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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.

GRCC In the News, 3-14-17

March 14, 2017

New partnership focuses on affordable homes in Grand Rapids

March 13,2017; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College is working with the non-profit group LINC Up to train residents in construction trades — tuition-free.

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition $2 per contact hour

March 13,2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students will pay 1.8 percent or $2 more per contact hour in tuition for the 2017-18 academic year.

Celebrate spring’s coming with music

March 13,2017; Charlevoix Courier

PETOSKEY — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the coming of spring with music that celebrates and creates the mood for romance. Whether its a minuet, a czarda or a tango, the performance will deliver a special warmth to chase away the chill of winter beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, for the Sunday Series Concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, 7940 Cemetary Road, Harbor Springs.

… Brian Morris, guitarist, will perform in the Piazolla, Schubert and Hubay pieces. Brian has twice been director of the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festivals and has been a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Faculty.

Big week ahead for basketball teams from Grand Rapids area

March 13, 2017; MLive

Take a look at what’s happening in Grand Rapids sports for the week of March 13.

… Grand Rapids Community College is still around, too. The Raiders play in the NJCAA DII National Tournament March 21-25 in Danville, Illinois.

 

Avanti Guitar Trio to perform March 16

March 3, 2017

The Avanti Guitar Trio is a world-class chamber ensemble whose performances are exciting, approachable and welcoming. Guitarists Jason Deroche, Julie Goldberg and Wesley Hixson blend together pristine technique and sensitive interpretation, earning critical acclaim for their engaging concerts and varied programming.

AGT repertoire ranges from the Baroque to contemporary and features newly composed music, engaging transcriptions of classical masterpieces, and an occasional rock/pop or jazz tune.

Based in Chicago, AGT has performed for the Waukegan Chamber Society, Chicago Composers’ Consortium, Illinois Wesleyan University, Quincy University, Church of Beethoven, and Harold Washington Chicago Public Library. AGT has shared the stage with renowned guitarists Benjamin Verdery, William Coulter, Las Guitarras de España, and Earl Klugh.

Formed in 2010 the Avanti Guitar Trio continues to expand the guitar trio repertoire by composing/transcribing new works and collaborating with established and upcoming composers.

Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Parking is available in the GRCC parking ramp for $3.50.  Be sure to ask for a parking voucher at the door.

Call 234-3940 for further information or e-mail: bmorris@grcc.edu.

The GRCC International Guitar Series presents the Avanti Guitar Trio. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Park Church, 10 East Park Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Tickets available at Eventbrite and at the door from $10-15. To buy tickets, visit grcc.edu/guitar. Parking is available at Park Church and in the GRCC Bostwick Parking Ramp for $3.50. Be sure to ask for a parking voucher at the door. For more information, call (616) 234-4095 or email bmorris@grcc.edu. Thank you to our sponsor: Guitar Foundation of America.

Avanti Guitar Trio to perform as part of International Guitar Series

February 20, 2017

The final performance in this year’s International Guitar Series will feature the Avanti Guitar Trio on March 16:

The GRCC International Guitar Series presents the Avanti Guitar Trio. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Park Church, 10 East Park Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Tickets available at Eventbrite and at the door from $10-15. To buy tickets, visit grcc.edu/guitar. Parking is available at Park Church and in the GRCC Bostwick Parking Ramp for $3.50. Be sure to ask for a parking voucher at the door. For more information, call (616) 234-4095 or email bmorris@grcc.edu. Thank you to our sponsor: Guitar Foundation of America.

Condolences upon the death of Rosa Daniels

January 19, 2017

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of former Music Department faculty member Rosa Daniels, who passed away Jan. 16. The funeral is scheduled for Jan. 21.

GRCC In the News, 1-3-17

January 3, 2017

 

Amanda Price bill opens possibility for lowering community college costs

Dec. 30, 2016; Grand Haven Tribune

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed House Bill 4265, sponsored by state Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, that would give voters in counties that don’t border community college districts the chance to approve joining a district.

… “Think of Grand Rapids Community College,” Price said. “If we wanted it here in Holland, we would have to go through the whole process of becoming accredited, which is not likely to happen even in Ottawa County. We have to be a contiguous district, but there are several school districts and communities in between.”

Grand Rapids murders up slightly from last year; nine of 12 deaths involved a gun

Dec. 29, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) – As 2016 draws to a close, the city of Grand Rapids is ending the year with an uptick in murders.

… Here is a look at the city’s dozen murders so far this year:

… April 30, 2016: Jeanne Huntoon, 34, was found beaten and fatally stabbed next to a Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp on Bostwick Avenue NE. A 19-year-old man has been charged with her murder.

Bill Pink Raising the Bar at Every Level

Dec. 27, 2016; Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Throughout his youth, Dr. Bill Pink had one academic goal. “I wanted to leave my mark on every school that I left, and so I wanted to have my name up on the wall,” says Pink, who was unanimously voted in November to become the next president of Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Greenville Department of Public Safety welcomes 2 new officers

Dec. 23, 2016; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Department of Public Safety has welcomed two new officers to its ranks.

