GRCC In the News, 3-12-14

GRCC to host 2nd Annual West Michigan Construction Summit this Thursday

March 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College is hosting its second annual West Michigan Construction Summit on Thursday, March 13. The event allows skilled trades suppliers to meet with project managers and buyers from the public and private sectors.

Employers Hope to Fill 600 Positions with Job Fair

March 11, 2014; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Mar 11, 2014) — It’s considered their biggest job fair to date as employers hoped to fill 600 jobs during the Grand Rapids Community College annual job fair.

Michigan community colleges beset by cuts in aid, loss of tax revenues

March 12, 2014; The Detroit Free Press

Two days before the deadline for students to apply for Oakland Community College’s licensed practical nursing program for last fall, the faculty got shocking news the program was being shut down immediately.

Numbers: Headcount shows declining enrollment at Michigan community colleges

March 12, 2014; The Detroit Free Press

Michigan’s community colleges are seeing a dip in student enrollment partly because of an improving economy, as shown from the fall headcount in the last two years.

… Grand Rapids — 16,613 (2013) 17,465 (2012)

(This is a sidebar to the previous article.)

Rachel Hood sustains community

March 11, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Rachel Hood, executive director for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council since 2007, is an unapologetic greenie.

… Hood has also served on a number of boards: the West Michigan Strategic Alliance Green Infrastructure Task Force, Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds Development Team, West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum Board, Green Grand Rapids Advisory Committee, Grand Rapids Community College Sustainability Team, Greater Grand Rapids Children’s Environmental Health Steering Committee, Grand Rapids Youth Boxing Foundation, Progressive Womens Alliance Candidate Committee and Michigan Clean Water Fund PAC.

Open house provides Heartlands, college information

March 11, 2014; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Ionia, Mich. — The Heartlands Institute of Technology hosted an open house Thursday to introduce current students to colleges and to provide incoming students with an opportunity to explore Heartlands programs.

… Students enrolled in a Heartlands Institute of Technology can earn free college credits with Ferris State University, Baker College, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College and Montcalm Community College.

KVCC Board of Trustees votes to ban tobacco use on campus

March 11, 2014; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — The days of being able to light up at Kalamazoo Valley Community College are coming to an end.

… As of January, more than 1,180 U.S. colleges and universities had gone smoke-free, with more than 800 of those banning all on-campus tobacco use. In Michigan, nine community colleges have banned tobacco use outright, including Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Jackson Community College, Muskegon Community College and Glen Oaks Community College. Another three community colleges, including Henry Ford, have adopted smoke-free policies.

Jared Bradford, small in stature, has big impact on Grace Bible’s run to national tournament

March 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Gary Bailey likes to recruit big point guards. Or at least that’s what he’s been used to during his coaching career.

… “He’s a force inside,” Jesky said of the Jenison graduate (Kyle Hoek). “We lucked out with him. He was driving a buddy to an open gym at Kuyper. He was just taking classes at GRCC and now he’s playing with us.”

Chris Tucker interview: Star brings movie memories to stage in LaughFest act

March 12, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Chris Tucker is alive and well, even if you haven’t seen him in a while.

… He will perform during LaughFest 2014 at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE, on Friday, March 14, at 8 p.m. It will be Tucker’s first visit to Grand Rapids and he admits he isn’t familiar with the city.

GRCC In the News, 3-10-14

Obituaries Today: Sylvia Krissoff, 94, artist, professor, Grand Rapids Press art critic

March 9, 2014; MLive

Sylvia Gittlen Krissoff passed on March 6, 2014 at the age of 94, following a long life of art, teaching and writing.

… At an early age, she became aware of her talent as an artist and received training and encouragement from her South High School art teacher, Ms. Vevia. Following graduation, Krissoff attended Grand Rapids Junior College, the Chicago Art Institute and the University of Michigan, where she met her future husband, Abraham Krissoff, whom she married in 1940.

… She went on to teach fine arts and art history in the Grand Rapids Public Schools, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and the University of Michigan.

GRCC faculty to don skivvies Sunday for Laugh Fest FUNderwear Run

March 8, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College Faculty Association wants to do its part to help cancer patients. Even if that means donning their skivvies Sunday for a run through the streets of Grand Rapids.

