GRCC In the News, 9-11-13

GRCC attributes 4.9 percent drop in enrollment to improving regional economy

Sept. 10, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Campus is a little emptier this fall at Grand Rapids Community College.

With enrollment down 4.9 percent at GRCC, see how other Michigan community colleges compare

Sept. 10, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Enrollment was down by 4.9 percent at Grand Rapids Community College this fall, but it was far from the only two-year institution to see fewer students sign up for class.

Syria expert breaks down how it affects West Mi

Sept. 10, 2013; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Keith St. Clair, a Middle East expert and professor at Grand Rapids Community College, explains how Syria affects West Michigan, and why. He explains the basics you need to know in less than two minutes.

College notes: Harbor’s Vandermus named MIAA defensive player of the week

Sept. 10, 2013; The Petoskey News

… Sophomore outside hitter Tayler Friend had 10 kills and three digs for Grand Rapids Community College during a Michigan Community College Athletic Association win over Kalamamazoo Valley Community College, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18.

Men’s Golf Finishes 6th at IWU Invitational


MARION, Ind. — The Taylor men’s golf team improved on day two of the Indiana Wesleyan Fall Invitational but couldn’t gain enough ground to move up in the standings as the Trojans finished 6th in the 11 team field.

… Indiana Wesleyan claimed the tournament title with a two-day total of 602 (302-300) while Grand Rapids Community College finished 2nd and Bethel finished 3rd. Taylor did best Mount Vernon Nazarene (311) and Spring Arbor (312) on the day but Taylor’s deficit from day one was too much to overcome to move up the leaderboard as Mount Vernon Nazarene claimed 4th place and Spring Arbor finished 5th.

Davenport brothers, long-time doubles partners, hope final season together is a winner

Sept. 10, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Brothers Zac and Tyler Chambers have been doubles partners so long that arguing has long been replaced by reflection.

… The two years at NorthPointe Christian were followed by a two-year break as Zac went to Grand Rapids Community College before the pair were reunited last season and went 20-7.

GRCC In the News, 7-31-13

GRCC announces closing of men’s and women’s tennis programs

July 30, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids Community College will close its men’s and women’s tennis programs due to low participation.

Local siblings part of new CW7 show

July 30, 2013; WWMT

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) The popular Hunger Games books have inspired a new cut-throat reality show and a brother and sister from West Michigan are right in the thick of it.

… Brother and sister James and Rebecca Wallington of Grand Rapids are one of those teams.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but James Wallington is a GRCC alumnus.)

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2013 unveils 30-plus cocktails featuring Woodford Reserve Bourbon

July 30, 2013; MLive

What’s dinner without a cocktail or two? Or 30?

… I was part of a judging crew at the Secchia Institute at Grand Rapids Community College that sampled finalists in two categories: “Best Manhattan” cocktail and “Best Creative” cocktail.

Paddling Grand Rapids: So much water, so many choices

July 30, 2013;

Jeff Neumann likes to take the guesswork out of paddling by eliminating complications that can muddy waters for some, particularly if they are new to the sport. Finding still-water bays full of turtles and ducks, or swift-water riffles for a little excitement, are just part and parcel of what he does for a living.

… “We’ve met some really interesting people,” said (Jeff) Neumann, who launched his venture this spring after retiring from a 25-year teaching position at Grand Rapids Community College. “People like knowing we are picking them up and dropping them off at their door.”

COLUMN: Could redshirt freshman QB Cooper Rush be the guy?

July 31, 2013; Central Michigan Life

It was a simple question, one trying to separate the three possible candidates for starting quarterback into two categories.

… Keep in mind, (Cody) Kater has been around the CMU program for a while now. Recruited by Butch Jones in 2009, he was redshirted his freshman season. Then Jones left for Cincinnati and Kater willingly followed, much to his detriment (he later admitted he went to Cincy for all the wrong reasons). Since then, he’s started at Grand Rapids Community College and served as backup to Ryan Radcliff.

GRCC In the News, 7-30-13

GRCC instructor wins award for course design

July 29, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College instructor has been recognized for using technology in outstanding course design, the college said in a news release.

GRCC professor receives two global awards for design

July 26, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids — A Grand Rapids Community College professor received two global awards for outstanding course design.

