GRCC In the News, 11-7-13

30 students to graduate from GRCC Police Academy

Nov. 6, 2013; News International

Nov. 6, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community Colleges Police Academy will graduate 30 students on Nov. 7, all of whom already have shown their commitment to public service.

Higher One may owe hundreds of Michigan college students refunds for debit card fees

Nov. 7, 2013; MLive

LANSING — Students at several colleges around the state could see some money back if a proposed $15 million settlement with financial services company Higher One is approved by a Connecticut federal judge.

… In Michigan, the company has partnered with Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Baker College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College, Davenport University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Muskegon Community College, Spring Arbor University, St. Clair County Community College, North Central Michigan College and Madonna University.

Ferris State coach Tony Annese suspended over locker room incident

Nov. 6, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Ferris State football coach Tony Annese will serve an eight-day suspension following a locker room incident during halftime of the Oct. 26 game at Michigan Tech.

… Annese is in his second season following a long and successful career as a high school and community college coach, including Jenison, Muskegon and Grand Rapids Community College, The Bulldogs are 6-3, 6-2 and in second place in the GLIAC North.

GRCC hosts STEM Girl Genius Conference

On November 2nd, Grand Rapids Community College hosted 205 fifth- to eighth-grade girls from all over Michigan in an experiential Science+ Technology + Engineering + Math (STEM) Girl Genius Conference.

The day-long conference was designed to encourage young women to seek careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Provost Gilda Gely began the event by welcoming the participants to Grand Rapids Community College and introducing Elyse Kleifgen, optometry student at Ferris State University, who gave the opening address.

Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to carry out hands-on engineering activities and engage with women in STEM field careers, including Dr. Julie Davis Turner, assistant dean at the Van Andel Institute Graduate School; Leigh Kleinert, GRCC biology professor; Linda Bramble, GRCC chemistry professor; and Leigh Eriks, Catholic Central HS chemistry teacher. The participants also had the opportunity to have lunch with women who are engineering and science professionals who work at companies including GE Aviation, Gentex Corp. and the Van Andel Institute.

Many professional women from GRCC also participated, including Kathy Roberts, Tari Mattox, Patricia Dockham, Amy Kudrna, Laurie Chesley, Jodi Dickerson, Laurie Foster, Kate Kryger, and Jan Colvin. Pam Scott, Leah VanHartesveldt and Jennifer Batten worked with the community partners to prepare for the event.

The STEM Girl Genius Conference is in its third year and is a collaborative effort between Fifth Third Bank, Kettering University, the Catholic Secondary School Foundation and Grand Rapids Community College.

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MWest Challenge: Students could win $20,000 in seed money

Staff and faculty: Encourage your students to attend the MWest Challenge kickoff event from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, November 14.

This exciting new cross-discipline competition is open to participating schools across West Michigan and is built around principles of innovation and entrepreneurship. At the kickoff event, students will learn about the competition and will explore ways to connect their ideas and talents to build a startup team.

The kickoff will be held at Kendall College of Art and Design, Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, Room 217.