GRCC In the News, 5-22-19

‘I thought what’s the point of getting up? But I got up’

May 21, 2019; Greenville Daily News

HOWARD CITY — Dion’Tae Givens would like to go into a career in law enforcement.

… Dion’Tae has applied to attend Grand Rapids Community College this fall, where he hopes to begin pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Honors Program welcomes 30 new students

The Honors Program Orientation was held on Thursday, May 16, welcoming 30 new students to GRCC and to the Honors Program. Students and their families were provided dinner, information on the Honors Program, a campus tour, advising support when registering for classes as well as a resource presentation for parents. The event was made possible by the amazing efforts of our Orientation Team, Experiential Learning staff, Honors faculty, Honors Student Ambassadors, Instructional Support, advising faculty and Financial Aid staff.  Additional kudos to the catering team, photographer, Printing Services and graphics designer.

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GRCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter wins bid to host 2020 regional conference

This past week, the GRCC Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Upsilon Kappa) attended our regional conference at Glen Oaks Community College. The conference is an opportunity to attend educational forums which focus on leadership, service, career development and more. The GRCC Chapter was, for the third year in a row, recognized as a 5 star chapter. This requires that they complete a college project, honors in action project, service projects, fellowship activities, participate in fundraising, attend regional and national conferences, collaborate with other chapters and more each year to achieve this rating. Our 2018-2019 chapter officer team went above and beyond and were recognized at the conference for all of their accomplishments. We were excited to be able to bring most of our 2019-2020 chapter officer team as well so they can begin the learning process as to what they need to accomplish this year.

This year, for the first time in over 15 years, GRCC put in a bid to host the 2020 Regional Conference. The region voted and we won the bid. We will be hosting the Regional Conference in Grand Rapids on May 15 -17, 2020 here at GRCC.

The team’s accomplishments for the week include:

  • Our 2018-2019 chapter officer team won outstanding regional chapter officer team
  • Morgan Brown was recognized as the outstanding regional chapter team member
  • Tikvah Finn was GRCC’s first Coca-Cola All American Silver Scholar winner which came with a $1250 scholarship.
  • Erin Busscher and Lynnae Selberg were recognized as the distinguished regional chapter advisor team.
  • The chapter was 1 st runner up in the region on our College Project.
  • The chapter was top 10 in the region for our Honors in Action Project.
  • Emma Pachulski (a new chapter officer) won the Performing Arts Competition and came in 2 nd in the Costume Contest.

2018-2019 Chapter Officer Team

  • Tikvah Finn, President
  • Phillip Kamp, Vice President of Hallmarks
  • Stephany Mendez Ortega, Vice President *
  • Brian Guadarrama, Secretary/ Treasurer
  • Drewyn Talley, PR Historian *

2019-2020 Chapter Officer Team

  • Anders Rottschafer, President *
  • Austin Edger, Treasurer *
  • Emma Pachulski, Secretary *
  • Alyssa Reynolds, Vice President *
  • Larica Brown, PR Historian *
  • Ashley Grove, Vice President of Hallmarks

*Those who attended the Regional Conference

We are so proud of our students and all they have accomplished this year and are extremely excited about the year to come. They represented GRCC with pride, worked hard and had a great time during the conference.

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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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Seats still available for Business Writing Workshop

There are still seats open for the:

Business Writing Workshop

Wednesday May 29, 2019


Location: 224 ATC

Writing is a key method of communication for most people, and it is one that many people struggle with. This workshop will give participants a refresher on basic writing concepts (such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation), and an overview of the most common business documents (such as proposals, reports, and agendas), giving you that extra edge in the workplace.

This is a full day full of learning and participants will earn 7 hours of professional development! Lunch is provided!

Sign up online

Registration closes on Friday May 24.

GRCC In the News, 5-17-19

13OYS Mornings: On the road at Frederik Meijer Gardens

May 17, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – For the last couple weeks, the 13 ON YOUR SIDE Morning Show has been live from a different location in West Michigan. On Friday, May 17, Kamady Rudd and James Starks got a first look at the new rooftop garden space at the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

…In higher education news, Grand Rapids Community College has launched an effort this week to raise the final $3 million of a $15 million plan to increase scholarships and expand and improve on campus facilities.

New Presidents or Provosts: Central Oregon CC, Colorado State U, Columbia College Chicago, James Sprunt CC, Mansfield U of Pa., North Carolina CC System, Presidio Graduate School, Tougaloo College, Tufts U, U of Dallas

May 16, 2019; Inside Higher Ed

… Laurie Chesley, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, in Michigan, has been named president of Central Oregon Community College.

Tassell M-TEC competes in ‘Battle of the Buildings’

The Michigan Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction open to all Michigan area commercial, industrial and multi-family buildings. The program is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Registration period runs January 1 through March 31 each year.

This is the first year GRCC is participating in the competition,and we have entered the Tassell M-TEC. The competition looks at the energy use in 2018 and compares it to energy use for 2019. The competitor with the biggest reduction between years wins in each category.

Our first step in preparing for the competition is to get the word out to the campus community, especially the staff and students of the M-TEC. Their participation and commitment is essential to reducing the energy not only at the MTEC but throughout the campus.

Photo of the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC building.

GRCC In the News, 5-16-19

GRCC summer learning academies benefit Wyoming, Grand Rapids students

May 15, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is launching a new Summer Learning Academy and expanding an existing one to increase the number of students from underserved communities prepared to succeed in postsecondary education.

Kentwood welcomes first black woman officer

May 15, 2019; WOOD TV

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kentwood Police Department reached a new milestone this week.

