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GRCC In the News, 5-26-17

May 26, 2017

From Somalia to Grand Rapids: How one refugee fled to U.S., escaped terrorism
5/25/2017 Michigan Radio (NPR)
Ali Warsame​’s journey to become a permanent, legal resident of Michigan was long and difficult.
…After moving to Grand Rapids, he enrolled at Kentwood High School. There he took English as a second language (ESL) classes, and today he is a student at Grand Rapids Community College. He also works as an interpreter for other refugees.

Grand Rapids food trucks could roll into 4 more downtown zones
5/25/2017 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Concerns from food truck vendors are prompting city officials to consider changes to its pilot program during its first year.
…-Kendall College/GRCC: trucks could operate at metered parking spaces on the north side of Fountain Street from Ionia to Library

Article features GRCC Retiree’s son

May 26, 2017

Read about retiree Bunny Bookwalter’s son who is a cyclist who competes nationally. Bunny was a GRCC Dental Program faculty member and director for many years.
http://www.mlive.com/sports/2017/05/cycling_great_brent_bookwalter.html

Bookstore moves to Farside Room through June 6

May 26, 2017

The bookstore will be temporarily located in the Farside Room, first floor of the Student Center, during renovations from Tuesday, May 30, through Tuesday, June 6.

GRCC In the News, 5-25-17

May 25, 2017

Baby among those killed by opioids in Kent County’s deadliest year

May 24, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — At only 10 months old, Chance Powell was the youngest victim of the opioid epidemic in Kent County in 2015, the deadliest year the county has seen yet.

… When Jonathan Eisenman moved to Grand Rapids from Bay City, Mich., his mother thought it would be good for him. At age 15, the boy who loved to skate and write hip-hop lyrics started taking Norco with a friend. When the pills ran out, the teens switched to heroin. The family tried everything they could think of to get him clean, and thought it had worked. After high school, Jonathan moved to Grand Rapids to live with his older brother and attend Grand Rapids Community College.

Fleis scholarship winners announced

May 25, 2017; Leelanau News

A record number of scholarship applications were made and 72 were reviewed by the Fleis Education Fund selection committee.  Tina Poulias, who is studying medicine at Grand Rapids Community College, won the scholarship in memory of Jim and Rita (Fleis) Cwengros.

Jordan Brown flashes phenomenal speed in Rockford outfield and on base paths

May 24, 2017; MLive

ROCKFORD As a senior, Jordan Brown took over in center field for the Rockford baseball team and ran with it.

…”The amount of work he has put in this season is paying off, and I look forward to seeing what a year at Grand Rapids Community College does for him. He has the natural ability to be a great Division I baseball player. He has the tools that you can’t teach.”

Raider Salute to IT-Customer Support

May 25, 2017

Alex Moore, in Finance and Administration, has a Raider Salute for Bryan and Matthew in IT-Customer Support:

“A big thank you to Bryan and Matthew in IT-Customer Support for assisting me with a workstation move.  They went out of their way and stayed after hours to ensure that my workstation was set up for me the next day.  You both did an outstanding job.  Thanks for your help and dedication guys!”

Course pack orders due by August 7

May 25, 2017

All course pack orders, SKUs, files, and planners must be to GRCCePRINT no later than Monday, August 7, to guarantee the course packs will be in the bookstore prior to classes starting. Instructors must notify the bookstore ahead of time if they are going to be having a course pack and let them know if it will be a reprint or if it has been updated for the Fall 2017 semester. All files for new course packs should be e-mailed to grcceprint@grcc.edu.

Needs assessment: 2017-2018 learning opportunities

May 25, 2017

Human Resources/Staff Development would like your feedback on the trainings you would like to see offered for the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year! To provide feedback, please:

  • Log in to Peoplesoft/Online Center
  • Select GRCC Employee
  • Select Needs Assessment
  • Select the trainings you are interested in attending. The trainings are organized by professional skills (i.e.: communication, diversity, etc.). If there are courses that you’re interested in, but don’t see listed, please make a suggestion in the comments section!

Human Resources/Staff Development will compile the feedback during the summer months and share the professional development opportunities in GRCC Today.

Note: The needs assessment is used only to provide feedback on trainings you are interested in, it does not mean you have registered for that training. As professional development is made available, you will be able to register through the registration page.

Golf team in 18th place; final round of national tournament starts today

May 25, 2017

GRCC’s golf team is in 18th place, with the final round of the NJCAA national tournament starting today.

GRCC In the News, 5-24-17

May 24, 2017

Man lured to robbery: ‘He wanted to shoot me’

May 23, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man looking for a good deal on a computer found himself looking down the barrel of a gun in what police call robbery by appointment.

… The 25-year-old Grand Rapids Community College dean’s list student was looking for a good deal on a MacBook Pro and found one on the online app OfferUp, which is similar to Craigslist. It turned out the deal was too good to be true.

West Michigan military: See achievements by local service men and women

May 23, 2017; MLive

… Retired Army Col. Scott Haraburda, was named Grand Rapids Community College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus. Haraburda received an associate degree in 1981 from what was then Grand Rapids Junior College. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Central Michigan University, a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.

Academic Decision Day ‘Sends the Right Message’

May 23, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Comstock Park Public Schools, MI — Anyone who knows high school knows about college decision day, when senior athletes make a show of signing with a college sports team.

