GRCC In the News, 4-18-16

“La licencia de conducir me cambió la vida”, afirma un dreamer

April 14, 2016; Univision

Cuando estaba en su último año de secundaria, el mexicano Juan Mascorro sentía que era el único chico en su clase que no podía conducir. “No me hacía sentir bien”, recuerda el joven, quien prefería caminar las varias millas entre la escuela y su hogar en Middleville, Michigan, que tomar el bus escolar todas las tardes.

… Una dreamer que se beneficiaría es Sendy López, una amiga de Mascondo no pudo acogerse a DACA por no cumplir el requisito de haber estado continuamente en Estados Unidos desde el 15 de junio de 2007. La joven podría obtener un permiso de trabajo y protección de la deportación si la Corte Suprema mantiene viva la expansión de DACA, que establece como fecha límite el 1 de enero de 2010.

… El joven estudia ahora en Grand Rapids Community College y pronto se irá a Ferris State University, donde terminará su bachillerato en criminología para luego estudiar derecho. “Quiero ser abogado de inmigración”, asegura.

(When he was in his last year of high school , the Mexican Juan Mascorro felt he was the only boy in his class who could not drive. ” I did not feel good ,” says the young man, who preferred to walk the several miles between school and home in Middleville , Michigan, to taking the school bus every afternoon.

… A dreamer who would benefit is Sendy Lopez , a friend of Mascondo who could not qualify for DACA not meet the requirement of having been continuously in the United States since June 15, 2007. She could get a work permit and protection from deportation if the Supreme Court upholds the expansion of DACA , which sets a deadline of January 1, 2010.

… The young man is now studying at Grand Rapids Community College and will soon go to Ferris State University, where he will finish his degree in criminology and then study law. ” I want to be immigration attorney ” he says.)

(Both Juan Mascorro and Sendy Lopez are GRCC students.)

Local immigrant rights advocates travel to DC for Supreme Court arguments

April 18, 2016; Michigan Radio

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments today on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

… “Sometimes we just stand on the sidelines, said Jacqueline Lopez, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, as she was about to board a DC-bound bus. “And this is just a way to be out there and stand with our community.”

… Dennis Martinez also attends GRCC. He says he has friends who will be affected by the ruling.

Change Ups: Magnifico inducted as ACA Fellow

April 15, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College’s Lisa Freiburger, vice president for finance and administration, and Bill Pink, vice president and dean of the School of Workforce Development, were awarded The Aspen Institutes Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. They join the inaugural class of 40 Aspen Presidential Fellows.

Lassiter Early College High School hosts Michigan community college leaders

April 15, 2016;

Leadership from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan visited Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School at El Centro College this week to learn what makes the Blue Ribbon School successful.

“He has not been forgotten.” Remembering slain Kalamazoo police officer Eric Zapata

April 16, 2016; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — “It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been five years, but in five years, he has not been forgotten and he is in our hearts,” Connie Bernal said Saturday at a recognition ceremony for her son Eric Zapata.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Eric Zapata is a GRCC Police Academy alumnus.)

News 8 Daybreak

April 18, 2016; WOOD TV

Today is tax deadline day. If you need more time, you may be able to get an automatic six-month extension. You need to file form 4868, which you can find at You also might be able to get some free help. Accounting students from Grand Rapids Community College and Cornerstone University are providing free tax preparation.

Early Childhood Fair April 23 Offers Dozens of Resources

April 15, 2016;

Kent ISD, MI — Finding just the right childcare provider or preschool for your child takes a lot of time and leg-work. Even Michael Ghareeb, director of Early Childhood at Kent ISD, understands.

… In addition to PNC Bank, sponsors include Apple Tree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool, Cindy Minnema with Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate, Comprehensive Therapy Center, Crowning Lotus, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, Easter Seals of Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College, Great Start to Quality, ISJ Academy, Head Start for Kent County, Horizons Developmental Resource Center, Kent District Library and Michigan State University Extension.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble and IUnison featuring special guest Kurt Elling

April 18, 2016;

Vocal Jazz Ensemble and IUnison featuring special guest Kurt Elling – Duane Davis, director; Ly Wilder, associate director – – Vocal Jazz Ensemble and IUnison

… Duane Shields Davis, originally from Cleveland, recently retired as Director of Vocal Music at Grand Rapids Community College, after 39 years as a full-time teacher music educator. He continues to serve as Chorus Master for Opera Grand Rapids, a position he has held since 1986. Duane recently became the Instructor of Vocal Jazz at Western Michigan University.

Campus construction projects scheduled to start May 2

The Countdown to Commencement also means it’s the countdown to construction season! Summer campus construction and renovation projects will begin the week of May 2nd.
  • Preschool – This project is already underway and work will continue six days a week! Lyon street is scheduled to be closed during the week of May 2nd due to this project.
  • Music Building Renovation – This building will be completely evacuated for the renovation. We will start moving people and instruments on May 2. Actual construction work will begin in June.
  • Main Building Roof replacement – The south section of the Main building roof will be replaced during May and June.
  • Bostwick Ramp – Phase 1 of the parking ramp maintenance will close the roof top section of the Bostwick ramp for the summer.
  • In addition to our campus projects, the City of Grand Rapids will be doing a reconstruction of Bostwick Avenue from Lyon Street, north to Crescent beginning in May.
Watch for more information on these projects and potential staff and student parking changes in the next couple of weeks!

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

Exam Cram to be held this weekend

GRCC’s Library is offering Exam Cram! What is Exam Cram? Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and librarians, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up! Faculty and staff are asked to share this news with students.

Exam Cram will be held:

  • Saturday April 23, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday April 24, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Exam Cram is co-sponsored by Academic Support & Tutoring Services, Student Alliance and the Library & Learning Commons. There will be librarians and tutors in multiple subject areas available during Exam Cram hours. Parking in the Bostwick (Main) parking lot is recommended. Tutoring subjects may be limited. No registration required.