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GOCC Foundation starts the new year with changes to the board of directors
The Glen Oaks Community College Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that supports educational
programs and services at the college, has a new board president—Mike Doe, vice president of sales and
public relations at LTI Printing, Sturgis, Mich. He is a graduate of Northwood University and a lifelong resident
of Sturgis. Doe serves on the Sturgis Hospital Foundation Board and the Sturgis Foundation Grant Review

“I’m honored to be elected to this position and will work hard to maintain the ongoing success the foundation
has provided to the GOCC student body since 1979. The foundation continues to provide over 55 scholarships
per year to help students fund their education.” Doe said he would like to recognize Jim Riley who is retiring
from this position after serving as president since 2002. “Jim has been an integral member of the foundation
board for over 13 years and his time and effort provided during this period is truly appreciated by everyone.
Ruth Perry will continue as the vice president along with Dr. Gary Wheeler as the secretary and treasurer”.

Other changes to board of directors is the addition of Mary Kay Schultz, vice president of human resources,
Sturgis Hospital; John Dresser, attorney, Dresser, Dresser, Haas and Caywood, PC; and Joni Smith,
accountant, finance director, St. Joseph County.

Continuing members of the board are: Julie Andrews, vice president trust officer, Century Bank & Trust;
Andrew Boyd, human resources manager, Burr Oak Tool, Inc.; David Casterline, corporate director of
communications, Armstrong International, Inc.; Jeffrey Gatton, president, Peoples Federal Bank; Phillip
Hoffine, president, P & P Transportation; Ruth Perry, retired CEO Perry Personnel, Inc.; Taylor Snow, retired
vice president, FNB Financial; Dr. Philip Ward, retired president, Glen Oaks Community College; and Dr. Gary
Wheeler, president, Glen Oaks Community College.

The Glen Oaks Community College Foundation offers ideas and arrangements for donors to establish funds
that will provide scholarship assistance to students, support college programs, award grants to purchase
equipment, maintain facilities, recognize faculty and provide professional development programs to staff. The
GOCC Foundation welcomes any monetary gift. To learn more, contact Janene Breneman, executive director
of the GOCC foundation, at 269-294-4384.

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Dr. David Devier is selected as finalist for next GOCC president
The Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees selected Dr. David Devier to serve as
the president of Glen Oaks Community College, at yesterday’s (December 17) board meeting.

“All of our finalists were excellent candidates,” said David Allen, board president. “Devier expressed a high
level of energy and enthusiasm, along with a strong passion for education and student success — that is what
stood out for me.”

The selection of Devier Devier now rests on his acceptance of the assignment and successful contract

Allen extended thanks to everyone for their work during the search and acknowledged the community for
participating in recent open candidate forums, held Dec. 9-10 and Dec. 12.

Board chairman David Allen extended thanks to everyone for their work during the search and acknowledged
the community for participating in recent open candidate forums, held last week. “I appreciate everyone
involved in this process — we have three great candidates here,” Allen said.

Devier served most recently as vice president of academic and student affairs at Clark State Community
College in Springfield, Ohio. Previously he served as dean and CEO, University of Cincinnati Clermont College
in Batavia, Ohio and as dean, industrial and engineering technologies at Owens Community College in Toledo,

A native of Ada, Ohio, Devier earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Technology Education from Ohio
State University, a Master of Arts in Industrial Arts Education from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts
in Industrial Arts Education from Ohio Northern University.

Devier has been selected to succeed Dr. Gary Wheeler, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

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Glen Oaks faculty/staff versus student volleyball match to raise money for scholarship
The Student Government and Phi Theta Kappa Chapters at Glen Oaks Community College
have teamed together to host a volleyball game to raise money for student scholarships.

The faculty/staff at GOCC will be pitted against a student team in a volleyball match to be held on Fri.,
December 6 in the college’s gymnasium. Tip-off time is 5 p.m. All money raised from this event will go toward
scholarship for one PTK member.

