Posted tagged ‘Giant Awards’

GRCC In the News, 4-20-18

April 20, 2018

College In MI Offers Free Laptop Vending Machine

April 19, 2018; Vending Market Watch

At Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, MI, students can access laptops out of a vending machine just like they would a granola bar.

Funeral services set for well-know Grand Rapids pastor

April 19, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Funeral services have been announced for well-known Grand Rapids pastor Clifton Rhodes.

… In 2015, Rhodes was awarded the Grand Rapids Community College’s Giant Among Giants award.

Holland Judge Named to State Corrections Panel

April 19, 2018; WHTC

LANSING, MI (WHTC-AM/FM) — Brad Knoll has a new state responsibility.

The Chief Justice of the Holland District Court was named on Thursday by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Community Corrections Board, filling a vacancy on the 13-member panel through March 31, 2021 created by the resignation of Beth Gibson. Currently in his fourth six-year term on the 58th District Court bench, Knoll is also an adjunct professor of criminology and political science at Grand Rapids Community College and a faculty member of the Michigan Judicial Institute.

GRCC In the News, 4-19-18

April 19, 2018

Not your average vending machine

April 18, 2018; AACC 21st Century Center (American Association of Community Colleges)

In Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College students are preparing for exams with the help of an unusual resource: a laptop vending machine.

Curtis Davison commits to Livingstone College

April 18, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Curtis Davison has committed to play basketball at Livingstone College next season.

Davison averaged 24.4 points per game at Grand Rapids Community College this winter, which was fourth in NJCAA Division 2.

Funeral services set for celebrated pastor with 55-year career

April 18, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Funeral services are Saturday for a well-known and revered Grand Rapids pastor who had a 55-year career behind the altar.

… (The Rev. Clifton) Rhodes led Messiah Missionary Baptist Church for 45 years and in 2015 was awarded the Grand Rapids Community College’s Giant Among Giants award.

West Michigan’s Jubal Brass to appear in concert on April 29

April 18, 2018; MLive

Jubal Brass, an 18-member brass choir, will present an evening of worship through Christian music at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Georgetown Bible Church, 4114 Baldwin St., Hudsonville.

… Jubal Brass has a long history of leaders with notable music credentials. Tuba player Paul Hoelzley, co-founder of Jubal Brass, directed the ensemble for two years until he resigned to teach at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland. The other co-founder, John Scripps, then directed for two years until Charlie Buffham took over the baton. Buffham was a music teacher at Grand Rapids Community College, and served as both conductor and arranger for Jubal Brass. John Varineau then came to Michigan as a music professor at the Grand Rapids Baptist College (now Cornerstone University) and as the assistant conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He directed Jubal Brass for 15 years.

Photos from the Giants Awards

February 9, 2018

Thank you to Michael Couch II in Financial Aid for sharing his photos of the Giants Awards:

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GRCC In the News, 2-5-18

February 5, 2018

Construction workers are in a constant state of training

Feb. 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction industry relies on continuing education.

… (President Norm) Brady said ABC works with Grand Rapids Community College, where more than 300 future electricians are enrolled in its apprenticeship program at the M-Tec Center. Upon completion of the coursework, students will receive a license from the U.S. Department of Labor.

GRCC retiree Ellen James honored as 2018 Giant Among Giants

Feb. 4, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Most students on the Grand Rapids Community College campus don’t even know the names of members of the school’s Board of Trustees.

The Vibrance of Veverly Austin

Feb. 2, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

When Veverly Austin walks into a room, she commands it. Her dynamic personality and welcoming smile draws her audience in, and as she speaks of her accomplishments, her eyes reflect the passion and excitement that made it all possible. Though she radiates confidence, it took years of practice and self-reassurance to get to where she is today.

… In 2017, Austin received the W.W. Plummer Humanitarian of the Year award from Grand Rapids Community College for her outstanding service to the West Michigan community. She also recently received a Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses award as well as a Giant award. This year, Austin will host the Giant Awards.

