Archive for January 2018

GRCC In the News, 1-31-18

January 31, 2018

Battle Creek’s Juan Warren heating up for Schoolcraft College men’s basketball

Jan. 30, 2018; Battle Creek Enquirer

As teams head into the final month of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association basketball season, several local players are making an impact in the league.

… Grand Rapids Community College freshman guard and Harper Creek graduate Jeremiah Davis has appeared in 12 games for the Raiders (13-6), including one start. He’s averaging 3.6 points and 1.9 assists per game.

Empowering messages to last a lifetime

Jan. 30, 2018; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — If you could go back, what would you tell yourself in middle school? Empowering mind, body, and soul is what Maranda’s Beautiful U is all about! 140 seventh and eighth grade girls from several school districts across West Michigan came together for an afternoon of fun and education.

… An exciting part of Beautiful U is the tasty food and snacks! Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, Meijer, and Milk Means More partnered up to educate girls on what they need to fuel their bodies. Calcium and protein are extremely important for girls in the developmental teen and pre-teen years. With a yogurt snack, girls got a healthy (and yummy) boost of nutrients they need.

Changes to mileage rate

January 31, 2018

Effective January 1, 2018, the standard mileage rate went up to .545/mile.

Honors Program hosts Faculty Meet and Greet

January 31, 2018

Learn about GRCC’s Honors Program on Feb. 8:

Honors Faculty Meet & Greet. Thursday, February 8th, 4:30-6:30, ATC 118 and Fountain Hill Brewery. Come learn about the Honors Program! A brief presentation is offered in ATC 118 from 4:30-5:30 followed by a social gathering from 5:30-6:30 in the Fountain Hill Brewery.

Condolences to Julie Parks

January 31, 2018

We extend our condolences to Julie Parks, of Workforce Training, and her family on the death of her father-in-law, Charles Parks Jr.

GRCC In the News, 1-30-18

January 30, 2018

Teaching, counseling, coaching and serving fill life for local resident

Jan. 27, 2018; Hastings Reminder

Continuing to teach driver’s education for 37 years says a lot about the perseverance of Hastings resident Jack Longstreet, who taught and coached in Stanton and Hastings.

… After high school, he attended Grand Rapids Community College, when it was called a junior college, and then transferred to Western Michigan University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies, history and coaching in 1969.

eLearning software update

January 30, 2018

As of February 1, 2018, Human Resources is no longer utilizing Skillsoft for our compliance trainings. We are currently in the process of identifying an eLearning software provider. As soon as we have more information, we will be sure to share it with you. If you have questions regarding compliance, visit our GRCC Policies webpage. Note: The compliance trainings you completed in Skillport will be transferred to your Peoplesoft Training Summary. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Berens in Human Resources at 234-3179 or

Learn about new Lightboard Room

January 30, 2018

GRCC now has a Lightboard Room for faculty and staff. It’s a new system that allows the user to create short videos for the classroom using a Lightboard, which is much like a white board in a traditional classroom but can be shown on the screen with the user.

To learn more about it, check out the video below:

GRCC In the News, 1-29-18

January 29, 2018

Parents of slain teen: ‘Wonderful son’ lost to ‘jealous rage’

Jan. 27, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Javika Wallace-Hawkins started to worry when her son, Andre Hawkins Jr., 17, didn’t call to say he would be late.

… Her son attended Union High School before transferring his senior year to Grand Rapids Learning Center at Grand Rapids Community College, a college-preparatory high school.

Joseph Thomas LaPenna

Jan. 28, 2018; MLive

LaPenna, Joseph Thomas age 21, died suddenly at his home in Ada on Thursday, January 25, 2018 and is now resting in the arms of Jesus. … He was a 2014 graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, attended Grand Rapids Community College and recently completed a semester of studies in Italy through Grand Valley State University.

2018 Giants Award winners to be honored as leaders in Grand Rapids

Jan. 28, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will honor and celebrate influential leaders in the African American community at its annual Giants Awards program.

Change Ups: Chow Hound moves to new Burton location

Jan. 26, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… The Right Place Inc. appointed new board members to the 2018 Right Place board of directors, with its leadership remaining unchanged. Reappointed officers: chair, Brian Walker, Herman Miller; vice chair, Sean Welsh, PNC Financial Services and treasurer, Mitch Joppich, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Executive committee appointments: Richard P. Haslinger, West Michigan Region Chase. New board appointments: Wayman Britt, Kent County, Jeff Needham, Consumer Healthcare-Americas, Perrigo Co.; Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College; Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy; Rob Spohr, Montcalm Community College; and Bob Wolford, Miller Johnson.

Faculty Recital — Libor Ondras

Jan. 29, 2018;

… GRCC is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and offers the Associate in Music Degree with emphasis in Music Education, Music Performance, Music Merchandising, and Recording Technology.

ArtPrize winner designs Festival of the Arts poster

Jan. 27, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

The unveiling of the Festival of the Arts poster and the designer behind it is an annual Grand Rapids tradition, and this year’s artist selection is a well-known figure in the community.

… (Chris) LaPorte holds art degrees from Aquinas College, La Coste Ecole de Beaux Arts and the New York Academy of Art. He has taught drawing at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Aquinas College as well as educational institutions in New York and Michigan.

Take kids somewhere else if not comfortable at MSU, donor says

Jan. 27, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Parents who don’t feel safe sending their children to Michigan State University in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal should send them to other schools, said a university prominent donor and Grand Rapids businessman.

… (Peter) Secchia has been a contributor to the West Michigan area for years and has been influential in the continued development and growth of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Secchia learned about charitable giving early on from advice he received from Rich DeVos.