“The response by faculty/staff and students has been extremely positive,” said Ben Fries, GOCC’s student
success advisor. “We are excited and hopeful for a large turnout from students and the community.”

Admission cost is $1 for students and $2 for the general public.

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Glen Oaks Community College Foundation awards 66 scholarships
The Glen Oaks Community College Foundation has announced its 2013-14 scholarship
award recipients. The Foundation is awarding approximately $63,000 to 66 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

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 or 269-294-4384.

The scholarships, by category and name, were awarded to the students listed below. All are from
Michigan, unless specified otherwise.

Joslin Memorial Art Scholarship – Kristy Holtz, Sturgis.

Paul P. Clark Golf Scholarship – selection in progress; Jim Bishop Memorial Athletic Scholarship
– Courtney Moore, Three Rivers.

Richard M. Bell Banking Scholarship – Justin Horst, Middlebury, Ind.; Century Bank & Trust
Business Scholarship – Justin Horst, Middlebury, Ind.; Dr. George R. Hoekzema Business Studies
Scholarship – Zachary Blair, Colon; Phillip Bovee, Three Rivers; Christopher Chupp and Larry Richardson
Jr., Sturgis; and Tereasa Hufstedler, Centreville; Farmers State Bank Business Scholarship – Brett
Modert, Sturgis; Southern Michigan Bank & Trust Business Scholarship – Larry Richardson Jr.,
Sturgis; Sturgis Bank & Trust Business Scholarship – Phillip Bovee, Three Rivers.

Augspurger Scholarship – Jason Eichorn, Sturgis; Jessie Alice Ray General Studies Scholarship –
Casie Lemley and Rachael Reed, Centreville; Amanda Hunnaman, Colon; Trevor Leist, Tricia Lewis, Ivan
Nieves, Courtney Reingardt and Tim Taylor, Sturgis; Melissa Bryant, Alyssa Frye, Lucielle Leitch and Paula
Sedlecky, Three Rivers; Elmer Black Community Leadership Scholarship – Taylor Batten, Three
Rivers; Gary & Susan Wheeler Leadership Scholarship – Trevor Leist, Sturgis; Gray Brothers
Stamping Machine Company Scholarship – Andrea Flock, Sturgis; GOCC Foundation Scholarship
– Kaidy Johnson, Sturgis; Indiana Michigan Power Scholars Endowment – Lisa Toothman,
Centreville; Senator Harry Gast Leadership Scholarship – Taylor Batten, Three Rivers; James
Martin Memorial Scholarship – Michael Langworthy, Three Rivers; Mitchell Baker General Studies
Scholarship – Dante Avila, Sturgis; Ward/MacMillan Memorial Scholarship – Alyssa Frye, Three
Rivers; “Invest in You” Upward Bound Scholarship – Corry Brown, Abigail Fortoso, Renoldo Mata,
Alisson Perry, Jamie Rivers, Anna Shutes, Patreice Spain and Kamaria Thornton, Three Rivers; Ernest R.
Graham Memorial Scholarship – Elizabeth Zimmerman, Three Rivers; Crystal Smith, Sturgis; and
Linda Wilson, Mendon.

Health Sciences
Alice & George F. Field Nursing Scholarship – Amy J. Kline, Three Rivers; Jaffe (Fredrica, Neva,
& Abraham) Scholarship – Wendell Eichorn, Leonidas; Kaitlyn Meek, Sturgis; and Kari McCLain, Three
Rivers; Mary A. Hoffine Nursing Scholarship – Breanna Gearhart, Three Rivers; Howard & Betty
Lambertson Medical Studies – Aleycia Fuller, Sturgis; and Katelyn Ronk, White Pigeon; Runyan
Nursing Scholarship – Michael Klein, Mendon; Dennis & Sharon Baker Nursing Scholarship –
Michelle Forbes, Sturgis; Donald & Eloise Wiedenbeck Nursing Scholarship – Erin Clous, Battle
Creek; Joan & Richard Jacobs Nursing Scholarship – Kelly King, White Pigeon; Patricia J.
Wortinger Nursing Scholarship – Tracy Roberts, Constantine; Ron & Keli Lynn Roach Memorial
Health Occupation – Heather Smith, Sturgis.

