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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. GRCC. Grand Rapids Community College. All participants welcome. Those in need of special accommodations, please contact Disability Services at (616)234-4110.

GRCC Players add performances of ‘Facing Our Truth’

January 31, 2017

Because of high ticket demand, the GRCC Players have extended their production of “Facing Our Truth”! Added performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Feb 2, 3 and 4 in the lab space theater (Room 201) at Spectrum Theater.

Thursday and Friday nights will include a talk back, facilitated by Sophia Brewer, to discuss issues raised in the play. Thursday night panel members include Dr. Kate Byerwalter, Dr. Bill Pink, and Dr. Ennis Young. Friday night panel members include Dr. Andre Fields, Rebeca Velazquez-Publes, and Jeremy Moore (Equity PAC).

Seating is limited and shows are selling out! Please call our box office at 234-3946 (open Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) to purchase tickets today.

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GRCC Players present ‘Facing Our Truth’ Jan. 26 to 28

January 25, 2017

The GRCC Players will present “Facing Our Truth: 10 Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege” by Quetzal Flores, Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Dan O’Brien and A. Rey Pamatmat.

The production runs at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 through 28 in Spectrum Theater’s lab space/black box theater (room 201).

Tickets cost $10 for the public and $3 for GRCC students. Call (616) 234-3946 to purchase tickets.

Facing Our Truth. Quetzal Flores, Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Dan O'Brien, A. Rey Pamatmat. 10 Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege. Jan. 26-28 (possible ext: Feb. 2-4) 8 p.m. Spectrum Theater Lab Space (Room 201). For tickets and information, call (616) 234-3946 or visit


GRCC In the News, 1-9-17

January 9, 2017

Professional Notes

Jan. 5, 2017; Community College Week


… Bill Pink, vice president and dean for workforce development at Grand Rapids Community College, has been named the college’s new president. Prior to joining GRCC’s leadership team in March 2015, Pink served as vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. He has been an educator for more than 25 years, and has taught or coached in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Oregon. Pink has an associate degree from York College in Nebraska, a bachelors degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

The sweet spot of STRIVE

Jan. 9, 2017; (KISD newsletter)

Rockford Public Schools, MI — Denae Gillean and Jennifer Olson have a nice and easy relationship, the kind that comes from swapping weekly text messages and picking up roadside trash together in the rain.

… It was one of several service activities students are performing this year. They also toured Grand Rapids Community College, where Denae would like to enroll. Winning the $1,200 STRIVE scholarship this May would help a lot, she says, as she will have to pay for most of her schooling. She’s interested in eventually studying psychology at a four-year university.

Jewish Theater Grand Rapids’ production of “Irena’s Vow” begins 1/12

Jan. 8, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Tickets are on sale now for the Jewish Theater Grand Rapids’ production of “Irena’s Vow” which opens this Thursday, January 12th.  It’s an incredible, true story you don’t want to miss.

… Performances will be on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain ST NE in downtown Grand Rapids on the GRCC campus.

GRCC In the News, 1-4-17

January 4, 2017

‘Irena’s Vow’ debuts January 12 through Jewish Theatre GR

Jan. 3, 2017; FOX 17

The Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids has been rehearsing for weeks, now they’re introducing the production of “Irena’s Vow” to kick off the new year.

… “Irena’s Vow” will be performed at GRCC Spectrum Theatre at the following dates:

GRCC In the News, 1-3-17

January 3, 2017


Amanda Price bill opens possibility for lowering community college costs

Dec. 30, 2016; Grand Haven Tribune

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed House Bill 4265, sponsored by state Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, that would give voters in counties that don’t border community college districts the chance to approve joining a district.

… “Think of Grand Rapids Community College,” Price said. “If we wanted it here in Holland, we would have to go through the whole process of becoming accredited, which is not likely to happen even in Ottawa County. We have to be a contiguous district, but there are several school districts and communities in between.”

Grand Rapids murders up slightly from last year; nine of 12 deaths involved a gun

Dec. 29, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) – As 2016 draws to a close, the city of Grand Rapids is ending the year with an uptick in murders.

… Here is a look at the city’s dozen murders so far this year:

… April 30, 2016: Jeanne Huntoon, 34, was found beaten and fatally stabbed next to a Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp on Bostwick Avenue NE. A 19-year-old man has been charged with her murder.

Bill Pink Raising the Bar at Every Level

Dec. 27, 2016; Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Throughout his youth, Dr. Bill Pink had one academic goal. “I wanted to leave my mark on every school that I left, and so I wanted to have my name up on the wall,” says Pink, who was unanimously voted in November to become the next president of Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Greenville Department of Public Safety welcomes 2 new officers

Dec. 23, 2016; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Department of Public Safety has welcomed two new officers to its ranks.

… After graduating from the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy program this past October, (Marcus) Roy was selected for a full-time job along with DeWitt after the city received 35 applications for two open positions.

Dancing with the Local Stars tickets go on sale Jan. 2

Dec. 28, 2016; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce has announced that tickets for its annual Dancing with the Local Stars charity event will be available on Jan. 2.

