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GRCC In the News, 9-21-17

September 21, 2017

New Sheriff’s Corrections Academy launched by GRCC with local agencies

Sept. 20, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The new Sheriff’s Corrections Academy launched by Grand Rapids Community in partnership with local sheriff’s departments will graduate its first students on Sept. 29.

G.O.A.T: Marshall Top 10 football players of all time – No. 5 – 6

Sept. 20, 2017; Battle Creek Enquirer

The countdown continues as the Battle Creek Enquirer ranks the top 10 high school football players ever at Marshall.

… No. 6: Jamar Wimberly Class of 2010

Wimberly is one of the top running backs ever at Marshall as he helped the Redhawks to a state championship in 2009 with a dominating senior season. Wimberly holds the school record for rushing yards in a season with 2,509 and in a career with 3,899. He is also No. 1 for touchdowns in a season with 32 and in a career with 48. An all-state selection, Wimberly was a standout on both sides of the ball as well as being a shutdown defensive back on defense. Wimberly went on to play defensive back at the next level, helping Grand Rapids Community College to an undefeated regular season with 37 tackles and 12 pass breakups. He later went to star at Ferris State, where he had 56 tackles and two interceptions as a senior.

Guitarist Brian Morris in conversation

Sept. 20, 2017; Interlochen Public Radio

Brian Morris is a professor and director of guitar studies at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s also a member of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet, and that ensemble will be performing this Saturday with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

 

 

Music faculty to present recital on September 17

September 12, 2017

Haven’t checked out the Music Center’s renovations yet? Here’s your chance!

Grand Rapids Community College Music Department Faculty Recital. Featuring music by Spohr, Bellini, Quilter, Koshkin, Ponce and others. Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, 3 p.m. GRCC Albert P. Smith Music Center Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall. Admission: Adults $5; Students and Seniors $3. GRCC. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations please contact the Music Department at (616) 234-3940.

GRCC TV feature: Music Center unveiling

September 11, 2017

The renovated Albert P. Smith Music Center was unveiled during a community open house on Sept. 8.

GRCC In the News, 9-5-17

September 5, 2017

GRCC’s renovated Music Center benefits students & audiences

Sept. 2, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Audiences will benefit as much as students from Grand Rapids Community College’s renovated Albert P. Smith Music Center, according to Kevin Dobreff, director of Grand Rapids Community College’s music program.

Ionia County Sheriff Miller welcomes new deputy

Sept. 3, 2017; Ionia Sentinel Standard

IONIA COUNTY — A Jenison native is the newest member of the Ionia County Sheriffs Office road patrol division.

…A graduate of Jenison High School, (Tyler) Kohl has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University. After Ferris, he completed the Mid-Michigan Police Academy at Lansing Community College. Becoming a police officer is just something he’s known he wanted to do, he said.

DeVos speaking invite to MSU center sparks backlash

Sept. 1, 2017; The Detroit News

Some faculty and students at Michigan State University want President Lou Anna Simon to rescind an invitation for U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to speak at the grand opening of the university’s Grand Rapids Research Center later this month, arguing that the Trump cabinet member is an enemy of public education.

… During a visit last month to Grand Rapids Community College, DeVos told reporters, “Actually, President Trump and I are very big proponents of continuing to support teachers and develop teachers.”

GRCC In the News, 8-23-17

August 23, 2017

GRPD: Man jumps fence at public pool, drowns

Aug. 22, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 21-year-old man drowned in a closed Grand Rapids public pool Tuesday morning, police say.

… (Damon) Smith-Phillips’ father, David Smith, said his son was a Detroit native and a graduate of Osborn High School. Smith-Phillips was in Grand Rapids to attend community college and his father said he hoped to have a career in video game design.

Spotlight on medical apprenticeships

Aug. 22, 2017; Community College Daily

U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Monday joined Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) where they discussed the importance of apprenticeships before touring the college’s healthcare training facilities.

Gov. Snyder joined by Labor Secretary for tour of GRCC’s medical programs

Aug. 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and Gov. Rick Snyder toured Grand Rapids Community College’s Cook Academic Hall Monday, Aug. 21, as part of a series of tours focused on manufacturing and medical apprenticeships, officials say.

‘A Happy End’ kicks off Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids 25th season

Aug. 22, 2017; FOX 17

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids is getting ready to kick off another season of shows for their 25th season, opening with A Happy End.

… A Happy End will be performed at GRCC Spectrum Theatre at the following times:

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.

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.

Summer construction season starts today

May 1, 2017

Beginning on Monday, May 1, contractors will be on site to begin a variety of summer projects:

  • Concrete repair work will occur in specific areas on the Commons on Monday and Tuesday.  There will be some noise as they demolish the failing concrete.  They will them pour replacement, which will be roped off for several days. Pedestrian traffic will not be impacted.  However, vehicular delivery services will not be able to travel the Commons next week.
  • Phase 2 of the Bostwick ramp repair work will also begin.  This will include work on lower levels throughout the ramp.  If you park in that ramp, please note that areas of the ramp will be closed to allow for this work.

