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GRCC In the News, 12-11-17

December 11, 2017

Change Ups: 7GenAE garners Honor Award for Native Justice Center

Dec. 8, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

A Grand Rapids Community College analysis concludes it adds $413.5 million to the Kent County economy and $34.2 million to Ottawa County’s economy. EMSI, a provider of economic impact studies and labor market data, looked at GRCC’s economic impact through its students, employees and alumni.

GVSU receives $1 million grant for STEM scholarships

Dec. 10, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Valley State University has received a $1 million grant National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program to form a financial help program for low-income science and engineering students.

… Additionally, the project team will enlist area community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, and Muskegon Community College, to help identify potential RISE scholars at their institutions and provide mentoring for those students before they enroll at Grand Valley.

GVSU announces speakers for 2018 MLK week

Dec. 11, 2017; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University’s student newspaper)

Each January, members of the Grand Valley State University community attend events for Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week, a celebration of the life of King and his work in the civil rights movement. The keynote speakers for January 2018 are April Reign and Bree Newsome, both of whom made waves in 2015 for their efforts to initiate social change.

Bobby Springer, director of the new Pathways to College Office at GVSU, has been working closely with Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University to host these speakers. According to Springer, Reign and Newsome are in high demand across the country. Newsome first caught his attention two years ago when she made national headlines after climbing to the top of a flagpole to remove a Confederate flag in Columbia, South Carolina.

DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Names Executive Chef Colin McPhee

Dec. 8, 2017; hotel-online.com

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Dec. 8, 2017) — DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport, welcomes Colin McPhee as executive chef for the hotel restaurant Ganders. Bringing years of experience, dynamic culinary talent and a creative approach to developing unexpected dishes featuring local fare, McPhee will oversee menu development and culinary creations for the hotel and restaurant as well as catering for on-property events and in-room dining. As the first DoubleTree by Hilton in Grand Rapids, Mich., the 226-room property is just minutes away from popular Grand Rapids attractions and Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

… Prior to joining DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids, McPhee most recently served as the sous chef of J.W. Marriott in Grand Rapids where he oversaw various aspects of the food and beverage outlets, including the mentoring of young chefs. His resume also includes time at Gracewill Country Club, Bar Divani and Timbers Inn in Grand Rapids. A lifelong resident of southwestern Michigan, McPhee earned his Associate Degree in Culinary Management and Pastry Certification from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

Dancing with the Local Stars cast list revealed

Dec. 9, 2017; WZZM

MUSKEGON, MICH. – 56 alumni cast members are returning as participants in the 10th annual Dancing with the Local Stars reunion event.

… Sonya Hernandez, Grand Rapids Community College Adjunct Professor & YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Director of Y Achievers & Youth in Government, 2016

GRCC In the News, 12-7-17

December 7, 2017

Showtime: Wednesday, December 6

Dec. 6, 2017; WOOD Radio

Your daily compendium of live entertainment and music performances in West Michigan for Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

… Grand Rapids Community College Players present “Detroit ’67” in Spectrum Theater. Open dress rehearsal tonight, performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday, curtain at 8 p.m.

#OscarsSoWhite creator speaking at MLK Day event in Grand Rapids

Dec. 6, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In a time of hashtags and tweets, a handful of characters can launch a social movement.

… The Grand Rapids Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is presented by Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and Opera Grand Rapids.

Mott dominates in OT to win 7th straight game

Dec. 6, 2017; NBC 25

#24 Mott Community College defeated Grand Rapids Community College 109-99 in overtime at home Wednesday night to win their 7th straight game.

Theater group puts 1940s spin on “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Dec. 6, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Heritage Theatre Group is staging the popular holiday film as a radio broadcast, “It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play,” by Joe Landry.

… Heritage Theatre Group was founded in 1990 to bring classic theatre to Grand Rapids. It performs its main stage season in the summer at the Spectrum Theatre at Grand Rapids Community College with additional productions throughout the year staged in a variety of nontraditional spaces.

 

GRCC In the News, 12-5-17

December 5, 2017

Announcing 32nd Annual MLK Day Community Celebration

Dec. 4, 2017; Broadway World

The 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Jan. 15 will honor the life and legacy of King with a community celebration that features Keynote Speaker April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, and the premiere of the opera “I DREAM” at Fountain Street Church.

The celebration is open to the public and is hosted in collaboration with Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and Opera Grand Rapids.

Jamieson Resigns As Furman Head Softball Coach; King Named Interim Coach For 2018 Season

Dec. 4, 2017; Furman Paladins (Furman University athletics publication)

Greenville, S.C. — Wally King has been named interim head coach for the Furman softball program after the resignation of Kyle Jamieson, who has accepted the position of associate head coach at Clemson, it was announced on Monday by Paladin director of athletics Mike Buddie.

