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GRCC In the News, 2-17-17

February 17, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Prepared Remarks at the Community College National Legislative Summit

Feb. 16, 2017; U.S. Department of Education

Below are the prepared remarks delivered today, Feb. 16, by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at the 2017 Community College National Legislative Summit, hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees and the American Association of Community Colleges.

… I’m also very pleased to note that over the years, I’ve hired many talented individuals who were graduates of GRCC — Grand Rapids Community College.

College names Giants

Feb. 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

As part of an annual tradition dating back more than three decades, a local college has honored a group of African-American leaders for their contributions to the community.
Grand Rapids Community College recognized 13 honorees at its 35th-annual Giants Awards & Banquet this month at DeVos Place.

Great guards: Ball, Pierce helping Spring Lake boys succeed in a tough new league

Feb. 16, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

SPRING LAKE — There’s nothing that Spring Lake varsity basketball coach Bill Core likes more than having a great senior point guard in the lineup.

… “I’ve decided I like basketball the best,” said (Isaiah) Pierce, who is considering Grand Rapids Community College. “Coaches have told me that if that’s what I’m considering, now is the time to go for it. So I’ve been lifting and trying to get stronger and working on my shot a lot.”

 

GRCC In the News, 2-16-17

February 16, 2017

Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation Awards $60,000 Grant to GRCC’s Cruisin’ to College Program

Feb. 15, 2017; Targeted News Service

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 15 — Grand Rapids Community College issued the following news release:

Grand Rapids Community College’s Summer Learning Academy has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation to expand its work and assist more students.

GRCC’s board approves contract with next president

Feb. 15, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a contract Monday, Feb. 13, for its next president, Bill Pink, currently vice president and dean for workforce development.

Raider Rush week ends with ‘GRCC Night’ at Grand Rapids Drive

February 16, 2017

logo for the Grand Rapids DriveNext week will be GRCC’s Raider Rush, with food, games and contests!

Here’s the lineup of activities:

Feb. 20

  • “Breakfast of Champions” with GRCC presidents and the Grand Rapids Drive — Free breakfast (waffles, hashbrowns and orange juice) for the first 200 people from 9-10:30 a.m. on the Main Building’s fourth floor.
  • Department decorating contest begins!
  • Student organization banners due to the Student Life office.

Feb. 21

  • Open gym basketball and a meet-and-greet with the Grand Rapids Drive — 2-4 p.m. in the fieldhouse.

Feb. 22

  • Student Leader Dodgeball Tournament and a meet-and-greet with the Grand Rapids Drive — 4-6 p.m. in the fieldhouse.

Feb. 23 (Spirit Day)

  • T-shirt Swap — Own a shirt with a not-GRCC school logo on it? Swap it for a free GRCC T-shirt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Raider Grille. If you already have some GRCC apparel, show it off!
  • Department spirit contest ballots due.

Feb. 24

  • Pep Rallies — Pep rallies will be held during both the women’s and men’s basketball games, which start at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, in the fieldhouse. Free admission!
  • Homecoming dance — This will start following the basketball games (about 9:30-11:30 p.m.).

Feb. 25

  • GRCC Night at the Grand Rapids Drive — The Grand Rapids Drive will face off against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 7 p.m. in the DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW. GRCC students, faculty and staff can purchase discounted tickets online, and parking is $5.

GRCC In the News, 2-15-17

February 15, 2017

“News at Daybreak”

Feb. 15, 2017; WOOD TV

You may be able to find a job today or tomorrow at the Grand Rapids Community College job fair

Plan for your future: Ferris-Grand Rapids spring open house event

Feb. 13, 2017; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Earning your degree is one giant leap forward for your future. Take the first step and join Ferris State University for their Spring Open House on February 23rd. At the fabulous Applied Technology Center located in Downtown Grand Rapids, attendees will be introduced to everything Ferris Grand Rapids has to offer:

…  A 25-year partnership with Grand Rapids Community College that can help you cut the cost of your degree in half.

GRCC In the News, 2-14-17

February 14, 2017

Change Ups: Thrash among those who received LocalMotion Awards

Feb. 10, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion Director Domingo Hernandez-Gomez was accepted into the 2017-18 New Leadership Academy Fellows Program, a partnership between the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.

