GRCC In the News, 11-14-19

New police chief appointed in Kentwood

Nov. 14, 2019; WZZM

KENTWOOD, Mich. — Richard Roberts has been named the new police chief for the city of Kentwood.

… Before joining Kentwood Police, Roberts received his associate degree in criminal justice from Grand Rapids Community College and graduated from Northwestern University Traffic Institute’s police staff and command.

Incumbent Third Ward commissioner ready for first full term

Nov. 12, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Nathaniel Moody had no city commission experience when he was appointed in July 2018 to fill David Allen’s seat representing Grand Rapids’ Third Ward.

… Moody has sat on the fiscal committee since being appointed. He also sits on the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Board, the Grand Rapids Area Association of Pastors, and Children’s Advocacy Council Board.

Courses lead the way into engineering and computer science

Nov. 12, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District)

As today’s technology gets into the hands of younger and younger kids, a high school class of coders looks extremely natural creating an app.

… “We are working to align the courses with GRCC for dual credit for our students,” (Ed) Beickman said. “The dual credit is something that we are aiming for next school year.”

Kaylee Bakker signs with GVSU; Hecht to GRCC, Steffen to Cornerstone

Nov. 13, 2019;The Holland Sentinel

ZEELAND — A year after committing to play basketball at Grand Valley State University, Kaylee Bakker made it official on signing day.

… Last week, Zeeland West senior Kara Hecht signed with Grand Rapids Community College for volleyball.

These Grand Rapids athletes expect to sign during early-signing period

Nov. 13, 2019; MLive

High school athletes in select sports can sign their National Letter of Intent beginning Wedneday, and a number of Grand Rapids athletes are getting out their pens.

… South Christian

Grand Rapids Community College is next for Jerad Berkenpas. Berkenpas is a standout pitcher for the Sailors.

25 greatest football players of all time from the Ann Arbor area

Nov. 13, 2019; MLive

ANN ARBOR – There have been players from the Ann Arbor area that have left a legacy on the football field.

… 14. MARCUS BERNARD, Ypsilanti

Bernard didn’t receive attention from Division 1 programs during his time at Ypsilanti but made up for it at Grand Rapids Community College and then Jackson State where he recorded 25 sacks in two seasons. He played for the Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals finishing his career with 72 tackles and 15 sacks in five seasons.

25 greatest football players of all time from the Muskegon area

Nov. 12, 2019; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — You have to go back more than 100 years to trace the roots of high school football in the Muskegon area.

… 19. CODY KATER, Montague

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Kater was one of the most prolific quarterbacks to ever come out of the Muskegon area. He was a three-year starter for Montague High School, leading the Wildcats to back-to-back state titles in 2008 and 2009 and a combined 27-1 record those two seasons. He finished his high school career with a school-record 6,361 passing yards in his career and 79 touchdown passes. His senior season, he passed for 2,866 yards and 35 TDs and he ran for 899 yards and 12 TDs en route to earning Associated Press Division 5-6 player of the year honors. Kater, a two-time all-stater, was chosen to play in the 2010 MHSFCA East-West All-Star Game. Also an all-stater in basketball, who finished as Montague’s all-time leading scorer, Kater took his football talents to Grand Rapids Community College under legendary coach Tony Annese, leading the Raiders to an 11-0 record in 2011. He played three years of Division I football at Central Michigan University. He currently coaches football and girls basketball at his Montague alma mater.

Carrera / caminata 5K Turkey Trot a beneficio de las Escuelas Públicas de Grand Rapids

Nov. 12, 2019; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, 12 XI 19: El 28 de noviembre se llevará a cabo la carrera / caminata de 5K en el Oeste de Michigan, que comienza y termina en el Van Andel Arena, en el centro de la ciudad, a partir de las 8am. El Grand Rapids Turkey Trot es presentado por Blue Care Network of Michigan y las inscripciones ya están abiertas.

