Archive for the ‘Performing Arts’ category

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.

GRCC In the News, 2-14-14

February 14, 2014

Saugatuck students explore career choices at Grand Rapids Community College

Feb. 13, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College has again partnered with Saugatuck High School to help students zero in on how their abilities and talents line up with their plans for the future.

‘Condom Drop,’ safe-sex cards to target GRCC, Grand Rapids bars

Feb. 13, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Planned Parenthood volunteers will fan out across Grand Rapids Thursday handing out condoms at bars and Grand Rapids Community College in an effort to promote safe sex on Valentines Day.


Feb. 13, 2014;

‘Jackson’ is the bloody bloody brilliant musical rendition of one of America’s most historically controversial figures.

… Book by Alex Timbers; music and lyrics by Michael Friedman; choreographed and directed by Kyle Amanda Dutkiewicz. Presented by Grand Rapids Actors’ Theatre at the GRCC Spectrum Theater; (616) 234-3946. Through February 22nd. For mature audiences. Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission.

Cheap Eats: Menna’s Joint offers big, toasted wraps for the bar crowd

Feb. 13, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Menna’s Joint serves its own version of a wrap sandwich, dubbed dubs. When a friend and I visited the newly opened location in downtown Grand Rapids, we asked why they’re called dubs, and the friendly counterperson didn’t have an answer. They’re just dubs.

… The new spot on Ionia Street SW is the first not to be located on a university campus, and should serve lunch clientele, GVSU, Kendall College and Grand Rapids Community College students downtown and spillover from neighboring drinking establishments. Menna’s offers online ordering for most locations, and delivery. I stopped by twice recently, once with my buddy, local stand-up comic Stu McCallister, to sample the menu.

GRCC In the News, 2-5-14

February 5, 2014

Obituaries today: Merry Anne Barrows, teacher, counselor and author of operettas

Feb. 4, 2014; MLive

Merry Anne Barrows, a teacher and counselor who loved the theater, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

… Her education included a Ph.D. in psychology from Michigan State University. She worked as a teacher in the Grand Rapids area and in Wisconsin. She also taught at Grand Rapids Junior College and was active in the development of the Counseling Center.

GRCC intervention program receives national award

Feb. 4, 2014; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A national community college organization has recognized Grand Rapids Community College for its efforts to get students back on track after academic probation.

Actors’ Theatre explores the myths and truths of Andrew Jackson all in song

Feb. 4, 2014; MLive

Kyle Amanda Dutkiewicz is fully aware of the controversy that surrounds Andrew Jackson and his actions. Her father, Ken, a former history teacher, has a fascination with Jackson, giving Dutkiewicz insight into the seventh president of the United States. It was Dutkiewicz’s father who first discovered and saw the New York production of Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson; and when he couldn’t stop talking about it, she became intrigued with the musical.

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, with musical direction by Scott Bell, is presented by Actors Theatre February 622. All shows are at 8 p.m. at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. Tickets $26$20. For tickets, call 234-3946 or visit

GRCC International Guitar Series February Performance

January 30, 2014

The GRCC International Guitar Series


Gideon Whitehead, Thursday, February 20, 2014, 7:30 PM

Grand Rapids Community College alumnus, guitarist Gideon Whitehead will be the featured GRCC International Guitar Series performer on February 20, 2014. Noted by Cleveland Classical for his ability to “bring out subtle inner details” and to “communicate directly with the listener”, he is quickly establishing himself as an outstanding and captivating artist. In June 2013, he celebrated the release of his debut album Russian Romance featuring rarely-played classical guitar music from Russia. Gideon has performed solo recitals for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, the Guitar Society of Michigan, the Sturgis Council of the Arts (Sturgis, MI), the Louisville Guitar Society (Louisville, KY) and Hope College (Holland, MI) among others. In 2012, he made his New York City debut in a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a chamber musician, Gideon has had the honor of collaborating on numerous occasions with world-renowned violinist and Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim. Since beginning his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012, Gideon has premiered two works for guitar and string quartet, along with works for solo guitar, guitar and violin, and a song cycle for soprano and guitar. In addition, he has appeared in chamber music performances for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, the Stars in the Classics series in Cleveland, Ohio, and at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. Gideon has earned prizes at the 2011 James Stroud Guitar Competition and the 2010 and 2011 University of Louisville International Guitar Competition.

The concert will be held in the Recital Hall (Room 200) of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Center at the corner of Ransom and Lyon.

Admission is $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

One dollar parking is available in the GRCC student parking ramp with a GRCC guest parking voucher sold at the door.

Call 234-3940 for further information or e-mail:


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GRCC In the News, 1-21-14

January 21, 2014

GRCC joins Google Glass Explorer program

Jan. 20, 2014; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College is adding Google Glass to its teaching resources.

VIDEO: Chuck D talks MLK Jr.’s legacy

Jan. 20, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Chuck D, co-founder of rap group Public Enemy, will be the keynote speaker Monday night at Grand Rapids Community Colleges MLK Day commemoration program.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan. 20, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day is a day to honor the civil rights pioneer. There is an event in West Michigan today to commemorate Dr. King.

(GRCC student Arielle Brown appears on the program.)

Jazz musicians with Grand Rapids ties open St. Cecilia Music Center’s 2013-14 Jazz Series

Jan. 20, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The family that plays together, stays together, so the saying goes.

