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GRCC In the News, 6-18-18

Morning News

June 18, 2018; WZZM

Leaders from Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College are working to strengthen their partnership. A news conference is happening today to discuss what’s ahead. The two have worked together for 13 years now, and their bond gives students the chance to work toward their high school diploma and associate degrees at the same time. Tuition and fees for the college courses are covered by state aid given to GRPS.

Hospice Of Michigan Welcomes Lauren VanGroningen As Operations Manager

June 15, 2018; publicnow.com

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 15, 2018) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is pleased to announce Lauren VanGroningen as Operations Manager in the southwest region serving Grand Rapids and surrounding communities.

… Previously, VanGroningen served as Director of Nursing for the memory care program at Samaritas Senior Living. She has also worked as a nurse in psychiatric services at Network180, a progressive care nurse at Spectrum Health’s Meijer Heart Center and as Senior Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator at Priority Health. VanGroningen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Work from Calvin College and an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Grand Rapids Community College. She is currently working on a Master’s of Nursing degree from Ferris State University and lives with her husband, Sam, and two young children in Grand Rapids.

GRCC In the News, 6-11-18

‘Mr. V’ says goodbye

June 9, 2018; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — In the confines of a dark auditorium, as a large curtain slowly opens, a light strikes through the darkness, shining down onto several dozen high school students standing on a stage.

… “I went down to Grand Rapids Community College, signed up for music classes and the rest is history,” he (Greenville High School choir director Joel Van Houten) said. “I never changed my major, I never second-guessed it. It was meant to be.”

Welcome, Sgt. Todd Probst

June 8, 2018; The Post (Cedar Springs)

Have you seen this smiling face around town yet? It’s Sgt. Todd Probst, the new supervisor of the Cedar Springs Unit of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. Probst took over last week after Sgt. Jason Kelley took a job in the detective bureau.

Probst grew up in Lowell, a town he said is similar to Cedar Springs, and graduated from Lowell High School in 1989. After high school, he worked full time and attended Grand Rapids Community College and graduated from the police academy in 1994. He was then hired by the Lowell Police Department where he worked part time from 1994-95, and was then hired by the Kent County Sheriff’s Office in January of 1996 as a road patrol deputy.

Union High School top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Union High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Mumina Abdi

Plans after graduation: Mumina will attend Grand Rapids Community College for two years to study radiology, then hopes to transfer to Michigan State University.

Edith Juarez-Lopez

Plans after graduation: Edith will attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Grand Valley State University

Chrishyla Johnson

Plans after graduation: Chrishyla will attend Grand Rapids Community College for two years and then transfer to Ferris State University to study nursing.

Sar Lwit

Plans after graduation: Sar will attend Grand Rapids Community College

The Potter’s House announces top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

The Potter’s House in Wyoming has announced the following top scholars for 2018:

Kate Kooyer

Plans after graduation: Plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Grand Valley State University to pursue a nursing degree.

Thu (Kate) Minh Ngo

Plans after graduation: Plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Ferris State University for the pharmacy program.

Libertas Christian High School announces top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Libertas Christian High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Madeline Sikkema

Plans after graduation: Bilingual Bible program in Argentina with Spanish immersion; pursuing a degree in dental hygiene at Ferris State University or at Grand Rapids Community College.

Kelloggsville High School announces top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Kelloggsville High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Grady Sakshaug

Plans after graduation: Grand Rapids Community College, then Grand Valley State University to study engineering.

Hanan Desta

Plans after graduation: Grand Rapids Community College, then Michigan State University to pursue a career in physical therapy

Lee High School top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Lee High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Maira Hurtado

Plans after graduation: Maira plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College where she will study nursing, and wants to specialize in pediatrics.

Monica Paniague-Ramos

Plans after graduation: Monica plans to specialize in radiology at Grand Rapids Community College.

Maura Mendoza-Matias

Plans after graduation: Maura plans on attending Grand Rapids Community College and entering the nursing program.

Northview High School top grads

June 10, 2018; MLive

Northview High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Elizabeth Haveman

Plans after graduation: Elizabeth will first attend Grand Rapids Community College for one year and then transfer to Montana State University to study natural resources and rangeland sciences.

Chloe Warmuskerken

Plans after graduation: Chloe will attend Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to the University of Michigan to study nursing.

