Gold Star
Glen Oaks announces Winter 2022 President’s and Dean’s list

Glen Oaks Community College announces its outstanding scholars for the Winter 2022 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 LIST

INDIANA

Howe – Cristina Duran, Jennifer Miller

MICHIGAN
Athens – Andrew Foster

Battle Creek – Elizabeth Rapp, Chloee Weinberg

Bronson – Aiden Bunker, Joshua Cook, Julia Cook, Emir Mora Gonzalez, Sarah Noe, Lexie Rodriguez, Megan Summey, Cody Vaughn, Kaylee Wilber, Emerie Wotta

Burr Oak – Tonya Bowser, Dominik Ditmer, Tyler Griggs, Timothy Hall, Brooklyn Hernandez, Claire            Holtz, Gavin Johnson, Dustin Krontz, Kayla Root, Carson Stayner

Cassopolis – Fionna  Barber

Centreville – Megan Acre, Joshua Adams, Donavon Blum, Karissa Gest, Rachel Miller,  Robert   Miller, Richard Persing, Lilly Stears, Stacey Stoll, Katlin Tissue

Coldwater
Everardo Lozada Gonzalez , Anthony Riddle, Bailee Smith

Colon – Caitlyn Grindel, Braeona Shelton, Brooke Stewart, Ronda Thrams, Emma Velie, Simon            Vinson , Ronald Wolford

Constantine – Mercades Cooper, Caylie Dibble , Bo Geibe, Kayla Hensell, Alexzandria Long, Dana McGlothlen, Megan McNamara, James Sailor, Madisyn         Tulley

Fulton – Kevin Munn

Grand Haven – Alex Gendron

Hanover – Shelby Boden

Jones – Dakota Blackburn, Hannah Outlaw, Kennedy Wolf

Kalamazoo – Elizabeth Pooler, Danielle Willis

Lawton – Emily Werden

Marcellus – Anna Ives, Holly Melville

Mendon – Chloe Behrends, Carson Cupp, Kennedy Cupp, Payton Griffith, Chase Hostetler, Jada King, Ryley Mullin

Monroe – Ty Ickes

Nottawa – Trinity Hughes

Portage – Joshua Egberts, Brian Mack

Quincy – Allison Warner

Sherwood – Chloe Norton, Alexander Stoll

Sturgis – Makayla Anglemyer, Brenda Araujo, Timothy Barnes, Brynn Bird, Aimee Bueno, Donyeal Caddell, Rachel Cline, Dylan Coney, Cynthia De Jesus, Melissa Delarye, Lisa Deschaine, Jessica Eash, Elaina Eicher, Jeffery Evans, Diego Flores, Marisol Flores, Anthony Galvan Avila, Alondra Garcia Munoz, Madison Golden, Yarely Gonzalez, Bobbi Grigg, Jasmine Hernandez Rubio, Holli Hewitt, Chantel        Horn, Ethan Kent, Jennifer Lewis, Citlalli  Mejia Canizal, Laura Miller, Rylie Miller, Mia Moreno, Paola Mundo, Wendy Munoz, Johnathan Quiroz, Cristobal Sandoval, Juliette Schroeder, Skylar Shull, Claire Steele, Olivia        Sudduth, Grayson Swihart, Miranda Vazquez Sandoval, Kiley Weiderman, Christine Wheeler, Emilee Wood, Alexander Woods, Tyler Wordelman, Beatrice Yarbrough, Mayleen Younts

Three Rivers – Gina Babcock, Kelsey Beachey, Sophia Bell, Adam Bernhardt, April Bippus, Justin Blair, Kendra Burch, Christa Byrne, Kaila Carruthers, Alexandar Cipriano, Mark Coburn, Kelsi Crotser, Madellyn Cullifer, Violett Elkins, Chase Evans, Jaxon Gilleylen, Abigail Griffioen, Landon Grubbs, Madison Hambruch, Annalise Harnevious, Matthew Haydon, Alexis Herlein, Autumn Herlein, Jill Herlein, Sarah Huff, Aniesa Hughes, Lydia Jepsen, Raquel Jors, Emily Klish, Leah Klish, Abigail Lemacks, Samual Marshall, Emily Moore, Kennedy New, Ryan Nowicki, Emma Stasiuk, Adam Steinman, Kayden Stratton, Angela Welburn, Veronica Williams, Jeremy Williamson, Asa Yost, Laynie Zabonick