… A National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) member, King began his coaching career on the collegiate level at Grand Rapids Community College as the assistant softball coach and head recruiter. During his three seasons with GRCC, he helped develop the program into a national title contender with back-to-back World Series appearances.

 

GRCC In the News, 12-1-17

December 1, 2017

College hosting anti-oppression leaders for MLK week

Nov. 30, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two women who started national anti-oppression movements will speak at a local college this winter to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.

… As part of a collaborative effort among GVSU, Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University, (April) Reign will also give presentations at GRCC, Fountain Street Church in downtown Grand Rapids and Davenport’s campus during her two-day stay in West Michigan.

 

Library hosts open house

November 28, 2017

Students, faculty and staff are invited to the 2nd Annual Learning Center Open House on Tuesday, December 5, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m..

Light food, beverages, goodies, and entertainment will be offered in the Library, the Center for Equity & Inclusion, and Media Technologies – plus –  upstairs in Academic Support & Tutoring Services. Visit each space for a chance to win prizes.

Receive an extra entry for prizes if you donate items to the Learning Center Food Pantry or if you donate a new or used paperback for avid readers at the Kent County Jail.

2nd Annual Learning Center Open House. Tuesday, December 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Learning Center/LRC (#10 on campus map). All-Campus Event! Students, faculty, and staff welcome. Free food and beverages served. Enjoy GRCC’s Guitar Ensemble. Prizes! Bring an item for the Learning Center food pantry or a new or used paperback book to go to Kent County Jail inmates for an extra prize entry. Visit Media Technologies, Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, Academic Support and Tutoring Services, Library and Learning Commons. GRCC.

GRCC In the News, 11-13-17

November 13, 2017

Q&A: Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College

Nov. 12, 2017; mibiz.com

Dr. Bill Pink is Grand Rapids Community College’s 10th president, replacing Dr. Steven Ender who retired in May. Pink has been with GRCC since 2015, having served as the college’s vice president and dean of workforce development. Prior to GRCC, Pink was vice president of academic affairs at Oklahoma State University. An educator for 25 years, Pink’s background includes an associate degree from York College in Nebraska, a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Pink spoke with MiBiz about the need for GRCC to stay relevant for employers and how the college is designing courses to make that a reality.

Arts briefs 11/13/17

11/13/17 The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

‘My Life as a Zucchini’ film showing

As part of the Tournées French Film Festival, Grand Valley State University, in conjunction with Grand Rapids Community College and their respective French sections, will be co-presenting the film “My Life as a Zucchini,” or “Ma vie de courgette.” The showing will be held on GVSU’s Pew Campus in the DeVos Centers Loosemore Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 15, starting at 7 p.m.

Comerciantes y residentes de la avenida S Division se reúnen para discutir el futuro de zona comercial

Nov. 10, 2017; El Vocero

Representantes de la Ciudad de Grand Rapids, de organizaciones de desarrollo urbano y líderes de organizaciones sociales encabezaron la reunión.

… Los dirigentes participantes fueron, Mariano Ávila del WGVU, Jeremy DeRoo, de LINC UP, el comisionado de la ciudad Joe Jone, Tamben Bustance del GRCC woodrick centery Sergio Cira Reyes del Urban Core Colletive.

(Representatives of the City of Grand Rapids, urban development organizations and leaders of social organizations led the meeting.

… The participating leaders were: Mariano Ávila from WGVU, Jeremy DeRoo from LINC UP, City Commissioner Joe Jone, Tamben Bustance from GRCC Woodrick Center and Sergio Cira Reyes from Urban Core Colletive.)

Nominations sought for Giants Awards

October 25, 2017

Since 1983, thirteen African American individuals and/or organizations have been recognized annually for their exceptional contributions shaping the history and quality of life of greater Grand Rapids at the annual Giants Awards and Banquet. Each award is named after local individuals who have given excellence and is a perpetual memorial to their notable contributions. Nominate someone you know today! Completed forms are due Nov. 10, 2017 by 5 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 10-24-17

October 24, 2017

GRCC expecting state funds to respond to manufacturing resurgence

Oct. 24, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –  Grand Rapids Community College is starting to work on the schematic design for the $12.7 million renovation and expansion of the Wisner Bottrall Applied Technology (ATC).

GRCC Diversity Lectures Series is back for 2017-2018 season

Oct. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

The Diversity Lecture Series is back in Grand Rapids for its 23rd year.
Sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, the event is intended to provide insight and understanding of equity and inclusion to the West Michigan community.