NorthPointe Christian High School top grads

June 10, 2018; MLive

NorthPointe Christian High School announces their top graduates for 2018:

Payton Rumsey

Plans after graduation: Payton plans to pursue an associate’s degree in business from Grand Rapids Community College and then pursue a bachelor’s degree in business from Ferris State University or Grand Valley State University.

Forest Hills Central High School top grads

June 10, 2018; MLive

Jason Ross

Activities and awards: National Merit finalist, National AP Scholar with distinction, NHS, Odyssey of the Mind, GRCC Outstanding Mathematics Student Award, Eagle Scout, wrestling, Venture Scouting, MMPC Top 200 and Mackinac Island Honor Guard.

Briggs follows brother on juco route; Speedy Central infielder commits to Grand Rapids CC

June 8, 2018; Traverse City Record-Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — You may have seen this before.

… The TC Central all-conference second baseman (Sam Briggs) aims to follow in his brother’s footsteps and take a similar route to bigger things, committing to play at Grand Rapids Community College.

City approves free Medical Mile bus route

June 8, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A three-way pact providing fare-free public transit along Medical Mile now has city approval.

… The route includes stops near Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and the Bridge Street Market urban grocery store and café being built by Meijer and Rockford Construction on the West Side.

Grand Rapids Police Seek to Improve Trust With Community

June 10, 2018; U.S. News & World Report

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Police Department hopes to improve communication and problem solving with residents of the western Michigan city.

Community members are invited to two trust-building sessions scheduled June 27 at Grand Rapids Community College.

Jewish Theatre GR presents: “Olive and the Bitter Herbs”

June 9, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It’s never too late to change your life. That is the moral of the story of a play being presented by the Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents this month.

… It’s being performed at Spectrum Theater at 160 Fountain St. NE, on the GRCC campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Performances will be on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.

 

 

 

Alumni to volunteer at Kids’ Food Basket on July 17

Alumni: Join us for our first GRCC Alumni Cares for Community volunteer event!

From 6-7:30 p.m. July 17, we will assemble sack suppers at Kids’ Food Basket, 2055 Oak Industrial Drive NE, Suite C. Afterward, there will be socializing and complimentary appetizers at Vander Mill, 505 Ball Ave. NE.

Space is limited, so you must register by emailing coreyturner@grcc.edu or calling (616) 234-3025.

GRCC In the News, 6-4-18

Holland doctor retires after 42 years

June 3, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

After 42 years of service to the Holland community, Dr. Richard Kempf has retired from his practice at Holland Family Medicine.

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Kempf attended Ottawa Hills High School and Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College. Kempf said that even early on, he was interested in biology.

West Ottawa alum graduates Cornerstone valedictorian

June 3, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

Holland-born Julie Brown was recently recognized as valedictorian of the graduating class of 2018 at Cornerstone University.

… Before attending Cornerstone, Brown spent two years completing her associates degree at Grand Rapids Community College. While it was difficult working full time and attending school, she said it was a gift to her.

Newsmakers

June 1, 2018; Community College Daily

… Appointments

… Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, has been elected to the board of the Higher Learning Commission, which oversees accreditation for degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states. His term runs from September 2018 to August 2022.

Change Ups: Mind Meets Music taps Swan to guide fundraising, marketing strategies

June 1, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Grand Rapids Community College president Bill Pink was elected to the Higher Learning Commission board of trustees, which oversees accreditation for degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states. Pinks term runs from September 2018 to August 2022.

Grand Rapids Community College students saved more than $2 million in textbook costs this past academic year through a partnership with OpenStax, Rice University’s open educational resources program that provides free, high-quality peer-reviewed textbooks.

Grand Rapids Community College and the Caledonia school district reached an agreement to offer courses in the former Glenmor High School building, 8948 Kraft Ave. SE in Caledonia.

Smigiel awarded Rockford Rotary Rick Ehinger Memorial STRIVE Scholarship

June 1, 2018; MLive

The Rotary Club of Rockford has selected Jared Smigiel as the recipient of this year’s Rick Ehinger Memorial STRIVE Scholarship.

As the winner of this year’s scholarship, Smigiel will receive $1,200 that will be used to continue his education at Grand Rapids Community College this fall.

Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame names 2018 class

June 1, 2018; WOOD Radio

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2018.

The class includes:

… Longtime Grand Rapids Community College basketball coach Gene Paxton. In 25 years, he racked up more than 500 wins and five league championships. He’s also a member of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame.

