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GRCC In the News, 10-31-16

October 31, 2016

Youth football coach had a passion for life, kids

Oct. 29, 2016; Lansing State Journal

LANSING – The Mighty Mites of the Kappa Express football program were playing in the championship game, seven- and eight-year-olds on the field at the Hope Sports Complex, fighting to win.

… Jibreel Goins attended Everett and Sexton high schools, where he played running back and defensive back. He went on to Grand Rapids Community College where he also played football. He came back to Lansing, then played for the Capitol City Stealth and Lansing Lightning football teams. He loved watching football as child and would often write down plays and practice them in front of the television.

GRCC Psychology Department’s Speaker Series tackles the elephant (and donkey) in the room

Oct. 27, 2016;

Trump supporter: What the h*ll are you thinking?

Clinton supporter: How can you even consider supporting…

Third party supporter: What planet are you on?

… If you are interested in taking a deeper dive into the why of political partisanship in this year’s presidential election cycle, you might want to check out the first topic of the  2016-17 season of Grand Rapids Community College’s Psychology Speaker Series.

Explore a world of possibilities at Ferris State Open House

Oct. 28, 2016; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Do you have a student thinking about college? Have you been considering going back and finishing your degree? Regardless of your why, Ferris State is making it easier and more convenient than ever. Ferris is right here at Grand Rapids Community College.

DeWys Manufacturing Inc. Promotes Manufacturing Day to Students and Teachers in the West Michigan Area

Oct. 28, 2016;

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce their involvement with the National Manufacturing Day event for the fourth year in a row. By opening the doors to the public, this helped to promote the skilled trade industry and allow DeWys Mfg. to promote the advanced manufacturing processes they provide their customers.

This year manufacturing week was celebrated in the West Michigan area from October 2nd through October 8th. A total of 3,100 students visited a variety of manufacturing facilities to gain knowledge, participate in tours and hands on activities to better understand the diverse fields in the industry. DeWys Mfg. hosted 155 students from Kent Intermediate School District, Discover Elementary, and Ridge Park Charter Academy. The students received a tour of the shop, participated in a team building activity, and explored the MCAM trailer provided by Grand Rapids Community College. Along with the tours given to students throughout the week, DeWys Manufacturing hosted 15 math and science teachers organized through the Kent ISD called Teachers in the Industry. This event consisted of the teachers taking a mechanical reasoning test to show the initial steps taken in the hiring process, a short video on DeWys Manufacturing, and a question and answer panel with four of the DeWys team members. This allowed the teachers to learn from the team members about career paths in manufacturing.

Parents plan forum for 9 vying for Grand Rapids School Board

Oct. 28, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The parents and community of Congress Elementary school will host a forum for the nine candidates vying for four, four-year seats for the Grand Rapids School Board on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

… The candidates running are:

Raynard Ross, 47, is seeking a second term. He is the associate dean of Student Success and Retention Service at Grand Rapids Community College.

Meet the YWCA’s 2016 Tribute Award winners

Oct. 30, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –Women who are a voice for the voiceless, who contribute to numerous prominent West Michigan projects, and who volunteer their time and passion for the betterment of others. These are among the winners of this year’s Tribute Awards given by the YWCA of West Central Michigan.

… Advocacy Award

Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh, 52, associate professor for Aquinas College and founder/CEO of Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Nkechy Ekere Ezeh is a GRCC alumna.)

Jayhawks volleyball team wraps up regular season with a victory over Ancilla

Oct. 28, 2016; Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team completed a successful regular season Thursday by going on the road and beating Ancilla College 3-1.

… The team finished in second place in the conference, two games behind champion Grand Rapids Community College.

Michigan lawyers extend helping hand during Pro Bono Month

Oct. 28, 2016;

From the tip of the Thumb to the depths of the Great Lakes, the State Bar of Michigan is working to meet the legal needs of low-income Michiganders with a robust pro bono celebration throughout the month of October and beyond.

… Lawyers will assist green card holders apply to become U.S. citizens at a Naturalization Workshop. No prior immigration experience is necessary. All attorneys will be trained through a 50-minute YouTube webinar and a short, on-site orientation. Once trained and oriented, volunteers will then prepare the naturalization application with the applicants. Attorneys specializing in immigration law will supervise and review all applications. The event is being held at Grand Rapids Community College on Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 10-26-16

October 26, 2016

Colleges ink transfer deal

Oct. 25, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two local colleges have signed an agreement to smooth the path for students to transfer between institutions.

Grand Rapids Community College and Calvin College announced a partnership on Oct. 24 that will allow GRCC students to map out and lock in what classes they need to transfer to Calvin College for their third and fourth years.

