Levi Knoll finishes second in ice-carving competition

Levi Knoll and Jessica Miller represented GRCC in this weekend’s Bay Harbor Ice & Spice Festival carving competition. Congratulations to Levi for his second-place finish! Secchia student Becky Rinehart reported on the competition and took photos for Facebook and Twitter. Click here to read her blog on it.

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GRCC In the News, 1-14-14

General Motors craftsmen take pride in new vehicles

Jan. 13, 2014; The Register Citizen (Torrington, Conn.)

The auto show isn’t just about new cars. It is also about pride.

… Designers, engineers and the craftsmen all make extensive use of the latest in computer technology, but it is still important to see the final piece in three dimensions, said (Beth Anne) Hall, who signed up for a United Auto Workers apprenticeship as a pattern-maker after working as a summer employee at the GM plant in Grand Rapids. She also attends Grand Rapids Community College.

Annual Ice Sculpting Competition draws ingenuity, challenges

Jan. 11, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — What’s that old joke? If you don’t like Michigan’s weather wait five minutes?

… “It is a good sign that it’s snowing instead of raining,” Grand Rapids Community College ice carving coach Bob Schultz said about midway point of the competitors’ carving time Saturday afternoon.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Wrestling places 6th at National Duals

Jan. 13, 2014; MLive

… MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Jayhawks’ losing streak hit four games after a pair of losses to Lake Michigan College, 66-62 on Jan. 8, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 73-62 on Jan. 11.

… MCC will try and turn things around when it travels to Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

GRCC In the News, 1-13-14

See ice sculptors battle warmer weather in Downtown Holland competition

Jan. 12, 2014; MLive

(Photo gallery includes pictures of GRCC competitors Levi Knoll and Jessica Miller.)

Mayor Heartwell’s State of the City Speech

Jan. 11, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, (WZZM) – This is the transcript to Mayor George Heartwell’s 11th State of the City Address Saturday morning:

… We can also build on the talent we have right here in Grand Rapids … those men and women with some college under their belts who, for whatever reasons, had to discontinue that degree work before completion. You can go back to school. You can complete that degree. By doing so you improve your chances for economic security and you add significantly to the vitality of your community’s economy. Our community college, private colleges, and state universities have agreements in place to transfer credits easily to ensure Associate and Baccalaureate degrees. Other initiatives like GRCC’s Alpha Beta Omega program for African American males, and their Fast Track and TRIO programs exemplify the ways to help students complete college.

Award-winning West Michigan jazz quartet Brad Fritcher + trois going for it with creative modern jazz

Jan. 10, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — At first blush, growing up on a 300-acre Michigan farm doesn’t sound like an ideal breeding ground for a jazz musician.

… “Right when I met Dutcher, we clicked right away,” recalls (Brad) Fritcher, a Flint native who plans to complete his college degree at Grand Valley State University, where Snedeker and upright bassist Ryan Wallace are students. Drummer Christian Van Duinen attends Grand Rapids Community College. “It’s just been a good mix. We all have the same sense of humor.”

GRCC In the News, 1-9-14

Teaching and learning to take center stage during GRCC Faculty Learning Day

Jan. 8, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will host its annual Faculty Learning Day on Thursday, an event where instructors will present on teaching techniques ranging from flipping the classroom to changing self-defeating behaviors.

Ice-sculpting invitational carves into downtown Holland

Jan. 8, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Some of the nation’s best collegiate ice sculptors will carve their way through downtown Holland this weekend.

Five student teams, including one team from Grand Rapids Community College, will compete Friday and Saturday in the Collegiate Ice Carving Invitational by the National Ice Carving Association.

GRPD Chief Belk announces retirement

Jan. 8, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk is retiring, city manager Greg Sundstrom announced Wednesday morning in a news release.

… Belk obtained a criminal justice degree from Grand Rapids Community College in 1979, and attended Grand Valley State University’s Police Academy that same year.

Team Misfit Boxing building foundation, changing lives

Jan. 8, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Team Misfit Boxing — the name says it all.

… “We are trying to change the game for these kids’ lives and our community,” said Frankie Cisneros, who runs Team Misfit. “They are doing a great job of doing their part with heart and determination to being more disciplined to change the game and their lives.”

