Posted tagged ‘Performing arts’

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.

GRCC In the News, 8-11-17

August 11, 2017

2017-18 Sault Tribe Higher Education Scholarships

Aug. 9, 2017; publicnow.com

Sault Tribe Higher Education is pleased to announce the 2017-18 Higher Education Scholarship recipients:

… Noah T. Leask Family Scholarship #36

Carter H. Frisch-Grand Rapids Community College, majoring in Business/Marketing, Freshman, Associates.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern come alive with Heritage Theatre Group production

Aug. 10, 2017; MLive

Heritage Theatre Group’s gender-reversed production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” an acclaimed existentialist tragicomedy Tom Stoppard that tells the story of what happened to the two ill-fated characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, opens tonight at Spectrum Theatre on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus. The local community theatre group has created a gender-reversed version of the play.

GRCC In the News, 8-4-17

August 4, 2017

Recapping the summer of apprenticeships

Aug. 3, 2017; AACC 21st Century Center (American Association of Community Colleges newsletter)

It’s been the summer of apprenticeships. They’ve been the focus of congressional committee hearings and White House executive orders. Earlier this week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) to learn more about apprenticeships and the skilled trades.

Colorful summer dishes served at Gravity Taphouse Grille during Restaurant Week GR

Aug. 3, 2017; FOX 17

Restaurant Week GR is approaching quickly, getting ready to show off the best dishes from 70 restaurants in the Grand Rapids area.

… For every meal sold, each restaurant will donate $1 to the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

Ferris Transfer Student Open House college admission on the spot!

Aug. 3, 2017; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Join Ferris State University to learn how you can transform your college credits or associate degree into a bachelor’s degree. Program advisors, financial aid experts and admissions officers will make sure you have the information you need to take the next step. Make sure to bring all of your questions and copies of your transcripts. Qualified students will be admitted to the university on the spot!

… By partnering with Grand Rapids Community College they are able to offer select Ferris degree programs close to where you live and work.

3 candidates seek 2 Ward 1 slots in primary

Aug. 4, 2017; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

SOUTH HAVEN — Three candidates in the city’s Ward 1 will square off in the primary election on Tuesday.

… He (Ahmmad Goodwin) graduated from South Haven High School and has an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Where Second Ward city commission candidates stand on affordable housing

Aug. 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids City Commission is reminded at nearly every meeting by activists and residents of the affordable housing crunch in the city – but not all of the three candidates for a Second Ward seat on the commission put the issue as top priority.

… (Mayor Rosalynn) Bliss and the rest of the city commission have thrown their support to (Joe) Jones – who has drawn a number of establishment endorsements from across the city, including Grand Rapids Public Schools leadership, Grand Rapids Community College officials, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Rapids Fire Department union.

Staging a Change: The life of Fred Sebulske, Grand Rapids godfather of theater

Aug. 3, 2017; Revue

Hate letters. State government threats. Mayoral involvement. Armed police in the theater.

… Criticism continued to elevate as the opening night got closer. Hate letters from across the country were sent to cast members. After the first couple of performances, the show had to be moved. Grand Rapids Community College which owns Spectrum Theater was facing threats to lose state funding over the play’s controversy.

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.

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.

GRCC In the News, 4-3-17

April 3, 2017

Relatives pay tribute to man killed on highway trying to help friend

April 2, 2017; FOX 17

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A man who police say was killed while merging too slowly onto US-131 last month has been laid to rest.

… (William) Wilson-Wade had just started working as a sales associate at AT&T and was a 2010 graduate of Forest Hills Central. He previously attended GRCC and Central Michigan University.

Change Ups: Gaddy is Women’s Resource Centers new CEO

March 31, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Grand Rapids Community College teamed up with Kent Intermediate School District on Launch U, a tuition-free early college program. Students in the four-year Launch U program will graduate with a high school diploma and a GRCC associate degree in mechanical design, tooling and manufacturing technology, or industrial technology. Launch U was created in partnership with local school districts, GRCC and area manufacturing representatives.

Attracting talent will be focus of Summit Up! Event

April 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Summit Up! event in which more than a dozen business leaders will discuss methods of attracting, developing and retaining talent.

… Other speakers will include Jacob Maas, CEO of West Michigan Works!, Kevin Stotts, president of Talent 2025 and Bill Pink, incoming president of Grand Rapids Community College.

Inside Track: Putting his mark on Grand Rapids

March 32, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Isaac Norris finds similarities between his love of music and his work as an architect.

… Meeting an architect with the same skin color at a young age showed him becoming an architect was possible, so his interests growing up from drawing and painting to building model cars all made sense as he entered the working world. He received an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College before venturing to the University of Detroit School of Architecture now called University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture for a bachelor’s degree.

Q&A: Michelle Urbane Theater Manager, GRCC’s Spectrum Theatre

March 31, 2017; Revue

The Spectrum Theater, located on Fountain Street in Grand Rapids Community College’s campus, houses four theater troupes and is always bustling with activity. Managing all that activity is Michelle Urbane, theater manager. On top of managing the box office, Urbane directs and performs in shows and can always be seen running from one place to the next, always with a big smile on her face.

Comprehensive Therapy Center CWC Awards Finalist

March 31, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Our next finalist for the Connecting with Community Awards is the Comprehensive Therapy Center.

… It started with a summer camp called Therapy and Fun, which meets three times a week during the summer, from June to August. This camp model allows therapists and volunteers to come together to provide dance, music, and reading to the children in the camp. Volunteers for the summer camp can be children as young as 5th graders. The camp recruits their volunteers from area middle and high schools, such as Kent Intermediate School District. They also have partnered with GVSU speech pathology graduate students, Davenport occupational program students, and the GRCC OT program to gain volunteers that can invest in their children.

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.

Photos from ‘A Further Education’

March 24, 2017

You have two more chances to see “A Further Education” — Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Call 234-3946 for tickets!

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GRCC Players present ‘A Further Education’

March 21, 2017

The GRCC Players’ presentation of “A Further Education” opens this weekend!

A Further Education by Will Mortimer. March 23-25, 2017 at 8 p.m., Spectrum Theater. For tickets and information, call (616) 234-3946. www.grcc.edu/theater GRCC. Grand Rapids Community College. All participants welcome. Those in need of special accommodations, please contact Disability Services at (616)234-4110.

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.