GRCC In the News, 11-22-13

Award-winning science fiction author to speak Thursday night at GRCC library

Nov. 21, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Saladin Ahmed, an award-winning science fiction-fantasy author, will host a lecture at Grand Rapids Community Colleges library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

Who really wrote Mozart’s Requiem? Good luck answering that question

Nov. 22, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem is one of the greatest works in the history of music not written by its composer.

… Soprano Antonina Chekhovskaya, mezzo soprano Mary Creswell, tenor Issachah Savage and bass Kevin Burdette will be soloists in the work that the Grand Rapids Symphony last performed seven years ago this very week in DeVos Hall.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Antonina Chekhovskaya is a GRCC alumna.)

Career Academy Combines Job Training with Academics

Nov. 22, 2013;

Comstock Park Public Schools, MI — Maddi Saum hopes to become a physician. Jamasen DeKlein wants to get a job in construction or attend Grand Rapids Community College after graduation.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Antonina Chekhovskaya is a GRCC alumna.)

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Nov. 22, 2013; FOX 17

HAMILTON, Mich.- Five years ago, when baby number three was on the way and there was only going to be 13 months apart from her second child, Lauren Ortiz of Hamilton tried to find ways to save money. She quickly learned that there weren’t really any websites that focused on West Michigan savings opportunities, or at least the places that she loved to shop.

“Originally I started out at GRCC (Grand Rapids Community College) doing a nursing course and I started at the same time because our family. We were growing suddenly, with the children we were having and so we really needed to save money.” 27 year-old Ortiz said. Currently, the need is even more as the Ortiz family proudly includes five children.

Vegan holiday cooking class to instill community, health, fun

Nov. 21, 2013;

Thought Design Learning Studio is ringing in the holidays with their first ever vegan cooking class. Grand Rapids chef, Jason McClearen, will instruct a Vegan Holiday cooking class on Saturday, November 23rd. With the use of four new vegan dishes and their open design kitchen, they hope to continue instilling community and learninga common goal in each of their classes.

… Chef Jason McClearen says that he would like vegan skeptics to show up for the class. He hopes to change peoples views the way his once were. At one point vegan food scared him to bits, says McClearen, but he become a vegan supporter after classes and an internship with Chef Kevin Dunn at GRCC. Now McClearen uses his catering, teaching, and personal chefing to show people the health benefits that veganism can create.

Spartans fall in quarterfinals

Nov. 22, 2013; Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa)

PERRYSBURG, Ohio — Southwestern’s quest for a national volleyball championship was derailed Thursday evening by a powerful team from Oakland Community College of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

… Defending national champion Grand Rapids (Mich.) was defeated by Parkland in the quarterfinals.

Glen Oaks Vikings eye another successful season

Nov. 21, 2013; Sturgis Journal

“I love it here at Glen Oak’s, over the past fifteen years they have been very good to me, I bleed green and gold.”

… “Grand Rapids CC is the pre-season favorite this year, they are nationally ranked and the team to beat,” said (coach Steve) Proefrock, “Lansing Community College is also looking to be quite tough, so we have our hands full.”

All-GLIAC team: Grand Valley State’s Matt Armstrong named offensive lineman of the year

Nov. 21, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Valley State center Matt Armstrong was named the GLIAC offensive lineman of the year to highlight the post-season awards for the Lakers.

… For Ferris State, (Carlin) Landingham , a former player at Grand Rapids Community College, anchored the programs most prolific run team of all-time, including springing quarterback Jason Vander Laan to a quarterback rushing record. He started every game, and made 10 starts last season.

Raider Salute to Beautiful U volunteers

Thank you to Jane Hedges, Kymberli Flanagan, Charlie Olawsky (and his CA 105 students), Bill Jacoby (and his CA 205 students), Mike Kidder, Dale VandenBerg, Kirsten Weber, and Eric Purple for assisting Ferris State University and Miranda with the Beautiful U event held Tuesday, November 19.  Jane Hedges and Kymberli Flanagan did much of the coordination of the event that involved SICE. Storeroom made sure all product donations were received (many items were donated by Meijer) and other items were ordered and received for the lunch.  Both CA 105 and 205 helped prepare the box lunches.  Kymberli Flanagan did a demo of the Black Bean Salsa served in the box lunch, and Jane Hedges provided much information on nutrition.

Education department’s food drive extended through November 26

The Education Department’s food drive for Kids Food Basket has been extended through 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Dropoff points:

Staci Dever, 266 Main

Penni Weninger, HR, second floor Admin

Here is a reminder list of things they need. Thank you so much to those who have already donated!


  • 100% fruit juice boxes
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit cups
  • Peanut butter
  • Fold top sandwich baggies
  • Plastic spoons
  • Napkins
  • Cracker packs
  • Individual fruit cups, pudding and gelatin cups
  • 100% fruit snack packs or dried fruit packs (.9 oz or similar)
  • Snack size ziplock bags
  • Bulk pretzels
  • Veggie straws
  • Cheerios – plain


Employee Holiday Breakfast – Food Pantry Drive


The holidays are around the corner and we are looking for your help to stock the student food pantry. Last year, we held a food drive at the annual employee holiday breakfast and it was very successful. It actually took the Student Life Office staff almost five hours to put everything on the shelves! We are hoping for the same results or better this year!

The GRCC Food Pantry serves between fifty to sixty students on a semester basis. The donations will not only help these students, but they will also support the students’ dependents.

The holiday breakfast is scheduled for December 13th, 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM. We will have bins ready to fill, so please consider bringing in any non-perishable items from home. Below are the high need items:

  • Cans of Tuna
  • Cans of Chicken
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Peanut Butter
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Cans of Ravioli/Spaghetti O’s
  • Boxed Meals
  • Boxes of Cereal
  • Instant Oatmeal (individual packets)
  • Granola Bars
  • Pop Tarts
  • Paper Towel Rolls
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo/Soap

Earn state continuing education hours with online courses

Grand Rapids Community College offers Michigan teachers and educational professionals the opportunity to earn state continuing education clock hours online through a partnership with Cengage Learning’s Ed2Go.

Sharpen your skills, or learn new ones any time of the day or night. You can complete any course entirely from your home or office. Earn state continuing education clock hours online with our instructor-facilitated online courses specifically designed for teachers!  Choose from more than 45 courses already approved by the state!

To register, click here.


The SafeZone program is a diversity education program that involves participants in a personal journey towards greater understanding of inclusion (regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, weight, height, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, and disability, as reflected in the GRCC EEOC statement). The program philosophy provides not only a safe space for all people, but also increases communication and understanding among people. One of the primary goals of SafeZone is to emphasize that all individuals should be treated and respected as human beings.

GRCC places a strong emphasis on ensuring that our work and learning environment is free from any form of discrimination, and harassment. SafeZone is a key tool that helps us accomplish this goal. The next session will be held on: Tuesday, December 3, and located at Diversity Learning Center conference room from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Please register at