Thanks to Mursalata Muhammad; Leigh Kleinert to serve as Honors Program faculty coordinator

Thank you to Mursalata Muhammad for stepping into the Honors Program faculty coordinator role this past summer. Mursalata facilitated an Honors Project workshop, offered a session as part of the GRCC Faculty Summer Institute as well as supported the Honors Program Summer Meet & Greet event.

Filling this role for the upcoming academic year is Leigh Kleinert.  Leigh has been a full-time faculty member in the Biological Science Department since 2004. She has expertise in human anatomy and physiology, zoology as well as a variety of college leadership experiences, is a member of the Honors Program Leadership Team and has a strong background in student leadership, community engagement, research and creative scholarship.

Leigh will be working with faculty who wish to support students seeking more out of their academic experience as part of the Honors Program. An essential component of the curriculum is designed to allow faculty the opportunity to develop unique learning activities which fosters leadership, service, research and creative scholarship that are shaped into an Honors Project. We are currently seeking faculty who are interested in developing an Honors Project ready to be offered Winter 2018.  The design and facilitation of these projects can fulfill FPE requirements.  Interested faculty will be supported over the next several weeks in the design of their Honors Projects.

If you are interested in developing an Honors Project please email Leigh Kleinert by Friday, September 15th and/or attend our Honors Project Workshop on Friday, September 15 from 12:30-2 p.m. Register through the Center for Teaching Excellence.   Food is provided.

Additional information about the Honors Program and Honors Projects can be found at the webpage.

Examples of Honors Project Activities

  • organize a meaningful service project
  • create an original music composition, sculpture, theatrical script, poetry or other literary or artistic work.
  • Prepare a series of in-class presentation on topics that expand upon the course’s primary content.

Honors Program workshop set for May 19

Faculty are invited to attend the Honors Program Workshop. The first workshop is scheduled for Friday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. These workshops will help faculty become familiar with the new Honors Program and understand how you can participate through offering Honors Projects.

GRCC Honors Program Workshop

Who: You (full time faculty)

What: Honors Program Workshop

When: May 19 from 10a – 12p (lunch included)

Where: Main Building, Level G2, Room 55

RSVP: Send an EMAIL RSVP by NOON on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 to Tracey Lacy (

*please include any dietary restrictions

Photos from Honors Program celebration

On Wednesday, April 12, the Department of Experiential Learning hosted the GRCC Honors Program Completion Reception. Ten students were recognized for completing the Honors Program this year. Emceed by the director of Experiential Learning, Michael Schavey, guests enjoyed an amazing dinner, a speech from a fellow Honors student, Sam Slaw and received their program completion certificates and commencement cords.

In addition to meeting degree and transfer requirements, these students worked diligently to complete both Honors Courses and Honors Contracts.  Additionally, these students attended co-curricular activities like the Diversity Lecture Series, exposing them to new ways of thinking, or engaged our community through service learning like tutoring in our Writing Lab of packing lunches at Kids’ Food basket. We asked them to participate in our social events like Painting with Honors, the GVSU/GRCC Honors Game Night or, recently, the Honors Networking event that paired students with professionals in the field. These experiences bring students together, forming an Honors community of both future scholars and leaders.

The students who complete the program this year are:

  • Morgan Brown, returning to GRCC.
  • Dayna Dunneback, transferring to Grand Valley State University to study Speech Pathology.
  • Lilly Duyck, transferring to Grand Valley State University to study Psychology.
  • Caleb Graveldinger, transferring to Grand Valley State University to Physical Therapy.
  • Kayla Musil, transferring to the University of Michigan.
  • Carrie Rister, possibly transferring to Grand Valley State University or to Ferris State University.
  • Elaina Sagorski, transferring to Grand Valley State University to study Psychology.
  • Sam Slaw, possibly transferring to Brandis University or the University of Michigan.
  • Leo Tokarski, transferring to Ferris State University.
  • Jessica Verbeek, earning her Associates in Arts & Science.

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