GRCC In the News, 1-23-14

Grand Rapids can vote on subject for giant ice sculpture during Valent-ICE event downtown

Jan. 22, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. is hosting a series of special events around Valentines Day including Valent-ICE, when the public is invited to vote on the subject for a 3,000-pound ice sculpture.

Local Ice Gurus Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield, of Food Networks “Ice Brigade,” will turn a giant hunk of ice into one of five options open now for voting online at The poll closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Derek Maxfield is a GRCC alumnus.)

GRCC celebrates award with student Javon Brown

Last week, faculty and staff from GRCC, were proud to participate in the presentation of the Department of Human Services (DHS) Path Achievement Award to Job Training Graduate, Javon Brown.

Javon Brown, a former welfare recipient, received the DHS Achiever’s Award at a special reception on January 16, 2014 at the Kent County Human Services Complex. This award is bestowed by the Michigan Department of Human Services upon individuals who have overcome significant life challenges to achieve self-sufficiency through Michigan Works! PATH (Partnership, Accountability, Training, Hope) Program.

Those present from GRCC included, Automotive Tech Professor, Gayle Beals along with Javon’s PATH Career Coach, Jennifer Mitchell, as well as Job Training Manager, Scott Mattson, Program Manager, John VanElst, Phil Greene, Joel Knol, Mandy Vanderhill and Owner of Christian Brothers Automotive, Kurt and Kathy Hein. All of whom had a hand in helping Javon on his road to success!

A truly great story of hard work and success! Congratulations!



IT On Location

The IT Customer Support Department will be available for in-person assistance starting on Tuesday, January 28th near the elevators on 4th floor Main. Take this opportunity to get on-location, face-to-face customer service! Stop by between 8am – 4pm on any Tuesday! Available to all staff and students!

Lambda Upsilon raises funds to help girls in Africa

GRCC’s GTU chapter, Lambda Upsilon, recently raised a $1,000 contribution to support the education of girls in Africa. Although small in number, Lambda Upsilon members continue to do much. In addition to raising funds for Camfed, another recent activity was its contributing sponsorship (along with the United Nations Association and the Social Sciences Department) of UN 2013: A Symposium to Commemorate the Founding of the United Nations. Additionally, at the request of the Honor Society’s International President, we just became an affiliate chapter of an initiative to support the education of university students in Ethiopia.

Our Geography students at GRCC have gained much as a result of these efforts. Not only have they learned more about the world and the responsibility of global citizenship, several have gone on to achieve academic excellence as they’ve continued on in their studies.

If you would like to learn more about Lambda Upsilon, please contact Dr. Mike DeVivo ( or 234-4410).