GRCC In the News, 9-25-15

Grand Rapids judge leaving bench for city attorney’s office

Sept. 24, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Many lawyers aspire to be judges, but one Grand Rapids District Court judge has decided to go from the bench to the prosecution.

… (Donald) Passenger is a graduate of Caledonia High School, Grand Rapids Community College, University of Michigan and Notre Dame. He was appointed to the bench in March 1995 by Gov. John Engler and has been reelected numerous times since.

Spring Lake artist promotes freedom, liberty, diversity in ArtPrize painting

Sept. 24, 2015; Grand Haven Tribune

Sharon Lange said she didn’t really get what ArtPrize was about when she entered her portrait work, “Artful Home,” two years ago. The Spring Lake woman hopes all of that changes with her entry for this year, “Freedom Liberty Lighting Our Way.”

… Several other artists from the Tri-Cities area are also participating in ArtPrize. Following is a list of their names, the name of their entry, their vote number and venue.

… David Miller, “Theatre Engine: FlashMob,” time based, vote code 62099, Grand Rapids Community College Spectrum Theater lobby.

Volleyball team participates in Race for a Cure

The GRCC Women’s Volleyball Team participated in the “Race for a Cure 5K” Saturday, Sept. 19th. The whole team ran including the coaching staff. Raiders were running to honor the Mother of one of the Volleyball players who passed away this summer after battling breast cancer for 2 years. Shannon Barton Wieber loved to watch her daughter pay volleyball and was very supportive of her passion for the game. The Volleyball team raised over $750 to donate and the event over all made $65,000 for the cause.

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GRCC sponsors ‘diabesity’ lecture on October 15

Obesity is one of the biggest predictors of type 2 diabetes – and nearly 90 percent of type 2 diabetics are obese. Join Dr. Saleh Aldasouqi at this Your Health Lecture to learn what can be done to prevent and treat “diabesity” on Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community College’s Calkins Science Center Auditorium.

RSVP for this free community event at

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College, Spectrum Health and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Saleh Aldasouqi, MD, FACE, ECNU, is associate professor of medicine and chief of the Endocrinology Division at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Aldasouqi was medical director of the Sparrow Diabetes Center, director of Cape Diabetes and Endocrinology and Cape Thyroid Center as well as medical director of Saint Francis Diabetes Center. He is board-certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.

Filippo Tagliati receives grant for ArtPrize project

Filippo Tagliati, a faculty member in the Visual Arts Department, received an Artist Seed Grant from the Frey Foundation for his ArtPrize project, which you’ll find at Site:Lap at 333 Rumsey St. NW.

This project is a site-specific installation that started out as a personal reaction to my desire to understand the story of this anonymous and long-ago abandoned building,” he said. “Ultimately, I ended up questioning the idea of departure and relocation. The dismantled and abandoned status of this site makes it hard to believe that this location, in 126 years of history, served originally as a church, then as an elementary school, a parochial school, a storage space, and even a food pantry. The central piece of my installation, an 86-foot-long billboard wrapping around the side of the building, showcases the inside of the place as I found it.”

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