(Editor’s note: This article is by Julianne Mattera, a former WCC student who’s a reporter for The Argus-Press in Owosso).
WCC has named Stuart T. Blacklaw, dean of curriculum and program development at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., as its new vice president for instruction. He replaces Roger Palay, who returns to the classroom this fall. Blacklaw begins his WCC assignment in August.
Joe Nader, 39, stands over an empty Ford Field wearing his chef’s coat and a toque, or chef’s hat. It’s quiet now, but once his day gets going he’ll oversee the work of about 100 employees. And during football season, an average of nearly 50,000 people per game will look to him for tasty and interesting food.
Each year at commencement, WCC recognizes an individual or couple who have worked tirelessly on behalf of education and the College with its highest honor, the Award of Merit. This year’s honorees are Richard and Marie Duke.
Summertime is one of the best times to enjoy the WCC campus, and you don’t have to be a student to participate in a number of fun activities.
WCC is joining more than 130 community colleges in 24 states to improve completion rates for students limited by socio-economic barriers. The initiative, “Achieving the Dream,” provides consultants and coaches to select two-year colleges across the country to expand data collection, conduct program evaluations, and share best practices. Until now, participation in the initiative has been by invitation only.
Years of academic hard work and study will be celebrated at WCC’s commencement on Saturday, May 22, at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center. The ceremony will honor more than 2,370 degree and certificate candidates. The processional starts at 9:20am.
This fall, WCC will make it more convenient for Dexter High School students to take college classes right on their own campus.
Residents in the Lincoln Consolidated Schools community in Ypsilanti can take several WCC enrichment classes close to home this spring. WCC’s Lifelong Learning department is piloting a program with Lincoln Community Education to provide classes on digital photography, American Sign Language, and the use of social networking websites like Facebook.
WCC shines the spotlight on commercial art May 3-28 when the vision and creativity of WCC graphic design students goes on display in the College’s Gallery One. An artist reception will be held Wednesday, May 12, at 5:30pm in the Gallery, which is located on the first floor of the Student Center building.