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 5, 2018

Feb. 4, 2018; mibiz.com

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 5, 2018

… Expansion: Walker-based Axis Company LLC plans to invest $4 million into a new facility. The automation provider expects to create 50 jobs in West Michigan when it builds the new plant at an undisclosed location in Kent County, according to a statement from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Axis received a performance-based $400,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund, as well as $125,000 via the Michigan New Jobs Training Program from Grand Rapids Community College. The company specializes in designing, programming and building robotic automation and assembly equipment. The Right Place Inc., a Grand Rapids-based economic development organization, helped Axis facilitate incentives for the project.

Change Ups: Hastings introduces wireless temperature probe

Feb. 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Business Services

… The Right Place Inc. appointed new board members to the 2018 Right Place board of directors, with its leadership remaining unchanged. Reappointed officers: chair, Brian Walker, Herman Miller; vice chair, Sean Welsh, PNC Financial Services and treasurer, Mitch Joppich, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Executive committee appointments: Richard P. Haslinger, West Michigan Region Chase. New board appointments: Wayman Britt, Kent County, Jeff Needham, Consumer Healthcare-Americas, Perrigo Co.; Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College; Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy; Rob Spohr, Montcalm Community College; and Bob Wolford, Miller Johnson.

Opera Grand Rapids Announces STABAT MATER and FOUR SACRED SONGS

Feb. 3, 2018; Broadway World Detroit

Opera Grand Rapids announces upcoming performances of STABAT MATER by Gioachino Rossini and FOUR SACRED SONGS by Giuseppe Verdi on Saturday, March 24 – 3:00 PM at Christ Memorial Church, Holland and Sunday, March 25 – 7:30 PM at First Park Congregational Church, Grand Rapids.

… Soloists:

… Jon Lovegrove | Tenor

Tenor Jon Lovegrove has recently performed with GVSU Opera Theatre as Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra as Rodolfo (La Bohème), and with Opera Grand Rapids as Shem (Noah’s Flood) and Remendado (Carmen). He has been a member of the OGR chorus since 2007. In that time, he has appeared in multiple productions, including I Dream, Rigoletto, and The Barber of Seville. He is one of OGR’s Emerging Artists and has also performed the role of Timothy in 2nd Act Opera’s production of Help, Help, the Globolinks! Mr. Lovegrove was a soloist for the Michigan premier of Benjamin Britten’s The World of the Spirit with the Evangelical Choral Society in 2013. He has performed with the ECS on multiple other occasions. Mr. Lovegrove holds an Associate’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Grand Rapids Community College. While pursuing that degree, he was a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Shades of Blue Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

From state prison to state capitol

Feb. 3, 2018; Traverse City Record-Eagle

GRAND RAPIDS — Salvador Gutierrez knew he had hit rock bottom when he landed in prison on a couple of drug charges.

… Gutierrez moved to Grand Rapids, where he also is enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College and is working on a degree in industrial technology. He plans to get into an apprenticeship program and work toward getting his journeyman’s card.

MHSAA facing severe official shortage

2/3/18 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An umpiring clinic was held at Grand Rapids Community College Saturday to help sharpen fundamentals and mechanics of the state’s officials.

GRCC In the News, 1-3-18

January 3, 2018

Medical assistant apprenticeship success catalyst for others in region

Dec. 29, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The success of West Michigan’s Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program has gotten national attention and is the catalyst for developing other healthcare apprenticeships.

… The Medical Assistant apprenticeship emerged after Mercy Health officials reached out to representatives of Grand Rapids Community College to discuss how to meet the high demand for workers.

Upping the Entry Degree

Jan. 2, 2018; Inside Higher Ed

Community colleges across the country are examining possible new requirements for occupational therapy assistants to get more education, which could result in the elimination of occupational therapy programs on their campuses.

… At Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, where about 25 students enroll annually in the institution’s occupational therapy assistant program, officials are against increasing the education requirements.

