New PTK members standing in stairwell.
Glen Oaks students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa; Chapter leads national average in membership percentage
The Glen Oaks Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-
year colleges, recently held a special ceremony to welcome its newest members.

A total of 22 new members joined this semester and 11 of the new members, including honorary member Jill
Toner, a member of the Glen Oaks faculty were ceremonially installed into PTK during the 2014 fall induction
ceremony held in the Nora Hagen Theatre on the Glen Oaks campus.

“When adjusted for size of school enrollment, the Glen Oaks Chapter is above the national average in the
percentage of students inducted into PTK,” said Ben Fries, PTK chapter advisor, adding that nearly 15 percent
of the students eligible for PTK are inducted into the organization. “This is nearly double the national average,”
said Fries.

“Our chapter is 20 percent above the national average when it comes to completion, enrollment and transfer,”
said Fries, adding that, “in the past two years, 100 percent of our PTK members have either completed their
degrees, are still enrolled or have transferred to another institution of higher education.”

Guest speaker Hayley Younce, regional PR/historian and chapter president of Alpha Rho Nu, Kalamazoo Valley
Community College’s PTK chapter, spoke on different types of leadership. She shared how leadership roles
during college years better prepare individuals for their future both individually and in their careers.

“We are working on getting our students actively engaged,” said Chapter President and Regional Vice-
President Anne McCleod, of Three Rivers. “We are involved in or host a number of community service projects
each year including a campus blood drive, a college completion challenge, and our members volunteer at the
St. Joseph County’s candlelight vigil for domestic violence.”

Two new officers were installed during the event for the 2014-15 academic year. Hayley Taylor, of Three
Rivers, was installed as the new vice-president of public relations and Danielle Talbot, of Mendon, is the new
chapter secretary.

Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than
two million members and 1,200 chapters in the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada,
Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates, and Palau. Approximately 100,000 students
accept membership each year.

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College partners host “Return 2 Learn” Information Session for students beginning or continuing their college education
Students interested in furthering their education, whether it means taking a class to advance
their skills, or beginning or continuing coursework toward an associate, bachelor’s or a master’s degree, can
learn about expanded options now available on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College.

“Return 2 Learn,” a special college information session focused on adult learners, will be held on Wed.,
November 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Dresser Business Development Center at Glen Oaks. Representatives
from Trine University, Spring Arbor University and the St. Joseph County Community Access Network (CAN)
will join admission representatives from Glen Oaks to share information on programming, financial aid and
answer questions about the admission process.

“With the expanded program offerings at Glen Oaks, and with the addition of Trine University and Spring Arbor
University running programs on the Glen Oaks campus, we want to get the word out about the increased
options available to students,” said Tonya Howden, GOCC director of admissions. “We encourage any adult—
whether he or she graduated from high school three years ago or forty years ago— to attend this informational

“Each person has unique circumstances, abilities and concerns, and this session will provide prospective
students with information about support services available to help them succeed,” said Howden. “Participants
will have the opportunity to have their questions answered regarding transfer credits, distance learning, military
service and more.”

For more specific details about this event, contact the Glen Oaks Admissions Office 269-294-4253.

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Glen Oaks announces scholars
Glen Oaks Community College announces its outstanding scholars for the Summer
2014 Semester. Students on the President’s Honor Roll achieved a grade point average of 3.75-4.0.
Students on the Dean’s Honor Roll achieved a grade point average of 3.5-3.74. The students are listed
alphabetically according to their towns of residency.

President’s Honor Roll

Centreville: Rick Loosier, Kathleen Whittleton
Marcellus: Gretta Schermerhorn
Mendon: Tiffani Spealman
Sturgis: Anne Eichorn, Barbara Sutton
Three Rivers: Steven Bartolameolli, Alexis Dietz, Nicole Redmond, Hayley Taylor, Nicholas Wagner

Dean’s List

Bronson: Amanda Zierle
Burr Oak: Alyssa Cronkhite
Centreville: Caroline Miller, Kylee Stockdale
Gobles: Apiffany Sipress
Portage: Molly McLain, Kelli Olma
Quincy: Kelsie Letendre
Scotts: Christopher Lambert
Shipshewana, Indiana: Jayme Bennett, Tara Caldwell, Fannie Yoder
Sturgis: Ashley Dodson, Anthony Easterday, Samuel Fittro, Jennifer Harper, Lori Miller, Carrie
Scholten, Alexandria Thrasher
Three Rivers: Dianne Bugajski, Ashley Butler, Amanda Frye, Alyssa Hall, Eldin James, William
Lautenschleger, Kristina Phillips, Cody Richardson, Hayley Welch, Megan Zinsmaster
White Pigeon: Sabra Reingardt