Union – Emilee Miller

Vandalia – Kara Gaideski

White Pigeon – Gabriel Adams, Sydney Bacheller, Nicole Bielak, Kinsey Burton, Wyatt Carunchia, Hanna Culp, Ashley Delarye, Preston Delarye, Maddie Johnson, Madison Krull, Cameran McMillin, Tyra Patton, Mason Predosa, Vincent Schroen, Rayne Smith, Emma Stuck, Michael Van Lente, Logan Wilkinson, Madeline Wilkinson, McKenna Wilkinson, Wesley Wilkinson

 

 

DEAN’S LIST

FLORIDA

Kissimmee – Yaricel Rodriguez

INDIANA

Daleville – Ashlyn Craig

Goshen – Katelynn Weldy

MICHIGAN
Athens –
Kaydon Lego

Bronson – Marcus Broom, Hannah Garr, Ashley Mieras

Burlington – Jordan Dowell

Burr Oak – Zachary Finlay, Branson Hernandez, Abby Miller, Jonathan West, Joshua West

Centreville – Michael Frankowski, Adalae Hackett, Carson Hunter, Autumn Major, McKenzie Sheteron, Trenton Stears, Eric Weis, Logan Weis

Coloma – Heather Reese

Colon – Tucker Lafler, Kevin Wagner, Cheryl Wilkinson

Constantine – Anthony Fish, Ladonna Fluharty, Austin Loose, Ash Masters, Sara McDonald, Savannah Miller

Eau Clare – Olivia Teichman

Edwardsburg – Maddie Fenner, Justyn Withers

Hillsdale – Trysten Angel

Jones – MacKenzie Kennedy

Leonidas – Eric Hessling, Emily Rogers

Marcellus – Gavin Etter, Jerred Melville

Mendon – Kaitlyn Crummel , Miranda Duff, Katherine Gangloff, Taylor Heitkamp, Briley Kelley, Jaime Moore, Ashley Shaffer, Alivia Stuart, Julie Truckey

Paw Paw – Caleb Vanderveen

Portage – Jaeden Burch

Sherwood – Kaleb Johnson

Sturgis – Amy Albarran, Amy Armenta, Cassidy Bartelt, Laurin Boes, Ethan Bond, Jeffrey Bradley, Denise Castro, Hannah Clark, Eliza Davis, Britney Duarte, Faith Edwards, Cecelia Franz, Christopher Gonzalez, Jacob Haller, Madeline Harker, Allison Hearld, Jose Hernandez, Zoey Kane, Jillian Lopez Terry, Ali Montoya, Paul Nguyen, Peter Nguyen, Tyler O’Brien, Yohana Ortega, Landon Powell, Brieana Rogers, Jillian Romanyk, Abigail Schlabach, Gabriella Schlabach, Kaylee Trattles, Dustin Tschannen, Jennifer Valdez, Miriam Vallin, Antonio Vazquez, Catherine Villanueva, Nicholas Ware, Bradyn Webb, Harleah Webster, Logan Wood, Zoe Yoder

Three Rivers – Melissa Allison, Serenity Anderson, Emily Avery, Liliana Bloomfield, Karra Boggs, Dianna Christiansen, Kodey Dovey, Macy Ivins, Emily Lough, Seth Luegge, Shasta McCallie, James Parr, Ryan Reus, Zachary Reus, Kaleena Richardson, Riley    Smith, Sabrina Spence, Dravin Straley, Tyson Taylor, Abigail Thompson

White Pigeon – Kathryn Bedard, Jena Bolle, Nathan Carmona, Larissa Proffitt, Jerry Watkins

College Seal logo
GOCC Board provides favorable evaluation of president; extends contract to 2024

The Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees conducted its annual evaluation of President David H. Devier’s performance following the June 9 board meeting. He was rated by the trustees on a scale of 1 to 5 on forty-eight specific performance expectations. These expectations were divided among six broad categories covering fiscal management, external relations, internal relations, leadership, institutional performance, personal qualities, and relations with the board.

President Devier received an overall rating of 4.67.  This rating compares favorably with his ratings during his eight and one-half year tenure with the college.

