GRCC In the News, 8-25-14

Tom Rademacher: Happy 100th birthday to GRCC, the ‘Little College That Could’

Aug. 24, 2014; MLive

Happy 100th Birthday to Grand Rapids Community College, which I have reason to celebrate in the name of Foosball, T.S. Eliot, Dave Clark, back handsprings, Emerson & Thoreau, countless laps in the pool, nictitating membranes, the people at 7-Up, and a certain girl named Nicki with whom I spent quality time on the roof of the Main Building.

GRCC toasts area’s philanthropic spirit as it turns 100

Aug. 22, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

As Grand Rapids Community College celebrates its 100th birthday, staff and students are participating in service projects to give back to the community.

College & charter school students head back to class

Aug. 25, 2014; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — While the majority of public school students have one more week of summer vacation to savor, most colleges and charter school students will be heading to class Monday.

… Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating 100 years with a new partnership and new sports teams.

Declining demographic, better economy impact enrollment

Aug. 22, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Students are beginning to take their seats as college classes kick off for the fall semester, but enrollment may face challenges in the future.

… Tina Hoxie, dean of student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, noting that Kent County’s unemployment rate is lower than the state average, said declining enrollment also can be blamed on the improving economy.

5 tips to relieve back-to-school stress from Grand Rapids native, magazine publisher

Aug. 25, 2014; MLive

WEST MICHIGAN — As parents and children prepare for the upcoming school year, magazine publisher and Grand Rapids native Debra Gano shared five tips to help relieve back-to-school anxiety.

… Gano, a Forest Hills Northern High School graduate, is the publisher and founding editor of the international self-esteem magazine, Be Your Own You, for young girls. Before joining BYOU magazine, the former actress and model taught in the fashion merchandise department at Grand Rapids Community College and was a former freelancer for The Grand Rapids Press. She now lives in Denver, Co.

Tinkerers gathering in Grand Rapids

Aug. 22, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A collection of creative thinkers, tinkerers and makers will come together Saturday and Sunday at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

… Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire was organized by GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Genesis Inc. and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Greenwich Village Art Fair Scheduled for September

Aug. 25, 2014; WIFR

ROCKFORD (WIFR) — The 66th Greenwich Village Art Fair takes place Sept. 1314, rain or shine, on the grounds of Rockford Art Museum at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Gates are open 10 a.m.6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday. Admission at the gate is $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. Advance tickets are $3 and are available at Alpine Bank location and RAM Store. All proceeds support Rockford Art Museum programs throughout the year.

… More than 150 artists from across the nation will exhibit at this year’s fair. Types of artwork represented include paintings, jewelry, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles, photography, wood, mixed media and more. Artists compete for awards on the first day of the fair, where their work will be viewed by 2014 Judge Juan Fernandez, a working artist based in the Chicago suburbs and photography professor at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan who previously taught at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Striking gold with Silver Line? Grand Rapids bets $40 million on state’s first bus rapid transit system

Aug. 24, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — From the second-floor of The Rapid’s headquarters in downtown Grand Rapids, Conrad Venema looks out at U.S. 131 cutting through the heart of the city.

… The Silver Line equates to roughly $3.5 million to $4 million per mile of investment, Venema said. Grand Rapids’ Downtown Market, Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids Community College and many more housing developments and eateries lie on the route’s northern end and the hope is that the growth spreads southward.

One-time Ohio State redshirts look for big role on offense

Aug. 24, 2014; The Lantern (Ohio State University’s student newspaper)

A typical highly-touted college football recruit hopes to see the field as soon as they arrive on campus, but that doesn’t always happen.

… While Wilson is entering his true sophomore season, the other three players Meyer singled out all redshirted last year. Marshall is a redshirt-freshman, (Corey) Smith is a redshirt-junior after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan before last season and Thomas is a redshirt-sophomore who played as a true freshman in 2012 before sitting out last year.

GRCC In the News, 4-3-14

GRCC student’s photography skills earn recognition in national competition

April 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College students photo was recognized in a national competition.

LaughFest behind the lens: Brian Kelly talks about photographing Jay Leno, Betty White, Whoopi Goldberg, more

April 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It isn’t every day a photographer in Grand Rapids gets to shoot Jay Leno, Betty White or Martin Short.

… He’s (Brian Kelly) photographed Colin Mochrie in Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse pool and Mike Birbiglia in front of the stained glass windows of Fountain Street Church during the community-wide festival of seriously funny stuff.

