From left at the reverse transfer agreement signing are Lansing Community College President Brent Knight, Lake Michigan College President Robert Harrison, WMU Provost Tim Greene, Glen Oaks Community College President Gary Wheeler and Kellogg Community College President Dennis Bona
Glen Oaks Community College and Western Michigan University sign reverse transfer agreement
Students who have attended Glen Oaks Community College and transferred to Western Michigan University, prior to obtaining their associate degree, can now receive their associate degree a little easier while continuing their studies at WMU.

Glen Oaks Community College was one of four community colleges which signed reverse transfer agreements on Tue., December 4, that allows community college students, transferring to WMU, the opportunity to combine credits earned at both WMU and their community college to receive their associate degrees.

GOCC President Gary Wheeler and Kellogg Community College President Dennis Bona, Lake Michigan College President Robert Harrison and Lansing Community College President Brent Knight joined WMU Provost Timothy Greene at WMU’s Gilmore Alumni House for the signing ceremony, along with other community college and WMU officials who were there to celebrate the agreement that will enhance existing transfer and articulation agreements between the community colleges and WMU.

“When we build new buildings, it is often a good idea to wait and see where the students walk and the pathways they establish, and then pour the sidewalks,” says Wheeler.
“That is quite similar to what we are doing today with these agreements. We’ve seen where the students are enrolling and using that information to establish the appropriate academic pathways for credentials.”

“Students often enter the work force prior to completing a two or four-year degree,” continues Wheeler. “The agreement demonstrates the commitment on the part of both institutions to support student success and encourage them to re-enroll to complete, thereby enhancing the student’s attractiveness in the job market. Student success is a core value we both share, as is working collaboratively to address common challenges.”

Reverse transfer agreements,WMU’s Greene says, are a way to honor the college choices and paths students follow and ensure they receive the maximum benefit from both their time at their community college and at WMU.

“We want them to have the flexibility of entering the job market whenever they wish and to have a resume that reflects the community college credentials they’ve earned as they work to complete a four-year degree,” Greene says. “This is about our institutions showing our joint commitment to our students and their success.”

Under the agreement terms, WMU will identify potential students who may qualify for the retroactive associate degree using the credits earned at WMU. GOCC will work with the students to ensure the requirements are met. It takes a minimum of 62 credit hours to earn an associate degree at GOCC.

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GOCC to hold Online Open Houses to answer questions about online learning
Staff from Glen Oaks Community College’s Distance Learning Office will be available to explain the convenience and ease of online college classes as part of two web-based Open Houses. The Distance Learning Online Open Houses are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wed., December 12 and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mon., January 7, 2013. Guests should plan to visit the college website at:, and scroll down to the Distance Learning Open House link under the Quick Link section of the page.

“The Open House sessions allow one to experience the convenience of online learning through Glen Oaks,” says Dr. Patricia Morgenstern, associate dean of extended learning and workforce development. “Included is a short survey so people can learn if online classes are a good fit for them. Participants will be able to sample a weekly distance learning assignment and learn how most Glen Oaks online classes transfer to other two- and four-year colleges and universities.”

An online chat room will also be available to visitors who wish to speak with a college representative during the Open House.

Glen Oaks Community College has long been a leader in distance learning classes, offering dozens of online courses as well as being a founding member in the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative (MCCVLC) program. The MCCVLC opens more college classes through other Michigan colleges with Glen Oaks as the college of record.

“With winter weather upon us, we felt it was important to remind people interested in online college classes that they don’t have to get out on snow and ice covered roads to receive quality instruction.” says Morgenstern. “They can register online as a guest student for the Open House. After reviewing the information and taking a test drive at one of the sessions, we encourage those interested to enroll before Glen Oaks online winter semester classes are full. Returning students may go online at any time to enroll in distance learning classes. New students should contact the Admissions office at (269) 467.9945 or toll-free at (888) 994.7818 to apply to the college and schedule a meeting with an adviser prior to course registration.”

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GOCC Foundation awards 67 scholarships
The Glen Oaks Community College Foundation has announced its 2012-2013 scholarship award recipients. The Foundation is awarding amount is approximately $57,000 to 67 students who were chosen by a committee for their academic achievements. Additionally, the athletic program received a $25,000 grant to award scholarships to student athletes who are participating on one or more of the Viking sports teams.

