GRCC In the News, 6-19-19

John Bos all-star games honor OK conference baseball and softball players

June 18, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — All-conference baseball and softball players from the OK Conference got a final chance play a high school game and represent their league Tuesday night at Cornerstone University.

Plan failed? Draw up a new one

June 18, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org

Two years ago, Chris Hribek will tell you, his high school career was a disaster with failing grades, attendance issues and a big attitude problem.

… Thanks to some tough love by teachers at the Career Academy and a new attitude toward school, Chris got his diploma this spring. Now he’s thinking about going to Grand Rapids Community College to learn welding.

Hausserman named Sentinel-Standard Boys’ Golfer of the Year

June 18, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Consistency.

… (Tyler) Hausserman was referring to Egypt Valley Country Club, where he’ll play as a member of golf team at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 6-17-19

Electric vehicle charging station at GRCC now available for public use

June 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The public can now use the electric vehicle charging station in the lower level of the Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp on Bostwick Avenue, officials announced this week.

Metallica Gives Back

June 14, 2019; allwithinmyhands.org (All Within My Hands Foundation)

Our extended Metallica Family at Blackened American Whiskey had a chance encounter with a Metallica fan whose buddy, it turns out, is a Metallica Scholar. That brief encounter led to us learn all about our first Spotlight Scholar, Jason Church. We think his story is worth sharing, and it all started over whiskey…

Jason was the recipient of AWMH’s Metallica Scholars grant funding at Grand Rapids Community College, encouraging him to continue his training and get his welding certification.

Brother and sister work hard for ‘a better future, a better life’

June 14, 2019;  schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School district)

Anyelin and Yustin Vasquez Lopez are well aware of the Guatemala they came from, the America they came to, and what it will take to succeed here.

… She and her brother are powered by their dreams, as they go from their graduation ceremony at Calvin College toward Grand Rapids Community College this fall.

Fundraising Lunch in Grand Rapids to Help Former Foster Youth Go to College

June 13, 2019; michigan.gov (press release)

LANSING, Mich. – Seat reservations are still available for the fifth annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund Benefit to be held on June 26 at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.

… Seventeen Michigan colleges and universities have programs to assist former foster care students:  Delta College, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Michigan State University, Mott Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Flint, Washtenaw Community College, Wayne County Community College, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

Pewamo-Westphalia falls in extras in Division 3 baseball semifinal

June 14, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

EAST LANSING — The Pewamo-Westphalia baseball team had allowed under 40 runs total to its opponents this season en route to a school-record 31 wins.

… “I tried to get them off-balance by throwing my curveball and then slider, plus I was able to locate my fastball well and trust my fielders to make plays behind me,” (Ethan) Thelen said, who will continue his baseball career next season at Grand Rapids Community College, said. “My arm feels really good right now, but it will probably be a different story tomorrow.

Sign up to help GRCC baseball team with Tom Hofmann Golf Outing

There is room for a few more teams in the fourth-annual Tom Hofmann Golf Outing, and we’d love to fill them with GRCC employees.

The event, on Saturday, June 29, at Scott Lake Golf and Practice Center, benefits the GRCC Tom Hofmann Baseball Scholarship Fund and baseball student-athletes. Registration is $100 per golfer and each registrant will receive:

  • 18 holes of golf
  • Golf cart
  • 2 drink tickets
  • Steak dinner
  • Entrance into the skins game
  • Free GRJC or GRCC T-shirt

Check-in begins at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. There will be prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, longest putt, and more.

A cash bar and great raffle prizes will also be available with dinner. Meal tickets are $25 per person for guests that would like to join the group for dinner after golf.

You can sign up online.

 

GRCC Baseball presents the Tom Hofmann Golf Outing. Saturday, June 29

GRCC In the News, 6-4-19

Saugatuck’s Brad Dunn to play baseball at Grand Rapids Community College

June 3, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

SAUGATUCK — Brad Dunn won two, individual state hurdle championships on Saturday to conclude his high school career as a four-sport star.

… The Saugatuck senior signed with Grand Rapids Community College in late May.

Graduation 2019: Holland VR Tech

June 3, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

What are you looking forward to now that you’ve graduated?