GRCC ‘Diversity Lecture Series’ welcomes educator

Feb. 13, 2017; MLive

The Grand Rapids Community College Diversity Lecture Series is continuing with presenter Consuela Ward, an educator, speaker, facilitator, consultant, trainer and coach on diversity and inclusion topics.

GRCC Hoopsters Sweep GOCC

Feb. 13, 2017; Three Rivers Commercial-News

GRAND RAPIDS — The Glen Oaks Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams both lost road games Friday at Grand Rapids Community College.

Diversity Lecture Series features Consuela Ward on Feb. 22

February 14, 2017

GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 with Consuela Ward, an educator, author, trainer and coach on diversity and inclusion topics, discussing “On Healing Black Girl Pain.”

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Free Fall in Love with STEM event set for Feb. 18

February 14, 2017

Investigate a series of Exploration Stations during the Fall in Love with STEM event from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 18. The free event was developed in a collaboration between Grand Rapids Community College, Van Andel Institute and Michigan State University.

From the very large (the solar system) to the very small (blood cells), explore all that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has to offer! Each station is designed to be a 15- to 30-minute activity, targeted at middle school students. Pick and choose which stations to complete, or explore all of them over the course of the afternoon! Program a robot or computer to make a drawing, investigate skeletons by dissecting an owl pellet, figure out mathematical strategies in games, identify DNA to help solve a crime, control objects with your brain waves, and more! Registration limited to 100 students, parking passes will be provided to registrants. This event is sponsored by the West Michigan Association for Women in Science.

This Open House of STEM activities is geared towards middle school and high school students and will be held on the first floor of the Calkins Science Center. The event is sponsored by the West Michigan Association for Women in Science.

For more information or to RSVP, please click this link.

 

GRCC In the News, 2-6-17

February 6, 2017

GRCC diversity director joins fellows program at University of Michigan

Feb. 3, 2017; MLive

Domingo Herandez-Gomez, the director of Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, has been accepted into a national leadership development program.

Grand Rapids Schools executive Larry Johnson honored as 2017 Giant Among Giants

Feb. 5, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Larry Johnson spent the first part of his career working with the Grand Rapids Police Department, fighting crime by helping to put people behind bars.

… Now in his 20th year of working with Grand Rapids Public Schools, Johnson has been honored with the 2017 Giant Among Giants award. Of the dozen people recognized at the Giant Awards given by Grand Rapids Community College, the Giant Among Giants is the top honor.

Denise Mahoney: Building The Future Diverse Workforce At Kent County Technical Career Center

Feb. 5, 2017; mitechnews.com

SOUTHFIELD — Diva Tech Talk was thrilled to chat with Dr. Denise Mahoney, the Pre-Apprentice Liaison for the Kent County Technical Career Center, based in the Kent County Intermediate School District. Her current work is funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant obtained by Grand Rapids Community College in partnership with Macomb Community College to increase the number of technology-oriented apprentices in West Michigan. Denise is focused on identifying and fostering technical opportunities and educational paths for 11th and 12th graders, poising them for successful life missions.

Muskegon Community College men cool off in an 82-68 loss to Grand Rapids CC

Feb. 6, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The nationally-ranked Muskegon Community College men’s basketball team let a halftime lead slip away and lost to Grand Rapids Community College 82-68 on Friday.

GRCC In the News, 2-2-17

February 2, 2017

GVSU students stage sit-in against Donald Trump

Feb. 1, 2017; therapidian.org

On January 31, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., a group of GVSU students came together for a sit-in to display resistance against recent executive orders put in place by President Donald Trump. This sit-in, organized by social work student Megan Bardenhagen, along with Beau Laine VanSolkema, took place on GVSU’s Allendale campus in the Kirkhof Center. For the first half hour, students stood outside by Cook Carillon’s clock tower with signs poised high. For the next two hours, students occupied the space in the middle of Kirkhof’s main lobby, chanting in favor of diversity, unity, and freedom, while condemning Trump’s xenophobic and fascist executive orders to ban those who inhabit Islam-centric countries from entering the United States.

