GRCC In the News, 10-20-14

Why 2012 public masturbation incident doesn’t appear in GRCC’s annual crime report

Oct. 20, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Scan through Grand Rapids Community College’s 2014 annual security report and you’ll see lots of stats on campus crime sexual assault, robbery, motor vehicle theft and aggravated assault, to name a few.

GRCC hosting forum for Board of Trustees candidates

Oct. 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a forum for the four candidates seeking two seats on the school’s Board of Trustees.

Business leaders in the news

Oct. 19, 2014; The Detroit Free Press

… John Cameron Jr., a lawyer with Dickinson Wright in Grand Rapids, was installed as the public director for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Albion College, and graduated from Wayne State University Law School. He is a former instructor at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College. He has written several books, including “A Practitioner’s Guide to Construction Law.”

Actors’ Theatre names veteran thespian as its next managing director

Oct. 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Actors’ Theatre is welcoming a new managing director in November.

… Ben Boerkoel, president of Actors’ Theatre’s board, said he’s excited to put Los’ abilities and passion to work for the company that operates out of Grand Rapids Community College’s Spectrum Theatre.

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, 10-14-14

Man gets probation and suspended jail term for crash that killed Grandville High student, cousin

Oct. 13, 2014; MLive

MECOSTA COUNTY, MI — The driver in a crash that killed two cousins – a Grandville High School student and a Coopersville man – was sentenced to two years probation and a suspended jail term.

… Two passengers in his vehicle, Michael Aguilar, 22, of Coopersville, and Roman Aguilar-Emmons, 18, of Wyoming, were killed in the May 3 crash. Fuentes-Perdomo was seriously injured. The driver of the pickup truck, a 31-year-old Cedar Springs man, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

(This article does not mention it, but Roman Aguilar-Emmons had enrolled in GRCC’s Police Academy.)

Trayvon Martin’s mom to speak at West Michigan colleges to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

Oct. 13, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin – whose fatal shooting in 2012 sparked a nationwide debate and protests over racial profiling – will speak in January at programs celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University.

Ask the Community College Presidents

Oct. 9, 2014; WGVU

(Video features President Ender, Robert Ferrentino of Montcalm Community College, and Dale Nesbary of Muskegon Community College.)

Changing lives, one ramp at a time

Oct. 13, 2014; WOOD 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — Recently, a group of students from GRCC’s Tassell M-TEC Construction Trades teamed up with the pros at Home Repair Services to work on a very special project. Every year Home Repair Services teams up with the Grand Rapids Home Builders Association for Community Repair Days. They help to build wheelchair ramps for disabled and low income. For the students, it was a great chance to get out of the classroom and see what happens on a construction site. Home Repair Services tries to build 15 wheelchair ramps a year.

18th Annual GRAND RAPIDS GRAND AWARDS Are Announced

Oct. 14, 2014; broadwayworld.com

For performers and audiences alike, the name on everyone’s tongue this week is “The Grand Awards!”

… Community theatres presently participating in the Grand Awards are Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Jewish Theatre, Actors’ Theatre, Circle Theatre, and Master Arts Theatre. Participating colleges include Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College, and Cornerstone University.

Meet the teacher: Kentwood Public Schools welcome 37 new teachers

Oct. 13, 2014; MLive

KENTWOOD, MI — With a little over a month at a new school under their belts, MLive and The Grand Rapids Press asked area school districts to share information about new staff members.

… Stacey Stankewicz, resource room teacher at Explorer Elementary School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Aquinas College and a Master of Arts degree in special education from Ottawa University. Previously, she taught in London, England, and Grand Rapids Community College.

GR officials see development as next stop for bus rapid transit

Oct. 13, 2014; Crain’s Detroit Business

The first exploration of bus rapid transit in the Grand Rapids area is already halfway to its goal of 5,000 riders a day most weekdays. And although nothing is shovel-ready yet, city officials think developers are starting to get interested in investing along the corridor of the new bus line.

… “We are hearing that we have a lot of Grand Rapids Community College students and a lot of people who are working on Medical Mile, especially Spectrum Health employees,” (Jennifer) Kalczuk said.

 

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).

 

GRCC In the News, 10-6-14

Jimmy Carter to take part in China Town Hall hosted at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Oct. 6, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is coming back to Grand Rapids this month, sort of.

The country’s 39th president, who spoke last month at Grand Rapids Community College as part of the school’s Diversity Lecture Series, will take part via webcast in a China Town Hall from 6:50 to 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW, in Grand Rapids.

Art of war at ArtPrize 2014

Oct. 3, 2014; therapidian.org

ArtPrize 2014 goers will notice works scattered throughout the exhibition venues addressing the experiences of war. These artists have given their Grand Rapids audiences a reminder that we live in a nation currently involved in military action and with a history of military engagement around the globe.

… Other contributions call attention to the trauma experienced by soldiers and their families, including”The Walking Art Project” by Roger Carlson, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Janice Haringsma’s “Color is the Universe” at GRCC Spectrum Theater Lobby. Sales of these works will benefit the Disabled American Veterans, and the Lakota People of the Pine Ridge Reservation via Re-Member organization, respectively.