… The 2017 participants include:

… Becky Kuznar, Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation Program Manager, Lake Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation Center with Patrick Johnson, Co-Owner PT Arts – LLC Consulting; Dance Faculty Instructor, GRCC; President & CEO, West Michigan Flight Academy

Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to the Michigan Asparagus Marketing Advisory Board

Dec. 20, 2016; (state press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Sarah Greiner of Hart and Eric Herrygers of Hart to the Michigan Asparagus Marketing Advisory Board which develops and implements asparagus marketing programs.

… Greiner is an owner/operator of Todd Greiner Farms Packing, LLC which grows fruits, vegetables and evergreens; they also operate a fresh asparagus packing facility.  Greiner holds an associate’s degree in allied health from Grand Rapids Community College. She will continue to represent Northern-Central Michigan Growers.

National Endowment for the Arts awards $60,000 to West Michigan poet, Grand Rapids Symphony, UICA

Dec. 30, 2016; MLive

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a West Michigan poet a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship for 2017.

… Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt leads the performance on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Along with Hathaway, the one-night only show features the Grand Rapids Community Chorus organized by Duane Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College.

Thomas Wilcher would consider leaving Cass Tech for right college job

Dec. 30, 2016; The Detroit Free Press

Thomas Wilcher plans to leave all his options on the table.

… Wilcher’s role models include Ferris State coach Tony Annese, who won three prep titles at Muskegon and then left to coach Grand Rapids Community College, where he won two national titles. Now, Annese is building an NCAA Division II power at Ferris State.

GRCC Players’ ‘Somewhere In Between’ runs Dec. 1-3

November 30, 2016

The GRCC Players will present Craig Pospisil’s “Somewhere In Between” at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 to 3.

Attention GRCC Staff: Call ext. 3946 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, or Friday, Dec. 2, and get two tickets to the production. GRCC staff tickets are $10 — mention seeing this “ad” in GRCC Today and get our BOGO offer: TWO tickets for just $10. You can purchase them over the phone with Visa/MC, or you can purchase with cash or check at the door.

Somewhere In Between by Craig Pospisil. Dec. 1-3, 2016, at 8 p.m. Spectrum Theater. For tickets and information, call (616) 234-3946. GRCC.

Radiologic technology, theater students participate in mock disaster

October 12, 2016

On Friday, October 7, 2016, the students in Radiologic Technology and Theater worked together to complete a disaster drill simulation. Theater students volunteered as patients and were made to look as if they had actual injuries. They did an outstanding job of acting out the patient scenarios. Each group of Radiologic Technology students participated in two scenarios that were designed to test their critical thinking, positioning and patient care skills. Radiology students were given a specific scenario and an image to review.  Based on the quality of the image, they could continue or re-evaluate their positioning and take an additional image. The radiology students did a great job and learned many valuable lessons throughout the simulation. In addition, there were very insightful suggestions for future simulations.

We would like to thank Armen Oumedian for the grant (Liz McCormick Faculty Innovation Learning Resource Fund) that allowed us to complete this simulation and the GRCC Dental Department, Nursing Department, Clinical sites and AMR for the use of equipment and supplies.

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Disaster simulation for radiologic technology students is today

October 7, 2016

On October 7, the Radiologic Technology program will be performing a mock disaster simulation with the Theater Department in Cook 305 and 323. Please be aware that there will be students from the theater fully dressed and acting as trauma patients. This is just a mock disaster and there is no need to be alarmed.

Congratulations to Grand Awards nominees

October 7, 2016

The 20th annual Grand Awards takes place on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Civic Theatre. The Grand Awards celebrates our college and community theatre, and awards three student scholarships.

Congratulations to our GRCC students for their nominations: Kelly Curran, Sydney Doornbos, Timothy Knight, Austin Millard, Bradon Muilenburg and Maxton Smith.

Congratulations to GRCC student Emily Stein for winning the Norma Brink Theatre Scholarship!

We also congratulate our staff for their nominations: Tom Kaechele, Michelle Urbane, Christian Poquette, Catherine Marlett Dreher, Carrie McNulty and Jason Marlett. Also among the nominees is retiree Fred Sebulske.

Disaster simulation set for October 7

October 6, 2016

On October 7, the Radiologic Technology program will be performing a mock disaster simulation with the Theater Department in Cook 305 and 323. Please be aware that there will be students from the theater fully dressed and acting as trauma patients. This is just a mock disaster and there is no need to be alarmed.

Radiologic Technology to set up disaster simulation

October 5, 2016

On October 7, the Radiologic Technology program will be performing a mock disaster simulation with the Theater Department in Cook 305 and 323. Please be aware that there will be students from the theater fully dressed and acting as trauma patients. This is just a mock disaster and there is no need to be alarmed.

GRCC In the News, 9-6-16

September 6, 2016

Culinary school ranks among tops in US

Sept. 5, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local culinary school is ranked as one of the top programs in the nation.

Best Choice Schools, a website ranking higher education institutions in various categories, ranks the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College No. 30 in its ranking of Top Culinary Schools 2016.

West Michigan organizations win statewide Energy Excellence awards

Sept. 5, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A pair of organizations in the region have been named winners in a statewide awards program that celebrates energy innovation.

