GRCC Music Students Earn Full Ride Scholarships

Antonina Chekhovskaya and E. Breysien Beer (sophomore music majors at GRCC) have received full ride scholarships to major universities. Antonina, a voice major, will be attending the University of Michigan and Brysien, a violin and voice major will attend the University of Illinois.  Congratulations!

Antonina Chekhovskaya performs “For Johnny Mehegan, For Felicia Montealegre” by Leonard Berstein from Musical Moods 2010

Photos: 2010 Student Leadership Awards

Last Friday night the Ford Fieldhouse filled with individuals, teams and clubs for the annual Student Awards Banquet. The atmosphere was exciting, the floral arrangements were long-stemmed and lovely and the food was fantastic.

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Awards went to top achievers in everything from club events to research, geography to music, sports and all-around excellence. Margo Anderson, Board of Trustees Chairperson and Dr. Ender were busy for almost two hours handing out awards, plaques, handshakes and hugs. Student Congress members and department heads and faculty all joined in the program.

GRCC in the News: 4/27/10

Rams softball earns split with Grandville
4/27/2010 8:21:00 AM | Rockford Independent

A lot of great softball was played last Thursday at Grandville High School as two of the OK Red’s best teams battled to a split of a doubleheader as conference play got under way. […] Grandville pitcher Becca Smith, who will go to Grand Rapids Community College next year and play softball alongside Rockford catcher Karli Showers, was outstanding in game one.   (More)

Grand Rapids, Michigan is Set to Launch “Grand Rapids Restaurant Week” on November 4, 2010
Press Release | PRWeb

Grand Rapids, MI (Vocus/PRWEB ) April 27, 2010 — Grand Rapids / Kent County Convention & Visitors Bureau announced this month that it will launch Grand Rapids Restaurant Week from November 4 – 13, 2010. The dates were chosen to create a “Month to Celebrate Dining Out”. The timing for Grand Rapids Restaurant Week occurs within the same month as the Grand Rapids International Wine and Food Festival to take place November 18 – 20 and follows the popular Art Prize Event to be held in Grand Rapids from September 22 – October 10. […] Each restaurant will donate $1 from each 3-course Grand Rapids Restaurant Week meal purchased to create a scholarship for Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students at Grand Rapids Community College.   (More)

Michigan Works! hosts employment seminar, networking event
By Rick Martinez | The Grand Rapids Press | April 26, 2010, 8:38AM

GRAND RAPIDS — Maureen Downer is seeing signs the recession is waning.  “For a while there, we would see 500 people a day in our service centers, even as many as 900 a day,” said the programs manager for Michigan Works! in Kent and Allegan counties.  “It’s really not at that higher level anymore.” […] To get a skilled workforce in place, the company collaborated with Grand Rapids Community College and Ottawa County Michigan Works! on a three-year, $547,000 training program for up to 280 new workers.  (More)

Announcing a New Alumni Relations Website

Announcing a New Alumni Relations Website:

Check out the new alumni relations website, specifically a couple of new online forms we have added.

  • “Share Your GRCC Story” form – as GRCC faculty and staff we always run across alumni out in the community.  Now you can direct them to the alumni website to share their story about how GRCC has positively impacted their lives.
  • “Keep In Touch” form – another new place to direct alumni so that the Alumni Office can keep up to date and accurate records on our alumni.

Pass on the word to alums.  Stay In Touch – Stay Involved – Stay Connected

Reminder: Dial-Up ISP Modem Pool Retires 5/2/10

The server that has provided Dial-up Internet access to GRCC Staff and Students who lived locally to Grand Rapids is being retired.  After reviewing the usage and economical impact, GRCC has determined that it is no longer feasible to maintain the “Modem Pool Server.” As of May 2nd, 2010, the server will be taken offline.

Title VI Grant Due Date Extended to 5/3/10

Aleta Anderson would like faculty to be aware that the Title VI grant due date has been “pushed back.  Faculty have until May 3, 2010 to send her a letter of commitment and faculty applications.  This is an opportunity to receive a $1000 stipend and to gain insight and help on internationalizing your curriculum.  Those interested may use the attached documents:

Condolences to Nancy O’Brien

Nancy O’Brien’s father, Richard Parramore, passed away Saturday night.  Please keep Nancy, and her family, in your thoughts and prayers as this is her second significant loss in nine months.  Nancy is travelling to be with her mother and family in Ohio.  A memorial service is being planned for mid-May in Grand Rapids.

