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Approved Service Learning Faculty

2016-2017

Danielle Terpstra

Danielle Terpstra is an adjunct in the Exercise Science Department and EXS 184 Introduction to Exercise Science.  She has partnered with Feeding America of West Michigan.

 

Lee McLaughlin

Lee McLaughlin is an adjunct in the Exercise Science Department and EXS 184 Introduction to Exercise Science.  She has partnered with Feeding America of West Michigan.

 

 

2015-2016

Holly VanRyn

Holly VanRyn teaches Restaurant Leadership and Management.  Her project involves teaching Baxter Community Center Mentees about etiquette while hosting a formal dinner for twelve guests. 

Watch the Armen Award video describing Holly's partnership with the Baxter Community Center.

 

Lauren Elliott

Lauren Elliott is an adjunct professor in the Biological Science Department specifically teaching BI 101 Introduction to Biology.  Lauren has partnered with Blandford Nature Center to provide students with a real world application to ecology including conservation, invasive species and human-environmental interaction.  Students will get to see firsthand how an invasive species impacts the local flora and fauna and what affect it has on the local community. Students will learn to identify and physically remove non-native vegetation in the area and then design information materials for the public about invasive species, how it affects the local environment and most importantly how someone can help.

Watch the Armen Award video describing Lauren's partnership with Blandford Nature Center.

 

Marguerite Erlandson

Margie Erlandson is an adjunct professor in the Business Department, specifically teaching FM 236 Fashion Design. She has partnered with the Lemmon-Holton Cancer Pavilion where students will apply the principles and elements of design, fabric selection and sewing techniques to design, produce and deliver tailored quilts for cancer patients. Students will focus on the types of fabrics that are appropriate for warmth and comforted; soothing or uplifting colors, appropriate size of quilt and finally patterns.

Watch the Armen Award video describing Marguerite's partnership with the Lemmon-Holton Cancer Pavilion.

 

Tamara Szost

Tamara Szost is an adjunct professor in the Biological Science Department specifically teaching BI 125 Personal Health. 

Mike Cupples

Mike Cupples is a professor in the Exercise Science Department specifically. 

 

2014-2015

Dillon Carr

Dillon Carr is a professor in the Social Science Department specifically teaching AN 210 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.  Dillon has partnered with Lutheran Social Services to help develop materials to assist in cultural orientation sessions for refugees being re-settled in the Grand Rapids area. Students will specifically be working in teams to develop tip sheets designed to be both cross-cultural in scope and highlight important cultural skills that foreign-born refugees will minimally need to successfully adapt to life here in West Michigan. Students will have an opportunity to reflect on the experience and on the way that anthropology can be applied in their lives.

 

Drew Rozema

Drew Rozema is a professor in the Computer Information Systems Program specifically teaching CO 275 Mobile Application Development and Security. This course partnered with the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts to create a mobile application allowing event patrons to learn about the event happenings (food booths, available acts at various venues, etc.).

Watch the Armen Award video on Rozema and Mobile Application Development and Security.

 

Katie VanderMeer

Katie VenderMeer is a professor in the Computer Information Systems Program specifically teaching CO 116 Introduction to Computer Programming. Students in this course will inspire 5th Grade students at Orchard View Elementary on the fundamentals of coding.

Watch the Armen Award video on VanderMeer's partnership project.

 

Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood

Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood is an adjunct in the English Department specifically teaching JR 251 Introduction to Journalism. Jennifer partnered with Hospice of Michigan, students wrote a series of stories to educate the public and document the lives of those who seek hospice services.

Watch the Armen Award video on Ackerman-Haywood's project.

 

Karen Niemchick

Karen Niemchick is an adjunct in the Biological Science Department specifically teaching BI 151 Introduction to Cells, Molecules, and Genes. The service will involve the development, planning, and implementing of a biology laboratory experiment. High school learners from the Jenison International Academy will have the opportunity to experience a college setting, learn about DNA, and isolate it from themselves. It will involve a crime scene problem, and DNA extraction. Students will lead the learners in this endeavor with knowledge, understanding, and leadership skills. The learners will gain an appreciation for molecular biology, real laboratory equipment, and a better understanding of DNA. It also introduces the students to GRCC and all this institution has to offer.

 

Bob Schultz

Bob Schultz is a professor in the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education specifically teaching CA 115 Table Service. Students in this course will create a fundraising event benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation.

Watch the Armen Award video on Schultz and the fundraising event.