… After graduating from the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy program this past October, (Marcus) Roy was selected for a full-time job along with DeWitt after the city received 35 applications for two open positions.

Dancing with the Local Stars tickets go on sale Jan. 2

Dec. 28, 2016; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce has announced that tickets for its annual Dancing with the Local Stars charity event will be available on Jan. 2.

… The 2017 participants include:

… Becky Kuznar, Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation Program Manager, Lake Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation Center with Patrick Johnson, Co-Owner PT Arts – LLC Consulting; Dance Faculty Instructor, GRCC; President & CEO, West Michigan Flight Academy

Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to the Michigan Asparagus Marketing Advisory Board

Dec. 20, 2016; michigan.gov (state press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Sarah Greiner of Hart and Eric Herrygers of Hart to the Michigan Asparagus Marketing Advisory Board which develops and implements asparagus marketing programs.

… Greiner is an owner/operator of Todd Greiner Farms Packing, LLC which grows fruits, vegetables and evergreens; they also operate a fresh asparagus packing facility.  Greiner holds an associate’s degree in allied health from Grand Rapids Community College. She will continue to represent Northern-Central Michigan Growers.

National Endowment for the Arts awards $60,000 to West Michigan poet, Grand Rapids Symphony, UICA

Dec. 30, 2016; MLive

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a West Michigan poet a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship for 2017.

… Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt leads the performance on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Along with Hathaway, the one-night only show features the Grand Rapids Community Chorus organized by Duane Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College.

Thomas Wilcher would consider leaving Cass Tech for right college job

Dec. 30, 2016; The Detroit Free Press

Thomas Wilcher plans to leave all his options on the table.

… Wilcher’s role models include Ferris State coach Tony Annese, who won three prep titles at Muskegon and then left to coach Grand Rapids Community College, where he won two national titles. Now, Annese is building an NCAA Division II power at Ferris State.

International Guitar Series features Brian Morris, Libor Ondras

December 15, 2016

The International Guitar Series continues at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 with Professor Brian Morris and Libor Ondras, GRCC’s director of orchestras:

The GRCC International Guitar Series presents Libor Ondras, viola and violin with Brian Morris, guitar. Featuring music by Schubert and Piazzola. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Park Church, 10 East Park Place NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503. Admission is $5 at the door. Parking is available in the GRCC Bostwick parking ramp for $3.50. Be sure to ask for a parking voucher at the door. For more information, call (616) 234-4095 or email bmorris@grcc.edu. To buy tickets, visit grcc.edu/guitar. Thank you to our sponsor: Guitar Foundation of America.

GRCC In the News, 11-28-16

November 28, 2016

GRCC’s next college president talks about making an impact

Nov. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The next president of Grand Rapids Community College says he confident about assuming the responsibility because his life’s journey has strategically shaped him into the leader he is today.

It’s time for West Michigan to fix itself

Nov. 25, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal editorial

This cannot be overstated.

… For example, Grand Rapids Community College this month received a $6 million grant to maintain its medical assistant apprenticeship program. Last year at this time, there were 90 openings for qualified medical assistants in West Michigan. The first apprenticeship class is almost done with its studies and will be joining the full-time workforce in January. But with a class of just about 20, it will come nowhere near filling the employment needs of health care providers in the area.

Explore GRCC’s Dental Program

Nov. 22, 2016; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Maranda was joined in studio by some Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist students from Grand Rapids Community College. Learn about the three year Hygienist program and the 10-month Assistant program. These students get to do hands on work out in the West Michigan community. They teach people to “ReThink your Drink.” Check out the video above to see how much sugar you’re consuming in your favorite drinks.

Photo Flash: Opera Grand Rapids Hosts 13th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition

Nov. 22, 2016; Broadway World

Opera Grand Rapids’ 13th annual Collegiate Vocal Competition held this past weekend included winners from Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University and Grand Rapids Community College. The competition, which provides West Michigan’s finest budding vocal artists the opportunity to compete in a professionally-judged competition for cash prizes, received 26 applicants, named eight finalists and selected five winners. Scroll down for photos from the competition!

… Alexandra Galla, mezzo-soprano from Western Michigan University, and Grace VanHoven, soprano from Grand Rapids Community College, won second and third prizes in Division I, respectively. Opera Grand Rapids named two winners in its Division II-Natalie Saigh, mezzo-soprano, and Jared Montgomery, baritone, of Western Michigan University.

MSU to help increase student success in Grand Rapids

Nov. 22, 2016; FOX 47

Michigan State University has joined a Grand Rapids-area community initiative to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering and graduating from Michigan colleges.

… In addition to MSU, other higher education institutions partnering with TCTC are: Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Northwood University and Western Michigan University.