“Under Dr. Devier’s leadership during the last year we have continued to move forward with capital programs to update facilities and assure safety for students and staff,” said, Bruce Gosling, board chair. “When complete, the college facilities will be up to date and ready for another fifty years of serving our community.”

The board has provided for an increase to Devier’s base salary in line with the rest of the college leadership and has affirmed his contract to June 30, 2024.

Cybersecurity at GOCC
Glen Oaks to offer $1,500 scholarships to students enrolled in Cybersecurity programs as part of Microsoft program to fill jobs in the cyber field

Students wanting to study Cybersecurity now have the opportunity to apply for $1,500 scholarships at Glen Oaks Community College thanks to a new special partnership program between Microsoft Corporation and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

“Most significantly, the student scholarships will offset (and in some cases cover entirely) the cost associated with the classes,” said Tammy Russell, executive director of institutional planning, assessment, and research. “The Cybersecurity certificate program can be completed in two semesters; while the associate degree program can be completed in two years,” said Russell.

Glen Oaks was one of 14 community colleges nationwide to receive the “Cyber Skills for All: Community Colleges Lead the Way Initiative.”

“Cybersecurity jobs are among the fastest-growing career areas nationally,” said Kevin Conner, professor of information technology. “The average entry level Cybersecurity Analyst salary in Michigan is $72,664.”

As part of the grant eligibility criteria, preference is given to female and racial/ethnic minority applicants as the program seeks to increase the number of women and racial and ethnic minorities into the field of cybersecurity. Recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 each semester to continue receiving the scholarship.

Students interested in applying for grants can learn more about the application requirements at:  or can contact the GOCC Admissions Office at: (269) 294-4253, or visit: glenoaks.edu/microsoft-cybersecurity-program-scholarship/. Applications are due at 4 p.m. on Mon., August 1, 2022.

Allied health professional
Glen Oaks announces shortened certificate programs in Allied Health — 7.5 week courses lead to certification in less than one year

Allied health programs are in high demand and as part of an initiative to help meet the need for allied health professionals in the community, Glen Oaks Community College has revamped a number of allied health certificate programs so that students can complete them in less than one year.

“The need is great now,” said Christina Steele, director of allied health. “Employers are hiring our students right out of their practicum sites. We want to be able to offer programs that appeal to students seeking workplace ready medical careers while staying competitive with our peer institutions. All of the allied health certificate programs can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health.”

The programs include: Coding Specialist, Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Assisting, and Medical Administrative Specialist.

Coding Specialists review patient records and are trained in the CPT coding system. They are skilled in classifying medical data from patient records.

Phlebotomists collect and process blood samples.

Medical Assistants combine hands-on skills of working with patients such as taking vitals, giving immunizations, and assisting with procedures to light paperwork such as setting appointments and insurance processing.

Medical Administrative Specialists are more focused on data entry, medical record management and insurance processing information.

To learn more about the new shortened Allied Health certificate programs, contact the Glen Oaks Office of Admissions at (269) 294-4253.

President Devier, Phyllis Youga and Christopher (Kip) Young Media Room Donor
Glen Oaks Athletic Media Room gets total makeover – thanks to alumni donor

 The Athletic Media Room at Glen Oaks Community College is sporting a vibrant new look – thanks to GOCC alumnus Christopher (Kip) Young, and his firm KalBlue Group, of Kalamazoo.The project, completed last week, features a completely enhanced look aimed to help inspire and motivate its current and future athletic programs and student athletes. The rooms interior walls are covered in custom printed commercial grade wallcovering designed by Blue360; a creative division of KalBlue Group.

The room highlights the new Viking athletics branding throughout with murals and life-size sports images of Viking athletes in action, enhanced with colorful raised PVC and acrylic lettering throughout to provide a three-dimensional look. The interior finishes were produced and fabricated using CNC routed brushed metal signage, second surface printed and cut acrylic logos and letters, vinyl graphics and branding of current and former athletes and coaches. It also includes a four-foot layered raised display of the new Viking helmet athletic logo, also designed by KalBlue Group earlier this year.

“It changes the vibes in the room,” said Dr. David H. Devier, Glen Oaks president “This is where we bring in prospective athletes to learn about our athletic programs and hold commitment signings. The new graphic displays take it to an exciting new level.”

