Winners of Dancing with the St. Joe County Stars

March 10, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Three Rivers City Manager Joe Bippus and his wife, Cheryl, were crowned the winners of the inaugural Dancing With the St. Joseph County Stars event Friday.

Staged at Glen Oaks Community College’s Nora Hagen Theater, the fundraiser featured six teams. The couples and their respective coaches volunteered their time as part of the fundraiser to benefit the St. Joseph County Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Second place went to Matthew and Jessica Mosher of Three Rivers, while Geoff and Stephanie Smith of Sturgis placed third. People’s Choice was bestowed to Constantine-area residents Mark and Marti Brown.

Event organizers said they were pleased with the turnout of more than 200 spectators and sponsors, who combined to help raise more than $4,500 for the Centreville-based agency.

GOCC Expo ‘14

February 28, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Glen Oaks Community College has announced details of Expo ’14, an inaugural event where the community is invited to visit the campus, meet and talk with faculty members, and experience the college through hands-on activities.

The free, three-hour event starts at 10 a.m. March 8.

Tonya Howden, GOCC director of admissions, said officials with the Centreville-area school hope to raise an awareness of the programs, services and opportunities that it provides.

Guided tours of campus will take place every half hour. Students will be performing demonstrations in many of the labs—these include Automotive, Welding, Electrical Technologies and the Science labs.

In addition, support staff will be on hand to answer questions about associate and certificate degree programs, admissions, registration, financial aid, dual enrollment and student-support services.

Guests will also be able to explore career options through the Focus 2 Online Career and Educational Planning system.

Faculty & staff honored

February 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Twenty- four faculty and staff members were recently honored by Glen Oaks Community College.

Totaling a combined 330 years of service to the school, the employees were recognized at the Winter Semester All-College meeting.

Thirty-five-year recipients were James McNeil and Robin Weekly. Kathleen Patrick was honored for her 25-year milestone. Honored for 20 years of employment were Ed Chobot, Barbara Clouse, Michelle McNamara, Betsy Morgan and Jeanne Reed.

Lea Green, Chris Khodl and Larry Mericle reached the 15-year-plateau.

Five employees received 10-year recognition and eight more for their five-year anniversary.

Citizen Corps Coordinator of the Year

February 14, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Sturgis resident has been awarded the honor of Citizen Corps Coordinator of the Year.

Sturgis Police Deputy Chief David Ives said Jim Cook, a retired CAD instructor from Glen Oaks Community College, was selected from nominations across the state. He was presented a plaque during a recent meeting of the 5th District Homeland Security in Kalamazoo.

Cook heads the Sturgis Volunteers in Policing program

Ives said Citizen Corps is coordinated nationally by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It trains volunteers to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to any type of disaster.

Cook also received the Volunteers in Policing state award as volunteer of the year in 2013.

Contract for new GOCC president

January 13, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Glen Oaks Community College’s Board of Trustees has reached an agreement with a new president.

During a special meeting Monday, the board and David Devier (agreed to a two-year contract. Terms of the contract include a $150,000 annual salary, plus an allowance for a car and phone.

He begins the job Monday.

Chosen from a group of three finalists, the 59-year-old Devier replaces Gary Wheeler, who will be stepping down in June.

Devier retired in October as vice president of academic and student affairs at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio.

New president for Glen Oaks Foundation

December 25, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Mike Doe has been named president of the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation.

The foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports educational services and programs at the Centreville-area school.

Doe, vice president of sales and public relations at LTI Printing of Sturgis, will oversee the board responsible for providing more than 55 scholarships annually to Glen Oaks students.

Doe replaces Jim Riley, who is stepping down from the board after a 13-year tenure.

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