GRCC In The News, 03-18-19

Street Talk: Employers may be feeling March sadness
3/15/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Grand Rapids Community College leaders met Metallica guitarist James Hetfield last week before the band’s concert at the Van Andel Arena.

Change Ups: Cutler Martin joins firm grandfather founded
3/15/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Grand Rapids Community College’s Sterile Processing Technician Registered Apprenticeship Program received a 2019 Impact Award from the Michigan Works! Association. The award recognizes significant economic accomplishments and showcases the impact of new jobs, transformational training and talent pipeline development.

Torna a Castellana Grotte “Una vita in cucina” il Trofeo Internazionale dedicato al cav. Consoli
Dieci squadre per otto Paesi piu la squadra fuori concorso della scuola ospitante. … Al secondo posto si posiziono … mentre il terzo posto fu assegnato agli Stati Uniti, al Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in Grand Rapids Community College del Michigan.
(Ten teams for eight countries plus the out of competition team of the host school. In second place is positioned … while third place was assigned to the United States, to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College of Michigan.)

Morning News
3/16/19 WZZM
If you love dogs, cats, pigs — this event is for you. The Laughfest People and Pet event is Sunday and you don’t want to miss it. It’s happening from 10 to 2 at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse.

COCC’s Next President Plans for Transition
3/15/19 KBND
BEND, OR — The next President of Central Oregon Community College is preparing for her 2,400-mile journey west. COCC’s Board unanimously approved the hiring of Dr. Laurie Chesley, earlier this week. She’s spent most of her career in Michigan and tells KBND News she’s ready for the challenges that lie ahead, “I think it’s very important for me, as a person who hasn’t grown up in Bend, to understand the community as well as I can, get to know the priorities and concerns of the community. My first weeks and months are going to be really focused on relationship building.” She adds, “My top priority will be to meet as many members of the college community and the local community as possible.”

Emoni Bates shows NBA potential during Ypsilanti Lincolns run to state final
3/15/19 MLive
EAST LANSING — Ypsilanti Lincoln’s Emoni Bates is only 15 years old, but the letters N.B.A. are already being included in the same sentence with the 6-foot-9 freshman.
… (Lincoln coach Jesse) Davis and Bates’s father, E.J. Bates, played at Grand Rapids Community College together and have had a strong rapport since.

GRCC professor published in national peer-reviewed journal

Photo of a monarch butterfly perched on a spotted knapweed blossom on the beach.

Dr. Matthew Douglas, Professor of Zoology and Botany at GRCC, has recently published a paper in the Great Lakes Entomologist, a national peer-reviewed journal, that documents the change of nectar-providing plants used by migrating monarch butterflies (from goldenrod to the invasive Star Thistle/Spotted Knapweed) in the Beaver Island Archipelago of northern Lake Michigan. The paper is titled: Use of Spotted Knapweed/Star Thistle (Asterales: Asteraceae) as the Primary Source of Nectar by Early Migrating Monarch Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) from Beaver Island, Michigan.

The paper suggests that as climate change progresses, migrating monarchs may be forced to switch to nectar plants that are blooming at the time of migration in August, even if these plants are invasive. In the Beaver Island Archipelago, the invasive Star Thistle is virtually the only plant that provides enough nectar for a long-enough period by monarch migrating to Mexico by the tens of thousands in mid-August. Such nectar-bearing plants are absolutely vital to the success of migrating monarchs, which take the sugars and convert them enzymatically to fat, which is more efficient to carry in large fat bodies during the migratory flight of over 2,000 miles to their overwintering roosts in Michoacan, Mexico.

And in positive news (per Dr. Douglas), “As a side note, the number of overwintering monarchs in Mexican roosts is nearly 5 times that of recent years, suggesting that there is hope for our rapidly disappearing monarch butterflies.”

Congratulations, Dr. Douglas!

Head to the Ford Fieldhouse this Friday for March Madness fun

NCAA March Madness logo

Between 12-2 p.m. our Fieldhouse friends are offering a tasty deal for you:

  • CAMPUS COMBO: hot dog, popcorn, and large pop for only $2.00

In Room 212, there will be big screens playing live NCAA basketball games!

Come during your lunch time to enjoy this engagement opportunity for the GRCC family!

Questions? Contact Angela ( or Sue (

A photo of the new Ford Fieldhouse.


Remind students to ‘Rock the Interview’ tomorrow in the Raider Grille

Please remind students to attend Rock the Interview tomorrow from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Raider Grille!

There will be several ‘stations’ students can visit to prepare for their next job search including mini mock interviews, resume basics, refreshing existing resumes, signing up for Handshake, and an opportunity to begin a job search and practice their handshake with President Pink and other GRCC Officials. Students can participate in as many activities as they wish. There will be light refreshments and free gifts while they last.

Presented by the Occupational Support Services Program.

Poster for the Rock the Interview event at GRCC. Poster text reads: "Grand Rapids Community College. Get ready to Rock the Interview! Practice your handshake with President Pink 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM, College Officials 11:30AM - 1:30PM. Resume Basics. Mock Interviews. Develop a professional resume and prepare for your next interview! Activities include: mini mock interviews; resume basics & support refreshing existing resumes; set-up Handshake & job search accounts; FREE portfolio for the first 30 students to complete a mock interview; learn about the Occupational Support Program; refreshments, light snacks. March 19 11 am – 2 pm. Raider Grille. For more information, contact the Occupational Support Program at (616) 234-4155."

Learn to ‘Be Red Cross Ready’ this Thursday at the Library

A graphic for the Be Red Cross Ready course. There are three illustrations, one of an emergency kit showing batteries, an aluminum can, first aid supplies, and water water; a floorplan with a path leading through it; and a screen, radio, and Red Cross pamphlet. The text reads: "Be Red Cross Ready. Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed. 1 Get a Kit. 2 Make a Plan. 3 Be Informed."

“Be Red Cross Ready” is a presentation designed by the American Red Cross to ensure that our communities are as resilient and prepared as possible in the face of natural disasters. The training covers building an emergency preparedness kit, making individual and group plans for varying disaster scenarios, how to remain informed on the risks in your area, and what your place in a possible community response would be.

  • WHEN: This Thursday, March 21, from 12-1:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Second floor of the Library & Learning Commons

*Refreshments will be provided*
Sponsored by the Library and Learning Commons and the Campus Common Reading Committee