… She (Jesalyn Heard) recently graduated from Grand Rapids Community College. While there, she was on the dean’s list and earned an associate degree in criminal justice. She also completed the GRCC Police Academy in April.

… Her father serves as a sergeant with the Grand Rapids Community College Police Department and her mother works for a warden with the Michigan Department of Corrections.

RC Caylan Showcases Drama and Luxury in his Collection at NYFW

May 15, 2019; ifashion Network

RC Caylan paid tribute to Whitney Houston with his haute couture collection entitled, ‘LEGEND, I Am every woman’ at the New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter showcasing. An up and coming designer Caylan, is increasing becoming popular in Hollywood and the fashion industry. For his selection for the CAAFD NYFW showcase, with his debuted collection, he wanted to promote and pay tribute to Houston, a legend in herself. His costumes were inspired from the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s and the way Houston used to dress herself during that time.

RC Caylan was born in Iligan City and raised in Batangas City in the Philippines. He migrated to USA in 2012 where he graduated in Fashion Designs from the Grand Rapids Community College in 2015, the same year when he had his first big fashion show at San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Network. In 2016, he opened his own studio ‘RC Cayln Atelier at Suite 308 80 Ottawa Avenue, Grand Rapids in Michigan. At his studio Caylan also focuses on bridal wear. He personally sees that each woman gets the gown of her dreams for her fairy tale wedding. He won The Best Fashion Designer Award at The Global Beauty Awards in 2016. Since then he has been actively dressing celebrities, and has become a favorite in fashion magazines. His collections are now available at Regent Style House in Beverly Hills, one of the best showrooms around.

Is there a global helium shortage?

May 15, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With helium prices on the rise, many wonder if we are in the midst of a global helium shortage. After speaking with two environmental experts, 13 On Your Side can verify that there is no global shortage of helium. However, the United States faces some back sets when it comes to retrieving the very abundant resource.

… Harvard alumna and former NASA employee Lauren Woolsey, now an assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College, said helium is the second most common resource in the universe and that its constantly being made underground from the decay of radioactive minerals.

Heartlands Institute of Technology honors top students

May 15, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Heartlands Institute of Technology offers juniors and seniors in Ionia County a chance to explore different career fields, such as health occupations, aviation and criminal justice, while enrolled in high school. On Tuesday, May 14, Heartlands held its award morning and afternoon ceremonies to honor students who completed courses for the 2018-19 school year at Ionia High School.

… Grace Timmer received the Heartlands Student Scholarship for $1,000. A Student Advisory Scholarship for $500 was awarded to Amanda Zarebski. Marissa Hall received a $1,000 award for studying in the culinary field at Grand Rapids Community College and Alexandre Durham and Natalie Smith both received $1,000 scholarships, funded by Heartlands fundraisers.

GRCC In the News, 5-15-19

GRCC to raise $15 million to increase scholarships, improve facilities

May 14, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Leaders at Grand Rapids Community College launched an effort Tuesday to raise the final $3 million of a $15 million plan to increase scholarships and expand and improve campus facilities.

GRCC’s $15M fundraising campaign targets student scholarships, facilities

May 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College announced Tuesday, May 14, the public phase of its $15 million fundraising campaign for student scholarships and facilities that are more conducive to 21st-century teaching and learning.

Just $3 million shy of goal, GRCC launches public fundraising campaign

May 14, 2019; WGVU

The fundraising campaign is called “A Broader Vision,” and it’s an effort by Grand Rapids Community College leaders to raise “the final $3 million of a $15 million plan to increase scholarships” and renovate two buildings on campus, according to a release.

GRCC launches fundraising campaign for campus renovations

May 14, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College kicked off a fundraising campaign Tuesday to raise money to put towards campus upgrades.

Attracting four-year students for the summer

May 14, 2019; Community College Daily

Whether it’s because of the lower tuition, the ability to gain credits while living at home, a particular course they want to take, or a preferable option to a summer job, an increasing number of four-year college and university students have been enrolling at community colleges during the summer to take a course — or two or three.

… The number of “guest students” at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan increased nearly 80 percent between the advent of its summer marketing push in 2011 and last year. In 2018, 1,374 students from other colleges and universities took GRCC summer courses, nearly a quarter (22 percent) of all students enrolled.

Sophia Carlson, Vivian Gay named top grads at Belding High School

May 14, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

BELDING — Aerospace engineering and worship ministry are the planned college majors for the top two students academically in the Belding High School Class of 2019.

… (Vivian) Gay, 17, is the daughter of Robert and Nadine Gay. She plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to Grace Christian University for worship ministry. Going to Grace would be a dream for Gay, she said, with a goal of becoming a worship leader.

Final comments taken in K-12 Social Studies Standards debate

May 14, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Local educators and students weighed in on the proposed revision of State Social Studies Standards — under debate and hotly contested for the past five years — during a session hosted recently at Kent ISD by the Michigan Department of Education.

… Gertrude Croom, retired Grand Rapids Community College professor, said she attended because of a concern for Michigan students overall, and spoke about the global economy they need to work and live in.

1908 mansion with full pipe organ featured on 50th anniversary Heritage Hill tour

May 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As the Heritage Hill Association celebrates the 50th anniversary of its annual home tour this weekend, organizers are bringing back a Georgian mansion that was a star attraction on the first Heritage Hill tour in May 1969.

… Advance tickets are $18 and are available on the Heritage Hill Association website, as well as the Heritage Hill association office at 126 College SE, Family Fare and D&W stores, Lake Michigan Credit Union branches, Martha’s Vineyard and Art of the Table. Day of tour tickets are $25 and are available at the ticket booth at the GRCC DeVos Campus, 435 East Fulton St. Children under 12 are admitted free.