GRCC In the News, 7-22-13

Obituaries Today: Jacob Casey Cooper, 20, killed in Kent County motorcycle crash

July 21, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Jacob Casey Cooper lived life to the fullest.

… He was a Forest Hills Northern alumnus, and had been attending Grand Rapids Community College.

College scholarships: Six Ottawa County students win $1,000 each at IChallengeU competition

July 20, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Team Zeeland Farm Services beat out five other teams of Ottawa County students Friday, July 19, for $1,000 college scholarships as the two-week long futurePREP IChallengeU program concluded.

… IChallengeU, part of OAISD’s futurePREP program,connects students with local businesses for real world experiences. Ottawa and Careerline Tech Center students have the opportunity to earn college credits through Grand Rapids Community College while developing solutions to business problems that corporations and other organizations struggle with daily.

GRCC greets Honors Program students with scavenger hunt

The Honors Program and the Department of Experiential Learning is hosting the first Honors Campus Adventure on  July 24.  Participants will learn about the Honors Program from faculty and former and current students, and will explore campus in a scavenger hunt-style event!

They will be broken up into color teams, so if you see a group a students running around campus with matching bandannas, they’re some of our new students!
They’ll be moving around the main campus between 10-11:30 am. Check out the Honor’s program Facebook page for pictures of this fun, new event!

GRCC In the News, 7-19-13

Grand Rapids Press columnist Tom Rademacher honored as country’s best for third time in 5 years

July 18, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In a culture of instant reactions and 140-character commentary, is there still a place for thoughtful storytelling? Longtime Grand Rapids Press columnist Tom Rademacher believes there is and he’s got the credentials to back him.

(The article doesn’t mention it, but Tom Rademacher was one of GRCC’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni recipients.)

Is Michigan Tech for Me? Community College Students Get an Inside Look at University

July 18, 2013;

July 18, 2013 — Rolando Bocanegra never pictured himself attending a four-year university. “There was always a fear factor when it came to thinking about a major college,” he said. As a current student at Grand Rapids Community College, “thinking bigger just made me feel overwhelmed.”

District 9 Big League baseball team headed to World Series

July 18, 2013; MLive

WYOMING — It is a good thing George Rosinski didn’t book any place to go for vacation this summer.

… Buurstra struck out seven batters in six innings to earn one of the all-tournament berths for pitchers. Others from District 9 named to the team were Husted, Corey Murphy (West Catholic/Davenport), Jake Ellis (Forest Hills Eastern), Derek Lewis (West Catholic/GRCC) and Cody Ritsema (Kenowa Hills).

Work planned for Ransom Avenue

On or around July 29, 2013 — weather permitting — the city is paving Ransom Avenue NE, between Lyon and Fulton streets. Ransom will be closed for one day for the actual paving; the date will be confirmed as it approaches.

Before the paving, some lanes might be closed on Ransom for work around drains and manholes and to otherwise prepare the roadway surface.


GRCC In the News, 7-18-13

Middle school entrepreneurs sell their sweet creations at Breaktime Bakery

July 17, 2013;

The Fourth Reformed Church kitchen is busy with tiny hands during the morning Monday through Thursday. The middle school entrepreneurs of Breaktime Bakery are hard at work mixing and measuring to make delicious pastries. They’re led by Eric Schalk, the director of New City Neighbors’ Breaktime Bakery and its sister program Breaktime. He gave up culinary art to pursue youth ministry, but Breaktime Bakery combines his passion for God, kids and the culinary art form.

Schalk spent a semester studying culinary art at Grand Rapids Community College. While taking classes, he got a job at Fourth Reformed Church doing youth ministry. He says this position made him realize that youth ministry was his true passion and calling.

Former Muskegon High football star putting up big numbers for Mustangs

July 18, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — DeMonte Collins seems right at home on the football field.

… During stints in college at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College and the past three years in semipro football, Collins keeps racking up big numbers.

Drowning in fear

July 17, 2013;

Uneasy immersion into a dangerous world: That’s the theme of a deeply personal exhibition of oil paintings on display at the Lansing Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame through July 27. Lansing artist Alina Poroshina steeps the large-scale water paintings of her exhibit, “Of Fears and Memory,” in lush and dire imagery.

… When the Lansing show is over, all three genocide paintings are going to Grand Rapids Community College’s Collins Gallery. They have also been accepted into the 2013 ArtPrize exhibiton.