GRCC In the News, 11-7-14

Heritage Hill shooting not random incident, police say

Nov. 6, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Police are looking for a person who shot a man in the leg at a Heritage Hill apartment about 11:30 a.m. on Thursday

… Grand Rapids Community College issued an alert about the shooting, telling students and staff to exercise caution and to contact police if they have any information about the shooting.

All about education at the Griffins

Nov. 6, 2014; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Thousands of kids traveled to Van Andel Arena on November 5 for the 14th annual Grand Rapids Griffins Matinee Game. The game has become a major educational event for West Michigan schools. Students can take part in learning experiences before taking in a Griffins game.

This year, the Griffins welcomed organizations such as the American Red Cross, E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety and Jake the Fire Safety Dog, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and the GRCC Dental Hygiene Program to provide a variety of health and wellness educational displays and exhibits for students and teachers.

Interactive election map: See where GRCC votes came from

Nov. 7, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Tuesdays election was a big night for Steelcase executive Deb Bailey, who won one of two open seats on Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees.

Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Athletes of the Month

Nov. 6, 2014; The Post (Cedar Springs)

Senior Justin Jones was named October Student Athlete of the Month for Cross Country. Justin has participated in Cross country all 4 years in high school, and is a team captain. Justin is a returning OK Bronze All-Conference runner and is on pace to do it again this season. He started the season strong finishing 4th in each of the first two races. Justin also participates in basketball and runs track. This is done all while maintaining a 3.4 GPA.

Coach Garrett Lacy comments “Justin is one of two co captains that we have on the team this year. He does a great job of leading by example on and off the field. Justin has worked hard to prepare for his senior year logging the most miles on the team this past summer. He is an exemplary student and does a great job managing his time amongst three varsity sports.” Right now he is also taking dual enrollment classes at Grand Rapids Community College along with his high school work at Cedar Springs, as well as being an integral part of the cross-country team.

100 Ways to Give: Experiments for Godwin Heights Middle School


The Physical Sciences Department participated in 100 Ways to Give by assembling and donating 100 prepackaged engineering experiments for Godwin Heights Middle School.

The students at Godwin Heights will be working on the engineering design process of asking, brainstorming, planning, creating and improving while they work on experiments titled “Funny Putty -Serious Stuff,” “the Radioactive Ping-Pong Ball Transfer Challenge,” and the “Cookie Mining Challenge.” Science teacher Dawn Soblesky worked with the Physical Sciences Department to select experiments that would work with the math and science curriculum at Godwin Heights and would be fun for the middle school students. Mrs. Sobleskey and several of her students came to GRCC on November 1 to participate in the STEM for Girls event and to pick up the supplies for the experiments.

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Performances start tonight for ‘Open Door’


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Open Door, the time-twisting play celebrating GRCC’s 100th anniversary, opens tonight!

While the special dinner theater package is sold out, you can still purchase tickets for the play, which starts at 8 p.m. today and November 8 in Spectrum Theater. And you won’t go hungry — a free dessert reception follows both performances and SpeakEZ Lounge will host a post-show reception tonight with light appetizers and a cash bar to benefit the theater’s building fund.


Tickets are $25 for employees, $20 for GRCC retirees, and $15 for students with a valid student ID. The box office opens at 7 p.m. For more information, click here.

A collaboration between the theater and music departments, the script was written by retired English professor Walt Lockwood and James Schafer,  coordinator of video broadcasting and distribution. The music department created the play’s original compositions.

Open Door directors Michelle Urbane, Fred Sebulske and Duane Davis have assembled a talented cast from GRCC students, alumni and community members:

  • Lisa Butler, as Pat Pulliam.
  • Jon Clausen, as Arthur Andrews, Frank McCarthy and Apple Tech.
  • Robbie Ellis, as Jack, a baseball player, Michael in addition to being a vocalist and dancer.
  • Craig Hammerlind, as John Tirrell and Director.
  • Madeline Jones, as Jill.
  • Todd Lewis, as Jesse Buttrick Davis.
  • Sammy Publes, as Juan Olivarez.
  • Jim Schafer, as Steven Ender.
  • Calin Skidmore, as Dick Calkins.
  • Tracey Walker, as Anne Mulder.
  • Ellie Frances, as a female student, in addition to being in an ensemble, a vocalist and a dancer.
  • Solomon Gant, as a male student in addition to being in an ensemble.
  • Jerry Jones, as a male student in addition to being in an ensemble.

Music faculty member Brian Morris will lead the orchestra: Brandan Grinwis, David Hay and Debora DeWitt. Thomas Moss was the rehearsal accompanist.

The award-winning design team for Open Door includes: choreographer Kathy Gibson, assistant choreographer Ellie Frances, stage manager Chris Carnevale, scenic designer Christian Poquette, lighting designer Catherine Marlett Dreher, costume designer Marcia VanKuiken, assistant costume designer Jamie Heeringa, projection designer David Kolenda, sound designer Kyle Los, properties designer Tracey Walker and hair designer Neil Trevisan.

English Department offers learning opportunities with Diversity Lecture Series speaker

The Diversity Learning Center is pleased to collaborate with the English Department in providing opportunities to engage with Diversity lecture Series Speaker, Dr. Elaine Richardson.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at 7pm – you, your students, and community members are invited experience Dr. Elaine Richardson’s performance/lecture and book signing

Join us on Thursday, November 13, 2014 9:00am – 10am in the ATC Auditorium for a dialogue. Come alone or bring your students!

Professor in the department of Education and Human Ecology, Dr. Elaine Richardson aka “Dr. E” is a multidimensional personality: professor, performer, author and mentor are just a few of the ways she gives back and gives thanks. Her message is empowerment through education, and knowledge of self and history. Her motto: “Ignorance, low self-esteem and shame are killers. When you know who you are, nobody can control you.”