GRCC In the News, 1-14-15

Agreement with GRCC Gives Students a Head Start on College

Jan. 13, 2015; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Cedar Springs Public Schools, MI — Kevin Galloway has every intention of going to college. So he figured, why not start now?

The Cedar Springs High School sophomore is one of 25 students enrolled in Cedar Springs Public Schools Middle College, a collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College.

Laps and Lessons: Coach Guides Students to Become Better Swimmers, People

Jan. 13, 2015;

East Grand Rapids Public Schools, MI — East Grand Rapids High School swim coach Milton “Butch” Briggs has helped many athletes swim their fastest laps and personal best races.

… Never a competitive swimmer, Briggs ran track at Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College). His coach, who Briggs said set a great example for him, helped him get a job coaching a summer swim league at Cascade Country Club.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Men’s basketball returns to winning ways; wrestling struggling with lineup issues

Jan. 13, 2015; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI – Although the weather temporarily delayed the game, it couldn’t delay the Muskegon Community College men’s basketball team from returning to its winning ways.

The Jayhawks (12-3 overall, 2-1 MCCAA Western Conference) defeated Grand Rapids Community College (7-5, 1-1), 92-86, on Saturday, Jan. 10. The game originally was scheduled to be played Jan. 9, but weather pushed the schedule back a day.

Moore leads GOCC women past GRCC

Jan. 13, 2015; Three Rivers Commercial News

CENTREVILLE Captains are expected to lead their basketball team.

… (Courtney) Moore, a 5-foot-11 sophomore forward, scored 18 points and yanked down 21 rebounds in a 66-61 Western Conference win by Glen Oaks at home Monday over Grand Rapids Community College.

Northeast announces 2015 golf schedule

Jan. 13, 2015; WTVA (Tupelo, Miss.)

BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/NEMCC Athletics) – Northeast Mississippi Community Colleges golfers have the chance to experience some of the top courses across the Mid-South during the 2015 campaign.

… Northeast then takes a brief hiatus from its league slate to participate in the 14th annual Ron Marshall Spring Fling Tournament in Scottsboro, Ala., at the Goose Pond Colony Resort from March 12-14. The field includes nationally ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast and Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College, which is receiving votes in the latest countrywide poll.

Things to do on Thursday, January 15

Jan. 13, 2015; MLive

… Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids Presents “One Night with Fanny Brice”: Spectrum Theater at GRCC, 160 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids. 8 pm. 616-234-3946

GRCC In the News, 10-24-14

GRCC student killed in Holland fire wanted to be professional chef

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

HOLLAND, MI — Jeremiah Smith, the 29-year-old man killed in a house fire Saturday, was attending Grand Rapids Community College in hopes of becoming a professional chef.

GRCC psychology lecture series examines creativity, death, self-justification

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College psychology department will host three lectures from November through March, focusing on topics ranging from creativity to death to self-justification.

IONIA: New public safety officer sworn in

Oct. 23, 2014; The Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA, Mich. — A new officer has joined the Ionia Department of Public Safety, and he has training in all three areas needed by the city: police, fire and medical.

… Joshua McCarthy is a 2009 graduate of Jenison High School. He graduated from Grand Valley State University Police Academy, and holds an associate’s degree in fire science from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and a second associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College. Joshua McCarthy is Police-, Firefighter 1 and 2- and Basic Emergency Medical Technician-certified.

College notes: FH Central grad Jason Stacy has soccer goal go viral with help of ESPN SportsCenter

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

… Drew Pennington, Grand Rapids Community College: Pennington (GR Forest Hills Northern) finished tied for 15th at the Kohler Collegiate Classic at Whistling Straights, home of the 2015 PGA Championship on Oct. 21. He shot a 155 (75-80) to help the Raiders to an impressive fifth-place finish.

Laura Willson continues North Branch’s tradition of volleyball excellence

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

North Branch senior Laura Willson may be next in line to hold the exclusive Miss Volleyball title for the Broncos, who’ve had two athletes earn that statewide honor.

… North Branch starts its players young, as Willson began in the fourth grade, and continues to model leadership by inviting former players to summer camps.

“They bring their knowledge from college,” Willson said. “Micaela Deshetsky (2013 graduate, Grand Rapids Community College player) came back and helped me and Mady be better captains. She told us we need to make this team better.”

