Oct. 8, 2015; Community College Week
Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) recently honored three employees for their service both on and off campus. The Excellence in Education Awards were established in 1989 to honor GRCC employees all of whom are nominated by their peers for their contributions to the college, higher education and the community. Nikki Banks, an associate professor in the Criminal Justice Department, is the winner of this year’s Faculty Award, and Lyn Jansen, an instructor with the occupational therapy assistant program, received the Adjunct Faculty Award. Amy Bennett, office manager with the Exercise Science Department, won the Staff Award. Banks, who is also chair woman of the Criminal Justice Department, started at GRCC as an adjunct instructor in 2003. She joined the faculty full-time in 2006. She is known for developing case studies for her students to discuss in class and for sharing the latest research, resources and best practices. Nominators noted that Banks’ strong ties to community organizations often bring students to her attention even before they get to GRCC.
Oct. 11, 2015; MLive
Grand Rapids, MI- The Aquinas College men’s soccer team picked up a second straight WHAC shutout with 3-0 home victory against the Wolves of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. With the win, the Saints record improves to 7-3-1 and 2-2-1 in the WHAC.
… Aquinas moved the ball well all game long, and had assists from Jacob Bedi (West Bloomfield/Detroit Catholic), Reamon, and Cam Vela (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Northern). The Saints’ midfield play was notably strong. Captain Rico Padilla (Grand Rapids/Northview), along with Juan Torres (Grand Rapids/Northview) and Matt Lazzar (Grand Rapids/East Kentwood), controlled the pitch all night. On the back end, defender Matt Jackson (Kalamazoo/GRCC) limited open runs to UMD’s forwards, while Ty VanderPoel’s (Holland/Holland) play in net was steady all game, saving all five shots on goal to seal the shutout.