GRCC In the News, 10-28-14

Jimmy Carter Flip-Flops On Nationwide Same-Sex Marriage

Oct. 27, 2014;

Former President Jimmy Carter said in an interview published Sunday that decisions on same-sex marriage should be left up to the states.

… In September, while speaking at Michigan’s Grand Rapids Community College, Carter said, “I never knew of any word or action of Jesus Christ that discriminated against anyone.”

Term limits vote in Grand Rapids: See who’s funding the campaigns

Oct. 27, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Two construction companies top the list of donors to a campaign opposing city term limits, while an assortment of libertarian-minded conservatives are giving money to support the ballot proposal.

… (Bonnie) Burke and Rina Baker, who’s also spearheading the campaign, each have contributed about $1,500 of their own money. Among other donors: Dr. Ruggero Battan, $220; former Grand Rapids city comptroller Stan Milanowski, $50; Grand Rapids Community College trustee Richard Ryskamp, $50; frequent City Commission critics Tom Grego and Don Zerial each donated $20.

Five seeking to fill three CAPS board seats

Oct. 28, 2014; Cadillac News

… CAPS BOE challenger Michael Bengelink

1. Tell us about yourself. (Age, party affiliation, education, children, approach to government, etc.)

I am 66 years old. I have been employed in the packaging industry for over 45 years. My party affiliation is Republican. I have three children, two of which graduated from Cadillac High School. I graduated from South High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport Business College. I moved to Cadillac in 1977.

4 vie for 3 Ionia Public Schools Board of Education seats

Oct. 27, 2014; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Ionia, Mich. — Four candidates are running to fill three open seats on the Ionia Public Schools Board of Education.

… Name: Karen Balice-Gregory

Age: 62

Education: Graduated from SSPP in 1969, and had some classes at LCC and GRCC, mostly during my years working with the State of Michigan.

TRiO, ABO, Honors Program student visit UM

TRiO Student Support Services and students in the program as well as students from the ABO-Alpha Beta Omega Organization, and Honors Program participated in a campus visit to University of Michigan this past Friday October 24, 2014.

A tour of the campus was provided as well as a visit with specific departments representatives such as the Admissions, Financial Aid, Architecture, Engineering, Kinesiology, and Pharmacy.

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Condolences to Dr. Kenneth Bos

Our deepest condolences to Dr. Kenneth Bos on the passing of his mother Jessie Bos, after four months at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods. Jessie was 96 years old. The funeral service was held on Monday, October 27th at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Christian Reformed Church in Holland. Ken has asked that any donations be designated for Warm Friends in Holland. This is the retirement community where Ken’s mom lived for the past five years. The obituary may be read here.

Condolences to Dr. Carol VanRandwyk

Our deepest condolences to Dr. Carol VanRandwyk on the passing of her father, Gerrit. Mr. Gerrit H. VanRandwyk, age 90, passed away Friday, October 24, 2014 in Haslett, MI. He was born on November 9, 1923 in Muskegon to Henry C. & Dora (Duiser) VanRandwyk. Gerrit married the former Evelyn Holtrop on May 13, 1949 in Muskegon, MI, and they moved to Okemos, MI in 1965. Gerrit worked for the Public Broadcasting Station, WKAR at Michigan State University for 30 years before retiring. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country in WWII for the 75th Joint Assault Company. Gerrit was a member of River Terrace Christian Reformed Church in East Lansing. He is survived by his daughter, Carol (Thomas E. Frazier) VanRandwyk; three grandchildren, Candace Marie (Michael Herrick) Cowen, Justin Gerrit Corey, and Steven Edward Corey; one great-granddaughter, Katherine Aurora Herrick; and brother, John VanRandwyk. Memorials sent to the GRCC Foundation Corey-VanRandwyk Memorial Scholarship would be appreciated, and may be sent to GRCC Foundation, 143 Bostwick NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Burial will be in Restlawn Cemetery. The obituary may be read here.

Webinar: Addressing Risk Management in Study Abroad Programs

Date and Time: October 29th, 2014 1-2:30pm EDT

Where: Main Building, Room 349

Sponsored by the Department of Experiential Learning

Presenters will discuss ways to reduce the risk to the institution and students involved in the program from both a legal and mental health perspective.

Learn the importance of:

  • Prevention and getting out in front of conflicts and problems
  • The role of prescreening for applicants (using multiple departments)
  • Orientation to host country (awareness of travel alerts and warnings)
  • Training of faculty and staff
  • Understanding host country services and infrastructure
  • Health care, evacuation/kidnapping insurance
  • Communication with parents and third parties
  • Awareness of common problems experienced by students
  • Addressing mental health crisis events

Benjamin Duke opening reception at Collins Gallery tonight!

The Paul Collins Art Gallery will be hosting the opening reception of “A River Without Banks,” paintings by Benjamin Duke, tonight from 5-7 p.m. The collection will be shown from Oct. 27 to Dec. 5. The gallery is located on the 4th floor of the Main Building, and is open from Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday from 12-3 p.m. For more information on the gallery or the exhibit, contact Filippo Tagliati.

The Paul Collins Art Gallery will be hosting the opening reception of "A River Without Banks," paintings by Benjamin Duke, tonight from 5-7 p.m. The collection will be shown from Oct. 27 to Dec. 5. The gallery is located on the 4th floor of the Main Building, and is open from Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Friday from 12-3 p.m.

100th anniversary book can now be purchased online

OD dust jkt (IMG_6741)GRCC’s 100th anniversary book, Open Door: Grand Rapids Junior/Community College 1914-2014, is now available for purchase at the library or online using a credit card or your Raider Card.

Author Walt Lockwood, a retired GRCC English professor, interviewed dozens of GRCC/GRJC retirees during the past year while conducting research with Mike Klawitter, GRCC reference librarian-archivist. GRCC’s century is presented in 10 full-color chapters, each highlighting significant events and people who contributed to the college’s inception, growth and success. An extensive timeline and sidebar story accent each chapter. Several appendices of boards, award recipients, program accreditation and full-time employees, along with a bibliography and index, complete this book.

Copies of the book that are signed by Lockwood are also available. The cost is $40, including tax, and cash, check, credit cards and RaiderCard will be accepted for payment.

OD book intro spread

Tickets still available for ‘Open Door’

Open Door poster

GRCC is taking everyone on a time-twisting adventure through 100 years of its history with its production of Open Door.

Performances of Open Door are 8 p.m. November 7 and 8 at the Spectrum Theater. Prices are $25 for employees, $20 for GRCC retirees, and $15 for students with a valid student ID. A complimentary dessert reception will be held in the theater lobby following each performance. Call extension 3946 to purchase your tickets.

100 Ways to Give: 1930s-era lunch item at Heritage benefits Kids’ Food Basket


The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education has developed a tasty 100 Ways to Give project: For four Fridays throughout the semester, The Heritage lunch menu will feature a special dish celebrating the different decades. These dishes will be prepared by Chef Campbell and his students, and proceeds from the sale of these special menu items will go to Kids’ Food Basket.

On Friday, the 1930s will be celebrated with Smoked Duck Cassoulet with Michigan Cherries.

The Heritage serves lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. For reservations, call (616) 234-3700 or click here. To learn about the other “decade dishes,” click here.