Spectrum Theater, Collins Art Gallery host ArtPrize entries

ArtPrize 2014 opens September 24 and runs through October 12. Before you complete your ballots, be sure to stop by GRCC’s two venues: Spectrum Theater and the Collins Art Gallery.

The Collins Art Gallery, on the fourth floor of the Main Building, will be open additional hours during ArtPrize: 5-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Learn more about the art you’ll find there by clicking here.

The Spectrum Theater lobby will be open 1-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. For a preview of the pieces displayed there, click here.

Do you know somebody with a GRCC connection who has an ArtPrize entry? Let us know by emailing communications!

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Collins Art Gallery, Spectrum Theater to host ArtPrize entries

ArtPrize 2014 opens September 24 and runs through October 12. Before you complete your ballots, be sure to stop by GRCC’s two venues: Spectrum Theater and the Collins Art Gallery.

The Collins Art Gallery, on the fourth floor of the Main Building, will be open additional hours during ArtPrize: 5-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Learn more about the art you’ll find there by clicking here.

The Spectrum Theater lobby will be open 1-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. For a preview of the pieces displayed there, click here.

Do you know somebody with a GRCC connection who has an ArtPrize entry? Let us know by emailing communications!

GRCC In the News, 9-3-14

First day of school brings changes for students

Sept. 2, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WZZM) – Tuesday was the first day of school for thousands of students across West Michigan, and with a new school year come some changes. Superintendents from Rockford, Wyoming, and Grand Rapids Christian Schools talked with WZZM 13 about their changes. Security was a big topic of discussion for each.

… (Superintendent Tom) Reeder also gave an update on the Wyoming schools’ “middle college” program, a collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College.

Film director Brian Miller to host workshop at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater

Sept. 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Director Brian Miller is returning home to take part in a one-night only workshop for those looking for tips on how to make it in the movie business.

Miller, an East Grand Rapids native who most recently directed two films starring Bruce Willis, will be at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE, on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Miller was also at the directorial helm of the film Caught in the Crossfire starring Curtis 50 Cent Jackson, which was filmed in Grand Rapids.

Why Grand Rapids’ first Maker Faire called ‘hugely successful’ by organizers

Sept. 3, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you build it, they will come.

… The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire, organized by GR Makers, Grand Rapids Community College and Genesis Inc., as well as the Geek Group and Grand Rapids Public Museum, followed the Maker Faire model of celebrating the work of do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

Sept. 3, 2014; Cadillac News

… Grand Rapids Community College sophomore Katlyn Agren (Cadillac H.S.) has 15 digs and two assists in early-season action for the Raiders’ volleyball team.

Former AFL quarterback Tony Kimbrough takes the reins at East Kentwood

Sept. 1, 2014; MLive

KENTWOOD — First-year head football coach Tony Kimbrough spent 2013 as East Kentwood’s defensive coordinator, but now that he’s in the top spot for the first time in his career, he expects to return to his offensive roots, where he spent quite a few seasons either at GRCC, Western Michigan University, or in the Arena Football League.

Dinner theater tickets go on sale to public September 8

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

The play — with music — was written by Walt Lockwood and James Schafer. The music department provided the play’s original compositions.

The story centers on Jill, a freshman who stumbles upon a mysterious door. It’s a roller coaster ride through the people, music and events that made GRCC — and West Michigan — what it is today.

Performances of Open Door are 8 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8 at Spectrum Theater. Ticket prices are $25 for the public and $15 for students with a valid student ID. A complimentary dessert reception will be held in the theater lobby following each performance.

A dinner theater package with the Heritage Restaurant is available for the Nov. 7 performance. That ticket cost — which includes both the dinner and the performance — is $45 (nonalcoholic drink only) or $50 (includes a glass of wine with your dinner choice). Two seating times, with 20 reservations each, will be offered: at 5:30 and 6 p.m. The menu includes Scotch Quail Eggs and Rosemary-Lemon Feta Cheese Crusted Pork Porterhouse. A special vegan menu of Mock Eel and Cauliflower Steak is also available.

Reservations will be open to staff and faculty first at 1 p.m. August 25. Call (616)234-3946 to purchase them. Tickets for the dinner theater package will go on sale to the public at 1 p.m. September 8.

GRCC In the News, 8-26-14

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga gets pitch on tax breaks during visit to Grandville shop floor

Aug. 25, 2014; MLive

GRANDVILLE, MI — Troy Turnbull played show and tell on Monday, Aug. 25, when he brought U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga into his back shop at Industrial Innovations, the company he owns and manages at 2936 Dormax St. SW.

… For Turnbull, the legislation will provide a career path for kids like his son, a 19-year-old Grand Rapids Community College student who is studying industrial maintenance technology and helping out on the shop floor.