… Carl Paganelli Sr., Carl Pagenelli Jr., Perry Paganelli and Dino Paganelli are being named the Outstanding Team Honorees. The father and three sons are all football officials. All three sons have officiated Super Bowls.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but all the Paganellis are GRCC alumni.)

 

 

 

GRCC In the News, 6-1-18

GRCC installing one-step campus lockdown system

May 31, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College is adding another layer of security to protect its campus during an emergency.

Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame names 2018 class

May 31, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2018.

The class includes:

… Longtime Grand Rapids Community College basketball coach Gene Paxton. In 25 years, he racked up more than 500 wins and five league championships. He’s also a member of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame.

… Carl Paganelli Sr., Carl Pagenelli Jr., Perry Paganelli and Dino Paganelli are being named the Outstanding Team Honorees. The father and three sons are all football officials. All three sons have officiated Super Bowls.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Carl Paganelli Sr., Carl Paganelli Jr., Perry Paganelli and Dino Paganelli are all GRCC alumni.)

Stories from the field

May 31, 2018; OER Digest

Quick snapshots of those making change on the ground level, and those impacted

… FROM MICHIGAN: “This has been a truly cross-campus effort,” Michael Vargo, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Grand Rapids Community College, said. “I appreciate the strong support from everyone at GRCC to make these open educational resources available to students. We want to help students have the materials they need to be successful.”

Locals appointed to campus sexual assault group

May 31, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

LANSING — Three Holland-area residents are now members of Gov. Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder’s work group on campus sexual assault.

… Grand Valley State University Police Department Chief Brandon DeHaan was reappointed to the campus sexual assault work group, along with Kimberly DeVries of Hudsonville. DeVries serves as the Title IX coordinator and director of equal opportunity compliance at Grand Rapids Community College.

Mackinac Policy Conference 2018: Here’s what to watch Thursday, May 31

May 31, 2018; WDIV

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – Michigan’s biggest annual political event, the Mackinac Policy Conference, is underway this week on the island.

… 12:45 p.m. – The Future of Work in Michigan: Partnerships Pave the Way to Prosperity: Panelists: Heidi Kaplan, Senior Community Development Analyst, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve Board, David Meador, Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer, DTE Energy, Bill Pink, President, Grand Rapids Community College

Future Fair brings career info to field house

June 1, 2081; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

The world is your oyster, and many possible paths can lead to your passion. That was the message more than 2,000 students learned at the recent East Kentwood Future Fair as they perused booths staffed by representatives from 30 colleges and universities, more that 70 career vendors and four branches of the military.

… “It benefits us because, a lot of times, you never get an inside look at what businesses do,” said East Kentwood High School senior AJ Sims, who hopes to go to Western Michigan University or Grand Valley State University after two years at Grand Rapids Community College, to major in performance and drama.

… Senior Nia Lillard, who plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College but is undecided about her career path, said the fair was a great way to see what’s out there.

GRCC In the News, 5-30-18

Appointments, reappointments to campus sexual assault workgroup

May 29, 2018; upmatters.com

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder today announced appointments and reappointments to the campus sexual assault workgroup. The workgroup will develop a framework of best practices for preventing campus sexual assault and a model to pilot regional centers to investigate reports of sexual misconduct.

… Kimberly DeVries of Hudsonville is the director of equal opportunity compliance and is the Title IX coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and telecommunications from the University of Georgia and earned a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.

‘He tells me to never give up’

May 25, 2018; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Learning to read words in English is one thing. Understanding phrases like a “friendly sort of darkness” or “amazing photographic memory” is quite another for English-language learners.

… Carolyn Garcia has been reading with (Wayne) Ondersma for the past four years, starting as a limited English speaker who spent seven years of her childhood in Mexico. She plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College this fall for nursing. She and Ondersma have enjoyed reading poems and discussing their meaning.

OP: WM [YOU]

May 29, 2018; Western Herald (WMU student newspaper)

Name: Brooke Cross

… “I am a manager at Celebration! Cinema. At Celebration Cinema, we pride ourselves on celebrated service with others and human interaction. We go above and beyond to make people feel valued. So, hand-in-hand with my psych major and my job at Celebrations, I really just want to work with people and make their interactions everyday even better. Celebration! Cinema and Western has really helped me to figure my path out in that aspect. I’ve been a manager at Celebration! Cinema for five years. I am a transfer student from Grand Rapids Community College, but, I feel like Western has so many opportunities for me to expand what I’ve learned at my job, there are also more opportunities for me to expand my knowledge on people and getting to know them better.”