GRCC in the News: 12/21/10

Retiring GRCC Vice President Partridge leaves ‘significant legacy’
Published: Monday, December 20, 2010, 5:10 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – It was like giving birth to a full-grown adult, says a Grand Rapids Community College leader about the 1991 separation with the city’s public school district. That would make Bob Partridge the midwife. Partridge, 62, retired Monday after 39 years with the college, including the last dozen as executive vice president of financial services.  (More)

GRCC Futurist Mark Champion: West Michigan will beat economists’ projections
MiBiz | Thursday, December 16, 2010 | By Mark P. Champion

I introduced myself at a recent meeting of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum as Grand Rapids Community College’s “resident futurist.” As with any label, there are misconceptions. First, the term “resident” may be misleading because for the past 12 years I have done my work increasingly from a small town in Northern Michigan where I live and work. So call me a virtual resident, a telecommuter.  (More)

Grand Rapids’ first Restaurant Week rang up more than $1 million in dining sales
Published: Monday, December 20, 2010, 7:42 PM | Heidi Fenton | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — The first Grand Rapids Restaurant Week, which took place Nov. 4-13, brought an estimated $1.2 million in dining sales for participating restaurants, far surpassing the expected $500,000 impact, organizers said Monday.  (More)

Sibling Presidents
Inside Higher Ed | December 21, 2010

Five years ago, Inside Higher Ed interviewed a brother and sister — Jeffrey and Susan Herbst — who were starting off as provosts, he at Miami University in Ohio and she at the State University of New York at Albany. With the announcement Monday that Susan Herbst will be the next president of the University of Connecticut, they will soon share another title. Jeffrey Herbst started as president at Colgate University in July. They are not the only sibling presidents. The Ender brothers — Kenneth and Steven — are presidents of, respectively, Harper College and Grand Rapids Community College. And the Hurley brothers are the power siblings in Buffalo area higher ed, with John leading Canisius College and Paul leading Trocaire College.  (More)

Investigation shows M-21 crash victim Caitlin Baker, 19, not at fault
Published: Monday, December 20, 2010, 6:20 PM | John Tunison | The Grand Rapids Press

LOWELL TOWNSHIP — Police today said evidence now shows a 38-year-old Lowell woman’s car crossed the center line in a Wednesday crash on M-21 that killed an oncoming driver, 19-year-old Caitlin Baker. […] Baker, a 2010 Lowell High School graduate and Grand Rapids Community College student, was wearing her seat belt. Police did not know if the 38-year-old wore a seat belt.  (More)

Old Grand Rapids funeral chapel now home to Brewery Vivant
Published: Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 6:00 AM | Chris Knape | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Ben Shoemaker and David Gainor threw open the the heavy wood doors of an old funeral chapel at about 3 p.m. Monday, sat down on stools near where there was once an altar and ordered up the first two paid pints at the city’s newest brewery. […] Hanna Graves, a server from Rockford, is planning to move to Eastown to be closer to work and Grand Rapids Community College, where she takes classes.  (More)