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GRCC In the News, 11-20-15

November 20, 2015

Greenville’s Forton accepts GRCC golf coaching job

Nov. 19, 2015;  The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — Plenty of people have a passion. John Forton’s passion is golf.

… Forton, a longtime PGA teaching professional, recently accepted the men’s golf head coaching position at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). It’s been a lifelong dream to coach at the collegiate level.

Chefs share some recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner

Nov. 19, 2015; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — It’s time to talk turkey about your Thanksgiving dinner. Traditional menus go something like this: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, fruit salad and dessert. If your menu needs a little ramping up, local chefs have shared some of their recipes to add to your table.

… (Terry) Tucker grew up in Hamilton and has a degree in culinary arts from Grand Rapids Community College. Even while in college, he kept his fingers in the food business. “I worked my way through college decorating cakes for Family Fare.”

Showing Respect for Community’s Veterans

Nov. 13, 2015; (KISD newsletter)

School districts across Kent ISD marked Veterans Day in ways big and small on Wednesday. Here’s a sample of how a few schools honored those who have served and are serving in the U.S. armed forces.

… She (Jane Baessler Doyle) became interested in flying in 1940 while a student at Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College, when she learned of a flight program being offered by the Civilian Training Program.

Feutz Honored by Mechanical Service Contractors Association for Work with Students

Nov. 16, 2015;

A Ferris State University Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration associate professor has received an award from the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, for his work with students in the program.

… (Mike) Feutz earned his associates degree in HVACR from Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College; a Bachelor of Science degree in HVACR Engineering Technology and a Master of Science in Career and Technical Education, from Ferris; and his Ph.D in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University.

Grand Rapids’ oldest black Baptist church celebrates 125th anniversary

Nov. 19, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Messiah Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids was the realization of one pioneering woman’s dream.

… Today, some 800 people are members of the church that has flourished because of “God’s grace, good leadership and strong membership,” according to the Rev. Eric Williams, associate pastor.

… “He (the Rev. Clifton Rhodes Jr.) was one of the first African Americans to graduate from the school there and went on to become a part of the board of trustees,” said Williams, who is executive director for equity affairs at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 11-16-15

November 16, 2015

FOX 17 Morning News

Nov. 16, 2015; FOX 17

The issue of health benefits for domestic partners of Grand Rapids Community College employees will come up for a vote today. The GRCC board of trustees is expected to vote on a proposal this afternoon that would grant benefits to domestic partners of unmarried employees, regardless of sexual orientation.

An image from a TV screen: GRCC Health Benefit Vote. Grand Rapids Community College. Vote on proposal today. Health care to domestic partners. Regardless of sexual orientation. Would begin next year. Vote scheduled for 4:15 p.m.

Friends for Life: How a teenager copes with loss

Nov. 13, 2015; WZZM

It’s Nov. 13, “Friends for Life Day” and as we do on the 13th of every month this is your reminder to know your body, know your normal, and think about breast health.

… Members of the Grand Rapids Community College women’s volleyball team aren’t just freshman Lauren Wieber’s teammates, they’re her family.

Focus on the future with STEM

Nov. 13, 2015; WOTV

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOTV) — Fifth grade students from Endeavor Elementary and Meadowlawn Elementary schools in Kentwood gathered recently to learn all about STEM. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Kentwood schools are embracing the teaching of these subjects and work with community partners to teach students hands-on real world application in those fields.

STEM prepares students to be 21st century leaders. The STEM Conference at Grand Rapids Community College encouraged young women to see what they can do in STEM-oriented careers. Hands-on activities got girls involved alongside professionals from companies like Kettering University, Fifth Third Bank, and Gentex.

Ada board approves supervisor’s appointments

Nov. 13, 2015; MLive

The Ada Township Supervisor George Haga’s appointments to the Downtown Development Authority Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals have been approved by the board.

Sarah Andro, owner of Suburba Restaurant, 7277 Thornapple River Drive, will fill a vacancy on the DDA board. Andro is a graduate of Forest Hills Central and has attended Grand Rapids Community College, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Aquinas College. She has a background in business management, has resided in Ada and Cascade area nearly all of her life and has worked in Ada for the past eight years.

