GRCC In the News, 4-1-15

Granddaughter of Mathias J. Alten Funds Annual Award for KCAD Students

March 31, 2015; Ferris State University website

It’s hard to visit a prominent building in downtown Grand Rapids and not find a painting by Mathias Alten. Aside from the obvious locations in art galleries and museums, the American post-Impressionist’s work decorates walls throughout the city in the Grand Rapids Public Library, St. Cecilia Music Center, and various local churches, universities and colleges.

… Kim Smith, owner of Grand Rapids Perception Gallery, has known Gilleo since 1977 and said she donates her grandfather’s art after much consideration. For example, she donated a painting of her father, Capt. Avery Gilleo, to Grand Rapids Community College, where her father was enrolled in the college’s 1914 inaugural class, before leaving to serve in France during World War I.

Why I run: to motivate my family to be healthier

March 31, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — On April 19, more than 2,000 women will hit the pavement for the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5K. Many of them have a reason for running; a personal story behind her effort to take part in the event either as a returning runner or for the first time.

… The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5K kicks off at 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 19 at Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids. Participants can enjoy the Expotique on Saturday, April 18 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College. For information on how to sign up, visit

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