GRCC In the News, 6-30-14

Change Ups: Heslinga joins land trust nonprofit

June 27, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Justin Heslinga has joined the Land Conservancy of West Michigan as its stewardship coordinator. Heslinga will manage the organizatio’ns 16 nature preserves, including the related environmental care and maintenance programs, events, outreach and volunteers. His background includes the development of ecological assessments and management plans, botanical inventories, endangered species surveys, educational conservation workshops and outreach materials as senior staff scientist and botanist for Cardno JFNew and natural resources technician for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks.


Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education has been named one of Americas Top 20 Culinary Schools by FSR magazine. Criteria included schools that combine classroom theory with hands-on work in well-equipped on-campus classrooms and labs; provide off-campus experience through internships and externships; reach out to off-campus culinary professionals; and have small class sizes and accessible instructors.

Grand Rapids City Manager Appoints New Grand Rapids Police Chief

June 27, 2014; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (June 27, 2014) — The Grand Rapids City Manager announced the new city police chief Friday.

… He (Greg Sundstrom) also thanked his Advisory Team, comprised of Tom Almonte, Assistant to the City Manager; Christine Arnold, Director of the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center at Grand Rapids Community College; Johnny Brann, Jr., local restaurant owner; Mari Beth Jelks, Managing Director of Administrative Services at the City of Grand Rapids; Joe Jones, Grand Rapids Urban League President; Ralph Mason, retired Grand Rapids Police Lieutenant; and Catherine Mish, City Attorney.

Dow grad Allen playing pro ball, coaching college ball

6/28/14 Midland Daily News

It’s a growing trend among Major League Baseball clubs to hire former catchers as coaches.

… (Michael) Allen currently plays for the Normal CornBelters of Minor League Baseball’s independent Frontier League in Normal, Ill. After graduating from Dow, he went on to redshirt at Saginaw Valley State University for a year before heading to Grand Rapids Community College for one more year and then ending his collegiate career with three years at Davenport University.

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