GRCC In the News: July 11, 2022

Democrats seeking 88th state House seat in Muskegon, Ottawa counties share views

7/8/22 MLive

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – Two Democrats will meet in the Aug. 2 primary for the new 88th state House district that covers southwest Muskegon County and western Ottawa County.

… (Jeffrey) Noel has an associate’s degree in economics from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business law from Arizona State University.

GIANT Awards returns after two-year hiatus, commemorating contributions of Grand Rapids leaders, organizations

The 39th Annual GIANT Awards and Banquet is returning after a two-year hiatus, commemorating the stellar contributions of Grand Rapids leaders and organizations.

“We had to be patient and resilient during the hiatus,” said Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Grand Rapids Community College’s chief equity and inclusion officer. “It is an absolute honor for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to rejuvenate this important tradition.”

GIANT awards sit on a table.

GRCC, since 1983 has hosted the awards recognizing exceptional leaders who shape the history, quality of life, and culture of the Grand Rapids community. Each award is named after a historical local “giant” whose dedicated service, advocacy, and activism are memorialized through honorees.

The event is planned for October 1, 2022, at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids. Limited ticket and sponsorship packages can only be purchased online via Eventbrite starting August 12, 2022.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required to attend.

Honorees for 2022 are:

  • Floyd Skinner Justice Award: Adam C. Sturdivant, partner, Drew Cooper & Anding.
  • Walter Coe Public Service Award: Shellie Cole-Mickens, founder and executive director, Our House of Blessings.
  • W.W. Plummer Humanitarian Award: Nikeidra Battle-DeBarge, CEO and co-founder, New Destiny Pathways, Inc.
  • Ethel Coe Humanities Award: Henry Sapp, CEO, Better, Wiser, Stronger Inc.
  • Milo Brown Business Award: Daryl D. Reece, owner, Stock Da Bar & Stock Da Bar Vodka.
  • Phyllis Scott Activist Award: Grand C.I.T.Y. Sports, Inc., Chris Sain, Jr., co-founder and CEO, and Preston Sain, co-founder and executive director.
  • Raymond Tardy Community Service Award: Raynard Ross, president, Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education, and associate dean of student success at GRCC.
  • H.C. Toliver Religious Life Award: Julian S. Newman, CEO and founder, The FutureCast Foundation.
  • Hattie Beverly Education Award: Lorenzo Bradshaw, principal, Brookwood Elementary
  • Martha Reynolds Labor Award: Kevin L. Clemens, president, Kent County Court’s union, an affiliate of the Technical, Professional, and Office Workers Association of Michigan.
  • William Glenn Trailblazer Award: Jermale Eddie, co-owner and CEO, Malamiah Juice Bar & Malamazing Juice Co.

The nomination process remains open for Junior GIANT scholarship awards. Visit the ODEI website at to apply online by August 26, 2022.

Each year, the GIANT Awards selection committee undertakes the task of selecting honorees based on the merit of their nomination and stellar achievements. Committee members are: Larry Johnson, Tempy Mann, Darius Quinn, Faye Richardson-Green, and Shannon Wilson.

ODEI Assistant Director Erin Mieskowski is the event’s chairperson.

Academic Support & Tutoring Services needs assistance finding qualified tutors

Do you know someone who might be interested in working for one of the GRCC tutorial programs?  All tutorial centers are currently looking to fill both student and professional tutor positions.  

There are many benefits to working as a tutor, whether student or professional, including: flexible scheduling, a supportive academic environment, developing wide skill-sets in academic and non-academic spheres, paid professional development, and opportunities to empower our campus community. 

Please feel free to share this Google Form widely among your networks. Thank you for your help as we seek candidates who are well-equipped to support our students.

New faces at GRCC: Debra Hintz

Please welcome Debra Hintz, GRCC’s new chief information officer.

Debra has been director of Information Technology at West Shore Community College, responsible for the security and operations of all aspects of the college’s technology infrastructure and services, facilitating collaboration and communication across campus to determine directives that support instructional delivery and campus business operations.

Debra Hintz
Debra Hintz

As part of the President’s Leadership Team, she brought IT projects, policy, and procedure to the table for discussion, and regularly provided updates to the board of trustees.

Debra has a master’s degree from Michigan State University, a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, and an Associate of Applied Science from Wayne County Community College. 

Black Africana Student Union members participate in roundtable discussions

GRCC’s Black Africana Student Union is working to connect with the next generations of GRCC students and build leadership skills.

The students, with adviser Chiquital Clay and counselor Dr. Andre Fields, ended the academic year with a peer-to-peer roundtable discussion at Ottawa Hills High School and GRCC’s Grand Rapids Learning Center. They discussed social injustice reforms and how to better connect with community leaders.

  • B.A.S.U. members at GRCC Learning Center.
  • B.A.S.U. members at Ottawa Hills High School.