GRCC In the News, 8-1-13

Heritage Theatre Group presents David Mamet’s ‘American Buffalo’

July 31, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — On Aug. 1, The Heritage Theatre Group will light up the stage with practical lighting fixtures for David Mamet’s “American Buffalo.” Come sit in the junk shop with Don, Teach, and Bobby as they plan a heist to steal a customer’s valuable coin collection.

… This premiere will be at Grand Rapids Community College’s Spectrum Theater at 160 Fountain St. and will not be a typical black box production. The audience is encouraged to sit in and around the junk shop with the characters, creating a feel of a theatre in the round.

Kupres takes part in state All-Star game

July 31, 2013; The Commercial Record (Allegan County)

EAST LANSING — There were no awards handed out for loudest cheering section at the Michigan Softball Coaches Association Division 4 All-Star game.

… “I’ve always known about this game and heard some stories, but I never really thought I would get a chance to play in it. I was super excited to be playing alongside some of the best players from Division 4.” (Nikki) Kupres, a catcher who is slated to play for Grand Rapids Community College next season, didn’t start the game. But she did play more than half of the contest, catching the final four innings of the seven-inning affair.

Congratulations to Angela Salinas

Angela Salinas, of Admissions, and her husband, Mo, are excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Aurora Marie. She was born July 27 at 1:22 a.m. and weighed in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. Mom, dad and baby are all doing great!

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Medical Assistant students visit MSU Medical School

GRCC’s Medical Assistant students were invited to visit MSU Medical School yesterday to observe third year medical students suturing pig’s feet. Although this may not sound exciting to everyone, the MA students were thrilled! It was a wonderful opportunity for both our GRCC students as well as the MSU students.

Next week, as a part of their study of the integumentary system, GRCC students will practice removing the sutures. We are thankful to MSU for their partnership in providing our students with this learning experience!

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GRCC employees invited to ArtPrize party

GRCC employees are invited the 2013 ArtPrize Volunteer Kick Off Party, starting 5:30 p.m. August 14.  The event is sponsored by the college and is free and open to the public.  Included on the evening’s agenda will be GRCC alumnae and local artists E. Lynne O’Rourke  and Colleen O’Rourke, who will make a few short comments on behalf of the college. RSVP by August 9 to


Paving project will limit access to Bostwick, ATC parking ramps

The Ransom Street entrances for the Bostwick and ATC parking ramps will be inaccessible on Saturday, August 3, due to the Ransom Street paving project occurring that day. The gates at the Barclay lot will be open for Ferris and visitor parking. The student entrance/exit off of Fountain Street will be accessible for that day.

Starting on Friday , August 2, The faculty entrance on Fountain Street will be open.

Starting on Monday, August 5, the student entrance to the Bostwick ramp off of Fountain Street will be closed for continuing light repairs, but the faculty exit will be open on to Fountain Street. The Ransom Street entrance/exit on the 6th level will also be available.

Bostwick Parking Ramp Lighting and Automation

The Bostwick Parking ramp is receiving new and improved energy-efficient, sensor lighting on all levels.  This will significantly brighten the lighting level and improve safety and security!

Automated parking machines have also been installed at all student exit locations.  Students can still use their Raider card, but now students and guests will also have the ability to pay for parking with a credit or debit card!