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Physical Sciences hosts STEM event

March 20, 2017

Last month, the Physical Sciences Department hosted a collaborative public outreach event led by faculty and students from GRCC and Van Andel Institute. The event, titled “Fall in Love With STEM” was part of a series of similar events sponsored by the Association of Women in Science West Michigan chapter. The GRCC site featured a unique “Exploration Station” format, where middle-school-aged registrants investigated scientific disciplines across science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, making this a true STEM event.

From the Physical Sciences Department, Assistant Professor Ashley Campanali led a station on engineering and Assistant Professor Lauren Woolsey led a station on astronomy. From the Mathematics Department, GRCC student Rachel Swem led her own station on mathematics and game theory. From the Biological Sciences Department, Professor Leigh Kleinert organized a station that was run entirely by the following GRCC students as part of their service learning program: Shelsy DeLeon-Lopez, Afrika Earvin, Alma Garcia-Bautista, Mollie Hettinger, Brendan Howe, Jenna Meyers, Mauricio Perez, Monica Rivera, Taylor Swift, Megan Thomas, and Ana Villagomez.

Sincere thanks and congratulations to all those involved, including the countless volunteers and support staff who made this event possible! Other station leaders include Alison Bernstein (MSU), Jamie Grit (VAI), Marie Adams (VAI), Allie Weber (VAI), and Jacqueline Peacock (FSU). Julie Turner led the VAI logistics and event registration, and Lauren Woolsey led the GRCC logistics and event setup. Photos in this post were taken by Katie Krajnak from VAI. Dozens of families attended this inaugural event, and we look forward to expanding the event in future years!

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GRCC In the News, 5-10-16

May 10, 2016

Honors & Awards

May 9, 2016; Community College Week

… First place in Grand Rapids Community College’s (Mich.) Armen Awards went to a project that promoted awareness of computer science education for K-12 education. Katie Vander Meer’s Introduction to Computer Programming students taught computer programming logic to Orchard View Elementary fifth-graders. Longtime GRCC supporter Armen Oumedian created and funds the awards for excellence in service learning. Faculty members lead students in designing and completing service projects to benefit community organizations. The top three teams among the five finalists received awards. The second place award went to Holly Van- Ryn and students in her Restaurant Leadership and Management course. They teamed up with Baxter Community Center’s mentoring program to teach youth fine dining etiquette. The third place award was given to Leigh Kleinert and students in her General Human Anatomy and Physiology course, who partnered with Jenison International Academy to provide an in-person, interactive biology lab for online high school students.

Lakeview’s King signs with GRCC to play hoops

May 9, 2016; The Daily News (Greenville)

LAKEVIEW — Delanie King was one of the more surprised people she was asked to play college basketball.

But the Lakeview senior signed a letter of intent to play for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) on Friday.

Liberal studies major earns Outstanding Adult Learner recognition

May 9, 2016; GV Now (GVSU publication)

A student in Grand Valley’s Liberal Studies Leadership program was named Outstanding Adult Learner by an area consortium of colleges and universities.

Todd Talsma received the honor from the Grand Rapids Area Higher Education Network during a ceremony April 20 at Grand Rapids Community College.

Computer programming project wins first place in Armen Awards

April 26, 2016

The Armen Awards were announced on April 22:

  • First place — Katie Vander Meer’s Introduction to Computer Programming students, who taught computer programming logic to Orchard View Elementary fifth-graders.
  • Second place — Holly VanRyn and students in her Restaurant Leadership and Management course, who teamed up with Baxter Community Center’s mentoring program to teach youth fine-dining etiquette.
  • Third place —  Leigh Kleinert and students in her General Human Anatomy and Physiology course, who partnered with Jenison International Academy to provide an in-person, interactive biology lab for online high school students.
  • Finalist — Lauren Elliott and students in her Introduction to Biology course, who partnered with Blandford Nature Center to give students real-world applications to ecology.
  • Finalist — Margie Erlandson and students in her Fashion Merchandising course, who partnered with Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion to design, produce and deliver hand-crafted quilts for cancer patients.