Mike Birbiglia, Maria Bamford, funny underwear among 7 highlights from LaughFest’s opening weekend

March 10, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Since laughter is considered to be medicine by actual medical doctors, Grand Rapids should be feeling pretty good right now.

… Popular comic Jim Gaffigan also returned to LaughFest, selling out Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College Friday night. He joked a little bit about cancer and fatherhood before delving heavily into his favorite topic, food, including a reference to Grand Rapids’ most famous hot dog joint: “I’m trying to figure out if I should go to Yesterdog,” he said. “I heard they’re famous because all of their hot dogs are a day old.”

GRCC In the News, 3-6-14

LaughFest 2014: Jim Gaffigan is ‘Obsessed’ and ready to entertain Grand Rapids

March 5, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A few things have changed in comedian Jim Gaffigan’s life since he last appeared in Grand Rapids for LaughFest 2012. He has another child (this makes five), he published his first book, he wrote all new material for his special, “Obsessed,” and he shot a pilot for CBS.

… Like his previous appearance two years ago, Gaffigan’s show on Friday, March 7, at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse was one of the first to sell out.

LaughFest 2014: Top 5 festival fundraisers and events

March 6, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids is about to get a whole lot funnier with the arrival of top tier comedic talent from around the nation during LaughFest for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. But grabbing some friends and heading out to see Jim Gaffigan, Mike Birbiglia, Maria Bamford or Judah Friedlander over the next few days isn’t the only way to have some fun. Check out these five upcoming LaughFest events.

… Participants in the untimed 5K run or walk are encouraged to wear their finest or funniest underwear over their running clothes in support of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. The race starts at 10 a.m. at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE; on-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Runners can also pre-register for $30 online at Registration includes an official T-shirt while supplies last.

… LaughFest has many family friendly options that can keep your kids entertained as well. The GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE, will host two age-specific events Saturday, March 8. A carnival for the younger kids will take place during the day and will be followed with a teen-themed party that night.

GRCC In the News, 3-4-14

GRCC’s BPA team brings back eight 1st-place awards from state competition

March 3, 2014; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College students recently took first place in eight categories at the state Business Professionals of America competition.

LaughFest FUNderwear 5K offers ‘brief’ jog through Grand Rapids

March 3, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It’s as close to streaking as you can legally get unless the weather inspires you to wear your underwear over warmer clothes during LaughFest’s FUNderwear run Sunday, March 9.

The race starts at 10 a.m. at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE; on-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Runners can also pre-register for $30 online at Registration includes an official T-shirt while supplies last.

Fountain Street Church holds Mardi Gras fundraising event

March 4, 2014; WZZM

Grand Rapids (WZZM) – If a trip to New Orleans is not in the picture this Mardi Gras do not to worry. Fountain Street Church is bringing a taste of Bourbon Street to Grand Rapids.

… “Why would people not from Fountain Street church want to come? There are several reasons. One of which is this is a venue for not just church but for the GRCC Diversity Learning Center lectures, the Hauenstein center for other groups like LaughFest so we want to invite the community to help support not just the church but the work we do for the larger community,” said Fred Wooden, senior minister for the church.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Wrestling earns top-10 finish at NJCAA National Championships

March 3, 2014; MLive

… WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Jayhawks (16-11) won a pair of games last week. MCC defeated JCC, 86-52, on Feb. 26. MCC led 43-21 at halftime and increased its lead in the second half. Krystal Geers led MCC with 20 points and 16 rebounds, and Abby Rodriguez added 17 points and eight steals.

… The Jayhawks host Grand Rapids Community College Tuesday in the opening round of the Region XII Tournament.

… SOFTBALL: The Jayhawks (0-5) lost all five games they played at the NFCA Lead Off Classic. MCC opened the tournament with a 12-1 loss to No. 9 Wallace-Hanceville on Feb. 28.

… The Jayhawks aren’t scheduled to play again until they travel to take on Grand Rapids CC on March 21.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

March 4, 2014;

… Grand Rapids Community College sophomore Amanda Steig (Reed City H.S.) was 3 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the Raiders’ season-opening softball win over Davenport University’s JV, 16-5, on Friday in Clermont, Fla.

