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GRCC In the News, 6-18-18

June 18, 2018

Morning News
6/18/18 WZZM
Leaders from Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College are working to strengthen their partnership. A news conference is happening today to discuss what’s ahead. The two have worked together for 13 years now, and their bond gives students the chance to work toward their high school diploma and associate degrees at the same time. Tuition and fees for the college courses are covered by state aid given to GRPS.

Daybreak Sunday Edition
6/17/18 WOOD TV
This week, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College will discuss their partnership. GRCC President Bill Pink and GRPS Superintendent Theresa Weatherall Neal are hosting a press conference tomorrow. They’re expected to talk about strengthening their collaboration in helping prepare students for higher education.

Hospice Of Michigan Welcomes Lauren VanGroningen As Operations Manager
6/15/18 publicnow.com
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 15, 2018) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is pleased to announce Lauren VanGroningen as Operations Manager in the southwest region serving Grand Rapids and surrounding communities.
… Previously, VanGroningen served as Director of Nursing for the memory care program at Samaritas Senior Living. She has also worked as a nurse in psychiatric services at Network180, a progressive care nurse at Spectrum Health’s Meijer Heart Center and as Senior Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator at Priority Health. VanGroningen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Work from Calvin College and an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Grand Rapids Community College. She is currently working on a Master’s of Nursing degree from Ferris State University and lives with her husband, Sam, and two young children in Grand Rapids.

GRCC In the News, 6-15-18

June 15, 2018

Rockford Rotary Rick Ehinger Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced
6/14/18 The Rockford Squire
Rockford Rotary and Rockford High School are proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Rick Ehinger Memorial STRIVE scholarship.  Jared Smigiel will receive a $1,200 scholarship to be used at Grand Rapids Community College in the fall.  To date, over 100 seniors have participated in the STRIVE mentorship program, which has donated over $20,000 to Rockford seniors over the past 11 years.

Challenge Scholars experience college life
6/14/18 gvsu.edu
Eleventh graders from Union High School in Grand Rapids got a glimpse into the life of a college student when they attended a new summer camp in June at Grand Valley
… Queanna Jackson, who wants to become an actress or medical professional, said she plans to transfer to Grand Valley after attending Grand Rapids Community College for a few years.

123Net, Trivalent Group Partner To Double Fixed Wireless Internet Capacity At Grand Rapids Community College
6/14/18 mitechnews.com
GRAND RAPIDS — 123Net and Trivalent Group are teaming up to boost Grand Rapids Community College’s fixed wireless Internet capacity to 2 Gbps, one of 123Net’s highest capacity fixed wireless in West Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 6-13-18

June 13, 2018

Board approves GRCC budget with lowest tuition increase in two decades
6/12/18 La Prensa
GRAND RAPIDS, June 4, 2018: Grand Rapids Community College trustees unanimously approved a $112.3 million budget for the 2018-2019 academic year, a spending plan that includes the lowest tuition increase in nearly two decades. Tuition and fees account for about 46 percent of the college’s revenue. In March, trustees unanimously approved a 0.88 percent tuition increase for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Furman Names King As Head Softball Coach
6/11/18 furmanpaladins.com (Furman University Athletics)
Greenville, S.C. — Wally King, who guided Furman softball to a 41-15 record this season as interim coach, has been named as the program’s new head coach, it was announced on Monday by Paladin director of athletics Mike Buddie.
… A National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) member, King began his coaching career on the collegiate level at Grand Rapids Community College as the assistant softball coach and head recruiter. During his three seasons with GRCC, King helped develop the program into a national title contender with back-to-back World Series appearances.

GRPD producing Speed of Trust events
6/12/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The Grand Rapids Police Department hopes to improve communication with residents through a new outreach initiative.
Community members are invited to two trust-building sessions scheduled for June 27 at Grand Rapids Community College from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 6-11-18

June 11, 2018

‘Mr. V’ says goodbye
6/9/18 The Daily News (Greenville)
GREENVILLE — In the confines of a dark auditorium, as a large curtain slowly opens, a light strikes through the darkness, shining down onto several dozen high school students standing on a stage.
… “I went down to Grand Rapids Community College, signed up for music classes and the rest is history,” he (Greenville High School choir director Joel Van Houten) said. “I never changed my major, I never second-guessed it. It was meant to be.”

