Archive for the ‘Performing Arts’ category

GRCC In the News, 5-16-14

May 16, 2014

GRCC hosting summer camps for grandparents, grandchildren

May 15, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a series of camps this summer for grandparents from throughout West Michigan who are looking to spend time with their grandchildren.

GRCC’s first-ever musical dives right into the dark depths of family, murder, and morals

May 9, 2014; MLive

When you think of Broadway these days, there are very few dark musicals. Musicals may be sad (such as Miss Saigon) or cover difficult subjects (like Hair or Rent), but these are the exceptions. Most of the classic musicals from the Great White Way end fairly happily. But even the light needs to be balanced with the dark. That’s what makes a musical like The Hatpin, premiering this month at Spectrum Theater, so fascinating.

Forum discusses future of the urban workforce

May 14, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to attend a candid forum tomorrow night on how urban workers in the region can make a living in the future.

The Future of the Michigan Workforce will be held Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community Colleges Calkins Science Center auditorium, at 143 Bostwick Avenue NE.

Arts Outreach presents spring concert

April 30, 2014

Arts Outreach music program invites you to attend their Suzuki Strings Spring Concert on Thursday, May 1 at 6:00pm! Performance will be held at First (Park) Congregational Church Sanctuary. Admission is free. Reception to follow. Violinists ages 4-14 will perform as a group variety of repertoire, from Classical Martini’s “Gavotte” to folk songs, finishing the concert with a festive arrangement of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Suzuki Strings ensemble performed outreach performances for Pilgrim Manor, Lacks Cancer Center, the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, Meijer Heart Center, and DeVos Children’s Hospital as well as a number of area inner city schools.

GRCC Arts Outreach is a community music school accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and affiliated with the GRCC Music Department. This accreditation holds the program to a high standard of excellence in music education. Music faculty provide individual and group instruction on violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute and piano, offering both traditional and Suzuki instruction on select instruments. Courses are available from beginner to advanced levels of study and students of all ages are welcomed. The program employs twelve highly qualified instructors and serves over 100 students from the Greater Grand Rapids area. For more information about the program, please visit grcc.edu/ArtsOutreach.

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GRCC In the News, 4-28-14

April 28, 2014

High Schools Partner with GRCC to Get College Credits Early

April 25, 2014; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Godfrey Lee Public Schools, MI — Godwin Heights and Godfrey-Lee high schools have joined the trend of offering high school students a way to earn college credit right at their own schools, in a new partnership with Grand Rapids Community College.

Change Ups: EMT deemed a star

April 18, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Grand Rapids Community College announced the following students are award recipients for their leadership skills, academic excellence and campus involvement: Arielle Brown, Cedric and Sandy Ward Leadership Award; Yolanda Cruz-Olguin, Benham Service and Civic Engagement Award; Todd Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award; and Rafael Pastrano, Brian Kloet Campus Involvement Award.

Junior Valentine has rhythm-happy musical gumbo

April 24, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Over a career spanning more than two dozen years, Junior Valentine has played countless gigs with a bevy of bands steeped in R&B, blues and rock, taught guitar, bass and ukulele to more than 400 students and toured the country.

… A chance encounter with young, progressive bluegrass mandolinist Jason Wheeler and an inquiry from percussionist and Grand Rapids Community College instructor Brandan Grinwis has produced an eclectic trio unlike anything else in West Michigan a rootsy, rhythm-happy outfit that meshes elements of blues, R&B, funk, Island music, folk and bluegrass to simmer up a tasty of styles.

Central Michigan quarterback battle includes Montague’s Cody Kater again

April 28, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Cody Kater is trying to win back the starting quarterback job at Central Michigan University.

… It was a tough blow for Kater, who led Montague to back-to-back state titles in 2008-09. He originally committed to CMU, but followed Butch Jones when he left to become the head coach at Cincinnati. Kater went from Cincinnati, to Grand Rapids Community College and then to CMU. He spent the 2012 season as a backup for the Chippewas before winning the job last season.

GRCC In the News, 4-24-14

April 24, 2014

Actors’ Theatre, criticized by two GRCC trustees for controversial plays, stops receiving college funding

April 24, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Actors’ Theatre, a community theater group housed at Grand Rapids Community College, announced Wednesday it will no longer receive funding from the college.

 

GRCC trustees react to theater group’s surprise decision to decline college funding

April 24, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College board member who has long been critical of Actors’ Theatre said he’s “pleasantly surprised” the organization will no longer seek an annual subsidy of $19,000 from the college.

 

Call for artists for two regional exhibitions in Grand Rapids, Muskegon

April 23, 2014; MLive

Both the Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids and the Muskegon Museum of Art have announced their call for artists for regional art exhibitions each group will be hosting this summer.