Human Services
Bernice L. Strang Memorial Fund – Amanda Frye and Kristin Rose, Three Rivers; Rebecca Hice,
Constantine; Jennifer Porter, Vicksburg; Jessie A. Ray Memorial Scholarship – Katelyn Crites,
Sherese Miller and Kalyn Fitch, Sturgis; Brandi Hiemstra, Vandalia; Rhealyn Patterson, Lindsey Phillips
and Melissa Stemes, Three Rivers; Kenneth R. Nelson Scholarship – Kristin Rose, Three Rivers.

Donis Armstrong “A Step Up to the Sciences” – Skye Russell, Mendon; and Courtney Yeager,

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GOCC to host “The Road to Andersonville” a film to recognize Michigan Native American successes in the Civil War
Glen Oaks Community College will host the award-winning film “The Road to Andersonville”
— the first film to document the story of Michigan’s Native Americans in the Civil War who served in Company
K of the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters. The presentation will be held on Thur., December 5, from 6 p.m. to 8
p.m. in the Nora Hagen Theatre on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College. The event is free and open
to the public.

Michigan historian and author Chris Czopek will be there in person to introduce the film and answer questions.

He has spent over 15 years researching Michigan Native Americans in the Civil War. It was Czopek’s book,
“Who was Who in Company K” that the producer turned to in the production of the film. The book was the first
book ever written about Company K and serves as a resource for those wanting to know more about its
members and their service…even to the knowledge of their last resting places.

Czopek will talk about his latest discovery – the seven Native American POWs who died at the infamous
Andersonville Prison. Only recently have their graves been located. When news of the discovery reached the
Michigan tribes, a group of their veterans gathered together, traveled to Georgia, and honored those seven
graves with a traditional Native American ceremony.

Accompanying them was an acclaimed documentary film-maker, David B. Schock, a former newspaper
reporter, radio producer and reporter, television reporter, and academic. He has taught at Central Michigan
University and at Hope College, in Holland, Mich. Schock holds a bachelor’s degree in religion from Albion

For people who have never before heard the story of Company K, this program will reveal a fresh, new chapter
in Michigan’s Native American history.

Background on Company K

During the Civil War, a regiment of sharpshooters was being recruited to fight for the Union, but there was a
problem – few men could pass the marksmanship test. Since Michigan’s Native Americans were famous as
skilled hunters, it was decided to recruit one company—Company K—from among the tribes in Michigan.

Nearly 140 men volunteered for Company K in the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters regiment. Each passed the
test, hitting a five-inch circle from a distance of 220 yards. For basic training, they were sent to Dearborn, Mich.
The soldiers of Company K wore the same uniform and received the same pay as the rest of the regiment.

Company K was sent to Virginia in 1864, and fought in some of the fiercest battles of the Civil War: The
Wilderness, Spotsylvania and the Siege of Petersburg. During an attack against the enemy lines on June 17,
1864, a group of 15 men were captured and sent to the infamous and horrific Andersonville prison. Of the 15
from Company K, seven died and were buried there. At the time of the beginning production of this film, they
had lain at Andersonville for nearly 150 years without receiving their burial ceremony.

The men of Company K are known to have served in most of the major battles remaining in the war. In all, one
fourth of the men of Company K were either killed or wounded in battle.

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Registration for Winter 2014 classes is now under way at Glen Oaks Community College
New student registration for Winter 2014 classes at Glen Oaks Community College is now
under way and will continue through the first day of classes, which is Mon., January 6, 2014.