… “I’m going to college at Grand Rapids Community College to be an ultrasound tech.” — Caroline Pannyasee

… “I’m planning on going to Grand Rapids Community College.” — Happin Waguk

New SingularityU chapter fosters “Exponential Technologies for Good”

June 3, 2019; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Thanks to local futurist, Mary Brown, Singularity University (SU) is establishing a chapter in Grand Rapids, one of 142 chapters in 66 world locations recognized as up-and-coming technology centers. SU had been on Brown’s radar for some time. After attending its Global Summit, she submitted an application in hopes of starting a Grand Rapids chapter. Because Grand Rapids is recognized as an emerging center of innovation, the chapter application was approved.

… SingularityU Grand Rapids team members include Brown, the chapter ambassador, and Jan Mathorne, owner of HUCAPA – Human Capital Partners, an executive search consulting firm based in Denmark, Michigan, and California. Brown, a futurist, focuses on ethical adoption of AI in healthcare and society via human-centered design and organizational change and learning. A former senior digital experience analyst at Priority Health, she currently serves as senior consultant for learning and development in Spectrum Health’s Inclusion and Diversity department and as adjunct faculty at Grand Rapids Community College in the psychology and business departments.

GRCC In the News, 5-7-19

This Morning at 4:30 A.M.

May 7, 2019; KTHV

Should you wash your chicken before you cook it? … The organization is the leading health resource in the United States, but because so many people doubted the recommendation on social media, we reached out to two other experts. Our sources are the Food and Drug Administration and Werner Absenger, the program director at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Vote for the Kalamazoo-area spring sports Athlete of the Week

May 6, 2019; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI – Rain washed out much of last week’s high school sports action, but beautiful weather on Friday and Saturday allowed a handful of single games and several tournaments over the weekend.

… Drew Murphy, Sturgis baseball

Fresh off signing a letter of intent to play baseball at Grand Rapids Community College, Murphy enjoyed a big weekend, striking out nine and allowing just one hit across four innings in Friday’s 5-2 win over South Haven, then tallying a triple, a double and a single with three runs scored and an RBI in Saturday’s 10-9 win over Vicksburg.

GRCC In the News, 7-3-18

GRCC Nursing program to lead career workshops for Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids

July 2, 2018; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, June 26, 2018 — High school students will learn about an in-demand career option through a partnership between Grand Rapids Community College’s nursing faculty and Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids.

A girl, a goat and a dream

July 2, 2018; Daily News (Greenville)

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — As Cecilia Brandt, 17, of Cedar Springs, stumbled into the livestock barn with her goat April on Saturday morning, she had no idea she would be leaving with the top prize.

… She’s also already begun thinking about how she will use the scholarship. Brandt wants to attend Grand Rapids Community College for a time, before transferring to Grand Valley to study biochemistry. After that, she’d like to get accepted into an upper-level veterinarian school.

Nation’s top 2022 basketball player Emoni Bates enrolls at Ypsilanti Lincoln

July 2, 2018; MLive

YPSILANTI — There will be an added buzz inside Ypsilanti Lincoln’s gym during the 2018-19 high school basketball season.

… Elgin (Bates) and (head coach Jesse) Davis played at Grand Rapids Community College together and have remained friends for the past 30 years.

Skirka Named New Murray State Baseball Head Coach

July 2, 2018; West Kentucky Star

MURRAY – Murray State Director of Athletics, Allen Ward, announced the hiring of Dan Skirka as the ninth head coach of the Racer Baseball program.

… Skirka’s first collegiate assistant coaching position was at Grand Rapids Community College in 2007-08 where his team advanced to the NJCAA World Series. He spent the 2008-09 season at Ouachita Baptist working under former Murray State player Chris Moddelmog.

New position at GVSU to study diversity, equity issues in nonprofit sector

July 2, 2018; gvsu.edu

Leaders in the field of philanthropy from across the country have noticed a shortcoming in how the nonprofit sector applies principles of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout its critically important and economically substantial work.

… (Juan) Olivarez brings nonprofit leadership and higher education experience to the position, having served as president of Aquinas College for six years and Grand Rapids Community College for almost 10 years. He also served several years as the president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation where he championed innovative community initiatives that focused on improving education opportunities for all people.

