GRCC In the News, 5-17-19

13OYS Mornings: On the road at Frederik Meijer Gardens

May 17, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – For the last couple weeks, the 13 ON YOUR SIDE Morning Show has been live from a different location in West Michigan. On Friday, May 17, Kamady Rudd and James Starks got a first look at the new rooftop garden space at the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

…In higher education news, Grand Rapids Community College has launched an effort this week to raise the final $3 million of a $15 million plan to increase scholarships and expand and improve on campus facilities.

New Presidents or Provosts: Central Oregon CC, Colorado State U, Columbia College Chicago, James Sprunt CC, Mansfield U of Pa., North Carolina CC System, Presidio Graduate School, Tougaloo College, Tufts U, U of Dallas

May 16, 2019; Inside Higher Ed

… Laurie Chesley, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, in Michigan, has been named president of Central Oregon Community College.

GRCC In the News, 5-15-19

GRCC to raise $15 million to increase scholarships, improve facilities

May 14, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Leaders at Grand Rapids Community College launched an effort Tuesday to raise the final $3 million of a $15 million plan to increase scholarships and expand and improve campus facilities.

GRCC’s $15M fundraising campaign targets student scholarships, facilities

May 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College announced Tuesday, May 14, the public phase of its $15 million fundraising campaign for student scholarships and facilities that are more conducive to 21st-century teaching and learning.

Just $3 million shy of goal, GRCC launches public fundraising campaign

May 14, 2019; WGVU

The fundraising campaign is called “A Broader Vision,” and it’s an effort by Grand Rapids Community College leaders to raise “the final $3 million of a $15 million plan to increase scholarships” and renovate two buildings on campus, according to a release.

GRCC launches fundraising campaign for campus renovations

May 14, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College kicked off a fundraising campaign Tuesday to raise money to put towards campus upgrades.

Attracting four-year students for the summer

May 14, 2019; Community College Daily

Whether it’s because of the lower tuition, the ability to gain credits while living at home, a particular course they want to take, or a preferable option to a summer job, an increasing number of four-year college and university students have been enrolling at community colleges during the summer to take a course — or two or three.

… The number of “guest students” at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan increased nearly 80 percent between the advent of its summer marketing push in 2011 and last year. In 2018, 1,374 students from other colleges and universities took GRCC summer courses, nearly a quarter (22 percent) of all students enrolled.

Sophia Carlson, Vivian Gay named top grads at Belding High School

May 14, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

BELDING — Aerospace engineering and worship ministry are the planned college majors for the top two students academically in the Belding High School Class of 2019.

… (Vivian) Gay, 17, is the daughter of Robert and Nadine Gay. She plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to Grace Christian University for worship ministry. Going to Grace would be a dream for Gay, she said, with a goal of becoming a worship leader.

Final comments taken in K-12 Social Studies Standards debate

May 14, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Local educators and students weighed in on the proposed revision of State Social Studies Standards — under debate and hotly contested for the past five years — during a session hosted recently at Kent ISD by the Michigan Department of Education.

… Gertrude Croom, retired Grand Rapids Community College professor, said she attended because of a concern for Michigan students overall, and spoke about the global economy they need to work and live in.

1908 mansion with full pipe organ featured on 50th anniversary Heritage Hill tour

May 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As the Heritage Hill Association celebrates the 50th anniversary of its annual home tour this weekend, organizers are bringing back a Georgian mansion that was a star attraction on the first Heritage Hill tour in May 1969.

… Advance tickets are $18 and are available on the Heritage Hill Association website, as well as the Heritage Hill association office at 126 College SE, Family Fare and D&W stores, Lake Michigan Credit Union branches, Martha’s Vineyard and Art of the Table. Day of tour tickets are $25 and are available at the ticket booth at the GRCC DeVos Campus, 435 East Fulton St. Children under 12 are admitted free.

GRCC In the News, 5-14-19

Morning News

5/14/19 WZZM

Leaders from Grand Rapids Community College want more students to be able to get scholarships to go to GRCC and they also want to improve their facilities. Today, we’ll learn how the school plans on doing that. They’ll tell us about their new campaign during a news conference at 10 o’clock this morning.

Street Talk: Let’s talk streets

5/10/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Grand Rapids Community College has identified nearly 300 students who met all of the requirements for an associate degree but never claimed it.

Change Ups: WMU Cooley Law School taps McGrath as president, dean

5/10/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College student Jake Dabkowski teamed up with Kendall College of Art and Design students Aiden Wysocki, Matthew Veenhoven and Jonathan Moroney, winning first place and $4,000 from MWest Challenge, a student venture competition for pitching a business that would help summer camps handle medications.

Grand Rapids Community College geology students Maegan Bouwens and Madison Jones will spend four weeks doing fieldwork through a fully funded research experience at the University of Texas-El Paso to study 34- to 56-million-year-old igneous rocks in El Paso. The students will continue their research in Michigan.

Record-breaking season shows what heart and hard work can do

5/10/19 schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Now that the gold dust has settled on the Godfrey-Lee wrestling season, coach James Maxim has some time to think about the team’s record-breaking accomplishments.