Couturier signs to be a Star

Jan. 26, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

SARANAC — Saranac’s Allison Couturier has signed her national Letter of Intent to play volleyball with Lansing Community College (LCC). The talented athlete will become a Star after she graduates from high school this spring.

… She also looks forward to facing off against beloved Saranac teammate Emma Pachulski on the other side of the volleyball net. Emma is preparing to sign to play volleyball with Grand Rapids Community College, and Ally is thrilled Emma gets to play at the next level, too. “I’ve been playing with Emma for the past six years and the experience has been amazing,” she said. “Now I get to play against her when we play GRCC, and it’s going to be the best.”


‘Black Panther’ viewing supports GRCC scholarship

January 29, 2018

On February 16 at 7:30 p.m., come support a GRCC scholarship fundraiser by watching the premiere of Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie at Celebration Cinema South.

Proceeds go to the GRCC BHMS – Why we can’t wait scholarship fund: $20 gets you a movie ticket, a small popcorn, and a small drink with $8 for the scholarship. The first 50 ticket purchasers will also receive a Marvel comic, and all ticket holders have a chance to win a Razor scooter.

You can buy tickets online.

College Channel programming through Feb. 2

January 29, 2018

The latest schedule, through Feb. 2, for the College Channel includes Michael Santana’s Mathematics Seminar.

Students use everyday objects to study impulse, momentum

January 29, 2018

Students in Randall Creswell’s Physics of Everyday Life class recently studied the concept of simple machines.

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Applications due by February 1

January 29, 2018

Encourage your students to participate in this Study Away opportunity:

GRCC Faculty-led Program. Study Away. Salamanca, Spain: Global Studies through International Travel. This 17-day international travel course will provide students with an in-depth study of the Spanish language and culture, civilization, art and history. While in Salamanca students will enjoy Spanish daily life with host families, and experience life in a city which has been a cultural and educational center in Spain. The program will encompass daily Spanish lessons with a broad range of cultural understandings together with field trips, and the opportunity to participate in the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca. Along with Salamanca other locations we will explore include Avila, Segovia, Aveiro and Madrid. Apply by February 1, 2018.

Eligibility: All degree-seeking students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and no money owed to the institution. Date: June 29-July 15, 2018 (17 days). Course: HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel (three credits). Housing: Program participants will be housed with host families. Excursions and Highlights: Two-week Spanish language classes at student proficiency level. Host family stay. Daily afternoon excursions. Guided visit to Segovia and Avila. Excursion to Aveiro Beach (Portugal) – weather permitting. 800-year celebration of the University of Salamanca. Service learning project with Puente Ladrillo. Ruta de Tapas (exploring Tapas’ restaurants). Castanet lesson. 4th of July celebration—Spanish style. City tour of Madrid. Contact: Department of Experiential Learning, Main Building, Level G2, Room 59. (616) 234-4162 Costs* Program fee (paid to GRCC): $3,850. What is included: Round trip airfare. Accommodations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner while in country. Field trips, excursions and entrance fees. Criminal background check. Travel insurance. Deposit – Due upon acceptance into program: $500. Tuition [plus fees (in-district) paid to GRCC]: $339. What is included: Three (3) credits (based on residential rate) and fees. Potential Additional Expenses: Items listed below may or may not apply to all participants: Passport. Personal expenses. Additional meals beyond what is offered. Travel provider phone (in country use only). How to pay for study abroad? Students are encouraged to pursue financial aid, scholarships and grants to fund Study Abroad. In addition, they may consider personal funds and alternative loans to fund Study Abroad. For more information on funding, visit Contact program directors for more information: Carmela Zapata, Department of Language and Thought, (616) 234-4666. Anna Maria Clark, TRIO/Student Support Services,, (616)234-4131. Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis. Apply through February 1, 2018 at *All program information, including courses, duration of program, dates and other logistics are subject to change. Fee subject to adjustment based on actual exchange rates and international airfare. Programs may be canceled due to extenuating circumstances. GRCC Grand Rapids Community College. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations, please contact the Department of Experiential Learning at (616) 234-4162. GRCC is an Equal Opportunity Institution. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Men’s basketball game celebrates GRPS alumni on teams

January 29, 2018

Come out to celebrate Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) seniors who will be graduating this year, and catch the men’s basketball team taking on Muskegon Community College. Both teams have GRPS alumni players, but GRCC has the No. 2 scoring leader in the nation: Curtis Davison.

The GRPS alumni on the GRCC team are: #5 Curtis Davison (Union High School ’15), #10 Anthony McIntosh (Ottawa Hills High School ’16), and #23 Corey Jones (Ottawa Hills High School ’14). The GRPS alumni on Muskegon’s team are: #3 Daquaveon Stuckey (Union High School ’15), #22 Sergio Diaz (Union High School ’17), and #23 Michael Anderson Jr. (Union High School ’16).

The game — with free admission — starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Ford Fieldhouse.

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Cap and gown orders due by Feb. 23

January 29, 2018

Faculty and staff cap and gown orders will be due Friday, February 23.  Forms are available for pick up at the bookstore or email Patti at

Orders placed after Feb. 23 will not being ready in time for Commencement.

GRCC In the News, 1-26-18

January 26, 2018

2018 Festival of the Arts poster designed by past ArtPrize winner

Jan. 25, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Festival of the Arts celebrates its 49th year in 2018, with a new poster designed by past ArtPrize winner Chris LaPorte.

… LaPorte has earned art degrees from Aquinas College, La Coste Ecole de Beaux Arts and the New York Academy of Art, going on to teach drawing at GVSU, GRCC, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Aquinas College. His ArtPrize entry, “Calvary, American Officers, 1921” won first-place in 2010.