GRCC In the News, 9-10-15

GRCC trustee who sparked controversies dies at 59

Sept. 9, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Dr. Richard Ryskamp, a physician at Mercy Health St. Mary’s and member of Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees, died Tuesday after battling cancer.

GRCC getting $3.9M federal grant to train more high-skilled workers

Sept. 9, 2015; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — “We’re going to renew our nation’s promise, rebuild our middle class and remind the world why America is the greatest country on earth,” President Obama told a packed crowd in Michigan Wednesday afternoon.
During his speech in Metro Detroit, Obama announced a $175 million Labor Department program which could create 34,000 apprenticeships around the country, with money included for Grand Rapids Community College.

Top GVSU senior earns another season

Sept. 9, 2015; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University student newspaper)

With the fall sports season getting underway, graduated student-athletes across the country find themselves wishing they could turn back the clock to relive their glory days. While they can only dream, Grand Valley State volleyball senior captain Kourtney Wolters is getting to live out that fantasy.

… Kourtney’s twin sister, Kaitlyn Wolters, was named 2014 GLIAC Player of the Year and GLIAC Setter of the Year. They played together at Unity Christian High School before both moved on to Grand Rapids Community College, where they helped lead the Raiders to the 2012 NJCAA Division II National Championship.

USA Today Distribution – new app

There will be only 3 USA Today distribution spots for the whole campus community now – 4th floor main, Winchester Alley, and 2nd floor Sneden. These locations will be limited as well though.

An app was developed by USA Today for our campus community called “The Buzz”. To download the app, visit either Google Play or App Store and search for The Buzz, then type in “Grand” – you should see the USA Today App along with a GRCC image.

The app allows access to world, regional, and local news. It also embeds news from the Collegiate. The paper distribution was quite expensive and not always accessible, so we are looking at new ways to continue providing the news to students and staff.

Students to participate in SCHOLARFest!

SCHOLARFest! is the GRCC Foundation’s annual scholarship fundraising event and this year’s event will be a little different from the events of the past.

This year, we will be inviting current scholarship recipients to attend the event as our guests. The goal is to have our friends and supporters interact with our students on a social level as a way to connect current and future donors to our student population in a very personal way. As such, we would love to have faculty and staff attend the event to help engage our students in conversations with GRCC friends, supporters, and colleagues throughout the night. This is the first time we have incorporated this type of personal student interaction into the event and we are excited to see how it all turns out. In addition to this personal student interaction, we will also be featuring performances by our Music Students throughout the evening. This promises to be a great evening as we celebrate GRCC style!

Event Details:

Scholarfest 2015

Tuesday, October 20

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

JW Marriott

Cost: $150/ticket

Attire: Business Casual

Tickets can be purchased online at:

Exercise science department to participate in Ride for Refuge

The Exercise Science Department is collaborating with Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank ( this year. One of our first partnership events will be the Ride for Refuge “bike-a-thon.” The event will take place October 3 on the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail, right behind the Feeding America location in Comstock Park.

We have an Exercise Science team! Both the EXS Department and the Exercise Science student organization will be participating. Consider coming out to ride with us! Riding not your thing? Come out to cheer! Busy that weekend? Consider pledging one of the riders! This is an opportunity for you to be physically active and/or give back to your community. It’s hard to stay healthy without access to nutritious food and that’s where Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank helps bridge the gap for our most vulnerable population.

Here is the link to our team where you can choose to join or donate:

Feel free to contact Jodi Gee, our team captain, with questions.

This year, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is the Exercise Science Department’s community partner and we will also be working with them for Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 24 in addition to other event throughout the year. More information on the October 24th event and how you can get involved coming soon!