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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.

Tiny Twinklers 2014 Spring

 

 

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.

 

Suzuki Strings to perform at GR Children’s Museum this Thursday!

March 10, 2014

Arts Outreach music program invites you to attend Suzuki Strings performance on Thursday, March 13 at 6:15pm at the GR Children’s Museum. Admission is $1.50.

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

Museum Suzuki Strings Concert

GRCC In the News, 3-3-14

March 3, 2014

More than 50 businesses participating in GRCC job fair

March 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College job fair on March 11 will feature 59 employers representing industries ranging from manufacturing to health care and government.

GRCC hosting annual Latino Youth Conference ; more than 1,000 eighth-graders expected to attend

March 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will host its annual Latino Youth Conference on Tuesday, an event that features workshops in leadership, education, self-esteem and career preparation.

Delta part of auto training articulation agreement

March 2, 2014; Midland Daily News

Five Michigan community colleges, including Delta College, have joined together to create a pilot program that will allow students in automotive technology programs to transfer among the schools with no loss of credits or repetition of course work as they pursue their certifications and degrees.

The Automotive Technology Articulation Agreement will allow students in automotive technology programs to transfer among Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Montcalm Community College and Mott Community College. Automotive technology programs were chosen for the pilot because they already adhere to nationally recognized automotive technician training standards.

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Passionate and poised with Grand Rapids Symphony

March 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Dee Dee Bridgewater, who starred in the Broadway show, “The Wiz,” as Glinda the Good Witch, got to sing one of the musical’s showstoppers, “If You Believe.”

… Duane Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College, organizer of the Grand Rapids Community Chorus, led the 68 voices and orchestra in his arrangements of a couple of old-school gospel tunes, including a powerful version of James Cleveland’s “Let Him in Today.”

Shirley Daniels, 88, worked her way up from serving salads to serving as a community leader

Feb. 28, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Shirley Daniels, a tenacious, elegant and community-minded pioneer, worked her way up from serving salads to serving as a leader on boards and institutions. Daniels died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 88.

… While there, she began attending Grand Rapids Junior College at night. She wrote her first assignments on paper bags, so her GM co-workers presented her with a new typewriter.

LaughFest 2014: Clean laughs, dirty words, sunglasses in the dark, underwear outdoors

March 3, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gilda Radner, battling ovarian cancer, lost her funny for a while only to find it again.

… Days before LaughFest opens, tickets no longer are available for 29 events including Gaffigan’s show in Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse on March 7.

Sharks sweep Panthers

March 3, 2014; Highlands Today (Sebring, Fla.)

AVON PARK – Just when South Florida State thought it was safe to go back in the water, the Miami Dade College Sharks came swimming into town.

… The Panthers host Grand Rapids Community College Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. SFSC opens conference play on March 20, when St. Petersburg College comes to Panther Field.

No. 2 UWF continues its roll

March 2, 2014; Pensacola News Journal (Fla.)

Both starting pitchers delivered strong performances as the No. 2 University of West Florida baseball team won a doubleheader Saturday against Christian Brothers in Memphis, Tenn.

… The Pirates beat Grand Rapids Community College 16-3 in the first game, then beat Kalamazoo Valley Community College 6-3 in the second game.

TCC Baseball Completes Sweep of Chatt Valley

March 2, 2014; WCTV

Tallahassee – A passed ball in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed Quincy Nieporte to race home from third with what proved to be the winning run and help NJCAA No. 16/FCSAA No. 4 Tallahassee Community College complete an improbable comeback in a 12-11 win over NJCAA No. 5 Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College on Sunday afternoon at Eagle Field.

… Now 17-5, the Eagles will host Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College for a four-game series. The teams will play doubleheaders on Monday and Tuesday. The action begins at 3:30 p.m. both days.

Lady Cougars Participate in Hunger Games Food Drive

Feb. 28, 2014; comvoicesonline.com

KALAMAZOO (MICH.)-The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Lady Cougars basketball team did its part to fight hunger in the Kalamazoo community. The team participated in the Michigan Community College Athletic Associations First Annual MCCAA Hunger Games, aiding food banks in the 19 communities of MCCAA schools.

