GRCC In the News, 5-21-19

GRCC eyes high finish at National Tournament

May 20, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — The Grand Rapids Community College men’s golf team has a formula for its success.

Change Ups: GRVBA receives public service award

May 17, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College named Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal its 2019 Distinguished Alumna during the 102nd commencement. Neal was the event’s keynote speaker. Nearly 1,500 students will earn GRCC degrees this year.

Inside Track: Family trauma drives Owens’ prevention passion

May 17, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Andrea Owens carries a notebook around with her that says “teach, love, inspire” on the cover — words that summarize her life goals.

… While at Spectrum, she earned her associate degree in network administration from Grand Rapids Community College, then received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in management — while raising four children — through Cornerstone University’s Professional & Graduate Studies (PGS) division.

Inmates show their culinary skills at annual symposium

May 17, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

The most highly-trained chefs of Branch County are most likely inmates at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater.

… Guests were seated at an L-shaped table. Some are culinary elite like Chef John Zehnder, owner of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth and Gilles Renusson, pastry chef and educator at Grand Rapids Community College.

… Other educators included Chef James Kekenyesdi, a culinary arts educator for those with mental illness; Chef Charlie Olansky who teaches at Grand Rapids Community College; Chef Mark Dorman of Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky.; and Chef Kristen Dogan of Branch Area Careers Center.

Volunteers help Kent Co. veterans with landscaping

May 17, 2019; WOOD TV

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — At 92, George Burr and his wife of 66 years usually have to pick and choose what gets done around the house, but Friday was different.

… Local employers, like Grand Rapids Community College, provided the muscle. Local companies donated the supplies.

GRCC In the News, 5-15-19

GRCC to raise $15 million to increase scholarships, improve facilities

May 14, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Leaders at Grand Rapids Community College launched an effort Tuesday to raise the final $3 million of a $15 million plan to increase scholarships and expand and improve campus facilities.

GRCC’s $15M fundraising campaign targets student scholarships, facilities

May 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College announced Tuesday, May 14, the public phase of its $15 million fundraising campaign for student scholarships and facilities that are more conducive to 21st-century teaching and learning.

Just $3 million shy of goal, GRCC launches public fundraising campaign

May 14, 2019; WGVU

The fundraising campaign is called “A Broader Vision,” and it’s an effort by Grand Rapids Community College leaders to raise “the final $3 million of a $15 million plan to increase scholarships” and renovate two buildings on campus, according to a release.

GRCC launches fundraising campaign for campus renovations

May 14, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College kicked off a fundraising campaign Tuesday to raise money to put towards campus upgrades.

Attracting four-year students for the summer

May 14, 2019; Community College Daily

Whether it’s because of the lower tuition, the ability to gain credits while living at home, a particular course they want to take, or a preferable option to a summer job, an increasing number of four-year college and university students have been enrolling at community colleges during the summer to take a course — or two or three.

… The number of “guest students” at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan increased nearly 80 percent between the advent of its summer marketing push in 2011 and last year. In 2018, 1,374 students from other colleges and universities took GRCC summer courses, nearly a quarter (22 percent) of all students enrolled.

Sophia Carlson, Vivian Gay named top grads at Belding High School

May 14, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

BELDING — Aerospace engineering and worship ministry are the planned college majors for the top two students academically in the Belding High School Class of 2019.

… (Vivian) Gay, 17, is the daughter of Robert and Nadine Gay. She plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to Grace Christian University for worship ministry. Going to Grace would be a dream for Gay, she said, with a goal of becoming a worship leader.

Final comments taken in K-12 Social Studies Standards debate

May 14, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Local educators and students weighed in on the proposed revision of State Social Studies Standards — under debate and hotly contested for the past five years — during a session hosted recently at Kent ISD by the Michigan Department of Education.

… Gertrude Croom, retired Grand Rapids Community College professor, said she attended because of a concern for Michigan students overall, and spoke about the global economy they need to work and live in.

1908 mansion with full pipe organ featured on 50th anniversary Heritage Hill tour

May 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As the Heritage Hill Association celebrates the 50th anniversary of its annual home tour this weekend, organizers are bringing back a Georgian mansion that was a star attraction on the first Heritage Hill tour in May 1969.

