GRCC’s Andrews Award goes to nursing student



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


April 18, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Nursing student Susan Murphy received Grand Rapids Community College’s Arthur Andrews Award during an April 17 reception honoring members of Delta Pi Alpha.

A video that includes Murphy’s comments can be viewed here.

The Arthur Andrews Award goes to the Delta Pi Alpha student with the highest cumulative grade-point average and the greatest number of honor points as of the second Friday in February of his or her commencement year. It is given in memory of Andrews, who served Grand Rapids Junior College as president from 1919 to 1955. He was dedicated to the preservation, growth and academic excellence of the school that later became Grand Rapids Community College.

This is Murphy’s second GRCC experience: She completed the licensed practical nursing program and returned for an associate degree in nursing.

“I’ve had kind of a longer journey than most at GRCC,” she said. “I came here for my LPN originally many years ago, and then when it came time to come back for my RN, I knew that GRCC was the right choice. It had the best program, the best faculty, the best clinical experience and the best opportunities for my future.”

Tina Hoxie, associate provost and dean of student affairs said, “Andrews valued the college and its academic integrity. He often made the point that ‘we must give our students an education here as good as or better than they would receive at the university.’ The records of Grand Rapids Junior College and Community College students who have gone on to further study certainly show that his colleagues and successors still espouse this lofty goal.”

While the Arthur Andrews Cup recognizes the student with the highest GPA, being a member of Delta Pi Alpha is itself a huge honor. That recognition goes only to students with superior scholastic achievements from the top 5 percent of the graduating class for the academic year. This year’s Delta Pi Alpha group numbers 99.

Murphy, a Hamilton High School graduate, was one of 14 students recognized for having a perfect 4.0 GPA. The other students are:

· Christy Berry, from Forest Hills Northern High School.

· Jane Bos, from Covenant Christian High School.

· Glen Brookhouse, from West Ottawa High School.

· Luke Ellison, from the Byron Center School District.

· Keith Fredlund, high school unavailable.

· Elaine Gordon, from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor.

· Lindsay Jones, from Rockford High School.

· Khrysta Locke, high school unavailable.

· Deborah Perkins, high school unavailable.

· Thomas VanKuiken, from Forest Hills Central High School.

· Melissa Williams-Freeman, high school unavailable.

· Hayden Youngs, from South Christian High School.

· Steven Zarzecki, from Grandville High School.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.