GRCC In the News, 10-28-15

Young driver in Caledonia area crash dies

Oct. 27, 2015; MLive

GAINES TOWNSHIP, MI — A 23-year-old driver police say was not wearing a seat belt has died following a Sunday, Oct. 25 crash in the Caledonia area.

Alexandria Rogers, 23, of Caledonia, died Monday, Oct. 26, Kent County sheriff’s deputies confirmed.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Alexandria Rogers is a GRCC student.)

Celebran la 11va entrega de Premios a la Excelencia Hispana César E. Chávez

Oct. 27, 2015; La Prensa (Toledo, Ohio)

Grand Rapids, MI.- El pasado miércoles 14 de octubre se llevo a cabo la 11va entrega Anual de Premios a la Excelencia Hispana César E. Chávez en Grand Valley State University ubicado en el 301 de la calle W. Fulton. El invitado especial fue el Reverendo George K. Heartwell, Alcalde de la ciudad, quien compartió una gran noche de gala, fiesta, distinción a estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad.

Eva Aguirre Cooper fue distinguida con el premio especial Águila. Jesús Delgado (Calvin College) recibió el premio Juventud. La Sra. Annie Evangelina Ortega obtuvo el Premio Golden Ciudadano. La Sra. María Vargas Guajardo y familia fueron la Familia del año. Mientras que Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) recibió el Premio por su apoyo a la comunidad hispana. Todos ellos, modelos a seguir que viven los principios de César E. Chávez: compromiso, determinación, respeto, coraje, compasión y sacrificio.

(Grand Rapids, MI – On Wednesday, October 14, the 11th Annual Awards for Excellence Hispanic Cesar E. Chavez took place at Grand Valley State University, located at 301 W. Fulton Street. The special guest was the Reverend George K. Heartwell , mayor of the city, who shared a great night’s gala, distinction to students and community members.

Eva Aguirre-Cooper was awarded the special prize. Jesus Delgado (Calvin College) received the Youth Award. Annie Evangelina Ortega won the Golden Citizen Award. Maria Vargas Guajardo and family were the Family of the Year . While Grand Rapids Community College received an award for its support of the Hispanic community. All of them are role models who live the principles of Cesar Chavez: commitment, determination , respect, courage , compassion and sacrifice.)

East Grand Rapids voters to decide on three commission seats

Oct. 24, 2015; MLive

East Grand Rapids residents will decide who serves on three City Commission seats one in each ward in the Nov. 3 election.

… Karey Hamrick, 45, 3004 Oakwood Drive, is a real-estate investor and stay-at-home mother. She received an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in television production from Ferris State University.

Things to do on Thursday, October 29

Oct. 27, 2015; MLive

… Oct. 29 Fred Knapp Trio with Jeremy Siskind Recital: St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 7:30 pm.

College Success Center hosts Conectate

Conectate (or Get Connected) event was hosted by the College Success Center on September 30, 2015, to engage our new Latino student population. Our Latino student population has tripled in the last decade and trends continue to see fast growth. However, this population is still struggling academically and this was one, of many initiatives put in place to help this student group thrive at GRCC.

Conectate provided these students and their families with informative presentations around paying for college and the supports available to them. We also invited a student panel to help these students get a student and alumni perspective.

The College Success Center is also putting together a mentoring program for faculty and staff to become a mentor as part of the Latino Student Support Program. If you would like to participate as one of our mentors, please feel free to check out the College Success Center’s website for more information or to fill out a A.L.A.S. Mentor Intake Form.

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Geology students from GRCC, GVSU take field trip to Upper Peninsula

On a cold and wet October Saturday, geology students from GRCC stepped 2 billion years into the past! Some of the oldest rocks in the world are exposed in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and are evidence of our continent’s tumultuous beginning. A joint GVSU/GRCC field trip provided students with an opportunity to put their geology skills to good use identifying and interpreting rocks from a vast array of outcrops. They moved from the “sea to the shore” as they identified submarine lava flows, beach sands now tilted to a near-vertical angle, ancient lifeforms called stromatolites, and stacked beds of pure iron ore that fueled Michigan’s automobile industry. By the end of the day the group was a little damp but happy with their shared experience and U.P. rock samples!

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