… As for team leader Enrique (Moreno-Martinez), he will never forget the adversity and experiences he had with Lee wrestling, even as he moves on to study culinary arts at Grand Rapids Community College next fall.

KCAD Alum, Faculty Member Tara McCrackin Named Interim President

5/10/19 ferris.edu (Ferris State University press release)

GRAND RAPIDS — Ferris State University President David Eisler announced today the appointment of Tara McCrackin, associate professor of Interior Design at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) as the interim president of the college.

… McCrackin serves on the Grand Rapids Community College Interior Design Advisory Board and as president of the Michigan chapter of the International Interior Design Association. She donates her time to Kids’ Food Basket in Grand Rapids, and most recently completed the interior design for their new facility opening this summer.

GRCC In the News, 5-10-19

Emmet County Democratic party awards two area students with scholarships

May 9, 2019; Petoskey News-Review

PETOSKEY — The Emmet County Democratic party will be awarding Allison Williams from Petoskey High School and Brandon Wiklanski from Alanson High School a Judge Ned Fenlon Scholarship for $500 to be given during their school award assemblies.

… He attended Grand Rapids Community College, transferred to the University of Notre Dame and earned a law degree from LaSalle University. Fenlon died in Sept. 2010, two months shy of his 107th birthday.

Recap: Wyoming Jr High Visit to GRCC

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GRCC welcomed more than 300 7th-grade students from Wyoming Jr. High on May 1 as part of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant. After enjoying a BBQ buffet in the Raider Grill, students learned about the college’s many programs and what they can do to prepare themselves for post-secondary success.

As part of the GEAR UP grant, the GRCC Foundation is setting aside scholarship funds for the 7th-grade cohorts from Wyoming Jr. High, Godwin Middle School, Godfrey-Lee Middle School, and Kelloggsville Middle School to use upon graduating high school and enrolling in a post-secondary program. GRCC’s GEAR UP program will provide academic support and advising to the Class of 2024 cohort of students and parents as they progress through the middle and high school years.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Student Leadership Banquet

  • Theme: “Grow Where You Are Planted”
  • Event Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Location: Goei Center (818 Butterworth St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504)
  • Doors Open: 5:00 p.m.
  • Caterers: San Chez
  • Evening Activities: Photo Booth and DJ following the awards ceremony
  • Deadline to RSVP: Thursday, March 14, 5 p.m.

The Student Leadership Banquet is an annual event where students are recognized for their contributions as a student leader at GRCC. The event is planned by Student Alliance and Campus Activities Board and is funded by the Campus Activities Fee. All student organizations, advisors, faculty, staff, and award nominees are encouraged to attend. Registration is now open through the 14th, and people can RSVP online.

Reminder: Student Leadership Banquet award nominations due next week

The Student Leadership Banquet is an annual event where students are recognized for their contributions as a student leader at GRCC. The event is planned by Student Alliance and Campus Activities Board and is funded by the Campus Activities Fee. All student organizations, advisors, faculty, staff, and award nominees are encouraged to attend. Registration is now open and people can RSVP online.

  • Theme: “Grow Where You Are Planted”
  • Event Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Location: Goei Center (818 Butterworth St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504)
  • Doors Open: 5:00 p.m.
  • Caterers: San Chez
  • Evening Activities: Photo Booth and DJ following the awards ceremony
  • Deadline to RSVP: March 14, 5 p.m.

Student leadership award nominations are now available through Raider Connect. Students, staff, and faculty can submit nominations. All nominations are due by March 8 at 5 p.m. Most of these awards are associated with a scholarship, so please consider nominating a student that you feel deserves recognition for their leadership and involvement.

Recap: Creating Connections breakfast supports scholarly love on Valentine’s Day

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The GRCC Foundation held its 11th annual Creating Connections breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 14. This wonderful morning was spent with scholarship “owners” connecting with their scholarship recipients. Donor Till Peters was featured. Guests were treated to a hot breakfast, a warm welcome by Dr. Mullins and Dr. Pink, and heard from GRCC students Karl Blessing and Dominique Richards. To view the compelling student speeches, click here.

Special thanks to Facilities, Bayard Brooks, Brian Morris, Eric Tanner, Luba Petrash and her team, and Klaas Kwant for their hard work in making this event spectacular for our donors and students!

Student Leadership Banquet nominations and RSVPs now open for March event

The Student Leadership Banquet is an annual event where students are recognized for their contributions as a student leader at GRCC. The event is planned by Student Alliance and Campus Activities Board and is funded by the Campus Activities Fee. All student organizations, advisors, faculty, staff, and award nominees are encouraged to attend. Registration is now open and people can RSVP online.

  • Theme: “Grow Where You Are Planted”
  • Event Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Location: Goei Center (818 Butterworth St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504)
  • Doors Open: 5:00 p.m.
  • Caterers: San Chez
  • Evening Activities: Photo Booth and DJ following the awards ceremony
  • Deadline to RSVP: March 14, 5 p.m.

