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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.

GRCC Players add performances of ‘Facing Our Truth’

January 31, 2017

Because of high ticket demand, the GRCC Players have extended their production of “Facing Our Truth”! Added performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Feb 2, 3 and 4 in the lab space theater (Room 201) at Spectrum Theater.

Thursday and Friday nights will include a talk back, facilitated by Sophia Brewer, to discuss issues raised in the play. Thursday night panel members include Dr. Kate Byerwalter, Dr. Bill Pink, and Dr. Ennis Young. Friday night panel members include Dr. Andre Fields, Rebeca Velazquez-Publes, and Jeremy Moore (Equity PAC).

Seating is limited and shows are selling out! Please call our box office at 234-3946 (open Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) to purchase tickets today.

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GRCC Players present ‘Facing Our Truth’ Jan. 26 to 28

January 25, 2017

The GRCC Players will present “Facing Our Truth: 10 Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege” by Quetzal Flores, Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Dan O’Brien and A. Rey Pamatmat.

The production runs at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 through 28 in Spectrum Theater’s lab space/black box theater (room 201).

Tickets cost $10 for the public and $3 for GRCC students. Call (616) 234-3946 to purchase tickets.

Facing Our Truth. Quetzal Flores, Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Dan O'Brien, A. Rey Pamatmat. 10 Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege. Jan. 26-28 (possible ext: Feb. 2-4) 8 p.m. Spectrum Theater Lab Space (Room 201). For tickets and information, call (616) 234-3946 or visit www.grcc.edu/theater.

 

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, 1-9-17

January 9, 2017

Professional Notes

Jan. 5, 2017; Community College Week

Appointments

… Bill Pink, vice president and dean for workforce development at Grand Rapids Community College, has been named the college’s new president. Prior to joining GRCC’s leadership team in March 2015, Pink served as vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. He has been an educator for more than 25 years, and has taught or coached in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Oregon. Pink has an associate degree from York College in Nebraska, a bachelors degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

The sweet spot of STRIVE

Jan. 9, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Rockford Public Schools, MI — Denae Gillean and Jennifer Olson have a nice and easy relationship, the kind that comes from swapping weekly text messages and picking up roadside trash together in the rain.

… It was one of several service activities students are performing this year. They also toured Grand Rapids Community College, where Denae would like to enroll. Winning the $1,200 STRIVE scholarship this May would help a lot, she says, as she will have to pay for most of her schooling. She’s interested in eventually studying psychology at a four-year university.

Jewish Theater Grand Rapids’ production of “Irena’s Vow” begins 1/12

Jan. 8, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Tickets are on sale now for the Jewish Theater Grand Rapids’ production of “Irena’s Vow” which opens this Thursday, January 12th.  It’s an incredible, true story you don’t want to miss.

… Performances will be on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain ST NE in downtown Grand Rapids on the GRCC campus.

GRCC In the News, 1-4-17

January 4, 2017

‘Irena’s Vow’ debuts January 12 through Jewish Theatre GR

Jan. 3, 2017; FOX 17

The Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids has been rehearsing for weeks, now they’re introducing the production of “Irena’s Vow” to kick off the new year.

… “Irena’s Vow” will be performed at GRCC Spectrum Theatre at the following dates:

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 Players’ ‘Somewhere In Between’ runs Dec. 1-3

November 30, 2016

The GRCC Players will present Craig Pospisil’s “Somewhere In Between” at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 to 3.

Attention GRCC Staff: Call ext. 3946 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, or Friday, Dec. 2, and get two tickets to the production. GRCC staff tickets are $10 — mention seeing this “ad” in GRCC Today and get our BOGO offer: TWO tickets for just $10. You can purchase them over the phone with Visa/MC, or you can purchase with cash or check at the door.

Somewhere In Between by Craig Pospisil. Dec. 1-3, 2016, at 8 p.m. Spectrum Theater. For tickets and information, call (616) 234-3946. www.grcc.edu/theater. GRCC.

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.

 

Student Grace VanHoven receives 3rd place in Opera Grand Rapids competition

November 22, 2016

GRCC student Grace VanHoven received Division I third place in Opera Grand Rapids’ Collegiate Vocal Competition!

The competition is open to student vocalists who are being trained full time at West Michigan colleges and universities. Libor Ondras, GRCC’s director of orchestras and string specialist, was a judge.

 

Student Grace VanHoven to participate in Opera Grand Rapids vocal competition

November 17, 2016
Grace VanHoven

Grace VanHoven

Congratulations to GRCC student Grace VanHoven, who will take part in Opera Grand Rapids’ Collegiate Vocal Competition on Nov. 19 and 20!

The competition is open to student vocalists who are being trained full time at West Michigan colleges and universities. Libor Ondras, GRCC’s director of orchestras and string specialist, is a judge.

The competition’s final round concert is free and open to the public. It starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center, 1320 E. Fulton.

Guitar competition winner Thibout Garcia to perform Nov. 3

November 1, 2016

Thibout Garcia, the Guitar Foundation of America’s 2015 International Solo Competition winner, will perform Nov. 3 as part of GRCC’s International Guitar Series.

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GRCC In the News, 10-28-16

October 28, 2016

Psychology of political beliefs, why people prefer certain political parties

Oct. 27, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – A Grand Rapids Community College Professor gave a lecture, open to the public, on why some people might side with one political party or another. Dr. Frank Conners, who is also the Psychology Department Head, recognizes the polarizing divide in the nation and believes the first step in bridging the gap is understanding why one party resonates with certain people.

World’s leading female classical guitarist Lily Afshar to play Hope College; 22-year-old French guitar star Thibaut Garcia stops at GRCC

Oct. 27, 2016; Local Spins

Lily Afshar, declared one of the world’s foremost classical guitarists by Public Radio International, is performing Friday at Hope College in Holland.

… Kalamazoo, Detroit and Grand Rapids are hosting 22-year-old French classical guitarist Thibaut Garcia, who is on a 50-city tour of the U.S. and Canada as the winner of the prestigious 2015 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Solo Competition.

Garcia is presenting the second concert of Grand Rapids Community College’s International Guitar Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 3) at Fountain Street Church.

American Seating Hosted Manufacturing Day Event for Union High School Students

Oct. 27, 2016; Mass Transit magazine

American Seating welcomed more than 50 students, teachers and other leaders from Union High School and Grand Rapids Public Schools for a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

… The event additionally included presentations by American Seating team members as well as representatives from Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Rapids Community Foundation, who spoke about local manufacturing-education programs and scholarship opportunities.

GVSU and GRCC collaborate on first film festival

Oct. 23, 2016; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University’s French clubs have teamed up to bring the first annual Tournees French Film Festival to Grand Rapids Wednesday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Nov. 8.

Rattlers Bolster Secondary with Three New DBs

Oct. 26, 2016; oursportscentral.com

Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers announced today that they have signed three defensive backs their inaugural season in the Indoor Football League (IFL). Damond Smith and Anttonio Brown join the team as rookies, while Nathan Lindsey will begin his second season in the league.

… Lindsey attended Fort Hays State University where he was a two-year starter for the Tigers, and in that time he recorded 113 tackles and three interceptions. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Lindsey also attended, Grand Rapids Community College and Eastern Arizona before eventually transferring to Fort Hays State.

Thibout Garcia to perform in International Guitar Series

October 21, 2016

Thibout Garcia, the Guitar Foundation of America’s 2015 International Solo Competition winner, will perform Nov. 3 as part of GRCC’s International Guitar Series.

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