Welcome, Sgt. Todd Probst
6/8/18 The Post (Cedar Springs)
Have you seen this smiling face around town yet? It’s Sgt. Todd Probst, the new supervisor of the Cedar Springs Unit of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. Probst took over last week after Sgt. Jason Kelley took a job in the detective bureau.
Probst grew up in Lowell, a town he said is similar to Cedar Springs, and graduated from Lowell High School in 1989. After high school, he worked full time and attended Grand Rapids Community College and graduated from the police academy in 1994. He was then hired by the Lowell Police Department where he worked part time from 1994-95, and was then hired by the Kent County Sheriff’s Office in January of 1996 as a road patrol deputy.

Union High School top scholars
6/10/18 MLive
Union High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:
Mumina Abdi
Plans after graduation: Mumina will attend Grand Rapids Community College for two years to study radiology, then hopes to transfer to Michigan State University.
Edith Juarez-Lopez
Plans after graduation: Edith will attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Grand Valley State University
Chrishyla Johnson
Plans after graduation: Chrishyla will attend Grand Rapids Community College for two years and then transfer to Ferris State University to study nursing.
Sar Lwit
Plans after graduation: Sar will attend Grand Rapids Community College

The Potter’s House announces top scholars
6/10/18 MLive
The Potter’s House in Wyoming has announced the following top scholars for 2018:
Kate Kooyer
Plans after graduation: Plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Grand Valley State University to pursue a nursing degree.
Thu (Kate) Minh Ngo
Plans after graduation: Plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Ferris State University for the pharmacy program.

Libertas Christian High School announces top scholars
6/10/18 MLive
Libertas Christian High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:
Madeline Sikkema
Plans after graduation: Bilingual Bible program in Argentina with Spanish immersion; pursuing a degree in dental hygiene at Ferris State University or at Grand Rapids Community College.

Kelloggsville High School announces top scholars
6/10/18 MLive
Kelloggsville High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:
Grady Sakshaug
Plans after graduation: Grand Rapids Community College, then Grand Valley State University to study engineering.
Hanan Desta
Plans after graduation: Grand Rapids Community College, then Michigan State University to pursue a career in physical therapy

Lee High School top scholars
6/10/18 MLive
Lee High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:
Maira Hurtado
Plans after graduation: Maira plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College where she will study nursing, and wants to specialize in pediatrics.
Monica Paniague-Ramos
Plans after graduation: Monica plans to specialize in radiology at Grand Rapids Community College.
Maura Mendoza-Matias
Plans after graduation: Maura plans on attending Grand Rapids Community College and entering the nursing program.

Northview High School top grads
6/10/18 MLive
Northview High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:
Elizabeth Haveman
Plans after graduation: Elizabeth will first attend Grand Rapids Community College for one year and then transfer to Montana State University to study natural resources and rangeland sciences.
Chloe Warmuskerken
Plans after graduation: Chloe will attend Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to the University of Michigan to study nursing.

NorthPointe Christian High School top grads
6/10/18 MLive
NorthPointe Christian High School announces their top graduates for 2018:
Payton Rumsey
Plans after graduation: Payton plans to pursue an associate’s degree in business from Grand Rapids Community College and then pursue a bachelor’s degree in business from Ferris State University or Grand Valley State University.

Forest Hills Central High School top grads
6/10/18 MLive
Jason Ross
Activities and awards: National Merit finalist, National AP Scholar with distinction, NHS, Odyssey of the Mind, GRCC Outstanding Mathematics Student Award, Eagle Scout, wrestling, Venture Scouting, MMPC Top 200 and Mackinac Island Honor Guard.

