Record participation at this year’s Make A Difference Day!

Make a Difference Day was held this past Saturday at the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in Rockford, MI for the third year in a row. The Department of Experiential Learning led nearly 200 participants during this large service event including individuals from the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and Hope Network.  Students loaded buses donated by Dean Transportation and made their way to the Equest Center to clear riding trails, fence and post painting, bailed hay, and other general odd jobs.

A special thank you to the following Departments and Faculty for their student participation.

Biology: Leigh Kleinert

Business: Jennifer Knauf, and Marianne Bockheim

Communication: Marne Johnson and Amy Jacobs

First Year Experience: Dan Anderson and Rosario Sutton

Nursing: Sherry Knoppers, Dawn Zuidgeest-Craft, and Michelle Olszewski

Philosophy: Dan Anderson

Psychology: Mindy Firlan and Kate Byerwalter

Photo’s of this year’s event can be found at

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