Ryan, Agren lead Aquinas volleyball honors

Nov. 14, 2015; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- Aquinas College was well represented on the All-WHAC selections for women’s volleyball.

Michaela Ryan (Davison/Davison) received her second career All-WHAC First Team accolade as she tallied 2.68 kills per set and had a hitting percentage of .289. Ryan also led the Saints with 87 blocks. Katlyn Agren (Cadillac/GRCC) landed on the All-WHAC Honorable Team as she paced the Saints with 563 digs. Agren’s 4.94 digs per set this season is the fourth-best in Aquinas history.

GRCC In the News, 11-11-15

November 11, 2015

Barbara Fuller running to represent western Washtenaw County in state House

Nov. 10, 2015; MLive

Barbara Fuller, vice chairwoman of the Washtenaw County Road Commission, is running for the 52nd District state House seat.

… Fuller and her husband of 41 years have two adult children. She holds an associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in occupational teacher education from the University of Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 11-9-15

November 9, 2015

Expansion of health sciences education to address talent needs in West Michigan

Nov. 8, 2015;

A partnership between three community colleges and Grand Rapids-area care providers brings a traditional model for training talent into a new area: health care.

Grand Rapids Community College, Muskegon Community College and Montcalm Community College teamed with West Michigan Works! to form a pilot apprenticeship program to train and employ medical assistants at local health care organizations.

West Michigan craft brewing programs gain momentum

Nov. 8, 2015;

As the craft brewing industry continues to grow in West Michigan, several higher education institutions have begun to take action to address brewers talent needs.

… Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is currently in the process of hiring a new faculty member to head its craft brewing, packaging and service operations certificate program thats slated to begin in the summer of 2016.

Meet the YWCA’s 2015 Tribute Award winners

Nov. 8, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI Women who lead diversity lecture series, who passionately lead and create new programs in education, and help more than 100 nonprofit organizations build successful fundraising mechanisms. These are among the winners of this year’s Tribute Awards given by the YWCA of West Central Michigan.


Christina Guajardo Arnold, 53, director of Bob & Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC)


Teresa Weatherall Neal, 56, superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Teresa Weatherall Neal is a GRCC alumna.)

Partners plan brewery in downtown neighborhood

Nov. 6, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A Puerto Rican-themed brewery is coming to Grand Rapids.

… (Edwin) Collazo’s wife, Karen, will lead the kitchen and use her Grand Rapids Community College culinary training.

Jake Vickery turns up pressure on defense for Rockford water polo

Nov. 8, 2015; MLive

ROCKFORD — The Rockford water polo team is ranked No. 1 in the state again this year, thanks in large part to some sterling defensive play.

… (Jake) Vickery plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and pursue a degree in law enforcement.

Aquinas men’s soccer earns WHAC Honors

Nov. 8, 2015; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- Aquinas College was well represented in the All-WHAC Men’s Soccer selections. Headlining the honorees for the Saints with First Team accolades were Matt Jackson and Aldony Mendez.

… Jackson (Kalamazoo/GRCC) started all 17 games for the Saints and anchored the stingiest defense in the conference. Overall the Saints allowed .65 goals against per contest and were ranked fourth nationally with eleven shutouts.


GRCC In the News, 11-6-15

November 6, 2015

GRCC Police Academy dedicates memorial for fallen alumni

Nov. 5, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Grand Rapids Community College’s Police Academy now has a memorial honoring its fallen graduates.

En varios sitios de Grand Rapids se celebró el Dia de los Muertos

11/5/15 El Vocero

Una festividad muy común entre la comunidad hispana de origen mexicano que honra a familiares y amigos que han fallecido, por lo que sus seres queridos se reúnen para crear altares con el objetivo de celebrar su vida.

… Y el pasado 2 de noviembre, en el Grand Rapids Community College, el grupo The Latino Student Support Team celebró esta fecha en el College Success Center con altares, Horchata, Tamales y Pan Dulce.

(A common feast among Hispanics of Mexican origin honoring family and friends who have died, so their loved ones come together to create altars in order to celebrate his life .

… And last November 2 in Grand Rapids Community College , the group the Latino Student Support Team celebrated this date in the College Success Center with altars, Horchata , Tamales and Pan Dulce.)