Briggs follows brother on juco route; Speedy Central infielder commits to Grand Rapids CC
6/8/18 Traverse City Record-Eagle
TRAVERSE CITY — You may have seen this before.
… The TC Central all-conference second baseman (Sam Briggs) aims to follow in his brother’s footsteps and take a similar route to bigger things, committing to play at Grand Rapids Community College.

City approves free Medical Mile bus route
6/8/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A three-way pact providing fare-free public transit along Medical Mile now has city approval.
… The route includes stops near Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and the Bridge Street Market urban grocery store and café being built by Meijer and Rockford Construction on the West Side.

Grand Rapids Police Seek to Improve Trust With Community
6/10/18 U.S. News & World Report
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Police Department hopes to improve communication and problem solving with residents of the western Michigan city.
Community members are invited to two trust-building sessions scheduled June 27 at Grand Rapids Community College.

(This article appeared in 40 other media outlets.)

Jewish Theatre GR presents: “Olive and the Bitter Herbs”
6/9/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It’s never too late to change your life. That is the moral of the story of a play being presented by the Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents this month.
… It’s being performed at Spectrum Theater at 160 Fountain St. NE, on the GRCC campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Performances will be on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 6-08-18

June 8, 2018

e-Headlines
6/6/18 Community College Daily
Grand Rapids Community College growing middle college partnerships
A two-year-old program between the Michigan college and a local high school requires students to take a fifth year of high school to earn both an associate of arts degree and a diploma.

Grand Rapids police to host community trust-building sessions
6/7/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids police are inviting members of the community to partake in a one-on-one trust-building initiative later this month.
Participants are invited to take part in a four-hour “Policing at the Speed of Trust” session on Wednesday, June 27, at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 6-07-18

June 7, 2018

Grand Rapids Community College growing middle college partnerships
6/6/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Two years ago, Han Le graduated from Wyoming High School’s early/middle college program with a diploma and an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).
(This article also appeared in Noticias do Brasil.)

Grand Rapids Community College budget includes positions, pay raises
6/6/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s 2018-19 budget includes a new Director of High School Partnerships to support growth in its early/middle college, dual and concurrent enrollment programs.

Reasons to watch 2018 Muskegon Clippers baseball: Who, what, when, why
6/6/18 MLive
MUSKEGON, MI — The Muskegon Clippers summer collegiate baseball team is gearing for its fifth season.
… MEET THE 2018 CLIPPERS
… 14. Jacob Wosinski, P, Grand Rapids Community College, Lowell, Mich.

GRCC In the News, 6-06-18

June 6, 2018

Bulletin Board
6/6/18 The New York Times
No Laptop? Get One at the Vending Machine
Step aside, Snickers — this vending machine dispenses computers, not candy.
Surviving college without a laptop is not easy; most students are asked to submit homework, revise papers and follow course readings online. Faculty members at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan noticed that some students who couldn’t afford a laptop were struggling to keep up.

From DACA students to Rhodes Scholars to foster-care youth, a look at some unusual college-goers
6/6/18 The Hechinger Report
The New York Times has a new education supplement, called Learning, and The Hechinger Report is collaborating with the Times to produce Bulletin Board, a collection of noteworthy ideas and trends in education that will appear on page 2 of the section, which will come out four times a year. The June issue’s theme was Challenges in Higher Education. Highlights from Bulletin Board follow.
No Laptop? Get One at the Vending Machine
Step aside, Snickers — this vending machine dispenses computers, not candy.
Surviving college without a laptop is not easy; most students are asked to submit homework, revise papers and follow course readings online. Faculty members at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan noticed that some students who couldn’t afford a laptop were struggling to keep up.

MOCC student wins culinary arts scholarship
6/4/18 The Pioneer (Big Rapids)
Damon Jones, a senior from Big Rapids High School and a student in the culinary arts program at the Mecosta-Osceola Career Center, recently received a $1,000 scholarship from Secchia Institute of Culinary Education.

News 8 Daybreak
6/6/18 WOOD TV
A bus service to help lower traffic and ease parking issues along Michigan Street in Grand Rapids is in the works. … The route right now is known as the Rapid’s route 19. Its stops include Spectrum Health, GVSU, Grand Rapids Community College, MSU’s College of Human Medicine and the Bridge Street market.