Keep calm and Detilli-on

April 2, 2014; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Winning. The process manifests itself in the shiniest of ways inside the Grand Valley State University Fieldhouse foyer as well as any at the NCAA Division II level.

… Detillion went to work by bringing in a number of arms from nearby junior colleges, including Aaron Jensen from Grand Rapids Community College and Evan Nietfeldt from South Suburban Community College in South Holland, Ill.


GRCC in the News, 3-26-14

GRCC expected to increase parking fees in attempt to help close $1.9 million deficit

March 25, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Student parking fees at Grand Rapids Community College may increase by $1 next fall.


Student Photo Wins National Honor

March 25, 2014; Wood Radio

A student at Grand Rapids Community College wins recognition in a national competition.


Wealthy Theatre to host evening with Dr. Carl Hart

March 25, 2014; The Rapidian

On Tuesday April 1, at 5:45 p.m. the ACLU of Michigan will present “Ending the War on Drugs” with special guest Dr. Carl Hart.

…This event is made possible by Spectrum Hospital, Grand Rapids Community Foundation African American Heritage Fund and Well House, in partnership with the Red Project and Grand Rapids Community College Black Student Union (GRCC BSU).


Washtenaw Community College increases resident tuition 2.2% but offers freeze for early enrollees

March 26, 2014; MLive

Washtenaw Community College is raising tuition for county residents 2.2 percent next year, but offering students a pass on the increase if they register for classes early.

…This year, as WCC charged $91 per credit hour for in-district students, Oakland Community College charged $76, Wayne County Community College charged $102, Grand Rapids Community College costs $103, Macomb Community College charged $89 and Henry Ford Community College Charged $82.


Photo Student Exhibition

The Art Department is excited to announce that the annual Photo Student Exhibition is currently on display in the GRCC Paul Collins Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the Main Building.
This year, the exhibition is presented in a new format. The works of more than sixty photography students are exhibited in high definition projection. The loop of images and videos which repeats every 25 minutes is stunning!


ecard Photo Student Exhibit 2014

GRCC In the News, 9-19-13

Michigan colleges using grants to boost job training

Sept. 19, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Lansing — Colleges and universities across Michigan are sharing more than $26 million in federal funds to expand and develop job training programs.

… Other schools receiving money are in Escanaba, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Lansing and Livonia.

ArtPrize 2013 Showcase Venue review: Women’s City Club hosts worthwhile collection, nods toward history

Sept. 18, 2013; MLive

Welcoming 52 artists in this incarnation of ArtPrize are the gracious hosts of the Women’s City Club. Unlike most of the large-scale institutional venues, this location brings visitors into a most charming domestic-scale venue that allows us to ponder the joys of living with art. Again, the iconic Fred Bivens and his team have worked diligently to bring in artists from around the region and across the country. Impressive is the manner in which his selections of contemporary works compliment and frequently are in conversation with the historic structure, and its collection of art and antiques.

(Article mentions entries by GRCC instructor Dianne Carroll Burdick and alumnus Kevin O’Rourke.)

Cornerstone University Celebrates Grand Opening of De Witt Baseball Field and Central Hall

Sept. 18, 2013; The Midland Daily News

Cornerstone University will spend a day celebrating its newest facility on Sept. 21 with an all-day, outdoor festival called Heading Home that includes a dedication service.

… Events begin with an 11 a.m. varsity softball game against Grand Rapids Community College followed by public batting practice, a mens soccer game, tours of Central Hall, inflatable games and a dedication ceremony at 4:30 p.m. in the concourse.

New Blood, New Bounty

9/18/13 The Lanthorn (GVSU)

Sophomore Kaleigh Lound’s first breakout game could not have come at a better time. The Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team was more than 1,000 miles away from home without one of its best players and staring down No. 6 Washburn University when Lound put on a display of athleticism that carried GVSU to a remarkable upset at the Oredigger Classic in Golden, Colo.

… The Lakers not only found a new offensive weapon inside, but also discovered the emergence of a reliable setter who transferred from Grand Rapids Community College.

Junior Kaitlyn Wolters was outstanding in each of the four games in Colorado, racking up 182 assists to go with 48 digs, 16 kills, six blocks and three service aces. Wolters not only earned a spot on the All-Tournament team, but was also tabbed as the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week.

Student puts together map of GRCC photo department ArtPrize entries

GRCC student Daniel Mansel has put together a list  of photo department students, staff and alumni who have pieces in ArtPrize this year. He also put together a Google map with all of the locations highlighted, including information for each piece and GRCC photographer.