College Notes: Suttons Bay alum inducted into Trine Hall of Fame

Nov. 5, 2015; Traverse City Record-Eagle

… GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Selena Golnick (Cadillac) had 16 kills, one assist and 18 digs in a 3-1 win against Muskegon Community College. She also added six kills, two assists, three blocks and seven digs in a 3-0 win over Kellogg Community College.

GRCC volleyball advances to the NJCAA District E tournament

Nov. 4, 2015; MLive

The Grand Rapids Community College Volleyball team concluded their regular season Tuesday night defeating Muskegon Community College’s Jayhawks 3-1 to earn second place in the MCCAA West.

Police Academy dedicates memorial

November 6, 2015

Police Academy staff and students dedicated a memorial to the program’s fallen alumni on Thursday.

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GRCC In the News, 11-5-15

November 5, 2015

Morning News

Nov. 5, 2015; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College today will dedicate a memorial today to graduates of the school’s Police Academy killed in the line of duty.

A television screen shows a photo of a police officer: GRCC to honor fallen Police Academy graduates. Ofc. Robert Kozminski.

Grand Rapids Community College and CMU making it easier to transfer

Nov. 4, 2015; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

It will be easier for students to transfer from Grand Rapids Community College to Central Michigan University.

State grants to help combat campus sexual assaults

Nov. 4, 2015; The Detroit Free Press

A drink coaster that can tell if someone has spiked your drink is among nearly two dozen projects at Michigan’s colleges and universities to get funding in an effort to fight sexual assault.

… Schools getting grants are:

… Grand Rapids Community College ($7,716)

GVSU leads nation in low-income student enrollment

Nov. 4, 2015; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University was recently recognized as one of just ten colleges and universities in the nation that enrolls a high number of low-income students while also maintaining strong academic performance among its campus community.

… “Seventy-five percent of non-Pell students attend four-year institutions, while only 55 percent of Pell eligible students pick four-year colleges; rather, they are more likely to attend a two-year college or a proprietary college,” she (Lynn Blue, vice president for Enrollment Development) said. “The last numbers that I have seen, Grand Rapids Community College reported 52 percent of their students were Pell-eligible.”

Muskegon Community College recap: Cross Country Women, Men finish 4th, 5th in region

Nov. 4, 2015; MLive

… WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: The Jayhawks dropped to 20-14 overall and 10-4 and third-place in the conference with a 4-set loss at Grand Rapids Community College Tuesday. The set scores were 25-23, 25-23, 22-25 and 25-18. Ashly Schuitema connected for 17 kills and two blocks, Rachel Brown contributed 12 kills and five blocks, Hannah Deblois added 12 kills, Lindsey Jacobs had 45 assists and two aces and Marissa Hassevoort added 34 digs to lead the Jayhawks. MCC hosts the Region XII tournament this Friday-Sunday, Nov. 6-8.

GRCC In the News, 10-30-15

October 30, 2015

Lake Michigan College to Offer Courses, Degrees in Allegan Co.

Oct. 29, 2015; WTVB

BENTON HARBOR, MI (WHTC) – In an effort to address the lack of community college studies along the Lakeshore, Lake Michigan College will start in January offering full associate degree programs in arts and applied science in business through classes to be held at the Allegan Area Technical and Education Center. Credits earned there can also be transferred to LMC’s campuses in South Haven, Benton Harbor and Niles. Grand Rapids Community College currently holds classes at the Midtown Center in Holland. Efforts in the past to create a two-year college system in Allegan and Ottawa counties have failed.

Newcomers already bringing it for Indiana Tech

Oct. 29, 2015; News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

There are a number of telling statistics that one could point to when determining why Indiana Tech lost 19 of its 30 men’s basketball games last season, one of which is that the Warriors turned the ball over 25 more times than its opponents did.

… (Miles) Robinson also spent time at a junior college (Grand Rapids Community College) before landing in Fort Wayne. Though he is just 5-foot-9, (coach John) Peckinpaugh believes he can contribute some physicality to his team.

