Stacia Barczak shares update on Van Marnius Swets Travel Award

We’ve heard back from Stacia Barczak, one of the recipients of this year’s Van Marnius Swets Travel Award:

Hello! I’m sharing these photos as an update to my Van Marinus Swets Award for travel. The award was put to good use!!

Last week, my husband, Tom, and I spent a long weekend in Hilton Head, S.C., and Savannah, Ga. It. Was. So. Hot. But we had a great time and saw a ton. The award helped us with our lodging, which made the trip that much more affordable — so thanks again for providing this fun and important benefit!

We flew direct from GRR to SAV and then drove out to Hilton Head for a night, staying two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. Then we headed back to Savannah and stayed for two nights in a historic inn that may or may not be haunted (but it WAS once used as a funeral home, so who knows??).

I’ve included photos from various points in our trip. 

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Meet the ambassadors: Amalia Levya Nunez

Amalia Levya Nunez

Amalia Levya Nunez

Let’s meet this summer’s orientation ambassadors:

Amalia Levya Nunez is majoring in molecular biology and wants to research genomics. She plans to transfer to Wayne State University. She enjoys hiking, eating good food, and reading books.

Cat or dog person? Cat person

Something you can’t live without: Clean water

Favorite vacation memory: “On a family trip to Acapulco, my grandpa and I sang a duet to Miley Cyrus’s ‘Wrecking Ball.'”

GRCC In the News, 7-8-19

GRCC Foundation Board elects new chairman to guide giving

June 28, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – GRCC alumnus Dr. James V. Buzzitta was elected the new chairman of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Board of Directors.

New Programs: Nursing, Welding, Hospitality Management, Data Science, Education

July 2, 2019; Inside Higher Ed

… Grand Rapids Community College is starting a certificate program in welding.

Change Ups: Greenland named 40 Under 40 Bank Leader

July 5, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College is launching a new Welding Skills Certificate program designed to teach basic welding skills in a semester, although part-time students might need two. The new Welding Skills Certificate will prepare students for entry-level welding positions, but the credits also will count toward GRCC’s one-year Welding Technology Certificate and the two-year Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences in Welding Technology.

Transitions: Bennett College Names New Chief, Taylor U. President to Step Down

July 3, 2019; The Chronicle of Higher Education


… Charles Chanter, former executive secretary of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association, died on June 12. He was 89. Chanter worked for the association from 1966 to 2008. He was also an adjunct professor and golf coach at Grand Rapids Community College. He arrived at the college in 1954, when it was named Grand Rapids Junior College, and worked there until he retired as golf coach in 2007.

Whitmer wants to close ‘skills gap,’ but some experts call it ‘a lie’

July 1, 2019; Michigan Advance

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been vocal about wanting to “close the damn skills gap.” The Democratic governor tends to use the line almost immediately after her signature campaign slogan of “fixing the damn roads.”

… Indeed, students enrolled in a welding program at Grand Rapids Community College told the Advance that they expect a host of opportunities upon completing a four-month certification program.

Coldwater’s Jamie and Jasmine Wellet earn NJCAA All-Academic honors

July 5, 2019; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — On July 1, a total of 18 student-athletes from Grand Rapids Community College’s Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Softball, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Baseball, and Golf were named NJCAA All-Academic for their work in the classroom during the 2018-19 school season.

Longtime educator Ruth Jones-Hairston remembered for her love of children

July 1, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids School District family and the greater community is mourning the loss of beloved educator Ruth Jones-Hairston, who died Friday, June 28.

… Jones-Hairston is graduate of Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College.

Kent County school district launching online program, career center

July 1, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – For the 2019-20 school year, Northview Public Schools is launching a new online learning program, the Northview Next Learning Center and the Northview Next Career Center for alternative students.

… Through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College, last year alternative students had an opportunity to earn multiple certificates in the skilled trades. On Fridays, juniors and seniors were at Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC, every Friday for five hours of training from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

City leaders implore community to end ‘code of silence’ surrounding recent gun violence in GR

June 28, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The firing of weapons in the city is up 57 percent compared to this time last year.

… The press conference was held at Joe Taylor Park—the location of the most recent of 10 shootings taking place in the last five days. Kiddle was surrounded by city commissioners, City Manager Mark Washington, Grand Rapids Public Schools administrators, nonprofit leaders, Grand Rapids Community College president Dr. Bill Pink and neighborhood association leaders.

Back-to-back champ

July 1, 2019; The Daily News (Greenville)

Upon being crowned the Montcalm County 4-H Showmanship Sweepstakes champion in 2018, Cecilia Brandt was left surprised and humbled.

… A 2018 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, who recently obtained her associate degree through a middle college program at Grand Rapids Community College, Brandt plans to attend Grand Valley State University this fall with a focus on biology with a pre-veterinarian emphasis.

Doing More Together school collaborative adds 7 partners

July 7, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

Doing More Together, a coalition of Ottawa area schools launched in 2013, announced that seven new businesses are joining as partners to the program.

… Doing More Together announced on July 2 that DISHER of Zeeland, Elzing and Volkers of Holland, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Griffins, JohnnyAdvertising of Grand Rapids, Nippon Piston Ring of America of Grand Haven and West Michigan Office Interiors are joining as partners.

Spectacular Chix senior class sends nearly 20 to college sports

July 5, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

… Water polo goalie Morgan Beers will likely play at Grand Valley State after a year at Grand Rapids Community College.

Food as medicine

July 5, 2019; HealthBeat (Spectrum Health blog)

An item that’s unusual for a 13-year-old made the top of Jackson Schamper’s holiday wish list last year —a KitchenAid stand mixer.

