GRCC in the News: 12/24/09-12/28/09

Chuck Martin’s move to Notre Dame raises a flurry of question marks
Grand Rapids Press | By Justin Hoff | December 27, 2009, 3:01PM

Chuck Martin leaving GVSU shouldn’t surprise anyone. Martin was never going to be the kind of coach to stick around in Allendale for 20-plus seasons. […] I expect GVSU to hire from within the program but I would not be totally surprised to see them try to land an experienced coach from the Division II or III levels to take over the Lakers in 2010. Also keep an eye on two local products in the Grand Rapids area with long time Muskegon Big Reds and current Grand Rapids Community College head coach Tony Annese and Muskegon Heights head coach Willie Snead III.  (More)

Unemployment in Jackson, Sparton Corp. leaving town and Holiday Inn fire top list of Jackson stories for 2009
By Tarryl Q. Jackson | Jackson Citizen Patriot | December 27, 2009, 6:00AM

These are the Top 10 local stories of 2009, as chosen by the Citizen Patriot newsroom staff.  […] 10. Daniel Phelan, president of Jackson Community College, receives a 42 percent raise.  Jackson Community College President Dan Phelan announced Jan. 26 that he would continue to lead the college after the board approved a $70,000 pay hike to $236,600 annually. The decisions came two days before he was to be interviewed for the presidency of Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Cafe realizes longtime dream for immigrant from Cuba
By Chris Knape | The Grand Rapids Press | December 27, 2009, 6:00AM

GRAND RAPIDS — Ida Duque spent years wowing friends with her tasty Cuban pork, chicken fricassee, beans and rice and other traditional dishes.  Three months ago, she and her children fulfilled a long-held dream to share the taste of her homeland with everyone in their new hometown.  […] Cuba’s Kitchen is a family business at its heart. Duque’s daughter, Varinia Del Barrio, 23, works alongside her and her son, Samson. Both also are students at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Quadraphonic lead guitarist Conrad Marshall prepares for first gig since heart transplant
By John Sinkevics | The Grand Rapids Press | December 25, 2009, 5:19AM

This Christmas, Conrad Marshall is a real guitar hero.  The 23-year-old lead guitarist for local rock band Quadraphonic has been practicing for his first gig since receiving the ultimate gift this fall: a new heart.  […] Stancil, a lifelong friend who attends Grand Rapids Community College, said band members were determined to keep Quadraphonic going. “We make it work.  (More)

West Michigan’s business, political and education leaders say area has opportunity to make next decade a better one
By Jim Harger | The Grand Rapids Press | December 27, 2009, 4:30AM

West Michigan is poised to become younger, healthier and more energy-efficient in the next decade, community leaders say.  That’s assuming we create enough jobs for the next generation, overhaul our schools, rewrite our tax codes and take advantage of Grand Rapids’ burgeoning Medical Mile. “West Michigan has positioned itself well to be a leader,” said Steven Ender, who was named president of Grand Rapids Community College in January.  But execution will be critical, said Ender and others.  (More)

Genesee’s Mason DeMott makes all-region football team
By Mark Spezia | Flint Journal | December 24, 2009, 10:15AM

Genesee graduate Mason DeMott, a freshman offensive lineman at Grand Rapids Community College, was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Midwest Region second team. DeMott helped GRCC to a 9-2 record. GRCC, coached by former Montrose coach Tony Annese, was sixth in the final NJCAA poll.  (More)

Last minute shoppers hear the Christmas clock ticking
By Aaron Ogg | The Grand Rapids Press | December 24, 2009, 5:24AM

KENTWOOD — Last-minute shopper Howard Mosley speedily combed Barbie land Wednesday to find the right doll — one with oodles of outfits and accessories. […] [Leah Weis a] first-year student at Grand Rapids Community College said she prefers thoughtful gifts as opposed to blindly grabbing stuff off the rack, she said. Among her choices is a weeklong trip to Chicago and a Broadway play.  (More)

Caledonia figure skater Chelsea Morrow first local slated to compete in Olympic trials
By Kelly Hill | The Grand Rapids Press | December 24, 2009, 8:00AM

[…] Caledonia resident Chelsea Morrow is scheduled to skate Jan. 21 and 23 at the United States Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash. She is only the second local skater ever to compete in the national championships. Brittney Westdorp skated in the national championships in 2007 and earlier this year. Morrow, 18, a Grand Rapids Community College freshman, qualified for the national championships by winning the regional championships, and the sectional championship in November, in Wichita, Kan.  (More)

Early buzz promising: Tech infused school ‘a good, progressive idea’
By STEPHEN KLOOSTERMAN | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Dec 24, 2009 @ 05:30 AM

Holland, MI – Progressive and promising is the early buzz on a Holland Public Schools initiative pitched to area leaders on Monday.  The plan to open a technology-infused high school with a focus on project work was pitched to area business leaders and politicians at Hope College. […] Both Hope College and Grand Rapids Community College officials said they were open to working with Holland Public Schools in the initiative.  (More)