Between now 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 2 and 3. (There is no on-campus registration during Thanksgiving
Break, November 27-29, or Winter Holiday/New Year’s Break, December 16, 2013 through January 1,

A PDF of the Winter 2014 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 2014 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 12 associate degree programs and 16 occupational certificate
programs aimed at helping students advance with university transfer courses or move directly into good
paying jobs.

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Glen Oaks Community College launches Medical Coding focus option as part of Medical Administrative Specialist certificate program
Glen Oaks Community College is pleased to announce the addition of a Medical Coding
focus to the current Medical Administrative Specialist certificate program. The new option offers students the
knowledge and skills to sit for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified
Coding Specialist (CCS-P) exam.

“Physician office coding specialists are in high demand,” said Brenda Luczek, GOCC professor, Allied Health
and Medical Assistant program chair. “Adding this certification to either the Medical Assistant or the Medical
Administrative Specialist certificate is a path to greater advantages in this ever-growing field.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical records and health information technicians
is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations—meaning more claims for reimbursement
from private and public insurance.

“Students in the Medical Administrative Specialist program can now choose from two areas of focus, or they
may choose to do both,” said Luczek. “The Business focus provides them with the financial management of the
medical office and the skills to assist with tasks including scheduling and payroll. The Medical Coding focus
provides them with the full range of coding skills from patient diagnosis to physician reimbursement including
the skills to work with insurance companies.

“Certified coding specialists are masters of medical terminology, disease processes and pharmacology,” said
Luczek. “They are skilled in classifying and reviewing medical data from patient records and have the
knowledge to assign codes for patient diagnosis and medical procedures. They may be employed in physician
offices or hospital settings.”

The “Coding” focus includes the addition of three courses to the program: 1) Diagnostic Coding; Procedural
Coding; and Insurance Claims Processing.

Glen Oaks is offering the Diagnostic Coding class online beginning with the Winter 2014 semester. This course
will focus on the necessary principles for properly coding diseases, conditions and injuries. Students will learn
and be expected to demonstrate the ability to translate written diagnoses into the appropriate International
Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) numeric designation with an introduction to ICD-
10-CM. Emphasis is also placed on coding compliance and adherence to official guidelines. Students will gain
an understanding of the importance of data quality and data integrity. This course will prepare students to
successfully pass the AHIMA CCS-P certification exam—Medical Terminology and Introduction to Anatomy
and Physiology are course prerequisites. Anyone with the necessary prerequisites is invited to register for the
course to either work toward a certificate or upgrade their current skills.

Persons interested in the Medical Coding classes, the Medical Administrative Specialist program, or any of the
Allied Health programs at the College should contact Luczek at 269-294-4267.

Registration for Winter 2014 classes at Glen Oaks begins November 11 for new students.

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“Return 2 Learn” College Information Session to focus on adult learners
Glen Oaks Community College will host “Return 2 Learn,” a special college information
session for adult learners on Tues., November 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Dresser Business Development
Center on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College.

Whether one is considering going back to college, getting started on a program, or is in need of training to
advance specific skills, this event will help prospective students get on a track to success.

“We encourage any adult—whether he or she graduated from high school three years ago or forty years ago—
to attend this informational session,” said Tonya Howden, GOCC director of admissions. “Each person has
unique circumstances, abilities and concerns, and this session will give prospective students an opportunity to
have their questions answered and learn about specific programs and support services to help them succeed
in college.”

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to have their questions answered regarding admission,
transfer credits, financial aid, distance learning, military service and more. It is also a chance to learn more
about suggestions for balancing school, work and family.

Glen Oaks Community College joins colleges and universities across Michigan in encouraging you to “Return 2
Learn.” Contact the Glen Oaks Admissions Office 269-294-4253 for more specific details or questions.

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Glen Oaks Community College is highlighted nationally, Report identifies high-impact educational practices in community colleges
Glen Oaks Community College is highlighted in a report, released last week by The University of Texas
at Austin, identifying high-impact educational practices in community colleges.

