Stacia Barczak shares update on Van Marnius Swets Travel Award

We’ve heard back from Stacia Barczak, one of the recipients of this year’s Van Marnius Swets Travel Award:

Hello! I’m sharing these photos as an update to my Van Marinus Swets Award for travel. The award was put to good use!!

Last week, my husband, Tom, and I spent a long weekend in Hilton Head, S.C., and Savannah, Ga. It. Was. So. Hot. But we had a great time and saw a ton. The award helped us with our lodging, which made the trip that much more affordable — so thanks again for providing this fun and important benefit!

We flew direct from GRR to SAV and then drove out to Hilton Head for a night, staying two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. Then we headed back to Savannah and stayed for two nights in a historic inn that may or may not be haunted (but it WAS once used as a funeral home, so who knows??).

I’ve included photos from various points in our trip. 

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GRCC In the News, 6-3-19

Dr Bill Pink – GRCC President at Mackinaw

May 31, 2019; WOOD Radio

GRCC President Dr Bill Pink joined Steve and Rick at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

Statewide education issues take center stage at Mackinac Policy Conference

June 2, 2019; mibiz.com

MACKINAC ISLAND — Education reform took center stage at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference, the annual gathering of the top business and government leaders in Michigan organized by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.

… Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink spoke at the Mackinac Policy Conference about a statewide decline in graduation rates, a lack of available training for skilled trades, and decreased rankings in math, reading, and science. He was joined by Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. During his tenure as governor, Bush was an advocate for school choice, including school vouchers and charter schools.

Grand Rapids Community College collaborates with local theatre group and raises almost $15,000 for culinary scholarships

May 31, 2019; Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) culinary students will reap the sweet rewards from a partnership with a local theatre company, Broadway Grand Rapids, and the generosity of theater patrons.

GRBJ: Task force wants to make city SAFE

May 31, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (GRBJ) – An alliance of Grand Rapids city staff, nonprofit and business organizations is reaching out to the community to gather ideas to reduce violence among youth.

… Community organizations partnered with SAFE include Spectrum Health, the Steelcase Foundation, Network 180, Heart of West Michigan United Way, LINC UP, the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and Grand Rapids Community College, as well as out-of-state organizations like South Bend Group Violence Intervention in South Bend, Indiana, and NOLA for Life in New Orleans.

From Grief and Recovery to Graduation

May 31, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

The world as Sparta senior Miguel Vazquez knew it changed on December 5, 2018.

… After graduation, Miguel plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College to complete his general education requirements and then pursue a degree in electrical engineering at Grand Valley State University.

Ionia County K-9 handler Dion Sower promoted to sergeant

May 31, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Dion Sower knew it was time for a change in his role as he approaches his 17th year with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office.

… Sower decided to attend the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy.

Sushi caterer rolls with purpose

May 31, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

After earning a pre-social work degree, Bawi Sung felt whatever career she found next should center on helping her fellow Burmese orphans and refugees.

… Aceu Thawng, who immigrated to Grand Rapids in 2008. Anu then earned a pre-social work degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 5-29-19

Jeff Bauer named head basketball coach at GRCC

May 29, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Grand Rapids Community College has named Jeff Bauer as it’s next men’s basketball coach.

Grand Rapids Community College names new basketball coach

May 28, 2019; MLive

Grand Rapids Community College has tapped a coach with more than 25 years of experience to lead the men’s basketball team.

GRCC names Jeff Bauer new men’s basketball head coach

May 28, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Community College today announced that Jeff Bauer will become the eighth head coach in the program’s history.

College raising $3M

May 28, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has launched a public effort to raise $3 million.

Grand Rapids Community College has $3 million left to reach its $15-million capital campaign goal.

McBain Vals and Sals

May 28, 2019; Cadillac News

… Fiona Sullivan is a Senior Scholar at McBain High School. She lives in Lake City with her parents Ben and Jolene Sullivan and three younger siblings. While at McBain High School, she has participated in choir, track, National Honor Society, Art and Literature Club, and the Rambler Robotics team. She achieved a 1300 on her SATs. She has participated in the Missaukee Agricultural Youth Show for eight seasons, twice taking Market Grand Champion for her swine projects. She is active within her church family at Prosper Christian Reformed Church in Falmouth. She plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and pursue studies in literature, art and design.

