GRCC In the News, 8-18-14

GRCC students receive $62,000 in scholarships from community foundation

Aug. 16, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community Foundation has awarded 44 scholarships totaling $62,000 to students at Grand Rapids Community College this year, the college announced in a news release.

BACC Culinary Arts student recognized with scholarship

Aug. 15, 2014; WTVB (Coldwater)

COLDWATER – It’s another feather in the cap for the Branch Area Careers Center and its award winning culinary arts programs with a BACC student recognized as representing the best of the best in the state. The Michigan Restaurant Association Educational Support Foundation recently presented $16,000 in scholarships at its board of directors meeting for post-secondary studies in culinary arts, restaurant management, or similar field. Careers Center student Nick Blanton is a scholarship recipient. Blanton will attend the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education of Grand Rapids Community College.

See GRandJazzFest 2014 open with large crowds, smooth sounds at free shows

Aug. 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Guitarist Matt Marshak played Marvin Sapp, and trumpeter Rick Braun played flugelhorn to kick off the Grand Rapids Jazz Festival.

… Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Edye Evans Hyde opened the festival at 12:30 p.m., and Braun finished his set shortly before 9:30 p.m. and the beginning of a few rain drops.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Edye Evans Hyde is a GRCC alumna.)

Multer blows away field at 37th Calhoun Amateur Golf Championship

Aug. 18, 2014; The Battle Creek Enquirer

Jared Multer had luck on his side just in case he needed it.

… “I’m just really happy to have won one of these. It means a lot to me. When I first got out of high school, I was playing good golf, but I still needed to improve. And I’ve worked really hard on my game to get it where it is today. My dream was always to win one of these (CalAms) and to play golf at a Division I school, which I wasn’t ready for when I graduated from Lakeview and then started playing college golf at Grand Rapids Community College. But now, my game is where I want it to be, I’m headed to Eastern Michigan … and to have won this today while playing with good friends and with a lot of other good golfers in the field, this is just really special.”


Community picnic volunteers needed

Want to help celebrate GRCC’s 100 years in the community?  As you know, GRCC is hosting a Community Picnic on Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse.  In order to make this event the best it can be, we need your help.  We are looking for folks to help in 1 or 2 hour shifts doing various tasks throughout the event.  This is sure to be a fun event.

If you want to be part of the fun, contact Liz Timmer at or 457-3708.

100 Ways to Give: job-shadowing opportunities for students


GRCC’s Finance & Administration management staff will provide 100 hours of job shadowing this October. GRCC students can shadow college leadership and explore careers in:

  • Accounting & Business Services
  • Campus Police
  • Cashiers
  • Event Management
  • Facilities
  • Financial Aid
  • Human Resources
  • Purchasing

Do you know students who might be interested? Have them e-mail the Purchasing Department by September 19 at to find out more.

Photos from forensic science camp

The Physical Sciences Department hosted two week-long summer camps that taught 32 West Michigan high school students the basics of forensic chemistry and how it is used to solve arsons.

The camps, which were, in part, sponsored by the National Science Foundation under TUES Grant number 1140509, allowed the students to use GRCC’s advanced instrumentation to carry out the analysis of different types of evidence and then use the evidence to solve a simulated arson. Along with using the college’s atomic absorption spectrophotometer to analyze soil samples and gel electrophoresis equipment to analyze DNA, the students used the gas chromatograph –mass spectrometer to analyze materials that could be used to accelerate a fire. In addition to the hands on experience, Deputy Dale Dekorte and his canine partner, Ritzey, from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department showed the students how canines are used to help investigators and scientists solve arsons.

A number of students, staff and faculty worked to make the camp a success, including Pam Scott,  Leah VanHartesveldt, Shannon Gamel, Nick Emery, Greg Schmidt, Annette Dobrzynski,  Julie Henderleiter (GVSU), Bernard Liburd, and Jennifer Batten.

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Volunteers needed to help students

We still are in need of volunteers to help staff the Fall 2014 Information/Roaming Stations, Monday, August 25–Thursday, August 28, 2014.

You may pick up your apron and lanyard at the Information/Roaming Station, which will be an “information table” that will have materials for students to pick up such as maps, RaiderCard information, etc., as well as the binder with the class schedule for you to use as necessary.

You have the choice to stay at the information table or roam and assist students in your area, in whatever style fits for you. When your shift is done, you will meet your replacement at the information table in your area (or leave your apron there if your replacement does not show.)

Please sign up to help! This system does not work without a LOT of wonderful volunteers. The links for sign up spreadsheets are listed below.

Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza Information Station Sign Up:

1st Floor Main Information/Roaming Station Sign Up:

4th Floor Main Information/Roaming Station Sign Up:

ATC, 2nd Floor Information/Roaming Station Sign Up:

Sneden, 1st Floor Info/Roaming Information Sign Up:

If you experience any issues with the sign up process, please contact me at or extension 3531. Thank you for your commitment to our students! Your help is greatly appreciated!