GRCC In the News, 6-30-15

Movie being developed on former Grand Rapids quarterback Casey Therriault

June 30, 2015; MLive

The life of former Wyoming Park quarterback Casey Therriault, with his trials and tribulations from prison to improbable college star, is being developed into a movie.

… Therriault played football at Wyoming Park and Grand Rapids Community College and still lives in Wyoming. He served time in prison following a street fight in Grand Rapids in which in threw one punch and resulted in a death. After he got out, and a stint at GRCC, he joined historically black Jackson State in Mississippi where he thrived. He was later profiled in a segment in ESPN’s “E”60.”

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Course topics include:

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  • 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13 to 17.
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GRCC In the News, 6-26-15

Sheriff announces new Chief Deputy

June 25, 2015; The Post (Cedar Springs)

Sheriff Lawrence Stelma announced that Kevin Kelley was promoted to Chief Deputy effective Monday, June 8, 2015.

… Kelley graduated from Grand Rapids Central High School. He obtained his Associate’s in Arts from Grand Rapids Community College and attended Grand Valley State University. Kevin graduated from Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in November 2012.

Advance All-Area Boys Golf Team

June 25, 2015; MLive

The 2015 Advance All-Area Boys Golf Team features some repeat selections who continued to excel on courses throughout West Michigan and beyond.


… As one-third of Rockford’s triumphant senior triumvirate, Stephan had a powerful senior season to help lead the Rams to a successful OK Red title defense and a second straight top-five finish at the Division 1 state finals. Stephan averaged 79.1 for his tournament rounds, including a medalist performance at the OK Red mid-season tournament with a 75, and top-10 finishes at the Division 1 districts and regionals. Stephan will be attending Grand Rapids Community College next fall.

GRCC In the News, 6-25-15

GRCC grad rate up from 6-year low; how it compares to other Michigan community colleges

June 24, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College’s federal graduation rate — a measure that administrators say is misleading because it only includes full-time, first-year students — has increased slightly to 13 percent after hitting a six-year low, according to a new report.

Promise college scholarship programs in Michigan

June 25, 2015; MLive

Michigan has more Promise scholarship programs than any other state.

… Grand Rapids: Challenge Scholars offers college scholarships to high school graduates who attended Harrison Park or Westwood middle schools. The scholarships can be used at any Michigan public university, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College and Davenport University.

Why variety?

If you’ve recently identified more excuses than reasons to visit the gym, you may be battling a case of boredom in your exercise routine. Simple, small changes in your normal regime may reunite your feet and the elliptical machine once again.

“Oftentimes people forget that a periodic change in your routine can not only benefit different muscles, but prevent the boredom that many of us experience,” explains Craig Wax, DO, an osteopathic family physician practicing in Mullica Hill, N.J.

Dr. Wax further explains that the human body adapts quickly to most exercises, so if you’ve maintained the same routine for too long you may have reached a plateau that no longer benefits your body as much.

“If you no longer sweat during your workouts you may need to increase your intensity,” explains Dr. Wax. “Try lengthening the duration of your workouts, the weight or repetitions of your lifts, or add another day to your routine.”

Cross-training was pioneered to battle the boredom of professional athletes. However, Dr. Wax says it is great for everyone.

“A good exercise routine should include cardiovascular exercise, weight or resistance training, and some stretching and flexibility exercises,” he says.

Another quick-fix for fighting boredom is a change of scenery. Dr. Wax explains that if your exercise routine is always indoors, you may just need to step outside.

“Change your scenery regularly to prevent boredom and for best physical results,” says Dr. Wax. “Take a fast walk, swim or bicycle with friends instead of meeting to eat.”

“An excellent idea whenever you need added motivation is to enlist a friend. Working out with a partner can add a social element to your routine and you won’t skip the gym when you know someone else is waiting for you,” he explains.

Dr. Wax adds that if you cannot find a friend, join a class or club to add the social element. Another option he recommends is to set an athletic goal like finishing a race or participating in a sporting tournament of some kind.

“Competition and setting goals are two great ways to get motivated,” he says.

Dr. Wax says that your body may be signaling you for a needed vacation from the gym. Afew days off every month can prevent over-training and can rejuvenate and refresh the body for your next month.

To receive the best results from your exercise routine, Dr. Wax recommends modifying your workout every two weeks. In addition, he recommends a healthy diet including lots of vegetables and eight glasses of water a day.

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Main Building Restroom Renovations

Phase one of the Main building restroom renovation project is nearing completion. Final fixtures will be installed the week of June 29th, and the facilities at the south end of floors 1 – 4 will re-open the week of July 6th!

PLEASE NOTE: Demolition for phase 2 will begin June 29th. There will be NO RESTROOM services on floors 1 – 5 from June 29 – July 3. Restrooms are available on G2 or in the Cook building!