GRCC In The News, 11-3-14

Grand Haven native Garrett Borns finds pop inspiration and major label appeal in California

Oct. 31, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — When promising young Grand Haven singer and multi-instrumentalist Garrett Borns left for New York a couple of years ago after making a splash on the local music scene, he virtually disappeared into the ether or at least, that’s the way it seemed to those who embraced the charismatic artist.
… Borns, a 2010 graduate of Grand Haven High School who attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts and studied music theory at Grand Rapids Community College, said it helps that he has an amazing management team out here and “they’ve been nothing but loving and supporting and into my vision. Everything has just grown very organically and its a very cool experience.”

Two GRCC candidates to amend campaign finance forms after reporting error

Oct. 31, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Two Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees candidates will file amended campaign finance reports after failing to follow a state law on the reporting of campaign expenditures, according to the Kent County Clerk’s Office.

Mid Michigan men’s basketball opens season with narrow defeat at Lansing Community College, women open with win

Nov. 1, 2014; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

The Mid Michigan Community College men’s basketball team opened its season with a narrow defeat on the road at 12th-ranked Lansing Community College Saturday by a final score of 90-83.
… The Lakers will look to bounce back from the loss on Wednesday when they travel to Grand Rapids to take on Grand Rapids Community College.
… WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Mid Michigan Community College 70, Lansing Community College 47
… The Lakers will look to continue their fine play when they travel to Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday.

Cast, crew announced for ‘Open Door’

Open Door directors Michelle Urbane, Fred Sebulske and Duane Davis have assembled a talented cast from GRCC students, alumni and community members:

  • Lisa Butler, as Pat Pulliam.
  • Jon Clausen, as Arthur Andrews, Frank McCarthy and Apple Tech.
  • Robbie Ellis, as Jack, a baseball player, Michael in addition to being a vocalist and dancer.
  • Craig Hammerlind, as John Tirrell and Director.
  • Madeline Jones, as Jill.
  • Todd Lewis, as Jesse Buttrick Davis.
  • Sammy Publes, as Juan Olivarez.
  • Jim Schafer, as Steven Ender.
  • Calin Skidmore, as Dick Calkins.
  • Tracey Walker, as Anne Mulder.
  • Ellie Frances, as a female student, in addition to being in an ensemble, a vocalist and a dancer.
  • Solomon Gant, as a male student in addition to being in an ensemble.
  • Jerry Jones, as a male student in addition to being in an ensemble.

Music faculty member Brian Morris will lead the orchestra: Brandan Grinwis, David Hay and Debora DeWitt. Thomas Moss was the rehearsal accompanist.

The award-winning design team for Open Door includes: choreographer Kathy Gibson, assistant choreographer Ellie Frances, stage manager Chris Carnevale, scenic designer Christian Poquette, lighting designer Catherine Marlett Dreher, costume designer Marcia VanKuiken, assistant costume designer Jamie Heeringa, projection designer David Kolenda, sound designer Kyle Los, properties designer Tracey Walker and hair designer Neil Trevisan.

For tickets and click here.

Condolences to Dr. Kenneth Bos

Our deepest condolences to Dr. Kenneth Bos on the passing of his mother Jessie Bos, after four months at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods. Jessie was 96 years old. The funeral service was held on Monday, October 27th at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Christian Reformed Church in Holland. Ken has asked that any donations be designated for Warm Friends in Holland. This is the retirement community where Ken’s mom lived for the past five years. The obituary may be read here.

Condolences to Dr. Carol VanRandwyk

Our deepest condolences to Dr. Carol VanRandwyk on the passing of her father, Gerrit. Mr. Gerrit H. VanRandwyk, age 90, passed away Friday, October 24, 2014 in Haslett, MI. He was born on November 9, 1923 in Muskegon to Henry C. & Dora (Duiser) VanRandwyk. Gerrit married the former Evelyn Holtrop on May 13, 1949 in Muskegon, MI, and they moved to Okemos, MI in 1965. Gerrit worked for the Public Broadcasting Station, WKAR at Michigan State University for 30 years before retiring. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country in WWII for the 75th Joint Assault Company. Gerrit was a member of River Terrace Christian Reformed Church in East Lansing. He is survived by his daughter, Carol (Thomas E. Frazier) VanRandwyk; three grandchildren, Candace Marie (Michael Herrick) Cowen, Justin Gerrit Corey, and Steven Edward Corey; one great-granddaughter, Katherine Aurora Herrick; and brother, John VanRandwyk. Memorials sent to the GRCC Foundation Corey-VanRandwyk Memorial Scholarship would be appreciated, and may be sent to GRCC Foundation, 143 Bostwick NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Burial will be in Restlawn Cemetery. The obituary may be read here.

Tickets still available for ‘Open Door’

Open Door poster

GRCC is taking everyone on a time-twisting adventure through 100 years of its history with its production of Open Door.

Performances of Open Door are 8 p.m. November 7 and 8 at the Spectrum Theater. Prices are $25 for employees, $20 for GRCC retirees, and $15 for students with a valid student ID. A complimentary dessert reception will be held in the theater lobby following each performance. Call extension 3946 to purchase your tickets.

Governor appoints LaTarro Traylor to state commission

LaTarro Traylor, Music Department Practice Room Assistant, was recently appointed by Governor Snyder to the 12-member Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity. The Commission works to reduce the causes, conditions and effects of poverty and promotes social and economic opportunities to foster self-sufficiency for low-income residents. Join us in congratulating LaTarro.

To read more about this, click here.

Tickets still available for ‘Open Door’

Open Door poster

GRCC is taking everyone on a time-twisting adventure through 100 years of its history with its production of Open Door.