Through philanthropic efforts of the Foundation, charitable cash gifts have given many students of Glen Oaks Community College the opportunity of an education that will in turn help to change their lives in a positive way. Many supporters have found partnerships with the Foundation a rewarding experience that has allowed countless students to flourish. Glen Oaks appreciates those individuals and wishes to extend a sincere Thank You! To learn how you can give to the GOCC Foundation, contact Executive Director Janene Breneman at (269) 294-4384.

The scholarships, by category and name, were awarded to the following students:


Joslin Memorial Art Scholarship – Tara McGregor, Wolcottville, IN


Paul P. Clark Golf Scholarship – Justin Horst, Middlebury, IN, Jonathon Freese, Three Rivers, Max Bales, Schoolcraft, Jeremy Altimus, Marcellus;
Jim Bishop Memorial Athletic Scholarship – Jessica Mathews, Three Rivers, Dan Scheske, Sturgis.


Richard M. Bell Banking Scholarship – Brett Modert, Sturgis;
Century Bank & Trust Business Scholarship – Anthony Weston, Constantine;
Dr. George R. Hoekzema Business Studies Scholarship – Justin Horst, Middlebury, IN, Tiffany Schumacher, White Pigeon, Trista Bernheisel, Leonidas, Seth Brumbaugh, Sturgis, Matt Vizthum, Sturgis, Kylee Schlabach, Centreville;
Farmers State Bank Business Scholarship – selection in process;
Southern Michigan Bank & Trust Business Scholarship – Anthony Weston, Constantine;
Sturgis Bank & Trust Business Scholarship – selection in progress.


Augspurger Scholarship – Kristina Holtz, Sturgis;
Jessie Alice Ray General Studies Scholarship – Courtney Yeager, Centreville, Janet Smith, Colon, Tracy Roberts, Constantine, Marisa Redmond, Sturgis, Nayeli Munoz, Sturgis, Tara McGregor, Wolcottville, Christina Johnson, Mendon, Melodie Frazin, Burr Oak, Helen Datkovic, Sturgis;
LTI Printing Scholarship – Janet Smith, Colon, Jessica Kelley, Centreville, Amy Larkin, Three Rivers, Kaidy Johnson, Sturgis, Bailey Abbs, Sturgis, Logan Ulmer, Three Rivers, Sara Stuck, Burr Oak;
Elmer Black Community Leadership Scholarship – Adam West, Constantine;
Gary & Susan Wheeler Leadership Scholarship – Casie Lemley, Centreville;
Gray Brothers Stamping Machine Company Scholarship – Nathaniel Wolf, Sturgis;
GOCC Foundation Scholarship – Alexandra Brazo, Sturgis;
Indiana Michigan Power Scholars Endowment – Lisa Toothman, Centreville;
Senator Harry Gast Leadership Scholarship – Kaidy Johnson, Three Rivers;
Mitchell Baker General Studies Scholarship – Ceasar Iniquez, Sturgis.

Health Sciences

Alice & George F. Field Nursing Scholarship – Jason Newsome, LaGrange, IN;
Jaffe (Fredrica, Neva, & Abraham) Scholarship – Wendell Eichorn, Leonidas, Casey Boggs, Sturgis;
Mary A. Hoffine Nursing Scholarship – Kristina Mellinger, Constantine;
Howard & Betty Lambertson Medical Studies – Kari McClain, Three Rivers;
Runyan Nursing Scholarship – Amy Kline, Three Rivers;
Dennis & Sharon Baker Nursing Scholarship – Erin Clous, Battle Creek;
Donald & Eloise Wiedenbeck Nursing Scholarship – Katie Rumsey, Sturgis;
Joan & Richard Jacobs Nursing Scholarship – selection in process;
Patricia J. Wortinger Nursing Scholarship – Katelyn Ronk, White Pigeon;
Ward/MacMillan Memorial Scholarship – Mary DeNio, Coldwater;
Ron & Keli Lynn Roach Memorial Health Occupation – Kelly King, White Pigeon.

