GRCC In the News, 8-28-14

Man enters plea in crash that killed Grandville High School senior, cousin

Aug. 27, 2014; MLive

MECOSTA COUNTY, MI — An 18-year-old has entered a plea in a crash that killed a Grandville High School senior and his cousin in May.

(Roman Aguilar-Emmons, who was killed in the crash, planned to attend GRCC’s Police Academy.)

Grand Rapids director Brian Miller enjoys significant career boost, helming two Bruce Willis films

Aug. 28, 2014; MLive

Brian Miller recently took a significant step forward in his film directing career and then took a much-needed vacation.

… Miller graduated from East Grand Rapids High School in 1993, and studied acting and film first at Grand Rapids Community College, then Grand Valley State University. He finished his degree in 1999 and moved to Los Angeles in 2003, where he wrote and pitched screenplays while working day jobs in sales and marketing. He got his break in 2009, when producer Randall Emmett gave the green light to his screenplay for Crossfire; the film starred Chris Klein (American Pie) and rapper 50 Cent.

Memphis-style BBQ restaurant to open downtown before ArtPrize

Aug. 27, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Steve Elkowitz is bringing a little bit of Memphis to downtown Grand Rapids.

… Elkowitz, who lives in Caledonia, graduated with a culinary degree from Grand Rapids Community College in the late 1990s, and also has degrees from Cornerstone University and Liberty University.

Top 5 things to do around Grand Rapids include Makers Faire, Whitecaps baseball, El Toro!

Aug. 28, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you’re staying in the area for Labor Day, here are a few entertainment options for your holiday weekend.

… Local creators will showcase their work at Grand Rapids’ first Maker Faire, to be held in the Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW, on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31. A Maker Faire combines elements of a science fair, engineering expo and design show. They have been popping up all over the country after debuting in California in 2006 and expanding to Detroit, New York and other cities since 2010.

The family friendly celebration will feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, unique handmade crafts, and more. Patrons will see installations from GR Makers and the Geek Group as well as other local West Michigan inventors and innovators. The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is being organized by the GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Genesis Inc. and the Grand Rapids Public Museum and will be a smaller version of the festival that celebrates tinkering and the DIY crowd.

Michigan’s Skilled Trades and High-Tech Future

Aug. 27, 2014; YouTube

(Much of this video was shot at GRCC.)


Volunteers needed for Carter lecture

We will be kicking off this year’s Diversity Lecture Series with An Evening with Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter on Monday, September 22, at 5:00 pm in the Ford Fieldhouse. This is a very exciting way to kick-off the 20th Anniversary of the lecture series, which also falls during the centennial celebration of the college.

We are seeking about 20 volunteers to help us manage this kick-off event. All volunteers will receive a GRCC t-shirt to wear while volunteering that night.

We will need volunteers to start between 3:30 – 4:00 pm. Tickets will be available to all volunteers that want to stay for the lecture. If not staying for the lecture, you will likely be done by about 5:15 pm.

Please email Sara Dorer at if you are interested and willing to volunteer that night (and include your t-shirt size)!

GVSU Fall Workshops Added to Staff Development Schedule

Staff Development is entering into its second year of program collaboration with GVSU and has added their fall workshops to the Staff Development registration page Take a look! There is a wide variety of topics to choose from. Plus, it’s nice to have the chance to check out their campuses and meet their employees. Workshops are offered at both the main campus in Allendale, and the Pew campus here in GR.

The easy way to identify the GVSU workshops, is to look at the ones that the location shows “OFF” for off-campus. To view details of a session, click the + sign next to the Session title/topic.

Dunk tank donations to help United Way

The Dunk Tank Lineup is set and ready to go!

Please join us during Welcome Week on Tuesday, September 9th from 10 am to 1 pm to dunk some of your colleagues. We are asking employees to donate a minimum of $1.00 to throw a few pitches. Dr. Ender will match the total funds donated up to $500.00. All the proceeds will be given to The United Way to help support our community needs. We hope to see you out there!

  • 10:15-10:30 a.m. — John Cowles, dean of Student Success and Retention.
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m. — Kurt Meinders, IT customer support manager.
  • 10:45-11 a.m. — Rebecca Whitman, chief of Campus Police.
  • 11-11:15 a.m. — Arielle Brown, president of the Student Alliance.
  • 11:15-11:30 a.m. — David Anderson, chief information officer.
  • 11:30-11:45 a.m. — Sara Dorer, director of Student Life and Conduct.
  • 11:45 a.m. to noon — Jason Schueller, coordinator of placement testing.
  • noon to 12:15 p.m. — Brandon Sinclair, president of the Campus Activities Board.
  • 12:15-12:30 p.m. — Evan Macklin, coordinator of Student Life and Conduct.
  • 12:30-12:45 p.m. — Evan Macklin, coordinator of Student Life and Conduct.