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Armen Awards ceremony set for April 22

April 18, 2016

Celebrate the teams participating in this year’s Armen Awards competition!

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Exercise Science, Biology departments participate in Engaged Department Initiative

February 10, 2016

Congratulations to the Exercise Science and Biology Departments for their outstanding efforts in creating community-based experiences for their students. Both departments are part of the Engaged Department Initiative, a grant funded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to advance the institutionalization of community engaged teaching and learning into the departments curricula.

Each department received $5,000 dollars to plan, establish, implement, and evaluate strategic initiatives that will advance the integration of community-based teaching and learning into departmental curriculum and culture.

During the Fall semester, the Biology Department had nearly (250) students participate in community-based learning activities including (5) sections offering service learning and featured the Community Science Day serving over (400) community members.   The Exercise Science Department had 90 students participate in community-based learning activities including (7) sections offering service learning in addition to (50) participants at the Feeding America Make A Difference Day event and the (13) participants at the Ride for Refuge fundraising event.

Both departments are excited for the new ways they are connecting students to the community. If you are interested in learning more about the Engaged Department Initiative please visit www.grcc.edu/engageddepartment or contact Michael Schavey, Director of Experiential Learning at 616-234-4180.

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GRCC In the News, 12-14-15

December 14, 2015

Donor receives award for philanthropy

Dec. 13, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — This year, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation awarded the Jack Chaille Community Philanthropy Award to Armen Oumedian, retired senior Vice President of Rapistan.

… He created GRCC’s Armen Awards which gives cash awards to faculty members who go above and beyond in educating students through innovative projects.

Meet the Chefs: Tastemakers from San Chez, Winchester and Electric Cheetah

Dec. 11, 2015; Revue

You may know your resident servers and bartenders, but do you know who’s masterminding your favorite dishes? Revue chatted with a few local chefs about how they got started in the kitchen and what’s new on each of their menus.

… Aaron Stek: San Chez

… When did you first decide to become a chef?

My first real taste was at Schuler Books & Music and Café on 28th Street when they first opened that place up. That was around 1995 or so. That’s where the interest was sparked and the whole notion of going to school for the culinary arts was put into my brain. I went to Grand Rapids Community College, their culinary program. The staff I was working with at Schuler inspired me to go. Today, there are a lot more people interested in this career compared to when I first started. When I went to school we certainly had full classes and all of that, but now you have to plan a year or two in advance if you want to go there.

(The article also talks to SICE alumnus Brian Oosterheert.)

Deadline for Armen Awards proposals is November 1

October 29, 2015

Final Reminder – deadline to participate in the Armen Awards – Excellence in Service Learning for the Winter semester is November 1st.

Simply submit your proposal! [click here]

By participating in the Armen Awards, the College will produce a professional video highlighting your service learning project, be honored at the celebration event of your teams efforts, have a chance to win up to $3,000 and an opportunity to share your hard work on a local network morning show.

GRCC In the News, 10-26-15

October 26, 2015

“The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege”

10/25/15 WJR

Host Glenn Haege: “About three weeks ago I wrote an article for The New York Times wire service, News and Free Press and it talked about skilled labor learning from high school through college, then Obama came to town that following Wednesday and he talked about skilled labor training and money through some millions of dollars added at Macomb and Grand Rapids Community College.”

Grand Rapids celebrates National Chemistry Week

Oct. 24, 2015; WZZM

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) — It’s National Chemistry Week and Saturday is the perfect day to peak your little scientist’s interest by bringing them to experience interactive chemistry demonstrations at Woodland Mall. It’s happening from noon until 4:00 p.m. Saturday near the Macy’s entrance.

… The event will include demonstration booths sponsored by the Local American Chemical Society and chemistry clubs from Grand Valley, Hope College, Aquinas College and Grand Rapids Community College.

Two-year schools see mixed results for millage requests

Oct. 23, 2015; Observer & Eccentric

Schoolcraft College isn’t the only two-year college in Michigan to go to voters to ask for a millage increase in recent years.

