GRCC In the News, 11-16-16

Michelle Obama welcomed WMCAT, other national arts winners to White House

Nov. 15, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology was among 12 arts organizations honored by the White House Tuesday, Nov. 15, for its dedication to enriching and transforming the lives of young people through the arts.

… WMCAT Executive Director Daniel Williams accepted the award Tuesday with Keloni Seawood-Walton, a spring graduate of GRPS’ Montessori theme school, who studied fashion and photography teen labs and has now transitioned to the apprenticeship program as a Grand Rapids Community College student.

State awards local nonprofit $175K to conduct preschool pilot

Nov. 15, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The state has allocated $175,000 for the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) to conduct a pilot to evaluate the relative impact on vulnerable children of one versus two years of preschool.

… “This research will lay the foundation for the case to publicly fund 3-year-old preschool for vulnerable children,” said ELNC founder and CEO Nkechy Ekere Ezeh.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Nkechy Ekere Ezeh is a GRCC alumna.)

Condolences to family, friends of former trustee Lyle Morrison

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Lyle Morrison, a founding member of GRCC’s board of trustees and its first chair. He died Nov. 13.

Visitation is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Nov. 17 at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Road SE. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 18 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1935 Plymouth Ave. SE.

Bookstore’s two-day sale ends today

On Tuesday and Wednesday, November 15-16, the GRCC Bookstore will hold a two-day sale. During this event, we will have the following discounts:

25% Off!

  • Clearance Merchandise
  • Men’s, women’s and kids’ fleece apparel
  • Outerwear
  • ALL cold weather accessories (Including gloves and Winter hats)
  • Backpacks
  • Drinkware
  • Emblematic blankets
  • iEssential tech accessories ($5, $10 and $15 cords, chargers and Powerbanks)

Presidential candidate interviews conclude today

Interviews with the presidential candidates start next week, with Bill Pink on Nov. 14, L. Joy Gates-Black on Nov. 15, and Amy Fugate on Nov. 16.

This is the schedule for the interview days:

  • 7:45-8:30 a.m. — Breakfast gathering with board members in room 118 of the ATC.
  • 8:45-9:30 a.m. — Cabinet in room 188 of the ATC.
  • 9:45-10:30 a.m. — External community panel and diversity/inclusion team (public invited) in the ATC auditorium.
  • 10:45-11:30 a.m. — Students in the ATC auditorium.
  • 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Faculty meet and greet in the ATC auditorium.
  • 12:45-2 p.m. — Lunch with Executive Leadership Team in room 118 of the ATC.
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m. — Campus presentation (all faculty, administration, staff and public invited) in the ATC auditorium.
  • 3:45-5 p.m. — Board panel interview (public invited) in the ATC auditorium.

Thanksgiving, exam week hours for Campus Dining

Important Info:

Thanksgiving Week Hours (11/21 – 11/25)

Raider Grille Closed all week

Quiet Café open Monday November 21st 7am-5pm with breakfast

Closed 11/22 through 11/25

Sneden Cafe Open Monday November 21st 7am to 5 pm.

Closed 11/22 through 11/25

Exam Week Dec. 12- Dec. 16

Raider Grille Closed all week

Monday 12th Quiet Café and Sneden Cafe Normal Hours

Tuesday 13th Quiet Café and Sneden Café 7am-4pm

Wednesday 14th Quiet Café 7am-1pm (Limited menu option)

Sneden Café Closed

Thursday 15th and Friday 16th All Retail operations Closed.

Re-opening on January 9th 2017

Heart of West Michigan United Way got results for 34,914 children in 2014-15

Because of you, we changed lives 206,966 times in Kent County from July 2014 to June 2015. Fifty-nine percent of people helped were under the age of 18, and ten percent were younger than three-years-old.

Under child education alone, 34,914 children received educational support and 5,245 children expanded their education in safe after-school or summer programming.

Check out the numbers for food security, workforce development, housing, violence prevention and parental support.