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GRCC In the News, 10-18-17

October 18, 2017

Morning News

Oct. 18, 2017; WOOD TV

Grand Rapids Community college is inviting the public to attend a lecture tonight from Andres Chavez. He’s the grandson of civil rights and immigration reform activist Cesar Chavez.

Business Journal publishes ’40 Under 40′

Oct. 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Business Journal’s October 16th issue features a special insert 40 Under 40 which can also be viewed online.

(Among this year’s ’40 Under 40′ are Chris Sain Jr., GRCC’s coordinator of Retention, and alumni Sara Sherry Knoester, Amanda Brand and Terry Rostic.)

Nearly 200 artists featured in juried exhibition

Oct. 16, 2017; The Elkhart Truth (Ind.)

The Midwest Museum of American Art has chosen nearly 200 artists to feature in the 39th Elkhart Juried Regional exhibition. … The judges who selected works for the exhibition were Nick Antonakis, head of the Grand Rapids Community College Art Department, and Bill Hosterman, associate professor, Grand Valley State University Art Department.

GRCC In the News, 9-6-17

September 6, 2017

DACA ending, student unsure of his future in West Michigan

Sept. 5, 2017; MLive

With his first day of college classes tomorrow, Kevin Vazquez is also worried he could soon lose his ability to legally work, drive and continue as a contributing resident of the United States.

… Classes begin Wednesday at Western Michigan University for the recent Grand Rapids Community College graduate. That major turning point in Vazquez’s life comes just one day after another.

Hundreds march through downtown Grand Rapids to protest end of DACA

Sept. 5, 2017; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rallies were held across the country on Tuesday after the announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. That included West Michigan, where hundreds of people marched through downtown Grand Rapids to protest the Trump administration’s decision. The program shields from deportation hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

… “Thanks to DACA I was able to work, which means I was able to pay for my school,” said (Juan) Mascorro-Guerrero. “I started at GRCC, then transferred to Grand Valley State University.”

Renowned chef teaches students art of running a kitchen

Sept. 5, 2017; Niles Daily Star

Across Berrien County students are packing up their backpacks and returning to class following summer break. This year, Lake Michigan College students attending courses at the Bertrand Crossing Campus in Niles will have several new classes and lab features to look forward to utilizing this semester.

… (Luis) Amado’s passion for culinary arts was fed by his work in the kitchen. Growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, Amado was inspired by his father and grandfather’s cooking. In addition to working in his grandfather’s pastry shop, Amado worked as a saucier at the Hyatt Regency in Guadalajara, where he ended up meeting Chef Carl Butenas, who was instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. Butenas offered to sponsor Amado in America, where he would go on to earn a scholarship to study in the culinary arts program at Grand Rapids Community College.

Call for entries for Elkhart Juried Regional

Sept. 2, 2017; The Michigan City News-Dispatch

La PORTE COUNTY — The Midwest Museum of American Art is pleased to announce a call for entries to the 39th Elkhart Juried Regional Art Exhibition, Oct. 7 through Dec. 3.

… Awards for 2017 are more than $27,000 and will be selected by the jurors and Purchase Award patrons. The distinguished jurors for this exhibition will be Nick Antonakis, Head of the Art Department, Grand Rapids Community College, and Bill Hosterman, Associate Professor, Art Department, Grand Valley State University, Michigan.

Local Roundup: CVCC volleyball falls to top teams at Owens Invitational

Sept. 6, 2017; Hickory Record (N.C.)

HICKORY — The No. 4 Red Hawks suffered defeats against three of the top teams in the country this past weekend, according to a press release from CVCC.

… On Saturday, the Red Hawks fell to No. 13 Grand Rapids Community College and No. 16 Illinois Central College, each by a 3-1 score line.

Khale Showers fills quarterback role for Rockford defense

Sept. 5, 2017; MLive

ROCKFORD — When it comes to being a quarterback for a defense, Rockford senior Khale Showers has plenty of experience.

… Khale’s two older sisters are also athletic, as older sister Karliane played softball at Grand Rapids Community College and Brehanna is a gymnast at the University of Oklahoma.

GRCC In the News, 8-3-17

August 3, 2017

Housing advocates get $500K grants for neighborhood projects

Aug. 2, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — LINC Up and Habitat for Humanity of Kent County are getting $500,000 each for affordable housing projects in the city’s southeast and southwest neighborhoods from NeighborWorks America’s Project Reinvest: Neighborhoods.