Pam Hughes, Larry Diekman, Ron Hofman, Jesse Salazar, Adrienne Skinner, and Linda Walker
New faces at Glen Oaks this fall
Glen Oaks Community College welcomes a number of new faculty and staff to campus this fall.

Pam Hughes is the new executive director of the Glen Oaks Foundation. In this role, she leads the college’s
advancement initiatives. Hughes has worked in development and has volunteered in the St. Joseph County community for over nine years. A native of Denver, Colorado, Hughes moved to southwest Michigan 20 years
ago. She worked at Perry Personnel Plus Staffing Co. for nine years. During that time she volunteered for the
American Cancer Society and eventually took a position with the organization in Portage, Michigan. Having
been there nine years, in her most recent role as senior manager for Relay for Life, she directed over 22
events each year.

Larry Diekman recently joined the college as a maintenance assistant. He was previously employed at
Lippert Components (formerly known as Star Design) in Elkhart, Indiana. Prior to that position, he spent 26
years in law enforcement. Diekman has completed courses from both Lansing and Glen Oaks Community
Colleges and from the Michigan State Police Academy.

Ron Hofman is the college’s new automotive instructor. He has over 36 years of automotive experience
including teaching the last ten years at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He attended Denver Auto and
Diesel College and is credentialed with a number of certifications including: Automotive Repair, Master
Mechanic, Service Consultant, Parts Specialist, A/C Specialist, Emissions Inspector, Vehicle Safety Inspector
Training Instructor along with his I-CAR Certification. He also completed courses at KVCC. Hofman was
employed by Firestone for ten years and was employed by automotive dealerships in South Haven, Michigan,
for 16 years.

Jesse Salazar is the new part-time computer lab assistant. A native of Ojeda, Zulia in Venezuela, he earned a
Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Santiago Marino, Zulia, Venezuela. Salazar
worked for PDVSA Oil Company in Venezuela where he worked in drilling design and held analyst positions
both in SAP and in health, safety and the environment. Salazar is pursuing a master’s in computer science.

Adrienne Skinner is the new admissions representative for the college. Born and raised in Jackson,
Michigan, Skinner earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from Western Michigan University. She held
positions both in promotions and as a production assistant at Kalamazoo’s WWMT Channel 3 for three and a
half years. Prior to coming to Glen Oaks, Skinner was an admissions representative for Everest Institute in
Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Linda Walker has joined the Glen Oaks faculty as the new graphic design instructor. Born and raised in the
Chicago suburbs, she earned a Bachelor’s of Art in Studio Art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb,
Illinois. Walker worked as a freelance graphic designer and as a presentation graphics artist in Chicago. She
was a professional muralist developing and completing murals from concept to design and painting—her
business, known as Valentino Walker Murals and Decorative Painting, for 25 years. Walker received her
teaching certificate from Grand Valley State University and recently taught K-12 art at Burr Oak Schools. As a
Plein Air Artist of West Michigan, Walker was the 2012 Artist in Residence in Glen Arbor. Her work has been
shown in galleries throughout the state.

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Glen Oaks to hold nursing informational meetings on Oct. 10
The Glen Oaks Community College Department of Nursing will host two general information
meetings for anyone interested in nursing as a career. The meetings will be held on Friday, Oct. 10 from 10
a.m. to 11 a.m., and again from 11 a.m. to noon. The meetings will be held in the Nora Hagen Theatre on the
college’s campus. Interested persons should call (269) 294-4333 for further information.
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Law enforcement and correction officers train in crisis intervention; training simulator used as part of training
Law enforcement officials in the area and as far away as Marquette, Michigan, are
participating in Crisis Intervention Training at Glen Oaks Community College.

“It’s all part of an effort to improve our response in the community,” said T. J. Baker, CIT instructor and
director of jail diversion for St. Joseph County. “The CIT program, which started in Memphis, Tennessee in
1988, has moved throughout the United States with over 2,800 training sessions offered since the program’s
inception. We customize the curriculum to fit the local demographics.”

