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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GRCC In the News, 9-24-15

Grand Rapids Community College receives Leader College status

Sept. 22, 2015; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College is one of 19 community colleges nationwide recently to earn Achieving the Dream’s Leader College distinction, a designation awarded to community colleges committed to improving student success and closing achievement gaps.

“New 8 at Noon”


Sept. 21, 2015; WOOD TV

… “The school is hoping to spread peace and hope as violence continues to erupt around the world. From now until 3:30, special events are taking place. Mayor George Heartwell is attending the event and will address the crowd. There will also be performances from the school choir to commemorate the day.”

“My West Michigan”


Sept. 21, 2015; WZZM

… “We have Shavval Fleming joining us live this morning from GRCC to talk about today’s event which is set to start at 11:40.”

“Morning News”


Sept. 21, 2015; WZZM

… “Mayor George Heartwell will speak today as part of Grand Rapids Community College’s commemoration of International Peace Day.”

12 local artists in this years ArtPrize event

Sept. 22, 2015; The Daily News (Greenville)

GRAND RAPIDS — Autumn returns to West Michigan on Wednesday, bringing with it the seventh installment of ArtPrize.

… Here’s a look at 12 local artists participating in this years contest:

… Lisa Spielmaker

… Lisa graduated from Grand Rapids Community College with a focus on art and art history. She has two pieces of art that are part of the colleges permanent collection. This is her fourth time entering ArtPrize.

Raider Salute to Student Life staff

The Student Life Staff did a great job in putting together and coordinating the Mandatory Officers Training. It’s obvious that a lot of time and effort was involved in putting that event together. The event was delightful and engaging, while also very informational. It was a great opportunity for student leaders to get know each other and learn about what is expected of them as leaders. Thanks also go to all of the presenters involved that night. Overal,l it was a fun and educational night for student leaders and advisers alike.

Exercise science offers instructor certification training

The GRCC Exercise Science Department is hosting 2 Instructor Certification Trainings. Please consider attending. Register and payment is directly through TRX and Tabata Bootcamp. If you have any questions regarding these trainings please contact Melanie Schiele Gady at

Tassell M-TEC celebrates Manufacturing Week

Come celebrate Manufacturing Week at GRCC’s Tassell M-TEC. Tour our newly upgraded Machine Tool Lab, Virtual Welding Lab, Computer Lab, Automotive and Construction Labs. Meet our faculty and talk with our Career Coaches and Job Developers. The Discover Manufacturing Mobile Manufacturing Trailer will also be open for tours.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 4 – 6pm at the Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey SW, Grand Rapids 49503