GRCC In the News, 6-8-15

Change Ups: Mullins appointed to lead GRCC Foundation

June 5, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Kathryn Mullins recently was appointed vice president for college advancement and executive director of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation. In addition to the foundation responsibilities, Mullins’ portfolio includes grants, communications, marketing and graphics. She has been with GRCC since 2004 and most recently served as executive deputy to the president and liaison to the board of trustees. Prior to coming to GRCC, Mullins spent 10 years working in K-12 administration.

Michigan’s state universities get a new advocate

June 7, 2015; The Detroit News

Lansing — After being immersed in national higher education policy for nearly a decade, Dan Hurley can cite all kinds of statistics about the benefits of a college education.

… During the mid-1980s, Hurley attended Grand Valley State University on the west side of Michigan for a year and a half. He transferred to Grand Rapids Community College for a year because of a change in majors and an academic stumble, then returned to Grand Valley and got his bachelor’s degree in 1990.

How West Ottawa’s 2015 graduating class breaks all-time school records

June 7, 2015; MLive

HOLLAND, MI — Michael Sandoval has been a University of Michigan fan for much of his life, but the 2015 West Ottawa High School graduate has no qualms joining Spartan Nation especially when scholarships give him the opportunity to go for free.

… The opportunity to attend college is quite significant in the Sandoval family. While in Holland, the teen’s father dropped out of high school during his sophomore year. The teen’s mother, who also grew up in Holland, graduated high school and received an associate’s degree in business at Grand Rapids Community College. She is now working toward her bachelor’s degree at Baker College in Muskegon.

Soon-to-close Dyer-Ives Foundation honors poetry award winners at Festival of the Arts

June 6, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — During the 46th annual Festival of the Arts, the 47th annual Dyer-Ives Poetry Award winners will be honored at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

… Winners of the 2015 Dyer-Ives Poetry Awards are Gray Butler, Alex Cersosimo and Paul Wisneski in the elementary division; Katie Dooley, Patricia Schlutt and Kelsey May in the high school and undergraduate college student division; and Amy Carpenter Leugs, Molly Batchik and Lisa Gundry in the adult division.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Kelsey May is a GRCC alumna.)

Not your average dog walkers

June 5, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Nature of the Dog is a classic example of a very small business that suddenly took off, then involved the founder’s spouse, and now employs three other people and in the process, changed the lives of the two entrepreneurs behind it.

… Then her lunch-time business became increasingly popular and on top of that, she got pregnant. Her husband, Luke (Moord), an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College, started helping her with the dog-walking as the business continued to grow.

Planners seek to make Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile a healthy place to live, not just work

June 7, 2015; Crain’s Detroit Business

Nearly $1 billion in private investment helped create Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile a roughly one-square-mile area on the northeast side of the city where 50,000 people work and study every day in the health care, educational and research institutions along Michigan Street.

… It’s not that they don’t want to live within walking distance of Spectrum Health System, St. Mary’s Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College or the Van Andel Institute. It’s just that there is no place to put them right now.

Senior makes mark on mound for Potterville

June 5, 2015; The Lansing State Journal

There’s something about being on the mound in tight situations that resonates with Sam Traver.

… “I live for those games,” said Traver, who will pitch at Grand Rapids Community College next year. “I love the under pressure, runner on third, tie game. That’s my favorite part. Even if you fail that just makes you a better ball player.”