“I am very proud to be able to provide a significant upgrade to the Media Room at Glen Oaks,” said Kip Young, president & CEO of KalBlue Group. “My parents went here, I went here, and now my son plays baseball here. This room will greatly improve athlete engagement in both recruiting and during a student’s time at the college.”

KalBlue Group opened its doors in 1960 and has evolved into a digital print powerhouse providing complete visual communication resources including everything from business cards to wallcoverings.

Dr. Adam Cloutier
Glen Oaks announces new VP of academics

Glen Oaks Community College has named Dr. Adam Cloutier as the new vice president of academics, effective July 1. Cloutier is currently dean of arts and sciences at Lakeland Community College where he has worked since 2018.

Prior to his work at Lakeland, he held various academic related positions from 2006-2018 at Henry Ford College including director of academic affairs, and director of teaching and learning services. Prior to that he taught a wide range of math courses.

Cloutier has a doctorate in community college leadership from Ferris State University, a master’s and bachelor’s in mathematics from Michigan State University and an associate of science from Delta College.

“I have had wonderful and worthwhile experiences and have worked with excellent people at both Henry Ford and Lakeland,” said Cloutier. “It will truly be an honor to serve Glen Oaks Community College and push the boundaries of the academy to provide our students, business partners and community with the best academic experiences possible.”

Cloutier and his wife have three daughters.

Dr. Christine Hammond, retired president of Mid Michigan College, has served as the interim VP of academics since the resignation of Dr. Michael Goldin last fall. She will continue in this role through the end of June.

 

Abby McNamara
Glen Oaks recognizes award recipients during 54th annual commencement ceremony

Glen Oaks President Dr. David H. Devier recognized several individuals during the 54th Annual Glen Oaks Community College commencement ceremony on Friday, May 6. Those receiving awards were:

  • Outstanding Service Award – Tom Miller
  • Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award – Carmen Hochstetler
  • J. Shaheen Chair for Teaching Excellence – Susan Louis
  • Distinguished Alumni Award – Jade Klingler, FNP
  • Fellows Award – Raymond H. Dresser (Posthumously) and Gretchen M. Dresser; James E. Riley (Posthumously); and Dale E. Gray (Posthumously) and Phyllis E. Gray
  • President’s Award – Abby McNamara

The Outstanding Service Award went to Tom Miller. This award recognizes employees of Glen Oaks for outstanding performance and contributions to the college. Miller, of Centreville, is a maintenance assistant who is said to do outstanding work and always goes above and beyond expectations to serve his colleagues and the entire college. The knowledge and skills that he brings to his role have proven to be an asset for all. He is said to have a service attitude and brings value to every job that he does. He is seen as a shining example of a model employee.

The Part-Time Faculty Teaching Excellence Award went to Carmen Hochstetler – This award is presented annually to a part-time faculty member or adjunct who demonstrates excellence in teaching and reflects the value of education to students. Hochstetler teaches in the nursing program in the clinical setting. One of her nominees said that “her expertise and personality made difficult learning objectives easier for all her students. She went above and beyond every day to help us be as successful as possible.”  In addition, she also worked full-time as a frontline worker during the global pandemic.

Although announced in mid-April by the Glen Oaks Foundation who presents this award, this year’s E. J. Shaheen Chair for Teaching Excellence was Susan Louis – The award was initiated in 1984 with a generous donation from E. J. Shaheen, one of the original Glen Oaks board members. Shaheen, a college professor, lawyer, and business owner, placed a high value on education and spent much of his later life promoting high quality education and educational institutions, including Glen Oaks.  Louis, professor of nursing, received her MSN and BSN from Western Michigan University, and completed her RN and LPN studies at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  Prior to joining the Glen Oaks faculty in August 2015, she worked for over 29 years in medical surgical nursing developing expertise in neuroscience nursing.  One of her nominators said, “Mrs. Louis is dedicated and makes sure all of her students understand, she takes her time, gives great examples, and goes into detail to help us connect the dots of nursing.”