… Advance tickets are $18 and are available on the Heritage Hill Association website, as well as the Heritage Hill association office at 126 College SE, Family Fare and D&W stores, Lake Michigan Credit Union branches, Martha’s Vineyard and Art of the Table. Day of tour tickets are $25 and are available at the ticket booth at the GRCC DeVos Campus, 435 East Fulton St. Children under 12 are admitted free.

GRCC In the News, 5-14-19

Morning News

5/14/19 WZZM

Leaders from Grand Rapids Community College want more students to be able to get scholarships to go to GRCC and they also want to improve their facilities. Today, we’ll learn how the school plans on doing that. They’ll tell us about their new campaign during a news conference at 10 o’clock this morning.

Street Talk: Let’s talk streets

5/10/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Grand Rapids Community College has identified nearly 300 students who met all of the requirements for an associate degree but never claimed it.

Change Ups: WMU Cooley Law School taps McGrath as president, dean

5/10/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College student Jake Dabkowski teamed up with Kendall College of Art and Design students Aiden Wysocki, Matthew Veenhoven and Jonathan Moroney, winning first place and $4,000 from MWest Challenge, a student venture competition for pitching a business that would help summer camps handle medications.

Grand Rapids Community College geology students Maegan Bouwens and Madison Jones will spend four weeks doing fieldwork through a fully funded research experience at the University of Texas-El Paso to study 34- to 56-million-year-old igneous rocks in El Paso. The students will continue their research in Michigan.

Record-breaking season shows what heart and hard work can do

5/10/19 schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Now that the gold dust has settled on the Godfrey-Lee wrestling season, coach James Maxim has some time to think about the team’s record-breaking accomplishments.

… As for team leader Enrique (Moreno-Martinez), he will never forget the adversity and experiences he had with Lee wrestling, even as he moves on to study culinary arts at Grand Rapids Community College next fall.

KCAD Alum, Faculty Member Tara McCrackin Named Interim President

5/10/19 ferris.edu (Ferris State University press release)

GRAND RAPIDS — Ferris State University President David Eisler announced today the appointment of Tara McCrackin, associate professor of Interior Design at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) as the interim president of the college.

… McCrackin serves on the Grand Rapids Community College Interior Design Advisory Board and as president of the Michigan chapter of the International Interior Design Association. She donates her time to Kids’ Food Basket in Grand Rapids, and most recently completed the interior design for their new facility opening this summer.

GRCC hosts meeting of West Michigan Presidents Compact Committee

GRCC hosted the West Michigan Presidents Compact Committee this morning. After opening remarks by Khayree O. Williams, of Calvin College, and President Pink, Thomas J. Haas, who retires next month after leading Grand Valley State University for XX years, delivered the keynote address. Participants then discussed diversity and inclusion efforts at their colleges and universities.

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GRCC In the News, 5-9-19

Morning News

May 9, 2019; WOOD Radio

President Pink talked with WOOD Radio’s Steve Kelly about the hiring event today sponsored by the Grand Rapids Racial Equity Initiative.

 

GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal GRCC’s 2019 Distinguished Alumna

May 3, 2019; Grand Rapids Times

Grand Rapids Community College surprised Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal by naming her its 2019 Distinguished Alumna during the 102nd commencement on Friday, where Neal was the event’s keynote speaker.

Noorthoek Academy at Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating 30 years of lifelong learning

May 8, 2019; WZZM

Noorthoek Academy at Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating 30 years of lifelong learning

Heritage Hill Home Tour tickets available

As a Title Sponsor for the 50th annual Heritage Hill Home Tour, GRCC received 24 complimentary passes that we’re making available to interested employees. We’ll give them away in pairs to the first 12 people who request them. The Home Tour is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19. If you’re interested in tickets, please contact Vicki Janowiak at vjanowia@grcc.edu.

GRCC In the News, 5-8-19

40 employers join Thursday hiring event tied to racial equity initiative

May 7, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Nearly 40 companies will be at Innovation Central High School Thursday, May 9, for a hiring event, organized by the Grand Rapids Racial Equity Initiative.

… The Grand Rapids Racial Equity Initiative is co-led by Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink.

Ionia County trio wraps up GRCC softball careers

May 7, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

With the season behind them, the Grand Rapids Community College softball team can look to a trio of Ionia County players for much of their offensive success in 2019.

