GRCC In the News, 1-15-19

Son feels President Gerald R. Ford’s presence at GRCC’s fieldhouse rededication

Jan. 14, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michael Ford says his family is proud to be associated with the recently renovated Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College.

Witness: Weed deal gone bad led to teen’s death

Jan. 14, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The cousin of fatal shooting victim James King said the two were trying to sell marijuana in a strip mall parking lot when one of the customers opened fire, trying to rob them.

… Her son was a senior at East Kentwood High School, with plans to go to Grand Rapids Community College, she said. He wanted to be an architect.

HCC among 30 Colleges listed as Bellwether Award Finalist

Jan. 14, 2019; surfky.com

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (1/14/19) — The Community College Futures Assembly issued a call for Bellwether Award nominations in the fall of 2018 and 30 finalist colleges in three categories were competitively chosen from the applicants. Hopkinsville Community College was among that list of finalists.

… The Community College Futures Assembly has the following programs as 2019 Bellwether Finalist programs:

… Workforce Development: Public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development.

… Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, Michigan – Creating the Public Works Pipeline

T2C Studio receives a $150,000 Wege Foundation Grant Award

Jan. 13, 2019; therapidian.org

There is never a quiet moment in T2C Studio. The sound of laughter, flipping notebook pages, and chatter constantly echoes across the glass panels ringing around this brightly colored, open-aired space in the main branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library.

… Financial issues add to the challenge of navigating the higher education system. Natasha Nash, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, cleans at a local school for thirty hours per week. Part-time work helps Nash make tuition and rent payments, but it also makes it difficult to find time to study.

Photos from rededication of Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse

It was a full house for the rededication of the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse on Monday. Mike Ford, son of President Ford and first lady Betty Ford, was joined by community leaders, students and GRCC staff in celebrating the transformation of the fieldhouse to enhance learning, support student-athletes’ performance, and create a more comfortable environment for spectators and community events.

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GRCC In the News, 1-14-19

Jan. 12, 2019; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College has funding to train 60 people for an initiative to help increase the diversity of the health care workforce, according to Julie Parks, executive director of GRCC Workforce Training.
Jan. 11, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local college has created a new program to prepare students for supply chain management.
Grand Rapids Community College said last month it is now offering the 30-week program Supply Chain Operations Management Certificate to prepare people to manage the transport and storage of raw materials, inventory and finished goods from where they are made to where they are used.
Jan. 11, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Mike Ford, son of former President Gerald R. Ford and first lady Betty Ford, will speak during a rededication of the renovated Grand Rapids Community College building named for his father.
News 8 Daybreak
Jan. 14, 2019; WOOD TV

A former first son will be in West Michigan today for a rededication ceremony. Grand Rapids Community College will celebrate the renovations at the Ford Fieldhouse. Mike Ford, President Gerald R. Ford’s son, will speak at the ceremony for the building named after his father. It will start at 3:30 today. GRCC spent $8 million on upgrades and new facilities for their student-athletes.
Jan. 11, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)
Days before the start of second semester, volleyball players Dani Johnston, Jamie Wellet and Jasmine Wellet, stopped in to see the newly renovated Ford Fieldhouse, which hosts the teams home games and other athletic events.
… Grand Rapids Community College officials say upgrading the fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE, provides a state-of-the-art facility for athletes and students.
Jan. 12, 2019; The Arab American News
DEARBORN — Late last year, former Gov.  Snyder appointed Henry Ford College President Russell Kavalhuna to a two-year term on the state’s 21st Century Talent Creation Subcommittee.
… In addition to Kavalhuna, Snyder appointed Grand Rapids Community College President Dr. Bill Pink; Alpena Public Schools Supt. Dr. John VanWagoner; Dr. Joseph Lubig, associate dean of the School of Education at Northern Michigan University; Megan Schrauben, executive director of the MiSTEM Network for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget; Alycia Meriweather, deputy superintendent of external partnerships, enrollment & specialty programming at the Detroit Public Schools Community District and Dr. Mark Pogliano, principal at the Jackson Area Career Center.

Exercise is Medicine workshops look at lower back care, heart health

Students, staff and faculty are welcome at two free Exercise is Medicine workshops this semester:

“How to Take Care of Your Lower Back While Doing Physical Work”

When and where: 6-7 a.m. Jan. 29 at Ford Fieldhouse’s Fitness Center.

Presenters: Jodi Gee, Exercise Science professor, and Jim Van Dokkumberg, executive director of Facilities.

Description: In this session, you will learn exercises and techniques to use to strengthen, stretch and take care of your lower back and core while doing physical work. Towards the end of the session, we will demonstrate how to use some of the new equipment in our Fitness Center that will also help with core and low back help. Who needs to attend? Anyone who wants to learn about low back and core health!

