Category Archives: Alumni

GRCC In the News, 12-6-18

Richard Henry Ric Curry Jr.

Dec. 5, 2018; Richland Source (Mansfield, Ohio)

Richard Henry Curry Jr., 65, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday Dec. 2, 2018 at Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.

Ric was born Friday, Sept. 25, 1953 to Richard (Elizabeth Hanson) Curry Sr. and he was lifetime resident. Ric graduated from Mansfield Senior High in 1971. He attended Rio Grande University and Grand Rapids Community College where he played baseball, and he continued softball with various teams in Mansfield. He was a true fan to Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers, Ohio State, and Mansfield Senior High.

How Instagram Is a Lifeline and Death Knoll for Homoerotic Artists

Dec. 5, 2018; Out Magazine

Martin Bedolla had already been posting his illustrations on Instagram (@martinbedolla) for about two years prior to 2016, but that year marked a turning point for the artist. “A friend of mine suggested I do Kinkcember,” Bedolla wrote in a post on December 1. He was citing one of a series of monthly themes, like Inktober and MerMay, that serve as prompts for visual artists on social media. “Naturally, I said sure. Ha ha. First up. Bondage.”

… Art first came to Bedolla in a way it does for many teens: through doodling. But after enrolling at Grand Rapids Community College and taking a few drawing classes, he declared fine art as a major and took his practice more seriously, later attending Kendall College of Art and Design. “After I graduated, I actually started exploring what I wanted my style to be and what I wanted to say with my work,” Bedolla says. “Initially, I always thought nudes — like, classical nudes — were fascinating and sensual. So I started there.”

‘The end of an era and a sad day’ Arizona Western College is latest community college to drop JUCO football

Dec. 5, 2018; Arizona Republic

Arizona Western College in Yuma is the latest community college in the state to announce it is ending its football program.

… Among the junior colleges that have cut football since 2010: Rock Valley College, Joliet Junior College and Harper College, all in Illinois, and Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. All of the schools cited financial reasons.

GRCC alumna to present geography lecture on New Caledonia

Cadey Korson stands on a path in the woods.
Cadey Korson

A GRCC alumna will discuss the debate over self-governance in New Caledonia, a tiny Pacific territory that’s currently part of France, in a Geography Department presentation on Dec. 6.

Dr. Cadey Korson, a 2008 GRCC graduate, will present “Defending Self-Determination in a Sub-National Island Jurisdiction: The Ongoing Sovereignty Debate in Kanaky/New Caledonia,” from 6-9 p.m. in room 108 of Sneden. She has done considerable research on this issue as a faculty member of the geography department at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand.

In a Nov. 4 referendum, New Caledonia residents narrowly approved remaining a part of France . After a hundred years of colonization, the dependency became an overseas French territory in 1946. Today, nearly 40 percent of the population claim to be members of the indigenous Kanak community. In addition to its strategic location in the South Pacific, New Caledonia holds 25 percent of the world’s nickel reserves and its per capita GDP is among the highest in the region.

After earning her associate degree, Korson completed a bachelor’s degree at Aquinas College, a master’s at the University of Missouri, and Ph.D. at Kent State University. Subsequently, she took a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oulu in Finland, where she contributed much in terms of geographical scholarship.

Korson has explored the realms of cultural geography, political geography and geographic education by conducting fieldwork in the South Pacific, with special reference to indigenous peoples, as well as research devoted to the teaching of world regional geography. These efforts over the past few years have resulted in six articles published in peer-reviewed publications, nine papers delivered at conferences in England, Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Finland, and Sweden, and an invited lecture given in Hawaii.


GRCC In the News, 11-12-18

Exclusive Interview with RC Caylan: New York Fashion Week SS19

Nov. 9, 2018; Fashion Week Online

RC Caylan is a fashion designer to watch out his exquisite collections are a mixture of classic romance and modern-day fairytale. His vast array of creations ranges from fashionable red carpet gowns, bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses and contemporary suits for men. Everything is handmade, and custom made making his designs remarkable and one-of-a-kind.

Caylan started to love fashion designs at an early age of 9 through the influence of her grandmother who was a uniform seamstress in the Philippines, where he grew up. He graduated Fashion Designs in Grand Rapids Community College in 2015, the same year when he had his first big fashion show at San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Network. His success is unstoppable that he opened his studio in 2016, RC Caylan Atelièr, located at Suite 308 80 Ottawa Avenue, Grand Rapids in Michigan.

Morning News

Nov. 12, 2018; WZZM

Even though yesterday was officially Veterans Day, it is still being observed today by many places. There will be ceremonies today in Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College.

