Holland doctor retires after 42 years
6/3/18 The Holland Sentinel
After 42 years of service to the Holland community, Dr. Richard Kempf has retired from his practice at Holland Family Medicine.
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Kempf attended Ottawa Hills High School and Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College. Kempf said that even early on, he was interested in biology.
West Ottawa alum graduates Cornerstone valedictorian
6/3/18 The Holland Sentinel
Holland-born Julie Brown was recently recognized as valedictorian of the graduating class of 2018 at Cornerstone University.
… Before attending Cornerstone, Brown spent two years completing her associates degree at Grand Rapids Community College. While it was difficult working full time and attending school, she said it was a gift to her.
6/1/18 Community College Daily
… Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, has been elected to the board of the Higher Learning Commission, which oversees accreditation for degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states. His term runs from September 2018 to August 2022.
Change Ups: Mind Meets Music taps Swan to guide fundraising, marketing strategies
6/1/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Grand Rapids Community College president Bill Pink was elected to the Higher Learning Commission board of trustees, which oversees accreditation for degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states. Pinks term runs from September 2018 to August 2022.
Grand Rapids Community College students saved more than $2 million in textbook costs this past academic year through a partnership with OpenStax, Rice University’s open educational resources program that provides free, high-quality peer-reviewed textbooks.
Grand Rapids Community College and the Caledonia school district reached an agreement to offer courses in the former Glenmor High School building, 8948 Kraft Ave. SE in Caledonia.
Smigiel awarded Rockford Rotary Rick Ehinger Memorial STRIVE Scholarship
The Rotary Club of Rockford has selected Jared Smigiel as the recipient of this year’s Rick Ehinger Memorial STRIVE Scholarship.
As the winner of this year’s scholarship, Smigiel will receive $1,200 that will be used to continue his education at Grand Rapids Community College this fall.
Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame names 2018 class
6/1/18 WOOD Radio
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2018.
The class includes:
… Longtime Grand Rapids Community College basketball coach Gene Paxton. In 25 years, he racked up more than 500 wins and five league championships. He’s also a member of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame.
… Carl Paganelli Sr., Carl Pagenelli Jr., Perry Paganelli and Dino Paganelli are being named the Outstanding Team Honorees. The father and three sons are all football officials. All three sons have officiated Super Bowls.
(This article doesn’t mention it, but all the Paganellis are GRCC alumni.)
Financial aid guru has been district go-to for decades
6/1/18 schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)
Senior Jordon Pelon is ready for next year at Spring Arbor University, where he intends to pursue a degree in social work and likely the ministry.
… (Becky) Powell previously served as director of financial aid at two separate colleges and now, after scaling back from full-time, works for Grand Rapids Community College part time in the same field.