"Community Connections" on the WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin

CECI has a regular monthly radio segment on The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin.

The purpose of the show, called Community Connections, is to showcase the talent within the college and it also allows us to spotlight faculty, staff, students and alumni who are engaging our community partners from a teaching, scholarship, or service perspective.  

The Community Connections ‘live’ radio interviews are scheduled on the first Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m.

The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin Photo

2022 Podcasts

October 3, 2022

Amy Schelling, Ph.D.
Addresses the teacher shortage and the new funding streams developed by the Michigan Department of Education and how GVSU is taking an active role in teacher recruitment.

September 12, 2022

Jen DeWaard, Ed.D.
Shares her passion for the Council for Exceptional Children organization, rebuilding GV's student chapter, and attending the Special Education Legislative Summit in Washington, DC this summer.

August 3, 2022

Jacquelynn Doyon-Martin, Ph.D. and Aaron Yore-Van Oosterhout
Discusses the Prison Education Partnership. In coordination with the Michigan Dept. of Corrections, GVSU is offering a bachelor's degree in liberal arts to incarcerated students at the Bellamy Corrections Facility in Ionia, MI.

July 11, 2022

Lorie Tuma, Ed.D.
Shares her "pandemic story" and her passion for empowering women all around the nation and inspiring her students with relevant and real-life experiences.

June 6, 2022

Barbara Lubic, Ed.D.
Talks about Storytime in the Park, a family literacy program held on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. (June-August) in Garfield, Lincoln, and MLK, Jr. Parks. See calendar of events: https://www.storytimegr.org.


May 2, 2022

Quincy Williams & SLAM Students
Discusses the history of Students Leaving a Mark (SLAM) and the impacts the students were able to make during the spring service learning trip to Mississippi.

April 4, 2022

Kathryn Ohle, Ph.D.
Shares the history of GVSU's Early Childhood Education and the new Birth to Kindergarten program approved November 2021.

March 7, 2022

Priscilla Kimboko, Ph.D.
Hosted the 17th Annual Art & Science of Aging Conference, as well as explained the Rethinking Dementia and Grand Connections initiatives.

February 7, 2022

Clayton Pelon and Mei Mah
Discusses their new and ongoing grants, new Steelcase fellowship, and newly created student organization.

January 10, 2022

Rui Niu-Cooper, Ph.D.
Shares the history, goals and successes of the Oakdale Neighbors’ Learning Café.

2021 Podcasts

December 6, 2021

Patty Janes, Ph.D.
Talks about the inception of Michigan Cares for Tourism and all it's accomplished throughout Michigan and what's ahead for 2022.

November 1, 2021

Williamson (Billy) Wallace, J.D.
Explains the new pilot program, a hybrid model of instruction on mediation and restorative practices, within the GVSU Police Academy.

October 5, 2021

Clarice Thomas, B.A. '05 & M.Ed. '10
Shares her GVSU journey and how it has prepared her for her current role as Director of Shut It Down and Assistant Professor of African American Studies at SLU.

September 7, 2021

Lea Sevigny, M.Ed. '01
Shares her passion for teaching her middle school students and helping them connect to their community and the world around them using place-based learning.

August 2, 2021

Dean Sherril Soman, Ph.D.
Discusses the newly merged college, developing opportunities, and how education and community innovation are connected.

July 6, 2021

Samantha Struppa, M.S.W. '18
Explains how her degree has enabled her to reach her career goal and her passion for helping children.

June 14, 2021

Sgt. Joy Matthews, B.S '06 & M.S. '11
Shares how her calling to serve led her to becoming the Community Relations Liaison with the Kent County Sherrif's Office.

May 3, 2021

Zachary Kadish, B.S. '07
Tells how his diverse education at GVSU prepared him for his duties as a U.S. Marshal.

April 12, 2021

Alexis Reame, B.S. '10
She credits the skills she's learned in the Hospitality & Tourism Management program, along with her passion for community service, to where she is today.

March 1, 2021

Julius Suchy, M.P.A. '08
Learn why he chose public service as his career choice and why giving back is so important to him.

February 8, 2021

Lauren Delatorre-Osborne, B.A. '14
Explains how her degree in legal studies was able to launch her career into aspects of law she didn't think possible. Her advice to students - network!

January 11, 2021

Tracie Coffman, M.S.W. '06
Offers advise to those pursuing a social work degree and shares how her degree has impacted her career journey.

2020 Podcasts

December 7, 2020

Autumn Hubbard, M.P.A. '15
Shares how her degree choice prepared her for her role as Fundraising Marketing Manager.

November 12, 2020

Dean George Grant, Jr., M.S.W '84
Discusses the importance and impacts of community engagement and his new role as Chancellor at Penn State Berks.

October 7, 2020

Kenton Hancock, B.S. '12
Explains how his courses at GV prepared him for his current role as an account manager.

September 14, 2020

Robert Howard, M.S. '20
Shares how the CJ faculty and curriculum influenced his career path.

August 3, 2020

Anne London, M.P.A. '06
Brings her MPA knowledge and experience into the realm of higher education.

July 6, 2020

Lorie Tuma, Ed.D.
Launches GVSU's first-ever virtual hospitality and tourism conference during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 9, 2020

John Lipford, J.D.
Shares our College's motto of "Engage.Enrich.Enhance" and his research on cannabis tourism.

February 10, 2020

Nate Swanson, Graduate Assistant
Describes his role as a grad assistant within the CCPS Undergraduate Advising Center.

January 6, 2020

Jennifer Marson-Reed, Ph.D.
Addresses the Jennifer Thompson story, a rape survivor involved in the wrongful conviction of Ronald Cotton.

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