‘We all aspire to learn more’

May 7, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

On the Grand Rapids Community College campus, Angie Phillips loves her independence as a Noorthoek Academy student: using her RaiderCard student ID, going to classes in different buildings, eating lunch and serving as Student Leadership Club president.

Harbor Springs’ Kruskie wraps career with GRCC, Petoskey’s Sobczak earns 2nd win for Alma

5/7/19 Petoskey News-Review

Grand Rapids Community College sophomore Stephanie Kruskie saw her career with the Raiders come to an end last week.

GRCC In the News, 5-6-19

News at Noon

May 3, 2019; WZZM

Besides Tulip Time, Holland is also celebrating Latino culture this weekend. Grand Rapids Community College’s Lakeshore campus and Latin Americans United for Progress for Fiesta 2019!

Verify: should you wash your chicken?

May 2, 2019; WZZM

MICHIGAN, USA — It’s become the great chicken debate.  Should you wash your chicken before you cook it?

… Our sources are the Food and Drug Administration and Werner Asbenger, the Program Director at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

#EndCC Stigma Podcast

May 5, 2019

James K. Robinson: “I was one of those late developers in life, and when I graduated from high school in the bottom third of my class, I got turned down at every college I applied to. Thanks goodness for Grand Rapids Junior College. I was the oldest of six kids; we couldn’t afford a big anyway. So, community college gave me a phenominal opportunity – a chance to do something with my life …”

(This is a podcast by Owens Community College President Steve Robinson. His father, James K. Robinson, was assistant attorney general under President Clinton.)

Young mom surpasses expectations to get to graduation day

May 3, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Two weeks before the start of her freshman year at Godwin High School, Ahnaka Ortiz-Rodriguez landed in the emergency room with abdominal pain. Her mom was with her while they awaited test results. Ahnaka believed she was experiencing some stomach issues, something she dealt with as a child.  When the doctor walked in, Ahnaka and her mom heard the unexpected: “Your daughter’s pregnant.”

… Ahnaka plans to enroll in Grand Rapids Community College, a choice she made because it will allow her to live at home with her daughter. She has already earned credits toward college through dual enrollment, and intends to study nursing, a decision influenced by her experience of having many compassionate and supportive nurses when she had Izzy at Spectrum Health.

Server forms recovery nonprofit

May 3, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

For someone committed to getting sober, working in a restaurant or bar with the sights and smells of beer all day can be tough.

… As a result, she (Nance McGorman) decided to pursue a social work degree to be better equipped to help with those issues. She will be starting pre-social work classes this month (May) at Grand Rapids Community College and hopes to continue her education further after that with the goal of becoming a licensed recovery coach.

Ally Longstreet voted Grand Rapids Press Athlete of the Week 3

May 3, 2019; MLive

Wayland senior Ally Longstreet has been swinging a big bat for the Wildcats this spring.

… Longstreet, an outfielder, plans to continue her softball career at Grand Rapids Community College next year. Longstreet is a three-sport athlete. She was a diver on the swim team this past fall, and she played basketball, too.

Township joins fight against nonprofit tax exemptions

May 4, 2019; Grand Haven Tribune

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Grand Haven Township has entered the fold to prevent nonprofit businesses from receiving tax exemptions for providing minimal charity.

… Algoma, Plainfield and Sparta townships in Kent County, the City of Kentwood, Rockford Public Schools, Kent Intermediate School District, and Grand Rapids Community College are also part of the agreement.

GRCC to host summer camp with musicians who mash classical, popular genres

April 23, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org

Think about Shakespeare and hip-hop, said pianist and composer Brendan Hollins.

… Kevin Dobreff, program director for the GRCC Music Department, is happy to host.

New Ann Arbor Huron football coach aims to snap state’s longest losing streak

May 3, 2019; MLive

ANN ARBOR — Ann Arbor Huron Athletic Director Tony Whiren was searching for someone who can help change the culture of the football program, which has lost 39 straight games — the longest active streak in the state.

… (Antaiwn) Mack served as linebackers coach at Grand Rapids Community College from 2008-11 under Tony Annese, who is now the head coach at Ferris State. Mack, who attended Ypsilanti Lincoln, most recently served as co-defensive coordinator at Ypsilanti in 2014, the last time the Grizzlies reached the playoffs.

