GRCC In the News, 5-9-16

Change Ups: Lockwood honored as Emeritus Faculty

May 6, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Professor Walter Lockwood was recently honored as Grand Rapids Community College’s 2016 Emeritus Faculty. Lockwood taught writing, film and literature from 1965 to 2001. In that span of time, his teaching helped shape generations of writers and analytical thinkers. Lockwood is the author of novels, stories, newspaper features, screenplays, musicals, documentaries and poetry, including his novel Jones Unbound, an HBO feature film “Finnegan, Begin Again,” and a PBS documentary “Dyslexia, the Hidden Disability.”

Single mom lives out her passion, opens restaurant in Kalamazoo

May 6, 2016; WWMT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Merriam-Webster defines “supermom” as a woman who raises a child and takes care of a home, while also having a full-time job. Add fulfilling a fantasy to the list, and we’ve got a match!

… However, the journey to opening Jaddin’s Precious Soul Cafe in Kalamazoo wouldn’t be easy. She (Quatisa Franklin) knew how to cook, but didn’t have a degree. With three kids to watch, she juggled the daily grind of motherhood and going to Grand Rapids Community College.

State of the Schools: Sustain, Partner, Persevere

May 6, 2016;

Grand Rapids Public Schools – GRPS, MI   Throughout her recent State of the Schools speech, Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal repeatedly referred to the GRPS way. And she repeatedly made it clear that in Grand Rapids, the way schools improve is by educators and community partners working together as a family.

… In her State of the Schools speech, Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal announced several new initiatives in Grand Rapids Public Schools.They include:

A Middle Years College Program with Grand Rapids Community College starting in 2017. Beginning with Ottawa Hills High School but eventually districtwide, GRPS students will be able to graduate with a high school diploma and as associate’s degree from GRCC in five years

Innovation Central, Montessori students enjoy fabulous ‘Great Gatsby’ prom

May 7, 2016;  MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Innovation Central and Montessori programs held a fabulous, joint “Great Gatsby”-themed prom Friday, May 6, at the Raider Grille on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College.


May 6, 2016; (syndicated column)

When you’ve got the attention and admiration of the Tasters Guild International, you’re clearly doing something great. When you scoop up nearly two dozen medals from the Taster Guild International, you’re performing exceptionally well. Such is the case for the crew at Tabor Hill Winery where they recently emerged from rigorous competition with 21 medals for Tabor Hill wines.

Tasters Guild International is a “Wine & Food Appreciation Society” based in Grand Rapids with administrative offices in Washington, D.C.. They recently conducted their 29th Annual International Wine Judging held at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in Grand Rapids.

Celebration of life held for GRCC homicide victim

May 7, 2016; WZZM

MUSKEGON, MICH. – A celebration of life service for Jeanne Lyn Huntoon, who was killed on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus last weekend, was held Saturday at Pat’s Roadhouse in Muskegon.