GRCC In the News, 8-27-14

Mental health and aging

Aug. 26, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Much attention is giving to physical health during the aging process, but mental health is often overlooked.
Mike Faber of the Older Learner Center at Grand Rapids Community College visited WZZM 13 News Tuesday, to give some advice on treating mental illness.

WATCH: The Maker Faire Movement Readies For First Ever West Michigan Show

Aug. 26, 2014; WOOD Radio

The first annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for this weekend, Saturday and Sunday August 30 & 31, at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

… The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is originally a collaboration of the GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Genesis Inc. and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

All eyes on starting quarterback Rush as Kater guns for top position

Aug. 26, 2014; Central Michigan Life (student newspaper for Central Michigan University)

Sophomore Cooper Rush has been named the Central Michigan University football teams starting quarterback heading into Thursday nights matchup with Tennessee-Chattanooga.

… Senior Cody Kater was a standout at Grand Rapids Community College before coming to CMU, where he earned the starting job in training camp. He was sidelined with a broken collarbone last season.

100 Ways to Give: school supplies for ABO

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The Diversity Learning Center, Office of Equity Affairs and the Older Learner Center are collaborating to collect items for students in the campus’s Alpha Beta Omega World Leaders Society.

If you would like to donate, please drop off any of the following items to the Diversity Learning Center in room 119 of the Learning Commons:

  • three-hole punch.
  • backpacks.
  • binders.
  • calculators.
  • calendars.
  • dress socks.
  • flash drives.
  • highlighters.
  • notebooks.
  • notebook dividers.
  • pens or pencils.
  • planners.
  • rulers.
  • staplers.

To see the full list of projects, click here. When getting involved don’t forget to share it on social media by using #GRCC100years and #100waystogive on Twitter and Instagram, and “Grand Rapids Community College” on Facebook.

GRCC In the News, 8-13-14

GRCC offering homeland security course

Aug. 12, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A new course on homeland security at Grand Rapids Community College aims to prepare students for a “world of ever-evolving threats,” according to the college.

Tech companies search for talent in West MI

Aug. 12, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The U.S. Labor Department announced Tuesday that in June, employers advertised the highest number of monthly job openings in more than 13 years. At the same time, some industries in West Michigan have a number of well-paying open positions that they can’t seem to find the workers to fill.

… Four months ago, OST partnered with economic development group The Right Place and places like Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Kent Intermediate School District and Spectrum Health to form West Michigan Tech Talent a group focused on attracting and retaining technology workers in West Michigan.

Understanding more about dementia

Aug. 12, 2014; WZZM

Many of us have loved ones in our lives struggling with dementia.

Mike Faber of the Older Learner Center at Grand Rapids Community College visited WZZM 13 News at Noon to dispel some of the misconceptions surrounding dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Ingredients contest kicks off Restaurant Week GR

Aug. 12, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS – A summer salmon salad.

… Promoters say some restaurants have booked up early in advance of Restaurant Week, which is held during the peak of the summer harvest. Proceeds from the week help fund scholarships for students at GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

Grand Rapids Jazz Festival: Two days, 10 acts, totally free, opens Saturday

Aug. 12, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Jazz Festival is back.

… Local favorites performing in Rosa Parks Circle include Cooper, Hay, Van Lente Group; and vocalist Edye Evans Hyde and the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra in the festival co-sponsored by the City of Grand Rapids.

West Michigan-based acts also include Evidence Jazz Group led by saxophonist Michael Doyle; and Grupo Aye, which was part of the inaugural GRandJazzFest lineup.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Edye Evans Hyde and Fred Knapp, a member of Evidence, are GRCC alumni.)

 

 

 

100 Ways to Give: school supplies for ABO

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ABO_07_2013_029The Diversity Learning Center, Office of Equity Affairs and the Older Learner Center are collaborating to collect items for students in the campus’s Alpha Beta Omega World Leaders Society.

