Category Archives: Alumni

GRCC In the News, 9-13-18

NMU police academy graduate starts in Escanaba

Sept. 13, 2018; Daily Press (Escanaba)

MARQUETTE — Samuel Austin Pouliot, 23, of Gladstone, graduated with academic honors from Northern Michigan University Police Academy on Aug. 21. He earned the most physically fit recruit award in his graduating class. He received an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and also earned credits through Ferris State University. He is a 2014 graduate of Gladstone High School.

So you want to open your own brewery?

Sept. 12, 2018;

Talk to just about any craft beer fan or homebrewer and they will likely tell you they fantasize about opening their own brewery some day. Well Dave Miller of Brewery 4 Two 4 in Holland, Michigan did just that.

Sommbeer: Easy to find the right people with the right skills?

Dave: Honestly it’s just me and Soren (working in the brewhouse). Soren came to me as an intern. He did the brewers program at GRCC (Grand Rapids Community College). The tricky part with getting somebody who’s fresh out of brewing school and doesn’t have a ton of experience…you can train them anyway you want but you also have to do all that training. Now that we are past that point, he can just do everything. The bar staff is pretty much people I knew from elsewhere. They are all awesome.

GRCC In the News, 9-11-18

Grand Rapids designer makes his debut at New York Fashion Week

Sept. 10, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids designer RC Caylan made his New York Fashion Week debut Powered By Art Hearts Fashion NYFW.

RC finally achieved what hes been dreaming of all his life to finish a fashion designing degree at the GRCC School of Fashion And Interior Design.

Grand Rapids welcomes college students during GR College Week

Sept. 10, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Rapids welcomes college students to explore the city during the annual GR College Week. From Monday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 16, the city will open its arms to all college students within the area as a week designed to get students out and about in the city of Grand Rapids.

GR College Week is not just for GVSU students; it is a joint effort between the city and all of the different colleges that are located nearby. Students from Grand Rapids Community College, Calvin College, Ferris State University and other surrounding communities are welcome to participate in the events as well.

Petoskey grads Lewis, Hoffman help collegiate teams to wins

Sept. 11, 2018; Petoskey News-Review

… Aquinas (cross country team) finished eighth out of 23 teams and will next take part in the Grand Rapids Community College Raider Invite on Saturday, Sept. 22.

GRCC In the News, 9-10-18

Women’s Lifestyle magazine founder remembered as being devoted to community

Sept. 7, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Victoria Upton devoted herself to many Grand Rapids organizations and events, including ArtPrize and Gilda’s Club, but her lasting legacy is the Women’s Lifestyle magazine that she founded more than 20 years ago.

(Victoria Upton was a GRJC student.)

Oklahoma education notes for Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018

Sept. 9, 2018; The Oklahoman

… The University of Central Oklahoma Alumni Association will recognize six recipients at the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5 in the Grand Ballroom of Nigh University Center. The association has given the awards annually since 1952.

This year’s honorees are Marjorie Bennett, of Hennessey, a 1939 graduate who spent more than four decades teaching high school and college English, Latin, literature, speech and debate; Mike Collison, of Oklahoma City, vice president and chief financial officer of The Oklahoma Publishing Co., a 1991 graduate in accounting; Alisa Green, of Oklahoma City, founder and chairwoman of the Dress for Success Oklahoma City affiliate, a 2008 graduate in corporate communications; Bill Pink, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, president of Grand Rapids Community College and formerly vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City and associate dean in the UCO College of Education and Professional Studies; Joli Sanders, of Norman, a licensed interior designer and founder of the nonprofit organization Focus on Home; Dr. J. Michael Steffen, of Oklahoma City, retired orthodontist who practiced more than 40 years in Edmond and Clinton, a 1972 graduate in biology.

Task force stands by police department’s youth policy after handcuffing incident

Sept. 8, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The task force that helped construct the Grand Rapids Police Department’s youth interaction policy says it’s encouraged by recent execution of the policy and doesn’t intend to seek changes to it right now.

Raynard Ross, associate dean for Grand Rapids Community College and a co-chair of the Policy and Procedure Task Force, said the 14 members discussed the youth policy Tuesday during its monthly meeting.

GR partners on energy, sustainability efforts

Sept. 7, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The city of Grand Rapids is partnering with business and community leaders on its recent energy and sustainability efforts.

… Business and community members on the Sustainability Advisory Committee are:

… Michael Vargo dean for School of Arts and Sciences, GRCC

Carrie Brannen featured in Alumni Recital on Sept. 15

Carrie Brannen sits with her cello by a beach.
Carrie Brannen

GRCC alumna Carrie Brannen will perform a free cello recital at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Music Center.

After earning her associate degree, Brannen received a bachelor’s degree in music from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in cello performance from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

She has appeared with the Battle Creek Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony and Western Michigan Symphony orchestras and was a soloist with the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra. In Amherst, she performed with the University Symphony, Opus One Chamber and J.S. Bach Festival Orchestras, among others.

Alumni Association hosts Sept. 13 yoga session for current, past GRCC students

Get zen with Zzzen Yoga!

Join the GRCC Alumni Association for an evening of outdoor yoga. Alumna Melissa Andreychuk, of Zzzen Yoga, will guide GRCC students — current and past — through a 45-minute yoga practice at 6 p.m. Sept. 13  on the outdoor deck of the College Park Plaza building, 180 N.  Division. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

The event is free, although donations to the GRCC Alumni Scholarship Fund will be accepted. To sign up, contact Corey Turner, development manager for Alumni and Planned Giving, at (616) 234-3025 or

Current GRCC students, alumni, faculty, and staff  — and their friends — are welcome to attend.

GRCC In the News, 8-14-18

Pregnant mother of 4 killed in crash ‘always put family first’

Aug. 13, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Nancy Orozco is being remembered by her friends and family as a “loving mother, wife and sister who always put her family first.”

… Nancy Orozco spent most of her life in Grand Rapids, where she lived with her husband, Oscar Reyes, and four children. She graduated from Union High School in 2008 and later attended Grand Rapids Community College.

Young gardeners with Grand Rapids Urban League cook up their harvest with GRCC students

Aug. 13, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Urban League and Grand Rapids Community College are cooking up a special meal Monday.

Entries wanted for Barry County Artists Exhibition / 8-11-18

Aug. 11, 2018; The Hastings Reminder

The Thornapple Arts Council and Historic Charlton Park will host the juried fourth annual Barry County Artists Exhibition at Historic Charlton Park in the fall.

… As her sons entered high school, she (Patti Sevensma) focused on becoming a professional photographer and also began taking art classes at Grand Rapids Community College, along with local instructor Loretta Sailors, who has been a significant influence on her work.