Beerducation at Fountain Hill Brewery

Oct. 25, 2016;

Grand Rapids is now home to another new brewery — but this one might not be one you know about, yet. Say hello to Fountain Hill Brewery & Peters Pub, the first and only federal and state-licensed brewpub owned and operated on a college campus.

GRCC board candidates field questions at forum

Oct. 25, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The candidates for the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees shared their thoughts Tuesday, October 25, on the college’s values, student outcomes, and the role of a trustee during a forum hosted by the Faculty Association, Student Alliance and Academic Governing Council.

Green Party candidate Yankovich speaks at GRCC

Oct. 26, 2016; The Lowell Ledger

Cliff Yankovich, Green Party candidate for the Michigan House in the 86th district and owner of Main Street business Chimera Design, spoke at an event at Grand Rapids Community College last week. The main speaker at the event on Wednesday, Oct. 19 was Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka. Yankovich spoke for about seven minutes at the event and introduced Baraka.


GRCC In the News, 10-20-16

October 20, 2016

The Handshake Deal: 25 Years of Collaboration in Grand Rapids

Oct. 20, 2016;

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Sometimes a handshake is a just a handshake. And sometimes a simple handshake can become the foundation of a partnership that changes thousands of lives. Such was the case when Ferris State University President J. William Wenrich and Grand Rapids Community College President Richard Calkins met in the late 1980s to discuss a collaboration between their schools.

York College to induct York natives and renowned educator into Athletic Hall of Fame

Oct. 20, 2016; The Grand Island Independent (Neb.)

The achievements of York natives Misty (Wellman) Brestel ’02 and Ashley (Wellman) Waldrep ’07, and renowned educator Bill Pink ’87 will be celebrated as they are inducted into the York College Athletic Hall of Fame during a luncheon ceremony on Friday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m.

… Teammates, colleagues, and players hes coached describe Dr. Bill Pink as a talented player and teacher, with a kind word for all as he strives for excellence on the court and in the classroom.

… Today Pink is the vice president and dean of the School of Workforce Development at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a frequent presenter at education and athletic conferences throughout the United States. He has served as a board member for many civic organizations. He has been selected twice to participate in an American delegation to China and recently, he was selected for the first cohort of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship, an elite program for future college presidents.

Morning News

Oct. 20, 2016; WZZM

Ajamu Baraka, v.p. candidate for the Green Party: “We have a chance to still have an administration which will have a commitment to social justice.” … Baraka also made a stop at Grand Rapids Community College’s Applied Technology Center to encourage voters about the Green Party last night.

GRCC In the News, 10-19-16

October 19, 2016

GRCC seeks $6M from state to help renovate, expand Applied Technology Center

Oct. 18, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s Applied Technology Center needs to be renovated and expanded to better prepare students for the workforce, and school officials want the state to cut the $12.7 million price tag in half.

Collaborative film festival to showcase French cinema at GVSU, GRCC

Oct. 18, 2016;

A collaborative film festival, hosted by the French programs at Grand Valley and Grand Rapids Community College, will introduce the West Michigan community to films with a bit of international flavor.

Green Party VP hopeful in Detroit: Time to “break two-party monopoly”

Oct. 18, 2016; Michigan Radio

It’s time to reject the politics of fear, and embrace third-party alternatives in American politics.

… (Ajamu) Baraka then heads to Grand Rapids, where he’ll watch the final presidential debate and speak at Grand Rapids Community College.

IHCC harriers wrap up regular season in Barnes’ home state

Oct. 18, 2016; Ottumwa Courier (Iowa)

OTTUMWA — Who says you can’t go home again? Scott Barnes has not only been returning to his home state of Michigan each fall, he’s brought along his Indian Hills cross-country runners for the trip.

… “We were probably a little too fast, which as a coach you always worry about because you’re worried the guys will hit a wall and start to fade too early in the race,” Barnes said. “The nice thing was that, instead of dying and fading, the guys hung tough and ended up beating (20th-ranked) Muskegon. We also were pretty close to 10th-ranked Grand Rapids Community College. We kind of put it all together.”

Fieldhouse to close early today

September 2, 2016

The entire Ford Fieldhouse will close in advance of the holiday weekend this Friday evening, September 2 at 5:30 p.m.  Those who make use of the facility later in the evening will need to adjust plans accordingly this week.

Fieldhouse to close early September 2

August 31, 2016

The entire Ford Fieldhouse will close in advance of the holiday weekend this Friday evening, September 2 at 5:30 p.m.  Those who make use of the facility later in the evening will need to adjust plans accordingly this week.

