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Photos from ‘Growing Community’ fundraiser

September 6, 2017

Last week’s event featuring author and award-winning chef Rick Bayless raised $18,000 for Secchia Institute of Culinary Education scholarships.

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Event featuring chef Rick Bayless raises $18,000 for scholarships

September 5, 2017

On Thursday, August 31, the GRCC Foundation and Secchia Institute of Culinary Education partnered with Beacon Hill to bring author and award-winning chef Rick Bayless to Grand Rapids.  Rick engaged in conversation with guests that focused on the importance of food in building community.   This one-of-a-kind interactive dining experience fundraiser allowed guests to view and experience the GRCC Fountain Hill Brewery and the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  Guests were entertained during dinner by a discussion of panelists including Rick Bayless and the following local area chefs who prepared a gourmet meal

  • Chef Adam Watts of NOCO
  • Jay Sharkey, Corporate Chef Whirlpool/Creative Dining
  • Chef Austin Gresham, Spring Lake Country Club
  • Chef Andrew Eggert American Culinary Federation Grand Rapids Chapter/Eggert Culinary Innovations
  • Chef de Cuisine Keith Bryant six.one.six, JW Marriott
  • Executive Pastry Chef Doug Orr, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Also, St. Julian Wine Company featured their premium wine brand for the evening and Ferris Coffee and Nut provided the wonderful coffee.

The event raised $18,000 for GRCC’s Secchia Institute of Culinary Education culinary and craft brewing student scholarships.

Culinary students to meet chef Rick Bayless

August 30, 2017
Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless

Culinary students will meet with award-winning chef and author Rick Bayless on Aug. 31 before he speaks at a dinner to benefit scholarships for the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

Bayless has written nine best-selling cookbooks, including Mexico — One Plate at a Time, which was named James Beard Best International Cookbook of the Year in 2001. Most of his award-winning restaurants – including Toplobampo, the 2017 Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant – are in Chicago.

In 2003, he and his staff established the Frontera Farmer Foundation, which has awarded almost 200 grants totaling nearly $2 million in support of small Midwestern farms. In 2007, he and his team started the Frontera Scholarship, which supports a Mexican-American from the Chicago school district who plans to study culinary arts. Bayless has won many awards for his humanitarian efforts, including the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest decoration bestowed on foreigners whose work has benefitted Mexico and its people.

The GRCC Foundation and retirement community Beacon Hill at Eastgate are co-hosting a dinner that will feature remarks by Bayless and a panel discussion with chefs Tim England, Adam Watts Jay Sharkey, Austin Gresham, Andrew Eggert, Keith Bryant and Doug Orr, and winemaker Nancie Oxley. Proceeds will fund culinary scholarships.

Foundation lunch, Music Center tours on August 24

August 23, 2017

Please join us for a free picnic lunch to be served at Art & Bev’s and the Art & Bev’s Learning Commons Terrace on Thursday, August 24, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

In addition to lunch, please take some time tour the newly renovated Music Building. A faculty and staff open house will also be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Foundation lunch, Music Center tours on August 24

August 14, 2017

Please join us for a free picnic lunch to be served at Art & Bev’s and the Art & Bev’s Learning Commons Terrace on Thursday, August 24, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

In addition to lunch, please take some time tour the newly renovated Music Building. A faculty and staff open house will also be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

An Evening with Rick Bayless: Building Community Through Food

August 11, 2017

Join the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education as author and award-winning chef Rick Bayless engages in a conversation focused on the importance of food in building community. The evening, a collaboration with Beacon Hill at Eastgate, will feature the cuisine of several locally renowned chefs.

Held Thursday, August 31, 2017, in The Heritage Restaurant and GRCC Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center.

VIP Ticket: $250 (includes private meet and greet reception with Rick Bayless that includes a photo opportunity, as well as, a seat for the dinner and conversation)

Dinner Only Ticket: $150 (features dinner and conversation with Rick Bayless)

To register, complete your RSVP and payment online.