GRCC In the News, 6-26-18

Change Ups: Hauenstein exhibition opens in July

June 22, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College trustees unanimously approved a $112.3-million budget for the 2018-19 academic year, a spending plan that includes the lowest tuition increase in nearly two decades.

News 8 at 5:30 p.m.

June 25, 2018; WOOD TV

Google today announced an IT professional certificate that will be available at Grand Rapids Community College. The certificate aims to train students with no prior experience to be IT support professionals in about eight months. Since its inception nearly five months ago, nearly 40,000 students have enrolled in the online program. Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink said the certificate will provide students with in-demand skills. IT support is one of the fastest growing fields in the nation with more than 150,000 open positions.

News 8 at 7 p.m.

June 22, 2018; WOOD TV

More colleges are going tobacco-free. The CDC says more than 2,000 colleges were smoke- or tobacco-free last year, up from about 800 in 2012. … Western Michigan and Grand Rapids Community College are both now tobacco free.

Successful spring sports season at St. Patrick

June 25, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

The 2018 St. Patrick School spring sports season has officially come to an end.

… Individual honors for our baseball team include:

… William Simon: honorable mention CMAC and has been invited to walk on at Grand Rapids Community College

Street Talk: Completely sustainable

June 22, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A nonprofit that promotes sustainable business looks like it will remain sustainable.

… Outgoing board members include Dave Rinard, Steelcase, who was selected to receive WMSBF’s 2018 President’s Award; Alison Sutter, city of Grand Rapids; Sharon Darby, Cascade Engineering; Lynette Wolf, Lake Michigan College; Sara Yob, Grand Rapids Community College; and Darwin Baas, Kent County Department of Public Works.

GRCC In the News, 6-22-18

Restaurant Week is coming soon with something new

June 21, 2018; 100.5 FM

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids, (RWGR), announces a third Chef’s Choice option that will be available during the 12-day culinary event in the Greater Grand Rapids area from August 8 19, 2018.

… RWGR not only promotes the Greater Grand Rapids culinary scene, but also provides educational support through a scholarship fund for students at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Since 2010, Restaurant Week participating restaurants and sponsors have contributed over $143,000 to the scholarship fund. Participating restaurants donate $1 for every Restaurant Week meal sold to the scholarship fund that is granted to selected students within the Institute’s culinary program.

Meet the 2018 Kalamazoo Gazette Baseball Dream Team

June 21, 2018; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI – From strong seniors to freshman phenoms, the 2018 high school baseball landscape in the Kalamazoo-area featured a group of diverse and talented athletes.

… Dream Team Pitchers

… Trevor Patterson, Sr., Galesburg-Augusta

… The senior Grand Rapids Community College signee struck out 60 batters in 53 2/3 innings, while posting a 7-0 record, a 0.26 ERA and allowing 30 hits, nine walks and two earned runs.

… Dream Team Catchers

… Jimmy Wressel, Sr., Paw Paw

The senior Grand Rapids Community College signee earned first team all-conference and first team all-district honors after batting .426 with a .535 on-base percentage, while throwing out 36 percent of runners from behind the plate.

Architecture projects win statewide awards

Jun 21, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A group of local firms and projects recently won statewide awards from an association of architects.

… AIA Michigan also presented the Design Award to two Grand Rapids projects: Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at Grand Rapids Community College won in the building category, and the Ford airport Viewing Pavilion won in the low budget/small project category.

LAST CALL! – Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Whitecaps Baseball, June 15th!

Dr. Pink will be throwing out the first pitch around 6:40pm at the Whitecaps game on Friday, June 15th! We’d like to invite our GRCC family and friends to cheer him on and enjoy some great West Michigan baseball. It is fun for all ages, and everyone is welcome!

Tickets are $11 per person and must be purchased in advance by end of business on Monday, June 11th. Cash appreciated. Official game tickets must be picked up by Wednesday, June 13th.

Please see Nicole Dekker or Amy Bennett on the 2nd Floor of the Administration Building, DeVos Campus, for ticketing.

**Please note we must have at least 20 attendees for group ticket pricing. Also, parking is $7.00 per vehicle.

Questions? Please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848, nicoledekker2@grcc.edu).

