Posted tagged ‘Facilities’

Fieldhouse lockers must be cleaned out today

April 13, 2018

The time to clear out of the Ford Fieldhouse in advance of our scheduled renovation is fast approaching.

As part of this process, it is important that anyone who has personal items stored in any of our locker room facilities remove them prior to the end of business on Friday, April 13, 2018.  We will begin clearing locker rooms starting on Monday, April 16, 2018.  Please note, we do NOT have the capacity to store any personal property. Any items still in lockers on the morning of April 16 will be donated to charity, and the locker cleaned out.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however, we are approaching some very hard and fast deadlines as we prepare for the facility closing.

Bostwick ramp’s Fountain Street access to close April 28

April 11, 2018

Beginning Saturday, April 28th, the Fountain Street student entrance and exit of the Bostwick parking ramp will be closed for the summer renovations. The employee entrance off Fountain street will also be closed.

All traffic will need to enter the ramp from Ransom Street.  The lower two levels of the ramp will be closed completely, as will a small section of level three. The contractors will be blocking off access to the impacted areas and have determined the route to maintain circulation in the ramp. During the project, there will be no separation between student and staff parking; it will be shared space.

April 13 is deadline to clean out fieldhouse lockers

April 11, 2018

The time to clear out of the Ford Fieldhouse in advance of our scheduled renovation is fast approaching.

As part of this process, it is important that anyone who has personal items stored in any of our locker room facilities remove them prior to the end of business on Friday, April 13, 2018.  We will begin clearing locker rooms starting on Monday, April 16, 2018.  Please note, we do NOT have the capacity to store any personal property. Any items still in lockers on the morning of April 16 will be donated to charity, and the locker cleaned out.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however, we are approaching some very hard and fast deadlines as we prepare for the facility closing.

Clean out fieldhouse lockers before April 13

April 9, 2018

The time to clear out of the Ford Fieldhouse in advance of our scheduled renovation is fast approaching.

As part of this process, it is important that anyone who has personal items stored in any of our locker room facilities remove them prior to the end of business on Friday, April 13, 2018.  We will begin clearing locker rooms starting on Monday, April 16, 2018.  Please note, we do NOT have the capacity to store any personal property. Any items still in lockers on the morning of April 16 will be donated to charity, and the locker cleaned out.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however, we are approaching some very hard and fast deadlines as we prepare for the facility closing.

Fieldhouse lockers must be cleaned out before April 13

April 6, 2018

The time to clear out of the Ford Fieldhouse in advance of our scheduled renovation is fast approaching.

As part of this process, it is important that anyone who has personal items stored in any of our locker room facilities remove them prior to the end of business on Friday, April 13, 2018.  We will begin clearing locker rooms starting on Monday, April 16, 2018.  Please note, we do NOT have the capacity to store any personal property. Any items still in lockers on the morning of April 16 will be donated to charity, and the locker cleaned out.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however, we are approaching some very hard and fast deadlines as we prepare for the facility closing.

GRCC In the News, 4-5-18

April 5, 2018

Retired GRCC professor recalls working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

April 4, 2018; WZZM

In the Spring of 1963, retired Grand Rapids Community College Professor Gertrude Croom was a 16 year old living in a very segregated Birmingham, Alabama.

Contractors earn national awards

April 4, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two West Michigan construction firms were honored for their work at a national awards ceremony.

… Rockford’s (Rockford Construction) work on the Grand Rapids Community College Laboratory Preschool earned it the National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award. The award honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects.

College’s Latino business center wins grant

April 4, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local foundation has donated a three-year grant valued at $150,000 to a university’s Latino business center.

… “The Grand Rapids Community Foundation grant will help fund programs that equip young Latino professionals with the skills, resources, and confidence needed to become leaders at work and in their own communities,” said Carlos Sanchez, the center’s (Latino Business and Economic Development Center) director and a foundation board member. “Our Latino entrepreneurs will be more prepared to launch and expand successful businesses and empowered to take ownership of their future.”

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Carlos Sanchez is a member of the GRCC board of trustees.)

GRCC In the News, 3-30-18

March 30, 2018

GRCC mourns death of alumnus, longtime supporter Armen Oumedian

March 29, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is mourning the death of alumnus and longtime supporter Armen Oumedian, who died on Wednesday, March 28.

