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GRCC In the News, 4-25-18

April 25, 2018

City of Wyoming swears in new ‘Top Cop’

April 25, 2018; WZZM

WYOMING, Mich. – Long-time Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody will officially step down today, paving the way for Captain Kim Koster to be the new head of the department.

… Koster’s own promotion makes her the first woman police chief in the City of Wyoming. It is a role she is honored to have, but one she seems reluctant to assign too much significance to. Koster believes Kent County is full of good leaders, of both genders, and cites Kent County Undersheriff Michelle Young and Grand Rapids Community College Police Chief Rebecca Whitman as examples of women who she has modeled her career after.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Kim Koster and Michelle Young are GRCC alumnae.)

Director takes joy in teaching student musicians, to see what they can do and where they go

April 24, 2018; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

The Northview High School Jazz Band has burned through another take of Duke Ellington’s “Rockin’ in Rhythm” at a peppy pace, when director Greg Wells decides it’s time for a pep talk.

… He started out studying physics and engineering at Grand Rapids Community College but went back to music his sophomore year, earning a bachelor’s at WMU and his master’s at Michigan State University.

 

GRCC In the News, 4-19-18

April 19, 2018

Not your average vending machine

April 18, 2018; AACC 21st Century Center (American Association of Community Colleges)

In Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College students are preparing for exams with the help of an unusual resource: a laptop vending machine.

Curtis Davison commits to Livingstone College

April 18, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Curtis Davison has committed to play basketball at Livingstone College next season.

Davison averaged 24.4 points per game at Grand Rapids Community College this winter, which was fourth in NJCAA Division 2.

Funeral services set for celebrated pastor with 55-year career

April 18, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Funeral services are Saturday for a well-known and revered Grand Rapids pastor who had a 55-year career behind the altar.

… (The Rev. Clifton) Rhodes led Messiah Missionary Baptist Church for 45 years and in 2015 was awarded the Grand Rapids Community College’s Giant Among Giants award.

West Michigan’s Jubal Brass to appear in concert on April 29

April 18, 2018; MLive

Jubal Brass, an 18-member brass choir, will present an evening of worship through Christian music at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Georgetown Bible Church, 4114 Baldwin St., Hudsonville.

… Jubal Brass has a long history of leaders with notable music credentials. Tuba player Paul Hoelzley, co-founder of Jubal Brass, directed the ensemble for two years until he resigned to teach at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland. The other co-founder, John Scripps, then directed for two years until Charlie Buffham took over the baton. Buffham was a music teacher at Grand Rapids Community College, and served as both conductor and arranger for Jubal Brass. John Varineau then came to Michigan as a music professor at the Grand Rapids Baptist College (now Cornerstone University) and as the assistant conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He directed Jubal Brass for 15 years.

GRCC In the News, 4-2-18

April 2, 2018

Schubert Male Chorus planning ‘One of a Kind’ spring concert

April 1, 2018; MLive

The “One of a Kind” spring concert by the Schubert Male Chorus will feature “one of a kind” songs from a variety of genres, including the debut of an original song.

… The men’s chorus will also introduce its 2018 Grand Rapids Community College music scholarship recipient at the concert. Ashley Sooy is a sophomore at GRCC, studying for a double major in vocal performance and piano performance. The Schubert Male Chorus has offered a music scholarship for the past 10 years to outstanding GRCC music students.

Bill to provide credit for high school interns passes House

March 31, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

LANSING — A bill that would allow high school juniors and seniors to earn graduation credits from internships recently passed the House on a 104-4 vote.

… 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.

GVSU students petition for emergency 911 phones

March 31, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

Nearly 500 students at Grand Valley State University have signed an online petition to have the university install emergency blue light telephones around the campus. The telephones, which are on poles with a blue light, would allow students to call 911 in the event of an incident requiring first responders.

… The costs for these blue light phones can range anywhere from $1,000 on Central Michigan University’s campus to $7,000 at Grand Rapids Community College.