Bill to provide credit for high school interns heads to governor
6/5/18 Grand Haven Tribune
A bill that would allow high school juniors and seniors to earn graduation credits from internships is heading to the governor’s desk.
… More on-the-job training with high school students has been growing in popularity across the state, and across West Michigan. In 2016, Careerline Tech Center, Grand Rapids Community College and Herman Miller joined forces to launch a three-year early college program that allows high school students to begin college coursework and work at Herman Miller.

GRPD: Rosa Parks Circle stabbing victim knew suspect
6/5/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was seriously injured when he was stabbed at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids Monday evening.
… In an alert, Grand Rapids Community College said the attack shortly before 7:30 p.m. was random, which police confirmed at the time. However, Grand Rapids police said Tuesday that the suspect and victim knew each other, the victim was intentionally targeted, and that they may have gotten into another altercation earlier in the day.

GRCC In the News, 6-05-18

June 5, 2018

Bill to provide credit for high school interns heads to governor
6/4/18 The Holland Sentinel
LANSING — A bill that would allow high school juniors and seniors to earn graduation credits from internships is heading to the governor’s desk.
… More on-the-job training with high school students has been growing in popularity across the state, and in the Holland area. In 2016, Careerline Tech Center, Grand Rapids Community College and Herman Miller joined forces to launch a three-year early college program that allows high school students to begin college coursework and work at Herman Miller.

Michigan This Morning
6/5/18  WWTV
Rob Dohm is headed to Grand Rapids Community College in the fall. Dohm says he is excited for the opportunity. … Dohm joins a Raiders team that finished 26 and 10 overall last year.
(This signing ceremony was covered by two other Traverse City-area TV stations.)

24 Hour News
6/4/18 WOOD TV
First tonight, Grand Rapids police are investigating after an apparent random attack at Ros Parks Circle. It happened around 7:30. Police tell us the attack was unprovoked. The victim suffered serious injuries, but they aren’t life-threatening. Grand Rapids Community College put out an alert saying the suspect may be near campus. Here’s a suspect description included in that campus alert. The suspect is a male in his 40s with waves in his hair. He was wearing a black shirt, blue pants and black sunglasses. Police say he may go by the name of Smoke. If you know who this man is or where he might be, call police.

Policía alerta sobre ataque en el Rosa Park
6/4/18 El Vocero
El Departamento de Policía de Grand Rapids está investigando un asalto con intención de asesinato que ocurrió aproximadamente a las 7:30 p.m., hoy en el Rosa Parks Circle en el centro de Grand Rapids.
Este ataque parece haber sido aleatorio. La víctima pudo buscar atención médica por su cuenta y es posible que haya viajado a través del campus principal de GRCC en el camino al hospital.
(The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating an assault with intent to murder that occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m., today at the Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.
This attack seems to have been random. The victim was able to seek medical care on her own and may have traveled through the main GRCC campus on the way to the hospital.)

 

GRCC In the News, 6-04-18

June 4, 2018

Holland doctor retires after 42 years
6/3/18 The Holland Sentinel
After 42 years of service to the Holland community, Dr. Richard Kempf has retired from his practice at Holland Family Medicine.
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Kempf attended Ottawa Hills High School and Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College. Kempf said that even early on, he was interested in biology.

West Ottawa alum graduates Cornerstone valedictorian
6/3/18 The Holland Sentinel
Holland-born Julie Brown was recently recognized as valedictorian of the graduating class of 2018 at Cornerstone University.
… Before attending Cornerstone, Brown spent two years completing her associates degree at Grand Rapids Community College. While it was difficult working full time and attending school, she said it was a gift to her.

Newsmakers
6/1/18 Community College Daily
… Appointments
… Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, has been elected to the board of the Higher Learning Commission, which oversees accreditation for degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states. His term runs from September 2018 to August 2022.

