GRCC In the News, 11-27-17

GRCC reports Kent, Ottawa economic impact of $447M, 8,833 jobs

Nov. 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s economic contribution to Kent and Ottawa counties totaled $447.7 million, according to an economic impact analysis released Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Construction Begun On WMU’s Grand Rapids Manufacturing Lab

Nov. 26, 2017; mitechnews.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Construction has begun at Western Michigan University’s Grand Rapids regional location for a state-of the-art manufacturing laboratory.

AMP Lab @WMU, an Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory, will be built in collaboration with West Michigan manufacturers and Grand Rapids Community College to address the shortage of skilled trades and engineering employees in the region. The Lab will occupy the first two floors of WMU’s downtown Grand Rapids location, which is located on Cherry and Ionia in the city’s Arena District.

Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan

Nov. 21, 2017; michigan.gov (state press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Juan Marinez of Okemos, Carlos Pava of Grand Rapids, Ivonne Soler of Livonia, and Jesse Venegas of Royal Oak to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.

… Pava is the COO and co-founder of Voices for Health, Inc. He is a licensed trainer for the Community Interpreter International and a certified healthcare interpreter. Pava holds an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Michigan State University.

Showtime: Sunday, November 26

Nov. 26, 2017; WOOD Radio

Your daily guide to live music performances and entertainment in West Michigan, for Sunday, November 26, 2017.

… GRCC PLAYERS    Spectrum Theatre, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, 616-234-3946

  • Detroit ’67, December 7 to 9.
  • This Is Our Youth, January 11 to 13, 2018.
  • Dead Man’s Cell Phone, March 29 to 31.

Toys for Tots Drop-Off Locations – 2017

Nov. 22, 2017; WZZM

Full Toys for Tots County-by-County Drop-Off Lists 2017

… Grand Rapids Community College Exercise Science Club    111 Lyon St NE     Grand Rapids

Schubert Male Chorus to perform holiday concert in East Grand Rapids

Nov. 22, 2017; MLive

The Schubert Male Chorus is inviting the community to enjoy its holiday concert, “A Merry Gentlemen Christmas.”

… A portion of all ticket sales help support the Linda and Alan Doering – Schubert Male Chorus GRCC music scholarship.

Coldwater places four on Interstate 8 All-Conference volleyball team

Nov. 24, 2017; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

COLDWATER — The Coldwater Lady Cardinal volleyball team had one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2017, putting together an astonishing record of 43-6-3 for the year.

… Both Jamie and Jasmine (Wellet) will continue their volleyball and academic careers at Grand Rapids Community College next year.

 

Angela and Erasmo Salinas welcome baby Alexa

Angela Salinas, from Admissions, and her husband Erasmo “Mo,” a GRCC adjunct,  welcomed a new baby girl into their family. Alexa Cecilia arrived on November 18 at 3:10 a.m., measuring 7 pounds and 3 ounces, and 20 inches long. Big sister Aurora, age 4, proudly welcomed her little sibling with lots of hugs and smiles. Mom and Dad are excited, proud, blessed, and tired.

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Students can participate in #GivingTuesday too!

Stop by the first-floor Student Center on Tuesday, November 28, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and visit with our Student Alumni Philanthropy Club. They will be hosting a table and taking monetary donations for #GivingTuesday, as well as food donations for the GRCC Student Food Pantry. Anyone who gives a donation can enjoy our hot chocolate bar and be entered to win four tickets to GR Drive basketball game on Friday, December 8, which also happens to be GRCC Night! This event will end our GRCC student club food drive competition, where clubs have donated almost 300 pounds of food to our GRCC Student Food Pantry since November 6! Come support our students’ efforts in giving back!

GRCC Faculty Association raising money for the student food pantry and food kiosks

Gobble Gobble!

Have you noticed the Food Kiosks that have been popping up about campus? Do you see how fast the food empties? Did you know we have an on-campus Student Food Pantry where students can go once a month and fill a bag? There’s that old joke about starving college kids, but the reality of how severe of an issue this is, is no joke at all. Food insecurity is a real issue and we all can do something about it! 45% of GRCC students scored in the “low food security ” or “very low food security” categories of a recent survey of 428 GRCC students.

With that, you are invited to help our students by making a donation to the GRCC Student Food Pantry and Food Kiosks. The Faculty Association is once again spearheading a team of 5k runners who have pledged to run the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in downtown GR to help raise money for this cause. All of the funds raised will will go directly to the benefit of GRCC students. If you see these brave folks, give them a high five as they prepare for this 5k in what looks like mild mid-30’s temperatures.

You can donate online.

As of November 20, we have raised $585! Donations will be accepted through December 1!

GRCC Turkey Trot Runners:

  • Andy Schut
  • Anna Maria Clark
  • Benedikt Schorner
  • Bill Faber
  • Carly Plank
  • Cheryl Floyd
  • Christina McElwee
  • Corinne Martinez
  • Drew Rozema
  • Holly VanRyn
  • Jennifer Knauf
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Jillian Canode
  • Katie Vander Meer
  • Kristina Brott
  • Luann Keizer
  • Meghan VanderMale
  • Patricia Morris
  • Ryan Nausieda
  • Samantha Dine

GRCC In the News, 11-20-17

GRCC hosts a community science day

Nov. 19, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Grand Rapids Community College hosted a Community Science Day today for local children and adults to participate in hands-on science and health-related activities.

