GRCC In the News, 5-14-15

Coast Guard commander with high-profile rescue credits his dad, Michigan upbringing for success

May 14, 2015; MLive

MOBILE, ALABAMA — When he graduated from West Catholic High School at 17, Chris Cederholm wanted to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. His father, a U.S. Army veteran who taught at Grand Rapids Community College, refused to sign the needed form.

… Years later, after walking into a U.S. Coast Guard recruitment station while searching for the U.S. Navy recruiter, he came to understand the mission and values of the lower-profile service. He enlisted as a reservist in the Coast Guard in 1990 while pursuing a degree in architecture from GRCC as well as a bachelor’s degree in history from Grand Valley State University.

Grand Rapids company known for its ad work to shoot film this summer

May 13, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It’s a big year for Gorilla. The Grand Rapids company opened a West Coast office, sold a web series about NBA player Chris Kaman to Mark Cuban’s network and is gearing up to shoot its first feature film in West Michigan.

… Raised as a homeschooler, nearly everything (Eric) Johnson knows about the business is self-taught. He took classes at Grand Rapids Community College and attended Compass Film Academy, now known as Compass College of Cinematic Arts, before an internship took him to set of “Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius” in Atlanta. There, he met Machiela, also a West Michigan native, who had recently completed film school in Florida.

Byron Center baseball regains OK Green crown with sweep of Hamilton doubleheader

May 13, 2015; MLive

The Byron Center baseball team needed two wins this week in the team’s final OK Green three-game conference series against Hamilton to win the title outright. Turns out the Bulldogs will not need the scheduled final game of the series.

… (Tyler) Polls struck out 14 and allowed only three hits over seven innings of the shutout. The Grand Rapids Community College commit raised his record to 6-0 with a .70 ERA with the win.

Nursing students to participate in Stomp Out Stigma Walk

The GRCC STOMPS team has been formed by the Level 3 and 4 AD Nursing students. The walk to combat the stigma associated with mental health disorders is taking place this Saturday morning. We realize that 1 in 4 people experience a mental health disorder during their lifetime and the persistent stigma prevents many people from seeking help. Also, family members may fear revealing the disorder of their loved one, which prevents them from getting the support they need.

Please consider donating to our team and/or walking with us on May 16. Registration/Donation is available online at the Mental Health Foundation website through May 15. The walk is at the downtown Grand Valley Campus. The walk itself starts at 9:30 AM. The funds that are raised support the Mental Health Foundation in their efforts to educate the population about mental illness and offer BeNice. programs in the schools. If you have any questions, contact Ellen Stuart MSN, RN at 234-4329.

Raider Salute to Sue Del Raso

An immense Raider Salute to Susan Del Raso for her phenomenal support and training of the MICUP and UROP participants. Each year, Sue trains the TRIO/SSS students participating in the MICUP Program in improving their skills on Power Point and this year she added a new Illustrator training for TRIO/SSS students participating in the UROP Program. Thank-you, Sue — those posters look amazing thanks to you!

Phi Theta Kappa chapter receives awards at regional conference

GRCC’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter, Alpha Upsilon Kappa, attended the PTK Michigan Regional Conference from May 8th – May 10th, 2015, and was recognized for several awards:

The first award, Three Star Chapter Status, was awarded because the chapter successfully raised from a one star rating to a three star rating in only one year. All PTK Chapters strive to make it to the top level, five star, and the GRCC chapter made great progress this year.

The second award, 3rd place in Honors In Action, was awarded due to the fantastic work that the chapter completed on our Honors In Action Project. The project matched new CLS 100 students with PTK and Honor’s student mentors and made a huge impact on the success of new students in CLS 100 classes.

The third award, a Chapter Milestone Award, was awarded to the GRCC PTK chapter because they made the most progress of all of the chapters in the state of Michigan.

In addition, Shannon Gamel, current PTK President at GRCC, ran for and was elected to the Vice President position of the Michigan Regional Alumni Association of PTK.

Advisers of the GRCC chapter are Erin Busscher, Jason Schueller, and Lynnae Selberg.

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Lyon Street ramp to close for cleaning next week

The student parking section of the Lyon Street Ramp will be closed for cleaning Monday May 18 through Wednesday, May 20. Since there will be no parking available on the student parking side of the ramp during this time, students should park in the Barclay or Bostwick parking ramps when on the college’s Main Campus.

The GRCC employee section of the Lyon Street Ramp will be closed for cleaning Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22. Employees should park on the student side of the Lyon Street Ramp. The gates will be raised.

Information session for health-care programs set for June 12

Attend a free information session to learn about GRCC’s medical assistant, personal trainer and Phlebotomy Skills for Healthcare programs. The session starts at noon June 12 at Tassell M-TEC; to sign up, click here.

Classes for the medical assistant program — which is financial aid eligible — will be offered 12:30-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning August 3. To register for the program, click here.