Performances of Open Door are 8 p.m. November 7 and 8 at the Spectrum Theater. Prices are $25 for employees, $20 for GRCC retirees, and $15 for students with a valid student ID. A complimentary dessert reception will be held in the theater lobby following each performance. Call extension 3946 to purchase your tickets.

 

GRCC In the News, 10-13-14

Grand Awards 2014: ‘Spamalot’ at Circle Theatre, ‘The Hatpin’ at GRCC lead awards

Oct. 12, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — From the volume of cheering at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sunday night, one would have thought the 18th annual Grand Awards was handing out more money than the half million in prizes awarded at the same venue just two days before during the ArtPrize Awards.

… In the battle for most awards, it was a duel between swords and hatpins as Circle Theatre’s production of Spamalot and the Grand Rapids Community College production of The Hatpin each garnered five awards. Civic Theatre’s Les Miserables and Venus in Fur at Actors Theatre, each won four awards.

ArtPrize Awards 2014: Artists react to winning $20,000 in public vote

Oct. 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Robert Shangle was not expecting to win an award at ArtPrize 2014.

… Grand Rapids’ Gretchyn Lauer won best two-dimensional work for her oil painting “Outcry,” a close-up portrait of a weeping teenage girl, located in DeVos Place. Marc Sijan, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, won the three-dimensional prize for his Grand Rapids Art Museum work, a lifelike resin sculpture titled Reciprocity, depicting a man carrying his elderly father on his back.

(This article does not mention it, but Gretchyn Lauer is a GRCC student.)

Grand Valley State, Lansing CC flourish at Muskegon Community College’s Jayhawk Cross Country Invitational

Oct. 10, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Collegiate athletes from across Michigan converged on the University Park Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 10 for Muskegon Community College’s Jayhawk Cross Country Invitational.

… Rounding out the field was Lake Superior State (118), Macomb College (167), Mott Community College (225), Muskegon Community College (250), Indian Hills Community College (254), Hope (262), St. Clair College (267), Jackson (293), Adrian (307), Alpena Community College (328) and Grand Rapids Community College (341).

… In the women’s race, Lansing CC (39) took the overall win, Calvin College (53) finished second and Lake Superior State (140) came in third. The rest of team scoring included St. Clair College (148), Hope (153), Macomb College (154), Cleary University (156), MCC (184), Mott CC (201), Sault College (213) and GRCC (285).

 

The 2014-2015 GRCC International Guitar Series Presents: Anton Baranov

The 2013 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Solo Competition Winner – Anton Baranov

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:30 PM

Russian guitarist Anton Baranov is a prizewinner of more than fifteen prestigious international guitar competitions, including the Koblenz Guitar Competition, Andrés Segovia Competition, Agustín Barrios Competition, Robert Vidal Competition, and Pittaluga Guitar Competition. At the height of his young career, he won both the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and the Francisco Tárrega Competition in 2013.

Known for his daring interpretation and innovative programming, guitarist and composer Roland Dyens calls him, “a real musician, one of those rare guitarists who are able to have their attendees almost forget the instrument they play, managing to have them focus on the expressivity of the music and only this.”

As part of his prize from winning the GFA competition, Mr. Baranov will embark on a 50-city concert tour throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil, and has just recorded his first album on the Naxos label. Mr. Baranov has been a D’Addario artist since 2013. He currently teaches at his alma mater, the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Anton Baranov was born in 1984 in the Northwest region of Russia. He graduated from the famous St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in 2010 under grants from the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Performing Arts Foundation.

The concert will be held in the Recital Hall (Room 200) of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Center at the corner of Ransom and Lyon.

Admission is $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

One dollar parking is available in the GRCC student parking ramp with a GRCC guest parking voucher sold at the door.

Call 234-3940 for further information or e-mail: bmorris@grcc.edu.

Hand percussionist to lead master drumming class

GRCC is presenting a World Drumming master class at 2:30 p.m. September 25 featuring Michael Taylor, an acclaimed hand percussionist.

Music majors — as well as students taking music appreciation and other humanities courses — are welcome to attend. If you’d like to bring students to the class, just RSVP today to KDOBREFF@grcc.edu.

Taylor will bring CDs and percussion instruments for purchase. To learn more about him, click here.

Hand percussionist to lead master drumming class

GRCC is presenting a World Drumming master class at 2:30 p.m. September 25 featuring Michael Taylor, an acclaimed hand percussionist.

Music majors — as well as students taking music appreciation and other humanities courses — are welcome to attend. If you’d like to bring students to the class, just RSVP to KDOBREFF@grcc.edu by September 22.

Taylor will bring CDs and percussion instruments for purchase. To learn more about him, click here.

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.)

 

 

 

GRCC In the News, 8-1-14

All but six GRCC faculty complete new evaluation system, awarded $683,445 in salary increases

July 31, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – All but six of Grand Rapids Community College’s 238 full-time faculty successfully completed a new, more rigorous evaluation system that ties pay increases to performance, administrators said.

Restaurant Week returns to Grand Rapids with locally inspired menus August 13 through 24

July 31, 2014; MLive

It will be extra hard to find rumbling stomachs in Grand Rapids Aug. 13 through 24 when Restaurant Week GR is ordered up.

… Throughout Restaurant Week GR, not only will hungry diners be filling their stomachs, but also contributing to a student scholarship fund at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. For every Restaurant Week meal sold, one dollar will be donated to the scholarship fund.

Triumph Music Academy offers an innovative take on music lessons

July 28, 2014; revuewm.com

Go ahead and holster your witty comparisons to Jack Black and the movie School of Rock when you are around James Hughes he’s heard them before.

… Triumph does put its students on display, though, with annual showcases. These started in the live room at Guitar Center before moving to the music school at Grand Rapids Community College, and, most recently, Wealthy Theatre.