“Our focus is to teach one to identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness,” said Baker. “There are
situations where responders are called to situations where a person is confused, angry or where one wants to
harm his or herself.”

The program emphasizes communication skills to help de-escalate a crisis situation, stressing the importance
of the exchange that occurs during the initial contact.

The 40-hour course involves simulated role-playing scenarios so participants can apply the classroom skills
they learned to real-life situations.

“We use a training simulator as part of the training to make the scenarios seem as realistic as possible,” said
Baker. “Officers respond to real-life scenarios presented to them on a life-size video monitor. They work to
bring the situation under control by getting the individuals to comply with the officer’s request. When
threatened with a gun, knife or physical attack, they have to make on-the-spot decisions on how to continue
to de-escalate the situation, and whether that involves shooting or tazing. The trainer running the video
program makes changes to the scenario depending upon how the officer responds to the crisis situation.”

Sixteen law enforcement/corrections officers participated in last week’s program, and another 11 are
participating this week.

“This really is a long-term solution to crisis response,” said Baker. “If we can de-escalate the person, we can
decrease the number of people who end up in jail or prison systems.”

According to Baker, there are only two full-blown programs of this kind currently being offered throughout the
State of Michigan, the other being in Kalamazoo County.

Person’s interested in participating in CIT training in the future should contact T. J. Baker at the St. Joseph
County Sheriff’s Department at (269) 467-9045.

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Glen Oaks to host annual St. Joseph County College Night 2014 Over 55 colleges and military organizations expected to participate
Area high school students, parents and members of the community are invited to
visit Glen Oaks Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 7 for the 24 th annual St. Joseph County College Night.
Representatives from over 55 colleges and military organizations are expected to be on hand to meet
prospective students and share information on their institutions. The event will be held in the college
gymnasium from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“This is the one night where students and parents can meet and speak directly with college representatives
throughout the evening, without having to travel to various campuses, make telephone calls, or search the
web for information,” said Tonya Howden, Glen Oaks director of admissions.

College representatives will answer questions about the admission process, entrance requirements and
programming. Students will have the benefit of exploring higher education options available to them, all in one
convenient location.

A free Financial Aid Information Session will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Nora Hagen Theatre,
Room D235 at Glen Oaks. Jean Zimmerman, Glen Oaks director of financial aid, will discuss how students and
families can take advantage of federal and state grants, scholarships and loans. Zimmerman will also address
the application timelines and deadlines critical to the overall financial aid process.

In addition to Glen Oaks, the list of colleges and U.S. military agencies expected to participate are listed

Adrian College
Alma College
Andrews University
Aquinas College
Baker College
Ball State University
Calvin College
Central Michigan University
College for Creative Studies
Columbia College – Chicago
Concordia University
Cornerstone University
Davenport University
Eastern Michigan University
Elmhurst College
Ferris State University
Ferris State-Dowagiac
Finlandia University
Glen Oaks Community College
Goshen College
Grace Bible College
Grand Valley State University
Great Lakes Christian College
Hope College
Indiana Tech
Indiana U Purdue U – Fort Wayne
Indiana Univ. – South Bend
Indiana Wesleyan University
Kalamazoo Valley Comm. College
Kellogg Community College
Kettering University
Kuyper College
Lake Michigan College
Lake Superior State University
Lawrence Technological University
Madonna University
Manchester University
Marygrove College
MI Air National Guard
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
Northern Michigan University
Oakland University
Olivet College
Saginaw Valley State University
Saint Mary’s College
Siena Heights University
Southwestern Michigan College
Spring Arbor University
Tiffin University
Trine University
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Michigan
University of Michigan-Dearborn
University of Michigan-Flint
University of St. Francis
Western Michigan University

In order to make the most out of the event, Howden recommends that students and parents prepare to ask
questions of the college representatives. Some questions to consider include the following:

  • 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 student organizations or activities does the college offer?
  • Can you provide me with information about tuition and fees?
  • How do I apply for financial assistance? Am I eligible for scholarships?

For more information, contact the Glen Oaks Community College Admissions Office at (269) 467-9945, Ext.
253 or toll free (888) 994-7818.

