GRCC wellness professor receives state recognition for service learning



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Feb. 26, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A state coalition has recognized a Grand Rapids Community College wellness professor for her contributions to service learning.

Melanie Schiele-Gady received the Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award. The biennial award goes to someone who has made the most outstanding contribution to service learning and community service.

Students in Schiele-Gady’s wellness classes work with elementary schools in the Grand Rapids district on a healthy living curriculum. Her program received second place in the 2013 Armen Awards, a GRCC competition designed to inspire best practices for teaching and learning while using the principles of innovation and service-learning. To see a video about the program, click here.

“I provide the service learning opportunity to students because it allows them to work with the community while completing course outcomes; it opens their eyes to specific community needs and how they can continue to serve with their unique abilities,” she said. “It also opens doors to professional contacts and helps build their resumes and professional skills.”

Schiele-Gady also helps coordinate GRCC’s Service Learning Task Team, assists with faculty professional development, and maintain GRCC’s experiential learning blog.

“Professor Schiele-Gady’s nomination is a testament of her passion for teaching and learning while also making an impact in our community,” said Michael Schavey, associate director of GRCC’s department of experiential learning.

Michigan Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.