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Senate Schedule, 2017-18

  • September 5 and 19
  • October 3, 17, and 31
  • November 14 and 28
  • December 5 and 19
  • February 13 and 27
  • March 13 and 27
  • April 10 and 24
  • May 8

Senate Roster, 2017-2018

Department/Division Term Ending 8/31/18
Department/Division Term Ending 8/31/19
Department/Division Term Ending 8/31/20

Ex officio Members

Michael Le Roy, President
Cheryl Brandsen, Provost
Arlene Hoogewerf, Academic Dean
Elizabeth Vander Lei, Academic Dean


Chair: Michael Le Roy
Vice Chair: Jolene Vos-Camy
Secretary: Kathi Groenendyk
Parliamentarian: Michael Bolt

Note: Staggered, three-year election terms are assigned to departments/divisions and not to individual senators, who might serve during only part of a three-year term.

Department/Division Term Ending 8/31/18

Department Representatives This Year

Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk (Art and Art History)
David Dornbos (Biology)
Peter Snyder (Business)
Pat Bailey (Computer Science)
Adel Abadeer (Economics)
Otto Selles / Vicki De Vries (French, fall/spring)
Michael Bolt (Mathematics and Statistics)
Tim Steele (Music)
Ken Pomykala (Religion)
Alisa Tigchelaar / Scott Lamanna (Spanish, fall/spring)

Division Representatives

Brian Cawley / Debra Snyder (SSCD, fall/spring)

Administrators with Faculty Status

Neil Carlson

At-Large Faculty

Dan Harlow / David Hoekema (fall/spring)
Corey Roberts

Student Senate Representatives

Hallie Litt
Matthew Seafield
Kieran Valk

Department/Division Term Ending 8/31/19

Department Representatives This Year

Kathi Groenendyk (CAS)
Mark Muyskens (Chemistry)
David Noe (Classics)
John Walcott (Education)
Lew Klatt (English)
Mark Bjelland / Jamie Skillen (GGES, fall/spring)
Eric Washington (History)
Mikael Pelz (Political Science)

Division Representatives

Mark Williams (ALE)
Frans van Liere (SSCD)
Laura DeHaan (NSM)

Administrators with Faculty Status

Christina Edmondson

At-Large Faculty

Debra Freeberg
Cynthia Slagter

Department/Division Term Ending 8/31/20

Department Representatives This Year

Todd Cioffi (Congregational and Ministry Studies)
Matt Heun (Engineering)
Kaori Schau (Germanic and Asian Languages)
Brian Bolt (Kinesiology)
Jaclynn Lubbers (Nursing)
Kevin Corcoran (Philosophy)
Stan Haan (Physics and Astronomy)
Claudia Beversluis (Psychology)
Joe Kuilema / Todd Vanden Berg (Sociology and Social Work, fall/spring)
Brian Kreisman (SPAUD)

Division Representatives

Jo Kuyvenhoven (ALE)
Carolyn Anderson (NSM)

At-Large Faculty

David Koetje
Anding Shen

Vice Chair

Jolene Vos-Camy


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SSCD = Social Sciences and Contextual Disciplines

ALE = Arts, Languages, and Education

NSM = Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Note: Term lengths are associated with departments and divisions, not with individual senators.