A Year in Headlines

Washtenaw Community College is a dynamic place. The campus hosts countless events during the year, ranging from bat festivals to breast feeding workshops. It also houses thousands of students, faculty and staff, each with their own unique stories.

For those who like to tell stories, it is a treasure trove. We regret that we will never be able to fit every story in our pages, but we’ve managed quite a few.

We’d like to reflect on the stories we’ve paid witness to, along with our readers. So together, let’s remember 2014, in the stories we’ve told:

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February

Judith Hommel, beloved retired WCC staffer, loses battle with cancer

Biology instructor David Wooten presents Darwin: Books, Beetles and Blasphemy

March

WCC releases SOQs to The Voice

English instructor Maryam Barrie elected WCC Education Association president

Same-sex marriage legal in Michigan for less than a day

WCC holds first free college day

April

Obama visits Ann Arbor to speak to students

Trustees vote to increase tuition for Fall 2014

May

Faculty votes ‘no confidence’ in WCC President Rose Bellanca’s leadership

Three of five academic deans resign

State Rep. Adam Zemke, in partnership with WCC, proposes GED funding program

1,626 student graduate from WCC

June

Faculty sends letter to Higher Learning Commission, challenging WCC’s accreditation

Five new programs approved for Fall 2014

Mold discovered in LA building, clean up to cost $500,000

Students take gold at SkillsUSA competition

Five digital video students win student Emmys

July

Eight candidates file for board of trustees election, Trustees Patrick McLean and Anne Williams do not file for reelection

August

Part-time English instructor Stephanie Gelderloos sues WCC for alleged gender discrimination in hiring process

WCC, UA sign 15-year contract

International soccer game at the Big House

September

University Center opens, allowing students to take Ferris State University courses at WCC

WTMC named seventh best high school in U.S.

CFO Bill Johnson reports $4.7 million surplus for 2013-14 academic year

October

Asbestos discovered in LA Building, increasing clean-up cost $290,000

College announces $8 million raised in Campaign for Success

WCC announces plans for Advanced Transportation Center

Entrepreneurship Center grand opening

Radiography students win big at statewide competition

Culinary Arts teams up with CORE Garden to host sustainable dinner

November

The Voice wins first place in ‘Best in Show’ contest at ACP/CMA College Media Convention

Hatcher, Fleming sweep trustee election, DeVarti beats incumbent Freeman by 57 votes

Trustees add protections for gender identity and gender expressions to student policies

Voice’s SOQ website goes live

December

WCC eliminates therapist position as semester ends

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