GRCC montará Torneo de baloncesto NJCAA Región XII en 2019, 2020

March 29, 2018; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN. – Los mejores jugadores de baloncesto comunitarios de la región se presentarán en West Michigan durante los próximos dos años, con la selección de  Grand Rapids Community College  para albergar el torneo de baloncesto NJCAA Región XII en la temporada 2019 y 2020.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN. – The best community basketball players in the region will perform in West Michigan for the next two years, with the selection of Grand Rapids Community College to host the NJCAA Region XII basketball tournament in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.)

West Shore earns high ranking for nursing

March 29, 2018; Ludington Daily News

West Shore Community College has been recognized as the No. 2-ranked LPN program in Michigan by the Annual PracticalNursing.org State LPN Program Rankings.

… WSCC had an overall score of 98.08, just behind Muskegon Community College, which had 99.64 total points. Lansing Community College was ranked third with 98.02 points. Grand Rapids Community College was ranked seventh with 97.04 points. More information about the ranking methodology is available at www.practicalnursing.org.

Maranda’s Guide to Spring Break Fun!

March 20, 2018; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Spring break is here and if you’re staying close to West Michigan, there are so many options for family fun! Check out Maranda’s Guide to Spring Break Fun, including her picks of the day! To get a list of family-friendly activities emailed to you each week, click here!

… Kent District Library

Staying in town for spring break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained… and we will even sneak in a little education (but they will never know)!

… Big Time Builders at M-Tech

Get your hands on a virtual welder and try out some construction techniques and other maker projects at West Michigan’s premier training center. Try these unique maker projects at GRCC’s Leslie E Tassel M-Tech. For grades 4-8.
Wednesday, April 4, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
M-Tech, 622 Godfrey Ave SW, Grand Rapids

 

GRCC retiree biography: Jim Steensma

March 29, 2018

Jim Steensma will be retiring from GRCC on March 29. He has worked in maintenance as a carpenter for the entire 25 years that he has been employed by the college.

We asked him to share his favorite story about GRCC or our students and he said,  “I was able to have been a small part, for a couple of years, of going on a couple of spring break outreaches with students. These two experiences of taking a widely diverse group of young adults down to Missouri, to a church mission outreach daycare facilities. To see such a broad range of young adults getting along so well and working so hard with such patience was an amazing experience. They worked with under-privileged kids in a scary and threatening environment, which was incredible to witness! I was so honored to participate and represent the institution that I worked at. I was told numerous times how grateful that the people at the daycare were for the work we did and the quality of kids that we had brought.”

When reminiscing about his time at GRCC, he recalled a past director of facilities having his staff over to his house for a picnic, which was just the start of Jim feeling like he truly belonged as part of the GRCC family. He said that day was one that he won’t soon forget.

In retirement, Jim is hoping to slow down a bit and work on things around his house that have been neglected. He is planning to take some trips with his wife, Gale, to unplug from their busy schedules for awhile. He said, “We need to go down a few of those roads that we always wondered what was down there. We have driven by so many of them over the past 30 years, and just never had the time to take that road that is less traveled. I am also excited to see what God has in store for me. He has been so good to me, throughout my life! I have been so blessed by Him, and have begun to realize it more and more each day.” Jim has also recently become a grandfather, so he is looking to spend more time with his granddaughter, Anika.

Lastly, he stated, “I would like to thank all the people at GRCC for all the great memories. It has been an honor to work with you all for the past 25 years. I wish you all the best in your lives here and after. I hope you all, too, can experience the great times that I have had while here. Yeah there are those days too! But on a whole the good ones far surpassed the bad ones.”

Jim, congratulations on your retirement. The work you have done for the college is so very appreciated. We hope you will stay in touch. Best of luck in all that you do in retirement!

GRCC In the News, 3-26-18

March 26, 2018

GRCC to host regional basketball tournament in 2019-20

March 26, 2018; MLive

Grand Rapids Community College will host the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XII basketball tournament in 2019 and 2020, the school announced.

Grand Rapids Community College Approves New Security System

March 24, 2018; U.S. News & World Report

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids Community College trustees have approved purchasing a new security system that officials say would let it start a lockdown with the press of a button.