… Algunos de los patrocinadores, son: Michigan Fitness Foundation, Governor’s Council, Metro Health University of Michigan Health, MVP athletic Clubs, Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Meijer, Dean Transportation, The YMCA, Wolverine Coil Spring Co., entre otros.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MI, 12 XI 19: On November 28 the 5K race / walk will be held in West Michigan, which begins and ends at the Van Andel Arena, in the city center, starting at 8am The Grand Rapids Turkey Trot is presented by the Blue Care Network of Michigan and registration is now open.

… Some of the sponsors are: Michigan Fitness Foundation, Governor’s Council, Metro Health University of Michigan Health, MVP athletic Clubs, Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Meijer, Dean Transportation, The YMCA, Wolverine Coil Spring Co., among others.)

Michigan Secretary of State hosting public workshops in West Michigan

Nov. 13, 2019; WWMT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Assistant Secretary of State Heaster Wheeler are hosting free public workshops in West Michigan.

… On Wednesday, Benson will speak at the workshop at Grand Rapids Community College, which runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


GRCC In the News, 11-12-19

Tired of Toys? This Christmas, Gift one of These Grand Rapids Experiences Instead

Nov. 12, 2019;

… Holiday Gift Experiences for Mom

… Sign her up for language classes at Grand Rapids Community College. Then plan an international trip to let her use her new skills!

Investiture for President Mantella set for November 15

Nov. 11, 2019; (Grand Valley State University press release)

The inauguration of President Philomena V. Mantella as the fifth president of Grand Valley State University will be held Friday, November 15, with a series of events leading up to the ceremony.

… Representatives from colleges and universities around the country are expected including Richard Pappas, president of Davenport University; Patricia Harris, president of Kuyper College; Matthew Scogin, president of Hope College; Kevin Quinn, president of Aquinas College; Tara McCrackin, interim president of Kendall College of Art and Design; Joseph Stowell, president of Cornerstone University; and Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College.

Registration opens Dec. 1 for new student organizations

Registration to create a new student organization for the Winter 2020 semester will open Dec. 1.

You can find guidelines for creating a new student group online. Registration closes Jan. 31.

Perks of being a registered student organization:

  • Your group may receive funding of $200 per winter and fall semester (pending a finance workshop and attendance at Student Alliance meetings).
  • Student groups get free graphic design services.
  • Your student organization can travel together.
  • Student groups may request funding for events and conferences.
  • Student groups may fundraise on campus.
  • Your group may rent spaces on campus for meetings and events.
  • Your group may post fliers about your organization.
  • Student groups have access to storage space.

Email with any questions.

Help GRCC with campus master plan; get 3 parking validation tickets

Student Life wants to know how we can make GRCC’s physical environment more welcoming and inclusive!

Share your insights and help GRCC develop a new campus master plan, a vision for what we will look like in the future.  Student Life has scheduled two input sessions — and participants will be given three parking validation tickets!

Sessions are scheduled for:

  • 11-11:45 a.m. Nov. 14.
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

Both will be held in room 103 of Sneden Hall.

GRCC In the News, 11-11-19

Street Talk: College has new plans for your weekend

Nov. 8, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Starting next semester, Grand Rapids Community College is offering Saturday classes to make college more accessible, especially for learners trying to work around jobs and home responsibilities.

Grant to allow ease in academic advising

Nov. 8, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District)

With many students needing to arrange schedules and appointments around work and family responsibilities, a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help Grand Rapids Community College tailor advising services to all students.

Photo Flash: A Grand Rapids LAND OF SWEETS Comes To Devos Performance Hall For Holiday Shows

Nov. 8, 2019; Broadway World Detroit

In Act II of “The Nutcracker Ballet,” the Prince whisks the slumbering Clara away to the Land of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy holds court in a magical land of make believe.

… To celebrate the season, culinary students at Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education are creating a sugary wonderland filled with ballerinas in stained-glass sugar and bells made from blown sugar in DeVos Performance Hall in December.

A&E Briefs 11/11

Nov. 11, 2019; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University student newspaper)

… The French departments of Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University joined forced to organize the third edition of the Tournées Film Festival. At the downtown campuses of GRCC and GVSU, French films will be shown in the evenings of Nov. 15-16 and 22-23.  The festival is opening on Nov. 15 with the screening of the 2018 French film “Tazzeka” at GRCC ‘s Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center Auditorium Room 168.

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