GRCC In the News 04/04/2022

Jamarion’s Journey

3/29/22 FOX 17

KENTWOOD, Mich. — In 2014, Jamarion Lawhorn was thrust into the spotlight after a brutal crime on a Kentwood playground.

… Lawhorn also signed up for classes at Grand Rapids Community College in the weeks following his release.

Ferris State University Names First Black President, Dr. Bill Pink

3/29/22 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Ferris State University (FSU) in Big Rapids, Michigan, has named Dr. Bill Pink as its next president, making Pink the first Black individual to helm the institution when he begins his service in July, pending board approval.

Pink is currently president of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and has spent more than 30 years in academia as a teacher, administrator, and community leader. GRCC Board of Trustees chairman David Koetje said that their institution blossomed under Pink’s leadership.

GRCC president tapped to become new Ferris State University president

3/30/22 (Kent Intermediate School District)

After five years as GRCC president, Bill Pink was unanimously selected as the sole finalist to become the 19th president of Ferris State University, the FSU Board of Trustees announced on Monday, March 28.

FSU’s David Eisler Reflects on Time as President


Ferris State University announced on Monday their selection for their new president, Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink.

Dr. Bill Pink Ferris Announcement

3/30/22 WOOD Radio

Dr. Bill Pink, outgoing president of Grand Rapids Community College joined West Michigan’s Morning News to talk about his new job as President of Ferris State University.

A look at the 1,200 jobs LG needs to fill in Holland

3/30/22 WOOD TV

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Vehicle battery maker LG Energy Solutions recently announced plans for a $1.7 billion expansion to their Holland facility.

… News 8 recently reported about the partnership between LG and Grand Rapids Community College proving free training for LG jobs.

Women Crafting the Beverage Industry in Grand Rapids

3/30/22 Experience Grand Rapids

USA Today has recognized Grand Rapids as the Craft Beverage Capital of America. We want to recognize some of the women who helped us get there. Their leadership has helped Grand Rapids stand out from the pack of other craft beverage destinations – and has inspired more local women to pursue their own careers in breweries, distilleries, cideries and wineries across the area.

… Callee Knoll is a relative newcomer to the local craft beverage community, having opened Archival Brewing with her husband and co-owner Levi in July 2021. Located in Belmont, just five minutes from LMCU ballpark, Archival specializes in historic-style beer, mead and cider along with seasonal, regional cuisine.

The couple met at Grand Rapids’ Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, where Callee was enrolled in the Culinary Arts program, with the goal of becoming a personal private chef. But after graduation, the Knolls decided instead to work on something together, and channeled their 30 years of combined foodservice experience into planning their own restaurant-brewery.

Ludington’s Lilli Goodrich will continue her softball career at Grand Rapids Community College

3/30/22 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

LUDINGTON — With her college choice behind her, Lilli Goodrich can concentrate on her senior season of softball at Ludington.

Goodrich, primarily a pitcher who moved to Ludington from Orchard View, recently inked her national letter of intent to continue her softball career at Grand Rapids Community College next spring.

Detective Wins Holland Public Safety Police Officer of Year Honors

3/31/22 WHTC

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC-AM/FM, Mar. 31, 2022) – A detective has been awarded the Officer of the Year by the Holland Department of Public Safety’s Police Services unit.

Sarai Ramos has been on the force since 2014, when she served a year as a cadet while attending Grand Rapids Community College, and was promoted to a full-time basis in November of 2015. She worked as a patrol officer, evidence technician and control tactics instructor before becoming a detective five years ago. Ramos’ supervisor nominated her for this honor “for her excellent investigative skill, and she is highly respected within the department,” according to a Public Safety statement.

Samara Kolehouse signs with GRCC to continue her softball career

3/31/22 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

KENT CITY – Kent City senior Samara Kolehouse has signed with Grand Rapids Community College.

Luis Amado: From Churros Cart to Chocolate Academy

3/31/22 Pastry Arts Magazine

Chef Amado began his foray into the culinary world at the age of 16, selling churros in the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico. As a young man he made the move to the U.S. to pursue an education in culinary arts. In 1992 he graduated from Grand Rapids Community College, and not long after, traveled to Belgium where he worked to develop his knowledge of classical European pastry and chocolate.

Grand Valley University celebrates Cesar Chavez Day with community events

3/31/22 WGVU

In honor of Cesar Chavez Day, Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) Office of Multicultural Affairs and Latino Student Union have collaborated to host two local non-profit organizations for a panel discussion on migrant farm workers rights and how students can get involved.

… In addition to the Wednesday event, GVSU President Philomena V. Mantella and Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink will be honored Thursday, March 31, by the Committee to Honor César E. Chávez during community events to celebrate the labor and civil rights leader.

Nieto de Cesar Chàvez destaca el valor de server a los demàs en evento de Grand Rapids

4/1/22 El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH)- Funcionarios de la ciudad y el condado de Kent, así como dirigentes de la comunidad hispana y funcionarios de universidades del oeste de Michigan, celebraron el 95 aniversario de Cesar Chávez haciendo llamados a la unidad.

… En la Capilla, Lupe Ramos-Montigny, líder del comité para honrar a César E Chávez, junto con los presidentes de Grand Valley State University y Grand Rapids Community College hablaron sobre la importancia y el significado detrás de estos eventos, la unidad que crea entre todos los habitantes y cómo impacta generaciones posteriores.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) – Officials from the city and Kent County, as well as Hispanic community leaders and university officials from West Michigan, celebrated the 95th anniversary of Cesar Chavez by calling for unity.

… In the Chapel, Lupe Ramos-Montigny, leader of the committee to honor César E Chávez, along with the presidents of Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College, spoke about the importance and meaning behind these events, the unity they create among all the inhabitants and how it impacts later generations.)

Au revoir, Michigan

4/1/22 (Kent Intermediate School District)

Cedar Springs — When French teacher Polly Johnson and seven of her students board a flight to Paris this weekend, it will be a monumental occasion in more than one way.

… High school senior and traveler Abbey Salisbury took the three years of French classes offered at Cedar Springs and then continued with another semester of French at Grand Rapids Community College. She first signed up for this trip when she was a sophomore and is eager to practice the language with native speakers. 

 GV Student Senate hosts ‘Elect Her’ event

4/4/22 The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University’s student newspaper)

The Grand Valley State University Community Service Learning Center (CSLC), in partnership with Student Senate, hosted “Elect Her” on March 31. “Elect Her” was a non-partisan event that encourages women to run for elected office. 

… The panel included Grand Rapids Community College trustee Brandy Lovelady Mitchell, Allendale Township Board trustee Barb Vander Veen, State Rep. for the 76th District of Michigan Rachel Hood and State Rep. for the 80th District of Michigan Mary Whiteford. 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s