GRCC In the News, 5-28-19

GRCC launches efforts to raise $3 million to improve buildings, boost scholarships fund

May 24, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

One in three Kent County high school graduates is connected to Grand Rapids Community College in some way, explained college representatives as they kicked off efforts to raise the final $3 million of $15 million earmarked for facility improvements and scholarships through its A Broader Vision campaign.

Mackinac Policy Conference 2019: Full schedule and agenda, speakers, how to watch

May 27, 2019; WDIV

… The Education Crisis: The Problem
Speaker: Bill Pink, President, Grand Rapids Community College

With more than 25 years of experience in education and workforce development, Bill Pink will share statewide data that articulates Michigan’s current state of education.

MSU, WMU tailor new workforce training programs to fit employers’ needs

May 26, 2019; mibiz.com

In response to employers’ calls for action, colleges and universities throughout the state are making a major shift in their workforce training programs.

… One of the results at WMU is the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory (AMP Lab) at the university’s campus in downtown Grand Rapids. WMU operates the AMP Lab in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College and local industry. Students who are interested in going into industrial engineering and advanced manufacturing jobs can earn accreditation at GRCC and WMU while working at a partnering employer. These employers have committed to helping pay for their employees’ tuition.

Precision Machining program at Kent Career Tech Center preparing teens for future

May 24, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) – Students from high schools around Kent County are experiencing high school in a unique way. They are learning in state-of-art labs at GRCC’s Applied Technology Center through the Precision Machining Kent Career Tech Center Satellite Program.

Grand Rapids school holds special graduation ceremony for student in the hospital

May 24, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A 17-year-old Grand Rapids high school student wound up in the hospital receiving emergency surgery just weeks before his high school graduation.

… Hassel will remain in the hospital as he continues to heal, but he has plans of attending Grand Rapids Community College in the fall.

Ionia’s Hausserman to tee it up at GRCC

May 24, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

With just weeks to go in his final season at Ionia High School, Tyler Hausserman secured his golf future with a commitment to Grand Rapids Community College next year.

Young actor headed to Big Apple stage

May 24, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org

In this spring’s school musical, “Crazy for You,” Eric Liu played the lead role of Bobby Child. A banker who aspires to be a dancer, the character is “at heart just a big goofball who wants nothing more than to be onstage and have fun with his life,” Eric says.

… Eric hopes the contacts he makes at The Jimmy Awards lands him some auditions and gets him on his way. If not, he plans to study theater beginning at Grand Rapids Community College, and to start auditioning for local productions. Either way, he has his sights set on a career of performing in the kinds of plays that have entranced him.

GRCC In the News, 5-17-19

13OYS Mornings: On the road at Frederik Meijer Gardens

May 17, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – For the last couple weeks, the 13 ON YOUR SIDE Morning Show has been live from a different location in West Michigan. On Friday, May 17, Kamady Rudd and James Starks got a first look at the new rooftop garden space at the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

…In higher education news, Grand Rapids Community College has launched an effort this week to raise the final $3 million of a $15 million plan to increase scholarships and expand and improve on campus facilities.

New Presidents or Provosts: Central Oregon CC, Colorado State U, Columbia College Chicago, James Sprunt CC, Mansfield U of Pa., North Carolina CC System, Presidio Graduate School, Tougaloo College, Tufts U, U of Dallas

May 16, 2019; Inside Higher Ed

… Laurie Chesley, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, in Michigan, has been named president of Central Oregon Community College.

GRCC In the News, 5-15-19

GRCC to raise $15 million to increase scholarships, improve facilities

May 14, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Leaders at Grand Rapids Community College launched an effort Tuesday to raise the final $3 million of a $15 million plan to increase scholarships and expand and improve campus facilities.