President Carter, Gov. Snyder to speak in Detroit

Aug. 26, 2014; Midland Daily News

DETROIT (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will speak at an Islamic conference in Detroit this week.

… The 89-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner is set to visit Michigan again on Sept. 22 as part of Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series.

Grand Award nominees announced

Aug. 25, 2014; WZZM

They’re the Tony’s of West Michigan!

(Article doesn’t mention the GRCC connection, but faculty members Tom Kaechele, Michelle Urbane and Nancy Wagner and alumni Dylan Harris, Sherryl Despres, Darius Colquitt and Sammy Publes are all nominated.)

Tickets for Open Door available to employees, students, retirees on August 25

Open Door poster

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

A collaboration between the theater and music departments, the script was written by retired English professor Walt Lockwood and James Schafer,  coordinator of video broadcasting and distribution. The music department created the play’s original compositions.

The story centers on Jill, a GRCC freshman who stumbles upon a mysterious door. It’s a roller coaster ride through the people, music and events that made GRCC — and West Michigan — what it is today.

Performances of Open Door are 8 p.m. November 7 and 8 at the Spectrum Theater — and GRCC employees and students get the earliest opportunity to buy tickets! Tickets go on sale to the campus community on August 25 — 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.

A dinner theater package with the Heritage restaurant is available for the November 7 performance, and GRCC employees and students have the earliest opportunity for those tickets, too! That ticket cost — which includes both the dinner and the performance — is $45 (nonalcoholic drink only) or $50 (includes a glass of wine with your dinner choice). Two seating times, with 20 reservations each, will be offered: at 5:30 and 6 p.m. The menu includes Scotch Quail Eggs and Rosemary-Lemon Feta Cheese Crusted Pork Porterhouse. A special vegan menu of Mock Eel and Cauliflower Steak also is available.

Call extension 3946 to purchase your tickets.

Tickets for the production as well as the dinner theater package will go on sale to the public on September 8 — and they are expected to sell out.

 

GRCC In the News, 8-6-14

Judges to take on entries in Grand Cocktail 2014

Aug. 5, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Restaurant Week in Grand Rapids begins next week, but one part of the annual event is being held today.

… Today’s competition is from 12-4 p.m. at The Heritage Restaurant at Grand Rapids Community College, 151 Fountain Street NE.

Circle Theatre’s upcoming production of “Spamalot” promises laughs

Aug. 5, 2014; therapidian.org

Circle Theatre will be performing “Monty Python’s Spamalot” from August 7-23. Performances will be held at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, and tickets can be purchased either online or by calling the Circle Theatre Box Office.

… “All I can say about these cast members is that they are talented, talented, talented,” says director Tom Kaechele. “They’re all singer-actor-dancer types and they are just really on their game with this show.”

… Kaechele, who also serves as Theater Program Director for Grand Rapids Community College, is no stranger to Circle Theatre. He has been involved with the company since the early ’80s, when he started out acting in Circle Theatre shows. He estimates that Spamalot is the 16th production he has directed for Circle Theatre since 2002.

For those with disabilities, celebration marks progress and resolve to keep moving forward

Aug. 5, 2014; ahealthiermichigan.org (newsletter sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan)

A showcase of talent, community, and ability lit up Grand Rapids Rosa Parks Circle on Tuesday.

… Peter Gordon, Director of Jabez Ministries, a ministry for Grand Rapids Community College students with disabilities, said the passing of the ADA was a big step forward.

GRCC students, faculty, staff get special ticket price for Blithe Spirit

Heritage Theatre Group is putting on a production of Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward in the Spectrum Theater.

Heritage would like to offer all students, faculty, and staff with a valid GRCC Raider Card a special rate of $5 for their ticket. (Tickets normally run $20 for adults and $10 for students).

Remaining shows are July 24, 25, & 26 and July 31, Aug 1 & 2. All show times start at 8:00 pm.

GRCC In the News, 7-11-14

‘Orange is the New Black’ gives Grand Rapids actress Aubrey Sinn time in spotlight

July 11, 2014; MLive

Aubrey Sinn’s most high-profile acting job was one of her easiest to land. One day, she was auditioning for Orange is the New Black, and the next day, she had the role.

… She studied acting at Grand Rapids Community College, and credits instructors Tom Kaechele and Mark Amenta for honing her methods. Ten years ago, she moved to New York City to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating as a drama major. Her first role after college was for a musical theater festival, playing the Hero character in About Face, a version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, set in the 1950s.

Two Grand Rapids area coaches to be inducted tonight in Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

July 8, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Longtime Grand Rapids area baseball coaches Tim Johnson and Thad Abel received phone calls this spring that left them humbled and honored.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Tim Johnson works in Ford Fieldhouse.)

$3.7M conference a ‘big step forward’ in attracting diverse groups

July 10, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A national conference for a group of African-American law enforcement executives is coming to town.

… During the conference, more than 200 students from West Michigan will have the opportunity to speak with law enforcement, discuss potential career opportunities and tour the campuses of Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University’s downtown campus.