GRCC In the News, 10-7-15

Former Christian schools superintendent selected for vacant GRCC board seat

Oct. 6, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Former Grand Rapids Christian Schools Superintendent David Koetje has been selected to fill an open seat on Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees.

Greenville police officer receives MADD award

Oct. 2, 2015; Greenville Daily News

GREENVILLE — Zach Gregory is serious about his job.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Zach Gregory is a GRCC and Police Academy alumnus.)

River City Cup and Cake brings espresso, pastries to Grand Rapids food truck scene

Oct. 6, 2015;

River City Cup and Cake is a new expresso and pastry food truck in Grand Rapids. Lorin W. Tate opened on August 30 and has been busy ever since, serving ArtPrize visitors downtown. Currently he’s located on the riverside behind DeVos Convention Center, right across from the bridge from the Gerald R. Ford Museum.

… Tate’s cousins Sonia White and Eric Hartfield Jr. are helping him during ArtPrize. White is a chef and manager herself, and Hartfield has worked in his father’s restaurants and gone to the culinary school at Grand Rapids Community College.

The art of dance

Oct. 6, 2015; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — ArtPrize is open to all forms of art, including dance. Dance is a great way to participate in art from ballet to hip hop to contemporary dance.

… An ArtPrize artist is using a unique form of dance for his 2015 entry. Michael Sepanik’s Dust Dancing captures the passion and energy of dancers as they perform in a cloud of dust. Sepanik is a student at Ferris State University studying Digital Animation and Game Design. Dust Dancing is on display at the GRCC Spectrum Theater lobby on Fountain NE.

SmartArt Competition Winner From Grand Rapids Public Schools is Announced

Oct. 6, 2015; The River 100.5 FM

ArtPrize has just announced the top 20 in the public voting for the top prizes in 2015, however an art winner has already been announced in another art competition.

… The Top 20 were then judged by a panel of experts from Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. About two weeks ago, Consumers Energy and GRPS hosted the Top 20 students and their teachers at the districts headquarters to announce the Top 10 finalists and to celebrate everyones achievements. The remaining top finalists received a variety of prizes; all 20 students received a special T-shirt with all of their names included on the back and a rendering of the Top 10 banner on the front.

Things to do on Friday, October 9

Oct. 6, 2015; MLive


… Oct. 9 – 24 Heathers – The Musical: Spectrum Theater at GRCC, 160 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids. 8 pm.

Applications for Leadership Institute due by October 23

The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development, and hone individual and team leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is designed for individual employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus. Leadership Institute includes content pertinent to talent identification, leadership development, and addressing issues relevant to the college community.

If you are interested in Leadership Institute 2016 please visit for additional information or to obtain an application packet. The application packet must be received by Jessica Berens in Human Resources by Friday, October 23, 2015.

Hear what past participants have to say about their experience.