TRiO Students Participation in the MICUP Internship Program @ Michigan Tech

MICUP is a Transfer Transition Program that is housed in Michigan Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion.  The program offers community college students a summer research internship that addresses the opportunities and challenges at a four-year institution.

The program targets community college students, focusing on the following areas of study:

·         Biology
·         Business
·         Computer Science
·         Engineering
·         Math
·         Physics
·         Sciences
·         Technology

GRCC had 12 students participate in the 2013 MICUP Summer Research Internship Program beginning the first week of May and continued through June:
Breanna Cook, Travis Slooter, Yolanda Cruz-Olguin, Rolando Bocanegra, E Yasmine Walton-Durst, Antonia Garcia, Keyler Lerchen, Ashley Fox, Andrew Janke, Benjamin McClellan, SyQuan Tran, and Binu Baral.

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GRCC In the News, 7-01-13

Bob Wepman, Grand Rapids’ colorful, controversial arts activist, impresario, dies of cancer
June 28, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Bob Wepman was an arts activist who changed the course of the Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Rapids Ballet, who brought the Joffrey Ballet to Grand Rapids, and who loomed large over the artistic and cultural life of the community in the 1970s and 1980s.
…As arts coordinator of Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College, Wepman created the Great American Talk Festival, which brought such personalities as TV newsman Mike Wallace, actor Tony Randall, author Alex Haley, and author and animal rights activist Cleveland Amory to Grand Rapids.

Former Cornerstone standout named new basketball coach at Ferris State
June 28, 2013; MLive
BIG RAPIDS, MI – Andy Bronkema, a former standout at Cornerstone University, has been selected as the new basketball coach at Ferris State.
…Bronkema also served as the head running backs coach with the Grand Rapids Community College football team in 2005 when they finished as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Non-Scholarship National Champions.

GRCC In the News, 6-28-13

GRCC trustee on colleges $37,000 lobbying contract: The public can get really shafted

June 27, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College like many two-year schools in Michigan pays a lobbying firm to ensure its voice is heard on legislation and other matters at the state Capitol.
…Trustee Richard Ryskamp last week voiced opposition to the colleges annual $37,440 contract with McAlvey, Merchant and Associates, a Lansing-based governmental and political consulting firm.

See how much Michigans 28 community colleges spend on state lobbying

June 27, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The amount Michigan’s community colleges spends on lobbying varies widely, with 18 of the 28 schools engaging in the practice, according to state records.
…The issue of lobbying came up at recent board meeting at Grand Rapids Community College, where one trustee questioned whether it wise for the school to partake in state-level lobbying.

Dr. Sarah Palmer moves dental practice to Grandville

June 27, 2013; MLive

Dr. Sarah Palmer has moved her dental practice to Grandville.
…Palmer is a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, West Michigan District Dental Society, and on the board for Dental Programs at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 6-27-13

Floyd Mayweather, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez bask in fan support during Grand Rapids press tour stop

June 26, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Floyd Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez have decided not to wait until Sept. 14 to start putting on a show.
…Some 4,000 onlookers crammed Houseman Field’s south bleachers and sidelines on a sun-splashed Wednesday afternoon to witness the third stop in the exhaustive 11-city, nine-day press tour in advance of the Mayweather-Alvarez blockbuster.
WCCC chief announces retirement timeline

June 27, 2013; MLive

PITTSBURGH, PA — Westmoreland County Community College President Daniel Obara told trustees Wednesday night that he will retire next summer when his contract with the college ends.
…Obara, 70, of Hempfield, was hired in 1996 as vice president of academic affairs and student services. He was named president of the college that enrolls more than 6,000 students in April 2009, succeeding former president Steven Ender.


The Bostwick parking ramp student entrance off of Fountain street will be closed beginning today (July 1).  The closing is for work taking place on the outer loop of the ramp, which will close parking up to level five.  Students will need to park on the roof or the inner loop. Tape will be used to close off restricted areas.
The parking ramp exit for students on Bostwick avenue will remain open, as will the staff entrance and exit.  The Ransom street entrance and exit on level six, and the exit on level five, will remain open as usual.

Regarding staff and faculty parking, the Fountain street entrance and Bostwick avenue exit will tentatively close July 15.  More information will follow as the details are finalized.

GRCC In the News, 6-26-13

Kent Resource Center provides support, services to improve quality of child care, preschool

June 25,, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Kent County parents and child care providers have a local resource in the Great Start to Quality Kent Resource Center to offer free support and services to improve the quality of child care and preschool in the area.

… For example, in May, the center offered a workshop to introduce child care directors and caregivers to Michigan’s Early Childhood Standards in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. The next session is, “How can I use this?”

GRCC partnering with Wayne State University for two-day course on electric vehicles

June 25, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A two-day course on electric and battery-powered vehicles is taking place at Grand Rapids Community Colleges Lakeshore Campus next month.

Downtown Market announces roster of free cooking demonstrations by local chefs

June 25, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Home chefs and would-be chefs can hone their skills this summer as the new Downtown Market features Chefs At The Market, a weekly event in which popular local chefs offer free, weekly cooking demonstrations.

… July 27: Chef Aaron from Bistro Bella Vita shares the philosophy of sustainability in the kitchen.

… August 17 : Chef Jenna Arcidiacono of Amore Trattoria whisk you away on an Italian culinary adventure, right at the Market!

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Aaron VanTimmeren and Jenna Arcidiacono are GRCC graduates.)