Building Community through Food. An Evening with Rick Bayless. Join us as author and award-winning chef Rick Bayless engages in a conversation focused on the importance of food in building community. The evening, a collaboration with Beacon hill at Eastgate, will feature the cuisine of several locally renowned chefs. Thursday, August 31, 2017. The Heritage Restaurant, GRCC Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE. 5-6 p.m. Private Reception (entrance only with VIP Ticket) 6 p.m. Dinner. 7:15 p.m. Conversation with Rick Bayless. Tickets. VIP Ticket: $250. Admission to a private meet and greet reception with Rick Bayless that includes a photo opportunity as well as a seat for the dinner and conversation. Dinner Only Ticket (featuring a conversation wit6h Rick Bayless): $150. To register, complete your RSVP and payment online at: grcc.edu/rickbayless or contact Mary Reed at mreed@grcc.edu or (616) 234-3930. Proceeds benefit GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education student scholarships.

Proceeds benefit GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education student scholarships.

Back to School Social: GRCC Equality Scholarship fundraiser

August 10, 2017

On Thursday, Aug. 3, the GRCC Foundation, along with John Cowles, Ric Underhile and Art Johnson, hosted a fundraiser for the GRCC Equality Scholarship.  In lieu of admission, donations were accepted.  That night, $7,000 was raised!  Thank you to everyone who supported our students.

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An Evening with Rick Bayless: Building Community Through Food

August 3, 2017

Join the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education as author and award-winning chef Rick Bayless engages in a conversation focused on the importance of food in building community. The evening, a collaboration with Beacon Hill at Eastgate, will feature the cuisine of several locally renowned chefs.

Held Thursday, August 31, 2017, in The Heritage Restaurant and GRCC Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center.

VIP Ticket: $250 (includes private meet and greet reception with Rick Bayless that includes a photo opportunity, as well as, a seat for the dinner and conversation)

Dinner Only Ticket: $150 (features dinner and conversation with Rick Bayless)

To register, complete your RSVP and payment online.

Proceeds benefit GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education student scholarships.

Building Community through Food. An Evening with Rick Bayless. Join us as author and award-winning chef Rick Bayless engages in a conversation focused on the importance of food in building community. The evening, a collaboration with Beacon hill at Eastgate, will feature the cuisine of several locally renowned chefs. Thursday, August 31, 2017. The Heritage Restaurant, GRCC Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE. 5-6 p.m. Private Reception (entrance only with VIP Ticket) 6 p.m. Dinner. 7:15 p.m. Conversation with Rick Bayless. Tickets. VIP Ticket: $250. Admission to a private meet and greet reception with Rick Bayless that includes a photo opportunity as well as a seat for the dinner and conversation. Dinner Only Ticket (featuring a conversation wit6h Rick Bayless): $150. To register, complete your RSVP and payment online at: grcc.edu/rickbayless or contact Mary Reed at mreed@grcc.edu or (616) 234-3930. Proceeds benefit GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education student scholarships.

Faculty and Staff Centennial Scholarship awarded for 1st time

July 18, 2017

To honor the college’s 100th year celebration, the Faculty Association created the Faculty and Staff Centennial Scholarship.  For the first time since the scholarship’s inception, it was awarded to two deserving GRCC students for the 2017-18 academic year.

Scholarships were awarded based on scholastic achievement to students who have earned at least 12 credits at GRCC.  They were asked to submit a short essay explaining why they feel they deserve the scholarship. A committee made up of representatives from across campus selected the recipients.

We are pleased to announce and congratulate the first 2017-18 scholarship recipients for the Faculty and Staff  Centennial Scholarship: Connor Hartley and Mackenzie Omness.  Both have been awarded $1,000! Connor graduated from Rockford High School in 2016.  He is studying Pre-Med with a long-term career goal of working in the field of orthodontics. Mackenzie graduated from Grandville High School in 2017.  She is studying Occupational Therapy at GRCC.  She will also be playing basketball for GRCC this fall!

We are very grateful to all the faculty and staff who have helped make these scholarships possible for Connor and Mackenzie.  We wish these students all the best in their academic endeavors.

