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CA M P US NE WS New chair debuts thanks to faculty research While attendees at a Senate subcommittee meeting were tuned in to the testimony given by President Thomas J. Haas and other university presidents, a few people concentrated on the furniture in the room. A brand-new chair built by a West Michigan firm made its debut February 27 in Loosemore Auditorium at the Michigan Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee meeting, thanks in part to research by a Grand Valley faculty member. Barb Hoogenboom, associate professor of physical therapy, met izzy+ CEO Chuck Saylor when he needed therapy for a back injury in 2007. She said he was interested in "excellent sitting" and wondered how an office chair could influence that. Hoogenboom and several graduate assistants used the biomechanics lab and researched chair comfort and support, and enlisted opinions from many people in the College of Health Professions. "We have additional long-term research studies planned now that the development of the chair has progressed and it's been released," she said. One of the chair's differences is in back support. Instead of lumbar support, the Wabi chair focuses on the seat pan to build a better seating position. Saylor said: "I really value the university's support and partnership. This is a tremendous asset to area businesses." Hoogenboom offered advice for office workers who sit for long periods of time. "Limit time spent sitting, or break up work tasks to allow for movement," she said. "When sitting, maintain excellent posture in a workplace designed for optimal posture and work." Facebook likes land university in top 10 The university's official Facebook page has been named as one of the "Most Engaging College Facebook Pages of 2013" by Varsity Outreach. Grand Valley is included in a top 10 list of universities with a fanbase of 20,00074,999 that have been most successful at consistently engaging fans. See the list at Varsity Outreach, a business that helps colleges 4 Spring '14 and graduate schools build communities for students within Facebook, analyzed every Facebook post on more than 700 college and university pages in the U.S. and Canada. The amount of likes, comments and shares for more than 300,000 posts in 2013 were analyzed and given an engagement score. Since January 2012, organic growth of the Grand Valley page has increased by nearly 75 percent. Chairs from a West Michigan firm were designed with research help from a physical therapy professor. The Wabi chairs debuted at the DeVos Center during a state Senate hearing. photo by Bernadine Carey-Tucker CAMPUS CHATTER This was a grand plan. Love you both. #gvsu #burrymurray Posted by Lauren Van Singel, (@laurenvansingel) on Dec. 14, 2013.

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Campus News
Donor Impact
Art of the Possible
One Book Carries Discussions Beyond Classroom
One Million Hours
Power Trio Turns Ideas Into Companies
Q&A Renee Freeman
Off the Path
Focal Point
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