Fieldhouse’s fall schedule starts this week

August 29, 2016

The fieldhouse’s fall open activity schedule starts this week.

Basketball court:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • 6-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays.


  • 7-10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Exercise room:

  • 6-10 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • 11:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • 11:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays.
  • 6-7:45 a.m. Fridays.
  • noon to 8 p.m. Fridays.

Free weight room:

  • 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.


  • 5-8 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

GRCC In the News, 8-15-16

August 15, 2016

100-plus degree temp forces GRCC to cancel classes at Ford Fieldhouse

Aug. 12, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College announced Friday morning that all classes in its Ford Fieldhouse are canceled for the day due to extreme heat.

Daybreak Saturday

Aug. 13, 2016; WOOD TV

A leader in the Grand Rapids Latino community will be laid to rest this morning. Martin Morales died Monday from surgery complications. … In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Martin Morales Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

Wounded Warriors hit a home run in Fond du Lac

Aug. 13, 2016; Fond du Lac Reporter (Wis.)

FOND DU LAC – Back in 2009, the mother of a local Marine who was injured in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan said she had faith her son would one day walk, even run again.

… Wege, of rural Campbellsport, and Army veteran Saul Bosquez, of Brownsville, have played on the team since it was founded in 2011. Shortstop Bosquez lost his lower left leg and two right toes to an improvised explosive device in 2007 while patrolling in Iraq. He played high school, American Legion and two seasons of junior college baseball at Grand Rapids Community College before joining the Army.



GRCC In the News, 7-12-16

July 12, 2016

New scholarships will be a huge help

July 11, 2016; Health Beat (Spectrum Health’s newsletter)

Jen LaFlure, BSN, found her calling in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, caring for the tiniest and most fragile infants.

… That’s why LaFlure knows, better than most, what the new $7 million scholarship fund created by Spectrum Health and Grand Rapids Community College will mean for students pursuing health care degrees.

GVSU Committed to Advancing Success of Latino Students

July 11, 2016; Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In August, about 80 Latino students and their families will be welcomed at Grand Valley State University for the third annual Laker Familia, an orientation specific to Latino/a students.

… Our work for and with Latino/a students goes beyond Grand Valley’s campus. To name a few examples, we have partnered with Grand Rapids Community College on several pipeline programs for middle and high school students and joined with the Hispanic Center of West Michigan to bring 60 Latino youth to campus for a college readiness program, Supporting Our Leaders (SOL).

(This article was written by GVSU President Tom Haas.)

Volleyball showcase offers chance to train officials, view action

July 11, 2016; MLive

Cornerstone University is hosting the sixth annual Summer Showcase, featuring 32 varsity teams and 24 junior varsity volleyball teams from across the state on Friday, July 22.

The varsity event is held at two sites, the Bernice Hansen Athletic Center on Cornerstone’s campus on the East Beltline at I-96, and the high school gymnasium at Forest Hills Northern. The junior varsity tournament will be at the Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse. The scrimmage-formatted tournaments allow coaches to observe their potential team members for the upcoming season, which begins on Aug. 19.

GRCC In the News, 7-5-16

July 5, 2016

10 things you should know about GRCC’s presidential search

July 1, 2016; MLive

The search is underway for the next president. The Presidential Search Profile includes considerations shaping the GRCC Board of Trustees’ approach to new leadership.

Training and Advancement as Sustainability Goal

July 1, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host a luncheon examining the triple-bottom-line impacts of employee development and advancement on Monday, July 11 at the Grand Rapids Community College Applied Technology Center from 12 to 2 pm.

Grand Rapids woman part of aviation history

July 1, 2016; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — More than 70 years ago, when America was embroiled in World War II, something amazing happened, women from all over the United States made a sacrifice for their country.  Those women were trained, as civilians, to become military pilots, members of WASP, Women Air Force Service Pilots. One of those women, 94-year-old Jane Doyle now lives in Grand Rapids.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Jane Doyle is a Grand Rapids Junior College alumna.)

Advance All-Area North Baseball Team

July 4, 2016; MLive

The 2016 Advance All-Area North Baseball Team features players from a couple of conference champions, including Rockford from the OK Red and Coopersville from the OK Blue. Outstanding pitching and speed on the base paths highlighted the accomplishments of these multi-talented baseball players.

… (Pat) Naughton made a pretty strong battery by himself as Comstock Park’s ace and all-conference selection at catcher. A two-time all-conference selection in the OK Blue as a catcher during his junior season and as a pitcher during his senior campaign Naughton batted .371 with nine doubles. On the mound, he was 4-3 with one save and a 1.28 ERA. An all-state quarterback last fall, Naughton will be playing baseball at Grand Rapids Community College next year.

