GRCC In the News, 4-12-16

Reds at Thousand Oaks

April 10, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – It’s been Reds on the River for years, but now the Redwater Restaurant Group is announcing a change. One of the most popular restaurants in Rockford is moving to the Thousand Oaks Golf Club off of 5 Mile Road and the East Beltline. It will now be named Reds at Thousand Oaks and will feature a revamped menu.

COO of the Redwater Restaurant Group Craig Smith and Executive Chef Nick Aslanian joined the Weekend Morning News Team to show off some of their new offerings. The menu will include the best of Reds and Thousand Oaks’ entrees, sandwiches, and salads, but will expand to include artisan pizzas, offering something for everyone. Along with the revamped food menu, Reds will continue to feature an extended wine list of over 160 bottle options and 40 glass pours. The new facility will feature a 16 tap system of craft brews and a full liquor selection.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Nick Aslanian is a SICE alumnus.)

Applications for Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award 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

Condolences to Bryan Door

Condolences to Bryan Door, Desktop Support Technician, on the passing of his mother, Kathy, who passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 10.

Visitation is Wednesday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at Stroo Funeral Home (1095 68th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508) and the funeral is Thursday at 11:00 AM at Heritage Christian Reformed Church (3089 84th St SW).

Raider Salute for Mark Jasonowicz

Professor Mark Jasonowicz from the Meijer Center for Business Studies went the extra mile. He offered his students a ribbon to decorate in honor of a loved one or show support for the 25th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Detroit. Over 40 decorated ribbons will be displayed along the race route to offer encouragement to both runners and survivors.

A pile of pink ribbons, all decorated with pictures, words and names.

Alpha Upsilon Kappa achieves Phi Theta Kappa 5-Star status, receives award

GRCC’s PTK Chapter, Alpha Upsilon Kappa, attended the national convention for 2016 in Washington DC this past week.  This conference is the culmination of the work done each year around a community service project, regional collaborative project, honors in action project (research based) and an additional college project.  All this work is done by the chapter each year as they work towards achieving a Five Star Status (the highest).  This year (2015) for the first time in over 10 years GRCC has achieved the PTK 5 star chapter status.

The national convention was exciting for the team, as they were chosen to present an educational forum (the only team from all community colleges in Michigan presenting).  The room they presented in held 250 chairs and more chairs had to be brought in as the room was so packed.  The team presented on Emotional Intelligence and its role with IQ in terms of creating life success.  They have already been asked to repeat the presentation at the Michigan Regional PTK Conference in September 2016.

At the awards ceremony (called the Hallmark Gala) chapters are recognized for the above projects based on a scoring rubric and total points earned.  GRCC placed in the top 100 chapters (out of 1285 chapters nationally) based on their cumulative score for all their submitted projects.  Then for their Honors in Action research project (on the role and importance of identifying a major early in your college career), they placed in the top 3 (nationally).  The picture below is the team that attended Nerd Nation accepting their award on stage (in front of the 3,800 + attendee’s from across the country), from L to R is Yanik Etan (International PTK Student President), Lynnae Selberg (GRCC PTK Advisor), Shannon Gamel (GRCC Alumni- Pharmacy at Ferris), Mandy Boos (GRCC Nursing) and Kaitlyn Gibbs (GRCC Nursing).  Not present but also involved in making this happen are Erin Busscher (GRCC PTK Advisor) and Daniel Ridderbos (GRCC- AA student heading to U of M Engineering).

Congratulations to the team for all their hard work and on their representing GRCC proudly on this national stage.

A young man and four women stand on a stage.

GRCC Scholarship Golf Outing raffle tickets available

Raffle tickets are now available for the GRCC Scholarship Golf Outing.

Great raffle packages including:

  • Airfare for two.
  • Office chair.
  • Dinner for eight at the McCabe-Marlowe House.

And many more prizes!

Tickets: 3 for $5

The raffle will take place on May 25th from 7-9 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Golf Club.  Winners need not be present to win.

Proceeds support Student Scholarships.

Tickets are available from the following individuals:

  • Dave Anderson
  • Erin Cisler
  • Tina Hoxie
  • Scott Martin
  • Kurt Meinders
  • Mary Reed
  • Danelle Sedore
  • Jim VanDokkumburg
  • Laurie Witczak