Change Ups: Mind Meets Music taps Swan to guide fundraising, marketing strategies
6/1/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Grand Rapids Community College president Bill Pink was elected to the Higher Learning Commission board of trustees, which oversees accreditation for degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states. Pinks term runs from September 2018 to August 2022.
Grand Rapids Community College students saved more than $2 million in textbook costs this past academic year through a partnership with OpenStax, Rice University’s open educational resources program that provides free, high-quality peer-reviewed textbooks.
Grand Rapids Community College and the Caledonia school district reached an agreement to offer courses in the former Glenmor High School building, 8948 Kraft Ave. SE in Caledonia.

Smigiel awarded Rockford Rotary Rick Ehinger Memorial STRIVE Scholarship
6/1/18 MLive
The Rotary Club of Rockford has selected Jared Smigiel as the recipient of this year’s Rick Ehinger Memorial STRIVE Scholarship.
As the winner of this year’s scholarship, Smigiel will receive $1,200 that will be used to continue his education at Grand Rapids Community College this fall.

Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame names 2018 class
6/1/18 WOOD Radio
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2018.
The class includes:
… Longtime Grand Rapids Community College basketball coach Gene Paxton. In 25 years, he racked up more than 500 wins and five league championships. He’s also a member of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame.
… Carl Paganelli Sr., Carl Pagenelli Jr., Perry Paganelli and Dino Paganelli are being named the Outstanding Team Honorees. The father and three sons are all football officials. All three sons have officiated Super Bowls.
(This article doesn’t mention it, but all the Paganellis are GRCC alumni.)

Financial aid guru has been district go-to for decades
6/1/18 schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)
Senior Jordon Pelon is ready for next year at Spring Arbor University, where he intends to pursue a degree in social work and likely the ministry.
… (Becky) Powell previously served as director of financial aid at two separate colleges and now, after scaling back from full-time, works for Grand Rapids Community College part time in the same field.

GRCC In the News, 6-01-18

June 1, 2018

Stories from the field
5/31/18 OER Digest
Quick snapshots of those making change on the ground level, and those impacted
… FROM MICHIGAN: “This has been a truly cross-campus effort,” Michael Vargo, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Grand Rapids Community College, said. “I appreciate the strong support from everyone at GRCC to make these open educational resources available to students. We want to help students have the materials they need to be successful.”

GRCC installing one-step campus lockdown system
5/31/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College is adding another layer of security to protect its campus during an emergency.

GRCC installing one-step campus lockdown system
5/31/18 WOOD Radio
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (via WOOD TV 8) — Grand Rapids Community College is adding another layer of security to protect its campus during an emergency.

Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame names 2018 class
5/31/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2018.
The class includes:
… Longtime Grand Rapids Community College basketball coach Gene Paxton. In 25 years, he racked up more than 500 wins and five league championships. He’s also a member of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame.
… Carl Paganelli Sr., Carl Pagenelli Jr., Perry Paganelli and Dino Paganelli are being named the Outstanding Team Honorees. The father and three sons are all football officials. All three sons have officiated Super Bowls.
(This article doesn’t mention it, but Carl Paganelli Sr., Carl Paganelli Jr., Perry Paganelli and Dino Paganelli are all GRCC alumni.)

Locals appointed to campus sexual assault group
5/31/18 The Holland Sentinel
LANSING — Three Holland-area residents are now members of Gov. Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder’s work group on campus sexual assault.
… Grand Valley State University Police Department Chief Brandon DeHaan was reappointed to the campus sexual assault work group, along with Kimberly DeVries of Hudsonville. DeVries serves as the Title IX coordinator and director of equal opportunity compliance at Grand Rapids Community College.