… Another school that saw the request turned down recently was Grand Rapids Community College, which had several millage increases turned down in the last decade, the most recent being in 2012. Voters turned down a $98.6 million request by more than 6,500 votes in that race.

Pop singer plays ‘Jimmy Fallon’

Oct. 22, 2015; Traverse City Record-Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — The ride to pop stardom has been nothing short of extraordinary for an unassuming but immensely talented kid from a small West Michigan town.

… He (Garrett Borns) still seems every bit the thoughtful and mellow Midwestern boy who graduated five years ago from Grand Haven High School where he sang in the choir and started to turn heads with his music. He also attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts and studied music theory at Grand Rapids Community College.

Inside Track: Undersheriff’s grasp of technology benefits the entire department

Oct. 23, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

In Michelle Young’s nearly 26 years with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, she’s been a crucial key to many of the technological advancements the county has seen during her tenure.

… She completed a Master’s in Public Administration from Western Michigan University in 1992. She also attended the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy to move from corrections to patrol. And she decided to start the supervisory track, taking an exam and an oral interview to become sergeant.

East Grand Rapids mayor facing a challenger in Nov. 3 election

Oct. 24, 2015; MLive

East Grand Rapids residents will decide if current mayor Amna Seibold will continue to preside over the City Commission for another four years when they go to the polls on Nov. 3. Seibold, who stepped into the slot four years ago, is being challenged by local real-estate agent Bill Templin.

… Templin attended Grand Rapids Community College and the University of Cincinnati. His community involvement includes John Ball Zoo and JBZ Rendezoo, Reeds Lake Triathlon, East Grand Rapids Trail Blazers Run, East Grand Rapids Fireworks, Student Advancement Foundation, NPR, AmFar, East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary.

Aquinas volleyball picks up four wins at AQ/Cornerstone Crossover

Oct. 24, 2015; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- The Aquinas College volleyball team played host to four non-conference opponents this weekend as part of the annual Aquinas/Cornerstone Crossover. The Saints played a pair of games on both Friday evening and Saturday morning, and came out victorious in all four games. Aquinas is now 17-12 on the season.

In the opening match on Friday, the Saints defeated Rochester College 3-1. Aquinas dominated the first set 25-10, but the Warriors bounced back to win the second 25-23. Aquinas would claim the next two sets 25-18 and 25-21 to earn the victory. Sophomore Kenzie Haley’s (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Eastern) career high 17 kills spearheaded the attack, while Brooke Wieland (Lake Odessa/Lakewood) supplied 46 assists, 15 digs, and three aces. Katlyn Agren (Cadillac/GRCC) led four Saints in double digit digs with 24.

Armen Oumedian Receives Philanthropy Award

Oct. 23, 2015; pressreleasepoint.com

On Friday, October 23, 2015 Grand Rapids Community Foundation will have its annual donor celebration and present the Jack Chaille Community Philanthropy Award to Armen Oumedian, retired senior Vice President of Rapistan.

… Oumedian is an active and hands-on philanthropist with a keen interest in Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) education. He’s been a long-time supporter of his alma mater Kettering University, and of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). He’s created and funded a number of programs that encourage innovation and learning, including GRCC’s Armen Awards, which give cash awards to faculty innovation projects. He created a Community Foundation scholarship for students at GRCC and Kettering University. Armen has been a member of the Kettering University Alumni Board and the Porter Hills Communities and Services Board. Oumedian was named the GRCC Alumni of the Year and was also awarded Kettering’s Alumni Service Award. He’s an avid supporter of the Community Foundation’s Challenge Scholars program and holds the distinction of having attended Harrison Park School, one of the Challenge Scholars schools.

Deadline for Armen Awards proposals is November 1

October 13, 2015

Reminder – the deadline to participate in the Armen Awards-Excellence in Service Learning for the Winter semester is November 1. Simply submit your proposal! [click here]

By participating in the Armen Awards, the college will produce a professional video highlighting your service learning project; you will be honored at the celebration event of your team’s efforts; you have a chance to win up to $3,000 and an opportunity to share your hard work on a local network morning show.

