GRCC In the News, 9-11-17

New Kingma’s Market features locally-grown, culinary fare

Sept. 10, 2017; MLive

ADA, MI — For longtime grocer Alan Hartline, the fun of opening of Kingma’s Market second store has been working with a blank slate.

… His oldest son, Andrew, 19, now works at the stores while attending classes at Grand Rapids Community College. He plans to earn a degree in Western Michigan University’s lauded food merchandising program, and help his dad grow the Kingma’s brand.

Travis Pest Control keeps work all in the family

Sept. 8, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

For the past six decades, not even the smallest nuisance has escaped the Travis family’s notice.

… James Travis Sr. attended Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College), then transferred to the University of Michigan, where he earned a degree in entomology the study of insects.

3 square miles of art: Grand Rapids, Mich., hosts annual competition

Sept. 10, 2017; Kenosha News (Wis.)

Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second-largest city, finds unusual ways to gain attention. It has produced high-quality furniture for more than a century. It is a nationwide leader in environmental sustainability.

On the city’s Beer City Ale Trail are at least 60 microbreweries, including Brewery Vivant, in a former funeral home. Grand Rapids brews so much beer that its community college one year ago opened Fountain Hill Brewery and Peters Pub on campus, the nation’s first such business owned by a college and operated by students who study craft brewing there.

America, Meet Your New Pastry Olympians

Sept. 9, 2017;

If you love dessert competitions, then you need to know about the Pastry World Cup. Founded in 1988 by Gabriel Paillasson, the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie is held every two years in Lyon, France, and is considered the most challenging and prestigious competition in the world.

The team is made up of three pastry chefs assuming different roles: one sugar artist, one chocolate artist, and an ice sculptor, and the members of team USA, our pastry Olympians, were just selected after an intense two-day trial at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, where six talented pastry chefs battled toque to toque for the chocolate and sugar positions.

GVSU student senate releases DACA statement

Sept. 10, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

The Grand Valley State University student senate spent nearly an hour at its general assembly Thursday, Sept. 7, amending and approving a statement to be released in support of students affected by the announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

… Before the meeting closed, one student stood to speak during the public comment period. Beau Vansolkema, a social work major who transferred from Grand Rapids Community College, began by identifying himself as a transgender student.

Leadership conference has some openings left

The Office of Student Life and Conduct still has some spaces open for the Student Leadership Conference Registration this Friday, Sept. 15, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Student employees are also recommended to come to receive some extra professional development.

This conference-style institute is open to all GRCC students who want to gain more experience in leadership and want to learn more about how to start and manage a student organization. The Student Leadership Institute will take place on GRCC’s Main Campus in the Student Center. All students are invited and there is NO registration fee. Lunch and parking validation will be provided.

Advisors of student organizations are also invited to attend an advisor training session from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please send an email to

Student Leadership Institute. Free and open to all GRCC students, and lunch is provided! Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. GRCC Main Campus, Student Center. Attend sessions on the basics of student leadership: Starting and managing a student organization. Communications within student organizations. Using and managing OrgSync. Managing student organization funds. Conflict management. Programming and advertising. OrgSync. Learn more and register online at The Student Leadership Institute is funded by the Campus Activities Fee and supported by the Student Life and Conduct office.