Music Department is on the move!

  • They’re going home!  We will be moving the Music Department offices from the Data Center back to the Music Building on Monday, May 1.  Throughout the week, we’ll be moving equipment and instruments from various campus buildings back to the Music building.  The professional piano movers will be on site on Wednesday and Thursday, May 3 and 4.

Other summer moves:

  • Due to Bostwick ramp work, the DSS Testing center will be moving on May 3 to the Science Building for the summer.
  • Counseling and Advising services will be moving to the Data Center.  Watch for more information next week!

Summer construction season is starting

April 28, 2017

Beginning on Monday, May 1, contractors will be on site to begin a variety of summer projects:

  • Concrete repair work will occur in specific areas on the Commons on Monday and Tuesday.  There will be some noise as they demolish the failing concrete.  They will them pour replacement, which will be roped off for several days. Pedestrian traffic will not be impacted.  However, vehicular delivery services will not be able to travel the Commons next week.
  • Phase 2 of the Bostwick ramp repair work will also begin.  This will include work on lower levels throughout the ramp.  If you park in that ramp, please note that areas of the ramp will be closed to allow for this work.

Music Department is on the move!

  • They’re going home!  We will be moving the Music Department offices from the Data Center back to the Music Building on Monday, May 1.  Throughout the week, we’ll be moving equipment and instruments from various campus buildings back to the Music building.  The professional piano movers will be on site on Wednesday and Thursday, May 3 and 4.

Other summer moves:

  • Due to Bostwick ramp work, the DSS Testing center will be moving on May 3 to the Science Building for the summer.
  • Counseling and Advising services will be moving to the Data Center.  Watch for more information next week!

GRCC adjunct retiree biographies

April 25, 2017

Human Resources will be starting a new communication for our retirees. This idea was submitted via the PACE feedback meetings or the Community Luncheon sessions — so we thank you for your feedback on this opportunity to improve communications about our retirees.

The following adjuncts will be retiring from GRCC on Friday, April 29. With their permission and input, here’s some information about their teaching experience at GRCC:

Barbara Egeler

Barbara has worked at GRCC as an adjunct instructor since January 2004.

She initially started teaching communication courses in the Language and Thought Department and then went back to grad school at WMU to get a M.A. in Counseling/Psychology. In 2007, she began teaching psychology courses for the Psychology Department at GRCC.

Here’s what Barbara shared with us about her teaching experience at GRCC:

“Over the years, I have met so many diverse, funny and inquisitive students that made teaching exciting and fun. Some classes were more memorable than others. In some of the classes the students and I ‘clicked,’ making the semester fly by. In some instances, I actually didn’t want the semester to end because the class was more like a colloquium where everyone shares ideas. In my retirement, I want to pursue painting and decorating houses. I’d like also to learn new skills and travel.  I’ve been privileged to work at GRCC with great faculty, department chairs and especially the students. I wanted to teach ever since I was in elementary school, so having the opportunity to teach students from all backgrounds and ages and learn from them has been a gift. Teaching at GRCC has truly been satisfying.”

Robin Connell

Robin Connell sits at a keyboard.

Robin Connell

Robin has worked at GRCC as an adjunct instructor since January 2001 in the Music Department, mostly teaching music theory.

Here’s what Robin shared with us about her teaching experience at GRCC:

“Several stories come to mind, most of which are examples of simple things that, when put together, help build the community. For example, a few years ago a student was knitting winter ‘Pokemon’ hats. Some students were wearing them to class and they were quite surprised when I asked her if she could make me a Charmander hat. I started naming the various Pokemon and we had fun taking a short break from music theory to discuss our favorite characters.  As an adjunct juggling more than one job, as well as family, I was not able to be as involved with students as much as I wanted. So it came as a surprise when, over the years, I would run into former students who remembered me. One student in particular talked with me several times after he was enrolled at GVSU and was struggling with ‘what to do with his life.’ Others are out in the world working as musicians or music educators and keep in touch. It’s just a delight to see what former students are doing, whether they continue in a music career or move on to something else. These encounters have made me feel like I was truly a part of GRCC even though I was only teaching part time.  Although I am retiring from GRCC, I am continuing to work my other part-time jobs because I’m not old enough, or financially sound enough, to completely retire! I’ve been a self-employed musician since I graduated from GVSC in 1979. Some of that employment is performing (a dozen or so events a month) but I also teach jazz studies at Aquinas College, at my home, and as a clinician at schools and festivals. This is my third year co-directing the Youth Jazz Ensemble program at St Cecilia Music Center as well as the third year of a jazz piano concert series I host at Fountain Street Church, called, Jazz in the Sanctuary [next concert is May 7]. I hope to find a little more time for family and friends now too!  I can’t even imagine what my life would have been like without these past sixteen years at GRCC. I am so grateful for being able to teach music theory, a subject I am just geeky about and love sharing. Although I was the teacher, I always felt like I was learning, too. I also have a deep appreciation and respect for my GRCC colleagues who have been wonderful to work with and I’m excited about attending future concerts in the newly renovated music building next year.”