 

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Whitecaps Baseball, June 15th!

Dr. Pink will be throwing out the first pitch at the Whitecaps game on Friday, June 15th! We’d like to invite our GRCC family and friends to cheer him on and enjoy some great West Michigan baseball. It is fun for all ages, and everyone is welcome!

Tickets are $11 per person and must be purchased in advance by Monday, June 11th. Cash appreciated. Official game tickets must be picked up by Wednesday, June 13th.

Please see Nicole Dekker or Amy Bennett on the 2nd Floor of the Administration Building, DeVos Campus, for ticketing.

**Please note we must have at least 20 attendees for group ticket pricing. Also, parking is $7.00 per vehicle.

Questions? Please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848, nicoledekker2@grcc.edu).

 

GRCC In the News, 4-27-18

Accelerated technical training program graduates 15

April 26, 2018; Allegan News

Fifteen Allegan County students in a program that pairs a second chance to complete a high school education while arming them with skilled labor credentials, celebrated completion on Wednesday, April 18, at Allegan Public Schools administration building.

… The partners involved include Allegan Alternative  Education, Allegan Adult Education, Plainwell Renaissance Adult Education, West Michigan Works, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan Career & Technical Institute, Lake Michigan College, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Allegan County Community Action,  Love INC, the Linking Center, 70×7 Life Recovery, Bridges of Hope Allegan County, area employers, and other community based organizations.

Teen scholarship recipient credits mentor with turning his life around

April 26, 2018; FOX 17

KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Eben Gardner is one of 15 students who received a $2,000 scholarship from Lake Michigan Credit Union to help pay for higher education. However, the Cedar Springs High School senior said the road wasn’t easy.

… Gardner is headed to Grand Rapids Community College to study business. Lake Michigan Credit Union said it’s been able to award $361,500 to 222 students over the years through its Hutt Scholarships.

Kidney Walk celebró caminata sobre prevención de enfermedad renal crónica

April 26, 2018; El Vocero

Kidney Walks han sido una parte integral en la recaudación de fondos desde 1996 y se presentan en todo el estado Michigan.

… La misma fue dedicada en honor al doctor Bill Pink, presidente de Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) quién realizó el corte del listón para dejar oficialmente iniciado el recorrido de la caminata, que abarcó tres millas dentro del área verde del parque.

(Kidney Walks have been an integral part of the fundraising since 1996 and are presented throughout the state of Michigan.

… It was dedicated in honor of Dr. Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) who made the cut of the ribbon to officially start the walk, which covered three miles within the green area of the park.)

Jayhawks baseball team splits doubleheader with Grand Rapids Community College

April 26, 2018; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College baseball team split a doubleheader against Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday.

Jayhawks take two tight softball wins, top Grand Rapids Community College

April 26, 2018; Local Sports Journal

Muskegon Community College eked out a pair of one-run wins over Grand Rapids Community College in Western Conference softball action on Wednesday.

GRCC In the News, 3-7-18

Cincinnati Art Museum executive receives national educator award

March 6, 2018; Cincinnati Business Courier

A Cincinnati Art Museum executive is the recipient of a prestigious national education honor.

… (Emily) Holtrop holds an associate’s degree in art history from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s in public history from Western Michigan University and a master’s in architectural history from the University College of London-Bartlett School of Architecture.

African American professionals to mentor teens at male achievement event

March 6, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 800 male high school students throughout Kent County are expected to take part in the Third Annual African American Male Achievement Conference at Grand Rapids Community College this week.

LOCAL COLLEGE: Thoman, Orlowski key wins

March 7, 2018; The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.)

Lackawanna College won two of three softball games Tuesday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The Lady Falcons (4-1) posted wins over Grand Rapids Community College, 8-0, and Lincoln College, 10-1, and lost to USC-Salkehatchie, 7-3.

Chipola baseball takes two

March 6, 2018; Jackson County Floridian

The Chipola Indians scored a pair of wins over Grand Rapids Community college Saturday.

 

GRCC In the News, 3-5-18

Grant Gives Students Welding Skills, Virtual-style

Feb. 9, 2018; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Whether you are in high school attempting to settle on a career, an adult back to school to upgrade skills or a young child dreaming of what to be when you grow up, equipment coming soon to Kent Career Tech Center should be on your must-investigate list.

