Posted tagged ‘Giant Awards’

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;

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;

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;

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;

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.”

GRCC In the News, 2-1-16

February 1, 2016

Community college taps into craft beer growth with new program

Jan. 31, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The demand for people with a high level of brewing knowledge has increased with the explosion of the craft beer industry, prompting Grand Rapids Community College to offer a new certificate program beginning this summer.

Change Ups: Applied Imaging moving to larger facility

Jan. 29, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College’s accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Music has been renewed for 10 years, the maximum time period possible.

2016 Giants Award winners to be honored as leaders in Grand Rapids

Jan. 31, 2016; 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. 6, at DeVos Place’s Steelcase Ballroom, 303 Monroe Ave. NW.

Davenport announces list of 32 football signings

Jan. 31, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Davenport University released the list of its latest additions to its football program Saturday.

… Najee Brown-Duren

OL/DL, 6-4, 295

Muskegon HS/Grand Rapids Community College

Second Team All-Conference, Second Team All-Area

GRCC In the News, 7-13-15

July 13, 2015

Service planned for Equal Opportunity director who left a legacy in Grand Rapids

July 10, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The longtime director of the city’s Equal Opportunity Office, who was hailed as the “conscience” of Grand Rapids and feted as a “giant among giants” in the black community, died last month in California and will be memorialized here this weekend.

… Two years ago, Scott-Weekley was honored by Grand Rapids Community College with a Giants Among Giants award.

Maker Faire preps for 3D printing

July 10, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The second annual Maker Faire, being held in Grand Rapids in September, will benefit from a gift donated by an Ohio 3D printing company.

… The GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and the Grand Rapids Public Museum are organizing the Maker Faire.