Mackinac Policy Conference 2018: Here’s what to watch Thursday, May 31
5/31/18 WDIV
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – Michigan’s biggest annual political event, the Mackinac Policy Conference, is underway this week on the island.
… 12:45 p.m. – The Future of Work in Michigan: Partnerships Pave the Way to Prosperity: Panelists: Heidi Kaplan, Senior Community Development Analyst, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve Board, David Meador, Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer, DTE Energy, Bill Pink, President, Grand Rapids Community College

Future Fair brings career info to field house
6/1/18 schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)
The world is your oyster, and many possible paths can lead to your passion. That was the message more than 2,000 students learned at the recent East Kentwood Future Fair as they perused booths staffed by representatives from 30 colleges and universities, more that 70 career vendors and four branches of the military.
… “It benefits us because, a lot of times, you never get an inside look at what businesses do,” said East Kentwood High School senior AJ Sims, who hopes to go to Western Michigan University or Grand Valley State University after two years at Grand Rapids Community College, to major in performance and drama.
… Senior Nia Lillard, who plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College but is undecided about her career path, said the fair was a great way to see what’s out there.

Consumers Energy, Grand Rapids Public Schools Announce Finalists for Sixth Annual Student Art Competition
5/31/18 The Buffalo News (N.Y.)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 31, 2018 /3BL Media/ — Organizers have announced the 10 finalists out of nearly 50 entries from Grand Rapids Public Schools student artists who will have their energy-related art work highlighted during this falls ArtPrize competition through collaboration with the school district and Consumers Energy.
… The Top 20 were selected by Grand Rapids Public Schools officials. The 10 finalists were then judged by a panel of art professionals from Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.  The top winner and the winner of a people’s choice online contest are scheduled to be announced during the ArtPrize Final 20 announcement on Sept. 30 at Rosa Parks Circle, sponsored by Consumers Energy.
(This article appeared in 32 other publications.)

GRCC In the News, 5-31-18

May 31, 2018

‘This is a milestone’
5/30/18 Grand Haven Tribune
Central High School’s Class of 2018 received a standing ovation as they moved their tassels from right to left Tuesday night.
… (Angela) Bazan plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College. She is considering pursuing a future in business or marketing, but there are many options she could see applying herself to, she said.

10 finalists announced in sixth annual SmartArt
5/30/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – On Wednesday morning, representatives from Grand Rapids Public Schools, Consumers Energy, ArtPrize and the city of Grand Rapids announced the 10 finalists and their energy-related art work in the SmartArt competition. The finalists were selected by a panel of art professionals from Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.

GRCC In the News, 5-30-18

May 30, 2018

Appointments, reappointments to campus sexual assault workgroup
5/29/18 upmatters.com
LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder today announced appointments and reappointments to the campus sexual assault workgroup. The workgroup will develop a framework of best practices for preventing campus sexual assault and a model to pilot regional centers to investigate reports of sexual misconduct.
… Kimberly DeVries of Hudsonville is the director of equal opportunity compliance and is the Title IX coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and telecommunications from the University of Georgia and earned a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.

‘He tells me to never give up’
5/25/18 schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)
Learning to read words in English is one thing. Understanding phrases like a “friendly sort of darkness” or “amazing photographic memory” is quite another for English-language learners.
… Carolyn Garcia has been reading with (Wayne) Ondersma for the past four years, starting as a limited English speaker who spent seven years of her childhood in Mexico. She plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College this fall for nursing. She and Ondersma have enjoyed reading poems and discussing their meaning.

OP: WM[YOU]
5/29/18 Western Herald (WMU student newspaper)
Name: Brooke Cross
I am a manager at Celebration! Cinema. At Celebration Cinema, we pride ourselves on celebrated service with others and human interaction. We go above and beyond to make people feel valued. So, hand-in-hand with my psych major and my job at Celebrations, I really just want to work with people and make their interactions everyday even better. Celebration! Cinema and Western has really helped me to figure my path out in that aspect. I’ve been a manager at Celebration! Cinema for five years. I am a transfer student from Grand Rapids Community College, but, I feel like Western has so many opportunities for me to expand what I’ve learned at my job, there are also more opportunities for me to expand my knowledge on people and getting to know them better.

GRCC In the News, 5-29-18

May 29, 2018

Where college students can find emergency money, food and housing
5/26/18 USA Today
College students without a financial safety net are in a tough spot when unexpected costs arise.
… For example, at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich., assistance is available for students who face emergencies such as losing their job, eviction or utility shut-off. The fund has provided students with over $78,000 in grants and loans since 2014, according to Dave Murray, a school spokesperson.