Exec predicts two-year construction boom

Dec. 22, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction boom still has a couple years left on it, based on Ben Wickstrom’s predictions. The president of Erhardt Construction said his company has a steady supply of work going to 2018 and even 2019.

… Erhardt, in collaboration with ABC/WMC, has worked with Grand Rapids Community College to develop training programs for the skilled trades. The company also is starting to branch out into Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Kalamazoo Township to swear in new police chief on Jan. 5

Dec. 28, 2017; MLive

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, MI — Lt. Bryan Ergang will be sworn in as chief of the Kalamazoo Township Police Department on Jan. 5.

… He has an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights College, and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University. He is also a recent graduate of the prestigious FBI Nation Academy.

Kendra DeJonge, GRCC volleyball player earns national recognition

Dec. 28, 2017; The Rockford Squire

A freshman player on Grand Rapids Community College’s volleyball team has received national recognition.

Lakeview’s Vellanti wins MHSFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award

Dec. 29, 2017; The Daily News (Greenville)

LAKEVIEW — Assistant coaches don’t volunteer their time to win awards and accolades, but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy them if and when they come about.

… A former Lakeview graduate, (Ryan) Vellanti went to college at Grand Rapids Community College and Aquinas College. He graduated college in 2000 and was promptly hired in 2001 at Lakeview as a teacher and a coach.

Liberty’s 4 newcomers add bulk to lines

Dec. 28, 2017; Salina Journal (Kan.)

The Salina Liberty beefed up the offensive and defensive lines with the signing of four newcomers for the 2018 season.

… (Dana) Harris, who’s 6-3, 318 pounds, is a Detroit native and played at Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) and Youngstown State.

College honoring African-American leaders

Dec. 29, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college is honoring 12 African-American leaders for their “exceptional contributions” to the quality of life in Grand Rapids.

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College is hosting its 36th-annual Giants Awards and Banquet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, at 303 Monroe Ave. NW.

Neighborhoods: Grand Rapids

Dec. 19, 2017; pridesource.com

Named one of the Gayest Cities in America by The Advocate magazine in 2012, Grand Rapids became the 36th city in the state of Michigan to add protections for the LGBT community in its non-discrimination ordinance. This fair and equitable treatment has made Grand Rapids an even more inviting place for young, bright, creative-minded professionals.

… The city’s commitment to helping the LGBT community flourish is reflected in educational settings such as the Grand Rapids Community College which passed a transgender policy allowing students and staff to use the bathroom or locker room of the gender with which they identify. The inclusive Grand Valley State University was recently named one of the top 50 colleges or universities in the country when it comes to being LGBT-friendly.

Lance Werner: LJ’s 2018 Librarian of the Year

Jan. 2, 2018; Library Journal

If you ask Lance Werner, executive director of the Kent District Library (KDL), MI, what makes him a strong leader, an effective legislative advocate, and a champion of access for his patrons, his answer is simple: it’s all about forming relationships — with his staff, legislators, local business owners and CEOs, county commissioners, Michigan Library Association (MLA) administrators, LIS educators, patrons, and anyone else in a 100-mile radius. Ask him again, and he’ll bring up words such as kindness and empathy and that he loves his job.

… Local organizations, including the Literacy Center of West Michigan (LCWM), the Kent Intermediate School District, and Steelcase Corporation, have actively partnered with the library to help implement the program, as well as a collaboration between Grand Rapids Community College and KDL to provide all-ages STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) programming.

Man sentenced in Hookah Lounge shooting that killed 22-year-old

Dec. 26, 2017; MLive

GRAND HAVEN, MI — The man convicted in the Sept. 2016 shooting death of 22-year-old Anthony Lamb will spend at least the next two decades in state prison.

… Lamb was a 2013 Holland V.R. Tech School graduate who went on to attend Grand Rapids Community College before getting a job at Port City Muskegon Casting, according to his obituary.