Raider Golf Team Finishes Off Great Fall

The GRCC Raider Golf Team capped off a great fall with a 5th place finish at the famed Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, WI, home of the 2015 PGA Championship and 2020 Ryder Cup. GRCC was the only community college team in the field of 17 nationally ranked teams and was in third place after round one and finished the tournament in fifth. Zach Bialk, a sophomore from Manistee Catholic, led the team finishing 13th with Drew Pennington, also a sophomore, from Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern finishing 15th. The team concluded the fall with three wins, one second and one 5th place finish. The Raiders’ next tournament will take place in Scottsboro, Al at the NJCAA Div II National Preview Tourney.

GRCC In the News, 10-21-14

GRCC to offer faculty, staff buyouts; savings estimated at $5 million over next decade

Oct. 20, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In an effort to trim expenses because of declining enrollment, Grand Rapids Community College will offer buyouts to qualified faculty and staff, a move that would generate significant savings and may reduce the likelihood or severity of further cuts, administrators say.

Have a hilarious time at LaughFest

Oct. 20, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The nation’s only festival of laughter returns to Grand Rapids March 5 through 15, 2015, for the fifth annual LaughFest! LaughFest is a comedy festival that raises money for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

One highly anticipated event that will make its return is the FUNderwear Run, a 5K race that highly encourages participants to wear their funniest underwear over their running clothes. The race will take place March 8 at 10 a.m. on the Grand Rapids Community College Campus.

NMU’s Mantha in sixth after first day at Kohler Classic

Oct. 20, 2014;

KOHLER, WIS. — Northern Michigan University senior golfer Ayrton Mantha finished the first round in a tie for sixth place after shooting two-over par (74) as the Wildcats men’s golf team stand in sixth place of 17 teams after the opening round of competition Monday at the Kohler Classic at Whistling Straits Golf Course.

NMU shot a team score of 307 trailing leader Texas Wesleyan by 12 strokes. Grand View is second at 299 and Grand Rapids Community College is third at 301.

Raider Golfers Capture Third Tournament Victory

The 10th-ranked GRCC Raider Golf Team won their third tournament this fall yesterday, winning the Taylor Invite at Egypt Valley CC. After falling behind by eight strokes to Bethel College after the first round, the Raiders came back the second round and defeated Bethel by ten strokes winning the tournament by two. Taylor University came in third, Cleary University fourth and Purdue NoC fifth. The team concludes their fall season at the famous Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, WI Oct. 20/21 in a sixteen team tournament.

GRCC In the News, 10-8-14

ArtPrize 2014: Meet Final 20 artist Gretchyn Lauer, ‘Outcry’

Oct. 6, 2014; MLive

Name: Gretchyn S. Lauer, Grand Rapids

… About the artist: I am a pianist living and working in Grand Rapids as a piano teacher, currently going to school at Grand Rapids Community College and hoping to transfer to the University of Michigan for a master’s degree in piano. I have never had art lessons, and this is my first large oil painting.

Michigan’s 1st fashion incubator boosts state’s clothing and accessory designers

Oct. 8, 2014; MLive

LANSING, MI — Michigan’s first incubator devoted solely to fashion design will give budding clothing and accessory designers a shot at developing a collection and taking it to production.

… Higher education institutions including Michigan State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University and Lansing Community College have fashion programs. But (Jeff) Henry said no single school had access to all of this equipment. Some are working on non-industrial home sewing machines, and others use large printers instead of the plotter for patterns. The software they use also may not be as robust, he said.

Paying for college with a credit card rings up extra fees

Oct. 7, 2014; The Detroit Free Press

Paying for one’s college tuition by going online and using a credit card sounds super convenient. But it’s also a really easy way to get hit with hundreds of dollars in extra fees.

… At the other extreme, many community colleges including Macomb County Community College, Wayne County Community College and Grand Rapids Community College do not have an extra fee for using a credit card to pay tuition.

Volleyball rivalry renewed: Grand Rapids Community College remains in first after sweeping Muskegon CC

Oct. 7, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Each season, the premier volleyball rivalry in the MCCAA comes between Western Conference foes Muskegon Community College and Grand Rapids Community College. And this season is shaping up no different.

Area Briefs

Oct. 8, 2014; South Bend Tribune (Ind.)

… Bethel College’s Brian Ulrich carded a 5-over 77 to post a 149 and earn medalist honors and lead the Pilots to a runner-up finish at the Taylor Invitational Tuesday.

Grand Rapids Community College bested the Pilots by two strokes, 605-607, for the tournament crown.