… It was a proud day as well for Donovan Crandall, whom Bolthouse encouraged to accept a hefty financial aid package to attend Grand Rapids Community College.

Class of 2017 prepares to graduate from Holland-area schools

May 23, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

After 13 years of school or sometimes a little bit longer hundreds of Holland-area students are about to earn their high school diploma.

Descent into opioid addiction captured on video

May 23, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man’s determination to show a drug-addicted friend just how far she had fallen offers a rare and raw glimpse into the world of opioid addiction.

… She (Kelly Galbraith) now works at a private drug treatment center and attends Grand Rapids Community College.

Partners honor activists at César Chávez event

May 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A group of community partners have honored the legacy of civil rights activist César Chávez and recognized three change-makers.

… A number of colleges supported the event, including Aquinas College, Calvin College, Kendall College of Art and Design, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University Grand Rapids.

Up close: How determination kept Tri-unity Christian seniors’ dreams alive

May 23, 2017; MLive

Rayven Mondy’s season was gone in an instant when the Tri-unity Christian senior guard took a trip to the hospital last January after she injured her knee in a game on Jan. 24.

… Mondy’s future looks bright now that she has had surgery and is undergoing rehabilitation. Plus, she recently signed with Grand Rapids Community College to continue her basketball career and education. Mondy said she was drawing interest from a number of schools before the injury occurred, and she added that GRCC was the school that stuck with her through the whole ordeal.

 

 

Bookstore temporarily moves to Farside Room

May 24, 2017

The bookstore will be temporarily located in the Farside Room, first floor of the Student Center, during renovations from Tuesday, May 30, through Tuesday, June 6.

GRCC in the News, 5/23/17

May 23, 2017

GRCC plans to expand online courses, improve quality
5/22/17 Mlive
Grand Rapids Community College plans to expand and strengthen the quality of online courses, according to GRCC Provost Laurie Chesley.
“We have made very conscientious efforts to have high level, quality online courses and to make sure that faculty and students are well prepared to be successful, and we are continuing those efforts,” she said.

GRCC In the News, 5-22-17

May 22, 2017

Street Talk: Rapid transformation

May 19, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Challenge accepted

Grand Rapids Community College was well represented recently at the MWest Challenge student venture competition, which provides students with an opportunity to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas.

Personal chef authors canning cookbook

May 19, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local food-preservation expert and culinary instructor has written a book on canning and cooking with preserved food.

… Devereaux received a personal chef certification from Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in 2014.

GRPS, Florida A&M announces pipeline and major scholarships

May 19, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Florida A&M is awarding West Michigan students with major scholarships to announce a new pipeline between Grand Rapids Public School and the university.

… The partnership with Florida A&M comes as part of renewed commitment to Ottawa Hills students. Other plans for the school include: a major bond renovation, Early Middle College program with Grand Rapids Community College to help students gain free associate degrees; college and career preparations programs, including homeland security, cosmetology, technology, communications and engineering; and increased partnerships with other HBCUs.

DeShaun Thrower takes on two sports at Ferris State

May 19, 2017; WZZM

Ferris State football coach Tony Annese and men’s basketball coach Andy Bronkema are unsure how it’s going to work out, but they’re both excited to add a player with DeShaun Thrower’s skills to their respective teams next season.

… He (Thrower) also liked the connection he shared with Annese, who coached Muskegon High to three state championships in the mid-2000s before leaving to take over Grand Rapids Community College’s football program in 2009.

Adult Education program celebrates student achievements

May 22, 2017

Event: Adult Education Achievement Celebration 2017

When: May 18th, 2017

Maurilia Ortiz Blakely Scholarship recipients: Sandra Parra and Maria Montañez, each student will receive $1,000 scholarship for 2017-2018 academic year.

14 Students completed the program:  Students who obtain a score of 236 or higher in the reading and 228 or higher in the Listening Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS). Students have successfully reached the highest level of English proficiency per State requirements and are now ready for Adult Secondary Education.

120 Students advanced to the next English level: There are six English Language Functioning levels: Low Beginning, High Beginning, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced and Adult Secondary. Students are honored in advancing a level in CASAS.

50 Students obtained a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC): Students receive a certificate showing that they demonstrated skills in Reading for Information, Applied Math, and Locating Information. Certificates are awarded at four levels; Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The certificate is recognized by employers nationwide, as a critical indicator for workplace success.

25 students completed the preparation class for the U.S. Naturalization application and test.

Please see the program below for details:

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Nomination deadline extended for faculty, adjunct Excellence in Education Awards

May 22, 2017

The deadline for nominations for the Faculty (Full-time and Adjunct) Excellence in Education Awards has been extended until Friday, June 9.

The Excellence in Education Award was established in 1989 to honor an individual Grand Rapids Community College employee for his or her contributions to the college, higher education and the community. In 2000, the award was expanded to provide recognition in the form of a staff award, and a separate full-time faculty award. In 2010, an additional award was added for an exemplary adjunct faculty member.

Nomination information for:

 

Questions: Contact Deb DeWent, ext. 3921 or ddewent@grcc.edu

Golf team makes national tournament

May 22, 2017

Best of luck to all the members of GRCC’s golf team as they start play in the NJCAA National Tournament on May 23!