184 students receive degrees at spring commencement

Congratulations to all the graduates who received certificates and degrees at the 45th annual commencement ceremony.

I am pleased to announce that Anne McLeod was the recipient of the 2013 President’s Award. Anne is from England and currently resides in Three Rivers. She is dedicated and has a strong work ethic, and is the president of the Phi Theta Kappa Society at GOCC. She received
her Associate’s degree in General Studies and has enrolled in the Spring Arbor Organization Management program, held on our campus.

Also, congratulations to Steve Ryno, professor of English, who is this year’s recipient of the E. J. Shaheen Chair for Teaching Excellence. The award is given annually to a GOCC faculty member nominated for innovation and quality instruction by students, alumni,
fellow faculty, staff and members of the community.

And finally, congratulations to T. J. Reed, our 2013 GOCC Fellows Award recipient. T.J is a lifelong resident of St. Joseph County who recently joined the law firm of Bird & Pattison. He is a graduate of Centreville High School, Glen Oaks Community College, Western Michigan University and the Michigan State University Law School.

A special thank you to our student speakers at the ceremony: Kristina Mellinger and Kylee Schlabach.

– Dr. Gary Wheeler
President, Glen Oaks Community College


Board of Trustees approves tuition changes, roof repairs Distance learning fees decrease

The Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees approved tuition changes that will go into effect for the Fall semester that includes the establishment of a four-tier tuition schedule as follows:

  • In District – $95
  • In Service Area – $145
  • In State – $153
  • Out of State – $185

Although tuition will increase by five percent and general fees will increase by $7, the distance learning fee will be reduced from $75 to $25 to remain in line with competition. Graduation fees will be eliminated and transcript fees will be waived for the first three transcript requests.

The Board also approved a recommendation to proceed with roof repairs on the Student Services Center and tower entryway with estimates and contingencies not to exceed $450,000. A representative from Soil and Materials Engineering, Inc., believes the cause of the leaking roof is due to a four-inch section of exposed mesh around the perimeters, between the deck and the insulation.


College Updates

  • Mary Kay Balaguer, director of business services, gave a presentation on the GOCC/Michigan Works partnership to the Workforce development Board of Kalamazoo and St. Joseph County MI Works!
  • E. Nate Pierson received the Third Annual Professor Emeritus B. Swartz Scholarship for Excellence award in mathematics. Pierson is a recent GOCC graduate who plans to further his education in mechanical engineering.
  • Kristy Holtz, a GOCC Presidential Scholar, will have her artwork displayed at the Open Door Gallery in Sturgis this weekend. A reception will be held in her honor on Fri., May 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. and her work will be on exhibition throughout the day on Sat., May 18. Holtz is a sophomore working toward her Associate’s degrees in both General Studies and Fine Arts at GOCC. She plans to continue her studies in art at a four-year institution.


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