GRCC In the News, 7-24-14

See statue of Helen Claytor, latest Grand Rapids Community Legend

July 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A statue honoring the late Helen Claytor was unveiled Wednesday, July 23, by the Grand Rapids Community Legends project. It is the sixth statue placed by the initiative, which is funded by the family of former Universal Forest Products CEO Peter Secchia.

The statue of Claytor, a civil rights activist who became the first African-American president of the national YWCA, was placed in Grand Rapids Community College’s Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza. Carla Blinkhorn, CEO of the YWCA West Central Michigan, described her feelings about the unveiling as sad and grateful.

GRCC faculty, staff celebrating college’s 100th anniversary with ‘Ways to Give’ project

July 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College faculty and staff are celebrating the school’s 100th anniversary with a series of donation projects, ranging from collecting school supplies for children to sending books to inmates of the Kent County Jail.

Autocam brand to live on after acquisition

July 23, 2014;

While Autocam Corp. will be acquired by a Tennessee-based public company in a deal that was announced in July, the automotive supplier does not expect the sale to have much impact on its West Michigan operations.

… Autocam is also expected to continue its employee training programs, which aim to develop a skilled workforce for the company, he said. Through Autocam’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership program with Grand Rapids Community College, the company pays for employees education while they continue to work for the manufacturer. Kennedy said he believes those programs will continue under the new ownership, since many of NN’s talent development needs are similar to Autocam’s.

Michigan District 9 Big League team aspires for spot in ESPN televised final

July 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — George Rosinski has authored a resume as a Little League manager that, in scale and context, compares favorably to most any baseball manager that has ever managed a club in the state of Michigan.

… (Brad) Buurstra, now an 18-year-old shortstop and righthanded pitcher that will play at Grand Rapids Community College next season, still relishes each trip to a tournament championship as much as the last.

… Union teammate Devin Husted joins Buurstra on the District 9 roster, as does Grand Rapids Community College sophomore pitcher Domonic Cintorino, a Kenowa Hills alum; all three have played together under Rosinski since the Senior League World Series trip to Bangor, Maine in 2012.

Depth may push Central Michigan football forward

July 24, 2014; The Detroit Free Press

The Mid-American Conference may be sleeping on a football giant at Central Michigan.

… (Cody) Kater had a great high school career at Montague and attended Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to CMU.

Volunteers needed for video shoot

We’re looking for volunteers to be in a GRCC video shoot! We’d like students (you can send your student employees) and casually dressed staff (no business wear). We’ll be doing the filming at 1 p.m. July 29 in the Calkins gardens. If you’re interested, contact Chloe in Communications at extension 3535 or


Volunteers needed for Story Van

We are still looking for volunteers to help collect GRCC stories and birthday wishes after the Byron Festival Days in Byron Center this Saturday, July 26. The GRCC Story Van will be in the parade beginning at 10 a.m. and then set up after to record stories and birthday wishes. Check out this link of two retirees, Alice Donahue and Bunny Bookwalter, who have worked a couple of events gathering stories.

If you are available, contact Liz Timmer at or 457-3708.

GRCC In the News, 7-23-14

Sixth statue in Grand Rapids Community Legends project to stand downtown

July 22, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The first African-American president of the national YWCA will be memorialized with a downtown statue. Helen Jackson Claytor, whose leadership of the local Young Women’s Christian Association prompted the resignation of three white board members, is the latest addition to the Grand Rapids Community Legends project.

A bronze, 7.5-foot statue of the Claytor, who died in 2005, will be unveiled 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, in Grand Rapids Community College’s Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza, across from Fountain Street Church.

Man charged in crash that killed Grandville High School senior, cousin

July 22, 2014; MLive

MECOSTA COUNTY, MI — A man is charged in a Mecosta County crash that killed two cousins.

… Michael Aguilar, 22, of Coopersville, and Roman Aguilar-Emmons, 18, of Wyoming, died in the crash. They were riding in Fuentes-Perdomo’s vehicle to Mount Pleasant’s Soaring Eagle Casino when police said Fuentes-Perdomo failed to stop at the intersection of Eight Mile Road and Northland Drive and collided with a pickup truck about 4:20 p.m. May 3.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Michael Aguilar was a GRCC student.)

Mini Maker Faire calls for makers

July 22, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

An informational session will take place tomorrow for an event this summer that will showcase West Michigan’s do-it-yourself makers.

… The inaugural event was organized by the open community lab GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Genesis and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

IT PMO Weekly Update: project risk management

Project Risk Management includes the processes of conducting risk management planning, identification, analysis, response planning, and controlling risk on a project. The objectives of project risk management are to increase the likelihood and impact of positive events (i.e., opportunities), and decrease the likelihood and impact of negative events in the project.

The six Project Risk Management processes are as follows:

  • Plan Risk Management– The process of defining how to conduct risk management activities for a project.
  • Identify Risks– The process of determining which risks may affect the project and documenting their characteristics.
  • Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis– The process of prioritizing risks for further analysis or action by assessing and combining their probability of occurrence and impact.
  • Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis-The process of numerically analyzing the effect of identified risks on overall project objectives.
  • Plan Risk Responses-The process of developing options and actions to enhance opportunities and to reduce threats to project objectives.
  • Control Risks– The process of implementing risk response plans, tracking identified risks, monitoring residual risks, identifying new risks, and evaluating risk process effectiveness throughout the project.

This preceding information was taken directly from the following:

(2013) A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK guide) Fifth edition. Newtown Square, Pa.: Project Management Institute, Inc., pg. 309.

Next week we’ll look at strategies for managing negative project risks or threats.


GRCC In the News, 7-22-14

GRCC approves increased salary schedule for campus police

July 21, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The salary schedule for Grand Rapids Community College police officers will climb by 2 percent in the 2014-15 fiscal year, under a new contract approved Monday by the college’s Board of Trustees.

Matt Sicilia to lead new Grand Rapids Community College cross country teams

July 21, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Matt Sicilia, a former assistant coach at Calvin Christian High School, has been named coach of the new cross country program at Grand Rapids Community College.

Raider Salute to Mary Myles

The GRCC Exercise Science Department wants to say thank you to Mary Myles, student employee with the Exercise Science Department, and extend a Raider Salute.

Words to describe Mary:

  • Work Ethic — Amazing!
  • Teamwork — could not ask for a better team player!
  • Suggestions — always open to giving and providing positive suggestions that better our department.

Thank you, Mary!