The 2014 Armen Awards

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Three Grand Rapids Community College staff members are recipients of The Armen Awards. The Armen Awards is a team competition event designed to inspire best practices for teaching and learning.

During the fall semester, teams of faculty and community organizations came together to design service learning projects that align course and institutional learning outcomes with community partner needs. All projects are asked to demonstrate how they will measure impact, with a particular focus on:

  • Students’ understanding of course content.
  • Students’ acquisition of communication, critical thinking, social, or personal responsibility skills.
  • Faculty teaching and learning practices.
  • Community partner capacity.
  • Demonstration of how the service learning project will be sustained.

Each team submitted their proposal in November. They were reviewed and approved with the goal of implementing the projects during the winter semester.

The winners of the 2014 Armen Awards are:

First Place: Sarah Krajewski and her Biology for Educators course partnered with Immaculate Heart of Mary School.

Second Place: Bethann Talsma and her Office Ethics and Etiquette course partnered with Gilda’s Club.

Third Place: Jolanta Lanier and her Personal Health course partnered with the American Cancer Society.

Hope Hagan and her Business & Technical Writing course partnered with the Covenant House.

Dr. Sherry Knoppers and her Community Transcultural Nursing course partnered with South End Community Outreach Ministry.

Gayl Beals and his Automotive Job Training course partnered with Mel Trotter Ministries.

Aleta Anderson and her Introductory German course partnered with Palmer Elementary School.

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