18 Grand Rapids Resolutions for 2018

Jan. 2, 2018; experiencegr.com (Grand Rapids Convention & Visitors Bureau website)

Happy New Year! As you think about the coming year and start vacation (or staycation) planning, Grand Rapids needs to be on your radar. With an endless calendar of events, live music all year long, and a dining scene that rivals cities twice our size, there’s something for everyone.

… 14.  Savor local cuisine during Restaurant Week GR
The foodie sensation, Restaurant Week GR, is a city-wide celebration of local restaurants, innovative cuisine, and homegrown produce. It’s the perfect time to try a new restaurant or visit an old favorite. And, as Grand Rapids isn’t one to skimp on food, our celebrated week of dining is actually 12 days long. If you needed another reason to check out even more Restaurant Week GR venues, this 12-day food celebration is all for a good cause. A portion of sales from every meal goes toward the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

Classes resume in West Michigan

Jan. 2, 2018; WOOD Radio

Back to school! Most students will return to class on Monday next week, but some Lakeshore districts start on Thursday to accommodate the likelihood of more snow days. A few colleges and high schools start the spring semester later in January, and offer a very short program of concentrated instruction.

… Grand Rapids Community College: Classes begin Monday, January 8.

Medical Mile: a vision for change in Grand Rapids

Dec. 29, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Thirty years ago, Grand Rapids stood at a crossroads after more than a century as a manufacturing hub for the furniture and the auto industries, the city’s job sectors were changing. Thousands of manufacturing jobs were in decline or moving elsewhere, taking a once vibrant and dynamic economy with them. Our lively, postwar downtown filled with restaurants, shops and small businesses slowly was becoming a ghost town. There simply was not enough business to keep them open. Like many industrial cities in the late 20th century, Grand Rapids was a city in need of creative thought leaders who didn’t adhere to the status quo. Some feared we didn’t have what it would take to turn things around. They were wrong.

… Following the building of the institute, philanthropists, nonprofit entities and private-sector enterprises began showing renewed interest in the Michigan Street corridor, building academic institutions, hospitals and businesses. Together with Grand Valley State University, Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University and many others, we have created a powerful source for economic growth, collaboration and continued development in the heart of Grand Rapids.

(This is a guest column written by David Van Andel, chairman and CEO of the Van Andel Institute.)

Nominations sought for Giants Awards

October 25, 2017

Since 1983, thirteen African American individuals and/or organizations have been recognized annually for their exceptional contributions shaping the history and quality of life of greater Grand Rapids at the annual Giants Awards and Banquet. Each award is named after local individuals who have given excellence and is a perpetual memorial to their notable contributions. Nominate someone you know today! Completed forms are due Nov. 10, 2017 by 5 p.m.

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, 2-6-17

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.

GRCC In the News, 10-13-16

October 13, 2016

GRCC International Guitar Series presents Guitarist Pino Forastiere

Oct. 11, 2016; Kulture Vulture

GRCC International Guitar Series presents Guitarist Pino Forastiere from Italy

Degage Ministries’ Marge Palmerlee on homelessness in GR, the greatness of Heartside & more

Oct. 13, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

When Marge Palmerlee began volunteering at Dégagé Ministries in Grand Rapids’ Heartside neighborhood more than two decades ago, she wasn’t doing so because she had a background in social work or experience with issues like homelessness. As a single mother raising two sons while working as an accountant at the former Rogers Department Store on 28th Street, she did, however, understand what it meant to face difficulties and to be grateful for a helping hand or a willing ear and she wanted to give back.

… We did a survey recently, and people told us they’d like to work on job skills. They said they’d love to connect with Grand Rapids Community College, but don’t feel they fit in there. They said, “Is there anything you can do at Degage?” We toured [GRCC’s] M-TEC Center [which provides workplace training]; they have phenomenal programs that are 80 percent hands-on and in an environment where everyone’s accepted. We’re planning on having a partnership with them.