Human Services

Bernice L. Strang Memorial Fund – Emili Axe, Constantine, Bethany Sult, Constantine; Jessie A. Ray Memorial Scholarship – Samantha Chandler, Vandalia, Racheal Foetisch, Three Rivers, Joshua Bohm, Centreville, Sherese Miller, Sturgis;
Kenneth R. Nelson Scholarship – Helen Datkovic, Sturgis.


Donis Armstrong “A Step Up to the Sciences” – Racheal Foetisch, Three Rivers, Courtney Yeager, Centreville;
Upward Bound—“Invest in You” Upward Bound Scholarship – Josef Anderson, Sturgis, Reynaldo Mata Jr., Three Rivers, Morgan Samson, Three Rivers;
Ernest R. Graham Upward Bound Scholarship – Josef Anderson, Sturgis.

GOCC Allied Health members being presented a check from raising funds for Adopt-A-Family.
GOCC Allied Health Club raises funds for Adopt-A-Family
The annual poinsettia sale, sponsored by the Glen Oaks Community College Allied Health Club, was a huge success this year. A total of 113 plants were sold, and the Club’s earnings from the sale totaled $536. Half the proceeds are going to Glen Oaks Christmas Adopt-A-Family and the remainder goes toward scholarships. Karen Webber, student support specialist/single parent program coordinator, was presented a check for $270 to purchase items needed for the family. From left are Allied Health students Cohlleen Hathorne, Maria White, Karen Webber, Areli Fuentes, Brenda Luczek, medical assisting program chair, and Dr. Gary Wheeler, president, Glen Oaks Community College.
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Registration for Winter 2013 classes begins Nov. 12 at Glen Oaks Community College
Monday, November 12 is the first day of new student registration for Winter 2013 classes at Glen Oaks Community College. Registration continues through the first day of classes, which is Mon., January 7, 2013.

Between November 12 and December 14, students may register at the college on Monday, Thursday and Friday between 8:15 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Tuesday and Wednesday between 8:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Students may also register on January 3 and 4. (There is no on-campus registration during Thanksgiving Break, November 21-23, or Winter Holiday/New Year’s Break, December 15, 2012 through January 2, 2013.)

The Winter 2013 class schedule includes a preliminary listing of Spring/Summer classes.

A PDF of the Winter 2013 schedule is available on the Glen Oaks Community College homepage at Printed schedules are available for mailing by calling the College at (269) 467-9945 or toll free at (888) 994-7818. The schedule provides information on course listings, dates and times for Winter 2013 along with special events and activities. The schedule also includes registration information, academic calendars, distance learning courses, online career training programs and business service
courses as well as online courses specifically designed for educators.

Glen Oaks Community College offers 10 associate degree programs and 17 occupational certificate programs aimed at helping students advance with university transfer courses or move directly into good paying jobs.

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RN to BSN College Night at Glen Oaks Community College
All area registered nurses who are interested in obtaining their Bachelor of Science in Nursing are invited to attend the Glen Oaks Community College RN to BSN College night on Tues., November 13 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the GOCC Concourse.

There will be seven schools represented including Goshen College, Bethel College, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Spring Arbor University, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University.

For further information, please contact GOCC’s Department of Nursing at (269) 294.4333.

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Pre-Nursing Information Meetings at Glen Oaks Community College
Glen Oaks Community College will be holding two pre-nursing information sessions for the public on Wed., October 24 at noon and at 4 p.m. in the Dresser Business Development Auditorium on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College.

The meetings will provide information about the nursing education program at GOCC. Those interested in attending one of the meetings are encouraged to call the nursing department office at 269.467.9945, ext. 333 indicating which section they plan to attend.

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Zakrzewski is new dean of finance and administration at GOCC
Dr. Gary Wheeler, president, Glen Oaks Community College, introduced Bruce Zakrzewski, GOCC dean of finance and administration, at the GOCC Board of Trustees meeting, on Wed., October 10.

Zakrzewski joins the College with many years of financial and administrative experience. He was employed for eight years at Lake Michigan College where he was director of financial services, three years at the Ridge Company, an auto parts supply chain, where he was employed as a controller, and 17 years at TRANSPO, the South Bend public transportation organization, where he was the chief financial officer. Zakrzewski has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. He began his employment at GOCC on September 25.