GRCC In the News, 10-28-15

October 28, 2015

Young driver in Caledonia area crash dies

Oct. 27, 2015; MLive

GAINES TOWNSHIP, MI — A 23-year-old driver police say was not wearing a seat belt has died following a Sunday, Oct. 25 crash in the Caledonia area.

Alexandria Rogers, 23, of Caledonia, died Monday, Oct. 26, Kent County sheriff’s deputies confirmed.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Alexandria Rogers is a GRCC student.)

Celebran la 11va entrega de Premios a la Excelencia Hispana César E. Chávez

Oct. 27, 2015; La Prensa (Toledo, Ohio)

Grand Rapids, MI.- El pasado miércoles 14 de octubre se llevo a cabo la 11va entrega Anual de Premios a la Excelencia Hispana César E. Chávez en Grand Valley State University ubicado en el 301 de la calle W. Fulton. El invitado especial fue el Reverendo George K. Heartwell, Alcalde de la ciudad, quien compartió una gran noche de gala, fiesta, distinción a estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad.

Eva Aguirre Cooper fue distinguida con el premio especial Águila. Jesús Delgado (Calvin College) recibió el premio Juventud. La Sra. Annie Evangelina Ortega obtuvo el Premio Golden Ciudadano. La Sra. María Vargas Guajardo y familia fueron la Familia del año. Mientras que Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) recibió el Premio por su apoyo a la comunidad hispana. Todos ellos, modelos a seguir que viven los principios de César E. Chávez: compromiso, determinación, respeto, coraje, compasión y sacrificio.

(Grand Rapids, MI – On Wednesday, October 14, the 11th Annual Awards for Excellence Hispanic Cesar E. Chavez took place at Grand Valley State University, located at 301 W. Fulton Street. The special guest was the Reverend George K. Heartwell , mayor of the city, who shared a great night’s gala, distinction to students and community members.

Eva Aguirre-Cooper was awarded the special prize. Jesus Delgado (Calvin College) received the Youth Award. Annie Evangelina Ortega won the Golden Citizen Award. Maria Vargas Guajardo and family were the Family of the Year . While Grand Rapids Community College received an award for its support of the Hispanic community. All of them are role models who live the principles of Cesar Chavez: commitment, determination , respect, courage , compassion and sacrifice.)

East Grand Rapids voters to decide on three commission seats

Oct. 24, 2015; MLive

East Grand Rapids residents will decide who serves on three City Commission seats one in each ward in the Nov. 3 election.

… Karey Hamrick, 45, 3004 Oakwood Drive, is a real-estate investor and stay-at-home mother. She received an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in television production from Ferris State University.

Things to do on Thursday, October 29

Oct. 27, 2015; MLive

… Oct. 29 Fred Knapp Trio with Jeremy Siskind Recital: St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 7:30 pm.

GRCC In the News, 10-27-15

October 27, 2015

Sheriff’s Office welcomes new deputy

Oct. 26, 2015; The Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office is welcoming a new deputy to the force.

… (Derrick) Madsen is also a 2014 graduate of Grand Rapids Community College with a degree in criminal justice. The FTO program teams new officers up an experienced or senior member of the department as they learn the ropes of procedure.

MCC plays host to apprenticeship workshop Nov. 4

Oct. 26, 2015; The Macomb Daily

MCC plays host to apprenticeship workshop Nov. 4

… MCC was awarded a $3.9 million federal grant to fund the program. The grant will help Macomb, in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College, expand apprenticeship opportunities in manufacturing and information technology.

As students prepare for college, they get a lesson in historically black universities

Oct. 26, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As she walked into Grand Rapids Community College Saturday, Keli Christopher’s goal was twofold. She wanted to introduce black students to careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and she wanted to convince them that the best place to pursue such careers was historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs.

GRCC In the News, 10-26-15

October 26, 2015

“The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege”

10/25/15 WJR

Host Glenn Haege: “About three weeks ago I wrote an article for The New York Times wire service, News and Free Press and it talked about skilled labor learning from high school through college, then Obama came to town that following Wednesday and he talked about skilled labor training and money through some millions of dollars added at Macomb and Grand Rapids Community College.”

