GRCC In the News, 12-14-15

Donor receives award for philanthropy

Dec. 13, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — This year, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation awarded the Jack Chaille Community Philanthropy Award to Armen Oumedian, retired senior Vice President of Rapistan.

… He created GRCC’s Armen Awards which gives cash awards to faculty members who go above and beyond in educating students through innovative projects.

Meet the Chefs: Tastemakers from San Chez, Winchester and Electric Cheetah

Dec. 11, 2015; Revue

You may know your resident servers and bartenders, but do you know who’s masterminding your favorite dishes? Revue chatted with a few local chefs about how they got started in the kitchen and what’s new on each of their menus.

… Aaron Stek: San Chez

… When did you first decide to become a chef?

My first real taste was at Schuler Books & Music and Café on 28th Street when they first opened that place up. That was around 1995 or so. That’s where the interest was sparked and the whole notion of going to school for the culinary arts was put into my brain. I went to Grand Rapids Community College, their culinary program. The staff I was working with at Schuler inspired me to go. Today, there are a lot more people interested in this career compared to when I first started. When I went to school we certainly had full classes and all of that, but now you have to plan a year or two in advance if you want to go there.

(The article also talks to SICE alumnus Brian Oosterheert.)

Raider Salute to Gayl Beals

A Raider Salute from Dan Anderson:

Gayl, a professor in our M-Tech Automotive Department on Godfrey, went well beyond “helpful and knowledgeable” last night. I brought in a motorcycle head with a broken bolt in it (don’t ask!). I didn’t tell Gayle, but an automotive shop and a motorcycle shop had already refused to attempt the extraction. I was expecting to hear that, because the bolt was deep seated and broken at an angle, I’d need to buy a new head–they run $900. Instead, after trying several different drill bits at various angles, out came that little bugger! Thanks so much, Gayle.