HFCC Student Awards and Achievement

Architecture/Construction Technology Program Student Receives Grainger Scholarship
Rola Majed, Architecture/Construction Technology Program student received a $2,000 scholarship from Grainger Tools to cover books and tuition. At the time of graduation, she will also receive $1,000 in tools from Grainger.

HFCC graduate Chanel Flowers was awarded a corporate scholarship to attend the prestigious Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago for Fall 2006. She will study visual communications.

HFCC Henry Ford II Honors Program Alumna Gladys Dabaja graduated from the College of Pharmacy, Wayne State University last May and passed her boards in September. She is doing a post-graduate residency at Henry Ford Hospital.

HFCC graduate Hillary Kevnick will study photojournalism at Central Michigan University in Fall 2006. She has received several scholarships.

Henry Ford II Honors Program graduate, Hannah Kelley (Class of 2007), studied abroad 2008-09 as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Valparaiso, Chile. While in Chile Hannah co-founded a non-profit organization called Scholars for Schools, whose aim is to improve literacy and education in marginalized communities by establishing libraries in under funded public schools in the country.

HFCC Henry Ford II Honors Program student Akrem Algiery was recently accepted to the College of Engineering, the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor. He received a Michigan Grant worth $8200 and will be majoring in Industrial and Operations Engineering starting in January 2007.

Team HFCC participated in the Relay for Life 2006 to raise funds for cancer research and programs, provide support for cancer survivors, and remember those who lost their battle with cancer. 71 students, 4 staff and faculty members, 5 HFCC alumni and 15 family members and friends participated. The team set a goal of $1,500 and exceeded their goal by raising $4,406.51, achieving the $10,000 mark over a 6 year time period.

Industrial Drafting Students Get Hands-On Experience
HFCC Industrial Drafting students James Bogart and Lebree Jones helped to build displays at the Model-T Automotive Heritage Complex (T-Plex) in Detroit. The T-Plex is becoming an interpretive center for the Model-T and early industry and innovation.

HFCC Henry Ford II Honors Program student Jillian Richards will be presenting her paper titled, "Fashion and Movements of the 1960s" at the Third Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at Wayne State University on November 10, 2006. Jillian is working under the direction of Dr. Hal Friedman, History. This is Jillian's first honors directed study. Jillian is the second HFCC student to have a paper accepted for presentation at the WSU conference. As previously reported, HP student Alexandra Godfrey’s abstract, “Subverting the Chimera: A Speculative Exploration of Patriarchal Binary Oppositions and Gender Performance in American Higher Education,” was also accepted for presentation at the conference. Alexandra is working under the supervision of Dr. Peter Kearly in her second HP directed study.

HFCC Henry Ford II Honors Program student Carla Gray was hired by the Secret Service.

Student Research Papers Win Honors at LAND Conference
HFCC Honors Program students represented the college well in the 2007 Liberal Arts Network for Development (LAND) Student Conference. LAND is an organization dedicated to promoting the humanities in Michigan's colleges. First-prize papers are published in the organization's annual journal. Kelly Beagan, Aline Iovleva, and Jessica Sawyers, were finalists in the biological sciences category for their research papers “Genetically Modified Crops: Growth Rates of GM v. Non-GM Soybeans,” and “Investigation of Genetically Modified Consumer Products”. Their papers will be presented to the 18th Annual Argonne Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics. Rania Aoun won first prize in the health sciences category for her paper "Broken Heart Syndrome". Her paper will be included in a laboratory manual Symbiosis. David Neasz was a finalist in the philosophy category for his paper "Analysis of Individuality in Nietzsche".

HFCC Henry Ford II Honors Program graduate, Zhenzheng Lin received the Michigan State University Trustee Scholarship for in-state transfer students, Fall 2006. Lin is majoring in Human Biology in the College of Natural Science, preparing for the MCAT and plans to participate in a health care related internship as well as study abroad in future semesters.

HFCC Henry Ford II Honors Program student Ardeta Gjikola was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, worth $90,000 over three years, to study cell and molecular biology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for Fall 2005. She was also accepted to the Wayne State Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship in Summer 2005.

Henry Ford Community College Henry Ford II Honors Program students Angela Blumenthal and Maria Llucente were nominated to compete for a place on USA Today's 2009 All-USA Community and Junior College Academic Team.

HFCC Henry Ford II Honors student Hannah Kelley has been awarded a Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship from the Rotarians. The award provides $12,000 for three months of study abroad. Hannah was among twenty-plus applicants for six awards in Rotary District 6400. She is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan.

HFCC Henry Ford II Honors Program student Maher Alhaj was admitted to the Psychology program at Indiana University– Bloomington, where he received a Transfer Merit Award for 2005–06.

In Fall 2008, John Quaine, Architecture/Construction Technology Program student received the $2,000 scholarship from Grainger Tools to cover books and tuition. At the time of graduation, he will also receive $1,000 in tools from Grainger.

Kate Still, a Henry Ford Community College graduate was awarded the National Pearson Teaching Fellowship Award by the Jumpstart Program in June 2006 for her work mentoring at-risk pre-schoolers in the Jumpstart Program.Still was one of only 34 individuals nationwide to receive this award and also had the opportunity to attend Jumpstart's Summer Training Institute to receive specialized training designed to support her development as a teacher.

