GRCC In the News, 10-24-14

GRCC student killed in Holland fire wanted to be professional chef

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

HOLLAND, MI — Jeremiah Smith, the 29-year-old man killed in a house fire Saturday, was attending Grand Rapids Community College in hopes of becoming a professional chef.

GRCC psychology lecture series examines creativity, death, self-justification

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College psychology department will host three lectures from November through March, focusing on topics ranging from creativity to death to self-justification.

IONIA: New public safety officer sworn in

Oct. 23, 2014; The Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA, Mich. — A new officer has joined the Ionia Department of Public Safety, and he has training in all three areas needed by the city: police, fire and medical.

… Joshua McCarthy is a 2009 graduate of Jenison High School. He graduated from Grand Valley State University Police Academy, and holds an associate’s degree in fire science from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and a second associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College. Joshua McCarthy is Police-, Firefighter 1 and 2- and Basic Emergency Medical Technician-certified.

College notes: FH Central grad Jason Stacy has soccer goal go viral with help of ESPN SportsCenter

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

… Drew Pennington, Grand Rapids Community College: Pennington (GR Forest Hills Northern) finished tied for 15th at the Kohler Collegiate Classic at Whistling Straights, home of the 2015 PGA Championship on Oct. 21. He shot a 155 (75-80) to help the Raiders to an impressive fifth-place finish.

Laura Willson continues North Branch’s tradition of volleyball excellence

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

North Branch senior Laura Willson may be next in line to hold the exclusive Miss Volleyball title for the Broncos, who’ve had two athletes earn that statewide honor.

… North Branch starts its players young, as Willson began in the fourth grade, and continues to model leadership by inviting former players to summer camps.

“They bring their knowledge from college,” Willson said. “Micaela Deshetsky (2013 graduate, Grand Rapids Community College player) came back and helped me and Mady be better captains. She told us we need to make this team better.”

Karma Yoga and Kids Food Basket: Exercise Science Yoga Courses

Karma Yoga means selfless giving to others. Karma Yoga is one of the 4 paths of yoga: Karma Yoga is the Yoga of Action. It is the path chosen primarily by those of an outgoing nature. It purifies the heart by teaching you to act selflessly, without thought of gain or reward.

Each year the yoga classes in the GRCC Exercise Science Department pick a community partner to serve, to give back, to provide to the community as a way to get connected and to help others. Fall 2014 Semester the Yoga classes worked with Kids Food Basket coloring sack bags and donating food. We also talked about the 6 Wellness Dimensions and how this act of kindness supports each of the 6 Wellness Dimensions for the Kids we are serving, the organization Kids Food Basket, the GRCC students, and the community as a whole.

Thank you for this act of kindness!

Kids Food Basket Yoga 2. 7.45 Fall 2014

Condolences to the friends and family of David Slezak

David Slezak, valued colleague and longtime tutor in the ATC Tutorial and Open Computer lab, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening after experiencing cardiac arrest on Sunday, Oct 12.

Dave was a very special person who persevered through many challenges but always enjoyed coming to the “lab” and assisting our students. He will be deeply missed.

His family will receive visitors Friday 2 – 7 pm at Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuary – Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Alphonsus Church on Saturday at 11:00 am where his family will also receive visitors one hour prior. – See more at:


Armen Awards proposals due November 1

The Armen Awards- Excellence in Service Learning invites all faculty to participate in this event showcasing best practices in service learning. Watch this [video] to learn how it works.

The event includes a professional video highlighting your service project, a celebration event honoring your team’s efforts, a chance to win up to $3,000 and an opportunity to share your hard work on a local network morning show.

See a video of last years winner Sarah Krajewski and her Biology for Educators course! [video]

Participants must submit their proposal by November 1st. The proposal includes a short description of how your course learning outcomes are met through your service learning project.

Click [here] to begin your proposal.

Need help? Please call Mike Schavey at 234-4180