GRCC In the News, 7-31-14

My Town: School agreement expected to grow West Michigan’s health industry

July 29, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Two West Michigan schools are teaming up to help grow West Michigan’s health industry.

Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University have signed a deal to allow students who finish the medical assistant program at GRCC to transfer to Davenport for a health degree. As part of the seamless transfer process, students must also pass a certification exam of American Medical Technologists or the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Part science fair, part county fair, Maker Faire brings the maker movement to Grand Rapids

July 31, 2014;

Grand Rapids is a city of the arts. And through large scale events like ArtPrize and Festival of the Arts, our community is known for its creative leanings. But while vibrant murals are visibly enhancing the skyline, local innovators are injecting the sciences with a dose of imagination.

… This summer, Grand Rapids Public Museum is set to host the first annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire on August 30 and 31, in partnership with GR Makers, the Geek Group, Genesis Inc. and Grand Rapids Community College.

August projects for 100 Ways to Give



Some of our first 100 Ways to Give projects are winding up! Campus Police is accepting monetary donations through the end of the week to help In The Image provide shoes for elementary school students — just call 234-4910 and an officer will pick up your donation.

Here are some of the projects that have been organized for August:

  • The Counseling and Career Center is collecting backpacks and school supplies for Coit Creative Arts Academy students.
  • Equity Affairs and the Older Learner and Diversity Learning centers are teaming up to provide care packages for needy GRCC students.

A project to provide care package items for foster kids at D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s Home is continuing throughout the year — just bring donations to the Grants and Resource Development Department in the College Park Plaza-Annex.

To see the full list of projects, click here. When getting involved don’t forget to share it on social media by using #GRCC100years and #100waystogive on Twitter and Instagram, and “Grand Rapids Community College” on Facebook.

GRCC In the News, 7-30-14

Breaking down the Kent Co. Senior Millage

July 29, 2014; WZZM

On August 5th, Kent County Residents are asked to vote on whether or not to expand services to seniors.

… Mike Faber of the Older Learner Center at Grand Rapids Community College joined the WZZM13 News at Noon to explain what the vote on the Kent County Senior Millage entails.

Leslie King saves women from streets

July 29, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Leslie King is a true unsung hero and a survivor of what she calls modern-day slavery.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Leslie King is a GRCC alumna.)

Come to the Mesozoic Garden in Calkins Science Center at 1 p.m. today!

Volunteer your face or send your students down to be in the new GRCC Completion Campaign videos at 1 p.m. today in the Calkins Mesozoic Garden. Come any time from 1-2 p.m., this afternoon. The task is simple: all you have to do is sit in a chair for :30 seconds while Noah and Klaas from the Media Department capture footage of your face. It’s that easy! Volunteers get a free parking pass!

Call Chloe in Communications with any questions at (616) 234-3535.

GRCC In the News, 7-29-14

Summer Games to Play

July 2014; Beacon (newsletter for the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children)

Cootie Catcher Nature Game

Here is an idea for older preschoolers and school age kids to get them outdoors and in touch with nature during the summer months. Most children can make their own Cootie Catchers with a little help from an adult or older child. This activity is a wonderful way to develop vocabulary and encourage creative problem-solving. It can be done anywhere outdoors on the sidewalk, in the backyard, or in a park.

(Article written by Maureen Milarch, from GRCC’s preschool.)

Inside Track: Walker chief marks 40 years in law enforcement this year

July 25, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom stands as a much-needed example of how law enforcement can be an accepting and viable career path for women and members of minority communities.

… Business/Community Involvement: Michigan Crime Victims Appeal Board chairperson, chairperson of the Police Academy Advisory Board for GVSU, member of the Police Academy Advisory Committee at GRCC, member of the Criminal Justice advisory committee for KCTC, member and former president of the Old Newsboys Goodfellow Fund of Detroit, World Medical Relief board member.

ABA’s Chicago Steam signs Roy Jackson of Flint, same league that launched Dr. J’s legendary career

July 28,2014; MLive

FLINT, MI — If you follow Roy Jackson on any of his social media accounts, then you’re already aware that he eats, sleeps and breathes the game of basketball.

… His father, Teddy Jackson, wasn’t the only one in his corner when things got rough, his mother Delois Jackson, sister Lakrisha Jackson and girlfriend Dynasia Walker were there to uplift him, too. Prior to attending UAPB, Jackson enjoyed a solid two-year career at Grand Rapids Community College from 2010-12.

Campus Dining Fall Changes

The Raider Grille will be open this fall semester from:

  • Monday thru Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for Lunch
  • Friday 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (open for Breakfast & Lunch)

The Quiet Cafe will have an all new Breakfast Menu with more classic favorites & original options to satisfy anyone’s needs!

  • Served Monday thru Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
  • Lunch/Dinner will be served Monday thru Thursday 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The Sneden Cafe is undergoing a complete remodel & will feature more hot food options!

