GRCC In the News, 4-25-18

City of Wyoming swears in new ‘Top Cop’

April 25, 2018; WZZM

WYOMING, Mich. – Long-time Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody will officially step down today, paving the way for Captain Kim Koster to be the new head of the department.

… Koster’s own promotion makes her the first woman police chief in the City of Wyoming. It is a role she is honored to have, but one she seems reluctant to assign too much significance to. Koster believes Kent County is full of good leaders, of both genders, and cites Kent County Undersheriff Michelle Young and Grand Rapids Community College Police Chief Rebecca Whitman as examples of women who she has modeled her career after.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Kim Koster and Michelle Young are GRCC alumnae.)

Director takes joy in teaching student musicians, to see what they can do and where they go

April 24, 2018; (KISD newsletter)

The Northview High School Jazz Band has burned through another take of Duke Ellington’s “Rockin’ in Rhythm” at a peppy pace, when director Greg Wells decides it’s time for a pep talk.

… He started out studying physics and engineering at Grand Rapids Community College but went back to music his sophomore year, earning a bachelor’s at WMU and his master’s at Michigan State University.


Sustainable Residential Design students present projects

Students in AR218 Sustainable Residential Design presented their final projects this week to professionals in the field gaining valuable feedback and insights for future development. The students were tasked with designing a single family house that is energy, water and resource efficient. The students calculated the water use on site and for the interior use while incorporating strategies to reduce water consumption in each project. To address both resource and energy use, each group worked to develop an efficient plan that reduced square footage while developing a wall detail to show the construction of the home. Each student had an opportunity to research and implement a sustainable strategy in their group project ranging from gray water reclamation, passive solar, to natural ventilation.

Three students present their project to students seated in a classroom. They stand next to a video screen that says: "Saugatuck Home."

41 to graduate from Police Academy

Students in this year’s Police Academy will celebrate graduation at 6 p.m. Thursday in Fountain Street Church. Everyone is invited to attend!

Two of the 41 students were sponsored by Kent County, and almost half of the recruits already have job offers. Antonio Trevino was awarded the Officer Robert A. Kozminski Scholarship, and Tracy Harrell and Yamel Marmolejos-Tolentino received the the Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith (BHMS) Why We Can’t Wait Scholarship.

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Congratulations to Van & Marinus Swets 2018 Travel Award recipients

Congratulations to the Van & Marinus Swets 2018 Travel Award Winners!

The Foundation received 21 creative travel plans from employees. Due to the excellent response, we were able to award 9 employees this year.

The winning essays were interesting and creative — just as Marinus would have liked.

Congratulations to:

  • 1st Place: Jody Graves- $400
  • 2nd Place: Sandra Lancaster- $300
  • 3rd Place: Michelle Allen – $200

Honorable Mentions

  • Diane Smith- $100
  • Amy Bennett- $100
  • Erica Brown- $100
  • Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood- $100
  • Tari Mattox- $100
  • Lynn Lauchie- $100

Thank you to all who submitted essays.  We hope you all enjoy the vacations you have planned. We look forward to hearing from the winners and seeing pictures from their travels.

Safe travels!

Exam Week hours for Campus Dining

Exam Week Hours

April 23rd – 27th

The Quiet Cafe: Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th

Open Normal Hours.

Wednesday 25th Open 7am-4pm (breakfast from 7am-10am)

Closed Thursday April 26th through Friday May 4th

The Quiet Café will be open through the summer starting May 7th Monday-Thursday 8am-2pm

The Raider Grille: Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th

Open until 2pm. (Wok This Way Closed)

Closed Wednesday 25th- Friday 27th

Closed for the summer

The Sneden Cafe: Monday 23rd Open Normal Hours

Tuesday 24th Open 7am – 1pm

Closed Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th

Sneden will be Closed for the Summer