If you would like to donate, please drop off any of the following items to the Diversity Learning Center in room 119 of the Learning Commons:

  • three-hole punch.
  • backpacks.
  • binders.
  • calculators.
  • calendars.
  • dress socks.
  • flash drives.
  • highlighters.
  • notebooks.
  • notebook dividers.
  • pens or pencils.
  • planners.
  • rulers.
  • staplers.

To see the full list of projects, click here. When getting involved don’t forget to share it on social media by using #GRCC100years and #100waystogive on Twitter and Instagram, and “Grand Rapids Community College” on Facebook.

GRCC In the News, 7-30-14

Breaking down the Kent Co. Senior Millage

July 29, 2014; WZZM

On August 5th, Kent County Residents are asked to vote on whether or not to expand services to seniors.

… Mike Faber of the Older Learner Center at Grand Rapids Community College joined the WZZM13 News at Noon to explain what the vote on the Kent County Senior Millage entails.

Leslie King saves women from streets

July 29, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Leslie King is a true unsung hero and a survivor of what she calls modern-day slavery.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Leslie King is a GRCC alumna.)

GRCC In the News, 7-16-14

Michigan is begging for skilled workers

July 15, 2014; Michigan Radio

If we don’t find new ways to teach the right skills and train more workers, Michigan is going to be badly hurt.

… In response to this issue, (Autocam CEO John) Kennedy opened up a program in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College that will take qualified applicants into an apprentice program. They work at the plant while being paid to go to school for the skills they need. When they graduate from the program they could make up to $17.50 an hour or more.

Keeping your brain active throughout aging

July 15, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — As we get older, it’s important to exercise our minds along with our bodies.

Mike Faber from Grand Rapids Community College’s Older Learner Center points out that memory loss is not an inevitable consequence of aging. He says there are many things we can do to keep our minds active.

 

GRCC In the News, 7-2-14

Maker Faire in Grand Rapids 60 days away; tickets on sale now

July 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids’ first Maker Faire is two months away.

… The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire, organized by GR Makers, the Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Genesis Inc. and the Grand Rapids Public Museum, will be a smaller, community-focused event for its debut, but it will follow the Maker Faire model of celebrating the work of do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.

Sara Smolenski leads outside of courtroom

July 1, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A native of Grand Rapids, Judge Sara Smolenski was first appointed to the 63rd District Court of the Michigan Supreme Court in 1996 and has been re-elected every six years since.

… She has earned several accolades for her work in the community: the YWCA Tribute Award, Grand Rapids chamber ATHENA Award and the Salute to Women Award from Grand Rapids Community College several years running.

Tips for aging well

July 1, 2014; WZZM

(WZZM, MIKE FABER) — You don’t need to go searching for the fountain of youth in order to age gracefully. Mike Faber from the Older Learning Center at Grand Rapids Community College visited the WZZM13 Noon News, with some advice on behavior changes you can make to age well.

Somerfield Becomes Second Transfer To Ink With Owens Men’s Basketball

July 1, 2014; ABC 13

Austin Somerfield, a transfer from Grand Valley State University, has signed with the Owens Community College men’s basketball team.

The 2012 Greenville (Mich.) High School graduate played one year at Grand Valley before attending Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College last year, where he only attended school and didn’t play.

Turks Lead VBL With Eight All-Star Picks

July 1, 2014; WHSV

HARRISONBURG, VA. (WHSV) — The rosters were announced Tuesday for this weekend’s Valley League All-Star game.

… NORTH ROSTER

… Austin Stephens, LHP, Charles Town, Grand Rapids Community College (Rockford, Mi.)

Three Rayder baseball players named Division III All-State

July 1, 2014; Charlevoix Courier

CHARLEVOIX — When you’re good, people tend to notice.

… A worker both on and off the field for Brey, he’s (Ean Walda) a player that will be missed next season. He’ll play college baseball for Grand Rapids Community College next spring.