Grand Rapids celebrates National Chemistry Week

Oct. 24, 2015; WZZM

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) — It’s National Chemistry Week and Saturday is the perfect day to peak your little scientist’s interest by bringing them to experience interactive chemistry demonstrations at Woodland Mall. It’s happening from noon until 4:00 p.m. Saturday near the Macy’s entrance.

… The event will include demonstration booths sponsored by the Local American Chemical Society and chemistry clubs from Grand Valley, Hope College, Aquinas College and Grand Rapids Community College.

Two-year schools see mixed results for millage requests

Oct. 23, 2015; Observer & Eccentric

Schoolcraft College isn’t the only two-year college in Michigan to go to voters to ask for a millage increase in recent years.

… Another school that saw the request turned down recently was Grand Rapids Community College, which had several millage increases turned down in the last decade, the most recent being in 2012. Voters turned down a $98.6 million request by more than 6,500 votes in that race.

Pop singer plays ‘Jimmy Fallon’

Oct. 22, 2015; Traverse City Record-Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — The ride to pop stardom has been nothing short of extraordinary for an unassuming but immensely talented kid from a small West Michigan town.

… He (Garrett Borns) still seems every bit the thoughtful and mellow Midwestern boy who graduated five years ago from Grand Haven High School where he sang in the choir and started to turn heads with his music. He also attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts and studied music theory at Grand Rapids Community College.

Inside Track: Undersheriff’s grasp of technology benefits the entire department

Oct. 23, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

In Michelle Young’s nearly 26 years with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, she’s been a crucial key to many of the technological advancements the county has seen during her tenure.

… She completed a Master’s in Public Administration from Western Michigan University in 1992. She also attended the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy to move from corrections to patrol. And she decided to start the supervisory track, taking an exam and an oral interview to become sergeant.

East Grand Rapids mayor facing a challenger in Nov. 3 election

Oct. 24, 2015; MLive

East Grand Rapids residents will decide if current mayor Amna Seibold will continue to preside over the City Commission for another four years when they go to the polls on Nov. 3. Seibold, who stepped into the slot four years ago, is being challenged by local real-estate agent Bill Templin.

… Templin attended Grand Rapids Community College and the University of Cincinnati. His community involvement includes John Ball Zoo and JBZ Rendezoo, Reeds Lake Triathlon, East Grand Rapids Trail Blazers Run, East Grand Rapids Fireworks, Student Advancement Foundation, NPR, AmFar, East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary.

Aquinas volleyball picks up four wins at AQ/Cornerstone Crossover

Oct. 24, 2015; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- The Aquinas College volleyball team played host to four non-conference opponents this weekend as part of the annual Aquinas/Cornerstone Crossover. The Saints played a pair of games on both Friday evening and Saturday morning, and came out victorious in all four games. Aquinas is now 17-12 on the season.

In the opening match on Friday, the Saints defeated Rochester College 3-1. Aquinas dominated the first set 25-10, but the Warriors bounced back to win the second 25-23. Aquinas would claim the next two sets 25-18 and 25-21 to earn the victory. Sophomore Kenzie Haley’s (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Eastern) career high 17 kills spearheaded the attack, while Brooke Wieland (Lake Odessa/Lakewood) supplied 46 assists, 15 digs, and three aces. Katlyn Agren (Cadillac/GRCC) led four Saints in double digit digs with 24.

Armen Oumedian Receives Philanthropy Award

Oct. 23, 2015;

On Friday, October 23, 2015 Grand Rapids Community Foundation will have its annual donor celebration and present the Jack Chaille Community Philanthropy Award to Armen Oumedian, retired senior Vice President of Rapistan.

… Oumedian is an active and hands-on philanthropist with a keen interest in Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) education. He’s been a long-time supporter of his alma mater Kettering University, and of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). He’s created and funded a number of programs that encourage innovation and learning, including GRCC’s Armen Awards, which give cash awards to faculty innovation projects. He created a Community Foundation scholarship for students at GRCC and Kettering University. Armen has been a member of the Kettering University Alumni Board and the Porter Hills Communities and Services Board. Oumedian was named the GRCC Alumni of the Year and was also awarded Kettering’s Alumni Service Award. He’s an avid supporter of the Community Foundation’s Challenge Scholars program and holds the distinction of having attended Harrison Park School, one of the Challenge Scholars schools.

