GRCC In The News, 04-08-19

  • News at 5:30 p.m.
    • 4/5/19 WOOD TV
    • Gov. Whitmer has named several West Michigan leaders to the important Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Executive Committee. The group determines what companies get tax breaks and other economic advantages in our state. They include Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell, Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink, of Ada. Also of Ada, Krista Flynn, a president at Chemical Bank, and Kyle Caldwell of Rockford, the CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations.
  • Whitmer Appointments Reshape MEDC Executive Committee
    • 4/8/19
    • LANSING – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made appointments Friday to 11 spots on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Executive Committee, reshaping the 20-member committee.
    • … Bill Pink, of Ada, president of Grand Rapids Community College, was also appointed to represent public entities for a term expiring April 5, 2023.
  • Gov. Whitmer makes appointments to MEDC Committee
    • 3/5/19 The Macomb Daily
    • Governor Gretchen Whitmer made several appointments to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Executive Committee on Friday, April 5, 2019, including several Detroit-area residents.
    • … Bill Pink, Ph. D. of Ada, is the president of Grand Rapids Community College. Dr. Pink is appointed to represent public entities for a term expiring April 5, 2023.
  • Kalamazoo mayor appointed by governor to serve on MEDC executive committee
    • 4/5/19 WWMT
    • KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday the mayor of Kalamazoo is one of the 11 new members appointed to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee, per a statement released from her office.
    • … Additionally from the West Michigan community are Krista Flynn, regional president of Chemical Bank out of Ada, Michigan and Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College out of Ada, as well.
  • Gov. Whitmer appoints 11 new members to MEDC board
    • 4/5/19 Crain’s Detroit Business
    • Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Friday made sweeping changes to the executive committee of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. with the appointment of 11 new members.
    • … The 11 new members are:
    • … Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College
  • Education briefs
    • 4/7/19 The Holland Sentinel
    • … Students can save by taking GRCC summer classes
    • Students from colleges and universities can spend their summers in Grand Rapids Community College classrooms, gaining credits they can transfer to their home schools.
  • Change Ups: Colby joins Erhardt Construction to produce custom cabinetry, millwork services
    • 4/5/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
    • … Education
    • … Grand Rapids Community College provost Laurie Chesley was named president of Central Oregon Community College by its board of directors. Chesley has been GRCC’s provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs since 2014 and has been with the college since 2005. She assumes her new role July 1.
    • Grand Rapids Community College’s Main Building, which houses classes for more than 5,200 students each week, will be renamed Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, based on a resolution approved by the GRCC board of trustees. Finkelstein’s financial and business acumen helped him and his brothers grow Michigan Clothiers, the family business started by their parents. Renovations to the building are expected to start in 2021, which will reconfigure existing spaces to meet program needs and provide additional classrooms and study spaces, revitalize labs and art studios, and support technology-based learning.
  • KDL hosting Next Nexus: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Summit in May
    • 4/5/19 FOX 17
    • The Kent District Library is bringing discussions and insights of equity, diversity, and inclusion at an upcoming summit, Next Nexus: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
    • … Other presenters and panelists include Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, director of programming, outreach and collection services for Kent District Library, Sara Proano, community engagement manager for Kent District Library, Graci Harkema, diversity and inclusion director for Founders Brewing, and B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, PhD, chief equity and inclusion officer for Grand Rapids Community College.
  • MCC dance show on April 12-13 in Overbook Theater
    • 4/3/19 White Lake Beacon
    • Muskegon Dance Movement, the Muskegon Community College resident dance company under the artistic direction of Melissa Brunsting, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, in Overbrook Theater.
    • … Guest artist Deavondre Jones has touched thousands of lives as a speaker, performer and instructor throughout the Midwest. In Michigan, he is best known for his commitment and consistency behind the weekly drop-in class: #DropInWednesdays. A Benton Harbor Promise student, he earned degrees from Grand Rapids Community College and Columbia College in Illinois.

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