GRCC’s $15M fundraising campaign targets student scholarships, facilities

May 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College announced Tuesday, May 14, the public phase of its $15 million fundraising campaign for student scholarships and facilities that are more conducive to 21st-century teaching and learning.

Just $3 million shy of goal, GRCC launches public fundraising campaign

May 14, 2019; WGVU

The fundraising campaign is called “A Broader Vision,” and it’s an effort by Grand Rapids Community College leaders to raise “the final $3 million of a $15 million plan to increase scholarships” and renovate two buildings on campus, according to a release.

GRCC launches fundraising campaign for campus renovations

May 14, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College kicked off a fundraising campaign Tuesday to raise money to put towards campus upgrades.

Attracting four-year students for the summer

May 14, 2019; Community College Daily

Whether it’s because of the lower tuition, the ability to gain credits while living at home, a particular course they want to take, or a preferable option to a summer job, an increasing number of four-year college and university students have been enrolling at community colleges during the summer to take a course — or two or three.

… The number of “guest students” at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan increased nearly 80 percent between the advent of its summer marketing push in 2011 and last year. In 2018, 1,374 students from other colleges and universities took GRCC summer courses, nearly a quarter (22 percent) of all students enrolled.

Sophia Carlson, Vivian Gay named top grads at Belding High School

May 14, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

BELDING — Aerospace engineering and worship ministry are the planned college majors for the top two students academically in the Belding High School Class of 2019.

… (Vivian) Gay, 17, is the daughter of Robert and Nadine Gay. She plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to Grace Christian University for worship ministry. Going to Grace would be a dream for Gay, she said, with a goal of becoming a worship leader.

Final comments taken in K-12 Social Studies Standards debate

May 14, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Local educators and students weighed in on the proposed revision of State Social Studies Standards — under debate and hotly contested for the past five years — during a session hosted recently at Kent ISD by the Michigan Department of Education.

… Gertrude Croom, retired Grand Rapids Community College professor, said she attended because of a concern for Michigan students overall, and spoke about the global economy they need to work and live in.

1908 mansion with full pipe organ featured on 50th anniversary Heritage Hill tour

May 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As the Heritage Hill Association celebrates the 50th anniversary of its annual home tour this weekend, organizers are bringing back a Georgian mansion that was a star attraction on the first Heritage Hill tour in May 1969.

… Advance tickets are $18 and are available on the Heritage Hill Association website, as well as the Heritage Hill association office at 126 College SE, Family Fare and D&W stores, Lake Michigan Credit Union branches, Martha’s Vineyard and Art of the Table. Day of tour tickets are $25 and are available at the ticket booth at the GRCC DeVos Campus, 435 East Fulton St. Children under 12 are admitted free.

GRCC In the News, 5-14-19

Morning News

5/14/19 WZZM

Leaders from Grand Rapids Community College want more students to be able to get scholarships to go to GRCC and they also want to improve their facilities. Today, we’ll learn how the school plans on doing that. They’ll tell us about their new campaign during a news conference at 10 o’clock this morning.

Street Talk: Let’s talk streets

5/10/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Grand Rapids Community College has identified nearly 300 students who met all of the requirements for an associate degree but never claimed it.

Change Ups: WMU Cooley Law School taps McGrath as president, dean

5/10/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College student Jake Dabkowski teamed up with Kendall College of Art and Design students Aiden Wysocki, Matthew Veenhoven and Jonathan Moroney, winning first place and $4,000 from MWest Challenge, a student venture competition for pitching a business that would help summer camps handle medications.

Grand Rapids Community College geology students Maegan Bouwens and Madison Jones will spend four weeks doing fieldwork through a fully funded research experience at the University of Texas-El Paso to study 34- to 56-million-year-old igneous rocks in El Paso. The students will continue their research in Michigan.

Record-breaking season shows what heart and hard work can do

5/10/19 schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Now that the gold dust has settled on the Godfrey-Lee wrestling season, coach James Maxim has some time to think about the team’s record-breaking accomplishments.

… As for team leader Enrique (Moreno-Martinez), he will never forget the adversity and experiences he had with Lee wrestling, even as he moves on to study culinary arts at Grand Rapids Community College next fall.

