GRCC In the News, 2-24-20

Rev. Nathaniel Moody honored as 2020 Giant Among Giants

Feb. 23, 2020; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Rev. Nathaniel Moody, a longtime community leader, received the Giant Among Giants award Saturday night, the highest honor bestowed at the 38th annual Giant Awards ceremony and banquet.

… After graduating from Central High School, Moody earned an associate of arts degree from the former Grand Rapids Junior College. He went on to earn a degree in mortuary science from Worsham College in Chicago. He also received a master’s degree in theology from Cornerstone University.

For hard-working student, Promise Zone scholarship ‘such a big relief’

Feb. 21, 2020; (Kent Intermediate School District)

Karla Lopez listened intently as a school official gave her the news: She was fully qualified for a Grand Rapids Promise scholarship, paying for her tuition, books and fees at Grand Rapids Community College next fall.

Whitmer administration says ‘Sixty by 30’ hangs in the balance

Feb. 21, 2020; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A leader within Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration says he is “hopeful” a pair of adult education and workforce development programs will be funded this quarter by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

… Additionally, according to previous Business Journal reports, Michigan colleges and universities such as Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University have announced accelerated degree programs designed to help adults complete credentials in high-demand disciplines such as manufacturing, computer science, cybersecurity, health, education and culinary arts.

5 Things you didn’t know about Mike Burton 

Feb. 21, 2020; Northside Sun (Jackson, Miss.)

“You are going on stage.” This reminder is posted above all the doors for staff to read before coming into contact with guests at the Westin in Jackson.

… (Mike) Burton – a Grand Rapids, Michigan, native – earned his associate degree in culinary arts at Grand Rapids Community College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in hotel restaurant management from Florida International University in Miami.

Safe Passage Research

Feb. 21, 2020; The Post (Cedar Springs)

A salvage/research permit for dead birds allows me to collect and use birds for research and education. The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have issued me permits and I work with various scientists and organizations to make valuable use of the individuals that are found dead. When I was director at the Howard Christensen Nature Center near Kent City and Wittenbach/Wege Agri-science and Environmental Education Center in Lowell, we displayed many of the birds and viewing access continues for visitors. Many were used when I taught ornithology at Grand Rapids Community College.

(Column by Steve Mueller.)

GEAR Up Wyoming provides training for junior high math staff at Sneden Hall

GEAR UP Wyoming navigator Julia Moore led Wyoming Junior High math teachers and support staff in a professional development session on how to implement math talks with middle school students. After discussing principles of growth mindset mathematics advanced by Jo Boaler, a Stanford University math education professor, Moore had teachers develop norms for listening and speaking, mathematical thinking, and social behaviors. WJH math teachers learned about math talks structures, strategies, and formats by taking on student roles in various engagement activities.

The professional development session for WJH staff on GRCC’s campus is to fulfill GEAR UP grant objectives by providing annual training to secondary math teachers in the 4 Wyoming partner districts: Kelloggsville, Godwin Heights, Godfrey-Lee, and Wyoming Public Schools.

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Trivia Night coming to Fountain Hill Brewery!

GRCC family . . . Did you know that InteGReatCC will soon be hosting a Trivia Night at Fountain Hill Brewery?

Join other GRCC colleagues for some fast-paced fun and see if you can bring home the title of Trivia Night Champs! Free pub food will be included. Cash bar available.

Date: Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Time: 5:30-8 p.m. (trivia begins at 6 p.m.)

Location: Fountain Hill Brewery, next to the Heritage Restaurant.

Look for more details on this initiative and how to register coming soon through GRCC Today.

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Volunteers needed to help with NJCAA basketball tournament at GRCC

GRCC Athletics is hosting the NJCAA Great Lakes Regional Basketball Tournament, coming up on March 5-7, and we are looking for volunteers to help us welcome 16 teams from across Michigan to Grand Rapids and GRCC as they compete for a chance at a national title.

We are looking for two types of volunteers for the event, and volunteers would be scheduled for approximately 4-hour shifts and can help as either a Team Liaison or a Marketing/Halftime Coordinator.

Team Liaison: Primary contact for participating team. Facilitate locker room access, escort team throughout fieldhouse, address any issues or concerns the team may have.

Marketing/Halftime Coordinator: Work with marketing team to coordinate halftime contests, contestant selection and sponsor promotion.

Anyone who is interested in helping should contact Casimir Wanczyk by email at