To see the map, click here.

GRCC 2013 ArtPrize pieces:

Photos of student exhibit

Photo students got a chance to show off their work during an exhibition at the GRCC Paul Collins Art Gallery last month. A People’s Choice Award was new to the exhibit this year. Jordan Parham won first place and $200; Brandon House won the second-place prize of $100. Patrick Dine and Cheryl Franklin were tied for third place.

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GRCC In the News, 2-15-13

Holt school district might offer ‘middle college’

February 14, 2013; Lansing State Journal

HOLT — The Holt Public School District’s administration is proposing to create a middle college to expand the options for its seniors and allow for an increase in the number of freshman students.

… A similar model is being used with the Wyoming School District and Grand Rapids Community College, Manikas said.

Rockford hires two newly minted Public Safety Officers

February 14, 2013; The Rockford Squire

Anyone entertaining the thought of a career in law enforcement must gird themselves for, what for most would be, an insurmountable process leading to a life of protecting and serving others. It will be a dedicated lifetime of intense learning and oftentimes self-sacrifice.

Candidates for job openings in law enforcement will spend thousands of hours in preparation and training, said Rockford’s Chief of Public Safety, Dave Jones.

… In seeking to add new part-time Public Safety Officers to Rockford’s current staff, Chief Jones, in a close working relationship with the coordinator of GRCC’s Criminal Justice Program, has been able to identify and hire two recent graduates of GRCC’s Police Academy. “These two outstanding gentlemen are the cream of the crop, the very best they (GRCC) had to offer,” said Chief Jones.

Upcoming Intriguing Conversation explores creating a Michigan-Themed cookbook

February 14, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Saugatuck — The Intriguing Conversation series at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., continues with a conversation with West Michigan author Jay Beeler and photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick. The event takes place 7 p.m., Feb. 21. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

… Burdick is a free-lance photographer, photography instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, and a continuing studies instructor at Kendall College of Art and Design.

The book will be available for sale, and Beeler and Burdick will sign copies following the conversation.

People’s Choice Award added to student photo exhibit

The GRCC Paul Collins Art Gallery is proud to announce it latest exhibit: Photo Student Exhibition. It runs through February 8, 2013, in the gallery on the fourth floor of Main. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays.

This year we have added to the excitement by including a People’s Choice Award.  GRCC students, faculty and staff are being asked to cast a vote for the three works they consider to be the “Best of Show.”  Each photograph and photo video is marked with an identifying number – simply write down the numbers of your top three choices on a ballot available from the Art Gallery Attendant and place it in the ballot box located on the reception desk. The winner will be the work that receives the most votes so there is no need to indicate first, second or third.  Ballots must be cast no later than Tuesday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m. to be counted.

Instructors are encouraged to bring their classes to the exhibit and to ask their students to vote – the success of the competition is dependant on everyone’s participation!

We also want to extend an invitation to you to join us at the Closing Reception And Awards Ceremony on: Wednesday, February 6th from 5:00 P.M. TO 7:00 P.M.

Our Photography Instructors and their students sincerely appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing you there!

GRCC Faculty Member Dianne Carroll Burdick in Spring Lake Library’s “A Taste of Fall”

From the Spring Lake District Library description for “A Taste of Fall!”:

Fall is my favorite time of year with the brilliant colors of the changing leaves, the softer slant of the sun’s rays, cool, crisp days, and the abundance of the fall harvest. This year there is one more reason to welcome fall’s arrival. On the first day of autumn, Saturday, Sept. 22, Spring Lake District Library will be hosting a presentation by the creators of the book “Tasting and Touring Michigan’s Homegrown Food: A Culinary Roadtrip.” […] Award winning photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick is a Western Michigan University graduate with a BFA in photography. She is an instructor at Grand Rapids Community College and a Continuing Studies Instructor at Kendall College of Art and Design where she teaches digital photography. (More)

Video: GRCC Photography Students Participating in SiTE: LAB

GRCC photography students taught by GRCC Professor Filippo Tagliati and Chuck Heiney helped shoot content for this promotional video for “SiTE: LAB” – a unique artistic endeavor on April 15, 2011 presented by ART.DOWNTOWN at the former Junior Achievement Building, southeast corner of Division and Fulton.  Artists will convene on the facility to create permanent art installations to remain in the building for the new occupants.

For more information, visit ART.DOWNTOWN.  The GRCC photo department will also be part of the actual SiTE: LAB event on April 15; more information available here.