Review: ‘Building the Wall’ starts a powerful, captivating conversation

March 24, 2018; Revue

A conversation was sparked after the first production of “Building the Wall” by playwright Robert Schenkkan premiered in Michigan last night. The 70-minute-play, directed by Carrie McNulty, has already sparked controversy and confusion in the city with its artwork of an angry Donald Trump on the poster. What’s important to be pointed out though, is that the Actors Theatre Grand Rapids production is less about Trump and more about the messages and ideologies that existed long before the last election.

… Last night, the audience talked with Michelle Urbane from Grand Rapids Community College and One World Diversity and Leslie Curry, a lawyer with Legal Aid of Western Michigan. Tonight, the audience will hear from a man from the GR Rapid Response to ICE, a group who aids immigrants who are at risk of deportation from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On Saturday, the audience will hear from Edye Evans Hyde from Grand Rapids black theater group Ebony Road Players.

Sparta softball team looks to have plenty of defense, depth this spring

March 23, 2018; MLive

SPARTA — Sparta softball Nicole Hutchens likes the potential of her team this season.

… Among the key seniors is pitcher Sarina Gerke, who is in her third varsity season. She was all-conference last season. Madison Marble is a returning senior outfielder who has signed to play at Grand Rapids Community College next season.

Raider Salute from Psychology Department

March 15, 2018

Special thanks from the Psychology Department to the following people for all of their help with the behind the scenes with the Psychology Transfer Fair. We could do nothing without you guys and you are all greatly appreciated. Thank you for all your hard work Dewayn Faber, Jeremy Manning, Luis Rodriguez-Cruz, Destiny Swanson and all the catering associates, Jim Schafer, Tim Zerfas and all the media associates.

GRCC In the News, 3-9-18

March 9, 2018

News 8 Daybreak

March 8, 2018; WOOD TV

Today we could get a little insight into what Grand Rapids Community College is doing for our future leaders. State reps from across the state will be at the college to talk about it. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Colleges is holding the hearing to talk about what GRCC is doing for Grand Rapids — particularly for skilled trades education.

Residents voice ideas for task force on police bias in Grand Rapids

March 8, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The community had a chance this week to contribute to the efforts of a city-appointed task force with the ambitious goal of reducing bias in policing outcomes.

… Task force co-chairs Eric Payne, deputy chief of the city’s police department, and Raynard Ross, a Grand Rapids Community College dean and 3rd Ward representative, welcomed residents who gathered Wednesday, March 7, for the second of four community forums.

Cobras Sign Defensive Back Marquez Gollman

March 8, 2018; Our Sports Central

GREENSBORO- Marquez Gollman (5’11, 190) signs with the Carolina Cobras for his first year of arena football.

Gollman played college football at Grand Valley State University from 2012-2016. Before Grand Valley State, Gollman spent one season playing football in JUCO at Grand Rapids Community College.

Find your career path at Ferris State

March 8, 2018; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Finding the right career path early is important, that’s why Ferris State University Grand Rapids is holding an open house to help students learn more about what they have to offer. The open house is open to anyone, whether you’re looking to come back to school or coming to school for the first time, they have something for everyone.

… Ferris State University Open House

  • Wednesday, March 14
  • Grand Rapids Community College

GRCC In the News, 3-6-18

March 6, 2018

Chase VanKempen providing solid guard play for Coopersville basketball team

March 5, 2018; MLive

COOPERSVILLE — Thanks to some excellent guard play, the Coopersville boys basketball team has close to 30 wins the past two seasons, including 13 victories this season heading into the regular-season finale against Hamilton.

… After high school, VanKempen plans on attending Grand Rapids Community College and plans on studying electrical and business, with an eye on becoming an electrical contractor and working for the family business.

Paw Paw senior signs with GRCC

March 5, 2018; The Courier-Leader (Paw Paw)

PAW PAW – Jimmy Wressel, front row, center, a Paw Paw High School senior, recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Grand Rapids Community College.

Jewish Theatre’s production of Torch Song Trilogy full of laughter and heartfelt emotion

March 5, 2018; therapidian.org

Torch Song Trilogy, written by Harvey Fierstein and directed by Shelly Urbane, is a Tony Award-winning collection of three plays rendered in three acts. JTGR presents the last act in this play titled “Widows and Children First!”

… Spectrum Theatre is perfect for staging a play with little action but lots of dialogue. With excellent sound and stage design, it is a small theater but allows the presentation of this play to be fully enjoyed by every audience member. The set is extremely well done; you actually feel as if you are sitting in the Manhattan apartment as the story unfolds.

