GRCC In the News, 3-26-15

Global Experience Festival

March 25, 2015; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College students will share cuisine and cultures from around the world during the Global Experience Festival on March 27.

Rolling Stone journalist to discuss ‘wealth gap’ Wednesday at GRCC conference

March 25, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi will give the keynote address Wednesday for Grand Rapids Community College’s 2015 Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference.

Songs of nostalgia with the Oakland East Bay Symphony

March 25, 2015; San Francisco Chronicle

Maestro Michael Morgan got a taste of Diana Gameros’ pure, pretty voice at the Fox Theater in Oakland last winter, when the Mexican-born San Francisco singer performed with the Magik Magik Orchestra. Morgan, who was conducting other pieces on the program celebrating the flexible orchestra’s fifth birthday, pretty much booked her on the spot for this week’s Notes From Mexico concert with the Oakland East Bay Symphony at the Paramount Theatre.

… Gameros studied classical piano and recording technology at Grand Rapids Community College, singing in a chorus that made it to Carnegie Hall. But she opted to pursue songwriting and performing in a personal style influenced by the quiet intensity of artists like the late, great Brazilian singer Elis Regina and her daughter Maria Rita, and bossa nova singer Rosa Passos. She also digs Bjork, the Canadian indie-rock band Patrick Watson, and the late Costa Rican-born Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, called la voz áspera de la ternura, the rough voice of tenderness.

Council of Independent Colleges names school president to board

March 25, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A national nonprofit that supports independent higher education institutions has selected a local academic leader to serve on its board of directors.

… He (Juan Olivarez) worked at Grand Rapids Public Schools for more than 11 years and at Grand Rapids Community College for roughly 20 years.

Hometown Heroes 2015 Profiles: Judge Sara Smolenski

March 24, 2015; therapidian.org.

Each year the American Red Cross celebrates the community heroes who inspire us through their commitment to service and their recognition of the humanity of their neighbors down the street, across the country, and around the world.

… The American Red Cross of West Michigan is proud to honor Judge Sara Smolenski with the Mabel Boardman Spirit of Volunteerism Award. Judge Smolenski has proven her commitment to her community through the many services she provides including her active volunteer efforts. Through the years, Judge Smolenski has donated her time and effort to organizations such as Hospice of Michigan, St. John’s Home for Children, the American Red Cross, YWCA, the American Cancer Society, Resources Against Violent Encounters to Women of West Michigan, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids Laughfest and many other community events.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Judge Smolenski is a GRCC alumna.)

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