GRCC In the News, 2-19-16

Former NAACP President gives advice to GRCC students

Feb. 18, 2016; WGVU

Former NAACP president Ben Jealous visited Grand Rapids Community College as part of its Black History celebration. Jealous addressed students at Fountain Street Church Wednesday evening explaining how young people can change the world.

Market fresh pizza eatery Rocket Pies coming to Downtown Market

Feb. 18, 2016; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — The Grand Rapids Downtown Market, the region’s preeminent destination for innovative food experiences, today announced Rocket Pies, an all-new, market-fresh pizza eatery, as its latest tenant in the Market Hall. Rocket Pies will have a veggie-positive focus on Neapolitan-style pizzas and hearty salad bowls using certified organic ingredients.

… In Italy, raw arugula is often added to pizzas just before the baking period ends or immediately afterwards, giving it a sweet, peppery flavor. (Chris) McKellar, who attended the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, envisions Rocket Pies as simple, Neapolitan-style pizzas.

Corporate chef joins Stafford’s Hospitality

Feb. 18, 2016; The Petoskey News

PETOSKEY — Northern Michigan hotel and restaurant group Stafford’s Hospitality recently welcomed a new corporate chef, DJ Flynn.

Stafford’s noted that Flynn joined its team at the beginning of 2016 and brings extensive knowledge and experience in Northern Michigan. He graduated from Culinary School at Grand Rapids Community College. After graduation, he worked at Tapawingo in Ellsworth as chef de cuisine for five years, held the executive chef position at Bay Harbor Yacht Club, spent some time in New Orleans and most recently, was the executive chef for two Walloon Lake dining spots, Barrel Back and Walloon Lake Inn.

Pre-spring outlook: wide receivers

Feb. 18, 2016;

With the recruits signed, sealed, and almost delivered it is officially time to look forward to the 2016 football season.

… Redshirt senior Corey Smith has had a winding road to this point. He is originally from Akron but had a winding path to Columbus through Grand Rapids Community College and East Mississippi Community College. Smith has had his ups and downs during his two years at Ohio State but consistently is able to work his way into the rotation because it is obvious to see how talented he is at wide receiver. Last year, Smith only played in four games last year due to a gruesome injury. On signing day, Coach Meyer announced Smith would receive another year of eligibility due to a medical redshirt. After losing all three starters from the 2015 team, Smith coming back for a third year with the Buckeyes will be huge. For his Ohio State career, Smith has 25 catches for 317 yards.

“My West Michigan”

Feb. 18, 2016; WZZM

There’s a new program hitting the airwaves on WZZM 13. It’s “Cooking with Angus,” starring Chef Angus Campbell from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Goal-setting workshop scheduled for March 3

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:
  • Create your ideal life and love the life you’re living! Our Goal Setting Workshop will help you do just that. Julie Otte will help you to define your values and create powerful goals for many aspects of your life including: career, health, and personal wellness. Join us on Thursday, March 3rd from 9:30am – 10:30am.

Deiona Rogers named Division II National Player of the Week — again!

For the second straight week Deiona Rogers was named the Division II National Player of the Week. Rogers averaged 25.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 9.5 assists and 2 steals while leading the Lady Raiders to wins over Jackson College (71-54 on Feb. 10) and Lansing Community College (87-56 on Feb 12). After defeating Lake Michigan CC (81-79 on Feb 17) the Raiders increased their win streak to seven games. GRCC will face #9 Kalamazoo Valley CC (24-1, 13-0) tonight (Feb. 19) in the Ford Fieldhouse where GRCC will look to revenge their mid-season loss to the Cougars of KVCC. In the first meeting between the two teams, KVCC dominated an injury riddled GRCC team 66-45.

During GRCC’s seven game win streak, Deiona Rogers and Courtney Zenner have teamed to create one of the most talented back-court tandems in the country, and one that has transformed the 2015-2016 Raiders into real contenders as the team heads into the Region XII Tournament. During the steak, Rogers has averaged 23.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 3.4 steals. To give a better frame of reference, Rogers would be fourth in the country in scoring and assists when projecting what she is doing over a seven game stretch to the entire season.

Rogers back-court mate, Courtney Zenner, has been on an extraordinary pace as of late, shooting the lights out in every gym she’s entered. For the season Zenner is shooting an impressive 41% from deep on 152 attempts. During the win streak, however, Courtney has been unconscious, hitting a staggering 56% (28/50) on her three point attempts. In addition to raining in threes, Courtney is averaging 22 points a game, 3.8 rebounds and 3 assists during the win streak. For the season, Zenner is leading the Raiders in scoring at 17.8 ppg, while Rogers averages 14.9, Regan Cross 11 and Kristen Schubring 10.5 are the other Raiders averaging in double figures.

The Raiders will play their last home regular season game, tonight against #9 Kalamazoo Valley Community College in the Ford Fieldhouse at 5:30 PM. The men’s team will follow at 7:30 PM.

NJCAA DII Women's Basketball Player of the Week. Deiona Rogers. PPG: 28.5. FG: 20-37. 3PT: 5-12. MPG: 36.0. RPG: 7.5. APG: 8.0. SPG: 8.0. BPG: 0. Team Results: Feb. 3 vs Mott, W. 82/71. Feb. 6 vs No. 5 Schoolcraft,, W. 89/76.

Biological Sciences hosts ‘Biocafe’

The Biological Sciences Department is providing a weekly drop in opportunity for students to have a conversation on a wide range of science related topics. They are being held in the Biology Learning Center  at various dates and times to optimize student’s ability to attend.

This week featured, Dr. Robert Leunk, former researcher for Procter & Gamble and our microbiologist extraordinaire!  Bob led a robust discussion on “Research Careers in Biology.”

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Construction to start on preschool

Rockford Construction is scheduled to start work on the new preschool — possibly as soon as Monday. The work plan includes fencing off the entire site, including the sidewalk on the south side of Lyon Street NE between Claremont Place and Barclay Avenue. The southern-most parking lane could eventually be fenced off, too — but that remains to be determined.

The north sidewalk will remain open throughout the entire project.

IIPD Grants: Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., March 18, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically. The IIPD application packet and IIPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at

Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or Good luck!