GRCC In the News, 4-4-16

Change Ups: Culinary team wins top state title

April 1, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Grand Rapids Community College President Steven C. Ender announced he plans to retire at the end of his current contract, which culminates June 30, 2017.

Kendall has designs on medical illustration

April 1, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

More than 500 years after Leonardo da Vinci drew his seminal “Vitruvian Man,” the intimate relationship between science and art continues to be a point of emphasis at Kendall College of Art and Design.

The three-year program is an exercise in collaboration between KCAD, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Michigan State University. Students begin with studio classes at KCAD in the first semester, gradually building their illustration skills until their final year in the program.

At Ferris or GRCC, students take biology and medical terminology courses, and at MSU, they’ll take histology and gross anatomy classes, with instructors also teaching some illustration classes on certain topics.

Joey Sok part of USA Rugby Sevens, aims for Olympics

April 1, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Joey Sok was an integral part of West Ottawa’s rise to state prominence in rugby.

… Not bad for someone who has made more than four stops with schools and rugby clubs. He started at Lansing Community College, then played with the Michigan State club team. He then transferred to Davenport and played rugby for a year before moving to Grand Rapids Community College and a spot with the Gazelles.

Forest Hills Northern returns 10 seniors to baseball roster

April 1, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Forest Hills Northern baseball coach John Dolce keeps it short and succinct when talking about the 2016 version of the Huskies.

… Departed from that team is Jackson Shaver, who graduated last spring, and is currently playing and pitching at Grand Rapids Community College.

Rockford returns 12 seniors to baseball squad, including elite pitching duo

April 1, 2016; MLive

ROCKFORD — A strong-armed pitching staff has been a big key to success of the Rockford baseball program over the past several years, and the Rams are going to bring the heat from the mound once again this spring.

… The Rams must replace now graduated first baseman/pitcher Landen Haney, who is playing collegiately at Butler this year, and catcher/outfielder Corey Stankus, a .367 hitter who is playing at Grand Rapids Community College.

Newcomers looking to keep Grandville baseball team rolling

April 1, 2016; MLive

GRANDVILLE — Graduation day hit the Grandville baseball team hard last June, but thanks to a promising group of new players, the Bulldogs are prepared for another successful season.

Grandville turned in a 23-15 record last season and captured a district championship. Several key performers off that squad have moved on to college baseball, including Jake Garbarino at Northwestern University, Brian Cappiello at Findlay University, Grant Hamil and Joe Stranz at Grand Rapids Community College, and Brandon Hass at Kellogg Community College.

Start Garden Ecosystem takes on leadership role

April 1, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The startup ecosystem in West Michigan has a new captain at the helm to help entrepreneurs navigate the myriad resources, funding and services while increasing access to all industry sectors.

… The Grand Rapids SmartZone District and Certified Technology Park was officially approved for designation in January 20002 by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The initial joint proposal submitted to the state in 2001 included partners: the city of Grand Rapids, The Right Place, Van Andel Institute, GVSU and Grand Rapids Community College.


Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award applications due April 22


DEADLINE: Friday, April 22, 2016

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff or administrator’s professional development travel funds. A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.


  1. Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the

cash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation. The more unusual, the better!

  1. Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar.
  1. Essays may be hand-written or typed. Do not put your name on the essay. Attach to the essay a sealed envelope containing your name and phone number. Write the last four numbers of your social security number in the upper right hand corner of the first page of the essay and on the outside of the envelope. Send the essay and envelope to Mary Reed, Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Office. All essays must be received by Friday, April 22, 2016
  1. All award winners will be notified by Thursday, April 28th

For more information you may contact Mary Reed

(616)234-3930 or