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GRCC In the News, 3-23-17

March 23, 2017

Tuition-free early college program to build talent pipeline for in-demand jobs

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As manufacturers gather in Detroit today for a summit on advancing the industry’s future, local companies are working with Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College to create a new pipeline of workers to meet labor demands.

GRCC welcomes its first African-American president

March 22, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College’s first African-American president says he’s humbled to fill the role.

Is the craft beer market in Grand Rapids saturated?

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Pour a cold one and consider: the number of craft breweries in Grand Rapids has tripled since 2011, the year before beer lovers voted it “Beer City, USA.”

… Professionalizing the industry is the goal of a new Grand Rapids Community College certificate program, which has 30 people enrolled in its first year of offering coursework and hands-on training at its own Fountain Hill Brewery.

Making transferring easy

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University has been chosen as a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes the university’s support of community college transfers.

… “We have an advisor at Grand Rapids Community College, which is really our main feeder school for community colleges,” (Bonnie) Ulmer-DeGraves said. “We have someone there from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday to meet with potential students and make sure they’re on the right path for transferring into Grand Valley.”

Monica’s Gourmet Cookies to debut on QVC

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A favorite Grand Rapids cookie brand will get the QVC spotlight next week.

… The former caterer (Monica Mitidieri) is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute of Culinary Education.

Words of encouragement

March 22, 2017; Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.)

DANVILLE — Zachary Pangborn has attempted nearly 300 shots this season.

On Wednesday afternoon in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at the Mary Miller Gymnasium, the Grand Rapids Community College freshman missed six of his first seven field goal attempts and he was just 1-of-5 at the free-throw line.

Sí, se puede! Standing up for immigrants & farm workers in Grand Rapids

March 23, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Lupe Ramos-Montigny remembers three summers of her childhood, seasons now decades ago, like they were yesterday: the months when she would travel with her parents, Ysidro and Maria, and seven of her nine siblings from her hometown of Weslaco, Texas north to Michigan. There, Ramos-Montigny, now a Grand Rapidian who serves on the State Board of Education, would spend the 10th, 11th and 12th summers of her life harvesting beets in a town at the tip of the Mitten State’s thumb, Caseville, and picking cherries in Old Mission Peninsula, a region just north of Traverse City.

… Since then, the march has gone on to draw hundreds of people each year, with such officials as Olivarez, the Aquinas College president; Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender; Grand Valley State University Vice President Jesse Bernal; Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall-Neal; Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky, and various elected officials attending the event last week.

Experimenting with healthier ingredients at home

March 22, 2017; WZZM

Liz Weber is a Registered Dietitian at Mercy Health Saint Marys.

… Seek out local cooking classes. Downtown Market, Grand Rapids Community College, Sur La Table, The Local Epicurean, and Williams-Sonoma are all great resources available in the Grand Rapids area that provide cooking classes.

LSU to host ‘Feria de las Flores’ to welcome in the spring

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

For almost sixty years, the Feria de las Flores event in Medellin, Colombia, has been one of Latin America’s most vibrant events. Grand Valley State University’s Latino Student Union (LSU) will bring some of the events famous flair to one of its bi-annual dinner-dances taking place Friday, March 24.

… In addition, two singers will perform songs in Spanish, followed by a semi-formal dinner and then traditional Mexican and Colombian dancing. Students from the Grand Rapids Community College’s Hispanic Student Organization will also participate.

Women’s Issues Now sponsors art exhibit

March 20, 2017

The GRCC’s Women’s Issues Now student club is hosting the annual student-run art exhibit “What Does Feminism Mean to You?” in the Art Gallery in GRCC’s Main Building.

The exhibit runs:

  • Monday 1-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday 3-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday 1-7 p.m.
  • Thursday 12:15-2:15 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.

RaiderCard reminders

March 16, 2017

Employee RaiderCard reminders:

  • If you have changed departments, roles, or your name, you can get a replacement RaiderCard free of charge at Student Life!* Changes must be on record with Human Resources.
  • You can check your balance and add funds online at the RaiderCard eAccounts website.
  • If your card is damaged, it will be replaced free of charge.*
  • If you have lost your card, there is a $10.00 replacement fee.

*Must bring in current RaiderCard to get a free replacement.

 

$1,000 for charity raised at ‘GRCC Night’

March 2, 2017

More than 4,000 fans attended “GRCC Night” at the Grand Rapids Drive and helped raise over $1,000 for charity through raffles and the sale of GRCC-branded jerseys!

The Buzz: A digital resource for you and your students

March 1, 2017

For years, USA TODAY has partnered with higher education to bring the latest headlines into the hands of students and faculty. In today’s digital age, reaching the most connected and tech-savvy generation can be a real challenge. GRCC has partnered with USA TODAY to provide a reliable news resource that will connect your students to the world around them.

The Buzz: Grand Rapids Community College is a first-of-its-kind news app that gives students access to the latest national, world, local, and campus news they care about in one app.

Students are able to:

  • Examine multiple opinions and perspectives.
  • Create conversations and promote a sharing of ideas within their community and beyond.
  • Access the latest campus headlines from The Collegiate.
  • Receive the latest career advice for use in their prospective field.
  • See their lives in a global context and relate major stories to specific course-work.

Download The Buzz: Grand Rapids Community College and share it with your students to receive the most up to date news from USA TODAY national, USA TODAY College, and GRCC News.

Available in iTunes or Google Play stores now.

GRCC In the News, 2-27-17

February 27, 2017

GRCC offers class to help increased demand for Certified Nursing Assistants

Feb. 24, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is launching its first training program from a $6 million federal grant to ensure the healthcare industry has access to a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the region’s demand.

Literacy program cultivates hidden talent in employees

Feb. 24, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Literacy Center of West Michigan realized 16 years ago that the workforce was full of employees with untapped leadership potential: those who struggle with literacy.

… Similarly, last summer, CWE launched a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College and the Hispanic Center of West Michigan to recruit and teach Spanish-speaking community members who wanted to participate in GRCCs machine computer numerical control (CNC) degree.

Trophy cases from Grand Rapids colleges tell unique history of sports

Feb. 26, 2017; MLive

The thrill of victory often includes a nice payoff: hardware. Trophies, plaques and ribbons adorn college athletic departments across the Grand Rapids area. There are all kinds of display cases, from modest to opulent, housed in various locations and each with a history lesson. They are old nets, old photos and trophies of all ages, shapes and sizes. Here is a look at some of them from around West Michigan.

… Grand Rapids Community College

Steps inside the Ford Fieldhouse entrance, and just outside the gym, is a long corridor that is home to the rich history of Raiders athletics. A portrait of former President Gerald R. Ford standing guard over the hardware just adds to the atmosphere.

KVCC women earn 23rd win – and at least a share of title, 68-54

Feb. 25, 2017; MLive

As Grand Rapids Coach, David Glazier said after the contest, “If you don’t shoot in this gym every day, it can be a hard place to play.” He was talking about the ‘wide open spaces’ of GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse, and it has taken its effect on many a visiting team’s shooting prowess. Even solid teams like KVCC’s sixth-ranked Cougars.

McCallum Returns To The Drive

Feb. 25, 2017; Our Sports Central

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH -The Grand Rapids Drive, the NBA D-League Affiliate of the Detroit Pistons announced today that Ray McCallum has returned to the team’s roster after receiving a GATORADE Call-Up totaling 20 days from the Charlotte Hornets.

… McCallum returns to the Grand Rapids Drive for tonight’s game when the team hosts the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 7 PM at the DeltaPlex Arena. Tonight’s game is the Drive’s Metro Health Family Night (All Saturday Games) which features 4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, 4 sodas for $44 and is a Jersey Takeover Night sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College. Players will wear custom Navy and White jerseys for the game. The custom jerseys will be able to be bid on throughout the game and the winner of the jersey will be able to meet the player and have their photo taken with them post-game and receive a signed jersey.

Spirit Week ends with basketball, dance

February 24, 2017

GRCC’s Spirit Week wraps up with basketball and a dance:

Feb. 24

  • Pep Rallies — Pep rallies will be held during both the women’s and men’s basketball games, which start at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, in the fieldhouse. Free admission!
  • Homecoming dance — This will start following the basketball games (about 9:30-11:30 p.m.) in the Raider Grille. Doors will be locked at 10 p.m., so students should arrive before that time.

Feb. 25

  • GRCC Night at the Grand Rapids Drive — The Grand Rapids Drive will face off against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 7 p.m. in the DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW. GRCC students, faculty and staff can purchase discounted tickets online, and parking is $5.

Grand Rapids Drive hosts ‘GRCC Night’ on Feb. 25

February 22, 2017

logo for the Grand Rapids DriveThe Grand Rapids Drive will host “GRCC Night” during the team’s game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW.

Students, faculty and staff can purchase discounted tickets online, and parking is $5.

Raider Rush week ends with ‘GRCC Night’ at Grand Rapids Drive

February 16, 2017

logo for the Grand Rapids DriveNext week will be GRCC’s Raider Rush, with food, games and contests!

Here’s the lineup of activities:

Feb. 20

  • “Breakfast of Champions” with GRCC presidents and the Grand Rapids Drive — Free breakfast (waffles, hashbrowns and orange juice) for the first 200 people from 9-10:30 a.m. on the Main Building’s fourth floor.
  • Department decorating contest begins!
  • Student organization banners due to the Student Life office.

Feb. 21

  • Open gym basketball and a meet-and-greet with the Grand Rapids Drive — 2-4 p.m. in the fieldhouse.

Feb. 22

  • Student Leader Dodgeball Tournament and a meet-and-greet with the Grand Rapids Drive — 4-6 p.m. in the fieldhouse.

Feb. 23 (Spirit Day)

  • T-shirt Swap — Own a shirt with a not-GRCC school logo on it? Swap it for a free GRCC T-shirt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Raider Grille. If you already have some GRCC apparel, show it off!
  • Department spirit contest ballots due.

Feb. 24

  • Pep Rallies — Pep rallies will be held during both the women’s and men’s basketball games, which start at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, in the fieldhouse. Free admission!
  • Homecoming dance — This will start following the basketball games (about 9:30-11:30 p.m.).

Feb. 25

  • GRCC Night at the Grand Rapids Drive — The Grand Rapids Drive will face off against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 7 p.m. in the DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW. GRCC students, faculty and staff can purchase discounted tickets online, and parking is $5.

Student Affairs graduate students seeking summer and fall internships

February 13, 2017

The College Student Affairs Leadership program at Grand Valley State University requires their M. Ed. students to complete two internships during the program. If your department is interested in connecting with a graduate student about the possibility of doing an internship please fill out this brief form.

Both summer and fall internships would require a minimum of 150 hours; fall internships are capped at 10 hours a week on average.

Questions may be directed to Jonathan Blackwell at jonathanblackwell@grcc.edu or extension 4039.

BASU holds Black History Month celebration from Feb. 21-23

February 13, 2017

The Black Africana Student Union is hosting a three-day celebration of Black History Month. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. While the event is free for students, faculty and staff are asked to contribute to help cover the cost of the meal and event.

Questions? Contact Chiquital Clay at  (616) 234-3445 or CClay@grcc.edu.

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Nominations for student leadership awards due Feb. 10

February 9, 2017

Nominations are up for the Annual Student Leadership Banquet. Any member of Grand Rapids Community College (student, faculty, staff or Board of Trustee member) can nominate a qualified current GRCC student for a student leadership award. There is also the Jerry Benham Award for Staff and Faculty, which is awarded to any current GRCC staff or faculty member who has actively supported the leadership development of students. Nomination forms need to be received by the Student Life Office no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, for consideration. Nominators must complete a different form for each nominee and award.  Please visit the link below to find the nomination form:

http://www.grcc.edu/studentlife/studentorganizationsandclubs/studentleadershipbanquet2017

The Student Leadership Banquet is an annual event focused on recognizing the success and accomplishments of student leaders on campus. This year’s banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 5, at the L.V. Eberhard Center located on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration for the banquet closes Friday, March 24th

Questions or concerns can be directed to Thalia Guerra at thaliaguerraflores@grcc.edu.

GRCC In the News, 2-2-17

February 2, 2017

GVSU students stage sit-in against Donald Trump

Feb. 1, 2017; therapidian.org

On January 31, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., a group of GVSU students came together for a sit-in to display resistance against recent executive orders put in place by President Donald Trump. This sit-in, organized by social work student Megan Bardenhagen, along with Beau Laine VanSolkema, took place on GVSU’s Allendale campus in the Kirkhof Center. For the first half hour, students stood outside by Cook Carillon’s clock tower with signs poised high. For the next two hours, students occupied the space in the middle of Kirkhof’s main lobby, chanting in favor of diversity, unity, and freedom, while condemning Trump’s xenophobic and fascist executive orders to ban those who inhabit Islam-centric countries from entering the United States.

… Most of the time was spent chanting things such as: “No ban, no wall, this country is for all,” “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A.,” “Sanctuary campus,” “Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!” and more. A few speakers stood up to share their stories, including Joe Cadreau, who has worked with NoDAPL protests and the Black Lives Matter movement; Beau Laine VanSolkema, who is the StandOUT President at Grand Rapids Community College as well as a dual-enrolled student at GRCC; and Lindsey Disler, a GVSU student. One student in particular, Sudhansu Baskota, shared his personal story as a refugee who recently came to the United States after a devastating earthquake in his home country, Nepal.

GRCC Hosts the 35th Annual Giant Awards at DeVos Place

Feb. 1, 2017; Women’s Lifestyle

On Saturday, February 4, the 35th annual Giants Awards and Banquet will honor and celebrate 13 African American individuals or organizations for their exemplary service to the Grand Rapids community.

… Founded by Dr. Patricia Pulliam and Cedric Ward in 1983, the Giants Awards are organized by The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College. Christina Arnold recently retired as the founding director of the center and is heavily involved in planning the awards.

3-time Grammy-Award singer on ‘Hidden Figures’ soundtrack coming to Grand Rapids

Feb. 1, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you watched the Oscar-nominated film, “Hidden Figures,” you heard Lalah Hathaway’s voice.

… The Dr. Malinda P. Sapp Legacy Award will be given to Elias Lumpkins, Grand Rapids City Commissioner; Christina Arnold, director of The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at GRCC; and Cherry Street Health Services.

Club hub to be renamed in honor of Molly Maczka

February 2, 2017

Student Life and the Student Alliance are renaming the club hub in honor of Molly Maczka. Join our student leaders for the inauguration of the Molly Maczka Leadership Hub at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the hub, which is in the Student Life Office.

Molly Maczka serves hotdogs during Welcome Week.

Nominations sought for Student Leadership Banquet

January 31, 2017

Nominations are up for the Annual Student Leadership Banquet. Any member of Grand Rapids Community College (student, faculty, staff or Board of Trustee member) can nominate a qualified current GRCC student for a student leadership award. There is also the Jerry Benham Award for Staff and Faculty, which is awarded to any current GRCC staff or faculty member who has actively supported the leadership development of students. Nomination forms need to be received by the Student Life Office no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, for consideration. Nominators must complete a different form for each nominee and award.  Please visit the link below to find the nomination form:

http://www.grcc.edu/studentlife/studentorganizationsandclubs/studentleadershipbanquet2017

The Student Leadership Banquet is an annual event focused on recognizing the success and accomplishments of student leaders on campus. This year’s banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 5, at the L.V. Eberhard Center located on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration for the banquet closes Friday, March 24th

Questions or concerns can be directed to Thalia Guerra at thaliaguerraflores@grcc.edu.