LaughFest: Your Funniest Week Yet

March 5, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

Gilda’s LaughFest floods the days between March 8 and 18 with enough comedy showcases, exhibits, workshops, activities and shows for every funny bone in the city. Use this guide to find the things that put you in a laughing mood, from unforgettable ticketed shows to an enormous amount of free events that are guaranteed to crack smiles and split sides all 10 days of the festival.

… March 17

Super Saturday Kids Zone | GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | $7

Spring break work on Commons

February 28, 2018

Beginning Monday, March 5th, contractors will be on site doing some digging on the north end of the Commons. This is exploratory work in anticipation of more extensive work occurring this summer. Vehicles will still be able to access the commons and loading dock area from the south end.  Pedestrian traffic will not be impacted.

GRCC In the News, 2-8-18

February 8, 2018

Mich. colleges find success with pathways

Feb. 7, 2018; Community College Daily

Community colleges in Michigan have made significant progress in redesigning programs and services to help students succeed through the implementation of career pathways.

… In one example from the report, Grand Rapids Community College has developed 10 pathways that include both career and transfer programs, plus a pathways degree for students who haven’t yet identified a major. Students in this program are prompted to enroll in a set of Priority 1 courses, including math and English composition. There’s also a pathways degree with a business concentration for students interested in business but undecided about a specific program.

Jets basketball teams both win against Grand Rapids

Feb. 7, 2018; MLive

Teamwork did the job for the Jackson College Jets women’s basketball team in its victory over Grand Rapids Community College Raiders Saturday, 64-54.

LaughFest 2018 will include more than 100 free events

Feb. 8, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – With the festival just one month away, Gilda’s LaughFest announced the eighth annual event will offer more than 100 free events, including LAUGHsketball, the first annual LaughFest basketball game, and returning events such as People & Pets.

… People & Pets will be returning for LaughFest this year on March 18. Participants are encouraged to bring their furry (or not so furry) friends to the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate how funny pets can be. There will be contests for best costume, best pet trick, best look-a-like and most unique pet. Winners in each category will receive a trophy and a prize bag filled with goodies. Registration for contests will be from 11 a.m. to noon, and contests will start at 12:30 p.m.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 2-7-18

February 7, 2018

GRCC’s $1M grant will train vulnerable residents for public works, health jobs

Feb. 6, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College received a three-year, $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help train residents in vulnerable neighborhoods for in-demand jobs in the public works and health care fields.

Program Aims to Boost Humanities Education in Michigan

Feb. 7, 2018; U.S. News & World Report

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A new program aims to give community college students greater opportunities to transfer to the University of Michigan to study the humanities.

… The three-year program will lead to similar collaborations with Grand Rapids Community College and Schoolcraft College. It’s expected to create a new model for humanities majors who intend to transfer to University of Michigan from community colleges across Michigan.

Cajun dinner/dance FUNdraiser to celebrate Mardi Gras Creole cuisine, live music and dance instruction

Feb. 6, 2018; Ludington Daily News

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts will celebrate Mardi Gras Saturday, Feb. 10 with a Cajun dinner and dance FUNdraiser.

… Chef Barry Sherlock has designed this year’s menu and will be cooking up his great ideas. Sherlock is a graduate of the Culinary Arts Institute at Grand Rapids Community College. His culinary career has spanned a diversity of endeavors including executive chef of Green Ridge Country Club in Grand Rapids, Mich., hotel and banquet kitchen management and restaurant executive chef/kitchen management. He has additionally owned and operated a restaurant, catered privately and has volunteered his culinary expertise extensively throughout the local community. Sherlock currently serves as the dietary supervisor at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

Ann Arbor-area high school grads to make it to the NFL

Feb. 6, 2018; MLive

Few high school football players ever receive a scholarship to play at the collegiate level, and even fewer get a chance to play in the NFL.

… Ypsilanti’s Marcus Benard

… Benard was an unknown commodity coming out of high school and began his collegiate career at Grand Rapids Community College. He spent his last two years at Jackson State, combining for 25 sacks.

News at 6 p.m.

Feb. 6, 2018; FOX 17

The Bruce Doane Senior Baseball Camp had its annual camp last weekend at Grand Rapids Community College, and the shortage and increasing age of umpires at the high school level have become important factors for the camp.