GRCC In the News, 9-6-17

DACA ending, student unsure of his future in West Michigan

Sept. 5, 2017; MLive

With his first day of college classes tomorrow, Kevin Vazquez is also worried he could soon lose his ability to legally work, drive and continue as a contributing resident of the United States.

… Classes begin Wednesday at Western Michigan University for the recent Grand Rapids Community College graduate. That major turning point in Vazquez’s life comes just one day after another.

Hundreds march through downtown Grand Rapids to protest end of DACA

Sept. 5, 2017; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rallies were held across the country on Tuesday after the announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. That included West Michigan, where hundreds of people marched through downtown Grand Rapids to protest the Trump administration’s decision. The program shields from deportation hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

… “Thanks to DACA I was able to work, which means I was able to pay for my school,” said (Juan) Mascorro-Guerrero. “I started at GRCC, then transferred to Grand Valley State University.”

Renowned chef teaches students art of running a kitchen

Sept. 5, 2017; Niles Daily Star

Across Berrien County students are packing up their backpacks and returning to class following summer break. This year, Lake Michigan College students attending courses at the Bertrand Crossing Campus in Niles will have several new classes and lab features to look forward to utilizing this semester.

… (Luis) Amado’s passion for culinary arts was fed by his work in the kitchen. Growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, Amado was inspired by his father and grandfather’s cooking. In addition to working in his grandfather’s pastry shop, Amado worked as a saucier at the Hyatt Regency in Guadalajara, where he ended up meeting Chef Carl Butenas, who was instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. Butenas offered to sponsor Amado in America, where he would go on to earn a scholarship to study in the culinary arts program at Grand Rapids Community College.

Call for entries for Elkhart Juried Regional

Sept. 2, 2017; The Michigan City News-Dispatch

La PORTE COUNTY — The Midwest Museum of American Art is pleased to announce a call for entries to the 39th Elkhart Juried Regional Art Exhibition, Oct. 7 through Dec. 3.

… Awards for 2017 are more than $27,000 and will be selected by the jurors and Purchase Award patrons. The distinguished jurors for this exhibition will be Nick Antonakis, Head of the Art Department, Grand Rapids Community College, and Bill Hosterman, Associate Professor, Art Department, Grand Valley State University, Michigan.

Local Roundup: CVCC volleyball falls to top teams at Owens Invitational

Sept. 6, 2017; Hickory Record (N.C.)

HICKORY — The No. 4 Red Hawks suffered defeats against three of the top teams in the country this past weekend, according to a press release from CVCC.

… On Saturday, the Red Hawks fell to No. 13 Grand Rapids Community College and No. 16 Illinois Central College, each by a 3-1 score line.

Khale Showers fills quarterback role for Rockford defense

Sept. 5, 2017; MLive

ROCKFORD — When it comes to being a quarterback for a defense, Rockford senior Khale Showers has plenty of experience.

… Khale’s two older sisters are also athletic, as older sister Karliane played softball at Grand Rapids Community College and Brehanna is a gymnast at the University of Oklahoma.

Phi Theta Kappa to hold ice bucket challenge on September 19

The 2nd annual Phi Theta Kappa Ice Bucket Challenge will take place in the Juan Olivarez Plaza on September 19 from 12:00- 1:00 p.m.!

We are excited once again to help raise money for the ALS Association as well as for our own Phi Theta Kappa chapter at GRCC. Our PTK Chapter at GRCC is at a level Five Star, which is the highest rating, and we cannot remain at this level without participation in all regional and international conferences. In addition, we were able to give almost $500.00 to ALS through this event in the past and we want to be able to give even more!

The participants who volunteered to have a bucket of ice water dumped on their head include:

  • Rebecca Whitman – Campus Police Chief
  • Robin Kritzman – Police Officer
  • Billy Fern – Athletic Director / Compliance Coordinator
  • Evan Macklin – Coordinator of Student Orientation
  • Lina Blair – Director of Student Life and Conduct
  • Misty McClure-Anderson – Executive Deputy to the President and Board Liaison
  • Erin Busscher – Assistant Professor/Academic Advisor
  • Lynnae Selberg – Assistant Professor/Program Director
  • Jim Schafer – Events & Support Coordinator
  • Michael Schavey – Director of Experiential Learning

To donate you can:

  1. Drop off money in the Experiential Life Office in room 59 on level G2 of the MAIN building in our buckets! Each participant will have their own bucket and the person with the most money will have a bucket dumped on their head! Don’t worry, if there are any ties both participants will get dumped!
  2. Donate via Go Fund Me. If you want to specify who the money is for, please leave a comment with your donation.
  3. Bring $20.00 on September 19 at noon and choose the participant of your choice to have an on-demand bucket dumped on their head! Everyone who volunteered last year ended up getting a bucket dumped on their head based on students, faculty, and staff donating money this way.

Any little bit helps. Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, literally, anything! Please help support our students if you can!

SSPD Grants: September 2017 Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is September 22, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available on the Grants Department webpage. Please note that applications must include a supervisor’s approval form, a budget form, and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Associate Director of Grants and Resource Development, at 234-3340 or Good luck!

Mentoring group to be part of Involvement Day

Welcome Week continues from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today with Involvement Day (formerly known as Club Day).

Affinity Mentoring, a nonprofit organization that works to improve students’ academic achievement, self-esteem and social skills by pairing them with caring adult mentors, will have a table near the Department of Experiential Learning on the Student Plaza. the group will also be part of a presentation in SCC 336.


Raider Salute to Facilities staff

A Raider Salute from Erin Busscher, of the Counseling and Career Center:

I would like to send a Raider Salute to all of the outstanding Facilities staff for setting up and tearing down the Transfer and Advising Day event in the Juan Olivarez Plaza. They did an excellent job and I was impressed by their teamwork and efficiency.

GRCC hosts YogaFit for Warriors workshop in January

GRCC is hosting a YogaFit for Warriors training workshop on January 27 and 28 in room 140 of the Calkins Science Center.

This YogaFit for Warriors workshop zeros in on Post-­Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma Brain Injury (TBI), the long-term effects each one has on the mind, body, and spirit, and how yoga can bring relief. Anyone suffering from trauma—military men and women, and their families; first responders; victims of violence or abuse—as well as the mental health professionals working with them will benefit from this two-day intensive workshop.

All are welcome to register for this certification: faculty staff, students and the community.