Oakland Community College faculty elects campus senate leadership

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan – Oakland Community College campus senators and officers have been announced for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The principal academic advising body of the college, Academic Senate serves as a major component of shared governance at OCC. The group plays a major role in the academic affairs of the College including facilitating open communication for the entire academic community, developing and recommending academic policies and procedures, fostering dynamic curriculum responsive to student and community need, supporting academic freedom, and fostering personal empowerment and professional integrity.

“Campus Senate provides senators, committee chairs, faculty members and academic administration the opportunity to voice and impact academic issues important to the college,” said Senate Chair John Mitchell. Mitchell also serves as campus senator and faculty member on the Orchard Ridge campus.

Over the last year, senate has had a significant role working with administration in accomplishing major changes at the College. These include reviewing and updating several academic and student services policies and procedures, participating in the College’s strategic planning, providing leadership in the HLC accreditation process, appropriately incorporating general education into program outcomes and reviewing nearly 10 academic programs. The year ahead will continue to focus on providing high-quality, relevant educational experiences for all students.

Elected senators for the 2019-2020 academic year are:

College officers
John Mitchell: Chair
Valerie Emanoil: Vice chair
Robyn Tennison: Secretary

Campus senators
Auburn Hills:
Barbie Hoag: Chair
Bill Isanhart: Vice chair
Nathan Tonning: Secretary
Shawn Dry
Verna Love
Judy Matteson
Claude Townshend
Laura Wicklund

Highland Lakes:
Valerie Emanoil: Chair
Krishna Stilianos: Vice chair
Joe Helminski: Secretary
Emily McAllister
Chad Nykamp
Jeff Parlow
Kathy Schulte
Brooke Wanshon

Orchard Ridge:
Shannon Flynn: Chair
Leah Michels: Vice chair
Tanya Reynolds: Co-secretary
Michelle Pergeau-Dudgeon: Co-secretary
Carole Bennett
John Mitchell
Anthony Thomas
Rasheeda Wright

South East:
Gina Mandas: Co-chair
Darlene Johnson-Bignotti: Co-chair
Carol Benson: Co-secretary
Stacey Charlebois: Co-secretary
Jeff Eichold
Vince Lamb
Mary Kay Lawless
Mary Thomas
Anita Caponi

About OCC

With multi campus system in Oakland County, OCC is Michigan’s No. 1 transfer institution, offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates. The College empowers academic and developmental experiences, allowing students to reach their potential and enhance their communities. More than 1 million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. A seven-person Board of Trustees governs OCC. Board members are elected on a non-partisan, at-large basis, serve as volunteers and are not paid. Mission statement: OCC is committed to empowering our students to succeed and advancing our community. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.


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