Photos: GRCC Accompanies Team USA to World Pastry Cup

GRCC Accompanies Team USA to World Pastry Cup

GRCC Secchia Institute professor Chef Gilles Renusson coached Team USA in “La Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie” (the World Pastry Cup) in Lyon, France this past January.  He was accompanied by Visual Arts Faculty Robin VanRooyen and Nick Antonakis who assisted by advising the team.   Here are the well-deserved results of the top teams:

  1. Spain
  2. Italy
  3. Belgium
  4. Japan
  5. South Korea
  6. United States
  7. Singapore

These teams will not have to compete in continental tryouts to obtain the spot to compete in the 2013 Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie.

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Mike Colby and Klaas Kwant had a grueling filming schedule and captured a great deal of video of the competition which will now head to the editing studio to provide students of the Secchia Institute with some valuable educational tools.

Chef Gilles is most appreciative of the generosity, courtesy, and professionalism of all of the GRCC employees involved with the competition.  The team plans to get together to debrief and share what they learned in preparation for the 2013 World Pastry Cup Competition.

GRCC in the News: 2/8/11

GRCC’s Jason Pratt scores 22 in victory, sets sights on next level
Published: Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 12:05 AM | Brian VanOchten | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — The men’s basketball coaching staffs from Grand Valley State, Ferris State and Eastern Michigan showed up Monday night at Ford Fieldhouse to get a closer look at Kellogg Community College sophomore guard Ronald Bracey. There’s lots of interest in him at the NCAA Division I and II levels.  (More)

Winners of Reserved Parking Spots in GRCC “Family Works” Campaign


  • Fatima Nieves, Career and Counseling
  • Wayne Rodgers, GRMTEC-Welding, Job Training

Fatima and Wayne are the lucky winners of choosing their own reserved parking spot for the semester! The drawing included all GRCC employees who have contributed to the GRCC Foundation since July 1, 2010. The drawing was conducted via Thank you to the entire GRCC Family for supporting scholarships, programs and other funds.

Stay tuned for more contests throughout the year.

If you would like to make a gift to the GRCC “Family Works” Annual Campaign or the GRCC “Works…Ask Anyone” Capital Campaign, please contact Trish Castiglione in the Foundation Office at 234.3739 or

GRCC Public Sale 2/10/11

Grand Rapids Community College is having a public sale Thursday, February 10, 2011 ~ 07:00 AM – 07:00 PM

Location: GRCC Online Store – (click here the day of the sale to shop for items that will be available)

Visit the Public Sale Facebook page to see photo’s of featured items.

Pickup: Items available for pick up beginning Thursday February 10, from 9AM to 4 PM at GRCC, 133 Winchester Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI. After Friday 02/11/2011, pick up by appointment only @ (616) 234-4198. See for pick up details.

This sale will contain limited computers, electronics, technology, books, lost & found, etc. Grand Rapids Community College cannot guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appt). Purchased items not picked up will be returned to stock.

Questions should be directed to, Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing at (616) 234-3850 or email

Grand Rapids Community College has the right to reject any or all bids as deemed necessary in the best interest of the college.

Staff Conversation and Popcorn

Ever wish you had some place to share your thoughts “or your thoughts in progress” related to cultural or diversity interests? The Woodrick Diversity Center will host a monthly opportunity for the college community to listen or share with each other through an unstructured drop-in open chat. Come to share. Come to discover. Come for popcorn. Everyone is welcome.

February 10, 2011, 12:00 PM, Diversity Learning Center, Learning Center Room 119

More information, call X3390.

National Weather Service to Discuss Enbridge Oil Spill Response

Enbridge Oil Spill

The Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association in partnership with the GRCC Sustainability Council invites you to a public meeting:

Topic: NWS Support of the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill (how NWS products and services impacted clean up efforts)
Presenter: Nathan Jeruzal, National Weather Service
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Date: Wednesday, February 9
Location: Calkins Science Center Auditorium (SCIE 348)

Thank You From David Selmon

David Selmon wants to thank everyone for the wonderful outpouring of prayers, flowers and cards that he has received from the GRCC family following the death of his father. The funeral was Monday in Ohio, but Dave wanted to pass along his deep appreciation before he returns next week.

Art & Bev’s Weekly Specials Week of 2/7/11

Sub of the Week: Housemade Italian Sausage Sub with Green Peppers, Onions, marinara, mozzarella….$4.50


Deli Style Pastrami and Corned Beef Sandwich.$5.00
Soup: Fire-Roasted Vegetable/ Chicken Wild Rice…$2.00


Mediterranean Tuna Wrap….$5.00
Soup: Southwest Chicken Chili/ Italian Wedding….$2.00


Grilled PB & J with Bananas..$3.00
Soup: Chicken Noodle/ Tomato Basil..$2.00


Grilled PB & J with Bananas….$3.00
Soup: Loaded Potato/ Cheesy Broccoli.$2.00

Open Tuesday-Friday, 10 AM-1 PM.  We are pleased to serve you, and we thank you for choosing Art & Bev’s where your patronage helps in our learning. Art & Bev’s is a SICE Student Run Enterprise

Thank You From Brianne Lodholtz

“There are no words that can truly express how much I appreciate all that was done for me during my leave. The automobile accident was totally unexpected and put me on bed rest until the arrival of my baby, Ellana. The donation of days to allow me to follow doctor’s orders ensuring a safe arrival of my daughter is greatly appreciated and today she is a healthy bundle of joy. The days donated to allow me to have maternity leave are priceless. I treasured everyday that I was able to watch her grow and develop and will continue to do so. There is nothing like seeing your child smile at you. The gift that you have all given me – the gift of time with my newborn baby girl- means the world to me and my family. I am so proud and honored to work among such fantastic people who seem more like family than colleagues. I, my husband, and daughter all thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Thank you,

Brianne M. Lodholtz
Mathematics Instructor Grand Rapids Community College