GRCC In the News, 3-3-14

More than 50 businesses participating in GRCC job fair

March 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College job fair on March 11 will feature 59 employers representing industries ranging from manufacturing to health care and government.

GRCC hosting annual Latino Youth Conference ; more than 1,000 eighth-graders expected to attend

March 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will host its annual Latino Youth Conference on Tuesday, an event that features workshops in leadership, education, self-esteem and career preparation.

Delta part of auto training articulation agreement

March 2, 2014; Midland Daily News

Five Michigan community colleges, including Delta College, have joined together to create a pilot program that will allow students in automotive technology programs to transfer among the schools with no loss of credits or repetition of course work as they pursue their certifications and degrees.

The Automotive Technology Articulation Agreement will allow students in automotive technology programs to transfer among Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Montcalm Community College and Mott Community College. Automotive technology programs were chosen for the pilot because they already adhere to nationally recognized automotive technician training standards.

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Passionate and poised with Grand Rapids Symphony

March 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Dee Dee Bridgewater, who starred in the Broadway show, “The Wiz,” as Glinda the Good Witch, got to sing one of the musical’s showstoppers, “If You Believe.”

… Duane Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College, organizer of the Grand Rapids Community Chorus, led the 68 voices and orchestra in his arrangements of a couple of old-school gospel tunes, including a powerful version of James Cleveland’s “Let Him in Today.”

Shirley Daniels, 88, worked her way up from serving salads to serving as a community leader

Feb. 28, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Shirley Daniels, a tenacious, elegant and community-minded pioneer, worked her way up from serving salads to serving as a leader on boards and institutions. Daniels died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 88.

… While there, she began attending Grand Rapids Junior College at night. She wrote her first assignments on paper bags, so her GM co-workers presented her with a new typewriter.

LaughFest 2014: Clean laughs, dirty words, sunglasses in the dark, underwear outdoors

March 3, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gilda Radner, battling ovarian cancer, lost her funny for a while only to find it again.

… Days before LaughFest opens, tickets no longer are available for 29 events including Gaffigan’s show in Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse on March 7.

Sharks sweep Panthers

March 3, 2014; Highlands Today (Sebring, Fla.)

AVON PARK – Just when South Florida State thought it was safe to go back in the water, the Miami Dade College Sharks came swimming into town.

… The Panthers host Grand Rapids Community College Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. SFSC opens conference play on March 20, when St. Petersburg College comes to Panther Field.

No. 2 UWF continues its roll

March 2, 2014; Pensacola News Journal (Fla.)

Both starting pitchers delivered strong performances as the No. 2 University of West Florida baseball team won a doubleheader Saturday against Christian Brothers in Memphis, Tenn.

… The Pirates beat Grand Rapids Community College 16-3 in the first game, then beat Kalamazoo Valley Community College 6-3 in the second game.

TCC Baseball Completes Sweep of Chatt Valley

March 2, 2014; WCTV

Tallahassee – A passed ball in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed Quincy Nieporte to race home from third with what proved to be the winning run and help NJCAA No. 16/FCSAA No. 4 Tallahassee Community College complete an improbable comeback in a 12-11 win over NJCAA No. 5 Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College on Sunday afternoon at Eagle Field.

… Now 17-5, the Eagles will host Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College for a four-game series. The teams will play doubleheaders on Monday and Tuesday. The action begins at 3:30 p.m. both days.

Lady Cougars Participate in Hunger Games Food Drive

Feb. 28, 2014;

KALAMAZOO (MICH.)-The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Lady Cougars basketball team did its part to fight hunger in the Kalamazoo community. The team participated in the Michigan Community College Athletic Associations First Annual MCCAA Hunger Games, aiding food banks in the 19 communities of MCCAA schools.

… Kalamazoo Valley’s Hunger Game collection date was held on Jan. 29 during the home game against Grand Rapids Community College. Donations were given to Kalamazoo’s Loaves and Fishes food bank. “Our basketball team collected enough food to fill a grocery cart and then some, and there was also at least $40 in monetary donation given as well,” said Maureen Brown, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach.