…This year’s jurors are Nick Antonakis, Grand Rapids Community Colleges visual department head and professor for painting and drawing; Sara Lowethian, photographer and adjunct professor at Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University; and Lorain Smalligan, executive director of LowellArts!

 

Building a bottle greenhouse

April 23, 2014; WOTV4

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) Recycling is the perfect way to make a footprint in saving our plant. In late April, Goodwill AmeriCorps will team up with 75 students from Godfey Lee School to build a water bottle greenhouse.

…United Way and Grand Rapids Community College collected recycled water bottles needed for the project.

 

Laura Kennett: Action Hero from Grand Rapids, Michigan

April 16, 2014; Women’s Health Magazine

As a child, Laura witnessed the profound effect that a healthy lifestyle can have on well-being.

Laura Kennett is an adjunct professor in GRCC’s Exercise Science department.

GRCC In the News, 4-18-14

April 18, 2014

GRCC offering free workshop for grandparents raising their grandchildren

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is offering a free luncheon and workshop Friday for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

Students turn lens on manufacturing

April 17, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

An annual high school student video competition aims to promote interest in the manufacturing industry.

… Videos submitted to Discover Manufacturing Today were posted on the video competition’s Facebook page and open to public voting. Student videos were also reviewed by a panel of judges, and were ranked based on a variety of criteria including creativity of the video, and how well the interview questions were addressed. The judging panel consisted of representatives from local manufacturers, Grand Rapids Community College, The Right Place, Kent ISD and Michigan Works.

Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids Presents GOD OF CARNAGE, Now thru 4/26

April 17, 2014; broadwayworld.com

Tonight, April 17, 2014, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids will continue its 33rd season with God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. The show will be presented Thursday through Saturday on two consecutive weekends at GRCC Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, beginning tonight, April 17, 2014 and closing on April 26, 2014. All performances begin at 8PM. A special talk back will follow the performance on Friday April 18th; discussion topics include: communication and conflict management.

See which historic homes will be on the Heritage Hill Tour of Homes this spring

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — This spring’s 45th Annual Heritage Hill Tour of Homes will feature seven private homes and two historic public buildings, the Heritage Hill Neighborhood Association announced this week.

… Tickets on the weekend of the tour will be $20 and available only at the ticket booth in the Sneden Center on the Grand Rapids Community College DeVos Campus, 435 E. Fulton Street.

College notes: Jenison grad throws back-to-back no-hitters, will play baseball at Indiana next year

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Every athlete wants to be known for something.

… Wes Vaughn (baseball), Grand Rapids Community College: Vaughn was 3-for-3 with two doubles in an 11-1 win over Glen Oaks CC on April 10. Vaughn (East Grand Rapids), a sophomore outfielder, is hitting .326. It was the third-straight game he had three hits.

Garrett Veihl (baseball), Grand Rapids Community College: The freshman pitcher (Greenville) earned his first win of the season pitching a complete game, 4-1 win over Glen Oaks CC on April 10. In five innings, he allowed four hits and one earned run with no walks and five strikeouts. Veihl improves to 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA.

Dylan VanPutten (baseball), Grand Rapids Community College: The sophomore (Middleville) went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two stolen bases and a double in a 9-8 loss to Macomb Community College on April 12. The first baseman is hitting .240 this season.

… Katie Klomstra (softball), Grand Rapids Community College: The sophomore (Godwin Heights) was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in a 5-3 loss to Lansing CC on April 12.

… Logan Sochacki (golf), Grand Rapids Community College: Sochacki (Jenison) earned medalist honors after shooting a 71 at the Ancilla College Invitational in Plymouth, Ind. on April 12. Teammates Cody Shoemaker and Tony Conaway were tied for third place with 73s to help the Raiders finish first.

Brad Buurstra homers twice as Union baseball team takes two from Muskegon Mona Shores

April 17, 2014; MLive

Two players named Buurstra were responsible for a lot of on-field damage as Grand Rapids Union took two games from Muskegon Mona Shores, 5-4 and 6-2, in OK Black Conference play on Thursday.

… Brad Buurstra has signed with Grand Rapids Community College. Devin Husted, who had two hits and two runs batted in during the doubleheader, is also getting recruited by schools.

GRCC In the News, 4-15-14

April 15, 2014

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra names new music director

April 14, 2014; Petoskey News

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra board of trustees announced the selection of Libor Ondras, Ph.D., as the new Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra music director.
…A viola recitalist, Ondras serves as music director of the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra and orchestra director at the Grand Rapids Community College.

