GRCC In the News, 6-2-14

GRCC, GVSU to sign articulation agreement

May 30, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University are forming a partnership to ensure a smooth transfer process between the two schools.

Change Ups: Baker students demonstrate leadership

May 30, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… LINC Community Revitalization Inc. honored community organizations and individuals with the 2014 Community Spirit Awards. Recipients: Cornerstone Award, Cooley Law School West Michigan Public Defenders Clinic; Outstanding Collaborations Award, Grand Rapids Community College; Innovation Award, Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation; Community Spirit Award, Jerry McComb; Community Spirit Award (Youth), Israel Morales; Independent Spirit Award, Erick Picardo; and Legacy Award, retired Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk.

Urban renewal: Slow-acting antidote or huge mistake? What’s next for Calder Plaza

June 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The burning question when we look at Grand Rapids urban renewal era comes down to this: Was it worth it?

… Caledonia stockbroker Frederick Fleischmann remembers walking through the tail end of urban renewal while attending class at Grand Rapids Junior College (now GRCC) and working at a West Side tool & die shop in the late ’60s.

Troubled past turns into promising future for Lakeview High School senior

May 30, 2014; The Greenville Daily News

LAKEVIEW — Bryan Guernsey’s life to date has been one rife with hard knocks.

… The work he’s been doing on the Unger cattle farm, in fact, has helped give Bryan’s life an entirely new direction. He plans to get an apartment in Grand Rapids this fall and attend Grand Rapids Community College where he will study agricultural science.

Graduation 2014: West Ottawa High School

June 1, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — What are you looking forward to now that you have graduated?

“I’m looking forward to going to GRCC and getting my two years and then transferring to Western and just kinda enjoying my summer.” — Elizabeth Izaguirre

Exercise for aging adults

May 30, 2014; WZZM

(GRCC instructor Jocelyn Bunce appears in a segment on fitness tips for older people.)

Festival of the Arts 2014 Regional Art Exhibition opens today with 288 works

May 30, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids’ 45th annual Festival of the Arts is a week away, but the 2014 Regional Art Exhibition opens tonight at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

… Nick Antonakis, professor of painting and drawing and head of the visual arts department at Grand Rapids Community College, was juror for painting, drawing and prints.

Finalist Named for Next GHC President

May 30, 2014; Coosa Valley News (Rome, Ga.)

Board of Regents Chair Philip Wilheit Sr. and University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby has announced the three finalist that will take over as the next president of Georgia Highlands College. The recommended finalist are; Anita K. Bowles, vice president for Academic Affairs, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg, S.C. Donald J. Green, vice president for Extended and International Operations, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich. And, Al M. Panu, senior vice president for University Affairs, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Ga.

… Green has served as both Vice Chancellor and Vice President at Ferris State, leading a number of administrative units. Ferris State is comprised of its Big Rapids main campus and 19 satellite locations throughout Michigan. His higher education career also includes administrative and teaching posts at Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Mich. Green also operated a consulting firm, D. Green and Associates. Green holds a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., a master`s degree in labor and human resource management from Ohio State University, Columbus and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Union baseball coach wishes there was another Buurstra brother

May 30, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — When filling out his lineup cards this spring, there were two specific non-vowel letters that Grand Rapids Union baseball coach Mike Eddington penciled in more than any others. They were the letters B and R, which just happen to represent the first two letters in brother.

… A three-sport standout at Union who also played football and basketball Brad will be attending Grand Rapids Community College and continue his baseball career there.


Summer Wellness Day Camps For Grandparents and Grandchildren

Improve your relationship with your grandchild through an interactive setting, focusing on the 7 Dimensions of Wellness, and learn the tools to help your grandchild grow into a confident, strong and caring individual.

Adventure Day Camp, Ages 8–15, June 11- July 2, 2014
Wellness Day Camp, Ages 5–12, August 6-27, 2014

Each four-week day camp meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon between June 11 and Aug. 27, 2014 – except kayaking on June 25, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Grandparents of any age from Kent, Allegan, Lake, Mason, Osceola, Mecosta, Newaygo, Montcalm or Ionia counties are encouraged to attend with their grandchildren, ages 8-15 or 5-12 years old. A donation of $20 per one grandparent and one grandchild is suggested for each four-week session. Registration is through the GRCC Workforce Training office by calling 234-3400 or going online

GRCC students teach French at Grand Rapids Child Discover Center

Two of Hillery Haney’s French students, Amber Sackett and Leah Canniff,  worked every Friday this winter semester in teaching French to the kindergarten and first-grade students at the Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center.

They have received much praise from the classroom teachers as well as from the students themselves, who look forward to seeing their French teachers every week.

“Amber and Leah have done a fabulous job and the little ones have learned so much,” Professor Haney said. “In fact, I’m not sure who has learned more — Leah and Amber or the students they taught.”

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