GRCC In the News, 7-29-13

MICHIGAN BRIEFS: Spartan Stores ready to swallow a major deal meal

July 28, 2013; Crain’s Detroit Business

… The Chronicle of Higher Education says the following higher education institutions in Michigan are among the 97 nationwide that are great places to work: Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids-based Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Siena Heights University in Adrian and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Fruit and flames: Grilling brings out smoky sweetness in seasonal bounty

July 28, 2013;

Hunks of juicy meat aren’t the only things you can throw on the barbecue this time of year, think about putting some grill marks on peaches, cantaloupe, nectarines and even grapes.

… Jonathon Perkins, executive chef for Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst, Calif., says the hot coals or gas grill caramelize the sugars in the fruit, creating a smoky sweetness.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Jonathon Perkins is a GRCC alumnus.)

New menu at Elderberry House

July 29, 2013; CBS 47

Erna’s Elderberry House Restaurant in Oakhurst is known worldwide by people visiting Yosemite, but they want to invite locals to try their amazing food, too. The new bar bites menu & locals menu are more casual, and for $44 on Tuesdays, you can get a 3-course dinner.

Finalists compete in Grand Cocktail 2013

July 29, 2013; WZZM

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM)- Local mixologists and bartenders will compete in a live presentation and judging to win the distinction of the Grand Cocktail.

The competition is part of the upcoming Restaurant Week GR which runs August 14th-24th. Monday’s judging will happen at the Heritage Restaurant at GRCC in Grand Rapids.

Area roundup: District 9 Big League softball team sweeps two Central Region games

July 27, 2013; MLive

After a last-second comeback bid Friday night fell short, the District 9 Big League softball team took out its frustrations on two opponents Saturday.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but the team includes GRCC students Megan Lee and Chelsea Zylstra.)

District 9 Big League softball team sees World Series streak come to end

July 28, 2013; MLive

The Big League Softball World Series has a new location this year, and for the first time since 2000 the Central Region will have a new representative.

College Park Plaza Construction Update

The first major project is nearing completion and all floors are now fully occupied!  What happened while folks were away?  College Park Plaza received:

  • new heating and ventilation systems — this will greatly improve temperature quality and consistency in individual offices!
  • lighting for improved light quality and energy efficiency.
  • ceilings.
  • all new network wiring, switches and wireless routers.
  • a new fire suppression system.
  • new fixtures and porcelain in restroom facilities.
  • new elevators.
  • new carpet and paint in some areas.

The improvements to this building make College Park Plaza our second LEED certified facility!

Not bad for “Plan B”!

College Park Plaza now houses:

  • The Foundation has returned to the first floor and Mezzanine area. Department Secretary – Ann Marie Birr, extension 3939.
  • The Grants Department has returned to the annex area. Department Secretary – Delicia Wilondja, extension 2122.
  • The Math Department has returned to the second floor. Department Secretary – Kimberly Musser, extension 4253.
  • The Business Department is now located on the third floor. Department Secretary – Mary Gunderson, extension 4220.
  • The English Department now occupies the fourth floor and the east side of the fifth floor. Department Secretary – Gail Brown (fourth floor), extension 4243.
  • The Dental, Radiologic Tech and Occupational Therapy Assisting Department returned to the west side of the fifth floor. Department Secretary – Brenda Spratling, extension 3765.
  • The Nursing Department returned to the sixth floor. Department Secretary – Sue Sarniak, extension 4238.
  • Health Admissions is also now located on the sixth floor. Paula Naujalis, extension 4348.