GRCC In the News, 9-22-16

Country’s first college-licensed brewery, pub opening in Grand Rapids

Sept. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is set to open its Fountain Hill Brewery and Peter’s Pub on Friday, Sept.23.

GRCC gains $1M with enrollment dropping less than projected

Sept. 21, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will have $1 million more to support its students, with enrollment figures coming in better than projected, according to Lisa Freiburger, vice president for finance and administration.

Support organizations to meet with West Michigan business leaders

Sept. 21, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

West Michigan business leaders can connect with support organizations to help move their companies forward at an event Friday, Sept. 30, in Hudsonville.

… Representatives from the following support organizations will be present at the event: Opportunity Resource Fund; Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women; Economic Development Foundation – SBA 504 Loans; Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce; Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce; Allendale Chamber of Commerce; West Coast Chamber; Coopersville Chamber of Commerce; Lakeshore Advantage; Business Acceleration Fund (Muskegon Innovation Hub & Holland SmartZone); Start Garden; Varnum Law MiSpringboard; Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator; Small Business Development Center; MSU Product Center; Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center; Discover Manufacturing; Consumers Energy; Holland BPW; West Michigan Works!; Hello West Michigan; Smart Coast; Community Action House – EPIC Empowerment Program; Employer Resource Network; GRCC MAP+ Apprentice Grant; GRCC Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP); GRCC Workforce Training & M-TEC; Muskegon Community College; Ottawa Area Intermediate School District; Grand Valley State University Career Center; Thompson M-TEC; U.S. Commercial Service; EXIM Bank; Van Andel Global Trade Center; and Muskegon Area First PTAC.

RapidChat: Jordy VandeBunte, an aspiring chef with top security clearance

Sept. 22, 2016;

Jordy VandeBunte is a self-proclaimed “culinary student with a top secret security clearance.” It’s not every day you meet an aspiring chef like VandeBunte: a current student at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at GRCC who used to work for the Central Intelligence Agency. With the Secchia Institute recently being ranked as one of the “top culinary schools of 2016,” we have no doubt his career transition is nothing less than fitting.

NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble Dominick DiOrio, conductor

Sept. 21, 2016;

NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble Dominick DiOrio, conductor – Stand Before the Sunrise: Music to Examine Our Privilege featuring Duane Davis, conductor; Jeremy Allen, bass; and Kathryn Lukas, flute – – NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

… Originally from Cleveland, he (Duane Davis) retired as director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College. He was recently on jazz faculty at Western Michigan University, where he taught jazz voice and directed Gold Company. After 31 years, he recently retired as chorus master for Opera Grand Rapids., conductor; Jeremy Allen, bass; and Kathryn Lukas, flute

Morning News

Sept. 22, 2016; WZZM

Leaders from Ferris State University and Kendall College of Art and Design are working to help former ITT Tech students get back to class …  It’s happening at Grand Rapids Community College’s Applied Technology Center from 5 to 8 p.m.


Rain doesn’t dampen Peace Day enthusiasm

A message from World Peace Day organizer Shavval Fleming:

Peace Day 2016

I honestly could not have asked for a better outcome considering the weather conditions this morning! We held the event on the second floor of the Student Building in the Raider Grille/cafeteria. There were a lot of students that came and went! Gilles brought peace dove cookies his students baked. Volunteers showed as planned. Katie Budden’s art students created random acts of kindness signs we placed throughout the cafeteria, and these students participated in the celebration. Sean Mackey reminded listeners of social justice concerns around the globe and how each of us has a role to play in order to make change. Then, we observed a minute of silence and reflected on individual ways we can actively create peace in the world as is customary for World Peace Day celebrations. Sam Gould followed with his playing of several different African drums – each creating unique and pleasing sounds. Steve Barton brought two choirs and two percussionists. Their songs were so very pretty, and the last song – performed with the percussionists – made the whole crowd move! Around 1:30, the crowd got smaller; the students who participated in the reading of a LOVELY poem at that time that Mursalata chose brought an intimate crowd together in a way that was very cool! Participants watched as twelve different students took turns reading a stanza of a song/poem by James Cleveland called Peace Be Still. It was incredibly moving to watch as different ethnicities, religious perspectives, political perspectives, ages, nationalities, genders, etc. read the various stanzas demonstrating so very well the beauty of World Peace Day, the human family, and peace in general. Mursalata majestically read a poem she wrote too – so powerful and moving. I was truly touched. Finally, the sun came out, so we went outside to the plaza! At that time, participants joined in the effort to beat the longest sugar pull. Although we were not successful, the symbolism of this activity meant more than any record we could ever break! Students signed the peace banner and were hopefully inspired!

I would like to offer my MANY THANKS to all participants and volunteers! Hosting such an event requires many individuals offering their time, resources, and hearts!

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Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship Ceremony

The Education Department was proud to host the Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship Dinner and Awards Ceremony Tuesday night. The event honored 50 students who received scholarships through the Teachers of Tomorrow funds. The Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarships are given to students in hopes that they will be able to use the money to work less and study more. This allows students to get through their degrees and out into the world of teaching. Congratulations to all the recipients of this amazing scholarship!

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Explore ArtPrize with scavenger hunt

Grab a co-worker, friend, family member, and get moving while exploring ArtPrize! The Exercise Science Department has created the 8th annual ArtPrize Fitness Scavenger Hunt that is approximately a two-mile trek right through the heart of ArtPrize 8! If you’re feeling stressed, this is a great opportunity for you to take a break and enjoy the outdoors.  Exercise controls the emotional and physical feelings of stress, and it also works at the cellular level to rebuild neurons. Brain cells and their connections degenerate as we age; aerobic exercise sparks new growth to optimize brain function.

For the answer key, contact Derek Brunn.