Brann’s Steakhouse CEO’s folksy memoir serves up tales of 4 decades in Michigan restaurant business

April 15, 2014; MLive

At age 19, Tommy Brann became the youngest restaurant owner in Michigan.
…His philanthropic efforts range from creating a scholarship for African-American hospitality students at Grand Rapids Community College, donating $15,000 for the Veterans Park in Grand Rapids and purchasing helmets for the Wyoming Police Department.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

April 15, 2014; Cadillac News

Aquinas College freshman Aaron Hodges (Cadillac H.S.) hit the “B standard” for the NCAA Championships in the pole vault as he took fifth place with a leap of 15-feet, 5-inches at the Don Klienow Track & Field Invitational Saturday at Siena Heights.
…Davenport University freshman Cayman Gatt (Pine River H.S.) had three hits in the Panthers’ 7-2 JV softball win over Grand Rapids Community College on April 7. She added two hits in Davenport’s 4-2 Game 2 win.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Jayhawk softball extends win streak to 3 games

April 14, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI The Muskegon Community College softball team got off to a slow start this season, but appears to be turning things around.
…MCC swept Grand Rapids Community College 11-0 and 13-0 on April 11.

GRCC In the News, 4-14-14

April 14, 2014

GRCC weighs economic development programs that would cost $1 million in property taxes over 20 years

April 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees is to decide next week whether to participate or opt out of new tax capturing entities in Gaines and Byron townships, administrators said.

Blind man hit by car recovering from injuries, has sympathy for driver

April 11, 2014; MLive

Osman Koroma, the 23-year-old blind man who was hit by a car, is recovering from his injuries and says he has only compassion for the driver who hit him last month.

… He looks forward to finishing the semester at Grand Rapids Community College although he needs a new laptop, because his was destroyed in the accident.

Office furniture suppliers brace for growth

April 13,2014; mibiz.com

The forecast for significant growth in the office furniture industry could bring some rewarding and potentially challenging times for the West Michigan base of suppliers.

“GRCC and GVSU don’t have a program for the office furniture supply chain,” (Steve) Waltman said. “I think we’ve missed an opportunity to keep our kids here.”

Actors’ Theatre’s ‘God of Carnage’ features four parents in need of their own ‘time out’

April 11, 2014;  MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Parenthood can put you in some uncomfortable predicaments. But none might be as awkward as when a seemingly safe situation has the grownups acting worse than their kids.

Such is the case in the upcoming comedy from Actors Theatre called God of Carnage, playing Thursday through Saturday nights from April 17 26 at the GRCC Spectrum Theatre, 160 Fountain St. NE.

Tiny Twinklers class begins April 18

April 14, 2014

GRCC Arts Outreach is excited to open a new section of Tiny Twinklers parent and child music class starting this Friday! Class is held 10:30-11:15am in the music building, room 303. $10 per session, $70 total April 18-May 30. Infants-preschoolers are welcome! Siblings under 1 are free! Email grccao@gmail.com to register.

Arts Outreach is a community music program offered through GRCC. Highly qualified faculty use Suzuki and traditional methods of training to provide exceptional individual and group instruction in violin, cello, guitar, piano, flute and voice. The program serves all ages and levels, from the earliest beginners through the adult learner. For more information, please visit grcc.edu/ArtsOutreach or email grccao@gmail.com.

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GRCC In the News, 4-8-14

April 8, 2014

Q&A with Chuck Hadden: Not making money now? ‘Better check your business plan’

April 3, 2014;  Crain’s Detroit Business

In 2012, Michigan’s manufacturing output totaled $66.2 billion, up from $58.2 billion in 2009, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. Those numbers illustrate how the state’s manufacturing is on a strong upward trend, as auto suppliers and others seek to keep up with customer orders and find new talent.
… There are a lot of ways to get talent. There’s a creative way at Grand Rapids Community College where students work during the day and go to school at night. The students are being paid to work, and the manufacturers are paying for their college.

Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids to Present GOD OF CARNAGE, 4/17-26

April 8, 2014; broadwayworld.com

On April 17, 2014, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids will continue its 33rd season with God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. The show will be presented Thursday through Saturday on two consecutive weekends at GRCC Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, beginning on April 17, 2014 and closing on April 26, 2014. All performances begin at 8PM. A special talk back will follow the performance on Friday April 18th; discussion topics include: communication and conflict management.

 

Faculty members present viola recital

April 1, 2014

GRCC faculty will perform in a viola recital at 4 p.m. April 5.

 

GRCC in the News, 3-27-14

March 27, 2014

GRCC Provost Gilda Gely takes job as Aquinas College’s top academic officer

March 26, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College Provost Gilda Gely is stepping down to serve as Aquinas College’s top academic officer.

 

GRCC provost, executive VP accepts new position

March 26, 2014; Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids Community College Provost and Executive Vice President Gilda Gely recently announced that she has accepted the position of executive vice president and provost at Aquinas College.