… Veteran music teachers Duane Davis and Paul Brewer spent most of their careers teaching music. Davis was director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College until his retirement, and Brewer is director of instrumental music at Aquinas College.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Wrestling picks up pair of wins against ranked opponents

Jan. 20, 2014; MLive

… MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Jayhawks (8-9) snapped their five-game losing streak with a 74-55 victory against Kellogg Community College on Jan. 18. Balanced scoring and hot shooting in the first half gave MCC a 16-point lead heading into the locker room and it only grew from there.

… The Jayhawks lost to Grand Rapids Community College, 80-56, on Jan. 15. Anderson led MCC with nine points and 11 rebounds. Turean Conner had 13 points.

Raider Salute for MLK Day participants

January 21, 2014

The Office of Student Life would like to send a salute to all of the employees and Board of Trustee members who came out to participate in the MLK Jr. Day march and daytime program. We appreciate your support!

Specifically, we would like to send special thanks to Chairperson Bert Bleke, Arielle Brown (BSU President), the Music Department, the Media Department, Shelly Urbane, the Police Department, the Diversity Learning Center and the Fieldhouse staff for helping us accomplish such a great event. Everyone played a critical role in the success of the event and we thank you!

Faculty recital has been postponed

January 20, 2014

The Music Department’s faculty recital, featuring Drs. Libor Ondras and Kenneth Bos, originally scheduled for January 24 has been postponed.

Music class for 3-, 4-year-olds starts January 17

January 13, 2014

Arts Outreach music program is offering a music class for 3 and 4 year olds on Fridays at 1:30 pm in the GRCC Music Center starting this Friday, January 17, 2014.

“Tiny Twinklers” is a parent and child music exploration class. The class is designed to provide a joyful musical experience for preschoolers by introducing building blocks of music through singing, movement and rhythmic instruments. Suzuki method repertoire and instrument petting zoo are included.

Class will be held on Fridays 1:30-2:15 pm on January 17-April 4 (12 sessions) in the GRCC Music Center. Cost is $120. Please email or visit website for more info.

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GRCC In the News, 12-20-13

December 20, 2013

GRCC graduate describes how training program helped him land computer technician job

Dec. 19, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As an employee of Personal Business Systems in Grandville, Nico Tipton spends his days doing what he loves — working with computers.

Tipton, a computer technician at the small business, located on Chicago Drive, said he landed the job thanks to a training program he recently completed at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC to showcase career, educational opportunities for high school musicians

Dec. 18, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is opening its campus to high school students interested in music next month for an event known as High School Music Fiesta.

Young musicians to work with GRCC faculty, students in first High School Music Fiesta

Dec. 19, 2013; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — High school students who are ready to take their music to the next level will learn about exciting career options and get college-level instruction this January at Grand Rapids Community College Music Departments first music honors day.

Tickets available for ‘Venus in Fur’

December 17, 2013

Three more chances to see the Actors’ production of VENUS IN FUR by David Ives. December 19 – 21 at 8pm. Call 234-3946 or visit for tickets.

Here’s what retiree Kathleen Owens said about the play:

I saw Venus in Fur last night at Actors’ Theatre. It was phenomenal and if you get a chance to see it you won’t regret it! Yes, it is an adult story, but full of humor and wonderful actors and direction. As Shelly Urbane says in her director’s notes, “we are also giving weight…to the wonderful power struggles that make us human, that make us dynamic.”


Photos — and thank yous — for Holiday Breakfast

December 13, 2013

A HUGE thank you to Jim Schafer, Kevin Dobreff, the amazing team in Media Technologies, the hard-working Ford Fieldhouse staff and Creative Dining for helping make today’s Holiday Breakfast a wonderful time! And thank you to everyone who brought food for the Food Pantry! We appreciate your generosity in helping us feed our students in need.

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GRCC In the News, 12-10-13

December 10, 2013

LaughFest 2014 ticket packages selling ahead of previous festival

Dec. 9, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gilda’s LaughFest 2014 ticket packages are selling faster than the year before.

… (Jim) Gaffigan sold out his first LaughFest appearance in March 2012 in the Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College.

Kink or comedy? ‘Venus in Fur’ brings both to stage at Actors’ Theatre

Dec. 9, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Who’s in control?

… Shelly Urbane, directing her fourth show for Actors Theatre, says these types of roles are fun for actors as they get to explore more than one character.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Shelly Urbane is GRCC’s theater manager.)

Benefit variety show has been canceled

December 10, 2013

The benefit “Make the Yuletide Gay-er-er” variety show, scheduled for December 15, has been canceled.

GRCC In the News, 12-6-13

December 6, 2013

Why GRCC is training staff how to use, analyze student performance data

Dec. 6, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Instructors at Grand Rapids Community College used to wait weeks to get results from data requests that showed how their students were performing in subsequent classes.

GRCC students, faculty share talent in holiday concerts

Dec. 5, 2013;  News International

Dec. 5, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating the season with a series of holiday concerts showcasing students vocal and instrumental talents.

Four Grand Valley State women’s basketball players reach double digits in loss to Ashland

Dec. 5, 2013; MLive

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Grand Valley State women’s basketball team had its eyes set on a second straight upset, but it was not meant to be. The Lakers opened GLIAC play on Thursday (Dec. 5) night with a 76-73 loss to Ashland at Grand Rapids Community College’s Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.


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