Steve Proefrock, head men’s basketball coach at Glen Oaks Community College, has been awarded the Men’s Junior College Coach of the Year award from the statewide Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
In his 16th season at Glen Oaks, Proefrock led his team to the Western Conference Championship with a conference season record of 15-and-1, and an overall record of 27-and-4.
The school’s only conference loss was a 105-103 overtime setback to Grand Rapids.
Glen Oaks Community College President Gary Wheeler announced Steve Ryno as the recipient of the Shaheen Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes a faculty member for innovation and quality instruction.
A professor of communications, Ryno, 35, is the 29th recipient of the award.
Ryno was named the winner of the award during the school’s 45th graduation ceremony, staged Friday in its gymnasium.
Wheeler also announced Three Rivers resident Anne McLeod as the President’s Award recipient. A native of England, McLeod was is president of Phi Theta Kappa at GOCC.
Wheeler commended McLeod for her dedication, perseverance, motivation and impressive work ethic.
About 130 of the school’s 184 members of the 2013 graduating class took part in the 90-minute commencement.
A trio of men who fled from police in Three Rivers earlier this week were arraigned in district court Wednesday.
William Powell, 23, Antonio Hearn, 20, and Charles Hearn, 21, face a variety of charges following the Monday night incident in which one of the men held his 6-month-old son while fleeing from police.
All three men, originally from Ohio, were members of the Glen Oaks Community College 2012-13 basketball team.
Powell and Antonio Hearn were charged with retail fraud, and resisting and obstructing police. Charles Hearn was charged with retail fraud, fleeing and eluding, driving while intoxicated, child endangerment, child abuse, and resisting and obstructing, according to authorities.
They were arrested following an incident at Wal Mart. The three fled the scene in a vehicle, which crashed at Constantine Street. They left the crash site on foot but were soon after taken into custody.
The 6-month-old boy was turned over to the custody of his mother.
St. Joseph County has renewed a law-enforcement agreement its sheriff’s department has with two governmental entities.
County commissioners this week approved contracts between the county and the village of Centreville, and Fabius Township. The village and township receive law enforcement, including routine patrol, from the sheriff’s department rather than establishing their own police agencies.
The agreement with Centreville is for 80 hours a week and will cost about $160,000 for the year.
Fabius Township will receive coverage 40 hours a week beyond routine patrol at a cost of about $93,000
Both contracts are retroactive to April 1 and expire at the end of March 2014.
The county also provides law-enforcement service to Glen Oaks Community College.
Glen Oaks Community College has announced registration for the 2013 spring/summer and the fall semesters is underway.
Spring/summer semester classes begin May 13 and fall classes start Aug. 26.
Students are encouraged to register early to ensure they receive class schedules at times they prefer.
Class schedules are available at the college, mailed upon request or online at glenoaks.edu.
Financial aid and scholarships may also be available for prospective students who qualify.
Glen Oaks Community College officials have announced three new associate degree programs in visual arts beginning in the fall.
The associate of arts in visual arts degree has emphasis in three areas: graphic design, fine art and commercial photography.
Developing the trio of new programs was a two-year process that involved evaluating the market for visual arts, the school’s ability to provide the courses with quality instruction and whether similar programs are offered.
With the exception of commercial photography, most of the jobs obtained by people who take the graphic design and fine-art courses at Glen Oaks will require a four-year degree.