GRCC In the News, 6-18-14

Culinary school ranks among ‘Top 20’ in US

June 17, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local culinary school is one of the best in the nation.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education is featured among the comprehensive culinary programs in the ranking of America’s Top 20 Culinary Schools published last month by Full-Service Restaurant magazine.

GVSU students received more scholarship funds than other Michigan colleges

June 17, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Students attending Grand Valley State University received more scholarship funds than any other Michigan college from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation this year.

Grand Valley students were awarded a total of $163,000 in scholarships out of a record-breaking $1 million that was given by the foundation this year. Schools that follow Grand Valley on the college list of scholarships are University of Michigan, Michigan State, Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State.

Black theatre group creates safe space to explore race

June 17, 2014; therapidian.org

Edye Evans Hyde knows Grand Rapids is missing something crucial in its theatre community. This is why she recently started the Ebony Road Players, a nonprofit black theatre troupe that focuses on racial issues. The company took to the stage at Aquinas College’s Kretschmer Recital Hall to present a reading of “The Story” on June 5, a play by a Tracey Scott Wilson. This play is the second performance the Ebony Road Players have held, the first being a choreopoem by Ntozake Shange called “For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.”

… Tom Kaechele, the theater program director at Grand Rapids Community College, is pleased to see a new theatre troupe in Grand Rapids.

“I think it gives any actors in the community more options for shows. If you have experienced theater in Grand Rapids, you know we have a really deep talent pool. The more theatre companies that are around to tap into the talent pool, the better for theater in general,” he says. “To a certain extent, you’ll see some plays at Circle or Civic or Actors Theater that deal with racial issues, but having something someone who specializes in that kind of voice just lightens the community.”

Aging population trends

June 17, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — The population of the United States is aging at a dramatic rate, thanks to 76 million Baby Boomers.

… Mike Faber, from the Older Learning Center at Grand Rapids Community College, visited the WZZM 13 Noon News to share about the growing trends as the Baby Boomers are growing older.

Comstock Park’s Brayden Olson overcomes early obstacles to play college hoops

June 18, 2014; MLive

COMSTOCK PARK — Brayden Olson never gave up on his dream of playing college basketball, although the recent Comstock Park graduate had some serious doubts that it was going to happen.

… A big senior year helped Olson get back on the recruiting map. He played a key role off the bench for a Comstock Park team that won OK Blue Conference and district championships. The team included Drake Baar, who has signed with Grand Valley, and Ryan Hurley, who will be playing at Grand Rapids Community College. Jake Bush has committed to play football at Trine University.

Cronkright likes versatility, pitching depth on this year’s Berryhill roster

June 17, 2014; Midland Daily News

Diversity. That was the word that continually came up when Steve Cronkright was discussing this summer’s Midland Berryhill Post 165 American Legion Baseball team.

… The pitching staff for Berryhill will be led by third-year player Evan Marquardt, who graduated this spring from Dow and has committed to Ball State in the fall. He’ll be joined by Charger teammate Alex Sova, a second-year Berryhill player who will attend Iowa Western. Bullock Creek’s Caleb Somerville and Brian Feinauer of Grand Rapids Community College round out the returning pitchers.

GRCC In the News, 6-4-14

College student changes life, becomes Marine anti-tank missileman

June 3, 2014; dvidshub.net

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — A large number of young adults in the United States pursue college directly after graduating high school. While many students continue to pursue a degree, some decide to do something completely different.

… His (Corporal Jonathan Hollis’) superb grades ultimately earned him an engineering scholarship and he went on to pursue an education at Grand Rapids Community College. He continued to earn good grades with his unwavering work ethic and made the Deans list during his first year, but he wasn’t content.

Caring for an aging loved one

June 3, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Caring for a loved one as they get older presents some difficult challenges.

Mike Faber from the Older Learner Center at Grand Rapids Community College visited the WZZM13 Noon News to share some advice for friends and family members who are stepping into a caregiver role. He encourages caregivers not to be afraid to seek out and ask for help, as well as to keep all options open in deciding what kind of care is best for your loved one.

