GRCC In the News, 10-2-13

Obamacare supporter eager to enroll despite delays: ‘This is really historic’

Oct. 1, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Paula Triplett wanted to be the first person in the country to sign up for health insurance Tuesday morning, Oct. 1, under the Affordable Care Act.

… “This really is historic,” said Triplett, a former Grand Rapids Community College teacher. “It’s exciting. This stuff is so good. I hope everybody takes a look at it.”

West Michigan students, financial aid officers share concerns over rising loan default rates

Oct. 1, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Reece Czarnecki isn’t surprised more college students are defaulting on their loans.

Find out how many students are defaulting on their loans at your college or university

Oct. 1, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The number of students at West Michigan colleges defaulting on their student loans continues to rise, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education.

(Sidebar to previous story; GRCC is one of the schools you can search for in database.)

Mott coach Steve Schmidt sets tone for new team at first basketball practice of 2013-14 season

Oct. 1, 2013; MLive

FLINT, MI — Freshmen Ruston Hayward and Matt Romano both needed ice buckets to soak their feet after a tough day in Ballenger Field House.

… MCC will start scrimmaging on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Midwest JUCO Jamboree in Toledo, Ohio. The first game is set for Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Flint against Grand Rapids Community College.

College notes: Ex-Petoskey standout Searles honored by MIAA

Oct. 1, 2013;

… Sophomore outside hitter Tayler Friend helped the Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team to an undefeated record, 4-0, during the Raider Challenge in Grand Rapids.

Jackson’s swift rise began before Alabama

Oct. 1, 2013; ESPN

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It’s safe to assume that Eddie Jackson understands the opportunity ahead of him at Alabama. He can’t say as much publicly because of the school’s policy prohibiting freshmen from speaking to the media. But given all he’s already gone through, it would be a wonder if he didn’t look back on his road to Tuscaloosa and comprehend the enormous turnaround it took for him to get there.

… Jackson needed a change of scenery before any of the chips fell into place. He likely learned the value of a fresh start from his brother, Demar Dorsey, a former blue-chip defensive back prospect who signed a letter of intent to play for Michigan in 2010 but never made it to Ann Arbor. Dorsey’s past included poor grades and three felony charges that robbed him of the opportunity to play at a BCS-level football program. He failed to meet Michigan’s standard for admission, announced he would transfer to Louisville, failed to make it there because of more issues and eventually landed at Grand Rapids Community College. Dorsey was supposed to transfer to Hawaii in 2012, but he never reached the Big Island and today is not listed on Hawaii’s roster.

Collegiate wins 6 MPA awards

The Collegiate won six awards in 2013 Michigan Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest College Division. The awards were announced last week.

The full results can be viewed here:

 The Collegiate article about the awards winners can be read here:

Here is a summary of The Collegiate awards:

  • Feature Story, 1st Place: “To another world and back again,” Natalie Hillmann
  • Column-Review or Blog-News or Sports Entries, 2nd Place: “The quest for a great cup of coffee,” Natalie Hillmann
  • Sports News/Features, 1st Place: “Built Raider Tough,” Greg Wickliffe.
  • Sports News/Features, Hon. Mention: “Never Give Up,” Greg Wickliffe.
  • Editorial, 1st Place: “Student Congress disbandment for the best,” Justin Dawes.
  • Feature or Sports Photo, 3rd Place: “Back to Nature,” Miranda Haddix.


GRCC dedicates Meijer Center for Business Studies

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Grand Rapids Community College unveiled its Meijer Center for Business Studies during an afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 1, 2013. The space was dedicated in honor of Meijer for its continued engagement with GRCC Business students and its support of the college.

“We are pleased to be here today dedicating a space that will further allow Grand Rapids Community College to enhance Business education for its students,” said GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “Meijer has long been a champion of the college and its educational initiatives, and we are grateful for their continued support.”

Located on the second floor of the college’s Main Building, the Meijer Center for Business Studies features:

  • three new computer labs with double projection images, and one “learn lab” room with triple projection images and powered tables for laptop use.
  • two break-out, small group work spaces, and one large collaboration suite for class projects.
  • one board room for shared use and professional simulation activities.
  • a business center for faculty use.
  • hallway seating areas.

“Grand Rapids Community College has been providing educational opportunities for West Michigan residents for nearly 100 years,” said GRCC Board of Trustees Chair Bert Bleke. “The Meijer Center for Business Studies is a fantastic addition to the college’s repertoire as it prepares for the next 100 years of educational excellence.”

Diversity Lecture Series kicks off October 2

The 2013-2014 Diversity Lecture Series kicks off October 2 with journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. For details about the series, click here.

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On behalf of the Grand Rapids Community College

Diversity Leaning Center you are invited to a film viewing of


Wednesday, October 2, 1:00 p.m.

GRCC Calkins Science Center Auditorium

 In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine.   “Documented” chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. A broken immigration system leads to broken families and broken lives.