“Heart Health: The Good, the Bad and the Down-Right Ugly Consequences of Not Loving Your Heart”

When and where: 10:15-11:15 a.m. FEb. 22 in room 123 of the Calkins Science Center.

Presenters: Leigh Kleinert, Biological Sciences professor, and Melanie Schiele Gady, Exercise Science professor.

Description: February is Heart Health Month, and we want to guide our participants on the importance of taking care of your heart as this is the No. 1 cause of death in our country and worldwide of men and women. We will learn about the heart and how it works, lifestyle choices we should be making or changing, what happens when you do not take care of your heart, and how to care for most common heart issues.

Happy GRCC Homecoming week!

Homecoming graphic in white and gold on a dark blue background. The text reads: "GRCC Homecoming. Stepping Back In Time. January 14-18, 2019."

Welcome to Homecoming week at GRCC! There are different activities each day to help us celebrate.

  • Monday, 01/14: Involvement Day; Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse Rededication Ceremony
  • Tuesday, 01/15: Dive-in Movie: Finding Dory!
  • Wednesday, 01/16: Throwback Vibes
  • Thursday, 01/17: Pep Rally
  • Friday, 01/18: Homecoming Tailgate; GRCC Women’s and Men’s Basketball Games

For more information about any of the activities planned for this week, visit the Homecoming page.

GRCC Homecoming starts MONDAY!

Homecoming graphic in white and gold on a dark blue background. The text reads: "GRCC Homecoming. Stepping Back In Time. January 14-18, 2019."

Monday, January 14, kicks off Homecoming week at GRCC! There are different activities each day to help us celebrate. For more information on all of the activities throughout the week, check out the Homecoming page for more details.

Friday’s Games:
On Friday, January 18, we will host a tailgate and cheer on our women’s and men’s basketball teams as they play Lake Michigan College.

A family-friendly tailgate begins at 5 p.m. inside the Hunsberger Arena, and will continue throughout both basketball games. There will be free food (while it lasts) and activities for kids and adults. The women’s basketball game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s basketball game begins at 7:30 p.m.

We want to provide a few lucky employees a chance to have premium court-side seating. For each game we have specially designated premium seats for our GRCC employees to sit along the baseline of the court. A total of 12 spots per game are available. For your chance to win, please email Erin Van Egmond (erinvanegmond@grcc.edu) with the game you would like to sit court-side at (women’s or men’s), and how many people are in your party. We will randomly select winners for these premium seats.

We hope to see you all there to cheer on our Raiders and celebrate Homecoming, GRCC style! Don’t forget to show your Raider pride and wear your blue and gold!

Homecoming is planned and sponsored by Campus Activities Board, Alumni Relations, Athletics, Student Life and Conduct, and Human Resources.

Winter 2019 semester GRCC Employee Fitness Class schedule begins Monday!

Start the New Year off right doing something that makes your body smile on the outside AND inside!

The complete Winter 2019 schedule is available on the Group Exercise page of the GRCC website. All classes will meet in the newly renovated Ford Fieldhouse – come enjoy the upgraded workout space!

Schedule commences this Monday, January 7, 2019, and ends Friday, April 19, 2019. Classes will meet during spring break week, as well. We have a class for everyone, from beginners to advanced. Relax and unwind or sweat it out and tone up with the variety of classes available!

As always, there’s no need to sign up in advance – just show up and see what the fun is all about. You are welcome to bring your spouse, child over 18, or friend(s) to these classes. Non-GRCC participants are asked to pay a small $20 fee per semester. All are welcome!

Contact Angela Salinas (angelasalinas@grcc.edu or ext. 2567) with any questions.

Reminder: student pantry drive during tomorrow’s Opening Day event

A message from Misty McClure-Anderson:
Good Morning & Happy New Year!
This is a friendly reminder that we will be collecting diapers, baby wipes, and hygiene items (soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.) for the Student Pantry tomorrow at Opening Day.
I hope you are rested and ready for the winter semester to begin!”
Items will be collected during tomorrow’s Opening Day event in the newly redesigned Ford Fieldhouse.

What you need to know about the Ford Field House opening

Ford Field House renovations are nearing completion and we’re looking forward to welcoming you all on opening day, January 3! On the arena level you’ll notice a new welcome center, dynamic images, new classrooms, and renovated offices and restrooms.

The lower level has been transformed into the new fitness center, locker room areas, and athletic training facilities. Nearly all equipment in the fitness center will be new, state-of-the-art equipment.

All active employees are eligible to use the fitness center, free of charge, by joining the Field House Health Club. Previous members are also being asked to complete a new membership application.

The application form is available on the Ford Field House website and can be submitted beginning December 17.

The Fitness Center will officially open on January 21!

Fieldhouse lockers must be cleaned out today

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.

April 13 is deadline to clean out fieldhouse lockers

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

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

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, 3-30-18

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