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Physiology and treatment of pain is focus of nursing conference
Mike Pulford, CRNA, Kalamazoo Anesthesiology, P.C., who works at Three Rivers Health, will be the featured speaker at the 2012 Friends and Alumni of Nursing (FAN) Conference, scheduled for Sat., October 13 at the Dresser Business Development Auditorium on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College.

The conference titled “A World of Pain” will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is expected to draw nurses, nursing students, health care employees and interested members of the community to this annual event.

Nurses participating in the conference can earn 4.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and all participants will receive Continuing Education credits and a certificate of attendance. The State of Michigan Nursing CEU requirements for pain will be met through the pain presentations.


07:30 – 07:50 a.m.
07:50 – 08:00 a.m.
08:00 – 10:00 a.m.
10:15 – 12:15 p.m.
12:15 – 12:30 p.m.
Conference Check-in
Welcome – Marsha Decker, BSN, President of FAN
Physiology and Treatment of Pain, Mike Pulford, CRNA
The Effects of Analgesia and Cardiac Rhythms with Case Studies, Mike Pulford
Closing, Scholarship Presentations, and Continuing Education Certifications

Fees for the event are $5 for nursing students and $50 for everyone else. Participants can register for the FAN Conference through Wed., October 10. Registration forms are available online at or by calling Mary Kay Balaguer, director of business, at (269) 467.9945.

Proceeds from the conference support six nursing scholarships. Recipients of the 2012 “Excellence in Nursing” Award, and the 2012 NCLEX Nursing Award will be honored at the event.

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GOCC to host College Night Over 50 colleges and military organizations to attend
Admission representatives from over 50 colleges, universities and military agencies will gather for the 22nd Annual College Night at Glen Oaks Community College on Tues., October 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the College gymnasium. The event is free and open to the public.

The College representatives will answer questions about the admission process, entrance requirements and programming, and is framed as a night for students to explore higher education options available to them.

“Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak directly with college representatives throughout the evening, without having to travel to various campuses, make t telephone calls, or search the Internet for information,” says Tonya Howden, GOCC director of admissions.

As part of the event, there will be a free Financial Aid Information Session from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Nora Hagen Theatre, Room D235 at Glen Oaks. Jean Zimmerman, GOCC director of financial aid, will discuss how students and families can take advantage of federal and state grants, scholarships and loans. She will address the application timelines and deadlines as part of the overall financial aid process.

In addition to GOCC, the list of colleges and U.S. military agencies expected to participate are listed below:

Adrian College
Alma College
Aquinas College
Baker College
Ball State University
Calvin College
Central Michigan University
Columbia College Chicago
Concordia University
Davenport University
Defiance College
Eastern Michigan University
Everest Institute
Ferris State University
Finlandia University
Glen Oaks Community College
Goshen College
Grace Bible College
Grand Valley State University
Great Lakes Christian College
Holy Cross College
Indiana Tech
Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.-Fort Wayne
Johnson & Wales University
Kellogg Community College
Kendall College of Art and Design
Lake Superior State University
Lawrence Technological University
Lincoln College of Technology
Madonna University
Manchester College
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
Northern Michigan University
Olivet College
Olivet Nazarene University
Saginaw Valley State University
Saint Mary’s College
Siena Heights University
Southwestern Michigan College
Spring Arbor University
Trine University
U.S. Army
U.S. Marines
University of Michigan
University of Michigan-Flint
University of St. Francis
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University

In order to make the most out of the event, Howden recommends that students and parents ask the college representatives:

  • What are the admissions requirements?
  • What assistance is available if I am undecided about my career goal?
  • Do you offer the program of study that interests me? Are there special requirements for admission to that program?
  • What deadlines should I be especially aware of as I consider applying?
  • How do I arrange a campus tour and a meeting with a college advisor?
  • What employment assistance do you provide prior to and after graduation?
  • What kinds of support services do you offer?
  • Do you have on-campus housing? What other living arrangements do you offer? What type of transportation will I need?
  • What kinds of activities can I be involved in at your college?
  • Can you provide me with information about tuition and fees? How do I apply for financial assistance?
  • Are there any scholarships which I may be eligible for?

For more information, contact the Glen Oaks Community College Admissions Office at 269.467.9945, Ext. 253 or toll free 888.994.7818.