GRCC In The News, 01-11-19

Rees Scholarship Foundation gives $65,000 to aspiring HVACR technicians
The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), recently announced scholarship awards totaling $65,000 to 39 students, including five military veteran program recipients, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.
… HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:
… Paul Paiz, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids CC goes contactless
1/10/19 (newsletter for the ID card industry)
Grand Rapids Community College has upgraded its RaiderCard, going contactless for a wide range of on-campus transactions.

Southwestern Michigan College Stops State Lawsuit After New Legislation Passed
A lawsuit filed on Jan. 4 by Southwestern Michigan College (SMC) against the Michigan’s Office of the Auditor General was dropped after a new law changed how community colleges in the state should give to a state-run teacher retirement program.
… Estimated unpaid contributions from other schools in Michigan included:
… Grand Rapids Community College: about $93,000

Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance announces resignation of executive director
1/10/19 WGVU
On Wednesday, the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance also known as LEDA, announced the resignation of Latoya Booker, the executive director. Booker has been in the role since the summer of 2017.
… (Interim Executive Director Christine) Arnold recently retired from Grand Rapids Community College where she served as the director of the Bob and Alecia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

GRCC alumnus in “Photographers Without Borders” docuseries

GRCC alumnus Damari McBride is the featured photographer in the January 2019 episode of the series Photographers Without Borders. His episode, Beyond the Gun, dissects the complexities of South Africa’s poaching epidemic.

While at GRCC, Mr. McBride participated in Service-Learning and helped lead the Black Student Union. He went on to receive his undergrad at Ferris State University.

Former GRCC Biodiversity Student from Tanzania Now at Harvard Medical School

Fahmy Mamuya, a former Biodiversity Biology student from Arusha, Tanzania, is currently a medical writer and part of a multi-disciplinary research team at Harvard University in the Harvard Medical School.

After GRCC, Fahmy received his PhD in Cell and Organ Systems Physiology at the University of Delaware, followed by an MBA at the same university. He is an expert in cell culture and confocal microscopy. Fahmy has also had NIH-based research scholarships of vision physiology at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Fahmy believes, “…medical research can continue to transcend, and the impact can be harvested through effective communication to diverse audiences.”

Congratulations to this amazing GRCC alumnus, and to our science department for helping Fahmy get started!

Salute to Women deadline extended to February 1

The Salute to Women Award honors GRCC women who are exemplary in their roles as professionals, volunteers, or agents of change. Each year, this award celebrates the diversity of women’s accomplishments at the college and encourages young women to pursue pathways to achievement.

Nominations for the 2019 Salute to Women Awards must be submitted by February 1, 2019!

Nomination Categories:

  • GRCC Alumna
  • GRCC Employee
  • GRCC Student
  • GRCC Former Employee

Recipient Criteria*:

  • Commitment to community service as evidenced by time and resources given.
  • Achievement within her profession or community noted by her impact, demonstrated success recognition by her peers, and the difference she makes to others.
  • Leadership indicated by her innovation, strength, flexibility, and risk-taking.
  • Empowers and inspires other women as a mentor, role model, and friend.
  • Has a positive impact on and is involved with students.

* Not all suggested criteria are necessary, nor is this list intended to be limiting.

Online nomination form is online on our website:


Thank You From the Abid Family

A message from Steve Abid:

We would like to express sincere gratitude to the GRCC community for your tremendous outpouring of sympathy and support with the passing of Maureen Abid. Thank you to all who came to the visitation or funeral and to those who sent cards and messages. Words can never express how you have helped us through this tough time. When Dr. Pink refers to the GRCC Family – he is right on point!

We apologize for this impersonal message, but please know that we send you our heartfelt gratitude.

Steve Abid and family

Only two more chances to see “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey”

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GRCC Players present The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne.

The Story: Chuck unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind.

  • January 10 – 12 at 8 p.m.
  • Spectrum Theater Lab Space (Room 201)
  • Limited seats; call 234-3946 for tickets
  • Cost: $5 GRCC students; $10 GRCC staff

GRCC Student cast includes: Eden Heimer, Elijah Lewis, Alexus Voss, Nio Walton, and Trent Woodman.

Road Closure Notice: intersection of Ionia and Lyon

Starting TODAY, January 11, the Ionia Ave. and Lyon St. intersection will be under construction.


  • Lyon St., from Ionia to Division.
  • Ionia Ave., from Pearl to Crescent.

WHEN: Friday, January 11, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – Sunday, January 13, 2019, 4 p.m.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Urgent utility work in the northeast corner of the intersection.


  • Detouring westbound Lyon at Division.
  • Closing one lane on Ionia and shifting traffic around work area on west side.

DETOUR ROUTE: Westbound Lyon Division to Pearl to Monroe.