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Mr. Cisneros is a GRCC student.)

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

Jan. 7, 2014; cadillacnews.com

… Mid Michigan Community College freshman Trevor Gernaat (McBain NMC) scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds in the Lakers’ 96-82 loss to Glen Oaks CC on Dec. 30.

He scored 23 points and grabbed three rebounds in an 82-75 loss to Grand Rapids Community College on Saturday.

SICE Ice Carving Team wins medals at national competition

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This weekend, the GRCC SICE Ice Carving team competed in the National Collegiate Ice Carving Competition in Frankenmuth. Teams travel from all over the USA and even Mexico to compete here.

We did well, placing fourth overall and receiving three bronze medals.

Student Jessica Miller took bronze in the individual competition for her “Surfing Lizard” and student Brandon Hooker took bronze in the individual competition for his “Dog Catching a Frisbee.” They also won bronze medals in team competition for their “Flying Geese.”

Thank you to Bob Schultz for coaching the students


Ice Carving Team brings home honors

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Students of the GRCC SICE Ice Carving Team participated in the competition in Bay Harbor held this weekend. Student Jessica Miller took first place in the individual competition for her “Surfing Lizard” and Student Brandon Hooker took second place in the individual competition for his “Dog Catching a Frisbee.” They also won silver medals in the competition.

Thank you to Bob Schultz for coaching the students. Next weekend. the team will be in Frankenmuth for the National Collegiate competition.

GRCC In the News, 1-4-13

GRCC students ready to compete in Holland ice sculpting competition
January 3, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — As I mentioned in this Thursday’s edition of The Playlist, the Collegiate Invitational Ice Sculpting Competition is being held this weekend.

GRCC Ice Sculptures
January 3, 2013; Fox 17
GRCC educates its culinary arts students in all facets, from cooking to ice sculpture, to make them more marketable when looking for employment.

GRCC Ice Carving Teams in Frankenmuth – Photos

GRCC at Ice Carving Competition Frankenmuth 2012

The Ice Carving Team of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education did well in Frankenmuth this past weekend at the National Collegiate Competition. Luba Petrash’s team took 5th place overall in the multi-block, four-hour competition with a bronze medal.  GRCC students took two bronze medals; on individual blocks Ryan Klotz received a bronze that was very close to a silver and Jessica Miller’s was less than a point from a bronze.

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Chef Bob Schultz Named to NICA Board of Directors

Chef Bob Schultz Coaching GRCC Students at the NICA Collegiate Invitational

GRCC’s own Bob Schultz in the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education has been named to the National Ice Carving Association (NICA)Board of Directors.  From the NICA announcement:

We are glad to have Bob for the first time on our board. Bob is a multi-talented chef instructor at Grad Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids Michigan. He coaches many young ice carvers at various ice competitions and always brings great talent to the Collegiate Nationals each year in Frankenmuth, MI

Kudos to Chef Schultz on representing GRCC in the professional community!

Photos: GRCC Ice Carving Team Competes in Holland


Chef Bob Schultz of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education led a team of GRCC students in the National Association of Ice Carving Collegiate Invitational in Holland, MI over the weekend.  Here are the results from Hollands competition from Saturday (out of 28 competitors representing Columbus State Community College, the Uni­versity of Michigan, the Uni­versity of Akron, Columbus Culinary at the Bradford School and the Art Institute of Detroit):

1st place-Derek Warren
3rd Place-Jeff Marr
4th-Adam Devers
5th-Joe Pearson
1st and 2nd place TEAM OVERALL

Sundays results from Watervliet 19 competitors (this is a NICA sanction event)

1st place-Joe Pearson (won bronze score 79.94)
3rd place-Derek Warren (won bronze score 71.23)
4th place-Jeff Marr (just missing bronze 69.75)
5th place-Adam Devers (just missing bronze 69.72)

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For a full gallery of photos, click here.

This coming weekend the team will be practicing multi-block pieces then following weekend going up to Bay Harbor.


January 28th-30th is the main event-Collegiant Nationals in Frankenmuth. Only 30 competitors (15 teams) from all over the U.S. qualify.  GRCC is one of two institutions that had two teams qualify. If you have never been, it’s an exiting three-day competition, starting Friday night and ending Sunday.