Head shot of former Professor of English, Lucy Zimmerman

Retired GOCC professor earns emeritus status

Retired Professor Lucy Zimmerman, who closed a three decade career teaching English in September, 2010, has been named a Professor Emeritus at Glen Oaks Community College. The Glen Oaks Board of Trustees approved the honor at their Wednesday, March 9 morning meeting.

Dr. Gary Wheeler, President, said the request for the Professor Emeritus status had come from the Faculty Senate and Dr. Ana Gaillat, Dean of the College. “I certainly add my recommendation for this honor. Lucy has been a loved faculty member since joining Glen Oaks and she has been a leader in our past accreditation processes, including the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) with the Higher Learning Commission. Her name will be added to a plaque to be displayed prominently at the college.”

In addition to her teaching legacy, Professor Zimmerman’s organizational skills were evident leading the College Council, earning the E.J. Shaheen Chair for Teaching Excellence Award in 1990, helping introduce the Associate of Arts Degree, sponsoring the Phi Theta Kappa academic organization, introducing honors and awards programs, serving as a faculty coordinator for arts/sciences, and lending her musical talent playing piano for many choral events and awards programs.

Professor Zimmerman earned a Bachelor of Science in Education at Bethel College and a Master of Arts in Teaching English at Michigan State University. She taught for several years at Kellogg Community College and Edwardsburg Schools before joining the Glen Oaks faculty.

In other meeting action Wednesday:

  • The Board agreed to continue to take under advisement a decision on a proposed modest increase in tuition at the college.
  • The Board was introduced to members of the newly formed Glen Oaks Student Ambassadors. The six member group introduced by Director of Admissions Tonya Howden will represent Glen Oaks with high school group tours, college nights, orientations, and other activities. Howden said the ambassadors must be full-time students, maintain a 3.0 grade point average, and be involved in student activities at the college. The student ambassadors are Samantha Chandler, Iffe Oni, Dalton Hochstetler, Angela Petri, Shelby Dury, and Leanna Tokarski.
  • The Board heard a treasurer’s report stating that total revenues year-to-date are $7.7 million, which represents 66 percent of the annual budget. This revenue rate, as a percentage of budget was approximately eight percent lower than last year’s revenue rate for the same time. Expenses year-to-date were $7.3 million, which represented 64 percent of the annual budget.