Change Ups: Bank earns diversity lender award

July 19, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College English professor Mursalata Muhammad was recognized with Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s Champion Leadership Skills Award. Associate professor of English Katrina Katie Kalisz was honored for her piece “Viewing of the 14-Year-Old Girl’s Wake.”

Two more sports programs dropped by GRCC

July 29, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College announced Monday it will eliminate its men’s and women’s tennis programs.

Central Michigan QB job wide open heading into preseason camp, coach Dan Enos says

July 30, 2013; Central Michigan Life

Preseason camp kicks off on Monday and, for the first time in recent memory, the Central Michigan football is without a clear-cut leader at quarterback.

… At first glance, junior Cody Kater appears to be the obvious choice, a fifth-year journeyman who came to CMU in 2009. He has the most experience of the three, playing in two games last season as a backup to Ryan Radcliff and leading Grand Rapids Community College to a perfect 11-0 record in 2011 while throwing for 2,218 yards and 19 touchdowns in 10 games (GRCC won a game via forfeit).

GRCC In the News, 5-31-13

Two Middleville men die in head-on crash / 5-30-13

May 30, 2013; The Hastings Banner

Thornapple Kellogg students and Middleville residents gathered Monday night at TK’s Bob White stadium to remember two 2008 TKHS graduates killed in a traffic accident Saturday night.

Ryan Boyd, 23, and Matthew Dundas, 24, both of Middleville, were killed in the crash on M-37 south of 100th Street in southern Kent County at about 6:20 p.m.

… Boyd was employed as a welder at Bradford White in Middleville. Dundas attended Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University where he was studying exercise science. He was working an internship at Bradford White as a lab technician.

GRCC Older Learner Center team takes top prize in Senior Odyssey of the Mind competition

May 30, 2013; MLive

Kids from kindergarten through college met at Michigan State for the Odyssey of the Mind world finals last week and with them celebrating victory were students at Grand Rapids Community College’s Older Learner Center.

GRCC students took top honors in national competition

May 30, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids Community College students received top honors at the 2013 Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference, May 8-12 in Orlando, Fla.

GRPS, Consumers Energy and ArtPrize announce student art competition

May 30, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Close to two dozen Grand Rapids Public Schools students put their creative skills to the test recently in an effort to have their art projects recognized at ArtPrize this fall.

… The entries — all of which focus on themes related to sustainable energy — will be judged by officials from Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. The top winner is to receive a $1,000 scholarship, and have his or her work displayed on the wall of the Consumer’s electric substation at Fulton Street and Monroe Avenue.

Fab Five: The lowdown on local entertainment

May 31, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Chef Series at Farmers Market

This Saturday, Chef Micky Johnson from Salt & Pepper Grill and Pub will share his tips for planning the perfect picnic menu as part of the weekly Holland Farmers Market Chef Series. Beginning at 10 a.m., Johnson will share his ideas for making an unforgettable four-course picnic meal using fresh produce and other ingredients from the market.

Johnson’s career as a chef began when he was just 16 years old and working at the Queen’s Inn Restaurant. He soon realized that he had a passion for food and the hospitality industry and went on to pursue a hospitality degree from Grand Rapids Community College for Culinary Arts, along with a business degree from Davenport University. Johnson has cooked at a number of popular West Michigan restaurants including Chaps, Everyday People Cafe and Phil’s Bar and Grille. Johnson held his first head chef position at Till Midnight. He believes that food should be simple and that letting the true flavors shine through the dish should please the guests you are serving.

Rockford 4-Hers raise money for nationwide disaster victims

May 31, 2013; Michigan State University Extension

As another disaster strikes the nation, two 4-Hers model the 4-HMichigan 4-H’ers pledge by lending their hands to larger service for not just their community and state but nationwide.

… DeGelder will begin her senior year at Rockford High School this fall. (Dylan) Rodriguez attends Grand Rapids Community College. Both 4-Hers intend to attend Michigan State University to study animal science through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Grand Rapids Creston two-sport star saved the ‘best for last’

May 29, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — As Grand Rapids Creston High School closes its doors at the end of the school year, Mallory Robinson, one of its finest tennis players and an outstanding student, earned high praise from her coach.