The Glen Oaks Foundation presented this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award to Jade Klingler, NFP – This award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through professional excellence and personal service. Klingler received her Practical Nursing Certificate (2007) and Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (2008) from Glen Oaks Community College.  While working at Coldwater Hospital, she pursued her BSN and MSN-FNP at Goshen College.  She worked at Sturgis Hospital and Colon Medical Clinic, where she learned about health care in small communities.  Her experience led to her opening Revolution Health, PC, in Sturgis, a primary care general practice, seeing anyone of any age.  Recently, she opened a second Revolution Health clinic in Colon. Both locations are staffed by nurse practitioners. “Jade started Revolution Health in Sturgis in response to a community need for more health care providers and the need for a walk-in clinic,” wrote her nominator. “Many health care providers were retiring and leaving their practices.”

President Devier awarded three Fellows Awards. This award is given to an individual, individuals, or institution who have provided outstanding support to the college as evidenced by one or more of the following:

  • Long-term Dedication and Commitment to the college
  • Extensive Community Level Support for the College
  • Direct and Continuing Support of the College and Students via Contributions to the GOCC Foundation or College Board of Trustees

The first of the Fellows Award recipients were Raymond E. Dresser (Posthumously), and his wife, Gretchen – a couple who have provided for Glen Oaks over many years. Raymond E. Dresser served on the Foundation Board from its inception until his passing in 2013 and Gretchen E. Dresser served on the Board of Trustees from 1987 until 2005. In addition to their tireless efforts in these positions, they were tremendously generous in their financial support. They are most well known for their significant gift in 1995 that created the Dresser Business Development Auditorium.

The second Fellows award went to James E. Riley (Posthumously). Riley was president of the GOCC Foundation and served 14 years on the board. During his leadership, the Foundation raised more than $1 million for the Gray Science Wing. He was fully committed to supporting students via scholarships and facilities improvements. He passed away in September, 2021. His family, his wife, Sheila, his daughters Jessica and Ashley; and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Phyllis Gray accepted the award in his honor and memory.

The third Fellows award went to Dale E Gray (Posthumously), and his wife, Phyllis. The Grays were integral in helping the college secure the funding for the Dale E. Gray Science Wing in 2005. Their generous donation was a significant portion of the million dollars raised under the guidance of their son-in-law; James Riley. The Gray Science Wing provides state-of-the-art instruction in the sciences and all students over the past 17 years are truly appreciative of their generosity.

President Devier presented the 2022 President’s Award to Abby McNamara. This award recognizes a student who has been nominated by the faculty for high achievement in academics and excellence, and contributions in the classroom.  McNamara, of Centreville, MI, is graduating Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and an Associate in General Studies. She has been described as one of the most motivated students ever taught. She is an exceptional student who is a very hard worker, very motivated and driven, always striving to do her best, and is an exemplary role model for all students to follow. She is a 2020 Centreville High School graduate and attended Glen Oaks during the most difficult of times – the Covid-19 pandemic where many of her classes were transitioned to hybrid or online formats. McNamara will be attending Northern Michigan University to obtain her bachelor’s in nursing. She plans to work in medical surgery for a few years and eventually she would like to work in hospice care.

Glen Oaks Seal
Glen Oaks to host 54th Annual Commencement, Fri., May 6, in-person; ceremony to be livestreamed for public

Glen Oaks Community College will hold its 54th Annual Commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in Ken Schuler Court (Glen Oaks gymnasium). The Nursing Pinning ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. in Ken Schuler Court.

Graduation and the Nursing Pinning ceremonies will be livestreamed for public viewing. The Allied Health Pinning Ceremony will take place during the main graduation ceremony on Friday night.  Graduates will have the opportunity to have their photos taken professionally following the walk across the stage.

There are 181 pending graduates with degrees and/or certificates being awarded. The average graduate’s age is 26 years old – the youngest is 16 and the most senior is 61 years young. Their grade-point average is 3.325.  Two dual enrolled high school students will be graduating from Glen Oaks with an associate degree before they graduate from their own high schools. There are 41 Early Middle College graduates. A total of 135 graduates will participate in Friday evening’s ceremony to receive their degrees and/or certificates.

Glen Oaks President Dr. David H. Devier will preside over the ceremony and will recognize recipients of several special awards. (NOTE:  A special media release following graduation will feature more information on the awards and the recipients along with photos from the evening’s events.)

