GRCC In the News, 5-18-20

Doble homicidio en Kentwood

May 15, 2020; El Vocero

KENTWOOD, MICHIGAN (EVH).  Dos hombres fueron asesinados por desconocidos en un parque de Mobile Homes, localizado entre las avenidas Eastern y Division.

… Elinar Villarreal, era oriundo de Texas, vivía en Grand Rapids y estudio en el Grand Rapids Community College.  Es hermano de Danta Villarreal, quien es vicepresidente de la Cámara de Comercio de Grand Rapids. Es padre de cuatro hijos.

(KENTWOOD, MICHIGAN (EVH). Two men were killed by unknown assailants in a Mobile Homes park, located between Eastern and Division avenues.

… Elinar Villarreal, was a native of Texas, lived in Grand Rapids and studied at Grand Rapids Community College. He is the brother of Danta Villarreal, who is Vice President of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. He is the father of four children.)

GRCC culinary students prepare ‘out of this world’ dish for NASA

May 15, 2020; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Imagine being a culinary student and having your food rocketed to the International Space Station for the astronauts to eat.

… “We’re always looking for our students to get real-world, real life experience,” said Dr. Werner Absenger, who is the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education program director at Grand Rapids Community College. “What better way to get real-world experience than to try to develop a recipe for NASA and astronauts on the International Space Station.”

GRCC offering 10 courses for free through June

May 15, 2020; The Holland Sentinel

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College is offering several free, online resources to help people prepare for life after COVID-19.

Jason Pattok named sheriff’s office sergeant

May 15, 2020; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — After serving eight years in the Army National Guard, Jason Pattok felt he had a duty to serve.

… Pattok, 40, graduated from the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy in 2012. He worked part-time jobs at the Carson City Police Department and Lowell Police Department before joining the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office as a full-time road deputy on Jan. 26, 2015.

Manistee’s Fink completes marathon, finishes 5th

May 15, 2020; News-Advocate (Manistee)

There’s no doubt about it: Manistee senior Noelle Fink loves to run. At the close of a rigorous cross country season in the fall, she wanted more.

… “I am going to be running in college at Grand Rapids Community College,” she said. “That’s been one of my goals and I’m hoping to go far with that.”

Required Zoom security updates

Campus computer users with Zoom installed on their GRCC equipment will be required to update to the latest version of Zoom before May 30, 2020. This update is in response to Zoom’s ongoing dedication to users’ security and privacy needs.

Updating Zoom to version 5.0 or higher is mandatory for all users by May 30th, 2020, if not updated, users may have difficulties joining or hosting meetings. In addition, beginning May 24th, Zoom will require passwords for all meetings and webinars; this applies to meetings that have already been scheduled.

The recent update to Zoom is available in GRCC’s Software Center (only available on campus). If you are off campus, simply call the IT Support Desk to have a technician manually install this on your behalf.

Raider Salute for Klaas Kwant, Media Services

This past Friday, May 15, GRCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter hosted the 2020 Michigan Regional Conference. What was originally planned as an in-person event was moved to a virtual experience. This was made possible by our very talented Media Department, especially Klaas Kwant. We would not have been able to make this conference a reality without his knowledge and dedication. Please take a minute and applaud with us the exceptional work of our “OZ” behind the screen: Klaas!! GRCC is very fortunate to have him and the members of the Media Service Department without whom many of our virtual ideas would not take flight!!

Building resilience during COVID-19 videos from Pine Rest Employee Assistance Program

Bob VandePol, MSW, Executive Director of the Pine Rest Employee Assistance Program presents a series of resiliency boosting strategies and insights. Watch eight, 3-minute videos on resilience during COVID.

Pine Rest Employee Assistance Programs deal with a variety of issues such as depression, anger management, anxiety and physical illness. All EAP consultations and referrals are confidential and the services are provided at no cost. You can access EAP services 24-hours, 7 day-a-week, the hotline number is (800) 442-0809 or (616) 455-6210. For additional information the Employee Assistance Program, visit the HR website.

GRCC hosts virtual Phi Theta Kappa conference

On Friday, May 15th, GRCC had the pleasure of hosting the first ever Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Michigan Regional Conference virtually. We had a full day of interactive activities, learning experiences, celebrating through the awards ceremony and our 2020-2021 student leaders held a campaign, were elected and inducted.

A HUGE thank you goes out to Klaas Kwant and the IT/ Media team and Deb Dewent for helping us pull off this 8.5 hour event. While this was the MI Regional Conference, those from across the US wanted to see how we were handling this event. We had over 185 PTK members, alumni and advisors from 12 states across the country participating. Morgan Brown, a GRCC Alumnus, played a vital role as well in making this event run so smoothly. Without the help of these amazing people, we could not have made this happen for all those who participated.

We greatly appreciated the help and support of GRCC faculty and staff who assisted us in sharing their expertise through the TED talk educational sessions we offered throughout the day.  Thank you goes out to:

  • Melanie Shiele-Gady
  • Leigh Kleinert
  • Werner Absenger
  • Elizabeth Van Portfliet
  • Robin Sterk
  • Ennis Young
  • Emily Nisley

One of the highlights of the event was our very own Dr Bill Pink delivering the keynote address.  This was the most commented on session of the conference. His open and honest discussion around disruption and higher education, uncertainty and moving forward and controlling that which we can control gave all those attending a sense of purpose and new direction. This tied in perfectly with the theme of the conference ~ 2020 A Vision for your Future.  While we could have never anticipated the events of 2020 back when we began planning this conference (May 2019), the event was a raving success.

The GRCC Chapter was for the fifth 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.  This year our chapter officer team (Anders Rottschaffer, Ashley Grove, Alyssa Reynolds, Austin Edger, Emma Pachulski, and Larica Brown ) went above and beyond and were recognized at this Regional Conference for all of their accomplishments.

Attached are a few pictures from the event and below is a list of the awards received by the GRCC Chapter:

  • Dr Bill Pink ~ Paragon Presidential Award
  • Jesse Goulding ~ 1st Runner Up Distinguished Chapter Member Award
  • Erin Busscher ~ Distinguished Chapter Advisor Award
  • Lynnae Selberg ~ Continued Excellence Advisor Award
  • 4th Runner Up ~ Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award (Anders Rottschaffer, Ashley Grove, Alyssa Reynolds, Austin Edger, Emma Pachulski, and Larica Brown )
  • Lynnae Selberg ~ SEAL Award (SE(rvice)AL(truism) Award)
  • Morgan Brown ~ Alumni Award of Appreciation
  • College Project Award ~ 2nd Runner Up
  • Emma Pachulski won the Michigan Memorial Scholarship

This was an amazing day for our students and we were able to showcase the talent and expertise here at GRCC. We continue to get kuddos from across Michigan and beyond regarding this event and how we were able to make this an exciting, educational and interactive experience despite it being virtual. Thank you again to all those who helped make this event happen in light of everything else going on in their lives!

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