… Coached by culinary students from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education and the Culinary Medicine team, the families then prepare an assortment of recipes and share a meal together.

One Good Thing: Consumers Energy Student Art Competition

June 28, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Consumers Energy Student Art Competition gets today’s One Good Thing.

… The finalists were judged by a panel of art professionals from Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.

New Machinists Enter the Workforce

July 3, 2019; Fabricating & Metalworking

Contract manufacturer Autocam Medical (Kentwood, MI) announced that 13 adult students graduated from their CNC Machinist Apprentice Program. The apprentices were awarded certificates of completion in a graduation ceremony held on June 12 at Western Michigan University’s AMP Lab in downtown Grand Rapids. This program covers the necessary schooling required by the State of Michigan to receive a certified Journeyman card. Six of the graduates also received their Journeyman card upon program completion and the other seven graduates are working to complete the necessary hour requirements.

… Bill Pink, the president of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), John C. Kennedy, the president/chief executive officer of Autocam Medical, and John Kennedy, IV, the general manager of Autocam Medical were also present for the event.

GRCC employee Summer Ice Cream Socials

Logo: Try our hand-rolled ice cream. Ananda Ice. We put the ahhh in ice. Grand Rapids, Michigan. We would love to cater your event. 1-844-550-2444. www.anandaice.comWe’re taking it to another level with our GRCC employee ice cream socials this summer!

On the dates and times and locations below you can enjoy a treat from Ananda Ice — local food truck owned by proud GRCC alum Josh Baker.

Stop by to cool off with a tasty shaved ice snowcone with naturally flavored syrups or a yummy fresh rolled ice cream straight from the Ananda Ice truck, which will be live and in person/truck on our campuses.

Connect with your coworkers and enjoy the sunshine and summer fun!

Tuesday, July 23

2-4 p.m.

Tassell MTEC


Wednesday, July 24

1-3 p.m.

DeVos Campus/Sneden Hall


Thursday. July 25

2-4 p.m.

Main Campus – south end of Bostwick Commons


Looking forward to seeing you there!

Changes to maximum work weeks for part-time employees

Attention Supervisors of Professional Services (no benefits) or student employees:

If your part-time employee (no benefits or student employee) works throughout the fiscal year, we’re slightly changing the maximum allowable work weeks, effective July 1, 2019.

There is NO change for the “must work less than 28 hours per week” requirement.

The change applies to the maximum number of allowable work weeks in a fiscal year: 46 weeks will be the maximum allowable work weeks.  We must maintain less than a total 1300 hours worked in a fiscal year for these employee groups.

The reason for this change is new legislation in Michigan regarding paid leave.  We will be in compliance by maintaining the 1300 hour maximum over 46 weeks.  This maximum will also keep us below the threshold for the Federal ACA laws for health care.

As a supervisor, please continue to make sure that your part time employees are working no more than 28 hours per week, and no more than 46 weeks per year.

Please contact Cathy Kubiak (x. 3971) if you have questions.

Meet the ambassadors: Amanda Clouse

Amanda Clouse

Amanda Clouse

Let’s meet this summer’s orientation ambassadors:

Amanda Clouse is majoring in 3D animation and game design through GRCC and Ferris State University. She enjoys playing video games and spending time with her dog.

Dream job: Working for a large gaming company and working on the next big game of the year.

Favorite mythological animal: Dragons

Favorite saying: “Everyone looks content.”

Meet the ambassadors: Elijah Lewis

Elijah Lewis

Elijah Lewis

Let’s meet this summer’s GRCC orientation ambassadors:

Elijah Lewis is majoring in secondary education and communication. He plans to transfer to Western Michigan University. He enjoys acting and hanging out with friends.

Favorite color: Blue.

Car’s name: Shelia, The She, SheMobile.

What makes you happy? Making other people laugh.

Meet the ambassadors: Hunter Eichorn

Hunter Eichorn

Hunter Eichorn

Let’s meet the summer orientation ambassadors:

Hunter Eichorn is majoring in Criminal Justice and hopes to become a forensics detective. He enjoys physical activity and sports, video games, and paintball!

Dream superpower: Flying

Best piece of advice he’s ever heard: “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.”

Celebrity look-alike: Jamie Dornan

Meet the ambassadors: Lindsey Jones

Lindsey Jones

Lindsey Jones

Let’s meet this summer’s orientation ambassadors:

Lindsey Jones is majoring in Interior Design and plans to transfer to Central Michigan University. She enjoys breakfast, thrifting, doodling, and hanging out with her mom and her dog Bella.

Celebrity look-alike: People are always telling her that she looks like someone they know!

What makes you happy? Fresh air, friendly people and good food.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without? Oxygen.

GRCC In the News, 6-28-19

Mason County Garden Club receives awards, recognizes scholarship winners

June 27, 2019; Ludington Daily News

The Mason County Garden Club has received national recognition from the Michigan Garden Clubs for its 2018 Garden Walk, its website and its social media presence.

… (Kelsey) Kosiboski plans to transfer from WSCC to Michigan State University to complete a degree in crop and soil science and (Breanne) Mallison plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to a 4-year university to earn a degree in natural resources and conservation.

Meet the ambassadors: Jackie Araiza-Nunez

Jackie Nunez

Jackie Nunez

Let’s meet this summer’s orientation ambassadors:

Jackie Araiza-Nunez is majoring in social work and plans to transfer to Grand Valley State University. She enjoys working out and spending time with family.

Dream country to live in: Mexico

Cereal in the bowl before milk or milk before cereal? Cereal before milk

Master all musical instruments or fluent in every language? Fluent in every language.