GRCC In the News, 10-26-15

“The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege”

10/25/15 WJR

Host Glenn Haege: “About three weeks ago I wrote an article for The New York Times wire service, News and Free Press and it talked about skilled labor learning from high school through college, then Obama came to town that following Wednesday and he talked about skilled labor training and money through some millions of dollars added at Macomb and Grand Rapids Community College.”

Grand Rapids celebrates National Chemistry Week

Oct. 24, 2015; WZZM

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) — It’s National Chemistry Week and Saturday is the perfect day to peak your little scientist’s interest by bringing them to experience interactive chemistry demonstrations at Woodland Mall. It’s happening from noon until 4:00 p.m. Saturday near the Macy’s entrance.

… The event will include demonstration booths sponsored by the Local American Chemical Society and chemistry clubs from Grand Valley, Hope College, Aquinas College and Grand Rapids Community College.

Two-year schools see mixed results for millage requests

Oct. 23, 2015; Observer & Eccentric

Schoolcraft College isn’t the only two-year college in Michigan to go to voters to ask for a millage increase in recent years.

… Another school that saw the request turned down recently was Grand Rapids Community College, which had several millage increases turned down in the last decade, the most recent being in 2012. Voters turned down a $98.6 million request by more than 6,500 votes in that race.

Pop singer plays ‘Jimmy Fallon’

Oct. 22, 2015; Traverse City Record-Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — The ride to pop stardom has been nothing short of extraordinary for an unassuming but immensely talented kid from a small West Michigan town.

… He (Garrett Borns) still seems every bit the thoughtful and mellow Midwestern boy who graduated five years ago from Grand Haven High School where he sang in the choir and started to turn heads with his music. He also attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts and studied music theory at Grand Rapids Community College.

Inside Track: Undersheriff’s grasp of technology benefits the entire department

Oct. 23, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

In Michelle Young’s nearly 26 years with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, she’s been a crucial key to many of the technological advancements the county has seen during her tenure.

… She completed a Master’s in Public Administration from Western Michigan University in 1992. She also attended the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy to move from corrections to patrol. And she decided to start the supervisory track, taking an exam and an oral interview to become sergeant.

East Grand Rapids mayor facing a challenger in Nov. 3 election

Oct. 24, 2015; MLive

East Grand Rapids residents will decide if current mayor Amna Seibold will continue to preside over the City Commission for another four years when they go to the polls on Nov. 3. Seibold, who stepped into the slot four years ago, is being challenged by local real-estate agent Bill Templin.

… Templin attended Grand Rapids Community College and the University of Cincinnati. His community involvement includes John Ball Zoo and JBZ Rendezoo, Reeds Lake Triathlon, East Grand Rapids Trail Blazers Run, East Grand Rapids Fireworks, Student Advancement Foundation, NPR, AmFar, East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary.

Aquinas volleyball picks up four wins at AQ/Cornerstone Crossover

Oct. 24, 2015; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- The Aquinas College volleyball team played host to four non-conference opponents this weekend as part of the annual Aquinas/Cornerstone Crossover. The Saints played a pair of games on both Friday evening and Saturday morning, and came out victorious in all four games. Aquinas is now 17-12 on the season.

In the opening match on Friday, the Saints defeated Rochester College 3-1. Aquinas dominated the first set 25-10, but the Warriors bounced back to win the second 25-23. Aquinas would claim the next two sets 25-18 and 25-21 to earn the victory. Sophomore Kenzie Haley’s (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Eastern) career high 17 kills spearheaded the attack, while Brooke Wieland (Lake Odessa/Lakewood) supplied 46 assists, 15 digs, and three aces. Katlyn Agren (Cadillac/GRCC) led four Saints in double digit digs with 24.

Armen Oumedian Receives Philanthropy Award

Oct. 23, 2015;

On Friday, October 23, 2015 Grand Rapids Community Foundation will have its annual donor celebration and present the Jack Chaille Community Philanthropy Award to Armen Oumedian, retired senior Vice President of Rapistan.

… Oumedian is an active and hands-on philanthropist with a keen interest in Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) education. He’s been a long-time supporter of his alma mater Kettering University, and of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). He’s created and funded a number of programs that encourage innovation and learning, including GRCC’s Armen Awards, which give cash awards to faculty innovation projects. He created a Community Foundation scholarship for students at GRCC and Kettering University. Armen has been a member of the Kettering University Alumni Board and the Porter Hills Communities and Services Board. Oumedian was named the GRCC Alumni of the Year and was also awarded Kettering’s Alumni Service Award. He’s an avid supporter of the Community Foundation’s Challenge Scholars program and holds the distinction of having attended Harrison Park School, one of the Challenge Scholars schools.

Students host table for Chemistry in the Mall

The annual Chemistry in the Mall activity was held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 in Grand Rapids. The event was sponsored by the West Michigan division of the American Chemical Society (WMACS). The Physical Sciences Department hosted two activity tables that included making slime and silly putty and assembling fruit batteries. Over 50 GRCC students, who are enrolled in chemistry courses taught by Jennifer Batten, Tom Neils, Dan Groh, Ashley Campanali, and Bernard Liburd, showed off their knowledge of chemistry to hundreds of children and adults in the community. Adjunct faculty member Duane VandenBrink demonstrated how much fun chemistry can be by putting on Chemistry Shows on the event main stage. Thank you to Pam Scott and Leah Engemann for all of their work in readying the supplies and materials for the tables.

Students stand behind a table at Woodland Mall, next to a sign that says: GRCC Physical Sciences. Other tables have been set up around them and people are walking by.

TRiO/SSS sponsors doughnut sale to benefit Haiti schoolchild

This semester TRiO/SSS is working with the Power of Education Foundation sponsoring a child from Haiti. Her name is Mickerlange Abraham she is an 8th grade girl from Fontamara, Haiti, who has the opportunity to continue middle school and finish high school. In order to do this, TRiO Peer Mentors will be selling doughnuts and apples. This event will be going on Tuesday October, 27th , and Wednesday October 28th from 11:00AM -2:00PM. On October 27th, the doughnuts and apples will be sold in G2 Main Building, and on October 28th the Peer Mentors will walk around campus selling them. Each donut and apple will be priced at $ 0.75, $10 a dozen donuts. Your donation will contribute to ensuring that this young woman will be given the education she deserves, to excel further and beat the odds of poverty and lack of education.

Exercise science students help Feeding America West Michigan

Exercise Science and Wellness students spent Saturday, October 24th – Make A Difference Day – with our community partner Feeding America West Michigan They packed and sorted fresh carrots, meat, and cereal to be shipped out to food pantries for those in need.

Here is our Facebook Link from Saturday:

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Come to the United Way Kickoff event Nov. 2

Next week our annual three week campaign to raise funds for United Way begins.

This year join your colleagues and LIVE UNITED – whether you give financially or volunteer your time, you help your neighbors and thousands of others across West Michigan.

On Nov. 2 we are holding several kickoff events across campus. Find the one nearest you and grab a snack, pick up a pledge form and learn about this year’s donation incentives.

Kickoff locations:
-Tassell M-TEC, 9-10 a.m.
-Sneden Hall, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
-351 Main Building 3 p.m.
-ATC, 3 p.m.
-SCC Multipurpose room 3 p.m.