Armen Awards: Excellence in Service Learning competition

September 29, 2015

Congratulations to the Fall semester faculty participating in the Armen Awards: Excellence in Service Learning competition. These faculty will be showcased along with the Winter semester applicants during the April 2016 Armen Awards Celebration event.

Lauren Elliott teaches in the Biological Science Department, specifically BI 101 Introduction to Biology. She has partnered with Blandford Nature Center to provide students with a real world application to ecology including conservation, invasive species and human-environmental interaction. Students will get to see firsthand how an invasive species impacts the local flora and fauna and what affect it has on the local community. Students will learn to identify and physically remove non-native vegetation in the area and then design information materials for the public about invasive species, how it affects the local environment and most importantly how someone can help.

Marguerite Erlandson teaches in the Business Department, specifically FM 236 Fashion Design. She has partnered with the Lemmon-Holton Cancer Pavilion where students will apply the principles and elements of design, fabric selection and sewing techniques to design, produce and deliver tailored quilts for cancer patients. Students will focus on the types of fabrics that are appropriate for warmth and comfort, soothing or uplifting colors, appropriate size of quilt and finally patterns.

Faculty wishing to participate during the winter semester must apply by November 1st. Go here for more details.

Deadline for Armen Awards proposals is September 11

September 8, 2015

Reminder – deadline to participate in the Armen Awards – Excellence in Service Learning for the Fall semester is this Friday, September 11th.

Simply submit your proposal! [click here]

By participating in the Armen Awards, the College will produce a professional video highlighting your service learning project, be honored at the celebration event of your teams efforts, have a chance to win up to $3,000 and an opportunity to share your hard work on a local network morning show.

Armen Awards expands to add fall participation

August 31, 2015

All faculty are invited to participate in this years Armen Awards – Excellence in Service Learning.

Now in its sixth year, the Armen Awards is a competition where faculty and community partners form teams to create service learning projects for shared impact.

Service learning makes a difference in the lives of our students as part of their educational processes, their development as a professional and as a responsible citizen.

See a video of last years winner! [click here]

New this year is the chance to participate in the Fall semester!

By participating in the Armen Awards, the College will produce a professional video highlighting your service learning project, a celebration event honoring your teams efforts, a chance to win up to $3,000 and an opportunity to share your hard work on a local network morning show.

Simply submit your proposal [click here] The proposal describes how your course learning outcomes are met through your service learning project.

*Deadline for Fall Semester: Friday, September 11, 2015

*Deadline for Winter Semester: Friday, November 6, 2015

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GRCC In the News, 6-5-15

June 5, 2015

Why you should try Festival of the Arts 2015’s new smartphone apps

June 14, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Apps for Festival of the Arts 2015 in Grand Rapids have arrived.

… The app, developed by a team of students at Grand Rapids Community College, led by Andrew Rozema, is a first for Festival of the Arts.

… “I think we will hit the initial goal here, which was to give users a map of where they were so that they would know what the events directly around them looked like and that would take them into the appropriate area of the website,” said Rozema, an assistant professor of computer information systems.

Major donations expand Muskegon Community College downtown space, entrepreneurial program

June 3, 2015; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Muskegon Community College’s presence in downtown has just expanded by nearly 24,000 square feet with the announcement of two major gifts to the college’s entrepreneurial studies program.

… (Nick) Sarnicola said when he was a student at Grand Rapids Community College, he had trouble finding a place where he could pursue entrepreneurial studies. With the help of mentors, he said he was able to build his fortune with a company named Visalus, which sells nutritional supplements through independent promoters. Sales in 13 countries have surpassed $1 billion, he said.

Spartans aim to contend at MHSAA Golf Finals

June 4, 2015; Battle Creek Enquirer

There might not be a sport that is more difficult to predict than golf.