Change Ups: Gill elected to airport trade associations board
5/25/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… EDUCATION
… Grand Rapids Community College president Bill Pink was elected to the Higher Learning Commission board of trustees, which oversees accreditation for degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states. Pink’s term runs from Sept. 2018 to Aug. 2022.
Grand Rapids Community College students saved more than $2 million in textbook costs this past academic year through a partnership with OpenStax, Rice University’s open educational resources program that provides free, high-quality peer-reviewed textbooks.

Mackinac Policy Conference Agenda: May 31, 2018
5/28/18 FOX 2
Thursday will be the busiest of the week at Mackinac Island with current Governor Rick Snyder speaking and six hopefuls to take over his seat in Lansing debating later in the evening.
… 2:45 p.m. The Future of Work in Michigan: Partnerships Pave the Way to Prosperity
… Panelists: Heidi Kaplan, Senior Community Development Analyst, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve Board, David Meador, Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer, DTE Energy
Bill Pink, President, Grand Rapids Community College

Trends and concerns for boomers’ on bikes
5/28/18 upmatters.com
Noting their disproportionate involvement in crashes, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is encouraging baby boomers who ride a motorcycle or are thinking about it to take a returning-rider safety course, even if they rode in their younger days.
… The Michigan Rider Education Program first offered a three-wheeled vehicle safety course through a public sponsor in 2015. Since then, 33 students have taken the class. This year, in a pilot program with Can-Am, 12 Can-Am Spyders have been loaned to three-wheeled vehicle rider education courses at Grand Rapids Community College and Schoolcraft College. Three-wheeled vehicle safety courses are also available through select private sponsors listed on the Michigan Rider Education Program training locator Web page.

GRCC In the News, 5-25-18

May 25, 2018

‘I am going to do something with my life’
5/24/18 The Daily News (Greenville)
BELDING — As Nathan Silman walks across the stage tonight to receive his diploma, he’ll be sharing in the accomplishment with more than 100 classmates.
… Silman plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College with a goal to earn an associate degree and transfer to Ferris State University.

Students earn awards at Heartlands Institute of Technology
5/24/18 Ionia Sentinel-Standard
IONIA — Heartlands Institute of Technology honored its countywide students with awards last week at the career center.
… William Parish was honored with a $2,000 scholarship to attend the Grand Rapids Community College, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education to further pursue the culinary arts field.

City commission meets new officer Kasey Metcalf
5/22/18 The Pioneer (Big Rapids)
(Photo caption) Big Rapids Department of Public Safety Director Jim Eddinger (left) introduces the department’s newest officer, Kasey Metcalf, to Big Rapids City Commissioners and city staff during Monday’s meeting. Metcalf worked with DPS as a service officer from 2013 -15, while enrolled at Ferris State University, and graduated from Grand Rapids Community College. “(Metcalf) is atypical of Millenials; he has shown a reverence to his position,” Eddinger said.

Davis to take reins of university relations for coming months
5/24/18 Western Michigan University press release
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Former reporter and longtime W Magazine editor Paula M. Davis has been appointed interim executive director of the Office of University Relations at Western Michigan University, effective June 1.
… The West Michigan native earned an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College before continuing on to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University in 1998. Before joining the Gazette in 1998, Davis gained experience reporting for the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman and for Crain’s Detroit Business. She also worked for the Detroit Public Schools in its media relations office.

Madison Marble wielding a consistent bat for Sparta softball squad
5/24/18 MLive
SPARTA — Madison Marble continues to swing a productive bat for Sparta’s softball team.
She is a returning senior outfielder who has signed to play at Grand Rapids Community College next season.

Grand Rapids Community College approves pay raises for 2 unions
5/24/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College agreed to new contracts with two of its employee unions – the Police Officers Labor Council and College Employees Benefit Association.