 

GRCC In the News, 3-22-18

March 22, 2018

Witnesses say mutual fight led to man’s death; mother in doubt

March 21, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After almost a year of investigation, police and prosecutors found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the April 2017 death of a 25-year-old Grand Rapids man.

… (Julius Melvin) Vinson’s family described the 25-year-old as a “jokester” who was well-loved by his family and others. He studied business at Grand Rapids Community College, and wanted to be a real estate agent.

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition $1

March 21, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students will see their tuition increase by $1 this fall – the lowest hike in nearly two decades, officials say.

‘He’s a fighter’ 2-year-old diagnosed with rare Vanishing Bone disease

March 21, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — An Ottawa County boy is battling a disease so rare, less than 300 cases have been reported in the entire world.

… Antonio (Aguillon) has been at the hospital nonstop, getting a lot of help from friends and family.  A coworker of his at Grand Rapids Community College started a GoFundMe page to help with the family’s medical expenses.

Collegiate Men’s Basketball: SUNY Ulster eliminated from national tourney with loss to Grand Rapids

March 21, 2018; Daily Freeman (Kingston, N.Y.)

DANVILLE, ILL. — SUNY Ulster was eliminated from the NJCAA Division 2 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday as Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) held off the Senators 98-88.

Battle Creek’s Best Bracket – Today’s Boys Elite Eight Region

March 21, 2018; Battle Creek Enquirer

So your bracket is busted and you don’t have any reason to pay attention to March Madness any longer. Well, you are in luck.

… No. 3 Jeremiah Davis vs. No. 6: Khylen Watkins

No. 3: Jeremiah Davis Harper Creek Class of 2017: As a senior, Davis led Harper Creek in scoring with 18.9 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds a contest in his final year on a 15-9 team. He finished his career as a two-time All-City player and an honorable mention All-State selection. Davis played his freshman year at Grand Rapids Community College.

UIX: Offstage engineering makes a big difference in local music

March 22, 2018; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Making music takes talent. Making a record takes commitment. But making it all sound good, takes experience.

… A sound engineer of 25 years, and currently Associate Professor of Recording Technology at Grand Rapids Community College, (Tim) Heldt was working with cutting edge equipment that few outside of his profession could afford, or understand.

Southwest Michigan slates 2018 Chávez awards dinner

March 21, 2018; La Prensa

KALAMAZOO: Southwest Michigan will celebrate the life and work of civil rights leader César E. Chávez on Saturday, March 24, 2018 during an annual scholarship fundraising dinner that includes the presentation of regional awards and scholarships.

… He (Juan Olivarez) served as the seventh president of Aquinas College from 2011 to 2017 and eighth president of Grand Rapids Community College from 1999 to 2008. In addition, he was a GRCC dean for 20 years; president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation for three years; and a teacher, school psychologist and administrator with the Grand Rapids Public Schools system for many years.

Kent County considers early childhood tax for November ballot

March 21, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Early childhood education advocates in Kent County are once again working to place a county tax millage request on the ballot.

… There are also additional millages levied by the Kent Intermediate School District, Grand Rapids Community College, Kent District Library and the Inter Urban Transit Partnership — better known as The Rapid — and by local school districts and local units of government.

GRCC In the News, 2-5-18

February 5, 2018

Construction workers are in a constant state of training

Feb. 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction industry relies on continuing education.

… (President Norm) Brady said ABC works with Grand Rapids Community College, where more than 300 future electricians are enrolled in its apprenticeship program at the M-Tec Center. Upon completion of the coursework, students will receive a license from the U.S. Department of Labor.

GRCC retiree Ellen James honored as 2018 Giant Among Giants

Feb. 4, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Most students on the Grand Rapids Community College campus don’t even know the names of members of the school’s Board of Trustees.

The Vibrance of Veverly Austin

Feb. 2, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

When Veverly Austin walks into a room, she commands it. Her dynamic personality and welcoming smile draws her audience in, and as she speaks of her accomplishments, her eyes reflect the passion and excitement that made it all possible. Though she radiates confidence, it took years of practice and self-reassurance to get to where she is today.