… (Matt) Alderink is in his fourth varsity season and is committed to play at junior college power Grand Rapids Community College. He said the Spartans feel good about their chances this weekend.

GRCC In the News, 5-19-15

May 19, 2015

Festival of the Arts unveils new app

May 18, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Grand Rapids’ biggest summer festival kicks off in less than three weeks and this year, your smartphone can help you get the most out of Festival of the Arts.

… The app was developed by Grand Rapids Community College students and will help you navigate the three-day event, which is the largest all-volunteer art festival in the country.

Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch 2015 concert lineup: Joshua Davis, Michelle Chamuel and more

May 19, 2015; MLive

Sonic Lunch – the free, outdoor summer concert series at Liberty Plaza, on Liberty St. and Division in Ann Arbor, presented by Bank of Ann Arbor – has just announced its 2015 lineup, which includes “The Voice” superstars Michelle Chamuel and Joshua Davis; Børns; Martha Reeves; Theo Katzman and more.

… August 13th – Børns, with special guest Chris Bathgate

The nom de plume of singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and Michigan native Garrett Borns, Børns crafts big-hearted, alternately dreamy and danceable, falsetto-driven electro-pop confections that have been dusted with glam rock and folk. Raised in the great lake coastal town of Grand Haven, Michigan, Børns studied music at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and Grand Rapids Community College while becoming a fixture in the local music scene. After a brief stint in New York City, Børns decided to relocate to Los Angeles, where he set up shop in a self-described “treetop sanctuary” just outside of the city, and began honing what would eventually become his debut EP, the Interscope-issued “Candy.” His new single “Electric Love” is on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and in rotation on every rock station in America.

GRCC In the News, 5-7-15

May 7, 2015

Meet the winners of GRCC’s Armen Awards

May 6, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — Top honors in the annual Grand Rapids Community College Armen Awards were handed out recently. eightWest got a chance to sit down with the winners. Sean Mulhall and Jonathan Lopez are students who participated in the project along with Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, advisor of GRCC’s Collegiate Newspaper and Katherine Morrison of Hospice of Michigan.

Senior Wellness: Caring for the grandkids

May 5, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)– One of the perks of getting older is having grandkids. But sometimes life changes and grandparents have to take in their grandkids as their own.

Mike Faber from Grand Rapids Community College’s Older Learning Center explains how grandparents can deal with raising their grandkids.

Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern tennis coach Dave Sukup notches 500th win

May 7, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Dave Sukup has racked up some pretty impressive numbers as Forest Hills Northern’s girls and boys tennis coach.

… Sukup played a year at the University of Michigan in Bo Schembechler’s first season in 1969 and later at Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. He aspired to be a football coach, and he was a successful one at FHN. Sukup coached the Huskies from 1983-1998, and only once did the Huskies finish under the .500 mark, and that was 4-5 in his final season.

Muskegon Risers to open inaugural soccer season Saturday in Detroit

May 6, 2015; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — After a year of preparation, the Muskegon Risers are ready to take the field for the first time in franchise history.

… (Job) Potter sees the team as a huge opportunity for Muskegon and his own soccer career. Potter grew up playing on a homeschool team, travel teams in Rockford and spent one season at Mount Vernon Nazarene in Ohio. He decided to switch to Grand Rapids Community College instead of mounting a huge student loan debt in college.

Guidance for your financial future

May 6,2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — When it comes to planning our financial futures, it’s never too soon to get started! Our wealth management expert, Ron Courser, walks through some of what we need to know. In today’s world, tax deferred savings plans (401(k) / 403(b) / IRA) may be most, or may be all, of a person’s life savings. But creating rollover and income strategies avoid mistakes is critical.

… Scheduled Speakers:

Dave Van Valkenburg is a Certified Public Accountant and is president and owner of Van Valkenburg Consulting, Inc. Dave has taught accounting and personal taxation as an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College over the past 20 years. Along with his CPA designation, Dave has also held Series 7 and Series 63 licenses (securities licenses) and has extensive experience in the financial markets.