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GOCC gets new President

December 19, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A successor to President Gary Wheeler at Glen Oaks Community College has been identified.

The school’s board of trustees on Tuesday announced it would begin negotiations with David Devier  after the new year. Devier retired in October as vice president of academic and student affairs at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio.

Devier was one of three finalists for the post. All three were interviewed in public forums on separate occasions last week and Glen Oaks officials met in special session this week to come to a consensus on their choice.

Wheeler is under contract through June. A start date for Devier, if negotiations are worked out, has not yet been identified.

Public forums for presidential candidates

December 10, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Glen Oaks Community College is continuing public forums for its presidential candidates today and Thursday.

The second of three sessions takes place today, when Phil Gasparro will be involved in a question-answer forum 10 to 11 a.m., and again 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Gasparro is an administrator with Student Success Initiatives at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

On Thursday, Douglas Brauer will be the candidate available for a question-answer session, also from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Brauer is vice president of economic development and innovative workforce solutions at Richland Community College in Decatur, Ill.

A session with candidate David Devier, who most recently served as an administrator at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio, took place Monday.

Restructuring for GOCC

November 15, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A restructuring plan was announced Wednesday by Glen Oaks Community College officials, who said a loss in student enrollment and a drop in property taxes were major reasons the moves were necessary.

Glen Oaks President Gary Wheeler said the position of director of academic services will be cut. Meanwhile, another administrative position will be eliminated by combining the roles of dean of teaching and learning, and associate dean of extended learning and workforce development.

Furthermore, Wheeler said, the director of business services will become a part-time position.

The plan also eliminates an evening custodian, senior secretary to student services and counseling/advising, Wheeler said.

College officials said the Centreville-area school lost $200,000 in the last year due to a decline in property-tax revenue.

Prescription drug abuse in St. Joe

October 23, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Substance Abuse Task Force of St. Joseph County is hosting a Frontline Luncheon on prescription drug abuse in St. Joseph County from noon to 1 Oct. 30 in the Dresser Business Auditorium of Glen Oaks Community College.

Dr. John Robertson, of Sturgis Health and Wellness, and a representative from the Michigan State Police, will be presenting at the event. They will discuss what prescription drug abuse looks like and what can be done to protect families.

In St. Joseph County, 16 percent of middle-school students reported having used a prescription drug without a prescription and 8 percent of high school students reported having used a prescription drug without a prescription in the past 30 days.

Cost for the luncheon is $5.50 for lunch from Yoder’s, or free to attend without lunch.

Due to limited space, registration is required and may be done by phoning Ashley Willis at 244-0008 by Oct. 28.

World Record fell short

September 30, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

An attempt to break the world record for the most number of strollers pushed at the same time fell short Saturday.

Nonetheless, organizers behind the event at Glen Oaks Community College said the effort was still a worthwhile affair.

Amy Brauer, coordinator of the St. Joseph County Great Start Collaborative, said the attempt brought attention to nearly a dozen area children- and family-related agencies that set up display tables during the event.

From the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Health Department and the St. Joseph County Child Abuse/Neglect agency, to Brauer’s Great Start Collaborative, the record-breaking attempt served as a good public-relations opportunity for the various participating agencies.

About two dozen people took part in what was billed as a Family Stroll for Early Childhood. Those who did participate said the one-mile trek was a pleasant experience under sunny skies.

Problems with the roof

September 20, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Contractors performing roof repairs over the summer at Glen Oaks Community College uncovered numerous problems, college officials learned last week.

Heather DeKorte, senior project architect at Grand Rapids-based Soils and Materials Engineers Inc., said cracks in the weatherproofing are the main culprit for the problems.

The discovery was made as workers were correcting the perimeter leaks. The problem is the result of the roof being improperly installed by a subcontractor for Laurenco Systems.

The 18-year-old roof has a 25-year warranty, but school officials have not been successful in pursuing the issue with Laurenco, Glen Oaks officials said.

Initial leaks have been fixed, DeKorte said, and measures were taken to drain water from the building. Also, skylights that are no longer structurally sound will be replaced.

Trustees encouraged administrators to consider taking legal action against Laurenco.

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