GRCC Secchia Institute Alumni / Supporters Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield Shooting Food Network Pilot

Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield of the Ice Gurus, Inc. are working on a pilot for the Food Network about the amazing and surreal world of professional ice carving.

Derek is an Alumnus of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education and both he and Randy are assisting the US World Pastry Cup Team (La Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie) with training and consulting with the team members as they prepare to compete January 2011 in Lyon, France.  As you’ll recall, GRCC’s Chef Gilles Renusson heads up the team and GRCC had the honor of hosting the tryouts earlier this year (for more photos from the tryouts, click here).

They also regularly provide invaluable access for GRCC students to their craft by giving them hands-on experience.  As if they weren’t busy enough, they’re also entering ArtPrize this year and shot this hilarious video to show off their work:

They were kind enough to let Derek DeVries of GRCC’s Communications Department behind the scenes at their Grand Rapids facilities to see the amazing work under construction (see photos).

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For a slideshow of Derek in action at ArtPrize doing ice carving demos, click here.

Happy Social Media Day: Connect With GRCC

Social Media Day

June 30th was established as “Social Media Day” – a way to (as puts it) “celebrate the revolution of media becoming social.” There are a variety of meetups/tweetups going on throughout the day in West Michigan to commemorate it and connect the analog world with the digital.

GRCC and many of its employees are out on the web connecting one-on-one with students and the greater West Michigan community.  Find them with our Social Media Directory at (if you’re a GRCC employee or department with a social media presence – or several – add yourself at

GRCC Social Media Directory

GRCC in the News: 6/30/10

Food Network producing TV pilot with Grand Rapids’ ‘Ice Gurus’
Published: Monday, June 28, 2010, 8:00 PM | Andrew Scoggin

GRAND RAPIDS – When it comes to being on TV, the blood in Randy Finch’s veins runs about as cold as the freezer at his business, Ice Sculptures Ltd. […] Now the Grand Rapids business, which Finch owns with [Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute alumnus] Derek Maxfield, will get their own half-hour special on the Food Network.  (More)

No Worker Left Behind faces funding issues
WWMT | June 29, 2010 9:50 PM

MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – In Washington DC, the House of Representatives has turned down the latest attempt to extend unemployment benefits, and now thousands in Michigan will feel the pain. […] At Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) many students make use of No Worker Left Behind. The program offers up to $5,000 in tuition assistance a year for two years. The program does specify that those involved must go into certain fields, but for those who’ve been using it, it’s been a life saver. Mindy Stickley is one of those using the program.  (More)

Photo: GRCC Fitness Team Competes in Final Race of “Triple Crown Series”

GRCC Runners Reeds Lake 2010

The GRCC Fitness Team finished in 8th place at the Reeds Lake Run, the last of the Triple Crown Series of races. Runners that scored points for the team were Mike Dopke (Lisa’s husband), Gretchen Robinson, Bill Faber, Sue Hill, and Alejandro Saldivar. Also running in the 5K were Jim Fox, Angela Faber (Bill’s wife), Mike Schavey, Lisa Dopke, and Elly Bainbridge. We also had Fitness Team Stars in the 10K: Mike Dopke, Whitney Johnson, and Lori Cook. Results can be seen at

The Triple Crown Series is a competition among local businesses that compete in three 5K races. GRCC finished 8th overall out of 39 teams in Division I (500+ employees). Scoring is based on your place in your gender and age group. Only the top five runners score points. The rest of us run or walk for fitness and fun. This year, we had 18 people who participated, including our own president, Steve “Speed” Ender. Please contact Jim Fox in Human Resources if you are interested in participating next year.

Thanks, Kudos and a Salute to Bob Thorpe

This heads-up and Raider Salute comes from Dan Cook in the IT department:

“If you see Bob Thorpe today, join the IT department in thanking him for his work over the last three years.  You may see him from time to time over the summer to help out with special projects, but he is headed south for retirement come winter.  To ensure we can continue to meet your cabling and phone needs in a timely manner, please remember to alert ITHELP to any service requests as far in advance as possible.