GRCC In the News 05/26/2022


5/25/22 Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

… Juan Olivarez, president emeritus of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), will serve as interim president of the Michigan college. He was the first Hispanic president of a Michigan college when he guided GRCC from 1999 to 2008. After retiring from GRCC in 2008, Olivarez became president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. He was a distinguished scholar in residence for diversity, equity and inclusion at Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy Johnson Center for Philanthropy between 2018 and 2021.

Student cartoonist is two-time national award winner

5/25/22 (Kent Intermediate School District)

Kentwood — Goofy, funny and random items have become fodder for East Kentwood High School senior Abby Haywood’s cartoons, which include appearances by a vintage Garfield phone and a huge rubber duck.

… Abby, who is dual-enrolled at GRCC, is the two-time winner of the The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoons through Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for cartoons published in the GRCC student newspaper, The Collegiate. In 2021, she won for “The Real Reason Trump Created Space Force” and this year for “Too Soon?” (her Delta variant ‘toon).The award recognizes three students nationally who exhibit exceptional skill in editorial cartooning and provides each with a $1,000 scholarship. She is invited to attend the national awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City this summer. 

Hylant Hires Industry Veteran Carman Baines as Client Executive

5/25/22 press release

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Hylant, a leading full-service insurance brokerage serving markets across the United States, announced today that Carman Baines has been hired as client executive.

… Baines previously served as Vice President, Employee Benefits at USI Insurance Services. She studied Business Administration and Management at Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College.

Student-athletes off to next level

5/25/22 Clarkston News

Nine Clarkston High School student-athletes signed their letters of intent in front of family, friends, teammates and coaches at the CHS Performing Arts Center, May 16.

The spring signers include: Ryan Bovee, soccer, Saginaw Valley University; Emily Horne, soccer, Lawrence Tech University; Caden Ladd, lacrosse, Grand Valley State State University; Evan McClorey, lacrosse, Mercyhurst University; Lucas McKinney, baseball, Grand Rapids Community College; Maddy Skorupski, basketball, Michigan State University; Nathan Steinman, basketball, Albion College; Karl Wandrei, lacrosse, Grand Valley State University; and Liam Zimmerman, soccer, Trine University.

Finalists named for student ArtPrize competition

5/25/22 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Ten students from Grand Rapids Public Schools have been selected out of nearly 40 submissions for the annual student ArtPrize competition.

… The finalists were selected by a panel of art professionals from Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University.

AACC update: Schaffer set to chair AACC board

5/25/22 AACC 21st Century Center

Joseph Schaffer, president of Laramie County Community College, will become chair of the American Association of Community Colleges board of directors on July 1, succeeding Richard Rhodes, chancellor of the Austin Community College District in Texas.

… The board’s new council representative is Tracy Hall, president of Southwest Tennessee Community College. The board appointed Susan Looney, president of Reading Area Community College (Pennsylvania), to fill the second council position. The board of directors appointed Nancee Sorenson, chancellor of Louisiana State University Eunice, as the new institutional at-large representative, and Lynn Tincher-Ladner, president and CEO of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, as the public at-large representative. Mordecai Brownlee, president of Colorado’s Community College of Aurora, was selected to fill the vacancy left by former Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink, who accepted a position outside of the sector.

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