Grand Rapids Community College approves pay raises for 2 unions
5/25/18 University Business
Grand Rapids Community College agreed to new contracts with two of its employee unions – the Police Officers Labor Council and College Employees Benefit Association.
(This article also appeared in College and University.)

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson addresses trends and concerns for boomers’ on bikes
5/25/18 upmatters.com
Noting their disproportionate involvement in crashes, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson Thursday encouraged baby boomers who ride a motorcycle or are thinking about it to take a returning-rider safety course, even if they rode in their younger days.
… The Michigan Rider Education Program first offered a three-wheeled vehicle safety course through a public sponsor in 2015. Since then, 33 students have taken the class. This year, in a pilot program with Can-Am, 12 Can-Am Spyders have been loaned to three-wheeled vehicle rider education courses at Grand Rapids Community College and Schoolcraft College. Three-wheeled vehicle safety courses are also available through select private sponsors listed on the Michigan Rider Education Program training locator Web page.

GRCC In the News, 5-24-18

May 24, 2018

‘The Spirit of South High’ | 50 years after closing, legendary school still teaches
5/21/18 WZZM
It’s graduation season. High school students from all over are turning their tassels, signaling they’ve moved into their next phase of life.
… The best indication that the spirit of Grand Rapids South High School will likely continue well after all of the living alums are gone is the scholarship fund that was set up through the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation.
“Every year, two students from the Grand Rapids Public School district are selected to receive the South High Alumni Scholarship Fund,” said James Atkinson, who was a 1958 graduate of South High and is the current president of the South High Varsity Club. “The two students get their tuition to GRCC completely paid for thanks to this fund.”

MAPA Announces 2018 Educational Development Scholarship Fund Recipients
5/23/18 Aftermarket News
The Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA) announced that the recipients of its 2018 Educational Development Scholarship Fund have been chosen by Lansing’s Capital Region Community Foundation. Three $1,000 scholarships were awarded, in addition to a $500 scholarship for the recipient of the 2018 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award.
… Brooke Peckham, sponsored by Auto-Wares Group of Companies located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brooke will be a junior enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the fall of 2018 majoring in human resources management to support the growing car care industry.
… Peckham also was awarded the distinguished 2018 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award named in memory of MAPA co-founding father and past chairman of the board of directors, Justin H. Morrison. Peckham’s academic achievements and outstanding community service record exemplifies the high standards and commitment to excellence that Jud Morrison stood for.

STAMPS NOTES: With Richards out, Dennis set to step up
5/23/18 The London Free Press (Ontario)
When the Calgary Stampeders announced that Randy Richards was being placed on the six-game injured list, it seemed to clear the way for Derek Dennis to reclaim the teams starting left tackle position.
… From the sideline, receiver Nick Truesdell as looking awfully impressive to this particular reporter.
When he was asked after Wednesday mornings practice, it sounded like (head coach Dave) Dickenson was intrigued by the Grand Rapids Community College product, as well.
(This article appeared in 10 other Canadian newspapers.)

Folias Duo performs on flute and guitar June 3 in Carrizozo
5/23/18 Ruidoso News (N.M.)
Representatives of Carrizozo Music, Inc. announced this week that Folias Duo, international renown husband and wife duet from Grand Rapids, Mich., will perform in a Portico Concert on Sunday, June 3. The concert will be staged from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Carrizozo Womans Club.
… Andrew Bergeron is instructor of guitar and music theory at Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Aquinas College. Andrew is a founding performer and composer with the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet. He is also a Blue Griffin Performing artist.

Mackinac Policy Conference 2018: Full schedule, speakers, how to watch
5/23/18 WDIV
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – Michigan’s biggest annual political event, the Mackinac Policy Conference, kicks off on the island on May 30, 2018.
… Thursday, May 31:
… 12:45 p.m. – The Future of Work in Michigan: Partnerships Pave the Way to Prosperity: Panelists: Heidi Kaplan, Senior Community Development Analyst, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve Board, David Meador, Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer, DTE Energy, Bill Pink, President, Grand Rapids Community College.