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GRCC In the News, 10-19-17

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.

Recital hall named for Linn Maxwell Keller

GRCC named the newly renovated recital hall for mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell Keller during a special ceremony and concert on Oct. 18. Linn Maxwell Keller, who died in 2016, was an ardent supporter of the music program. The recital hall project was part of the $8.5 million renovation of the Music Center, which was renamed last month for Grand Rapids Junior College Humanities Department Chair Albert P. Smith.

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Diversity Lecture Series to feature neuroscience researcher, immigration advocate, filmmaker, comedian

Speakers in the 2017-18 Diversity Lecture Series include a neuroscience researcher, a comedian and a filmmaker.

Domingo Hernandez-Gomez, director of the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, said the variety of perspectives offered by the speakers in the free series reflects a diversity of issues important to our current state of public affairs in America.

“The message of all our speakers is simple and explores the steadfast American virtue of philanthropy toward others,” he said. “In their own way, each speaks to this common cultural philanthropic tread, in the broadest sense of the word, by espousing goodwill, compassion and altruism.

“We know that the topics in the Diversity Lecture Series need to be discussed if we are to maintain or build a healthy community — for we depend on each other to overcome the challenges that divide us. It starts with dialogue and reflection in the spirit of learning. It is not easy. It takes courage and humility, and one must be open and willing to listen to other perspectives and extend grace when offended. May our wisdom prevail over our pride. That is the invitation.”

The 2017-18 speakers are:

  • John Cacioppo, author and founding director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, will discuss “Loneliness and Brain Health” on Oct. 25.
  • Julissa Arce, author, immigration and education advocate and co-founder of the Ascent Education Fund, will present “The American DREAMer: From Undocumented to Wall Street and Immigration Advocacy” on Nov. 15.
  • Dawn Porter, attorney, filmmaker and criminal justice system reformer, will discuss “Defending America in the Age of Mass Incarceration” on Feb. 21.
  • Negin Farsad, author and social justice comedian, will present “Fighting Islamophobia, Bigotry and What Have You with Comedy” on March 14.

All the lectures begin at 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE. Book signings by authors follow the lectures, and presentations are ASL interpreted. For more information, call (616) 234-3390.

Culinary students Ally West, Kaylee Mulder to represent U.S. in Nations’ Cup competition

Two Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students will compete against their peers from five other countries when GRCC hosts the Nations’ Cup this week.

The biennial competition, which GRCC has hosted since its inception in 2005, will take place from October 19 to 21 in the kitchens of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Teams of students representing the United States, Barbados, Canada, Italy, Mexico, and Scotland will have a limited amount of time to turn mystery ingredients into five-star gourmet fair. Team Scotland has taken home the cup in 2015 and 2013.

Culinary students Ally West and Kaylee Mulder won positions on Team USA and will be supported by veteran Nations’ Cup coach Sasha Ahmed.

The public may view the competition live online.

The competition schedule:

October 19

  • 8-9:30 a.m. — Appetizer Mystery Box.
  • 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. — Pasta Mystery Box.
  • 2-3:30 p.m. — Fish/Shellfish Mystery Box.

October 20

  • 8-9:30 a.m. — Game Mystery Box.
  • 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. — Poultry Mystery Box
  • 2-3:30 p.m. — Dessert Mystery Box.

October 21

  • 5:30-9 p.m. — National Dish Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

The competition will be judged by an international team of culinary experts: Josef Huber from Austria, executive chef at Amway Hospitality Corp.; Ian MacDonald from Scotland, executive chef for the St Andrews Links; Josue Villalvazo from Mexico, a chef at Instituto Culinario de Mexico in Mexico; and chef Angus Campbell from the United States, a retired GRCC professor.

GRCC In the News, 10-18-17

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

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.