Student leadership award nominations are now available through Raider Connect. Students, staff, and faculty can submit nominations. All nominations are due by March 8 at 5 p.m. Most of these awards are associated with a scholarship, so please consider nominating a student that you feel deserves recognition for their leadership and involvement.

Partnership with Knickerbocker – New Holland brews support for scholarships

A photo of Dr. Pink and Fountain Hill Brewery members posing with a giant check written out to the GRCC Foundation.

GRCC is proud of its community partnerships! The craft brewing program of GRCC’s Secchia institute for Culinary Education teamed up with The Knickerbocker — New Holland Brewing in Grand Rapids and created a special brew – the appropriately named “Syllabus.” New Holland named the Secchia Institute the brewery’s Community Tap for November, with a portion of sales benefiting GRCC students. Last week, The Knickerbocker team presented President Bill Pink and Chef Werner Absenger, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education program director, a check for $1,000 for scholarships for students in the craft brewing program. They were joined by professors Jacob Brenner and Amanda Harper of the Fountain Hill Brewery.

GRCC Golden Raider Happy Hour happening this Thursday

Graphic that says "Happy Hour" in a mix of decorative fonts and colors.

The GRCC Golden Raider Happy Hour is back! The first happy hour was a great success and left everyone wanting more, so come connect with colleagues and friends, and throw a few bucks into the collection box for the Golden Raider Scholarship while you’re at it.

This Thursday, December 6, from 3-6 p.m. at Derby Station (2237 Wealthy St SE #130, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506)

  • Cash bar and food
  • Free parking in the ramp behind the restaurant

Folks who are planning on retiring are most welcome, and current retirees are welcome to bring friends!

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Sparks at (616) 690-0009 or Sparkle6045@gmail.com

Support GRCC Athletics scholarships at tomorrow’s Grand Rapids Drive basketball game

Logo for the Grand Rapids Drive basketball team. The team name is colored red and blue with a blue basketball graphic wrapped around the text and a red circle surrounding the image.

Scholarships are vitally import for so many GRCC students to have opportunities for an academic pathway leading to credits for transfer or degrees, or in-demand career skills. That includes our student athletes.

The Grand Rapids Drive basketball team is supporting GRCC and our student athletes with a special takeover night tomorrow (Friday), November 30. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Drive players that night will join the Raider Nation, wearing special jerseys highlighting GRCC Athletics.

Fans will also get a chance to participate in the Drive’s 50/50 ball toss taking place in between the third and fourth quarter. All jersey auction proceeds and half of the 50/50 pot will go toward GRCC athletic scholarships.
Tickets start at just $5 and can be purchased on the NBA Grand Rapids website or by calling the Drive’s front office at 844-GR-DRIVE.
All GRCC students, faculty, staff, and alumni can get a 20% discount on tickets for this game and others when purchased through the Drive website. To order your seats and get the discount:

  • Click on “Tickets.”
  • Select your game, section, and seat.
  • Change the “Price” option to “Group” and click “Add tickets.”
  • Type the promo code “GRCC” in the password box.

Come on out and support GRCC athletics and cheer on the Drive! The game starts at 7 p.m. and is at the DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW.

Scholarship opportunity for Police Academy, Criminal Justice, Education, and Healthcare students

Please tell your students:

The 2018-2019 Grand Rapids Community College Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith (BHMS) Scholarship Application is open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019. This scholarship awards between one and three scholarships of $1000-$3000.

BHMS scholarships are intended for students who are either:

  1. In the GRCC Police Academy, or
  2. Enrolled in a GRCC degree, pathway, or program and planning to work in a public service career related to criminal justice, education, or healthcare.

Visit the Mursalata website for details and application link.

Today is #GivingTuesday at GRCC!

An image of GRCC faculty and staff spelling out the letters "GRCC" in the student plaza.  Underneath the image is text that reads, "Support GRCC Foundation on #GivingTuesday."

As you already know, today is Giving Tuesday, and we hope that you will join us in supporting the GRCC Foundation on this important day of national philanthropy.

You have many opportunities to give today, and you have probably received several emails already this morning asking you to give to various non-profits in our community. But, today, we hope that you consider giving right here at home, at GRCC, where 100% of your donation will be designated for student scholarships.

Scholarships are critical to the success of so many students on our campus. Scholarships remove barriers for students and they increase a student’s ability to persist, transfer, and complete. Students have told us that the scholarship they received meant that they didn’t have to work two or more jobs to pay for their tuition. The scholarship afforded them the opportunity to successfully balance work, family, and school. Scholarships offer hope for our students.

Please take a minute to watch the student testimonial videos below, and you will see and hear from our students how important this gift of education is, and specifically how GRCC transformed their lives and the lives of their families forever.

YouTube Links:
https://youtu.be/alOWMr3pXa4
https://youtu.be/H8ZnrkiBcTA
https://youtu.be/77x7B7t_7GA

No other institution of higher education in our community does this important work the way WE do it, so thank you for all you do for our students!

Please join us TODAY in transforming the lives of our students. Donating is easy – simply click Donate Now. And remember, 100% of your donation goes directly to student scholarships!