Summer Wellness Day Camps For Grandparents and Grandchildren

Improve your relationship with your grandchild through an interactive setting, focusing on the 7 Dimensions of Wellness, and learn the tools to help your grandchild grow into a confident, strong and caring individual.

Adventure Day Camp, Ages 8–15, June 11- July 2, 2014
Wellness Day Camp, Ages 5–12, August 6-27, 2014

Each four-week day camp meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon between June 11 and Aug. 27, 2014 – except kayaking on June 25, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Grandparents of any age from Kent, Allegan, Lake, Mason, Osceola, Mecosta, Newaygo, Montcalm or Ionia counties are encouraged to attend with their grandchildren, ages 8-15 or 5-12 years old. A donation of $20 per one grandparent and one grandchild is suggested for each four-week session. Registration is through the GRCC Workforce Training office by calling 234-3400 or going online http://www.grcc.edu/olcregistration

GRCC In the News, 5-16-14

GRCC hosting summer camps for grandparents, grandchildren

May 15, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a series of camps this summer for grandparents from throughout West Michigan who are looking to spend time with their grandchildren.

GRCC’s first-ever musical dives right into the dark depths of family, murder, and morals

May 9, 2014; MLive

When you think of Broadway these days, there are very few dark musicals. Musicals may be sad (such as Miss Saigon) or cover difficult subjects (like Hair or Rent), but these are the exceptions. Most of the classic musicals from the Great White Way end fairly happily. But even the light needs to be balanced with the dark. That’s what makes a musical like The Hatpin, premiering this month at Spectrum Theater, so fascinating.

Forum discusses future of the urban workforce

May 14, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to attend a candid forum tomorrow night on how urban workers in the region can make a living in the future.

The Future of the Michigan Workforce will be held Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community Colleges Calkins Science Center auditorium, at 143 Bostwick Avenue NE.

Summer Wellness Day Camps For Grandparents and Grandchildren

Improve your relationship with your grandchild through an interactive setting, focusing on the 7 Dimensions of Wellness, and learn the tools to help your grandchild grow into a confident, strong and caring individual.

Adventure Day Camp, Ages 8–15, June 11- July 2, 2014
Wellness Day Camp, Ages 5–12, August 6-27, 2014

Each four-week day camp meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon between June 11 and Aug. 27, 2014 – except kayaking on June 25, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Grandparents of any age from Kent, Allegan, Lake, Mason, Osceola, Mecosta, Newaygo, Montcalm or Ionia counties are encouraged to attend with their grandchildren, ages 8-15 or 5-12 years old. A donation of $20 per one grandparent and one grandchild is suggested for each four-week session. Registration is through the GRCC Workforce Training office by calling 234-3400 or going online http://www.grcc.edu/olcregistration

GRCC In the News, 4-18-14

GRCC offering free workshop for grandparents raising their grandchildren

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is offering a free luncheon and workshop Friday for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

Students turn lens on manufacturing

April 17, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

An annual high school student video competition aims to promote interest in the manufacturing industry.

… Videos submitted to Discover Manufacturing Today were posted on the video competition’s Facebook page and open to public voting. Student videos were also reviewed by a panel of judges, and were ranked based on a variety of criteria including creativity of the video, and how well the interview questions were addressed. The judging panel consisted of representatives from local manufacturers, Grand Rapids Community College, The Right Place, Kent ISD and Michigan Works.

Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids Presents GOD OF CARNAGE, Now thru 4/26

April 17, 2014; broadwayworld.com

Tonight, April 17, 2014, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids will continue its 33rd season with God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. The show will be presented Thursday through Saturday on two consecutive weekends at GRCC Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, beginning tonight, April 17, 2014 and closing on April 26, 2014. All performances begin at 8PM. A special talk back will follow the performance on Friday April 18th; discussion topics include: communication and conflict management.