Change Ups: God’s Roamin’ Kitchen will focus on rural areas

Nov. 9, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College professor Charlotte Pease’s work developing a sustainable design course in partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools earned her the Green Schools Champion Award from the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan.

New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities for a Half Dozen African Americans

Nov. 9, 2018; The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

B. Afeni McNeely Cobham has been named chief equity and inclusion officer at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. She was an associate dean of institutional equity and inclusion at Connecticut College.

Hands-on career exploration via Future Focused Fridays

Nov. 9, 2018; (KISD newsletter)

Senior Ainsley Carter slipped on a pair of safety goggles, a hardhat and a tool apron and paid close attention as Steven Ray led her and 15 classmates, step by step, through assembly and disassembly of construction scaffolding.

“Now let’s get into four teams and do this yourselves,” said Ray, an instructor at Grand Rapids Community College’s Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC program.

GRCC In the News, 10-30-18

Dillard picked to repeat as GCAC champions

Oct. 29, 2018; The New Orleans Advocate

The Dillard Bleu Devils have won two consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championships, tying with Xavier last season, and three conference tournament titles in a row.

… Like last year’s Bleu Devils, who reached the Elite Eight in the NAIA Championships, Newell said the team’s guard play again will be good. Jeffery Drake-Todd, a point guard from Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College, and Malik Amoss, a shooting guard from Coastal Bend Junior College, join Ward in the starting lineup.

GV expands health campus with new building on Medical Mile

Oct. 29, 2018; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University’s student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University is continuing to grow its presence in Grand Rapids as it held a groundbreaking ceremony for its newest building on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health will compliment GVSU’s existing Cook-DeVos Health Science Building as well as the recently constructed Finkelstein Hall. The five-story, 160,000 square foot building will serve as an additional anchor to the Medical Mile corridor, illustrating the growing demand for health professionals in the greater Grand Rapids area.

… The new buildings location will be just as important as the technology-integrated learning experience. The Medical Mile, located north of downtown Grand Rapids along the sloping Michigan Street corridor, is the largest employment center in west Michigan with over 50,000 nurses, doctors, researchers and students working within the area daily. Institutions such as Ferris State University, Michigan State University, Grand Rapids Community College and others are tapping into the medical districts resources, working closely with the hospitals that line the street. Coordination between local colleges, hospitals and institutions ensures that the next generation of health professionals practice the hands-on experience so valuable within the medical field.

GRCC In the News, 10-10-18

Lakeshore Chamber rounds up trio of culinary stars for next Leadership Connections

Oct. 9, 2018;

Coming on the heels of a rousing sendoff by their inaugural speaker, Jeff Noel from Whirlpool Corporation, the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is more than doubling down on their next entry — they’re triple-teaming the audience with a trio of people making a huge difference on the culinary scene in Michigan’s Great Southwest.

… Luis Amado, CEPC, is a native of Guadalajara, Mexico with a Palestinian and Spanish Background. Chef Amado began his career at the age of 14 as a pastry cook at his family locally owned Pastry Shop in Guadalajara, Mexico. He moved to the US to Study culinary arts and Graduated from Grand Rapids Community College in 1992, after which he traveled to Europe and worked in Spain and Belgium to develop his knowledge of classical European Pastry. He returned to the US in 1994 and worked as Executive Pastry Chef and Executive chef of private country clubs and fine dining restaurants throughout California, Indiana and Michigan. From 1988 to 2016 he served as director for the Baking and Pastry Arts Program at Baker College of Muskegon, where he developed the curriculum, taught classes and coached students for national and international competitions. He is currently the Culinary Management Chair at Lake Michigan College where he developed the curriculum and teaches a variety of classes.

School News Network: GRCC, Tech Center create a recipe for student bakers to earn college degree

Oct. 9, 2018; WKTV

West Michigan is home to high-caliber chefs, bakers and other culinary experts and the level of skill is evident in the cuisine and flavors served at ethnic restaurants, fine dining establishments, casual diners, pastry shops and bistros.

… Now there’s an easy way for Joslynn (Skutt) to transition smoothly from high school student to pastry aficionado with the goal of adding her own style and flavor to the scene. Thanks to a new partnership between the Tech Center and Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, she is among 40 students earning 20-25 free GRCC credits, about a third of the 67-credit associates degree.

Morning Mix

Oct. 9, 2018; FOX 17

Kicking things off for the 2018-19 season for the Jewish Theater of Grand Rapids is a story of a family who have experienced a miracle — or have they? Where do we perform? Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE in downtown Grand Rapids, on the GRCC campus.