GRCC In the News, 2-28-14

GRCC wellness professor receives state recognition for service learning

Feb. 27, 2014; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A state coalition has recognized a Grand Rapids Community College wellness professor for her contributions to service learning.

Here’s what’s sold out for LaughFest 2014 opening one week from today

Feb. 27, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you’re a last-minute ticket buyer coming to LaughFest, don’t get your hopes up on seeing Jim Gaffigan or Free Beer & Hot Wings.

… Gaffigan’s return to LaughFest on Friday, March 7 has sold out the event’s biggest venue, Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Field House, seating 3,300.

Saginaw Sting prep for championship rematch with Erie Explosion, aim for big game from Omari Humes

Feb. 27, 2014; MLive

SAGINAW, MI — The Saginaw Sting are angry. They’re amped up, and they’re ready.

… Humes starred for the Lumberjacks in high school, helping lead them to the playoffs against Midland High in 2007, before moving on to college where he won a National Championship with Grand Rapids Community College. However, a bout of yearning for familiarity brought Humes back to Saginaw after a year.

GRCC In the News, 2-27-14

GRCC job fair hosting nearly 60 companies looking for 600 employees

Feb. 26, 2014; MLive

Employers will be trying to fill at least 600 job openings during Grand Rapids Community College’s spring job fair on March 11.

Time Traveler

Feb. 26, 2014; WZZM

Professor Ronald Mallett Wants to Build a Time Machine in this Century … and He’s Not Kidding.

… You can see him Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the GRCC Applied Technology Center 1st Floor at 7pm. This is free and open to the public. Contact GRCC at 616-234-3390 for more information.

Showgirls Galleria adult night club is on the market for $6 million

Feb. 26, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Adult night club operator Mark London said he’s ready to cash in on downtown’s resurgent real estate market and sell Showgirls Galleria, his adult entertainment complex at 234 Market Avenue SW.

… “Sensations was a true gold mine in the topless days,” said London, a former Detroit police officer and instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. “Those days are over for everybody. The adult entertainment changed just overnight.”

Win tickets: LaughFest offers family-friendly funny business in 2014 lineup

Feb. 26, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — LaughFest brings more than entertainment for adults. The annual Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids fundraiser includes family-friendly events as well. From toddler to teenager, LaughFest helps kids enjoy comedy and even take the stage.

… LaughFest’s Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge invites teams of two or four to start at GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE, and race across downtown Grand Rapids stopping for about a dozen wacky and fun timed challenges that require fast thinking, fast action and a little bit of daring.

KVCC women’s basketball defeats GRCC, claims share of MCCAA Western Conference crown

Feb. 27, 2014; MLive

Defense wins, particularly when the offense is not clicking on all cylinders.

GRCC In the News, 2-26-14

GRCC, Michigan community colleges partner on automotive technology programs

Feb. 25, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A new agreement will enable students pursuing certificates or degrees in automotive technology to transfer between five community colleges without losing credit for past courses.

The pilot program aims to make it easier for students who move to another part of Michigan to finish their education. The community colleges participating in the program are: Grand Rapids; Delta, near Bay City; Lansing; Montcalm, near Stanton; and Mott, in Flint.

Triumph Music Academy passionate about people

Feb. 25, 2014;

James Hughes, the soft spoken proprietor and unofficial face of Triumph Music Academy, has a passion for teaching and the collaborative spirit which the Academy embraces. His vast knowledge of music, both theory and practice, represents the entire staff of 10, three of which co-founded the Academy with him.

… Hughes moved to Grand Rapids in 2004 where he attended GRCC for guitar. From there he went on the GVSU to study guitar and composition under Carlos De la Barrera and Dr. Bill Ryan.

Flint native, Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater joins Grand Rapids Symphony on Saturday

Feb. 25, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Billie Holiday was one of the great iconic singers in jazz history, so it takes another to stand in for Lady Day.

… Bridgewater and the orchestra will be joined by the Grand Rapids Community Chorus, a 90-voice ensemble led by Duane Davis, retired director of vocal activities at Grand Rapids Community College.