… Kalamazoo Valley’s Hunger Game collection date was held on Jan. 29 during the home game against Grand Rapids Community College. Donations were given to Kalamazoo’s Loaves and Fishes food bank. “Our basketball team collected enough food to fill a grocery cart and then some, and there was also at least $40 in monetary donation given as well,” said Maureen Brown, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach.

GRCC In the News, 2-26-14

February 26, 2014

GRCC, Michigan community colleges partner on automotive technology programs

Feb. 25, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A new agreement will enable students pursuing certificates or degrees in automotive technology to transfer between five community colleges without losing credit for past courses.

The pilot program aims to make it easier for students who move to another part of Michigan to finish their education. The community colleges participating in the program are: Grand Rapids; Delta, near Bay City; Lansing; Montcalm, near Stanton; and Mott, in Flint.

Triumph Music Academy passionate about people

Feb. 25, 2014; therapidian.org

James Hughes, the soft spoken proprietor and unofficial face of Triumph Music Academy, has a passion for teaching and the collaborative spirit which the Academy embraces. His vast knowledge of music, both theory and practice, represents the entire staff of 10, three of which co-founded the Academy with him.

… Hughes moved to Grand Rapids in 2004 where he attended GRCC for guitar. From there he went on the GVSU to study guitar and composition under Carlos De la Barrera and Dr. Bill Ryan.

Flint native, Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater joins Grand Rapids Symphony on Saturday

Feb. 25, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Billie Holiday was one of the great iconic singers in jazz history, so it takes another to stand in for Lady Day.

… Bridgewater and the orchestra will be joined by the Grand Rapids Community Chorus, a 90-voice ensemble led by Duane Davis, retired director of vocal activities at Grand Rapids Community College.

Steelcase’s landmark pyramid building being donated to mystery nonprofit for educational hub

Feb. 26, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Steelcase is donating its massive, multimillion-dollar pyramid-shaped former research facility to a nonprofit for use as a STEM-focused education hub that would cater to students in preschool through graduate school, according to officials.

… For example, KISD has STEM programming in mechatronics, information technology and health sciences and works closely with Grand Rapids Community College and area universities.

… Grand Rapids Community College has not been contacted yet. Grand Valley State University was briefed on the concept.

It is easy to make LaughFest a family affair

Feb. 25, 2014; MLive

LaughFest organizers have been very good about indicating the age appropriateness of festival events and shows through its content guidelines. For the eighteen and older crowd, there is CLN or Clean Adult Laughs, indicating the show has no vulgarity but RRR or Rated R…Really shows do.

… Meijer is presenting The Family Friendly Series which includes three LaughFest events. On March 8, the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse will be a busy place as the themed children’s carnival for all ages, Super Saturday, kicks off at 10 a.m. Mini golf, ultimate challenge, laser tag, all sports arena, and hoppy horses are all part of the fun along with some special guests. The event runs until 2 p.m. and is $7 per person.

Transfers show potential in GV debuts

Feb. 23, 2014; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

A pair of junior transfers turned in a pair of impressive performances on the mound for the Grand Valley State University baseball team over the weekend in its opening series at the University of Southern Indiana.

GVSU pitcher Aaron Jensen, who played two seasons at Grand Rapids Community College, surrendered just four hits and two runs while striking out five in 8.2 innings of work despite being charged with a loss in his first career start as a Laker.

GRCC In the News, 2-24-14

February 24, 2014

GRCC promoting the value of internships, co-op jobs

Feb. 21, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 400 Grand Rapids Community College students were involved in internships or co-op jobs last year, officials announced Friday, Feb. 21.

5 community colleges to let auto students transfer

Feb. 22, 2014; The Kansas City Star

LANSING, Mich. — Five Michigan community colleges are partnering on a pilot program to let students in automotive technology programs transfer among the schools without losing credits or having to repeat course work.

Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Montcalm Community and Mott Community Colleges have signed the agreement. It was announced Friday by Nigel Francis, the state’s senior automotive adviser.

Higher education giving reaches record levels

Feb. 21, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The record high in charitable giving to colleges and universities is proving that people and organizations do, in fact, value education but maybe not as many of them.

… The amount of financial contributions to U.S. academic institutions in 2013 did not surprise Donald MacKenzie, executive director of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation.

Muskegon’s Dancing with the Local Stars has all the right moves

Feb. 22, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The crowd ended up on its feet dancing, thousands of dollars were collected for food pantries and few people seemed to enjoy themselves more than the performers doing the actual work.

… Dancing with the Local Stars 2014 Participants:

… Heather Sandberg (star), deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, with Patrick Johnson (pro), a Grand Rapids Community College dance faculty instructor, co-owner of PT Arts, LLC Consulting and director of West MI Flight Academy

Kalamazoo Valley women’s basketball move into first place in MCCAA with 62-56 win over No. 6 Lake Michigan

Feb. 22, 2014; MLive

Coach Ron Welch was pretty sure that the drubbing that his team took earlier this league season at Lake Michigan was an anomaly. Today they proved it with a gritty 62-56 win over the No. 6-ranked Redhawks to move into first place in the Western conference of the MCCAA by a half game.

… “It’s a good day to be a Cougar!” exclaimed Welch. “I’m really proud of this group. That’s a terrific basketball team we beat today. Our effort was awesome! I wouldn’t be surprised to see a rematch down the road in post season, but today we’re going to enjoy this one, then focus on GRCC.”

GRCC In the News, 2-18-14

February 18, 2014

GRCC uses $250,000 to plug deficit from enrollment drop; staff criticizes board’s diversity discussions

Feb. 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will use $250,000 in savings to help balance its budget after a 7.5 percent drop in enrollment left the school with less revenue than needed.

Promise Pacts designed to keep GRPS’ Class of 2020 on track for college

Feb. 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Sixth graders in the Class of 2020 attending two Grand Rapids schools are being asked along with their parents to enter into an agreement committing to do their part to capitalize on available college scholarships.

… In addition, the presidents of Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, and Grand Rapids Community College also announced in November 2013 they each have created special scholarships for the 2020 graduates of the program.

Grand Rapids Community College alumnus next on the list to perform at guitar series

Feb. 17, 2014; MLive

Grand Rapids Community College alumnus, guitarist Gideon Whitehead will be the featured GRCC International Guitar Series performer on February 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 200 of the Music Center.

Bust a move: Dancing with the Local Stars to be ‘more laid-back’ with island theme

Feb. 17, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Dancing with the Local Stars attendees will have a few hours to escape the winter doldrums when the event returns to the Muskegon Harbor Holiday Inn for its sixth year from Feb. 20 to 22.

… Dancing with the Local Stars 2014 Participants

… Heather Sandberg (star), deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, with Patrick Johnson (pro), a Grand Rapids Community College dance faculty instructor, co-owner of PT Arts, LLC Consulting and director of West MI Flight Academy

Larry Oberst hired as GRPS’ new chief financial officer

Feb. 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids school board Monday, Feb. 17, unanimously approved Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal’s pick to be the district’s new Chief Financial Officer – Larry Oberst.

… The district hasn’t had a CFO since Lisa Freiburger left the district in 2011 to become vice president of finance and administration at Grand Rapids Community College.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: 9 wrestlers qualify for NJCAA national championships

Feb. 17, 2014; MLive

… MENS BASKETBALL: The Jayhawks (10-15) lost two of the three games they played last week.

… MCC played its fifth game in 10 days against Grand Rapids Community College on Feb. 12 and lost 99-63. The Jayhawks led at halftime, but struggled in the second half for the second-straight game. Tyiwan Jones scored 19 points to lead MCC. Hatter added 15 points.


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