GRCC in the News: 3/25/10

Dick DeVos launching aviation-themed charter high school at Ford Airport this fall
By Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press | March 25, 2010, 10:00AM

GRAND RAPIDS — Dick DeVos says he’s merging his two passions — flying and education — for an aviation-themed charter high school to open on Gerald R. Ford International Airport property this fall.  “If you’re the kind of person who can’t help but look up when you hear a plane overhead, then you’re exactly the kind of person who will love this school,” said DeVos, the son of the Amway co-founder and philanthropist Rich DeVos. […] Cwayna left East Grand Rapids three years ago to be a vice president at Grand Rapids Community College and was working as a leadership coach for the Grand Rapids city when he was approached by DeVos.  (More)

DNA matches TX inmate to 1991 GR murder – Suspect is 37-year-old Rodrigo Hernandez
Thursday, 25 Mar 2010, 9:11 AM EDT | By Ken Kolker

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The slaying of a homeless woman in Grand Rapids 18 years ago allegedly has been solved through DNA evidence, which pointed to a man already on death row for a murder in Texas, police announced Thursday. Muriel Stoepker, 69, who was affectionately known in downtown Grand Rapids as the “bag lady,” was shot to death near the campus of Grand Rapids Community College in September 1991.  (More)

Rapid Growth Series: Higher Ed, Stronger Economy
Thursday, March 25, 2010 | Rapid Growth

Circle Tuesday, April 6, on your calendars for a fascinating talk on how higher education is fueling the economic engine of metro Grand Rapids.  For the first time on one stage, “Higher Ed, Stronger Economy” features an impressive list of guest panelists: Steven Enders, president of Grand Rapids Community College; Oliver Evans, president of Kendall College of Art & Design; Matt McLogan, vice president of community relations, Grand Valley State University; Nelson Miller, associate dean, Cooley Law School, Grand Rapids campus and Jerry Kooiman, assistant dean for external relations, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine.  (More)