Steelcase’s landmark pyramid building being donated to mystery nonprofit for educational hub

Feb. 26, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Steelcase is donating its massive, multimillion-dollar pyramid-shaped former research facility to a nonprofit for use as a STEM-focused education hub that would cater to students in preschool through graduate school, according to officials.

… For example, KISD has STEM programming in mechatronics, information technology and health sciences and works closely with Grand Rapids Community College and area universities.

… Grand Rapids Community College has not been contacted yet. Grand Valley State University was briefed on the concept.

It is easy to make LaughFest a family affair

Feb. 25, 2014; MLive

LaughFest organizers have been very good about indicating the age appropriateness of festival events and shows through its content guidelines. For the eighteen and older crowd, there is CLN or Clean Adult Laughs, indicating the show has no vulgarity but RRR or Rated R…Really shows do.

… Meijer is presenting The Family Friendly Series which includes three LaughFest events. On March 8, the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse will be a busy place as the themed children’s carnival for all ages, Super Saturday, kicks off at 10 a.m. Mini golf, ultimate challenge, laser tag, all sports arena, and hoppy horses are all part of the fun along with some special guests. The event runs until 2 p.m. and is $7 per person.

Transfers show potential in GV debuts

Feb. 23, 2014; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

A pair of junior transfers turned in a pair of impressive performances on the mound for the Grand Valley State University baseball team over the weekend in its opening series at the University of Southern Indiana.

GVSU pitcher Aaron Jensen, who played two seasons at Grand Rapids Community College, surrendered just four hits and two runs while striking out five in 8.2 innings of work despite being charged with a loss in his first career start as a Laker.

GRCC In the News, 2-17-14

Bennett trio embodies modern folk

Feb. 14, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — A classically trained violinist with a soft spot for Andrew Bird, a pianist who despised taking lessons but grew to love the instrument, and an acoustic guitarist reared on jazz, John Denver and James Taylor who now embraces the likes of The Avett Brothers.

… “We just kind of formed an idea and said we should start a project together and not do school,” says Rolls, a graduate of NorthPointe Christian High School who spent a year at Calvin College; (Josiah) Gentry attended Grand Rapids Community College.

LaughFest Funny But True Contest

Feb. 16, 2014; FOX 17

FOX 17 and Gilda’s Club are teaming up to give you a chance to win tickets to see Chris Tucker live at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse on Friday, March 14th 2014!

GRCC In the News, 1-31-14

Video: Courtney Hill Of Grand Rapids CC Hit An Absurd Buzzer-Beater Three To Defeat Kalamazoo Today

Jan. 31, 2014

For those of you that missed today’s stunner of a game between Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo, we’ve got you covered. With 17.5 seconds remaining, the Raiders trailed the Hornets by three with the ball not only did Grand Rapids Arthur Pearson hit a clutch three to tie it up nine seconds left on the clock, but the Raiders actually managed to get a chance at the buzzer after a stop, too. Courtney Hill had to pull off an incredible mid-air catch-and-shoot combo to get the shot off in time, and he executed to perfection game over.

Edge maintain local roots with latest signings

Jan. 30, 2014; The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.)

The Bloomington Edge on Thursday announced the signings of four more players with ties to Bloomington-Normal.

… (Brandon) Newbern (6-4, 205) excelled at Grand Rapids Community College before joining ISU, where he suffered knee injuries in fall camp that knocked him out of consecutive seasons. Eagle (6-1, 185) came to ISU as a walk-on from California and never appeared in a game for the Redbirds.

Former Lansing firefighter, sights now set on nursing, gets scholarship to help others

Jan. 30, 2014; The Lansing State Journal

Gretchen Kohsmann knew it was time for a change.

… “It’s our 55th anniversary and we came up with 5 in 5,” said EmploymentGroup CEO Mark Lancaster, who said the scholarships will benefit students at three state community colleges — KCC, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and the Community College of Grand Rapids.

LaughFest 2014: 16 shows sold out, limited seating for Jim Gaffigan in Grand Rapids

Jan. 31, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gilda’s LaughFest 2014 has sold out 16 shows including the festival debut of Maria Sings and one of two shows with Maria Bamford.

