Amanda Price bill opens possibility for lowering community college costs
Dec. 30, 2016; Grand Haven Tribune
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed House Bill 4265, sponsored by state Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, that would give voters in counties that don’t border community college districts the chance to approve joining a district.
… “Think of Grand Rapids Community College,” Price said. “If we wanted it here in Holland, we would have to go through the whole process of becoming accredited, which is not likely to happen even in Ottawa County. We have to be a contiguous district, but there are several school districts and communities in between.”
Grand Rapids murders up slightly from last year; nine of 12 deaths involved a gun
Dec. 29, 2016; WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) – As 2016 draws to a close, the city of Grand Rapids is ending the year with an uptick in murders.
… Here is a look at the city’s dozen murders so far this year:
… April 30, 2016: Jeanne Huntoon, 34, was found beaten and fatally stabbed next to a Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp on Bostwick Avenue NE. A 19-year-old man has been charged with her murder.
Bill Pink Raising the Bar at Every Level
Dec. 27, 2016; Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
Throughout his youth, Dr. Bill Pink had one academic goal. “I wanted to leave my mark on every school that I left, and so I wanted to have my name up on the wall,” says Pink, who was unanimously voted in November to become the next president of Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.
Greenville Department of Public Safety welcomes 2 new officers
Dec. 23, 2016; The Daily News (Greenville)
GREENVILLE — The Greenville Department of Public Safety has welcomed two new officers to its ranks.
… After graduating from the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy program this past October, (Marcus) Roy was selected for a full-time job along with DeWitt after the city received 35 applications for two open positions.
Dancing with the Local Stars tickets go on sale Jan. 2
Dec. 28, 2016; MLive
MUSKEGON, MI — The Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce has announced that tickets for its annual Dancing with the Local Stars charity event will be available on Jan. 2.
… The 2017 participants include:
… Becky Kuznar, Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation Program Manager, Lake Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation Center with Patrick Johnson, Co-Owner PT Arts – LLC Consulting; Dance Faculty Instructor, GRCC; President & CEO, West Michigan Flight Academy
Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to the Michigan Asparagus Marketing Advisory Board
Dec. 20, 2016; michigan.gov (state press release)
LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Sarah Greiner of Hart and Eric Herrygers of Hart to the Michigan Asparagus Marketing Advisory Board which develops and implements asparagus marketing programs.
… Greiner is an owner/operator of Todd Greiner Farms Packing, LLC which grows fruits, vegetables and evergreens; they also operate a fresh asparagus packing facility. Greiner holds an associate’s degree in allied health from Grand Rapids Community College. She will continue to represent Northern-Central Michigan Growers.
National Endowment for the Arts awards $60,000 to West Michigan poet, Grand Rapids Symphony, UICA
Dec. 30, 2016; MLive
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a West Michigan poet a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship for 2017.
… Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt leads the performance on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Along with Hathaway, the one-night only show features the Grand Rapids Community Chorus organized by Duane Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College.
Thomas Wilcher would consider leaving Cass Tech for right college job
Dec. 30, 2016; The Detroit Free Press
Thomas Wilcher plans to leave all his options on the table.
… Wilcher’s role models include Ferris State coach Tony Annese, who won three prep titles at Muskegon and then left to coach Grand Rapids Community College, where he won two national titles. Now, Annese is building an NCAA Division II power at Ferris State.