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Glen Oaks Community College receives reaffirmation of accreditation
Glen Oaks Community College has received notice of reaffirmation of accreditation from the
Higher Learning Commission. College President Dr. David Devier, who begin serving as the college’s eighth
president in January, received official notice in a letter from the HLC on Wednesday.

“We are extremely pleased with receiving our reaffirmation of accreditation,” said Devier. “This validates all
the work the very talented faculty and staff have been doing in the area of continuous improvement. Glen
Oaks continues to provide quality educational programs that meet the life-long learning needs of our students
and the communities we serve.”

Devier shared the news in a message to all faculty and staff where he thanked everyone for their hard work
and dedication that played a critical role in achieving this accomplishment.

The accreditation process ensures quality in educational institutions and programs. The Higher Learning
Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has regional accreditation responsibilities
for higher education institutions in the central United States.

“If we stay on the AQIP Pathway we are accredited until 2022-23,” said Devier. “The college is considering
accreditation path options and we may change to the Standard Pathway which would shorten our date to the
next reaffirmation. This will be determined as we review the HLC Reaffirmation Report and determine which
model is best suited for the college.”

In May, 2014, Glen Oaks hosted a site visit by AQIP reviewers where faculty and staff teams shared significant
progress that has been made toward the institution’s continuous quality improvement mode, including the
refinement of college processes and the assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness.

Glen Oaks Community College has been accredited since receiving full accreditation status in April, 1975.

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Late-start classes to begin in mid-October at Glen Oaks Half-semester classes offer flexibility for different student populations
Students who missed the opportunity to register for Fall Semester classes at Glen Oaks
Community College can now register for half-semester classes that begin in mid-October.

The college has added 22 classes to the half-semester lineup. Most courses begin the week of October 13 and
run through December 13. Half-semester classes run seven and a half weeks long, rather than the traditional
15-week semester course schedule.

“As a community college serving a number of different populations, we feel it is important to provide options
for students such as flexible scheduling,” said Dr. Patricia Morgenstern, dean of academics and extended
programs. “It may be a case where a student may have missed getting in all the necessary paperwork or an
adult student may have been busy getting his or her children off to school in early September.

“We are offering an array of computer and keyboarding classes, along with general education classes that
students need to complete for associate and bachelor degree programs such as classes in English, math
history, philosophy and psychology,” added Morgenstern. “Several of the courses have an online component.”

For a complete list of the late start classes, you can visit: and click on the “IT’S NOT TOO LATE”
message on the top right of the home page.

If you want to know more about whether half-semester classes are right for you, contact an advisor in the
Student Services Center at (269) 294-4300.

Michelle McNamara, Lori Hatfield
Two Glen Oaks faculty members receive tenure
Two faculty members at Glen Oaks Community College are
starting the Fall, 2014 semester with tenure. Lori Hatfield has been
promoted to professor of English and Michelle McNamara has been
promoted to professor of communications. Both were recommended and
approved to receive tenure at recent meeting of the Glen Oaks Board of

Hatfield joined the faculty at Glen Oaks in 2010. She earned an associate’s degree from Kalamazoo Valley
Community College; a bachelor’s degree in English from Thomas Edison State College; and a master’s in
English from National University. Hatfield is the advisor to the Music Club at the College, and is credited, along
with Rebecca Burch, professor of communications, in starting up an Accelerated Learning Program at the
College. Hatfield is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a musician’s philanthropic fraternity.

McNamara has a long association with the College, starting as a student after graduating from Centreville High
School. She worked as a student work study in the Registration Office until completing her associate’s degree
from Glen Oaks. McNamara then continued her education, obtaining a bachelor’s from Davenport University
and a Master of Arts in Business from Spring Arbor University. After being hired as an annual-contract faculty
member in 2005, McNamara went back to pursue her second Master’s in Communications from Spring Arbor
University. In 2012, after working at Glen Oaks for nearly twenty years, she joined the full-time faculty. The
first class McNamara taught for the college was in October of 1998 and it was a speech course, which
continues to be one of the main courses she teaches today. In addition to speech, she also teaches public
speaking, business communications, interpersonal communications and social media communications.
McNamara was recently selected as the 2014 recipient of the College’s prestigious E. J. Shaheen Faculty
Teaching award.