LINC Up will use the funding to build five affordable homes in the Madison Square Neighborhood in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College’s MTEC construction program, according to an Aug. 2 announcement of the awards.

e-Headlines

Aug. 2, 2017; Community College Daily

DeVos visits Grand Rapids Community College to promote training

Detroit Free Press

From sampling the slow-cooked brisket at the Peter Secchia Institute for Culinary Education to talking with grade school kids participating in a summer camp that teaches construction skills, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos returned to Michigan this week to continue her promotion of education that goes beyond traditional public schools and universities.

Not your average student: Colleges and nonprofits prep workers for construction trades

RapidGrowthmedia.com

It’s almost impossible to pick what your average student looks like, says Scott Mattson, job training manager at Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan).

What’s In a Name?

Aug. 2, 2017; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

For Abigail Yoo, names have the power to boldly define who we are.

… Yoo left home after high school and began working full time to support herself. A few years down the road, she enrolled at GRCC. Having started a retail business with her husband, she took a number of business classes. Her passion for art eventually motivated her to take courses in art history and technique.

Brewery Vivant Escoffier Farmhouse Wild Ale to be re-released on August 6

Aug. 2, 2017; beerpulse.com

(Grand Rapids, MI) — Brewery Vivant set to re-release the beloved Escoffier beer on Sunday August 6, in conjunction with Restaurant Week Grand Rapids and the official announcement of new Executive Chef, Chris Vander Meer. Escoffier is a mixed culture farmhouse wild ale and the next in the Plein de Vie (full of life) series of wood and wild beers. First brewed in 2012 as a collaboration between Brewery Vivant and New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO) as a straight brettanomyces fermentation, Escoffier was later proclaimed one of the Best Beers in the World by Draft Magazine. This years re-release was cellared for over a year to let the flavors properly develop and presents with a deep orange-red hue, brett fruity-funkiness on the nose and a slightly spicy fruity character on the sip. It clocks in at 11.2% ABV.

… Chef (Chris) Vander Meer has been cooking with Brewery Vivant since 2011 and progressing into the role of Sous Chef and most recently Chef de Cuisine. After earning a degree in culinary arts from Grand Rapids Community College, Vander Meer traveled and gained experience along the Maine coastline. He returned to Grand Rapids honing his craft in kitchens around the city. He brings a wealth of experience, attention to detail, and passion for excellence with him into his new role at the brewery. “We’re happy to have Vander’s leadership in the back of the house.” Says Jason Spaulding, President and Owner of Brewery Vivant, “He understands how to take locally-sourced, quality ingredients and turn them into wonderful dishes.”

What Kitchen 67 is serving up for Restaurant Week GR

Aug. 2, 2017; FOX 17

Restaurant Week GR is approaching quickly, getting ready to show off the best dishes from 70 restaurants in the Grand Rapids area.

… For every meal sold, each restaurant will donate $1 to the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 5-1-17

May 1, 2017

Graduation ceremonies this weekend for GVSU and GRCC

April 28, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Graduates across the country are closing the book on their college careers as commencement ceremonies take place.

… Friday was also the last commencement ceremony for retiring Grand Rapids Community College President Dr. Steven C. Ender.

Community partners fill need for nursing assistants

April 28, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Facing a shortage of certified nursing assistants, West Michigan health care leaders asked Grand Rapids Community College to start a CNA training program.

Change Ups: Adtegrity to relocate

April 28, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts student Tammy Vander Werf received Grand Rapids Community College’s Arthur Andrews Award, which goes to the Delta Pi Alpha student with the highest cumulative GPA and the greatest number of honor points. Vander Werf will receive a culinary arts degree with an emphasis in baking and pastry arts.

In Constant Growth: ACT Apprentice Chris Overway

April 28, 2017; therapidian.org

“I will continue doing art and creating.”

… After the program, Chris (Overway) will be graduating and moving onto Grand Rapids Community College, where he wants to continue doing art. Ultimately Chris says he wants to sell his art and do it professionally, because it is his ultimate passion. Regardless of the circumstances, Chris will find inspiration and find a way to create.