Recap: practical nursing students participate in Community Health Fair

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GRCC Practical Nursing Students participated in a Community Health Fair at Porter Hills Village on Tuesday, April 16.

Students presented information about topics such as osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, eye disorders, hypertension, and diabetes. Residents were able to get their blood pressure and blood sugar levels checked, as well as engage with students by participating in the various activities.

Math Teachers’ Circle tonight at Fountain Hill Brewery

A notice for a Math Circle. The border of the image is surrounded by zodiac symbols. The text reads: "Math Circle. What: A gathering of educators and others to socialize, enjoy some beverages and food, and play with some interesting math problems. Where: Fountain Hill Brewery on GRCC's main campus. When: March 21st 2019 from 6:30-8:30 pm."

Andrea Hayes and Meghan VanderMale from the GRCC math department are working with Javier Ronquillo Rivera from GVSU to host a Math Teachers’ Circle at Fountain Hill Brewery tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

GRCC math instructors will join K-12 math teachers in the area for socializing and doing fun math activities. The Math Teachers’ Circle may become an ongoing event if there is interest from the community.

About the event:

  • What: A gathering of educators and others to socialize, enjoy some beverages and food, and play with some interesting math problems.
  • Where: Fountain Hill Brewery on GRCC’s main campus.
  • When: March 21st 2019 from 6:30-8:30 pm.”
  • Activity: Mathematical mind reading! Participants will be able to have their minds read, then use inductive reasoning skills to figure out how the mind reader is working their magic (hint: they use a mathematical concept that we teach our students!)

Fountain Hill Brewery’s tasty brews will be available for purchase, and snacks will be provided.

Contact Meghan VanderMale at meghanvandermale@grcc.edu for information.

Recap: President Pink, college leaders participate in Cesar Chavez social justice march

 

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President Bill Pink and other GRCC leaders and students participated Thursday in the 15th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Social Justice March and Community Gathering.

The event was focused on demonstrating unity in our community, walking arm-in-arm commemorating Chavez’s vision to engage all, particularly the youth, to carry on his values and timeless vision for a better world.

GRCC representatives joined Mayor Rosalyn Bliss and other city leaders and volunteers in a march down Grandville Avenue from Cook Library to The Potter’s House in Grand Rapids.

GRCC In the News, 3-1-19

Bank gives GRCC $50K

Feb. 28, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A bank, college and school district are working together to give high school students another opportunity for career exploration.

Huntington bank is providing a $50,000 grant, its largest in West Michigan, to establish the Connections to College and Careers program at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC recognizes the giants of our community

Feb. 27, 2019; WKTV

Grand Rapids Community College hosted its 37th Annual Giants Awards and Banquet at DeVos Place, over the weekend. Dr. Bill Pink, President of GRCC, opened the ceremony with a message of hope and encouragement. He began by quoting lyrics from the famous civil rights song, Ball of Confusion by the Temptations.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Names Murphy to Leaders in the Law Class of 2019

Feb. 19, 2019; varnumlaw.com (press release from Varnum LLP)

Michigan Lawyers Weekly has announced that Lawrence J. Murphy has been named to Leaders in the Law Class of 2019.

… Murphy currently serves on the following community and nonprofit boards:

… Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Board, chair

GRCC In the News, 1-17-19

Grand Rapids area holiday events celebrating Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 16, 2019; MLive

The federal holiday honoring the life of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is Monday, Jan. 21.

… Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University will host the 33rd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration featuring speaker, David Stovall.

Teen charged with murder in EK student’s death

Jan. 16, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 17-year-old boy is charged with murder in the shooting death of East Kentwood High School senior James King.

… King’s mother said he planned to go to Grand Rapids Community College and become an architect.

Cheryl Edwards Cannon joins the Afternoon Throwdown

Jan. 16, 2019; 104.9 FM

Today I will talk with Cheryl Edwards-Cannon, Author of “Taking Care of Miss Bee Bee.”

Cheryl Edwards-Cannon is the CEO of President of Clear Path Choices, LLC, a consulting company that helps families to make informed end-of-life decisions. She holds a Master of Management degree from Aquinas College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University and a Certificate in Gerontology from Grand Rapids Community College. She is an adjunct faculty member at Grand Rapids Community College in the Social Sciences Department. ~ Lee Stephens