GRCC In the News, 3-6-14

LaughFest 2014: Jim Gaffigan is ‘Obsessed’ and ready to entertain Grand Rapids

March 5, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A few things have changed in comedian Jim Gaffigan’s life since he last appeared in Grand Rapids for LaughFest 2012. He has another child (this makes five), he published his first book, he wrote all new material for his special, “Obsessed,” and he shot a pilot for CBS.

… Like his previous appearance two years ago, Gaffigan’s show on Friday, March 7, at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse was one of the first to sell out.

LaughFest 2014: Top 5 festival fundraisers and events

March 6, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids is about to get a whole lot funnier with the arrival of top tier comedic talent from around the nation during LaughFest for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. But grabbing some friends and heading out to see Jim Gaffigan, Mike Birbiglia, Maria Bamford or Judah Friedlander over the next few days isn’t the only way to have some fun. Check out these five upcoming LaughFest events.

… Participants in the untimed 5K run or walk are encouraged to wear their finest or funniest underwear over their running clothes in support of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. The race starts at 10 a.m. at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE; on-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Runners can also pre-register for $30 online at Registration includes an official T-shirt while supplies last.

… LaughFest has many family friendly options that can keep your kids entertained as well. The GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE, will host two age-specific events Saturday, March 8. A carnival for the younger kids will take place during the day and will be followed with a teen-themed party that night.

Czyzk selected as Teacher Spotlight winner

Congratulations to Jeff Czyzk, Adult Education instructor at the Learning Corners. He has been selected as on one of the Teacher Spotlight winners that will be featured at the 2014 Michigan Adult Education and Training Conference at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 28th and 29th, 2014.  Teacher Spotlight recipients will be featured at the Awards Luncheon that will take place on Monday, April 28th.

FUNDerwear Runners Announced

A team of 18 GRCC employees will be running in Laughfest’s Funderwear Run this Sunday to support Gilda’s Club. Our team includes the following:

Monica Stevens, Katie Vander Meer, Christina McElwee, Fred van Hartesveldt, Julianne Claydon, Jennifer Knauf, Andrew Rozema, Tim Pieri, Deb Pieri, Sean Mackey, Staci Dever, Sarah Laycock, Alejandro Saldivar, Rosario Montes-Sutton, Dan Groh, Jane Hedges, Stephanie Kazanaq, Bob Groenleer

If you know one of these people, be sure to support them by donating at All proceeds go directly to Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids, a free cancer, grief, and emotional health support community. Even if you don’t know the runners, but think it’s funny for them to run in their undies on campus and you just plain hate cancer…show your support!

Thank you to the many in our GRCC Community who have helped the Faculty Association already raise $1,914.00 so far! You are Seriously Funny and Appreciated!