GRCC In the News, 10-22-15

October 22, 2015

Life After High School in Michigan: A State of Opportunity special

Oct. 21, 2015; Michigan Radio

Students across Michigan are in their senior year of high school, gearing up for graduation and trying to make plans for what to do next. The popular narrative is that you get your high school diploma, go to college, and then embark on a career in a field related to your degree.

… Scott Mattson, program manager of the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) at Grand Rapids Community College, has noticed a huge increase in the number of students enrolling in skilled trades right out of high school. Mattson talks about what this means for Michigan’s economy and what it takes to prepare students to fill these jobs.

West Michigan Molding touts Chinese vertical presses

November 2015 issue, Plastics Machinery magazine

The artwork displayed on a stainless steel table inside this factory is a sight to behold. It is not a piece that would hang on the wall or ever be displayed in a museum, unless the museum was for molds and tooling.

… A cell leader supervises each group that works on one press; the leaders are more knowledgeable about that particular area and wear orange to differentiate them from other employees. The plant operates on closed-loop process control. Under a system from RJG Inc., WMM sends its process engineers to Grand Rapids Community College for a master molder program.

Enrollment down 5.8 percent at Cornerstone University, fewer adults return to classroom

Oct. 21, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Cornerstone University’s fall enrollment has dropped 5.8 percent, the third consecutive year the Christian school has seen fewer students sign up for classes.

… At Grand Rapids Community College, the student population has been dropping for several years since peaking in 2010. GRCC administrators have attributed the drop to an improving economy and fewer state and federal dollars available for retraining displaced workers.

Robocalls urging no vote on GRPS bond denounced as false, misleading

Oct. 21, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Voters are getting robocalls slamming Grand Rapids Public Schools’ $175 million bond proposal, urging them to send the district a message by voting no.

… (Bert) Bleke, president of the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees, said a lot people go around saying Grand Rapids is a wonderful place but it is not going to be a wonderful place if you don’t bring everyone along. He said all students deserve good, safe learning environments.

‘It Bathes The Pleasure Centers’: BORNS Channels ‘Dopamine’

Oct. 20, 2015; Michigan Radio

Pop singer Garrett Borns, known more commonly by his stage name BORNS, became an instant sensation when his song “Electric Love” went viral earlier this year. The song, hailed as an “instant classic” by Taylor Swift, catapulted BORNS into the national spotlight before he’d even started to prep his debut album. Now, that album, Dopamine, is out. Much like his breakout hit, it looks to capture pleasure, longing and fantasy.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Garrett Borns is a GRCC alumnus.)

GRCC In the News, 10-14-15

October 14, 2015

‘Avenue Q,’ ‘Other Desert Cities’ score big at 2015 Grand Awards

Oct. 12, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The 2015 Grand Awards winners were announced at a ceremony held at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 11.

(Alumnae Jean Reed Bahle and Mary Lohman and faculty members Fred Sebulske, Tom Kaechele and Catherine Marlett Dreher won awards; GRCC Players’ “Anton in Show Business” was named Outstanding College Production, and alumnus Patrick Nowak and student Josh Regan received scholarships.)

Morning News

Oct. 14, 2015; WZZM

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is hosting an event to present a check to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education and to award scholarships. The ceremony runs from 11:30 to noon inside the Heritage restaurant at the Applied Technology Center at Grand Rapids Community College.

A television screen shows a photo of food on plates and says: Check presentation. Scholarships awarded. 11:30 to Noon. Heritage Restaurant at GRCC. Results frmo Restaurant Week to be announced.

Things to do on Friday, Oct. 16

Oct. 13, 2015; MLive

This is only a highlight of events. For more activities, please visit

… Stage

… Oct. Thru Oct. 24 Heathers – The Musical: Spectrum Theater at GRCC, 160 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids. 8 pm.

