GRCC In the News, 5-25-18

‘I am going to do something with my life’
5/24/18 The Daily News (Greenville)
BELDING — As Nathan Silman walks across the stage tonight to receive his diploma, he’ll be sharing in the accomplishment with more than 100 classmates.
… Silman plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College with a goal to earn an associate degree and transfer to Ferris State University.

Students earn awards at Heartlands Institute of Technology
5/24/18 Ionia Sentinel-Standard
IONIA — Heartlands Institute of Technology honored its countywide students with awards last week at the career center.
… William Parish was honored with a $2,000 scholarship to attend the Grand Rapids Community College, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education to further pursue the culinary arts field.

City commission meets new officer Kasey Metcalf
5/22/18 The Pioneer (Big Rapids)
(Photo caption) Big Rapids Department of Public Safety Director Jim Eddinger (left) introduces the department’s newest officer, Kasey Metcalf, to Big Rapids City Commissioners and city staff during Monday’s meeting. Metcalf worked with DPS as a service officer from 2013 -15, while enrolled at Ferris State University, and graduated from Grand Rapids Community College. “(Metcalf) is atypical of Millenials; he has shown a reverence to his position,” Eddinger said.

Davis to take reins of university relations for coming months
5/24/18 Western Michigan University press release
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Former reporter and longtime W Magazine editor Paula M. Davis has been appointed interim executive director of the Office of University Relations at Western Michigan University, effective June 1.
… The West Michigan native earned an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College before continuing on to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University in 1998. Before joining the Gazette in 1998, Davis gained experience reporting for the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman and for Crain’s Detroit Business. She also worked for the Detroit Public Schools in its media relations office.

Madison Marble wielding a consistent bat for Sparta softball squad
5/24/18 MLive
SPARTA — Madison Marble continues to swing a productive bat for Sparta’s softball team.
She is a returning senior outfielder who has signed to play at Grand Rapids Community College next season.

Grand Rapids Community College approves pay raises for 2 unions
5/24/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College agreed to new contracts with two of its employee unions – the Police Officers Labor Council and College Employees Benefit Association.

Grand Rapids Community College approves pay raises for 2 unions
5/25/18 University Business
Grand Rapids Community College agreed to new contracts with two of its employee unions – the Police Officers Labor Council and College Employees Benefit Association.
(This article also appeared in College and University.)

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson addresses trends and concerns for boomers’ on bikes
Noting their disproportionate involvement in crashes, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson Thursday encouraged baby boomers who ride a motorcycle or are thinking about it to take a returning-rider safety course, even if they rode in their younger days.
… The Michigan Rider Education Program first offered a three-wheeled vehicle safety course through a public sponsor in 2015. Since then, 33 students have taken the class. This year, in a pilot program with Can-Am, 12 Can-Am Spyders have been loaned to three-wheeled vehicle rider education courses at Grand Rapids Community College and Schoolcraft College. Three-wheeled vehicle safety courses are also available through select private sponsors listed on the Michigan Rider Education Program training locator Web page.

Raider Salute to IT Department

A Raider Salute from adjunct professor Conshana (Shanda) Vaughn:

I would like to submit a ‘Raider Salute’ to the GRCC IT Department. Wednesday, May 24th, I presented at the GRPS G-Cubed – Raising Her Voice Conference in the ATC Building.  The room I was assigned to had a computer with a browser that had not been updated, so my presentation didn’t work. I contacted the IT department and Ms. Rachel (phone) created a ticket to provide a loaner laptop because the conference was scheduled to start at 9:30A.  Well, the ticket was created at 9:10A and the problem was resolved by 9:24A.  Many THANKS and KUDOS to I want to say their names are Jordyn and Bryan H for their prompt service with a smile.  
Shanda Vaughn poses with the IT staff who helped her save the day during the "GRPS G-Cubed - Raising Her Voice Conference" in the ATC Building

Bollard Project on Commons Begins June 1st

The project to install bollards on each end of the commons is scheduled to begin June 1.  They will start on the north end, and once that is completed, move to the south end.  The installation takes about a week, and then the cement must cure for a couple of weeks to support vehicular traffic.  Each side should take roughly three weeks total.  Pedestrian traffic along the commons will not be impacted, and they will maintain an accessible route.

Vehicular traffic on the commons will be restricted during the project.

Please contact Victoria Janowiak (x3565) if you have any questions or concerns!