… Habitat for Humanity of Kent County earned the award for its efforts to teach high school students from Grand Rapids Public Schools how to build LEED-certified homes, as well as its partnership with Grand Rapids Community College to run LEED-certified programs on home construction, green remodeling and sustainable residential design.

Detroit Sewn to Expand to Larger Facility in Pontiac

Sept. 2, 2016;

In an effort to aid its growth, Detroit Sewn, a Pontiac-based, full-service cut and sew manufacturer that assembles products for companies in metro Detroit and beyond, will double the size of its operations by moving to a new, 5,000-square-foot facility early next year.

… Detroit Garment Group offers its programs through Henry Ford College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, and St. Clair Community College.

See SAT scores from lowest to highest for Kent, Ottawa schools

Sept. 4, 2016; MLive

For the first time this year, Michigan added the SAT to the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress or M-STEP. It was taken by high school juniors. Michigan students scored an average of 1001 out of a possible 1600 on the college admission exam.

… The Grand Rapids Learning Center is one of Grand Rapids Public Schools’ alternative education programs that’s a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. Twenty-six students took the SAT in April. The average score was 782.7 out of 1600 (398.1 reading, 384.6 math).

GRCC Music Faculty Recital

September 2016;

… This concert will feature performances by the Grand Rapids Community College music faculty. The program will feature works by Brahms, Hindemith, Copland and others. Admission at the door is $5 general and $3 for students and seniors.

Morning News

Sept. 6, 2016; FOX 17

Don’t forget: We’re teaming up with Grand Rapids Community College to start our Classroom of the Week series again!

Making it in Grand Rapids: Social enterprise fights for a place in the entrepreneurial ecosystem

Aug. 25, 2016;

Malamiah Juice Bar doesn’t just sell juice at the Downtown Market. They also employ teenagers with no prior work experience.

… Among these social entrepreneurs, there are people like Chris Sain Jr., who do a little bit of everything. Sain, author, social entrepreneur and founder of Grand C.I.T.Y. Sports, had plenty of support as a star football player in high school and a walk-on at Michigan State University. But when that career ended and he turned to a new calling as a mentor, educator and social entrepreneur striving to reach kids in impoverished neighborhoods, he quickly learned he didn’t have nearly the same resources or support.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Chris Sain Jr. is GRCC’s coordinator of retention.)

Daughter motivates Timberwolves lineman Jayson Cummings

Sept. 5, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

Jayson Cummings admits that he’s made some mistakes in his life.

… Cummings was second-team All-State for Ypsilanti Lincoln in 2004, then played a year at Grand Rapids Community College before his career on the gridiron got derailed.

Getting college students ready to vote

Sept. 2, 2016; FOX 47

The elections are only a few months away. To help college students get registered, the Secretary of States Mobile Office will travel 3,000 miles to 18 colleges.

… Grand Rapids Community College

Sept. 26

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Glen Oaks volleyball falls to KVCC

Sept. 2, 2016; Three Rivers Commercial-News

CENTREVILLE — The Glen Oaks Community College women’s volleyball program returned to the floor Tuesday and dropped a 25-19, 21-25, 16-25, 18-25 decision at home to Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

… Glen Oaks will host Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Jewish Theater Grand Rapids presents ‘Brill’

Sept. 6, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The first production of the Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids 2016-17 season opens this Wednesday.

… Directed by Jason Marlett and starring Leonard Robinson and Madeleine Hagger, Brill will be performed in the intimate “Black Box Theatre” on the second floor of Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE, on the GRCC campus in downtown Grand Rapids.

GRCC In the News, 9-1-16

September 1, 2016

Two Byron Center alumni hired to lead Van Singel Fine Arts Center

Aug. 31, 2016; MLive

BYRON CENTER — Two Byron Center alumni have taken leadership positions at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center.

… (Steve) Haase, a 2003 graduate, is the new technical director. He traveled with the major national tour of “Singing in the Rain” after graduation before returning to West Michigan and attending Grand Rapids Community College. He went on to Western Michigan University to earn a bachelor’s degree in theater with an emphasis in design and technical production and then received a master’s degree in theater design and technology with an emphasis in technical direction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Multi Parts names SPARK2016 selectees

Aug. 31, 2016; Aftermarket Business World

Multi Parts announced the SPARK2016 selectees, students who will attend the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) being held in Las Vegas, Nov. 1 to 3, 2016.

… SPARK2016 selectees:

… Brooke Peckham

Grand Rapids Community College

G-Sync: Diversity’s ambassador is a family affair

Sept. 1, 2016;

As I listened to Christina Arnold, the recently retired director of Grand Rapids Community Colleges Woodrick Diversity Learning Center, reflect on her early years as a child, I began to visualize what it must have been like for her and her six other siblings who, along with their single mom, tried to navigate our city as Mexican-Americans.

Secretary of State Mobile Office to register college students to vote

Aug. 31, 2016; WJMN

LANSING, Mich. — Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced that she sending the Mobile Office on a tour of 18 college campuses across the state to register students to vote.

… The 2016 ExpressSOS Voter Registration Drive Events

… Grand Rapids Community College

Sept. 26

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