"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


2021 Podcasts

December 6, 2021

WGVU Morning Show Interview with Dr. Patty Janes, professor in Hospitality and Tourism Management and Coordinator of Michigan Cares for Tourism

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

WGVU Morning Show Interview with Williamson (Billy) Wallace, Director of the GVSU Police Academy

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

WGVU Morning Show Interview with Clarice Thomas,

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

WGVU Morning Show Interview with Lea Sevigny, M.Ed. '01

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

WGVU Morning Show Interview with Dr. Sherril Soman, Dean of the College of Education and Community Innovation

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

July 6, 2021

WGVU Morning Show Interview with Samantha Struppa, MSW '18

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

WGVU Morning Show Interview with Sgt. Joy Matthews, '06 & '12

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

WGVU Morning Show Interview with Zachary Kadish, '07

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

WGVU Morning Show Interview with Alexis Reame, B.S. '10 & '17

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

WGVU Morning Show Interview with Julius Suchy, '06 & '08

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

WGVU Morning Show Interview with Lauren Delatorre-Osborne, '14

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

WGVU Morning Show Interview with Tracie Coffman, '01 & '06

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

CCPS Podcast with Autumn Hubbard, MPA alumna

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

November 12, 2020

CCPS Podcast with Dean George Grant, Jr.

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

CCPS Podcast with Kenton Hancock, HTM alumnus

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

September 14, 2020

CCPS Podcast with Robert Howard, Criminal Justice Alumnus

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

August 3, 2020

CCPS Podcast with Anne London, MPA alumna

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

July 6, 2020

CCPS Podcast with Dr. Lorie Tuma, assistant professor in Hospitality and Tourism Management

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

March 9, 2020

CCPS Podcast with John Lipford, affiliate professor in Hospitality and Tourism Management

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

February 10, 2020

CCPS Podcast with Nate Swanson, graduate assistant with the CCPS Undergraduate Advising Center

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

January 6, 2020

CCPS Podcast with Dr. Jennifer Marson, assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice

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