… In 2017, Austin received the W.W. Plummer Humanitarian of the Year award from Grand Rapids Community College for her outstanding service to the West Michigan community. She also recently received a Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses award as well as a Giant award. This year, Austin will host the Giant Awards.

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 5, 2018

Feb. 4, 2018; mibiz.com

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 5, 2018

… Expansion: Walker-based Axis Company LLC plans to invest $4 million into a new facility. The automation provider expects to create 50 jobs in West Michigan when it builds the new plant at an undisclosed location in Kent County, according to a statement from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Axis received a performance-based $400,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund, as well as $125,000 via the Michigan New Jobs Training Program from Grand Rapids Community College. The company specializes in designing, programming and building robotic automation and assembly equipment. The Right Place Inc., a Grand Rapids-based economic development organization, helped Axis facilitate incentives for the project.

Change Ups: Hastings introduces wireless temperature probe

Feb. 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Business Services

… The Right Place Inc. appointed new board members to the 2018 Right Place board of directors, with its leadership remaining unchanged. Reappointed officers: chair, Brian Walker, Herman Miller; vice chair, Sean Welsh, PNC Financial Services and treasurer, Mitch Joppich, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Executive committee appointments: Richard P. Haslinger, West Michigan Region Chase. New board appointments: Wayman Britt, Kent County, Jeff Needham, Consumer Healthcare-Americas, Perrigo Co.; Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College; Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy; Rob Spohr, Montcalm Community College; and Bob Wolford, Miller Johnson.

Opera Grand Rapids Announces STABAT MATER and FOUR SACRED SONGS

Feb. 3, 2018; Broadway World Detroit

Opera Grand Rapids announces upcoming performances of STABAT MATER by Gioachino Rossini and FOUR SACRED SONGS by Giuseppe Verdi on Saturday, March 24 – 3:00 PM at Christ Memorial Church, Holland and Sunday, March 25 – 7:30 PM at First Park Congregational Church, Grand Rapids.

… Soloists:

… Jon Lovegrove | Tenor

Tenor Jon Lovegrove has recently performed with GVSU Opera Theatre as Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra as Rodolfo (La Bohème), and with Opera Grand Rapids as Shem (Noah’s Flood) and Remendado (Carmen). He has been a member of the OGR chorus since 2007. In that time, he has appeared in multiple productions, including I Dream, Rigoletto, and The Barber of Seville. He is one of OGR’s Emerging Artists and has also performed the role of Timothy in 2nd Act Opera’s production of Help, Help, the Globolinks! Mr. Lovegrove was a soloist for the Michigan premier of Benjamin Britten’s The World of the Spirit with the Evangelical Choral Society in 2013. He has performed with the ECS on multiple other occasions. Mr. Lovegrove holds an Associate’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Grand Rapids Community College. While pursuing that degree, he was a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Shades of Blue Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

From state prison to state capitol

Feb. 3, 2018; Traverse City Record-Eagle

GRAND RAPIDS — Salvador Gutierrez knew he had hit rock bottom when he landed in prison on a couple of drug charges.

… Gutierrez moved to Grand Rapids, where he also is enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College and is working on a degree in industrial technology. He plans to get into an apprenticeship program and work toward getting his journeyman’s card.

MHSAA facing severe official shortage

2/3/18 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An umpiring clinic was held at Grand Rapids Community College Saturday to help sharpen fundamentals and mechanics of the state’s officials.

Cast of ‘STOMP’ gives master class to GRCC students

January 22, 2018

On Friday afternoon, through a partnership with Broadway Grand Rapids, cast members from “STOMP” gave a master class to GRCC students and a small group of  local middle school students. Later that evening, the college took a group of GRCC students to see the amazing show.