KCAD Alum, Faculty Member Tara McCrackin Named Interim President

5/10/19 ferris.edu (Ferris State University press release)

GRAND RAPIDS — Ferris State University President David Eisler announced today the appointment of Tara McCrackin, associate professor of Interior Design at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) as the interim president of the college.

… McCrackin serves on the Grand Rapids Community College Interior Design Advisory Board and as president of the Michigan chapter of the International Interior Design Association. She donates her time to Kids’ Food Basket in Grand Rapids, and most recently completed the interior design for their new facility opening this summer.

Recap: Wyoming Jr High Visit to GRCC

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GRCC welcomed more than 300 7th-grade students from Wyoming Jr. High on May 1 as part of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant. After enjoying a BBQ buffet in the Raider Grill, students learned about the college’s many programs and what they can do to prepare themselves for post-secondary success.

As part of the GEAR UP grant, the GRCC Foundation is setting aside scholarship funds for the 7th-grade cohorts from Wyoming Jr. High, Godwin Middle School, Godfrey-Lee Middle School, and Kelloggsville Middle School to use upon graduating high school and enrolling in a post-secondary program. GRCC’s GEAR UP program will provide academic support and advising to the Class of 2024 cohort of students and parents as they progress through the middle and high school years.

Congratulations to the Van & Marinus Swets 2019 Travel Award Winners

Congratulations to the Van & Marinus Swets 2019 Travel Award Winners! The Foundation was able to award 9 travel award to employees this year.

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

Congratulations to:

  • 1st Michelle Allen- $400
  • 2nd Ell Simpson- $300
  • 3rd Elizabeth Van Portfliet – $200
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Karen TenBroeke- $100
    • Meegan Willi- $100
    • Mary Johnson $100
    • Stacia Barczak- $100
    • Kevin Perrin $100
    • Sue Goeman- $100

Thank you to all who submitted essays.  We hope you all enjoy your 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.

 

GRCC In the News, 3-1-19

Bank gives GRCC $50K

Feb. 28, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A bank, college and school district are working together to give high school students another opportunity for career exploration.

Huntington bank is providing a $50,000 grant, its largest in West Michigan, to establish the Connections to College and Careers program at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC recognizes the giants of our community

Feb. 27, 2019; WKTV

Grand Rapids Community College hosted its 37th Annual Giants Awards and Banquet at DeVos Place, over the weekend. Dr. Bill Pink, President of GRCC, opened the ceremony with a message of hope and encouragement. He began by quoting lyrics from the famous civil rights song, Ball of Confusion by the Temptations.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Names Murphy to Leaders in the Law Class of 2019

Feb. 19, 2019; varnumlaw.com (press release from Varnum LLP)

Michigan Lawyers Weekly has announced that Lawrence J. Murphy has been named to Leaders in the Law Class of 2019.

… Murphy currently serves on the following community and nonprofit boards:

… Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Board, chair

Help plan Homecoming!

Homecoming – Fall 2019

Save the date and help us plan!

Mark your calendars for GRCC Homecoming — fall edition — which will be celebrated the week of October 21, 2019.  We are looking for faculty, staff and retirees who want to help plan the activities that will take place throughout the week. If you are interested in helping, please contact Erin Van Egmond (erinvanegmond@grcc.edu or x3931) or Lina Blair (carolineblair@grcc.edu or x3924). Go Raiders!

Recap: Creating Connections breakfast supports scholarly love on Valentine’s Day

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The GRCC Foundation held its 11th annual Creating Connections breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 14. This wonderful morning was spent with scholarship “owners” connecting with their scholarship recipients. Donor Till Peters was featured. Guests were treated to a hot breakfast, a warm welcome by Dr. Mullins and Dr. Pink, and heard from GRCC students Karl Blessing and Dominique Richards. To view the compelling student speeches, click here.

Special thanks to Facilities, Bayard Brooks, Brian Morris, Eric Tanner, Luba Petrash and her team, and Klaas Kwant for their hard work in making this event spectacular for our donors and students!