National Survivor of Suicide Loss Day Conference

Nov. 17, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — When someone commits suicide, it’s always those closest to them that are hurt the most. It’s with that thought in mind that the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan is hosting a special conference this weekend.

… National Survivor of Suicide Loss Day Conference

… Grand Rapids Community College Tech Center

Street Talk: Eatery’s food for thought

Nov. 17, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

This restaurant will have a little something extra on the menu.

… Chef Trimell Hawkins a graduate of the Secchia Institute of Culinary Arts at Grand Rapids Community College will lead food operations. The trio plan to hire locally, with special outreach to minorities.

GRCC Faculty Association raising money for the student food pantry and food kiosks

Gobble Gobble!

Have you noticed the Food Kiosks that have been popping up about campus? Do you see how fast the food empties? Did you know we have an on-campus Student Food Pantry where students can go once a month and fill a bag? There’s that old joke about starving college kids, but the reality of how severe of an issue this is, is no joke at all. Food insecurity is a real issue and we all can do something about it! 45% of GRCC students scored in the “low food security ” or “very low food security” categories of a recent survey of 428 GRCC students.

With that, you are invited to help our students by making a donation to the GRCC Student Food Pantry and Food Kiosks. The Faculty Association is once again spearheading a team of 5k runners who have pledged to run the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in downtown GR to help raise money for this cause. All of the funds raised will will go directly to the benefit of GRCC students. If you see these brave folks, give them a high five as they prepare for this 5k in what looks like mild mid-30’s temperatures.

You can donate online.

As of November 20, we have raised $585! Donations will be accepted through December 1!

GRCC Turkey Trot Runners:

  • Andy Schut
  • Anna Maria Clark
  • Benedikt Schorner
  • Bill Faber
  • Carly Plank
  • Cheryl Floyd
  • Christina McElwee
  • Corinne Martinez
  • Drew Rozema
  • Holly VanRyn
  • Jennifer Knauf
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Jillian Canode
  • Katie Vander Meer
  • Kristina Brott
  • Luann Keizer
  • Meghan VanderMale
  • Patricia Morris
  • Ryan Nausieda
  • Samantha Dine

 

Gratitude from the Grants Department

As we settle into the season of gratitude, we wanted to take the opportunity to recognize and thank the many faculty and staff who have participated in grantseeking efforts during the past year. Our department would not be nearly as successful without their significant contributions of time, effort, and in some cases good humor, to get us through the project development and grant writing processes.

This year, we would like to extend our gratitude to the following faculty and staff:

  • Steve Abid
  • Lorena Aguayo-Marquez
  • Jennifer Batten
  • JaneAnn Benson
  • Marisol Blanco
  • Dillon Carr
  • Anna Maria Clark
  • Dan Clark
  • Lannie Collard
  • John Cowles
  • Lisa Gloege
  • Domingo Hernandez-Gomez
  • Jim Holyfield
  • Vicky Janowiak
  • Sheila Jones
  • Amy Koning
  • Jeanne Lacy
  • Tari Mattox
  • Anne Meilof
  • Pamela Miller
  • Bruce Morrison
  • Mursalata Muhammad
  • Tom Neils
  • Julie Parks
  • Sarah Petz
  • Vicky Powers
  • Andrew Rozema
  • David Selmon
  • Sharon Umlor
  • John VanElst
  • Rick Vander Veen
  • Becky Yoder

Stephanie Thomas achieves All-American status at NJCAA Division I National Championship

Stephanie Thomas

Stephanie Thomas

Congratulations to Stephanie Thomas, who achieved All-American status at the NJCAA Division I National Championship!

Thomas — a freshman who ran in her first 5k only two months ago — finished 35 overall (19:20.0) in the women’s championship race at Nationals. She is the first athlete in GRCC’s cross country program to earn All-American honors.

A Grand Rapids Christian High School graduate, she was also named to the All-Region XII First Team and received All-MCCAA, MCCAA All-Freshman, and MCCAA Freshman of the Year honors.

GRCC In the News, 11-17-17

Report finds gaps in funding, services for Kent Co. kids

Nov. 16, 2017; WOOD Radio

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new report shows large gaps in services and funding for young children in Kent County.

… Claudia Jones works at one of the childcare centers that partners with First Steps Kent. As a preschool assistant instructor at the GRCC Early Childhood Learning Lab and a mother of three, she has seen the benefits of preschool.

GR Mag’s top weekend picks

Nov. 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Get in the holiday spirit or take flight with dragons this weekend in GR. You can also join the celebration of a 10-year-old favorite, attend a performance by contestants from one of the most popular reality TV shows and in classic Beer City fashion, learn about how some of the city’s favorite brews got their distinct flavors. This weekend is jam-packed with events you won’t want to miss.

BEER & DRAGONS

(Thursday)

If the name wasn’t enticing enough, Grand Rapids Public Museum has partnered with New Holland Brewing and Grand Rapids Community College for a beer tasting and interactive presentation event. Starting with New Holland’s famous Dragon’s Milk, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the process of determining flavor that the brewers wanted for featured beers and find out which New Holland beers were accidental discoveries.

55 Holiday Gift Experience Ideas — Your Local Shopping Guide for Kids and Families

Nov. 16, 2017; grkids.com

If you’d like to give or receive experiences rather than toys this holiday, here’s your list!

… Gifts for Mom

… Sign her up for language classes at Grand Rapids Community College. Then plan an international trip to let her use her new skills!