  • Open Monday thru Thursday 7:00 a.m. thru 6:00 p.m.

Remember to follow us on Facebook: The Raider Grille, The Quiet Cafe, The Sneden Cafe & GRCC Dining Services for up to date specials, promotions & special event information!

GRCC celebrates Higher Learning Commission’s praise

In April, GRCC hosted the Higher Learning Commission site visit. And because of YOU, the visit was a huge success! Words the HLC reviewers used to describe you and your work: pioneers, exemplary, exceeds expectations, highly organized, pride, high quality, and best practice.

This is reason to celebrate! As a show of appreciation, there will be a lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center Multi-Purpose Room on Monday, August 18 and in the Sneden Hall Multi-Purpose Room on Wednesday, August 20.

RSVP to Lakenya Gissendanner at ext. 4040 or with your choice of one of the two dates.

GRCC In the News, 7-28-14

GRCC, Davenport University sign articulation agreement

July 25, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University have signed an articulation agreement that will give students who complete the medical assistant program at GRCC a seamless transfer to Davenport’s health-related programs.

Change Ups: Attorney to be installed as fellow

July 25, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

David R. Fernstrum, an associate of law firm Mika, Meyers, Beckett & Jones PLC, has been elected a fellow by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers for sustained, outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers was established in 1995 through an initiative of the Council of the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association. New fellows will be installed Nov. 8 in Los Angeles.

… Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating its 100th anniversary with 100 Ways To Give service projects including care packages for foster children at D.A. Blodgett-St. Johns Home, Toys For Tots, Grand Rapids Homes for Veterans and In The Image.

5 Questions: Growing companies get a boost at the MSU Bioeconomy Institute

July 26, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — The Sentinel chatted Tuesday with Tom Guarr, who serves as director of research and development at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute, 242 Howard Ave., in Holland Township.

… Q: What’s your role in operating this facility?

A: My role is to oversee the intern program, to come up with the projects and lead the students through their projects, but help them become independent researchers and further their careers. We’ve had students from Hope, GRCC, GVSU, Michigan State, Michigan, Western — a good variety of students.

Filmmakers want to shoot holiday movie starring Ed Asner, Marion Ross in Grand Rapids

July 27, 2014; MLive

The shoulders lift, compress, and gently sag. The hands clasp. What emanates from the mouth falls somewhere between sigh and prayer. And the eyes turn up as though in earnest supplication, wondering if it’s possible to actually go back to what Christmastime in downtown Grand Rapids used to be, circa 1967.

… But it’s going to depend on West Michigan moviemakers Teresa Thome and Patrick Ziegler and a cast of characters that include Ed Asner, as well as Marion Ross, who played Richie Cunningham’s mother on Happy Days.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Teresa Thome and Patrick Ziegler are GRCC alumni.)


100 Ways to Give: Finance and Administration collects for S.H.O.E.S.

The Finance and Administration team is partnering with In The Image, to help our area elementary students — GRCC’s future students!  Through the S.H.O.E.S program (Shoes Help Our Elementary Students), In The Image provides brand new back-to-school shoes for at-risk students in Grand Rapids, Wyoming and Kentwood elementary schools.  The type of shoes distributed are athletic shoes so students can participate in physical education, extra-curricular activities, and enjoy a fun and safe recess with their friends.

Just $15 provides a new pair of shoes for a child in need, $150 for a sports team and entire classroom for just $375.  Please help us make a difference in the life of a child by sending a monetary gift to Campus Police for the S.H.O.E.S. program by August 1.

We are also in need of new socks- each pair of shoes is delivered with a pair of socks. Your donation may be dropped off at the Grand Rapids Community College Police Department, at 25 Lyon, or can be sent through Inter-office mail.  If you prefer, contact Dispatch at 234-4910 and an officer will be happy to personally pick up your donation.  Checks should be made payable to “In The Image-S.H.O.E.S.”  If you wish to receive a receipt for tax purposes, please make sure we have your name and address, if paying by check, you will be all set.

To see more ways that you can be part of 100 Ways to Give, click here.

GRCC In the News, 7-25-14

Helen Claytor sculpture unveiled

July 25, 2014; WZZM

A bronze, 7½-foot sculpture honoring Helen Claytor was unveiled last night by the Peter Secchia family, Helen Claytor’s family, Grand Rapids city officials and members of the Grand Rapids Community Legends Project.

… The location of the statue is at the Grand Rapids Community College Bostwick Plaza, which is directly across from Fountain St. Church.

Grand Rapids sculpture series adds rights activist Helen Claytor; Betty Ford coming in 2018

July 23, 2014; The Republic (Columbus, Ind.)

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — The Grand Rapids Community Legends project has added a sixth statue to a series that will grow to include former first lady Betty Ford four years from now.

Photo caption: The Helen Claytor statue awaits to be unveiled at GRCC Juan Olivarez Student Plaza, Grand Rapids, Mich., Wednesday, July 23, 2014.