GRCC In the News, 9-29-15

Community colleges earn Achieving the Dream certification

September 28, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Based on their commitment to improving the success of minority and low-income students, a pair of community colleges have earned a national certification.

Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit network dedicated to community college student success, said last week that Grand Rapids Community College and Muskegon Community College are among the 19 institutions certified as 2015 Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges.

Anti-gay marriage billboard backer among 12 seeking vacant GRCC board seat

September 28, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The man behind a controversial Grand Rapids-area billboard that stated that “homosexuality is a behavior, not a civil right” is among 12 people vying for an open seat on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

Muskegon Community College recap: Jayhawks upset nationally-ranked team in men’s soccer

September 28, 2015; MLive

… VOLLEYBALL: The Jayhawks extended their win streak to six Sunday with victories against Cuyahoga and Oakland in the final day of the Raider Challenge in Grand Rapids. Rachel Brown (28 kills, 5 blocks), Jane Kuipers (25 kills, 3 blocks), Lindsey Jacobs (89 assists, 8 kills, 30 digs) and Marissa Hassevoort (53 digs) led the Jayhawks. On Saturday, MCC didn’t drop a set in wins against Mott and Alpena. Brown (19 kills, 4 blocks), Kuiper (18 kills, 5 blocks), Jacobs (55 assists) and Hassevoort (36 digs) were team leaders. MCC (13-10) travels to face Ancilla College on Tuesday.

… GOLF: The Jayhawks placed runner-up in their past two tournaments, including the Muskegon Community Invitational at Stonegate Golf Club on Sunday. Connor Phelps was medalist with a 73 to help the Jayhawks to a 302 team total. Dylan Krim added 74, Cam Phelps had 76 and Noah Genson added 79 for MCC. Grand Rapids Community College finished first with a 293.

ArtPrize announces Top 20 in Jurors’ Shortlist

September 28, 2015; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — On Monday evening, ArtPrize Seven announced the Jurors Shortlist of entries that would be in the running to take home the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize.

… “Guryong Village in Seoul” at GRCC Collins Art Gallery, by Soohyun Kim from Chicago, IL

Mich. Democrats in G.R. announce proposed tax credits

September 28, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Michigan Democrats on Monday outlined a plan they say will improve life for middle-class families in Michigan.

… “This plan will help me because student loans get so so expensive for me — and a lot of my friends who go to bigger universities,” said Grand Rapids Community College student Diana Worsley. “[They] definitely have a lot more student debt than I do.”

Armen Awards: Excellence in Service Learning competition

Congratulations to the Fall semester faculty participating in the Armen Awards: Excellence in Service Learning competition. These faculty will be showcased along with the Winter semester applicants during the April 2016 Armen Awards Celebration event.

Lauren Elliott teaches in the Biological Science Department, specifically BI 101 Introduction to Biology. She has partnered with Blandford Nature Center to provide students with a real world application to ecology including conservation, invasive species and human-environmental interaction. Students will get to see firsthand how an invasive species impacts the local flora and fauna and what affect it has on the local community. Students will learn to identify and physically remove non-native vegetation in the area and then design information materials for the public about invasive species, how it affects the local environment and most importantly how someone can help.

Marguerite Erlandson teaches in the Business Department, specifically FM 236 Fashion Design. She has partnered with the Lemmon-Holton Cancer Pavilion where students will apply the principles and elements of design, fabric selection and sewing techniques to design, produce and deliver tailored quilts for cancer patients. Students will focus on the types of fabrics that are appropriate for warmth and comfort, soothing or uplifting colors, appropriate size of quilt and finally patterns.

Faculty wishing to participate during the winter semester must apply by November 1st. Go here for more details.