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Meet Our Alumni

Author Laura Kemp holding her books

Lantern Creek Series Lights the Way to Success for Laura Kemp

Sometimes, it only takes one. “Become a writer, seriously,” Glen Oaks Community College professor Larry Schoenholtz wrote on one of Laura Kemp’s papers. “It lit a fire under me – turned my feelers on to creative writing,” said Kemp, now a White Pigeon resident and the author of three books with another in the works. Kemp (then Laura Baber) initially went to Glen Oaks to take classes with her friends, save money by living at

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Lantern Creek Series Lights the Way to Success for Laura Kemp

Sometimes, it only takes one. “Become a writer, seriously,” Glen Oaks Community College professor Larry Schoenholtz wrote on one of Laura Kemp’s papers. “It lit a fire under me – turned my feelers on to creative writing,” said Kemp, now a White Pigeon resident and the author of three books with another in the works. Kemp (then Laura Baber) initially went to Glen Oaks to take classes with her friends, save money by living at

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Anne Fries, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Health & Natural Sciences, Ben Fries, Director of Advising & VA Academic Advisor and Hannah Fries, TRIO Project Advisor and Mentor Program Coordinator

Fries Family Brings Generations of Talent, Skill and Support to GOCC and our Students

The Glen Oaks Community College staff directory lists three members of the Fries family, all of whom have had their lives touched by the college, and who in return touch the lives of many students each year. “We’re just kind of a Glen Oaks family,” Ben Fries said. Ben, Director of Advising & VA Academic Advisor, joins mother Anne Fries, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Health & Natural Sciences, and sister-in-law Hannah Fries, TRIO

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Nicole Norton

Focus On You Nicole Norton

Grandmother’s Wisdom Proves to be the Key for Personal & Spiritual Success Nicole Norton’s story is that of an overcomer – through faith in God and the education she received at Glen Oaks Community College. A Marcellus High School graduate who later lived in Three Rivers, in early adulthood she struggled with addiction. But one day her grandmother invited her to church, telling then-25-year-old Nicole, “Baby, your life doesn’t have to be like this –

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Jade Klingler

Jade Klingler

Step by step, Jade Couch Klingler kept moving forward, seeking to make the next right decision for her community. That path has now led her not only to the establishment of Revolution Health, PC clinics in Sturgis and Colon, but also to the Glen Oaks Community College graduation stage as 2022 Alumni of the Year. “It is such a huge honor,” she said of the award. “When I first learned about it, I was speechless.”

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