President Devier will confer the degrees and Dr. Christine Hammond, interim vice-president of academics, will serve as grand marshal for the ceremony. Tonya Howden, vice-president of student services, will read the names of the candidates as they walk across the platform to receive their degrees.

Color guards from the Sturgis VFW will present the flags for the ceremony and the Vintage Brass will provide the music.

A short video, “Impacting our Frontliners,” will be shown and features two Glen Oaks frontliner students who will be graduating: Jordon Dowell, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and Kenneth McClish, Associate of General Studies.

Family, friends and members of the community will be able to view the commencement ceremony and the nursing pinning ceremony live on three different platforms: the Glen Oaks website (glenoaks.edu); the Glen Oaks Facebook page or the Glen Oaks YouTube channel.

 

Gilligan's Island May 13 - 15
“Gilligan’s Island the Musical” coming to the Nora Hagen Theatre May 13 – 15

“Gilligan’s Island: The Musical,” based on the popular 1960’s TV show comedy featuring seven shipwrecked castaways, will be performed in the Glen Oaks Nora Hagen Theatre May 13 – 15. The show is presented by the Sturgis Civic Players, in partnership with Glen Oaks Community College in three performances, Fri., May 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 14 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sun., May 15 at 2 p.m.

The show is co-directed by Michele Kelley, of Sturgis, and Mary Sutter, of White Pigeon. The cast includes local talents: Kenton Kelley as the Skipper; Colin Eastman as Gilligan; Amanda Camburn as Mary Ann; Laura Kemp as Ginger; Ryan Davis as the Professor, Uriah Geroux and Michelle Klar as Thurston Howell III and his wife, Lovey Howell; and Hannah Heitger and Ana Miller guest starring as Aliens.

“We were well into practices and staging for this show when the pandemic hit in March of 2020,” said Michele Kelley, co-director. “We tried a second time last fall and had to cancel last minute due to a COVID spike, so we are thinking the third time will be a charm. Although some of the character roles have changed over the course of the past two years, we are excited to bring you a great show with a highly seasoned cast as many of the performers have appeared in numerous musicals in the area over the years.”

General admission tickets for the public are $12 each and can be pre-ordered at: Sturgisboxoffice.com or by calling the Box Office at Sturges-Young Center for the Arts at (269) 651-8541, or they may be purchased at the door on the day of performance, based on availability

 

Jade Klingler
Glen Oaks Community College Foundation Announces 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Jade Couch Klingler, an entrepreneur and innovative leader in providing health care services in St. Joseph County, will receive the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award at Glen Oaks Community College during graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 6th.

The annual award is presented by the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation to honor an alum who has made a significant impact in their chosen field, their community or at Glen Oaks.

Klingler received her Practical Nursing Certificate (2007) and Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (2008) from Glen Oaks Community College.  While working at Coldwater Hospital, she pursued her BSN and MSN-FNP at Goshen College.

She worked at Sturgis Hospital and Colon Medical Clinic, where she learned about health care in small communities.  Her experience led to her opening Revolution Health, PC, in Sturgis, a primary care general practice, seeing anyone of any age.  Recently, she opened a second Revolution Health clinic in Colon. Both locations are staffed by nurse practitioners.

“Jade started Revolution Health in Sturgis in response to a community need for more healthcare providers and the need for a walk-in clinic,” wrote her nominator. “Many healthcare providers were retiring and leaving their practices.”

Revolution Health PC was voted Michigan Best of the Best family “physician” by the Sturgis Journal in 2017.  Klingler and her practice are known for their generous community support and their commitment to their patient’s health. They were also a leader in providing community Covid testing.

Klinger joins 15 other alumni who have earned the Distinguished Alumni Award since its inception.

A record number of nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award were received this year by the Foundation. “We were thrilled by this year’s nomination results,” says Foundation Alumni Committee chair Mary Fair Dechow.  “The quality of nominations truly reflects the success of so many of our Glen Oaks alumni. Jade is a perfect example of someone who has gone full circle with her college association: She has not only put her education to work in our area, but she is also employing many GOCC nursing grads who are providing quality health care in our communities.”

Anyone interested in knowing more about the Foundation, contact Vonda Marrow, executive director, (269) 294-4384 or vmarrow668@glenoaks.edu.