 

Aquinas College to Get a New VP

March 26, 2014; Wood Radio

Aquinas College will have a new executive vice president and provost in May. Dr. Gilda Gely held a similar position at Grand Rapids Community College for the past seven years.

 

Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys sing music for Lent, Holy Week under noted British conductor

March 26, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The season of Lent in the Christian church is a time of preparation for the celebration of Easter.

…The organization founded in 1989 operates a music education program for boys in grades 3 through 8, following the Royal School of Church Music training program at hits rehearsal home at Grand Rapids Community College.

 

You’re invited to Arts Outreach student recitals!

March 26, 2014

Arts Outreach music program invites you to attend their Spring Student Recitals! Concerts will be held in the GRCC Music Center Recital Hall and at First (Park) Congregational Church. Admission is free.

Arts Outreach is a community music program offered through GRCC. Highly qualified faculty use Suzuki and traditional methods of training to provide exceptional individual and group instruction in violin, cello, guitar, piano, flute and voice. The program serves all ages and levels, from the earliest beginners through the adult learner. For more information, please visit grcc.edu/ArtsOutreach or email grccao@gmail.com.2014 Spring Recitals

Tiny Twinklers enjoy instrument petting zoo!

March 24, 2014

Tiny Twinklers students enjoyed brass and woodwind instrument petting zoo this semester. Special thanks to Mr. Wells and Mr. Bier of East GR Public Schools, and Arts Outreach instructor Carmen Maret!

Arts Outreach is a community music program offered through GRCC. Highly qualified faculty use Suzuki and traditional methods of training to provide exceptional individual and group instruction in violin, cello, guitar, piano, flute and voice. The program serves all ages and levels, from the earliest beginners through the adult learner. For more information, please visit grcc.edu/ArtsOutreach or email grccao@gmail.com.

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Arts Outreach Suzuki Strings performed at the GR Children’s Museum

March 21, 2014

Arts Outreach Suzuki Strings students performed a concert at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Under the direction of instructors Cassandra Kroondyk and Annette Henry, the musicians performed classical compositions such as “Gavotte” from “Mignon” and Bach’s “Minuet”.  The concert concluded with Dr. Suzuki’s “Variations on ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’”.  During the performance, students scattered throughout the museum filling the hall with beautiful music. Congratulations GRCC AO Suzuki Strings!

Arts Outreach is a community music program offered through GRCC. Highly qualified faculty use Suzuki and traditional methods of training to provide exceptional individual and group instruction in violin, cello, guitar, piano, flute and voice. The program serves all ages and levels, from the earliest beginners through the adult learner.

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GRCC In the News, 3-18-14

March 18, 2014

2012 Guitar Foundation of America Winner Russian Guitarist Rovshan Mamedkuliev

March 17, 2014; MLive

On March 20, the GRCC International Guitar Series will present the 2012 Guitar Foundation of America Winner Russian guitarist Rovshan Mamedkuliev.

GRCC board unanimously approves 2.9 percent tuition increase: ‘We’re still a very affordable option’

March 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Tuition will rise 2.9 percent at Grand Rapids Community College next fall.

Kalamazoo Bach Festival Society Announces Winners

March 17, 2014; comvoicesonline.com

The most promising college and high school singers from the Midwest competed at the annual Kalamazoo Bach Festival Young Vocalists Competition last Saturday, March 15, at Kalamazoo College. Eight of the competitors will be showcased in the Young Vocalists Concert on April 12, 3 pm, at Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Center. The purpose of the competition and concert is to encourage the study and performance of vocal music.

… There were 36 competitors from the Midwest. Colleges represented were Alma College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Rapids Community College, Indiana University South Bend, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, and University of Michigan School of Music.

One Wyoming 1 on 1 will connect our youth with positive adult mentors so they can be tomorrows leaders.

March 17, 2014; onewyoming1on1.org

Our Partners

… Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Women’s basketball team receives several postseason honors

March 17, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball teams season is over, but the Jayhawks collected several postseason awards when they were announced on March 11.

… SOFTBALL: The Jayhawks (0-5) will next be in action on Friday when they host Grand Rapids Community College.

Greyhounds to take on experienced Bulldogs

March 18, 2014; The Fort Scott Tribune (Kan.)

Fort Scott Community College’s men’s basketball team will be making its first appearance in a national tournament since 1948 when it takes the court at the Mary Miller Complex in Danville, Ill., for a first-round game in the NJCAA Division II Basketball Tournament at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.

… South Suburban, located just 120 miles north of Danville, has won its last eight games, including the District IV championship game against Triton College by a 93-75 score on March 8 in Elgin, Ill. The Bulldogs’ last loss came on February 10 at Grand Rapids, Mich., by a 96-88 score in overtime, which was their second straight defeat following a 58-57 loss at Kishwaukee, Ill., two days earlier.

 


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