Alan Broglin, a 2005 graduate of the HFCC CAD Drafting and Design and Machining programs, is treasurer of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Detroit No. 1. Broglin participated in an engineering internship in Armenia where he helped a group of graduate students at the American University of Armenia start their own SME student chapter.

Henry Ford Community College's Phi Theta Kappa chapter received the 2007 Pinnacle Award for increasing membership acceptance by at least 10% in 2007.

HFCC graduate, Esther Kelley has earned one of twenty spots on the top All-USA Academic Team for 2006, rising above thousands of applicants. Esther has been featured inside USA Today and will attend Texas A & M University for the Fall 2006 semester.

Alena Weiss, a graduate of the HFCC Architecture/Construction Technology program received a 4-year scholarship to Lawrence Technological University's College of Architecture and Design worth $32,000.

Steve Glazer’s ART 105-Three Dimensional Design class builds 2"x4" stuctures. In a project that stresses “Linear Design and Scale” students are each given 30 popsicle sticks to work with (Glazer stresses that the students; may actually eat 30 popsicles if they so choose, but would prefer just giving out the sticks rather than have a class full of sick students). With the popsicle sticks, each student is expected to design a free standing structure, using white glue, and without cutting any of the sticks. Once this was done, the class was divided into groups and over a two to three week period each students structure will be assembled on the school’s lawn.

Glazer uses the project to teach his “3-D” students a number of key artistic concepts. The project helps the students understand scale as it changes from working with the small popsicle sticks to the large 2”x4”’s. Also, balance is stressed as students develop an understanding of the difference between gluing small pieces of wood and nailing together large pieces of wood, and expecting them to stand up in the same way. Furthermore, as each students; work is built, the student who designed it has to communicate to those in the group the exact way their structure should be assembled in order to duplicate the model.

HFCC graduate, Kamal Abuarquob received a Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship worth up to $90,000 over three years. (He is the second HFCC Honors student to receive this award. He will study molecular biology at U-M Ann Arbor for the Fall 2006 semester.

HFCC Henry Ford II Honors Program student Esther Kelley was accepted to the University of Rochester, New York for a summer 2005 internship program. Esther was one of a dozen students chosen out of several hundred of the best undergraduate students across the country to be accepted into the National Science foundation-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Esther studied molecular biology of the fruit fly Drosphila. Esther also received a Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship worth $1,000 for the academic year 2005-06.

In February 2009 the HFCC Ice Carving Club participated in the ice show and competition held in the city of Wyandotte and won the following awards:
Team event:
First Place: Jeff Prather and Jeremy Carey - Alien carving
Single event:
First Place: Robert Wiley - Dragon carving
Second Place: Shannon Carey - Seahorse carving
Third Place: Valerie McGowen - Flower Vase carving
The Ice Carving Club does a fantastic job creating ice sculptures and contributes positively to the image of HFCC in the community.
Henry Ford II Honors Graduate Named to USA Today All-USA Academic Team
HFCC Henry Ford II Honors Program graduate Esther Kelley was selected as one of 20 members of the 2006 USA Today All-USA Community College Academic First Team. Kelley was selected from over 1,500 candidates and received a $2,500 scholarship and national publicity in USA Today. This is the second time in three years an HFCC student has been selected for the team.

The HFCC Hospitality Students catered lunch for the Michigan State Senate Luncheon in March 2007.

Members of the HFCC Film Club provided production assistance and performance support for the documentary "Stranded at the Corner" by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Gary Glaser. The documentary explores Detroit's historic Tiger Stadium and it's uncertain future.

The following people were honored with the 2008 Club Achievement awards:
Distinguished Student Leader - Tishia Browning, Robert Douglas, Rodney Longley, Jason Kulpa, Jeff Prather, Judy Struble, Anthony Yates. Honorable Mention - Jennifer Linley.
Distinguished Student Club Faculty Advisor - William Secrest, Cynthia Stiller, Richard Teeple. Honorable Mention - Alan Contino, Daniel Kearney, Elaine Saneske, Thomas Wallenmaier.
Outstanding Student Club - Criminal Justice, Ice Carving. Honorable Mention - Community Service, One Step Ahead, Phi Theta Kappa.
Outstanding New Student Club - Student Environmental Association.
Community Service/ Volunteer -Ali Al-Howaishy, Paige Knox, Samantha Nikischer. Honorable Mention - Ahmed Albaaj, Kelly Featherston, Susan Nunn.
Honorary Award - Graphics Center.

Former HFCC student, Carol Hagen, who credits ENG 246: Introduction to Children's Literature taken here, has published her first children's book for the holidays.

HFCC graduates, Mohamad Yassine and Rana Alaouie were awarded Community College Transfer Scholarships to attend U-M Dearborn for Fall 2006. Yassine will major in business and economics; Alaouie will major in education.

Henry Ford II Honors Graduate Named to USA Today All-USA Academic Team
HFCC Henry Ford II Honors Program graduate Esther Kelley was selected as one of 20 members of the 2006 USA Today All-USA Community College Academic First Team. Kelley was selected from over 1,500 candidates and received a $2,500 scholarship and national publicity in USA Today. This is the second time in three years an HFCC student has been selected for the team.

HFCC Henry Ford II Honors Program student Jessica Sawyers received the CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Award for outstanding achievement (highest GPA) in Organic Chemistry Lecture and Lab at HFCC, Fall 2006.