… Gaffigan’s appearance March 7 has only handicapped-accessible seating remaining in the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse. The earlier of two shows by Bamford on March 8 in the Wealthy Theatre is sold out, but tickets remain for the later event.


GRCC In the News, 1-22-14

The 2014 Festival of the Arts poster

Jan. 21, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Festival of the Arts officials on Tuesday unveiled the poster for this year’s event in downtown Grand Rapids.

… She (Dana Ziebarth) studied art at Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College, University of Michigan and Michigan State University. She also studied art history in Florence, Italy and attended master watercolor workshops in Florence, Paris, and Oxford University in England.

MLK Day Celebrations Held Nationwide

Jan. 21, 2014;

KING HOLIDAY celebrations to honor the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. were in full force yesterday. Stations, musicians and dignitaries from coast to coast took part in a variety of activities; here is a snap shot.

… GRAND RAPIDS, MI Rap star CHUCK D, who co-founded the famed hip-hop group PUBLIC ENEMY, was the keynote speaker at GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 28th Annual DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR Day Commemoration.

LaughFest 2014 adds 4 more acts

Jan. 22, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Four more shows and activities have been added to the 2014 Gilda’s LaughFest lineup.

… The Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge has been added to the Meijer Family Friendly Series. This free, fun-filled competition will send teams racing across downtown Grand Rapids, engaging in fun and exciting challenges that require quick thinking, fast acting and many laughs. It is designed for ages 12 and up, and all athletic abilities, or none at all. The event takes place March 16, with on-site registration beginning at noon at Grand Rapids Community Colleges Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. To pre-register, please visit

Raider Salute for MLK Day participants

The Office of Student Life would like to send a salute to all of the employees and Board of Trustee members who came out to participate in the MLK Jr. Day march and daytime program. We appreciate your support!

Specifically, we would like to send special thanks to Chairperson Bert Bleke, Arielle Brown (BSU President), the Music Department, the Media Department, Shelly Urbane, the Police Department, the Diversity Learning Center and the Fieldhouse staff for helping us accomplish such a great event. Everyone played a critical role in the success of the event and we thank you!

GRCC In the News, 1-17-14

GRCC student to receive state award

Jan. 16, 2014; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A student in Grand Rapids Community College’s Automotive Technician Job Training program is receiving a state award — and a fresh start on a new career.

LaughFest adds new event: FUNderwear Run 5k

Jan. 16, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Organizers of this years LaughFest are adding a new event: the FUNderwear Run 5k.

… The 3.1 mile trek begins at 10 a.m. at the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse. Registration is $25 prior to Feb. 20; after that date, the cost is $30. The price includes an official race t-shirt. For more information, visit the event page here.

GRCC In the News, 1-15-14

Universal Forest Products Engineer John Kozal Mentors GRPS Students

Jan. 15, 2014; (KISD newsletter)

Grand Rapids Public Schools, MI — When people who know John Kozal consider the touchstones of his life so far, these are the elements that rise to the surface: Driven by faith, loving father, dedicated dad, conscientious worker, long-time relationship with the Boy Scouts of America.

… As a young teen, he’d already figured out that he wanted to become an engineer, and enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College, where he qualified for some partial scholarships.

A Dip with the Big Guy: Santa Swims with Children at Kentwood Pool

Jan. 13, 2014; (KISD newsletter)

Kentwood Public Schools, MI — Kentwood Public Schools Aquatic Director Joey Sutherlin knows a surprising secret about Santa Claus.

… Suthelrin said he first thought of inviting Santa to swim while he was aquatics director for Grand Rapids Community College, where he worked for 15 years. When he started at Kentwood in 2011, he decided the Kentwood pool was the perfect venue.

Photos — and thank yous — for Holiday Breakfast

A HUGE thank you to Jim Schafer, Kevin Dobreff, the amazing team in Media Technologies, the hard-working Ford Fieldhouse staff and Creative Dining for helping make today’s Holiday Breakfast a wonderful time! And thank you to everyone who brought food for the Food Pantry! We appreciate your generosity in helping us feed our students in need.

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