… Most of the time was spent chanting things such as: “No ban, no wall, this country is for all,” “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A.,” “Sanctuary campus,” “Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!” and more. A few speakers stood up to share their stories, including Joe Cadreau, who has worked with NoDAPL protests and the Black Lives Matter movement; Beau Laine VanSolkema, who is the StandOUT President at Grand Rapids Community College as well as a dual-enrolled student at GRCC; and Lindsey Disler, a GVSU student. One student in particular, Sudhansu Baskota, shared his personal story as a refugee who recently came to the United States after a devastating earthquake in his home country, Nepal.

GRCC Hosts the 35th Annual Giant Awards at DeVos Place

Feb. 1, 2017; Women’s Lifestyle

On Saturday, February 4, the 35th annual Giants Awards and Banquet will honor and celebrate 13 African American individuals or organizations for their exemplary service to the Grand Rapids community.

… Founded by Dr. Patricia Pulliam and Cedric Ward in 1983, the Giants Awards are organized by The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College. Christina Arnold recently retired as the founding director of the center and is heavily involved in planning the awards.

3-time Grammy-Award singer on ‘Hidden Figures’ soundtrack coming to Grand Rapids

Feb. 1, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you watched the Oscar-nominated film, “Hidden Figures,” you heard Lalah Hathaway’s voice.

… The Dr. Malinda P. Sapp Legacy Award will be given to Elias Lumpkins, Grand Rapids City Commissioner; Christina Arnold, director of The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at GRCC; and Cherry Street Health Services.

GRCC In the News, 2-1-17

February 1, 2017

Hope College faculty member to receive Giants Award

Jan. 31, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

Edye Evans Hyde of the Hope College music faculty will receive the Ethel Coe Humanities Award during the 35th annual Giants Awards and Banquet Ceremony on Feb. 4 in Grand Rapids.

… The Giants Awards recognize African-Americans for exceptional contributions in shaping the history and quality of life in Grand Rapids and are coordinated by Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

Construction firm names director of operations

Jan. 31, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local construction firm has a new director of operations.

… He (Jeremy Amshey) holds a construction management degree from Ferris State University and an associate’s degree in architectural graphics from Grand Rapids Community College.

Jets hire Saints’ John Morton as offensive coordinator

Jan. 31, 2017; The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.)

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets found someone to lead their offense. Next up: the search for a quarterback.

… (John) Morton, a former wide receiver at Grand Rapids Community College and then Western Michigan, spent time on the practice squads of Oakland, Green Bay and Jacksonville. He also played briefly in the CFL and World League of American Football.

GRCC In the News, 1-31-17

January 31, 2017

2017 Giants Award winners to be honored as leaders in Grand Rapids

Jan. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will honor and celebrate influential leaders in the African American community at its annual Giants Awards program scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at DeVos Place’s Steelcase Ballroom, 303 Monroe Ave. NW.

SICE faculty judge chili cook-off

January 24, 2017

On Jan. 21, several SICE faculty members — Wilfredo Barajas, Sasha Ahmed, Luba Petrash, Mike Whitman, Charlie Olawsky, Holly VanRyn and Audrey Heckwolf judged the annual Fenn Valley Winery Chili Cook-Off.

Wilfredo Barajas, Sasha Ahmed, Luba Petrash, Mike Whitman, Charlie Olawsky, Holly VanRyn and Audrey Heckwolf stand in the Fenn Valley Winery.

From left: Wilfredo Barajas, Sasha Ahmed, Luba Petrash, Mike Whitman, Charlie Olawsky, Holly VanRyn and Audrey Heckwolf.

GRCC In the News, 1-23-17

January 23, 2017

GRCC holds grand opening dedication, open house for new preschool facility

Jan. 21, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Grand Rapids Community College marked the grand opening of the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory with a dedication and community open house on Saturday.

Members in the News January 2017

Jan. 20, 2017; Merit

GRCC Replaces Nearly $590,000 in Textbooks Through Open Educational Partnerships

Through its new partnerships with the OpenStax program and other providers of free digital resources, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has replaced almost $590,000 in textbooks with free or substantially less expensive versions. Last February, GRCC joined Rice University’s OpenStax program, which provides free, high-quality peer-reviewed textbooks. During the fall semester, more than 90 GRCC class sections used the open-educational resource (OER) texts.

Together again

Jan. 22, 2017; Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University’s Sibs and Kids Weekend will be a time of reconnection for GVSU students and their families. To celebrate this annual event, GVSU will be hosting a variety of activities Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28. Most of the activities will occur in the Kirkhof Center, although a few will happen in various other campus locations, as well as off campus.