Students, faculty impact global health

Oct. 12, 2016; gvsu.edu

Students and faculty will share how they are impacting global health during the GVSU Global Health Showcase October 14, at the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The showcase is free and open to the public.

… In 2014, (Nkechy Ekere) Ezeh was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Great Start Advisory Council. In 2016, she received the 2016 Hattie Beverly Education Award from Grand Rapids Community College, given to an outstanding African American educator in the Grand Rapids area.

Love on the Blue Bridge a Stop Motion Proposal

Oct. 122, 2016; 95.7 FM

The newly engaged couple is Alex Saxton and Hannah Van Rees. Alex’s sister saw the share off Jen’s (Friend from GRCC) wall.

Nominees sought for Giants Awards

October 12, 2016

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion is looking for some community giants!

Do you know of someone who has made an exceptional contribution to the history and quality of life in the Grand Rapids area? Nominate him or her for the center’s Giants Awards!

You can go online to see the award categories and to download a nomination form.

 

GRCC In the News, 2-17-16

February 17, 2016

GRPS specialty schools earn recognition

Feb. 16, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Several Grand Rapids Public Schools are being recognized for beating the odds.

… (Superintendent Teresa) Weatherall Neal was also recently awarded the Giant Among Giants award from Grand Rapids Community College’s Woodrick Diversity Learning Center, which recognizes African Americans who make a big difference in our community.

Dine Local: In the Kitchen with DJ Flynn, corporate chef, Stafford’s Hospitality

Feb. 17, 2016; Harbor Light (Harbor Springs)

When it comes to food, this community is known for farm and lake fresh, sweet treats, and cult favorites. What is less known (or at least, less thought of) is the important impact our local food providers make on our economy. In addition to the countless jobs provided and endless support of school and community groups, our local restaurants, farms, and grocery stores play a key role in helping define our sense of place.

… (DJ) Flynn is a graduate of the Culinary School at Grand Rapids Community College, and has served as Chef de’Cuisine at Tapiwingo for five years, executive chef at Bay Harbor Yacht Club, spent time in the culinary world of New Orleans, and was most recently executive chef at Barrel Back Restaurant and Walloon Lake Inn.

GRCC In the News, 2-8-16

February 8, 2016

GRCC joins national affordable textbook program

Feb. 5, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College has joined a growing list of schools that are providing free, professional-quality textbooks to students to improve access to higher educational learning.

GRBJ: GRCC starts program for free textbooks

Feb. 8, 2016; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College has joined a growing list of schools that are providing free, professional-quality textbooks to students to improve access to higher educational learning.

Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal wins the 2016 Giant Among Giants Award

Feb. 7, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — For 40 years, Teresa Weatherall Neal has dedicated her life to helping young people realize their potential, including tackling barriers that so often keep poor kids from learning and finding success.

… On Saturday, Feb. 6, Neal was named a Giant Among Giants, the top honor at the 34th annual Giants Awards at DeVos Place. The event hosted by Grand Rapids Community College recognizes the notable contributions of African Americans to the quality of life in Grand Rapids. A dozen others were also honored for making a difference in the community.

Area high school grads making an impact on college sports scene

Feb. 5, 2016; MLive

The winter season is heading down the homestretch for local college athletes and a number of former area high school standouts are turning in strong seasons with their college teams.

… NorthPointe Christian grad Regan Cross is a freshman on the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team. Cross is averaging 10 points per game, along with 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Cross scored a season-high 17 points against the Hope College JV.

Hope Dollarhide, Karli Warning are best friends off the court, double-trouble in competition

Feb. 5, 2016; MLive

WAYLAND — It’s double-trouble out on the basketball court for the Wayland Union girls basketball team.

… “Both of them will be continuing on with basketball after college,” (coach Marty) Howard stated. “Hope (Dollarhide) has already signed a letter of intent to play at Lawrence Tech, and Karli (Warning) will be attending and playing at Grand Rapids Community College.”