GRCC In the News, 9-30-14

Winner of Consumers Energy SMART Art competition to be named during ArtPrize’s final 20

Sept. 29, 2014;  MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Consumers Energy on Sunday, Oct. 5, will announce the order of its top 10 finalists from Grand Rapids Public Schools who created energy-related art work for the SMART Art competition and college scholarship winner.

…A panel of art professionals from Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University picked the top 10.

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Bialik leads Raiders at Lawrence Tech

Sept. 29, 2014; Manistee News Advocate

Grand Rapids Community College’s Zack Bialik led the Raiders to a first-place finish at the Lawrence Tech Invitational after besting Wayne State in a sudden death overtime playoff.

Jimmy Carter: Jesus Accepted Gays

Sept. 29, 2014; Edge on the Net

Former President Jimmy Carter said this month that Jesus did not discriminate against gays. His comments were made when asked about LGBT rights during an appearance at the 100th anniversary celebration of Michigan’s Grand Rapids Community College, Gay Star News reports.

EDITORIAL: Washington stands in way of real cure for economic malaise

Sept. 29, 2014; The Washington Times

Cheerful headlines last week celebrated an uptick in holiday hiring and expanded economic growth in the latest quarter, but the woods are dark and deep and we’re still not out of them

…Former President Jimmy Carter speaks at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse as part of the Diversity Lecture Series, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. GRCC is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

GRCC In the News, 9-24-14

Watch Jimmy Carter discuss Gerald R. Ford, U.S. being ‘constantly at war,’ bombing ISIS

Sept. 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Former President Jimmy Carter spoke to a packed house Monday at Grand Rapids Community College, touching on topics ranging from his relationship with Gerald R. Ford, women’s rights and U.S. military intervention in Iraq.

Julie Bulson preaches emergency preparedness

Sept. 23, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

At Spectrum Health, Julie Bulson brings a host of insights and leadership governance gathered during her 30 years in health care, 20 of which are in emergency preparedness.

… Bulson has co-authored several professional articles and teaches senior-level nursing students as a guest lecturer at Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing.

Exercise for older adults

Sept. 23, 2014; WZZM

Regular exercise can make a big difference in the quality of life as we get older. Mike Faber from the Older Learner Center at Grand Rapids Community College visited the WZZM13 News at Noon to share ways to stay active during aging.

Howell’s Samples has first Cleary ace

Sept. 23, 2014; Livingston Daily

SOUTHFIELD — Hogan Samples hit the first hole-in-one in the history of Cleary University golf on Tuesday as the Cougars finished fourth at the Lawrence Tech Invitational.

… The Cougars finished fourth overall out of the 14 teams competing. Grand Rapids Community College and Wayne State tied for first at 608, followed by Mott Community College (612) and Cleary (615).

Raider Golf Team Knocks Off Div II Wayne State University to Win Lawrence Tech Invite

In one of the more exciting wins in recent history, the GRCC Raider Golf Team won the 13 team Lawrence Tech Invite at Plum Hollow Golf Club.  The Raiders tied with Div II power Wayne State University after 36 holes and then won the tournament in a team sudden death playoff. The 10th ranked Raiders have won their first two tournaments of the season and travel to Muskegon this Friday for their next tourney.

GRCC In the News, 9-19-14

Community-wide initiative aimed to help college grads succeed

Sept. 18, 2014; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Bettering the lives of college graduates, that’s the focus behind a community wide initiative announced Thursday.

Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell joined the superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools and seven west Michigan colleges, namely Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University. They put this commitment in writing.

GRCC celebra sus 100 años de fundado con una actividad recreativa

Sept. 19, 2014; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH). — El Grand Rapids Community College celebró con un picnic el pasado sábado 13 de septiembre los 100 años de su fundación.

Chef shares some fall favorites at final demonstration

Sept. 18, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Micky Johnson, executive chef at Salt and Pepper Savory Grill and Pub, shared recipes highlighting fall produce during the season’s final installment of the Chef Series at the Holland Farmers Market.

Johnson, began his career at the Queen’s Inn where he found his passion for food and the hospitality industry. He received a degree in hospitality from Grand Rapids Community College for Culinary Arts and a business degree from Davenport University. Throughout the years, he found himself employed at several West Michigan restaurants.

College notes: John Haley is Hillsdale’s version of Jerry Rice, sets school record with 268 yards receiving

Sept. 18, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Jerry Rice has been retired for 10 years, but the greatest receiver in NFL history is still an inspiration.