Sports OT: Kyle Visser on annual basketball camp

July 3, 2016; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Forest Hills Central grand and former professional basketball player Kyle Visser stopped by Sports Overtime Sunday to talk about his annual basketball camp for West Michigan student athletes.

… His fifth annual Post Play Camp is scheduled for July 11 through July 13 at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse. It is open to boys and girls ages 11 to 18.

Reopening of locker rooms delayed; fieldhouse to close early July 1

June 28, 2016

Due to some unanticipated construction delays, we will NOT be able to open the Ford Fieldhouse’s four lower-level locker rooms on July 1st, as originally planned.  The new target open date is Tuesday, July 5.

Also, the entire Ford Fieldhouse will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1, in advance of the approaching holiday weekend.  Those who would normally make use of the facility on Friday evening will need to adjust their schedules accordingly.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience either of these may cause.

GRCC In the News, 6-16-16

June 16, 2016

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation launches, works to support low-income students

June 16, 2016;

Members of a new Grand Rapids-based nonprofit are standing up to say: It is not OK that transgender residents experience unemployment at twice the rate of the general population. It is not OK that transgender individuals are four times more likely than the general population to have an annual income of $10,000 or less. It is not OK that someone who is transgender often faces homelessness, violence, harassment, depression, and more.

… And its not just LGBT groups that are embracing individuals who are transgender — change is happening across the area, with (Simon) Kittok noting that Grand Rapids Community College, for example, passed a transgender policy allowing students and staff to use the bathroom or locker room of the gender with which they identify. Grand Valley State University too has landed praise for being inclusive and was recently named one of the top 50 colleges or universities in the country when it comes to being LGBT-friendly.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Simon Kittok works in GRCC’s IT department.)

State expands sexual assault education initiative

June 15, 2016; WGVU

A Michigan campus sexual assault program expands to high schools this year.

… Both (Sarah Prout) Rennie and (first lady Sue) Snyder spoke this week at an educational conference at Grand Rapids Community College.

Jewish Theater presents ‘Two Jews Walk Into A War’

June 15, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The Grand Rapids Jewish Theater presents the comedy ‘Two Jews Walk Into A War’ this week. The story follows two Jewish men living in Kabul. They are the last two remaining Jews in Afghanistan and must share the only synagogue that hasn’t been destroyed by the Taliban. But, they hate each other and rarely see eye to eye. Their mission is to repopulate the Jewish community in Kabul.

It opens Thursday June 16 and runs through June 26 at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. That is on the GRCC campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Performances will be on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased either by calling the Box Office at 616-234-3946 or by going online.

Michigan man’s video stings snag sex predator arrests

June 15, 2016; The Detroit News

Grand Rapids Never before has catching alleged sexual predators been so much fun.

… He (Zach Sweers) is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College who makes money building websites, he said.

High schools join forces for next season’s aquatics teams

June 15, 2016; Lowell Ledger

Lowell High School will join forces with Caledonia and South Christian High schools next school year as the Arrows dive back into the pool with both boys and girls aquatic teams.
Caledonia will be the lead in the newly formed partnership which will kick off next fall with the ladies’ season of swim and dive contests; gentlemen will compete in the winter.

The team will be practicing inside the aquatic facilities of Grand Rapids Community College and host no home meets due to the fact that none of the three schools have pools in their districts.

Fieldhouse locker rooms to undergo renovations

June 6, 2016

Upcoming renovations in the fieldhouse will make it necessary to entirely close all four locker rooms on the lower level: locker rooms 105, 106, 107 and 108.  The period of closure will be from June 20 through approximately June 30.

The fieldhouse’s laundry service will still operate, but it will be necessary to pick up your bag each day at the Equipment Issue, room 206 on the main level. When finished each day, dirty laundry will be deposited into the laundry room as we currently do.

Locker and shower space will be available in our women’s team locker room, room 213 on the main level, and our men’s team locker room, room 200 on the main fieldhouse level. Please note, there is not sufficient space for overnight locker storage. During this time, it will be necessary to bring your items to and from the facility each day.

Ford Fieldhouse locker room renovations

June 1, 2016

From June 20 to 30, we will be doing some much needed updating to the fieldhouse’s four lower-level locker rooms. No locker rooms will be available during this time. You may use team locker rooms to change and shower.

Fieldhouse to close at 5 p.m. May 27

May 26, 2016

On Friday, May 27, 2016, the entire Ford Fieldhouse will close at 5:00 p.m. in advance of the Memorial Holiday Weekend.  We will plan to open for normal operation at our usual time on Tuesday morning, May 31, 2016.