...


Introduction Of President Haas, Delivered At The University Club On May 11, 2016, Arend D. Lubbers May 2016

Introduction Of President Haas, Delivered At The University Club On May 11, 2016, Arend D. Lubbers

Presidential Speeches

Introduction of President Haas, delivered at the University Club on May 11, 2016 by Arend D. Lubbers, who served as President of Grand Valley from 1969-2001.


The Perceptions Of Michigan Hunters Regarding Wolves (Canis Lupus) And The Ldea Of A Wolf-Hunt As A Management Option, Zachary A. Merrill Apr 2016

The Perceptions Of Michigan Hunters Regarding Wolves (Canis Lupus) And The Ldea Of A Wolf-Hunt As A Management Option, Zachary A. Merrill

Master's Theses

Gray wolves (Canis lupus) are an important keystone species in mixed forest ecosystems throughout the Great Lakes region. Due to wolves being placed on the Endangered Species List in 1974, the wolf population of Michigan has increased from near extinction in 1974 to greater than 650 in 2013. The return of wolves to northern Michigan ecosystems has re-ignited complex debates regarding how humans and wolves should best coexist. Wildlife professionals have become increasingly aware of the importance of human response for sound wildlife management decisions. The most effective management plans require cooperation from all parties, including farmers, citizens, tourists, wildlife ...


Gvsu Press Releases, 2016, Grand Valley State University Jan 2016

Gvsu Press Releases, 2016, Grand Valley State University

University Press Releases, 1961-Present

A compilation of press releases for the year 2016 submitted by University Communications (formerly News & Information Services) to news agencies concerning the people, places, and events related to Grand Valley State University.