… Rosalyn Wise, Grand Rapids Community College: The sophomore (Greenville) led the team with 10 kills and 9 digs as the No. 2 Raiders beat the No. 18 Muskegon CC 3-2 on Sept. 12 after being down 0-2. Teammate Abbie Gortsema (GR South Christian) had eight kills.

… Kurt Sprague, Grand Rapids Community College: Sprague (Byron Center) shot a 2-over 75 to finish second at the Ancilla College Fall Inviational at the Swan Lake Resport in Plymouth, Ind. GRCC won the event by 18 strokes. Teammate Zach Bialak won with a 1-over 73.

GRCC In the News, 9-17-14

Who’s riding the Rapids new Silver Line

Sept. 16, 2014; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The new Rapid Silver Line buses hit the road late August, promising a shorter commute down one of the busiest stretches into downtown Grand Rapids.

… Rapid officials say Medical Mile employees and Grand Rapids Community College students make up a bigger percentage of the Silver Line Riders.

CultureMesh builds cultural networks for those a long way from home

Sept. 16, 2014;

OMAHA — America has been known as the melting pot of creeds and cultures since the early 1900s. After more than a century, the nickname remains relevant today.

… “When I was a student at Grand Rapids Community College, I was hired as a campus academic tutor, and my first student was from Ethiopia who needed help with English,” (Ken) Chester said. “I thought, ‘This person is totally different than me; they won’t want to talk.'”

College Notebook: Locals hit D-1 links

Sept. 16, 2014; Battle Creek Enquirer

The Lakeview High School boys and girls golf teams have been perennial powers in the area, thanks in part to a steady stream of talent to come through each program.

… (Jared) Multer transferred to the Eastern Michigan University men’s golf team after two years playing at Grand Rapids Community College. The junior currently sports a 74.33 average over six rounds for the Eagles. He was in action Tuesday at the Golfweeks Conference Challenge in Burlington, Iowa.

GRCC Raider Golf Team Takes 1st

The 10th ranked Raider Golf Team started off their fall season with a 1st place finish at the Ancilla Invite. The team finished 18 strokes ahead of Muskegon CC with a score of 304. Ancilla was third with a 330 and Jackson CC finished 4th with a 334. Leading the Raiders were Zach Bialik, a sophomore from Manistee CC, who was Medalist with a 73, and Kurt Sprague, a sophomore from Byron Center, who shot 74. The Raiders return to action next Monday at the Plum Hollow Invitational in Southfield, MI.

GRCC In the News, 8-18-14

GRCC students receive $62,000 in scholarships from community foundation

Aug. 16, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community Foundation has awarded 44 scholarships totaling $62,000 to students at Grand Rapids Community College this year, the college announced in a news release.

BACC Culinary Arts student recognized with scholarship

Aug. 15, 2014; WTVB (Coldwater)

COLDWATER – It’s another feather in the cap for the Branch Area Careers Center and its award winning culinary arts programs with a BACC student recognized as representing the best of the best in the state. The Michigan Restaurant Association Educational Support Foundation recently presented $16,000 in scholarships at its board of directors meeting for post-secondary studies in culinary arts, restaurant management, or similar field. Careers Center student Nick Blanton is a scholarship recipient. Blanton will attend the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education of Grand Rapids Community College.

See GRandJazzFest 2014 open with large crowds, smooth sounds at free shows

Aug. 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Guitarist Matt Marshak played Marvin Sapp, and trumpeter Rick Braun played flugelhorn to kick off the Grand Rapids Jazz Festival.

… Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Edye Evans Hyde opened the festival at 12:30 p.m., and Braun finished his set shortly before 9:30 p.m. and the beginning of a few rain drops.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Edye Evans Hyde is a GRCC alumna.)

Multer blows away field at 37th Calhoun Amateur Golf Championship

Aug. 18, 2014; The Battle Creek Enquirer

Jared Multer had luck on his side just in case he needed it.

… “I’m just really happy to have won one of these. It means a lot to me. When I first got out of high school, I was playing good golf, but I still needed to improve. And I’ve worked really hard on my game to get it where it is today. My dream was always to win one of these (CalAms) and to play golf at a Division I school, which I wasn’t ready for when I graduated from Lakeview and then started playing college golf at Grand Rapids Community College. But now, my game is where I want it to be, I’m headed to Eastern Michigan … and to have won this today while playing with good friends and with a lot of other good golfers in the field, this is just really special.”