… John Doneth, a welding instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, agrees.
“We have had a shortage in all skills trades for the last number of years,” he said. “For 20 years or more education has been focused on getting kids to college, but this type of work requires high tech and high skill.”

Comic book store builds community

March 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Myers family always has backed Don Myers’ 40-year passion for comic books. Now, he is entering his third year of passing it on to Grand Rapids fans.

… Michelle Kastanek is secretary to the principal and founder of the drama program at East Grand Rapids Middle School, Cody Kastanek is a nerve conduction technologist at Spectrum Health Medical Group, and Derek (Myers) is attending Grand Rapids Community College and soon will transfer to Grand Valley State University for accounting.

One Funny Girl

March 2, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

Every time she steps into the spotlight, Megan Elaine, member of Grand Rapids improv comedy group Funny Girls and co-founder of Inaccurate and Inappropriate, knows that she is about to put her personal business out into the open. The funniest part? She doesn’t mind one bit; in fact, she is at her happiest when the crowd is laughing at her expense.

… After graduating high school in 2012, she took a job as a bartender. A year later, she enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College; however, half way through her first semester, Elaine had a change of heart.

TCC baseball continues to build momentum

March 2, 2018; Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.)

The Florida junior college baseball ranks are arguably the strongest and most competitive in the country.

… TCC (14-7), which opens a three-game series against Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College at 1 p.m. Sunday, features its usual blend of experience and first-year players.

Tonight’s scores

March 2, 2018; Jackson County Floridian

March 2

… Softball

… Chipola beat Wallace Community College, 6-4, and Grand Rapids Community College, 14-3.

Mid Michigan Community College women win share of conference title

March 1, 2018; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

Champions of the West.

On Wednesday evening the Mid Michigan Community College women’s basketball team wrapped up a share of its first-ever MCCAA West Conference title by topping Grand Rapids Community College 59-47 at Morey Courts.

Architecture firm hires practice leader

March 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local architecture firm has named a new practice leader.

… He (Tod Stevens) is also credited with more than 20 award-winning projects: Sangren Hall College of Education at Western Michigan University; Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons at Grand Valley State University; Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at Grand Rapids Community College; College of Education at Old Dominion University; the Math and Physics Building at University of Texas at Dallas; and more.

GRCC In the News, 2-14-18

West Michigan Whitecaps announce lineup for Tigers Wednesdays

Feb. 13, 2018; MLive

The West Michigan Whitecaps popular Tigers Fridays is back, except now it is called Tigers Wednesdays because, well, they moved it to a new day.

… Dave Rozema

Date: July 11

A local standout from Grand Rapids Central High School and Grand Rapids Community College, Rozema won a career-high 15 games with the Tigers as a rookie starting pitcher in 1977. He had a career record 60-53 in 10 seasons, and 57-46 with the Tigers.

2018 Baseball Season Preview

Feb. 13, 2018; EMU Eagles (athletics department website)

YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University baseball team is set to escape the cold and snowy conditions of Michigan as it heads down to sunny Florida to open its 2018 season Friday, Feb. 16. After a solid 2017 campaign, which saw the Eagles reach their first Mid-American Conference title game since 2008, EMU looks to reach new heights under new interim head coach Eric Roof.

… The third starting role will most likely go to incoming JUCO transfer Jackson Shaver (Grand Rapids, Mich.-Forest Hills Northern (Grand Rapids C.C.)). The 6-foot-7 right hander logged 65 innings for the GRCC Raiders last season on his way to being named all-conference.

GRCC In the News, 12-15-17

Tommy John surgery is risk for baseball players, but part of the game, pitching coach says

Dec. 14, 2017; Spartan Newsroom (Michigan State University School of Journalism)
Mike Steele was a three-time minor league all-star before Tommy John surgery put his pitching career on hold.

… Steele, a native of Midland, Michigan, went to St. Clair County Community College his freshman year and Grand Rapids Community College his sophomore year. He transferred to Central Michigan University, where he played collegiate baseball. He was a Junior College All-American as a pitcher and outfielder and an All-MAC Second Team pitcher at CMU before being drafted in the 29th round by the Detroit Tigers.