Woodrick Diversity Learning Ctr. Participating in “Stand Against Racism”

The GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick is proud to participate in the YWCA’s  “Stand Against Racism” on April 30, 2010.  “The Stand Against Racism is a nationwide movement of the YWCA with the goal of bringing people together from all walks of life  and across the country to raise awareness that racism still exists.”  (see additional information from the YWCA below).

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center will host  a facilitated video and dialogue on “‘Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North”

  • 9:00 a.m.  DLC Conference Room
  • 2:00 p.m.  DLC Conference Room

In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain a powerful new perspective on the black/white divide.

The Center is aware that there are many commitments and obligations on graduation day – yet we do want to join in this effort by the YWCA to “Stand Against Racism:  if you can join us for any portion of the film we believe that you will be intrigued and perhaps will want to see the full presentation at a later date.  The film is also available through the WDLC resource library to be borrowed at any time.
Buttons and bookmarks will be available in the DLC for staff and students.

GRCC Apparel for Sale From Purchasing

GRCC ApparelThe college is once again offering a great deal from one of its suppliers for men’s & women’s short sleeve polos with the GRCC block logo on the left chest. They are both crafted from Dri-Fit material. In addition, a new item for sale is a men’s lightweight navy jacket and a women’s light blue vest.  Melissa Davis has samples in her office (304 CPPB) if you would like to see them up close.

  • Mens shirts – $18.50
  • Ladies – $18.50
  • Mens Jacket with embroidery on back – $19.50
  • Ladies Vest – $19.50

These are close out prices so the Purchasing Department needs your orders by next week Thursday (4/29/10) by Noon. Please email your order using this form (.xls).   Questions?  Contact Melissa ( at #3853.

GRCC in the News: 4/24/10-4/26/10

New federal EPA rules require extra precautions when dealing with lead paint
By Cami Reister | The Grand Rapids Press | April 25, 2010, 6:04AM

GRAND RAPIDS — The backyard was cordoned off with yellow caution tape, and the area was covered in plastic tarps. Posted signs warned people against entering the area, and the work crews sometimes sported respirators. It may sound like a crime scene, but it was only a paint job. (Captioned Photo: Amy West [a graduate of GRCC’s GREEN Remodeling Program], of Corrosive Control in Kentwood, gives a lesson on protective tools when working with lead paint cleanup as Joshua Schaub, a landlord from Grand Rapids, tries on a protective suit and goggles.)  (More)

Three newcomers seek two Coopersville school board seats
By The Grand Rapids Press staff | April 23, 2010, 4:08PM

COOPERSVILLE — Three candidates are vying for two four-year Board of Education seats left open by Tim Postma and Richard Holman, who are not running. Kurt Meinders, assistant director of Grand Rapids Community College‘s IT department, said he wants to contribute his experience.  Meinders, 49, has been on the school’s strategic planning and learning environment teams. Denise DeWys-Gilbert, 53, is a stay-at-home and “professional volunteer.” She said she wants to make use of her bachelor’s degree in early education.   (More)

Nina Lewis-Sleet, first black woman appointed to Grand Rapids school board, dies at age 76
By Kaitlin Shawgo | The Grand Rapids Press | April 24, 2010, 10:58PM

GRAND RAPIDS — As the first black woman appointed to the Grand Rapids school board in 1969, Nina Lewis-Sleet made an impression by speaking out for fairness.  She walked out of a meeting after telling board colleagues they were ignoring needy children and minorities. [..] After working as a secretary at Henry Park school in Grand Rapids, Ms. Lewis-Sleet was a mentor and counselor in a variety of positions for 30 years at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Rob Bliss’ May 1 Founding Day Parade in question; he says weather is deciding factor
By Rachael Recker | The Grand Rapids Press | April 23, 2010, 10:38AM

GRAND RAPIDS — Rob Bliss will decide Saturday whether to cancel his May 1 Grand Rapids Founding Day Parade, proving it literally can rain on someone’s parade.  The downtown event organizer said he is waiting until this weekend to make the decision, based on weather reports that call for thunderstorms. Bliss, a Grand Rapids Community College student, also works for WOOD-TV 8.  (More)

Play’s the Thing with the GRSSC
Rapid Growth | G.F. Korreck | Thursday, April 22, 2010

Who would’ve thought that getting people involved in games they last played in grade school — if ever — would be the cornerstone of a new social network?  Chris Wessely, for one. Wessely is the founder of the Grand Rapids Sports and Social Club (GRSSC), an organization geared mostly toward 20- and 30-somethings that has more than doubled in membership since its initial co-ed dodgeball season in 2008. […] Joblessness was not as daunting to him as it might have been for some. It freed Wessely to pursue a long-time passion, cooking, which led him to enroll in Grand Rapids Community College‘s culinary arts program.  (More)