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GRCC In the News, 1-12-18

January 12, 2018

GRCC Players will re-create the Reagan era

Jan. 11, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

The GRCC Players will re-create the Reagan era in “This Is Our Youth” by Kenneth Lonergan.

Colleges, Urban League hosting Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in West Michigan

Jan. 11, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – West Michigan colleges and universities will host a series of events Monday, Jan. 15, as the nation pauses to pay tribute to slain civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Davenport University are collaborating on an annual event in recognition of King’s legacy beginning at 6 p.m. Monday at Fountain Street Church.

Cajun dinner, dance FUNdraiser at LACA Feb. 10

Jan. 11, 2018; Ludington Daily News

Join the Ludington Area Center as it celebrates Mardi Gras Saturday, Feb. 10 with a Cajun dinner and dance fundraiser. This second annual event will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. in LACA’s main gallery, 107 S. Harrison St., in Ludington, and will feature authentic Creole appetizers and buffet dinner, Cajun dance instruction and live Cajun music.

… Chef Barry Sherlock has designed this year’s menu and will be cooking up his great ideas. Sherlock is a graduate of the Culinary Arts Institute at Grand Rapids Community College. He has owned and operated a restaurant, catered privately and volunteered his culinary expertise extensively in the local community. Sherlock currently serves as the dietary supervisor at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

The Right Place names board members

Jan. 11, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local economic development agency has named its new board members for 2018.

… New appointments

… Bill Pink, Ph.D., president, Grand Rapids Community College

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents Spring Trio Sunday

Jan. 12, 2018; Petoskey News

HARBOR SPRINGS — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestras Sunday Recital Series begins its 2018 season at 4 p.m. Sunday with a String Trio performing at the Harbor Springs Presbyterian Church.

… (Libor) Ondras is currently preparing for the European Tour with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and his residency at the Bay View Music Festival of Petoskey (Summer 2017). Ondras also serves as a director of orchestras, string specialist, and assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

Dominic Dorsey to head SIUE Disability Support Services

Jan. 11, 2018; The Telegraph (Alton, Ill.)

EDWARDSVILLE — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple, PhD, has announced Dominic Dorsey as director of Disability Support Services. Dorsey will assume his new responsibilities on Monday, Jan. 29.

… After four years at IUPUI, Dorsey became director of accessibility at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College in 2013 before returning to IUPUI in 2014.

 

GRCC In the News, 12-14-17

December 14, 2017

Refugees grateful for construction training, jobs and language skills

Dec. 13, 2017; MLive

GRANDVILLE, MI – Two years ago, the future was uncertain for Tony-Kelly Lubanzadio in his native Democratic Republic of Congo.

… To join the program, the refugees were required to have some basic conversational skills to understand the curriculum. Students began their two days per week at Grand Rapids Community College in March.

College earns $1M grant for low-income STEM students

Dec. 13, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has earned a $1 million grant to support its low-income STEM students.

… Additionally, the project team will enlist area community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, Northwestern Michigan College and Muskegon Community College, to help identify potential RISE scholars at their institutions and provide mentoring for those students before they enroll at GVSU.

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents ‘Messiah’

Dec. 14, 2017; The Petoskey News

Once again the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will bring the “Messiah” to Northern Michigan at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 14 and 15, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Petoskey.

… (Katherine) Jannakos, cannot remember a time when she hasn’t been involved in music. She comes from a very musical family, and early on studied music theory and flute. She didn’t start singing until high school, and later began serious voice study at Grand Rapids Community College. After three years she left that college and completed her degree at Oberlin Conservatory. She has appeared as a chorus member and in featured roles with Opera Grand Rapids, Oberlin Opera Theatre, Second Act Opera and the Bay View Music Festival. She has appeared as a featured soloist with the Kent Philharmonic, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Bay View Orchestra and Oberlin Orchestra. She is thrilled to be performing with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

Five cool vintage Grand Rapids Christmas gifts you can buy online

Dec. 13, 2017; 100.5 FM

Everything old is new again, and with the continued restoration of old buildings downtown, Grand Rapids has been digging into its past to form its future. Here is some old school vintage Grand Rapids stuff I found online that you can gift to the GR lover in your family.

