Category Archives: Alumni

GRCC In the News, 10-31-17

Meet the YWCA’s 2017 Tribute Award winners

Oct. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Women who break down societal fences, who initiate change and who advocate for domestic-abuse survivors, Muslims, women of color and women in the workplace are set to be honored.


Edye Evans Hyde, Ebony Road Players Executive Director


Sara Knoester, President of Mixed Staffing & Recruiting

(Edye Evans Hyde and Sara Knoester are GRCC alumnae.)

Jayhawks volleyball team takes second place at MCCAA state tournament

Oct. 30, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball  team took state runner-up honors at the Michigan  Community College Athletic Association state tournament in Grand Rapids on Saturday.

The Jayhawks battled Grand Rapids Community College in the finals but fell in three sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-15).


GRCC In the News, 10-16-17

Josh McCown and John Morton a good combo for Jets

Oct. 14, 2017; Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.)

The unlikely alliance was born of necessity, a partnership between an itinerant assistant coach ready to gamble with his career and an aging journeyman quarterback looking for one more chance.

… An overachieving former receiver who made it to the NFL from his humble beginnings at Grand Rapids Community College, Morton embraced the challenge, even if it might end up in failure.

Geography alumna Cadey Korson accepts post in New Zealand

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

Cadey Korson, a 2008 GRCC graduate, recently accepted a permanent faculty appointment in human geography at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand.

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.

A charter member — and former president — of Lambda Upsilon, the GRCC chapter of the International Geographical Honor Society, Korson is among a number of alumni who have pursued graduate degrees in geography.

Advice from Alumni: Make use of GRCC resources

Rena Curtis
Rena Curtis

Rena Curtis graduated this spring from GRCC with plans to transfer to Davenport University. She advises students to make use of campus resources: “While I was at GRCC, I spent a lot of time at the Business and Computer Lab. I would not be at the place where I am today without the tutors’ help. At times, subjects or concepts were a struggle for me to grasp, and yet they were very accommodating in finding new ways to clarify them.”

GRCC In the News, 9-25-17

Wickliffe joins News-Review’s sports department

Sept. 24, 2017; The Petoskey News

PETOSKEY — Greg Wickliffe already got a taste of Northern Michigan when he worked as an intern with the Petoskey News-Review in the winter of 2016.

… Wickliffe previously worked as a sports writer when he attended Grand Rapids Community College, at MLive, and was sports editor at Central Michigan Life.

Street Talk: The island of misfit produce

Sept. 22, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Face time

An upcoming conference aims to help buyers cut down on cold calls by putting them face to face with purchasing managers.

… This year’s expected buyers include staff from the state of Michigan, Kent County, city of Grand Rapids, city of Kentwood, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, Western Michigan University, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Public Schools, The Rapid, Van Andel Institute and more.