Foundation’s Welcome Back lunch is August 24

July 13, 2017

Please join us for a free picnic lunch to be served at Art & Bev’s and the Art & Bev’s Learning Commons Terrace on Thursday, August 24, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

In addition to lunch, please take some time tour the newly renovated Music Building. A faculty and staff open house will also be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

GRCC Foundation thanks members of The 500 Club

May 3, 2017

The GRCC Foundation recognized and thanked faculty and staff donors who are part of The 500 Club on Tuesday, May 2.  Many members have been giving faithfully at the $500 level for many years, and we were able to recognize them for their years of generous and faithful commitment.  This year, we had 15 new members join The 500 Club:

  • Gary Burbridge
  • Cora Beute
  • Michael DeVivo
  • Lisa Gloege
  • Mark Jasonowicz
  • Christopher Johnston
  • Sheila Jones
  • Jennifer Kelly
  • Bill Pink
  • Raynard Ross
  • Andrew Rozema
  • Jim Schafer
  • Diane Smith
  • Jeff Spoelman
  • Deb Vilmont

The gifts made to the GRCC Foundation help make a lasting impact on students’ lives. We hope all faculty and staff consider making a financial commitment to the Foundation.

For more information on how you can be part of The 500 Club or a donor to the GRCC Foundation, please contact Erin (Cisler) Van Egmond at 616-234-3931 or erinvanegmond@grcc.edu.

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Congratulations to the Van and Marinus Swets 2017 Travel Award winners

April 27, 2017

The Foundation received 26 creative travel plans from employees.  Due to the excellent response, we were able to award 9 employees this year.

The winning essays were interesting and creative, just as Marinus would have liked.

Congratulations to:

  • 1st Place: Kenneth Henderson- $400
  • 2nd Place: Catherine Dreher- $300
  • 3rd Place: Sandra Lancaster – $200

Honorable Mentions:

  • Diane Smith- $100
  • Danelle Nyland- $100
  • Tess Dodd $100
  • Meegan Willi- $100
  • Jason Hansen- $100
  • Cheryl Floyd- $100

Thank you to all who submitted essays.  We hope you all enjoy the vacations you have planned.  We look forward to hearing from the winners and seeing pictures from their travels.

Safe travels!  We hope to see even more entries next year.

Applications for Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award due April 19

April 18, 2017

The Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award Opportunity for GRCC Employees (nonstudent employees

DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation.  It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff or administrator’s professional development travel funds.  A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full- or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.

Requirements:

  • Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the

cash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation.  The more unusual, the better!

  • Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar.
  • Steps for turning in your application for the Van Marinus Swets Travel Award
  1. Do not put your name on the essay.
  2. Write your GRCC employee ID number in the upper right corner of the first page of your essay.
  3. Attach an envelope to your essay containing the following:
  4.   On the outside of the envelope, write your GRCC employee ID number.
  5.   Inside the sealed envelope, place your business card or contact information.
  6. Send you application to Mary Reed in the GRCC Foundation Office.
  7. Submit your application by 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 19th.
  • All award winners will be notified by Thursday, April 27th

For more information, you may contact Mary Reed at (616)234-3930 or mreed@grcc.edu

Applications for travel award due April 19

April 12, 2017

The Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award Opportunity for GRCC Employees (nonstudent employees

DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation.  It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff or administrator’s professional development travel funds.  A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full- or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.

Requirements:

  • Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the

cash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation.  The more unusual, the better!

  • Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar.
  • Steps for turning in your application for the Van Marinus Swets Travel Award
  1. Do not put your name on the essay.
  2. Write your GRCC employee ID number in the upper right corner of the first page of your essay.
  3. Attach an envelope to your essay containing the following:
  4.   On the outside of the envelope, write your GRCC employee ID number.
  5.   Inside the sealed envelope, place your business card or contact information.
  6. Send you application to Mary Reed in the GRCC Foundation Office.
  7. Submit your application by 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 19th.
  • All award winners will be notified by Thursday, April 27th

For more information, you may contact Mary Reed at (616)234-3930 or mreed@grcc.edu

Photos from GRADfest

April 5, 2017

On Tuesday,  we got to celebrate with over 300 students who will be participating in commencement. GRADfest is a one-stop shop event where graduates can get everything they need for commencement in one place, at one location. Next up – celebrating with them at commencement!

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