GRCC Students Eligible to Enter “Clean Energy Prize” Contest to win $100k

An award (similar to the X-Prize and ArtPrize) aimed at college/university students has been created to stimulate ideas for sustainable energy solutions.  From the website for the “Clean Energy Prize”:

“The Clean Energy Prize encourages economic development in Michigan by harnessing the innovation and creativity of Michigan’s university and college students and unleashing a business plan for innovations to commercial application’s fast track.  The Clean Energy Prize awards $100,000 in prizes and in-kind services to student-based teams to draw emerging technologies in the state of Michigan into the commercial space for cleaner, more sustainable energy options.”

More information 0n entering can be found in this document (.pdf).

GRCC in the News: 8/23/10

Lowell resident adds to biking accolades with State Criterium Championship
Published: Monday, August 23, 2010, 9:00 AM | Kelly Hill | The Grand Rapids Press

EAST GRAND RAPIDS — Amy Stauffer now has the State Criterium Championship to add to the State Road Racing Championship she won earlier this summer. […] A former basketball player at Lowell High School and Grand Rapids Community College, Stauffer broke to the front early and eventually beat teammate Mackenzie Woodring for the championship in the 40-minute race.  (More)

Paul Keep: The Boys of Fall will get plenty of coverage in our football special sections
Published: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 5:36 AM | Paul Keep | The Grand Rapids Press

While the cool air of an autumn night is still but a dream, The Press’ sports department is gearing up to prepare readers for the upcoming football season.  You’ve already seen videos of the top players on And below are several links to coverage of your favorite teams that you may want to bookmark. […] We’ll look at Grand Rapids Community College, which opens its season Aug. 28, a week before the larger schools. We’ll feature the Raiders, who had an outstanding season and a bowl berth in 2009, in the Aug. 27 paper.  (More)

‘World’s longest’ slide
Sydney Morning Herald [Australia] | August 23, 2010

THOUSANDS of people slipped into town in a novel way at the weekend in Grand Rapids, Michigan – travelling three city blocks on what promoters say is the world’s longest inflatable water slide.  The puffy blue and yellow slide is about 170 metres long. Water from a fire hydrant kept the vinyl track slippery.  A ride on the slide was free. Yet the service was only temporary; it was to be dismantled after two days.  (More)

Michigan 10.0: Do all 43 public colleges need total autonomy? They say efficiency can be improved, but single system is no answer
Published: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 5:52 AM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

Eric Fingerhut says his goal isn’t just to save Ohio money, it’s to save Ohio – by improving higher education. […] Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender said the Business Leaders’ call has merit, and schools could do more – without a system.  He said the colleges work together largely through their association, and partner to improve their chances for large federal grants.  (More)

Salzwedel to pilot Clarke softball team
THE TELEGRAPH HERALD | Sunday, August 22, 2010

Clarke University has named Jaclyn Salzwedel its new head softball coach.  […] Salzwedel, who played her college ball at Grand Rapids Community College and at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., also served as head coach at Union High School in Grand Rapids.  (More)

Rob Bliss defends waterslide’s skip-the-line tickets: ‘People forget that I’m just a 21-year-old kid who makes very little’
Published: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 11:53 AM  | The Grand Rapids Press staff

GRAND RAPIDS — After the fire hoses were shut off and thousands of waterslide spectators retreated out of the downtown area, Rob Bliss sat at a computer and got on Facebook.  The 21-year-old event coordinator, who just landed a profile piece of sorts in the New York Times, decided to address the growing online scuttlebutt regarding his optional, though high-priced $30 skip-the-line tickets:  (More)

UPDATE: Thousands line up to try water slide in Grand Rapids
WZZM 13 ONLINE | Updated:8/21/2010 7:46:58 PM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-A portion of downtown Grand Rapids looks more like a water park this weekend, as the community welcomes the world’s largest water slide.  An estimated 2,000 people began lining up Saturday afternoon for a free trip down the 500 foot slide on Lyon Street. The $50,000 slide was paid for by donations from area sponsors.   (More)

Rob Bliss’ waterslide gets an article in The New York Times
Published: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 7:42 AM | The Grand Rapids Press

The New York Times writes about this weekend’s sensation in downtown Grand Rapids: Rob Bliss’ waterslide. As the Times says in its article titled “Putting a Different Kind of Urban Decline to Use”:  (More)

Putting a Different Kind of Urban Decline to Use
By BILL MARSH | Published: August 21, 2010 | New York Times

If only the commute downtown could always be this much fun.  This weekend thousands of people – provided they are at least 48 inches tall – are expected to descend into the low-lying center of Grand Rapids, Mich., on what promoters of the event believe is the world’s longest inflatable water slide. […] Pillow fights and hordes of zombies have beset other cities. ( will help organize a gathering.) But Mr. Bliss, then a sophomore studying music at Grand Rapids Community College, was just getting started.   (More)

First half-day of Rob Bliss waterslide declared successful by crowds waiting up to 4 hours for ride in downtown Grand Rapids
Published: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 6:03 PM  | Rachael Recker | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — “That. Was. So. Fun.”  Five-year-old Eli Schrotenboer half-growled, half-shouted as he clasped a white, American flag-printed inner tube.  Eli, his father Dave, 37, and brother Bodie, 6, were among the first to funnel down Rob Bliss’s inaugural 500-foot Lyon Street waterslide, anchored to the asphalt between Ransom and Division avenues in downtown Grand Rapids.  (More)

Photos, video: Rob Bliss waterslide opens in downtown Grand Rapids
Published: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 5:11 PM | The Grand Rapids Press staff

All you need to know about Rob Bliss’ 500-foot waterslide on Lyon Street in downtown Grand Rapids this weekend:  (More)

Rob Bliss waterslide once again up and running in both lanes
Published: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 3:01 PM | The Grand Rapids Press staff

GRAND RAPIDS — Organizers have opened both lanes once again at the Lyon Street waterside after a tear in the vinyl kept thrill-seekers from going down for about 20 minutes.  The 500-foot slide didn’t open fully until 2 p.m., after early morning rains delayed its planned 8 a.m. opening.  (More)

Update: Rob Bliss waterslide down to repair tear in vinyl
Published: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 2:45 PM | The Grand Rapids Press staff

GRAND RAPIDS — The 500-foot waterslide on Lyon Street has once again shut down, this time to repair a tear in the slide about 2:40 p.m., according to one of the organizers.  (More)

Thousands take waterslide down Lyon St – Day 2 runs from 8am – 9pm
Published : Friday, 20 Aug 2010, 5:01 PM EDT | By Anne Schieber and 24 Hour News 8 staff

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Thousands of people rode the world’s longest waterslide down the Lyon Street hill on Saturday, and even more people are expected Sunday.  After a delay Saturday morning due to rain, the 500-foot waterslide in downtown Grand Rapids opened and provided cool relief to those who’d waited in the long lines.  (More)

Changes come to Richmond Blue Devil athletic program
The Voice | Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | By Andrew Benoit, Voice Staff Writer

Richmond Athletic Director Ken Parlardg said he has come full circle from when he first got his start in Richmond. Athletic Director for the past two years, Parlardg first came to Richmond as a special education teacher looking to get into coaching before being caught up in a round of lay-offs following the 2007-’08 school year. [… Brad Nettles] played for a couple of years at Grand Rapids Community College before going to Central Michigan University to play some baseball.  (More)