… 2. Recall the glory days of GRCC football with this mini-football

Grand Rapids Community College (also known as Grand Rapids Junior College used to have an elite junior college football program, one that competed at an elite level on the JC scene back in the day. The Raiders went to such illustrious bowl games such as the Wool Bowl, Valley of the Sun Bowl, and the Dixie Rotary Bowl.

This memento is a steal at $4.99.

Christmas with Rockapella on Dec. 8

December 7, 2017

Kent Philharmonic presents “Christmas with Rockapella.” The internationally renowned five-man acappella vocal group Rockapella brings its festive, high-energy “Rockapella Christmas” holiday concert to St. Cecilia Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. You can buy tickets online.

GRCC In the News, 11-10-17

November 10, 2017

Daybreak Early Edition

Nov. 10, 2017; WOOD TV

West Michigan is celebrating out country’s veterans this week. … Grand Rapids Community college will host a service and a free lunch.

Michigan’s last surviving WWII fly girl recalls her time in the sky, blazing new paths

Nov. 10, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Jane Doyle held a heavy bronze medal in her creased hands, running her fingers over the engraved surface.

… It wasn’t until she enrolled in what was then Grand Rapids Junior College in 1939 that Doyle considered flying an airplane was something she could do.

Change Ups: Rose & Westra relocates

Nov. 9, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… ARTS

… Grand Rapids Community College named its newly renovated recital hall for mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell Keller. The state-of-the-art Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall provides options for acoustic adjustment and includes seating for 104, which can be deployed or retracted to create rehearsal space for large groups. Linn Maxwell Keller, who died in 2016, was an ardent supporter of GRCC’s music program.

GRCC In the News, 10-31-17

October 31, 2017

Meet the YWCA’s 2017 Tribute Award winners

Oct. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Women who break down societal fences, who initiate change and who advocate for domestic-abuse survivors, Muslims, women of color and women in the workplace are set to be honored.

… ARTS AWARD

Edye Evans Hyde, Ebony Road Players Executive Director

… SPORTS, FITNESS and WELLNESS AWARD

Sara Knoester, President of Mixed Staffing & Recruiting

(Edye Evans Hyde and Sara Knoester are GRCC alumnae.)

Jayhawks volleyball team takes second place at MCCAA state tournament

Oct. 30, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball  team took state runner-up honors at the Michigan  Community College Athletic Association state tournament in Grand Rapids on Saturday.

The Jayhawks battled Grand Rapids Community College in the finals but fell in three sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-15).

 

GRCC In the News, 10-30-17

October 30, 2017

GRCC’s new Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall touts ‘beautiful’ acoustics, empowering space to create art

Oct. 26, 2017; Local Spins

Not so long ago, the music center at Grand Rapids Community College was in such disrepair, it nearly cost the college its accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music. This fall, GRCC has celebrated the buildings re-opening after a year-long, $8.5 million renovation, the money coming entirely from private donations.

Recital hall named for Linn Maxwell Keller

October 19, 2017

GRCC named the newly renovated recital hall for mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell Keller during a special ceremony and concert on Oct. 18. Linn Maxwell Keller, who died in 2016, was an ardent supporter of the music program. The recital hall project was part of the $8.5 million renovation of the Music Center, which was renamed last month for Grand Rapids Junior College Humanities Department Chair Albert P. Smith.

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Jordan Dodson first performer in 2017-18 International Guitar Series

October 4, 2017

GRCC will kick off its 2017-18 International Guitar Series with a performance by classical guitarist Jordan Dodson at 7:30 p.m. October 12 in the Music Center’s Recital Hall. Tickets, which cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, can be purchased online or at the door.

The GRCC International Guitar Series presents classical guitarist Jordan Dodson. Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:30 p.m. GRCC Albert P. Smith Music Center Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall.

 

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.