GRCC In the News, 8-17-16

GRCC students get a break on bus fare

Aug. 16, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College and the Rapid have partnered to offer a semester-long bus pass to students, faculty and staff at a 30-percent discount, according to Lisa Freiburger, vice president for finance and administration.

Aquinas College President Juan Olivarez stepping down

Aug. 16, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Aquinas College President Juan Olivarez is retiring after six years at the helm, the Board of Trustees announced Tuesday, Aug. 16.

… Prior to coming to Aquinas, Olivarez was the president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. He had previously served for nearly 10 years as the president of Grand Rapids Community College, a school he worked at for 18 years.

‘Their Views Have to be Heard’

Aug. 16, 2016; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Grand Rapids Public Schools – GRPS, MI   About six minutes into their sports radio talk show, Jakhari Carroll and Joseph Spicer get into their first debate of the day: whether Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is worth the largest contract extension in NFL history.

… Come this fall, Jakhari will attend Grand Rapids Community College with a plan to transfer to Wayne State University’s broadcast journalism program. Joseph heads to Ferris State University with an eye on a career in civil engineering. But they plan to continue their show, which Womack says could expand to more days with increased listenership.

Polish Festival brings food, music, polka to downtown Grand Rapids

Aug. 16, 2016; therapidian.org

The Polish Festival 2016 will be held on August 26-28, 2016 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. Celebrating Polish contributions to society through the centuries, the festival features a historical and cultural booth featuring the “Winged Warriors.” Winged Hussars, also known as the Polish Winged Warriors, were one of the most effective military forces in the world. In the 16th and 17th century, Winged Hussars were used as elite Polish shock troops. They were known for their wings of long feathers worn on their backs or attached to the saddles of their horses. In a group of forces they were quite a sight to behold.

… The Polish Heritage Society of Grand Rapids uses part of the proceeds from the festival to award students of Polish descent scholarships to Grand Valley State College, Aquinas, and Grand Rapids Community College.

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