GRCC In the News, 4-4-14

Uniserv Director Served County with Integrity, Humor, Honesty

April 3, 2014; (KISD newsletter)

Kent ISD, MI — Henry William “Bill” Dungey, Jr. was a lifelong advocate for justice, a champion of causes, and a towering presence who evoked warmth and kindness wherever he went. For Kent County school districts, those qualities made him one of the area’s finest negotiators, say local superintendents and administrators.

… Dungey was honored in 2010 with a Giants Award from Grand Rapids Community College for helping the Kent County Education Association partner with the Salvation Army’s Booth Family Services’ Angel Baby Initiative, which donates diapers, baby food, car seats, toys and educational items to infants in need.

Obituaries today: Catherine Barrow-Williams, 83, trailblazing singer and missionary

April 4, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Catherine Barrow-Williams spent her life opening doors.

… Honored with the Ethel Coe Humanities Award at the 2005 Grand Rapids Giants Awards, Barrow-Williams appeared in a production of “Showboat” with Circle Theatre, sang arias from Bizet’s “Carmen” for summer concerts at Garfield Park, and sang with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus during her many years in West Michigan.

Charsie Sawyer, professor of music at Calvin College, who nominated Barrow-Williams for the award sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College and several African-American organizations, called her “a real trailblazer.”

Autocam Invests In Education And Innovation

April 4, 2014;

KENTWOOD, Mich., April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Autocam Corp is a leading precision manufacturer for both the automotive and medical industries and recently announced it is sponsoring Governor Rick Snyder’s Governor’s Education Summit taking place on April 24, 2014. Autocam is committed to investment in education, jobs creation and advanced manufacturing technologies.

Autocam has offered talent development programs for technicians and engineers for nearly 25 years in efforts to close the skills gap in the advanced manufacturing workforce. The company formalized its technician-training program in 2012 to create the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a progressive learn-and-earn educational program through the Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) using formal and on-the-job training to jumpstart the careers of young talent.

College notes: Grand Valley slugger brought a big bat with him from Bronx

April 3, 2014; MLive

… Kyle Orlowski, Aquinas College: Orlowski, a senior outfielder, tripled and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a 13-10 win over Siena Heights on March 30. Orlowski (Kenowa Hills/GRCC) is batting .313 and leads the team with 14 runs scored. It was the first game for Aquinas (9-7) in more than a week.

Sessions added for shooter response training

Staff Development has added eight Active Shooter Response Training sessions to its schedule in April.

This training is required for all college staff and faculty. The 90 minute training session be presented by GRCC Police Chief Rebecca Whitman and Lieutenant Scott Merlo, and will:

  • describe what an active shooter is
  • detail the ‘Run Hide Fight’ response to an active shooter situation
  • explain ways to recognize and report potential threats to our campus
  • answer any questions attendees may have

Registration is available online at or by calling Staff Development at ext 4285.

Biology professor’s artwork featured in exhibit

Paul Krieger, Professor of Biology, had three pieces of his artwork accepted into the upcoming art exhibition – Fourth Coast Illuminated.

This art exhibit is organized by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) and will feature over 55 scientific illustrations from 40 different artists across the Great Lakes region at the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Glen Vista Gallery. The exhibit runs this summer from July 1 – August 30.

Golf outing set for May 22

The Foundation Office is excited to announce the 31st Annual Flanagan Golf Outing taking place Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Boulder Creek Golf Club. The committee has been hard at work to ensure that our sponsors, players, and guests have an incredible afternoon and evening as they support GRCC and student scholarships.

Some changes have been made to the day’s format and participation levels in order to increase dollars for student scholarships. Our ability to provide scholarship dollars for our students help us serve as a college of distinction throughout the region. For the first time, this year we are offering a reduced rate for alumni of GRCC!

Please join us as a foursome or individual golfer for this great outing. Delicious food, fabulous prizes, and fun fellowship as we celebrate GRCC with old and new friends. We promise the weather will be better than last year! For registration forms and more information, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erin Cisler at or x3931.

Why wear purple on April 15?

The U.S. Armed Services recognizes April as the month of the military child. Often military children are admired for their resilience and ability to deal with life-changing events. Janice Holten, our veterans representative in the Registrar’s office, encourages students and employees to wear purple on  April 15 to recognize sacrifices made by military families and their children.

Take the Campus Climate Survey

This is the last Campus Climate Survey open house! Come in to 425 Calkins Science Center from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and take the Campus Climate Survey while you enjoy cookies and coffee. We have a lot of prizes to give away to those who complete the survey, including mugs and stainless steel waterbottles. Plus, once you’ve completed the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter to win a $50 giftcard to The Heritage.