Makenna Pronk a reliable source of goals for Zion Christian soccer team

April 28, 2017; MLive

BYRON CENTER — When the Zion Christian girls soccer team puts a goal in the back of an opponent’s net, chances are good senior Makenna Pronk has been a part of the play.

… After high school, Pronk plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College.

Jazz at GRandJazzFest This Summer Will be Fantastic and Free

April 28, 2017; 100.5 FM

It’s one of the most anticipated festivals in Grand Rapids. GRandJazzFest, August 19 and 20 is back for its sixth year at Rosa Parks Circle, in downtown Grand Rapids.

… It’s free thanks to presenting sponsor DTE Energy Foundation, the City of Grand Rapids, Gilmore Collection, GR and Jazz, IntentPR, Corporate Live, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Amway Hotel Corporation, Experience Grand Rapids, Icon Sign, Matt Huizenga Videography, Meijer, MoxieMen, Steelcase, Configura, Fancy Faces, Grand Rapids Community College, Hilger Hammond, Kitchen 67, Levens Strand & Glover, Rick and Mary Stevens, Rockford Construction, Swift Printing, and other sponsoring organizations and individuals.

 

Mechanical and Architectural Department collaborate using the Maker Lab

April 19, 2017

With the implementation of the new Maker Lab, the Mechanical/Architectural Design department collaborated on some projects across the college this semester.  Using the technology in the lab, we were able to have some conversations with other departments on how we could join together, centered around student learning.  Three projects that came out of this were working with Scott Garrard from the Visual Arts Department, Chef Gilles Renusson from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education and John Dersch from the Math Department.

Working with Scott, the students were able to cut their chairs on the laser out of cardboard to make a prototype of their idea.  Chef Gilles brought in both chocolate and sugar to be etched for their state competition coming up at the state capital this month.  John brought their calculus equations to us and we brought them into our 3D CAD software and then were able to 3D print them.

Overall, it has been a great year and we look forward to more amazing ways to use the lab.

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SiTE:LAB to feature GRCC students’ artwork on April 8

April 7, 2017

April 8 12-11 p.m. Saturday Site:Lab Rumsey St. Project. Art Downtown. CCS, GRCC, GVSU, KCAD, Hope.Professor Filippo Tagliati of the Visual Arts Department has organized a student art exhibition for Art Downtown 2017. The exhibition will be displayed from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at SiTE:LAB, 333 Rumsey St. SW.

The event features student work from:

  • GRCC.
  • Grand Valley State University.
  • College for Creative Studies.
  • Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.
  • Hope College.

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, 10-21-16

October 21, 2016

Candidate forum planned for 5 vying to serve on GRCC’s Board of Trustees

Oct. 20, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The community is invited to attend a forum for the five candidates running for three, six-year seats on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

MCC’s MAP+ apprenticeship program wins Automation Alley award

Oct. 20, 2016; Macomb Daily

Macomb Community College’s Michigan Apprenticeship Program Plus (MAP+) was presented with Automation Alley’s 2016 Outstanding Educational Initiative Award at the organization’s Annual Awards Gala Oct. 14.

… MAP+ is a partnership between MCC and Grand Rapids Community College to develop and expand apprenticeship career pathways. The program spans from building awareness, including working with high schools and other organizations to link individuals to opportunities, providing pre-apprentice and apprenticeship training, matching employers and students, leveraging associate degree attainment and creating options for bachelor-degree completion. The program offers industry-driven, structured training that allows employers to develop current employees, as well as to interview and hire students.

Governor visits Middleville’s newest manufacturer

Oct. 20, 2016; The Hastings Banner

A major supplier to Bradford White has become an international company with its opening of a new facility in Middleville, and Gov. Rick Snyder welcomed them to West Michigan Friday afternoon.

… Snyder mentioned the access students and possible future Accurate Machine employees have to higher education, including Kellogg Community College and Grand Rapids Community College.

How a CMU professor turned old photographs into an LGBTQ perspective

Oct. 20, 2016; Central Michigan Life (CMU’s student newspaper)

Growing up queer in the ’90s, Kris Sanford didn’t have role models to look up to, or a relationship to mirror her own after so she decided to create one.