GRCC In the News, 10-13-15

October 13, 2015

Honors & Awards

Oct. 8, 2015; Community College Week

Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) recently honored three employees for their service both on and off campus. The Excellence in Education Awards were established in 1989 to honor GRCC employees all of whom are nominated by their peers for their contributions to the college, higher education and the community. Nikki Banks, an associate professor in the Criminal Justice Department, is the winner of this year’s Faculty Award, and Lyn Jansen, an instructor with the occupational therapy assistant program, received the Adjunct Faculty Award. Amy Bennett, office manager with the Exercise Science Department, won the Staff Award. Banks, who is also chair woman of the Criminal Justice Department, started at GRCC as an adjunct instructor in 2003. She joined the faculty full-time in 2006. She is known for developing case studies for her students to discuss in class and for sharing the latest research, resources and best practices. Nominators noted that Banks’ strong ties to community organizations often bring students to her attention even before they get to GRCC.

Aquinas men’s soccer shuts-out UMD 3-0

Oct. 11, 2015; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- The Aquinas College men’s soccer team picked up a second straight WHAC shutout with 3-0 home victory against the Wolves of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. With the win, the Saints record improves to 7-3-1 and 2-2-1 in the WHAC.

… Aquinas moved the ball well all game long, and had assists from Jacob Bedi (West Bloomfield/Detroit Catholic), Reamon, and Cam Vela (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Northern). The Saints’ midfield play was notably strong. Captain Rico Padilla (Grand Rapids/Northview), along with Juan Torres (Grand Rapids/Northview) and Matt Lazzar (Grand Rapids/East Kentwood), controlled the pitch all night. On the back end, defender Matt Jackson (Kalamazoo/GRCC) limited open runs to UMD’s forwards, while Ty VanderPoel’s (Holland/Holland) play in net was steady all game, saving all five shots on goal to seal the shutout.

GRCC In the News, 10-9-15

October 9, 2015

YWCA names Tribute winners

Oct. 8, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

West Michigan is full of amazing women who can be celebrated.

… YWCA Tribute Awards winners


Christina Arnold

Director of Woodrick Diversity Learning Center

Grand Rapids Community College


Teresa Weatherall Neal


Grand Rapids Public Schools

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Teresa Weatherall Neal is a GRCC alumna.)

Hastings High School hosting college night Wednesday

Oct. 9, 2015; The Hastings Banner

All high school students from Barry County and the surrounding area are invited to attend Barry County College Night from 6:30 to 8, Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the Hastings High School gymnasium. During the event representatives from more than 50 colleges, universities and military branches will be available to talk with interested students and their parents. Financial aid sessions will be available at 6:30 and 7:15 p.m.

… Institutions currently scheduled to attend College Night include Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Aquinas College, Baker College of Owosso, Calvin College, Central Michigan University, Concordia University, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, FSU Grand Rapids, Grace Bible College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Great Lakes Christian College, Greater Michigan Construction Academy, Heidelberg University Ohio, Indiana Wesleyan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo Valley Career Academies, Kellogg Community College, Kuyper College, Lake Michigan College, Lake Superior State University, Lansing Community College, Lawrence Technological University, Madonna University, Michigan State University, Northern Michigan University, Oakland University, Ohio Tech, Olivet College, Robert B. Miller College, Saginaw Valley State University, Southwestern Michigan College, Spring Arbor University, Trine University, Trinity Christian College, University of Alabama, University of Michigan, U of M Dearborn, U of M Flint, University of Northwestern Ohio, Western Michigan University, WMU College of Education and Human Development, WMU College of Fine Arts, WMU ROTC, WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Michigan Army National Guard, Michigan Air National Guard, United States Army, United States Navy.

Aquinas men’s soccer gets back on track

Oct. 8, 2015; MLive

Southfield, MI- In the midst of a three-game scoring drought against WHAC opponents, the Aquinas College Saints traveled to Southfield looking for some offense. The scoreless streak was quickly ended when Aldony Mendez (Grand Rapids/Northview) scored his third goal of the year during the fifth minute of play. Matt Jackson (Kalamazoo/GRCC) was awarded the assist on the eventual game winner.

Elite Baseball and Softball Training partners with Elite Football

Oct. 8, 2015; MLive

Elite Baseball and Softball Training of Grand Rapids is proud to announce a partnership with newly formed Elite Football, which will add to their already sterling reputation in baseball and softball training.

… Bart Estola, who has 16 years of high school coaching experience, will be working with the defensive backs. Coach Estola was also the defensive backs coach at Central Michigan, Michigan Tech, Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University.