GRCC In the News, 5-21-19

GRCC eyes high finish at National Tournament

May 20, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — The Grand Rapids Community College men’s golf team has a formula for its success.

Change Ups: GRVBA receives public service award

May 17, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College named Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal its 2019 Distinguished Alumna during the 102nd commencement. Neal was the event’s keynote speaker. Nearly 1,500 students will earn GRCC degrees this year.

Inside Track: Family trauma drives Owens’ prevention passion

May 17, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Andrea Owens carries a notebook around with her that says “teach, love, inspire” on the cover — words that summarize her life goals.

… While at Spectrum, she earned her associate degree in network administration from Grand Rapids Community College, then received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in management — while raising four children — through Cornerstone University’s Professional & Graduate Studies (PGS) division.

Inmates show their culinary skills at annual symposium

May 17, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

The most highly-trained chefs of Branch County are most likely inmates at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater.

… Guests were seated at an L-shaped table. Some are culinary elite like Chef John Zehnder, owner of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth and Gilles Renusson, pastry chef and educator at Grand Rapids Community College.

… Other educators included Chef James Kekenyesdi, a culinary arts educator for those with mental illness; Chef Charlie Olansky who teaches at Grand Rapids Community College; Chef Mark Dorman of Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky.; and Chef Kristen Dogan of Branch Area Careers Center.

Volunteers help Kent Co. veterans with landscaping

May 17, 2019; WOOD TV

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — At 92, George Burr and his wife of 66 years usually have to pick and choose what gets done around the house, but Friday was different.

… Local employers, like Grand Rapids Community College, provided the muscle. Local companies donated the supplies.

Grant Opportunity: NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The National Science Foundation recently released the new Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) competition. The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation including:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

The goal of the grant is to broaden participation in science, expand the number of high-quality research environments, and increase the numbers of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in research. The typical duration of an REU grant is three years and the typical funding amount is $80,000-$130,000 per year. The deadline is August 28, 2019.

If you are interested in more information, or you would like to apply for this grant, please call or email Kim Squiers in the GRCC Grants Department at extension 2577 or

Take Your Child to Work Day recap

GRCC hosted its first Take Your Child to Work Day event on Thursday, May 17. Employees and their children were able to experience a handful of the great things our campus has to offer, such as getting an ID badge at Student Life, checking out a Campus Police cruiser (and fingerprinting!), Ford Fieldhouse fun, and planting bean seedlings with the Biology Department. There were also games, laughs, and prizes a plenty!

The team extends a big thank you to all the friends who were able to join us. Also, a giant Raider Salute to those who helped make this great day possible:

  • Jan Colvin and Janis Qualls (Biology)
  • Kaye Newberry and Paul Coulson (Campus Police)
  • Sue Goeman (Ford Fieldhouse)
  • Brune Garcia (Student Life)
  • Todd Torrey and Jim Schafer (Media)
  • Jim Schultz and Dale Young (Facilities)
  • Keaton Krupa and Team (Creative Dining)

The “Take Your Child to Work Day” committee: Chris Remley, Danielle Flaumenhaft, Laura Caulk, Angela Salinas, and Nicole Dekker.

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