GRCC In the News, 10-19-17

October 19, 2017

Grandson of Cesar Chavez shares millennial message in GR

Oct. 18, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The grandson of labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez visited Grand Rapids Wednesday with a message for millennials: In today’s political climate, it’s more important than ever to remember his grandfather’s message of unity, hope and uniting people.

… Andrew Chavez spoke at Grand Rapids Community College as part of an event put on by the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

Jayhawks volleyball team beats back Kellogg, clinches second place in conference

Oct. 18, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team secured at least a second place finish in their  conference with a tough five-set victory over Kellogg Community College on Tuesday.

… MCC is now 18-14 overall and 12-2 in the Western Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. The Jayhawks trail undefeated Grand Rapids Community College by two games, with only two conference matches remaining.

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, 10-17-17

October 17, 2017

Cesar Chavez gala celebrates college scholarships, community awards

Oct. 16, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 13th annual Cesar E. Chavez Hispanic Excellence Scholarship and Community Awards Gala is Thursday, Oct. 19, at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center.

… Prior to gala, Andres Chavez is scheduled to give a lecture from 11 a.m. to noon in Room 168 of Grand Rapids Community College’s Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center on “Millennials Putting into Action the Legacy of Cesar E. Chavez.”

Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club sends 10 to regionals

Oct. 17, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

The Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club will be well represented at this week’s Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championships, as the program qualified 10 of its 30 skaters for the national event.

… Local skaters competing in the event are:

… Emily Scott (age 18) of Hamilton is a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, Carolyn Tinkham (age 18) of Grand Rapids is a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, Jennifer Prillwitz (age 16) of Grand Rapids is a junior at Kenowa Hills High School, Lara Seledotis (age 13) is an eighth-grader at Northern Hills Middle School.

Tops of the conference

Oct. 17, 2017; The Philippine Star

Before the start of Game 2 of the PBA Governors Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Sunday, the Best Player and Best Import of the third conference were announced with the awardees representing the two teams playing in the best-of-7 title series.

… Then, (Allen) Durham enrolled at Grace Bible College, a small school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He averaged 15.5 points as a freshman in 2006-07 then left the school to attend Grand Rapids Community College because of financial limitations. Durham, however, returned to Grace Bible in 2008-09 and led the varsity to three straight National Christian College Athletic Association Division II championships. In the process, he broke the school’s 44-year-old scoring record by becoming the all-time leader with 2,467 points. He also finished his career as Grace Bible’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,314 boards.

César E. Chávez event Oct. 18

October 16, 2017

Hear Andrés Chávez speak on his grandfather’s civil rights movement legacy Oct. 18 at 11 a.m.

2017-10-18 Andrés Chávez Event handout

César Chávez Event October 18 at the ATC

October 9, 2017

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion is hosting “Millennials Putting into Action the Legacy of César Chávez” on Wednesday, October 18, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in room #168 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC).

This event is free and open to both GRCC staff/students and the public.

2017-10-18 Andrés Chávez Event handout

Participate in YWCA Words of Encouragement

October 4, 2017

Many have experienced domestic violence in their life. This October, reach out to survivors by writing a word of encouragement on a notecard and returning it to a box in the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. These cards will be distributed to survivors seeking services from the YWCA West Central Michigan.

To impact the greatest number of survivors, please feel free to include illustrations or notes written in any language.

Let’s work together to show domestic violence survivors that they are believed and supported by their community.

A collection box and pamphlets sit on a table in the Woodrick Center for the Words of Encouragement project.

Woodrick Center sponsors celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

October 4, 2017

Everyone — employees, students, and the public — is invited to this event:

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. Oct. 11, 2017. Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, Ballrooms 118-124. Join us for an open house style event celebrating Latino culture through art, music, dance, and authentic food. 10 a.m. Doors Open. Latino Art Exhibition by Erick Picardo and Arturo Morales. Refreshments provided. Inspired by childhood memories, nature, deities and mythology, Erick Picardo shares his canvas with rare creatures and luxuriant blossoms. Though he embraced representational art early in his career, abstraction is now his basic element. He rhythmically composes paintings to create a powerful visual space for viewers. 12 p.m. Welcome Address. Lunch featuring a sampling of various Latino dishes. Meet the ARtist: Erick Picardo. Hispanic Student Organization Folkloric Dance. 1-3 p.m. Latino Crafts Workshop. First 100 GRCC students will receive a free t-shirt! Event is open to the public. For more information, please contact the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at (616) 234-3390. GRCC. The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.