… This year’s Sibs and Kids Weekend will be hosted by the Laker Traditions team, along with assistance from organizations like Spotlight Productions and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. In addition, the Grand Rapids Community College will be partnering with the YMCA to provide volunteers for one of Saturdays main events, Night at the YMCA.

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan Announces 2017 Great Decisions Global Discussions, Expansion into Holland

Jan. 21, 2017; 24-7pressrelease.com

Global health issues, nuclear proliferation, the complexity of U.S.-Saudi and U.S.-China relations are a few of the dynamic topics being explored as the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan launches its 2017 Great Decisions Global Discussion Series.

… In addition to strong participation from World Affairs Council members and the general community, more than 100 college students will take the series through their respective political science or international departments. Local participating colleges include Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Montcalm Community College and Western Michigan University.

American Law Society Recognizes Gary P Schenk

Jan. 21, 2017; military-technologies.net

Grand Rapids, MI, January 20, 2017 (PR.com) — Gary P. Schenk is a partner at Schenk, Boncher & Rypma based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gary’s practice focuses primarily on commercial, business, contract, and corporate law and associated litigation. His profound knowledge of commercial real estate has made him an expert advisor for both large and small business owners.

… Other notable associations and accomplishments include: serving on committees for the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan; he was a past member of the Grand Valley State University Foundation, the Grand Valley University Friends of the Arts; he is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and previously served on the Lawyer Referral Committee of the Grand Rapids Bar; additionally, he has served a term as Chairperson of the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

Jayhawks women’s team stifles Grand Rapids CC with tough defense

Jan. 21, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

MUSKEGON — The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team didn’t lose any defensive intensity over the two-week holiday break.

The Grand Rapids Community College Raiders will attest to that.

GRCC In the News, 1-19-17

January 19, 2017

Six new Muskegon police officers

Jan. 18, 2017; MLive

A new class of police recruits received their badges from Muskegon Police Chief Jeffrey Lewis on Jan. 17, 2017. Each was sworn in as new officers and took the oath of office, pledging to protect citizens and lead unsullied personal lives.

… He (Steven Clark) attended the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College. Clark has worked for the Roosevelt Park Police Department, Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office and the Montague Police Department.

… Stephen Host grew up in Grand Rapids where he graduated from West Catholic High School. He attended Grand Rapids Community College and then Grand Valley State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2015. He attended the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College from which he graduated in October 2016. Host is enlisted in the Michigan Army National Guard and holds the rank of sergeant E-5.

… Adam Sherman was raised and currently resides in Coopersville. He is a licensed EMT and paid on-call firefighter. Sherman attended Grand Rapids Community College where he earned and associate degree in criminal justice and graduated from the police academy in October 2016.

… Max Wozniak grew up in Grand Rapids and graduated from East Grand Rapids High School. He first worked in the food service industry before switching careers to law enforcement. Wozniak attended the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College where he also obtained an associate degree in criminal justice in October 2016.

NCMC celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 17, 2017; Petoskey News

Around the country, the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were celebrated on Monday.

… A workshop luncheon titled Our Changing Community was hosted by Tamber Bustance, manager of Inclusion Services for Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

GRCC In the News, 1-17-17

January 17, 2017

News at 5 p.m.

Jan. 16, 2017; WOOD TV

Grand Rapids Community College will host its Dr. King commemoration program at Fountain Street Church.

Epsilon Phi Delta

December 2016; American Association of Teachers of German newsletter

Epsilon Phi Delta (ΕΦΔ) National Honor Society for Community College Students of German recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of learners of German. The organization was founded to reward scholastic achievement in the study of German and to promote interest in the study of German language, literature, and culture.

(This article features GRCC’s German Honor Society.)

I Didn’t Know We Could Do That

Jan. 11, 2017; In-Plant Graphics

With the EFI Connect user conference starting next Tuesday in Las Vegas, this is a good time to examine the value of user conferences, particularly for Web-to-Print and MIS users.

… “The edu [Business Solutions] user group conference is not only a gathering of other users, the company also uses this opportunity to do onsite review/training based on the recommendations from [a] committee of users,” notes Danelle Sedore, of Grand Rapids Community College. “I really like the last day of session where the group creates a the wish list for the following year.”