 Susan Wallsteadt

Susan Wallsteadt

Susan Wallsteadt

Susan has worked at GRCC as an adjunct instructor since August 2000.  For most of those years she has been an adjunct instructor in the Psychology Department and for a short period of time she was a temporary assistant professor.

Here’s what Susan shared with us about her teaching experience at GRCC:

“Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see my former students achieve such wonderful things.  I recently was invited by one of my previous students to attend the Delta Pi Alpha dinner.  She is graduating from GRCC this semester and was recognized as one of the students to have achieved an overall 4.0 GPA.  How amazing is that!  After 17 years, I don’t think there is any doubt that I belonged to GRCC. My constant reminder is the number of times I have been out in public, such as at a restaurant or store, and have a student ask me, ‘Aren’t you a professor at GRCC?  I had you back when…..’  I have always had two jobs, but will for now have one. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family, especially my five-year-old grandson.  I’m also going to travel more and visit my sister in Florida and my brother in California.  I have so enjoyed my time at GRCC.  I’m grateful for all the wonderful people I’ve been able to work with and socialize with, and also for the opportunity to be a part of so many students’ academic lives.  They have taught me so much!”

We would like to congratulate our adjunct retirees and thank them for their commitment and service to GRCC.  Their contributions to our students’ lives can never be measured.  Happy retirement!

Percussion Ensemble to present recital on April 20

April 13, 2017

Winter Percussion Ensemble Recital. Featuring the GRCC Music Department Percussion ensemble under the direction of Dr. Samuel Gould. Thursday, April 20, 2017 3:15-4:15 p.m. Calkins Science Center Auditorium, Room 348. Admission free.

Student Composer’s Concert set for April 11

April 4, 2017

Student Composers’ Forum Concert. Presented by the composition students of Dr. Carol VanRandwyk. Tuesday, April 11, 2017 7:30 p.m. Calkins Science Center, Room 348, Lecture Hall. Admission: $5; Students and Seniors: $3.

Instrumental Ensembles Concert on April 4

March 31, 2017

GRCC’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Jazz Combo will perform in an Instrumental Ensembles Concert at 7:30 p.m. April 4 at St. Cecilia Music Center.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

 

GRCC In the News, 3-28-17

March 28, 2017

Ready to deepen relationships

March 27, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

Six months into his role as pastor of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Catholic Parish in Grand Haven, Father Chuck Schwartz said he feels stronger than ever that this is the path he was supposed to be on.

… A graduate of Grand Rapids City High, Schwartz took a couple years off school before getting an associates degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Tiny Desk Contestant Diana Gameros: ‘How Can I Dissolve Borders?’

March 26, 2017; NPR

Earlier this year, NPR Music held the third installment of the Tiny Desk Contest, our annual search for a talented, unsigned musician to play a Tiny Desk concert here at NPR headquarters. More than 6,000 bands and artists entered, and many (including this year’s winner, Tank and the Bangas) were new to the Contest. But we also saw a number of familiar faces some of whom have been with us since the beginning.

Diana Gameros is one of those three-time entrants. After submitting videos in 2015 and 2016, the 35-year-old singer-songwriter filmed this year’s entry on a cold morning, as dawn broke over the San Francisco Bay. As she sings, the camera zooms out to reveal a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Diana Gameros is a former GRCC student.)

John Morton has what it takes to turn Jets offense around

March 29, 2017; The Jet Press

Offensive coordinator John Morton has done it all in the NFL and on the college level. From his beginnings as a wide receiver for Grand Rapids Community College to Western Michigan to the NFL, CFL, and overseas, Morton has been on a mission. Have no doubt Morton has what it takes to turn the offense around for the New York Jets.

Jackson College softball team walks off twice in one week

March 27, 2017; MLive

JACKSON — The spring sports season is still young but the excitement has already been high for the Jackson College softball team.

… Jackson College is now 7-8-1 on the season as it gets set for its double-header on Tuesday March 28 against Grand Rapids Community College.

Mid Michigan Community College men’s basketball makes strides in first year as NJCAA Division II program

March 27, 2017; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

With athletics in general, expecting the unexpected is always a good bit of advice.

… The previous three years as an NJCAA Division III program, the Lakers won their region by defeating Lorain Community College to qualify for districts. But the move to Division II provided a new set of challenges during the MCCAA campaign and into the postseason, which saw MMCC square off March 7 versus Grand Rapids Community College in a District 9 showdown to open the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament.