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GRCC In the News, 4-12-17

April 12, 2017

Kellogg Foundation to fund GR mayor’s racial equity project

April 11, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced it will be providing a $300,000 grant for Mayor Rosalynn Bliss’ Racial Equity Initiative announced during her State of the City address last month.

… Bliss will be co-chairing the initiative with Bill Pink, incoming president and dean for workforce development at Grand Rapids Community College.

Finding Refuge: Ester Kamaliza

March 23, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Ester Kamaliza spent five years trying to get to America, another five years later– and she’s finally a U.S. citizen.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Ester Kamaliza is a GRCC student.)

Glen Oaks Golfers Finish Ninth

April 11, 2017; Three Rivers Commercial-News

GRAND RAPIDS — The Glen Oaks Community College men’s golf team opened its season with a ninth-place score of 370 in Monday’s Grand Rapids Community College Invite held at Egypt Valley.

GRCC In the News, 4-10-17

April 10, 2017

Looking at local churches: Christ Church

April 7, 2017; Chimes (Calvin College’s student newspaper)

Christ Church is an inclusive, intergenerational body of believers belonging to the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Christ Church is committed to welcoming the 30 or more students from Calvin, Cornerstone, GVSU and GRCC who attend each week. While most students attend the 11:15 service, there is also an 8:30 service offered Sunday mornings.

GRCC In the News, 4-5-17

April 5, 2017

Assault victim’s family asks tipsters to come forward

April 4, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Family members of a young man who died following an assault gathered Tuesday to make a public statement for the first time since the incident happened.

… (Julius) Vinson was a student at Grand Rapids Community College studying business, his family said. He had plans to get involved in real estate.

GRCC In the News, 2-3-17

February 3, 2017

Former Harbor Beach teen dies in crash

Jan. 30, 2017; Huron Daily Tribune

COURTLAND TOWNSHIP — A 19-year-old Rockford woman, formerly of Harbor Beach, died following a two-vehicle crash that took place on M-57 and Berrigan Avenue on Friday morning.

According to the Michigan State Police Rockford Post, troopers were called to the scene around 8:35 a.m., where Kaylin Roggenbuck was traveling east on M-57 and struck the rear of a flatbed truck, which was stopped waiting to make a left hand turn onto Berrigan Avenue.

(Kaylin Roggenbuck was a GRCC student.)

Hit the line hard: Enjoying the hype of committing

Feb. 2, 2017; The Daily News (Greenville)

This is the time of year I always love, when National Signing Day is upon us.

… Here is a list of local student-athletes that have signed letters of intent, so far:

… Cal Syrjala, Grand Rapids Community College baseball

… Courtnee Nicholson, Grand Rapids Community College softball

Get to know Ypsilanti Lincoln’s boys basketball team

Feb. 2, 2017; MLive

The Railsplitters have had a successful first two months of the season with a 9-4 record, despite featuring three sophomores, a junior and a senior in their starting lineup.

… He (coach Jesse Davis) played for Willow Run prior to his 1995 graduation and added two years of college basketball at Grand Rapids Community College.

MCC men’s hoops squad edges Ancilla for sixth-straight victory

Feb. 3, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

Muskegon Community College’s men’s basketball team had four players score in double figures in the Jayhawks 87-83 victory over Ancilla College on Wednesday.

… MCC is back in action on Friday as it travels to face rival Grand Rapids Community College. Tip off is 7:30 p.m.

MCC women’s hoops squad still in hunt for league title, beats Ancilla College

Feb. 3, 2017; Local Sports Journal

Muskegon Community College’s women’s basketball team remained in second place and in contention for a league title following Wednesday’s 62-52 victory over Ancilla College.

… MCC pays a visit to face rival Grand Rapids Community College on Friday, with tip off set for 5:30 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 1-18-17

January 18, 2017

Inmate graduates from new Kent Co. jail high school program

Jan. 17, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The first Kent County jail inmate to graduate from a new schooling program received her high school diploma Tuesday.

… (Brittany) Rodgers plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College when she is released from jail.

GRCC In the News, 11-21-16

November 21, 2016

$6 million grant aims to create worker pipeline for senior living, other employers

Nov. 20, 2016; McKnight’s Senior Living

Four Michigan senior living communities are partners in a $6 million grant awarded to Grand Rapids Community College and designed to address healthcare workforce needs in the western part of the state.

Science Day brings hands-on learning to Grand Rapids community

Nov. 18, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The second annual Community Science Day, hosted by Grand Rapids Community College, is taking over campus on Nov. 19.

Inside Track: Changing people’s lives

Nov. 18, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Dennis Van Kampen remembers journeying with a friend to Juarez, Mexico, in 1988 for what would prove to be far from the typical touristy experience.

… When he was younger, Van Kampen felt destined for a career in law enforcement. After graduating in 1988 from Grand Rapids Community College with a degree in criminal justice, Van Kampen worked as a reserve officer for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

First Lady Michelle Obama presents WMCAT with national award

Nov. 17, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

There is big news.

… (Keloni) Seawood-Walton became a part of WMCAT while attending Grand Rapids Montessori School and graduated in spring 2016. She now is working part time as an apprentice at WMCAT’s Ambrose Print Shop while attending Grand Rapids Community College.

Keeping Jeanna Huntoon’s memory alive

Nov. 21, 2016; WZZM

MUSKEGON, MICH. – It’s been a little over six months since the murder of Jeanne Huntoon.

The 34-year-old was stabbed to death near Grand Rapids Community College in April. Authorities have charged Marcus Bivens with her murder.

Grand Rapids wins battle of the Raiders

Nov. 18, 2016; KTIC

The Central Community College Raiders saw their season come to an end with a 3-1 loss to the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders in the consolation bracket of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

GRCC In the News, 11-18-16

November 18, 2016

GRCC awarded $6M to help build healthcare workforce pipeline

Nov. 17, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College was awarded a $6 million federal grant that will allow the college to work with its community partners to provide a pipeline of much-needed skilled health care workers, officials announced Thursday, Nov. 17.

GRCC’s next president expected to be named Monday

Nov. 17, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Next Monday morning, Grand Rapids Community College trustees expect to make their decision on the school’s next president, board chairman Bert Bleke said.

Kent City grad dies in crash

Nov. 17, 2016; The Post (Cedar Springs)

An 18-year-old Tyrone Township teen was killed last weekend when he crashed his vehicle while trying to pass another car.

… Isaiah is the son of Gerald and Deborah Slater. According to his obituary, he had attended Algoma Christian School, and graduated from Kent City High School in 2016. He was attending Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 11-16-16

November 16, 2016

Michelle Obama welcomed WMCAT, other national arts winners to White House

Nov. 15, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology was among 12 arts organizations honored by the White House Tuesday, Nov. 15, for its dedication to enriching and transforming the lives of young people through the arts.

… WMCAT Executive Director Daniel Williams accepted the award Tuesday with Keloni Seawood-Walton, a spring graduate of GRPS’ Montessori theme school, who studied fashion and photography teen labs and has now transitioned to the apprenticeship program as a Grand Rapids Community College student.

State awards local nonprofit $175K to conduct preschool pilot

Nov. 15, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The state has allocated $175,000 for the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) to conduct a pilot to evaluate the relative impact on vulnerable children of one versus two years of preschool.

… “This research will lay the foundation for the case to publicly fund 3-year-old preschool for vulnerable children,” said ELNC founder and CEO Nkechy Ekere Ezeh.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Nkechy Ekere Ezeh is a GRCC alumna.)

GRCC In the News, 11-11-16

November 11, 2016

GRCC board updated on declining enrollment, student trends

Nov. 10, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The fall semester is in full swing at Grand Rapids Community College, but as projected there are fewer students compared to last year, an enrollment slide seen by 22 of the state’s 28 community college programs.

Morning News

Nov. 11, 2016; FOX 17

In Grand Rapids, hundreds marched last night in protest of President-elect Trump. … Philip Huynh, GRCC student: “I’m here to observe to give love to give everyone a hug. I’m not siding on either side. I’m more of an independent.”

GRCC In the News, 11-10-16

November 10, 2016

Bye-bye boys’ club: Tackling inclusive growth in Grand Rapids’ improv comedy scene is no joke

Nov. 10, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

A performer, producer, director, teacher, and all-around leader in the Grand Rapids improv comedy scene, Eirann Betka has watched the handful of improv comedy troupes grow to dozens in the past few years.

… The 23-year-old (Maleny) Crespo moved from Holland to Grand Rapids about six months ago to attend Grand Rapids Community College, where she also works as the director of external affairs for the college’s student governance, GRCC Student Alliance.

Aberson Exhibits to Host Solo Art Exhibition Invocationns by award-winning Rick Stevens

Nov. 9, 2016; KMOV

Leading Tulsa-based art gallery Exhibit by Aberson is pleased to announce a solo art exhibition by artist Rick Stevens. Intriguingly entitled Invocations, the exhibition is scheduled from November 10 to December 3 at 3524B S Peoria Avenue Tulsa, OK.

… Son of a talented landscape painter, Rick grew up in Sparta, Michigan. Inspired by his dad’s evocative landscapes which echoed the wonder of rivers, wildlife and woods like magic, he went on to study fine arts at Grand Rapids Community College and the Kendall School of Design and Aquinas College. However, the most important lessons came from the woods themselves when, after graduation, he decided to spend his days meditating & absorbing life forces of the forest, in an isolated cabin. Further he met an Indian spiritual teacher who influenced his cultivation of yoga and meditation- and together with his study of transcendentalism; he found a way to connect to spiritual facets of nature.

 

GRCC In the News, 10-13-16

October 13, 2016

GRCC International Guitar Series presents Guitarist Pino Forastiere

Oct. 11, 2016; Kulture Vulture

GRCC International Guitar Series presents Guitarist Pino Forastiere from Italy

Degage Ministries’ Marge Palmerlee on homelessness in GR, the greatness of Heartside & more

Oct. 13, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

When Marge Palmerlee began volunteering at Dégagé Ministries in Grand Rapids’ Heartside neighborhood more than two decades ago, she wasn’t doing so because she had a background in social work or experience with issues like homelessness. As a single mother raising two sons while working as an accountant at the former Rogers Department Store on 28th Street, she did, however, understand what it meant to face difficulties and to be grateful for a helping hand or a willing ear and she wanted to give back.

… We did a survey recently, and people told us they’d like to work on job skills. They said they’d love to connect with Grand Rapids Community College, but don’t feel they fit in there. They said, “Is there anything you can do at Degage?” We toured [GRCC’s] M-TEC Center [which provides workplace training]; they have phenomenal programs that are 80 percent hands-on and in an environment where everyone’s accepted. We’re planning on having a partnership with them.

Students, faculty impact global health

Oct. 12, 2016; gvsu.edu

Students and faculty will share how they are impacting global health during the GVSU Global Health Showcase October 14, at the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The showcase is free and open to the public.

… In 2014, (Nkechy Ekere) Ezeh was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Great Start Advisory Council. In 2016, she received the 2016 Hattie Beverly Education Award from Grand Rapids Community College, given to an outstanding African American educator in the Grand Rapids area.

Love on the Blue Bridge a Stop Motion Proposal

Oct. 122, 2016; 95.7 FM

The newly engaged couple is Alex Saxton and Hannah Van Rees. Alex’s sister saw the share off Jen’s (Friend from GRCC) wall.

GRCC In the News, 9-29-16

September 29, 2016

Nothing gets lost in translation when Young Farmer Award winner speaks

Sept. 28, 2016; Michigan Farm News

SPARTA — Upon graduating from Grand Valley State University with triplet undergraduate degrees in international business, economics and Spanish, Nick Schweitzer had to make a difficult choice — accept a job offer from the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America or return to the farm to start digging in the dirt.

… Jose (Meza), who was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, came to the U.S. at age 5. He is currently attending Grand Rapids Community College and hopes to return to Grand Valley State to complete his business degree. He said he and Nick talk about college, and he considers Nick a trusted friend whom he seeks advice from.

Speaking out: GRCC’s policy supporting transgender students creates safe learning environment

Sept. 29, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has awarded me my most cherished opportunities and milestones. In April of this year, I was the first in my family to receive a college degree. I was also recently awarded The 2016 Women’s Salute Award, an honor given on behalf of the Bob and Alecia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. I was chosen out of 18,000 students and presented with this award thanks to my volunteerism and mentorship in our community.

(This article was written by GRCC alum Beau VanSolkema.)

GRCC In the News, 9-12-16

September 12, 2016

Hookah lounge shooting victim identified as a 22-year-old Muskegon man

Sept. 11, 2016; MLive

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, MI — The 22-year-old man found dead in a parking lot Sunday morning has been identified by police as Muskegon resident Anthony Lamb.

… Police arrived to find Lamb lying in the parking lot outside the Hookah Lounge, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Lamb graduated from Holland High School in 2012 and went on to attend Grand Rapids Community College.

Help available for students of shuttered ITT Tech

Sept. 9, 2016; WOOD TV

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The phones are ringing at college admissions offices all over West Michigan.

… Grand Rapids Community College is also looking for ways to help ITT Tech students.

Rees Scholarship Foundation awards $63,000

Sept. 11, 2016; mechanical-hub.com

Arlington, Va. — The Clifford H. Ted Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), announced scholarship awards totaling $63,000 to 37 students, including four veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

… HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:

… Pragnesh Patel, Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

What’s Cooking: Flourless chocolate torte recipe

Sept. 9, 2016; WZZM

Pastry Chef Abby Metz came to the WZZM 13 Studio from Red Water Restaurants, with a recipe for flourless chocolate torte.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Abby Metz is a SICE alumna.)

2 Young Black Educators. 100 Students of Color: From Worst-to-First

Sept. 6, 2016; Huffington Post

Even in 2016, it is still rare to see two men of color who do what they do, working in higher education. Although the two couldn’t be more different, there are many things Chris & Dre have in common. For instance, they both come from humble beginnings. They both graduated from Ottawa Hills High School, located in Grand Rapids, Mich. and they both have humble, laid back personalities. Nearly ten years apart in age, they are two professionals who have become more like brothers due to a shared focus and passion for helping students achieve.

… In 2012, after data indicated that African American males attending Grand Rapids Community College were statistical leaders in every category of failure, Alpha Beta Omega (ABO) was birthed as a response to the stark reality. ABO, a leadership development program was spearheaded by Dr. Andre Fields, Eric Williams and Chris Sain Jr.

Five local leaders to host joint mayors’ coffee

Sept. 9, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Five local leaders are hosting a joint mayors’ coffee for residents on Sept. 22 with public transit the topic of discussion.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grandville Mayor Steve Maas, Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley, Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga and Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll will lead the mayors’ coffee, set for 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Applied Technology Center at Grand Rapids Community College, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE.

GRCC In the News, 8-29-16

August 29, 2016

50 Best Culinary Schools in the US 2016

Aug. 29, 2016; bestchoiceschools.com

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for chefs and head cooks at restaurants and other establishments will grow 9%, faster than most other industries in the country. With the popularity of cooking shows and competitions, more and more people are discovering the field of culinary arts and what it takes to be successful in the industry. Earning a certificate or degree in the field not only provides the experience and training needed to get your foot in the door, it also provides a  foundation for upward mobility to become future leaders and trend setters in the industry.

… #30. Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College-Grand Rapids, Michigan

Bosnian brothers build on heritage

Aug. 26, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Growing up in Bosnia, Rudy Kadiric remembers handing nails to his father as they built a pole barn. Today, Kadiric and his brother, Muhamed, are continuing the family’s carpentry heritage in Grand Rapids.

… Kadiric worked various construction jobs while going to school at Grand Rapids Community College, where he graduated in 2005 with a degree in architectural drafting and design. In 2006, the brothers decided to utilize the family history and work experience as carpenters and opened their small operation.

News 8 Daybreak

Aug. 29, 2016; WOOD TV

… It’s not only the high schools heading back to the classroom. Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University will be both starting their school years. Traffic may be impacted.

Former Comstock Park coach welcomed back to sidelines with victory

Aug. 26, 2016; MLive

It has been over 30 years since Tim Johnson wore headphones on the football field at Comstock Park.

… Johnson served as a coach at Grand Valley State and then at Grand Rapids Community College before he became Comstock Park’s baseball coach.

GRCC In the News, 8-17-16

August 17, 2016

GRCC students get a break on bus fare

Aug. 16, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College and the Rapid have partnered to offer a semester-long bus pass to students, faculty and staff at a 30-percent discount, according to Lisa Freiburger, vice president for finance and administration.

Aquinas College President Juan Olivarez stepping down

Aug. 16, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Aquinas College President Juan Olivarez is retiring after six years at the helm, the Board of Trustees announced Tuesday, Aug. 16.

… Prior to coming to Aquinas, Olivarez was the president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. He had previously served for nearly 10 years as the president of Grand Rapids Community College, a school he worked at for 18 years.

‘Their Views Have to be Heard’

Aug. 16, 2016; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Grand Rapids Public Schools – GRPS, MI   About six minutes into their sports radio talk show, Jakhari Carroll and Joseph Spicer get into their first debate of the day: whether Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is worth the largest contract extension in NFL history.

… Come this fall, Jakhari will attend Grand Rapids Community College with a plan to transfer to Wayne State University’s broadcast journalism program. Joseph heads to Ferris State University with an eye on a career in civil engineering. But they plan to continue their show, which Womack says could expand to more days with increased listenership.

Polish Festival brings food, music, polka to downtown Grand Rapids

Aug. 16, 2016; therapidian.org

The Polish Festival 2016 will be held on August 26-28, 2016 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. Celebrating Polish contributions to society through the centuries, the festival features a historical and cultural booth featuring the “Winged Warriors.” Winged Hussars, also known as the Polish Winged Warriors, were one of the most effective military forces in the world. In the 16th and 17th century, Winged Hussars were used as elite Polish shock troops. They were known for their wings of long feathers worn on their backs or attached to the saddles of their horses. In a group of forces they were quite a sight to behold.

… The Polish Heritage Society of Grand Rapids uses part of the proceeds from the festival to award students of Polish descent scholarships to Grand Valley State College, Aquinas, and Grand Rapids Community College.