The report “A Matter of Degrees: Engaging Practices, Engaging Students,” shares 12 high-impact educational practices
that community colleges can employ to increase student engagement and success. In it, Glen Oaks is credited with
instituting an attendance policy that requires all full-time and part-time faculty to track and report attendance during the
first three weeks of the term.

“This national recognition is due to the impressive work of everyone, faculty and student support staff,” said Dr. Gary
Wheeler, Glen Oaks Community College president. “As part of the new policy, absences are reported to Student
Services, including financial aid advisors, who use the information to identify specific problems and encourage the
students to get back to class.”

The Financial Aid Office may freeze financial aid for students who are not attending class regularly. “This approach helps
minimize the number of students who jeopardize their financial aid eligibility,” added Wheeler. “The students receive
letters outlining alternatives ranging from seeking free tutoring to withdrawing from the course.”

The report, released by The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Community College Student Engagement
(CCCSE), is the second in a three-part series to present key findings from a multi-year Center initiative—Identifying and
Promoting High-Impact Educational Practices in Community Colleges—and describes the relationships between students’
participation in particular practices and their levels of engagement in college. The report brings together survey responses
from entering students, experienced students, faculty, and institutions. Data sources include results from recent
administrations of the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE), Community College Survey of Student
Engagement (CCSSE), and Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE); the SENSE and
CCSSE 2012 special-focus items on promising practices; and findings from the Community College Institutional Survey

The full report is available at:

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Glen Oaks to offer continuing education courses this fall Cards, Creativity & Chocolate; Watercolors for Beginners
Glen Oaks Community College is offering two non-credit courses this fall for participants to spur on their creativity. The courses are offered through GOCC’s Continuing Education program.

Cards, Creativity & Chocolate (One-evening)
Creativity flows when chocolate meets card stock. Participants will learn the basics of making greeting cards. Discussion will include various techniques, different types of paper materials, such as card stock, chip board, vellum and different types of ink and their purposes. No experience is necessary to create the two non-gender specific birthday cards to take home. Participants are encouraged to bring scissors and favorite adhesive such as glue sticks. Materials and the chocolate will be supplied.

Section 1: Mon., October 28, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Dresser Business Development Center Auditorium
Instructors: Barb Clouse and Beth Hocevar
Cost: $35

About the instructors: Barb Clouse and Beth Hocevar have been Stampin’Up! demonstrators for eight years, but have been involved with paper crafting for at least 12 years. Including making handmade cards and other paper crafted items, both enjoy a multitude of creative venues; Barb: baking, sewing and crocheting, and Beth: knitting and scrapbooking. They have gone to several Stampin’Up! national conferences and regional events to hone their card making and rubber stamping passion and often hold events in their own homes.

Watercolors for Beginners (Two-evenings)
Participants will learn how to use watercolors, including tips and tricks and some interesting effects that can be created utilizing household items. Participants should bring a photo or image (from a magazine, etc.) that they would like to try to paint. Techniques will be taught on the first night and participants will begin to create projects by drawing or experimenting with paint. The second class is where the project will be completed.

Section 1: Tues., November 12, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Thurs., November 14, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dresser Business Development Center Auditorium
Instructor: Julie Bontrager
Cost $35, plus $5 for supplies

About the instructor: Julie has earned a minor in studio art from Western Michigan University and had studied under Lou Rizzolo, professor emeritus, while there. She has continued instruction in watercolor with him for the past eight years through summer workshops. Her art has been accepted in three juried shows at the Carnegie Center in Three Rivers, Mich., and she was a featured artist at the Sturgis Art Bounce in October, 2012. She has also participated in the Community Art Show for three years at the Open Door Gallery, in Sturgis, Mich., where she won the People’s Choice Award in 2007.

Continuing Education courses are non-credit and are open to all individuals. Admission to Glen Oaks is not required. Interested persons should contact Mary Kay Balaguer at call 269-294-4276.