By Jacquelyn Zeman – Chief Web Editor
As a part of Women’s History Month, Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting its 17th annual Salute to Women, which will honor four women from the GRCC community.
According to the Diversity Learning Center’s website, “the women selected exhibit personal and professional excellence and serve as role models and mentors to other women.”
The women selected this year include Patricia McClellan, former director of the Occupational Therapy Assisting, Debra Bailey, GRCC alumna and current Board of Trustees member, Barbara (Nan) Schichtel, Information and Literacy Outreach Librarian at GRCC, and Arielle Brown, biomedical sciences student and President of Student Alliance.
Bailey who attended GRCC from 1968 to 69 then transferred to Western Michigan University. She started out as an undecided student. Her time at GRCC helped her decide on her major of English and Communications.
“It constantly reminds me how many wonderful women there are in this community with ties in one way or another to GRCC,” Bailey said. “Receiving awards are just a wonderful honor, but you also can’t forget how it takes all kinds of individuals from so many different perspectives to get all the work done that they do at community college, and in this community. I am very proud and humbled.”
Brown said she was excited for the event because her family, who has been her main support system, will be at the event.
“They are definitely my inspiration, but also the women I have met here on campus from day one…have always been very encouraging and it just fills me up with joy to know I have a time to give thanks to them for helping me get so far,” Brown said. “I am a totally different person now compared to my freshman year in college.”
Brown plans to move back home after graduating in May, and will attend Oakland Community College and University of Detroit Mercy to pursue her degree in biology, and then attend dental school.
The event will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m., March 31 in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center banquet hall, located at 151 Fountain St. NE.