See which historic homes will be on the Heritage Hill Tour of Homes this spring

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — This spring’s 45th Annual Heritage Hill Tour of Homes will feature seven private homes and two historic public buildings, the Heritage Hill Neighborhood Association announced this week.

… Tickets on the weekend of the tour will be $20 and available only at the ticket booth in the Sneden Center on the Grand Rapids Community College DeVos Campus, 435 E. Fulton Street.

College notes: Jenison grad throws back-to-back no-hitters, will play baseball at Indiana next year

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Every athlete wants to be known for something.

… Wes Vaughn (baseball), Grand Rapids Community College: Vaughn was 3-for-3 with two doubles in an 11-1 win over Glen Oaks CC on April 10. Vaughn (East Grand Rapids), a sophomore outfielder, is hitting .326. It was the third-straight game he had three hits.

Garrett Veihl (baseball), Grand Rapids Community College: The freshman pitcher (Greenville) earned his first win of the season pitching a complete game, 4-1 win over Glen Oaks CC on April 10. In five innings, he allowed four hits and one earned run with no walks and five strikeouts. Veihl improves to 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA.

Dylan VanPutten (baseball), Grand Rapids Community College: The sophomore (Middleville) went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two stolen bases and a double in a 9-8 loss to Macomb Community College on April 12. The first baseman is hitting .240 this season.

… Katie Klomstra (softball), Grand Rapids Community College: The sophomore (Godwin Heights) was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in a 5-3 loss to Lansing CC on April 12.

… Logan Sochacki (golf), Grand Rapids Community College: Sochacki (Jenison) earned medalist honors after shooting a 71 at the Ancilla College Invitational in Plymouth, Ind. on April 12. Teammates Cody Shoemaker and Tony Conaway were tied for third place with 73s to help the Raiders finish first.

Brad Buurstra homers twice as Union baseball team takes two from Muskegon Mona Shores

April 17, 2014; MLive

Two players named Buurstra were responsible for a lot of on-field damage as Grand Rapids Union took two games from Muskegon Mona Shores, 5-4 and 6-2, in OK Black Conference play on Thursday.

… Brad Buurstra has signed with Grand Rapids Community College. Devin Husted, who had two hits and two runs batted in during the doubleheader, is also getting recruited by schools.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Training and Luncheon this Friday!

Join the Older Learner Center Friday, April 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a workshop and luncheon featuring:

-Keynote: Dr. Henry Holstege
Nationally recognized sociologist, gerontologist, author and speaker Dr. Henry Holstege will share information on trends and issues facing grandparents raising grandchildren in our modern culture.

-Local, State and National Resources
Gerontologist, educator, and author Mike Faber will share information on local, state and national resources to assist grandparents raising grandchildren.

-Aging and Wellness
Dr. Henry Holstege and Mike Faber, co-authors of the recently published book Introduction to Aging: A Positive Interdisciplinary Approach will share practical information and tools designed to inspire, encourage and empower grandparents in their personal aging and wellness journey.

Held on GRCC’s DeVos Campus, 108 Sneden Hall, Multipurpose Room. The cost to participate is a suggested donation of $5 per person. Register through the GRCC Workforce Training office by calling 234-3400 or go online http://www.grcc.edu/olcregistration. This event is made available with funding from the Older American’s Act Title IIIE administered by the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.

 

Excitement builds for 2014 Grandparent/Grandchild daycamps

The first Grandparent/Grandchild Daycamp is just two months away!

The camp will be led again this year by Older Learner Center instructor Lannie Collard.

“The Grandparent/Grandchild Daycamp last year was a huge success,” she told us. “Both generations were surprised by how much fun they had together and how they could each learn from the other.  For a couple of the grandparent/grandchildren combos, this was both of their first opportunity to be involved in a camp setting.  They appreciated the variety in events as well as the low cost to attend.  All of the pairs are planning to come back this year to the new Adventure Camp!”

There are two sessions this year, learn more on the OLC events page or download the brochure.

Check out these great photos from last years sessions:

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