GRCC In the News, 4-17-14

Blind accident victim reunites with goalball teammates: ‘Great to be back’

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Osman Koroma, the 23-year-old blind man who was hit by a car last month, is still recovering from his injuries at Mary Free Bed, but on Wednesday he returned to a familiar setting among friends.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Mr. Koroma is a GRCC student.)

People on The Move in Kalamazoo — April 17, 2014

April 17, 2014; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — People on The Move announces the new title or working role of local people moving from one paid position to another. That includes lateral moves, promotions, new hires, or people taking on significant new work assignments.

… Alexander P. Sackett has joined Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. s Kalamazoo office as a staff geologist. Sackett, who began his higher education in the business management programs at Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College, has a bachelor’s degree in geology from Central Michigan University. He previously worked as a steel worker field trainee for a well-known developer. FTCH is a Kalamazoo-based civil engineering, architectural/engineering, environmental, and construction services consulting firm.

Distinguished Scientist Awarded GRCC Geography Field Cap

The notable scientist, Richard Leakey, delivered a talk yesterday, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. Contributing much to humanity through his tireless efforts in exploring the earth, uncovering secrets of the past, assessing the impact of climate change, and advocating for social justice and wildlife, Leakey was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 greatest minds of the 20th century—incidentally a list that includes the Wright Brothers, Jacques Cousteau, Jonas Salk, and Sigmund Freud. Leakey has remained committed not only to the advancement of science, but also to fighting for political justice and environmental conservation. All of these things, incidentally, are inherently geographical.

The GRCC Geography Field Cap is awarded to the institution’s geography alumni, as well as those that have contributed to the advancement of Geography through fieldwork, exploration, research, teaching, or publication. It is rare for any one individual to contribute in every one of these areas, but Richard Leakey has done just that. In recognition for his contributions to advancing Geography, the GRCC Geography Field Cap was awarded to Professor Leakey. He graciously accepted the honor while being thanked for what he has done for the discipline of Geography—and what he has done for humankind.

Photos: Eat, drink, and celebrate experiential learning.

Celebrate integrated innovative teaching and learning practices that make meaningful contributions to our community through service learning!   The Armen Awards presentation will feature interviews and powerful video of the work of each team, a (huge) check presentation – plus delicious snacks before the show starts.

The details:
Friday, April 25th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University Woodbridge N. Ferris Building located at 17 Pearl St. NW, Room 217. Please RSVP at

Check out this album from last year’s event.

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