… Robinson was accepted to the University of Michigan, but she has decided to attend Grand Rapids Community College, where she hopes to play both sports and transfer to Cornell University to study neuropsychology and behavioral neuroscience.


GRCC In the News, 5-14-13

Google Glass: West Michigan online physics teacher takes students on virtual field trip to Switzerland

May 13, 2013;  MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Google’s wearable computer, Google Glass, isn’t widely available for purchase yet, but the tech world is buzzing and a West Michigan online physics teacher is one of a lucky few to try out the futuristic frames.

… Andrew Vanden Heuvel, who teaches for Michigan Virtual School, Calvin College and Grand Rapids Community College, said his journey to Geneva, Switzerland, began after a call from Google.

Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, violinist Regina Carter coming to St. Cecilia Music Center

May 13, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and jazz violinist Regina Carter are a part of St. Cecilia Music Centers 2013-14 jazz series.

… Special guests for the evening will be their fathers: Duane Davis, formerly director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College and now a professor of jazz voice at Western Michigan; and Paul Brewer, jazz trombonist and director of instrumental music at Aquinas College.

Be a part of an amazing collection of films

May 13, 2013; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – If you’re a movie lover, make sure to mark next week off on your calendar. The Grand Rapids Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday and this year’s festival is bringing amazing works of cinematography to several different locations across downtown.

… On May 17, Grand Rapids Community College will host a Producer’s Brunch at 11 a.m. at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center. That evening, a free outdoor screening of the film “Bicycle Dreams” will take place at Rosa Parks Circle. “Bicycle Dreams” was named the Best Feature Documentary at the 2009 Grand Rapids Film Festival and played at eleven other international film festivals.

Sisters from neighboring schools square off in OK Red girls tennis tournament

May 13, 2013; MLive

GRAND HAVEN — Tim Buck and Brian Hodge became acquainted with each other more than two decades ago through the sport of tennis.

… Demetrius Buck and Clayton Hodge were counterparts in high school and met regularly over the course of four years.

“The boys played against each for four years and then they were the teammates at Grand Rapids Community College,” Tim Buck said. “And then the girls came around, and I just think it’s really cool to have two tennis families like ours, and to have the kids follow in what we grew up doing.”

Muskegon Community College in position to qualify for national golf tournament

May 14, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — After winning the state title, the Muskegon Community College golf team is taking a run at qualifying for the nationals.

… Trailing MCC is Jackson Community College (612), Grand Rapids Community College (618), Oakland Community College (621), Columbus Community College (624) and Mott Community College (627).

GRCC In the News, 4-15-13

Suzanne Walsh, of the Gates Foundation, to speak at GRCC’s commencement ceremony

April 12, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Suzanne Walsh, a higher education specialist at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be the featured speaker at Grand Rapids Community College’s commencement ceremony on May 3.

2nd annual 5k run, walk honoring Eric Zapata set for April 20 at KVCC

April 12, 2013; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — A 5K run/walk to honor slain Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Eric Zapata will be held April 20 at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

… The run, established by the EZ Memorial Foundation, honors Zapata’s legacy and benefits a scholarship fund for students enrolling in law enforcement programs at KVCC and Grand Rapids Community College.

SAU Tennis suffer loss to Grand Valley, defeat GRCC in Round Robin format

April 13, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The men’s tennis team played a round robin style tournament with Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College on Saturday and lost to GVSU 8-1 and defeated GRCC 8-1.

Lourdes Finishes Seventh at Siena Heights Invitational

April 14, 2013; ABC 13

Lourdes University’s men’s golf team opened the 2013 season on a cold afternoon at the Siena Heights Spring Invitational on Friday, finishing in seventh place in the event that took place at Hantz Golf Club in Tecumseh, Mich.

… Korey Roberts of Grand Rapids Community College was the individual medalist, shooting a two-over par round of 74, three strokes ahead of Northwestern Ohio’s Keith Long.

GRCC’s Women’s Tennis Coach Retires

Coach Katerberg 2011After 19 years as the head coach of the GRCC women’s tennis team, head coach Sue Katerberg is retiring. Katerberg began her playing career at GRJC in  1985.

In her two seasons of competition with JC, she finished 5th in the nation in doubles and singles. After her player career at GRJC ended, she began her coaching career as an assistant coach under Skip Nelson in 1987. In 1992, she took over as the head coach.