… Sanford’s work is currently being displayed in two locations in Michigan. “Open to Interpretation,” which is artist Thomas Allen and Sanford’s artwork, is being displayed at GRCC Collins Art Gallery in Grand Rapids until Dec. 2.  Her work is also being displayed as part of “enLIGHTENED” in the CMU University Art Gallery until Nov. 19.

Visual Arts Department seeks ArtPrize volunteers

September 29, 2016

The Visual Arts Department needs volunteers to help greet our guests for ArtPrize and direct them to the GRCC Collins Art Gallery on the 4th floor of the Main Building.  We need volunteers from Sept 23 – October 9 on Fridays 12-8, Saturdays 12-8, and Sundays 12-6.

Please contact Katie Budden at kbudden@grcc.edu for sign-up information.

Volunteers needed for ArtPrize

September 28, 2016

The Visual Arts Department needs volunteers to help greet our guests for ArtPrize and direct them to the GRCC Collins Art Gallery on the 4th floor of the Main Building.  We need volunteers from Sept 23 – October 9 on Fridays 12-8, Saturdays 12-8, and Sundays 12-6.

Please contact Katie Budden at kbudden@grcc.edu for sign-up information.

Volunteers sought for ArtPrize

September 27, 2016

The Visual Arts Department needs volunteers to help greet our guests for ArtPrize and direct them to the GRCC Collins Art Gallery on the 4th floor of the Main Building.  We need volunteers from Sept 23 – October 9 on Fridays 12-8, Saturdays 12-8, and Sundays 12-6.

Please contact Katie Budden at kbudden@grcc.edu for sign-up information.

GRCC hosts ArtPrize panel discussion

September 26, 2016

GRCC is hosting a panel discussion featuring three ArtPrize artists: Franklin Delgado, Jonathan Lopez and John Leben. A question-and-answer session and reception will follow the discussion, which runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. October 5 in the ATC auditorium.

Volunteers needed for ArtPrize

September 26, 2016

The Visual Arts Department needs volunteers to help greet our guests for ArtPrize and direct them to the GRCC Collins Art Gallery on the 4th floor of the Main Building.  We need volunteers from Sept 23 – October 9 on Fridays 12-8, Saturdays 12-8, and Sundays 12-6.

Please contact Katie Budden at kbudden@grcc.edu for sign-up information.

Volunteers needed for ArtPrize

September 23, 2016

The Visual Arts Department needs volunteers to help greet our guests for ArtPrize and direct them to the GRCC Collins Art Gallery on the 4th floor of the Main Building.  We need volunteers from Sept 23 – October 9 on Fridays 12-8, Saturdays 12-8, and Sundays 12-6.

Please contact Katie Budden at kbudden@grcc.edu for sign-up information.

GRCC In the News, 9-21-16

September 21, 2016

GRBJ: Community college opening brewery in downtown Grand Rapids

Sept. 20, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – A college downtown is testing the theory that beer does make you smarter.

Grand Rapids Community College said today it will open Fountain Hill Brewery in downtown Grand Rapids located on the first floor of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, at 151 Fountain St. NE with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.

Top 10 finalists, Facebook award announced in Consumer’s Energy, ArtPrize student contest

Sept. 20, 2016; MLive

WYOMING, MI – Consumer’s Energy announced the top 10 finalists in its annual SmartArt competition in coordination with ArtPrize, and a new People’s Choice Award on Facebook Tuesday, Sept. 20.

… Judges from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College with judge the competition. However, there could be two winners with the introduction of the Facebook contest.

MCC joins manufacturing articulation agreement

Sept. 20, 2016; candgnews.com

LANSING — Representatives from eight state community colleges — including Macomb Community College — met Sept. 8 for a press conference in Lansing to announce details of an articulation agreement.

… The coalition colleges also include Bay College in Escanaba, Grand Rapids Community College, Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Lansing Community College, Mott Community College in Flint, and Schoolcraft College in Livonia.

Women bridge gap in leading Kent, Ottawa county law enforcement

Sept. 19, 2016; WOOD TV

OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — While there’s nothing unique about women in law enforcement, it is rare to see them in leadership roles.

… Kent County’s Michelle LaJoye-Young and Ottawa County’s Valerie Weiss have nearly 50 years combined experience in law enforcement. The pair is among just three undersheriffs in the state of Michigan.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but both Michelle LaJoye-Young and Valerie Weiss are GRCC alumnae.)