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GRCC student, alumna receive honors for geography research

Research papers by a GRCC student and an alumna took honors at the recent annual conference of the East Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers.

Geography major Kara Jueckstock received first place in the competition for students pursuing a baccalaureate with her paper “Tourism in the Caribbean: Utopian Ideal of Dystopian Disaster?” Jueckstock is scheduled to graduate in December and plans to transfer to Aquinas College.

Alyson Mabie, a 2013 GRCC graduate, received first-place honors in the category of best paper presented by a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree for her paper “Brewing on the Edge: The Economic and Community Impacts of Small Town Breweries on the Outskirts of Beer City, U.S.A.” Mabie, who took first-place undergraduate honors at the 2014 meeting, plans to pursue a Ph.D. after completing her master’s degree at Western Michigan University.

All geography programs at colleges and universities throughout Ohio and Michigan are part of the association’s East Lakes Division. Students at the undergraduate and graduate levels had their independent research critically assessed by a judging panel made up of faculty from some of the region’s leading geography programs. GRCC geography alumni have received awards eight awards over the past eight years for the papers they’ve presented at the annual regional conference.

 

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.

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.

GRCC students Rodney Cobbins, Maleny Bennyra Crespo nominated for Grand Awards

Congratulations to the GRCC students who have been nominated for Grand Awards:

  • Rodney Cobbins, nominated for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a College Production” for Facing Our Truth.
  • Maleny Bennyra Crespo, nominated for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a College Production” for Facing Our Truth.

The GRCC Players production of Somewhere in Between has been nominated for “Outstanding College Production.

GRCC alumni are also up for several awards:

  • Sammy A. Puebles, nominated for “Outstanding Direction of a College Production” for Facing Our Truth and for “Outstanding Actor in a Play” for Disgraced.
  • Darius Colquitt, nominated for “Outstanding Actor in a Play” for Hit the Wall.
  • Lis Hatfield, nominated for “Outstanding Actress in a Play” for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
  • Robbie Ellis, nominated for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play” for Hit the Wall.
  • Madeline Jones, nominated for “Outstanding Actress in a Musical” for The Addams Family.
  • Sam Johnson, nominated for “Outstanding Sound Design” for Beauty and the Beast, Ragtime and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

GRCC theater faculty members are nominated for several awards:

  • Tom Kaechele, nominated for “Outstanding Direction of a Play” for Brighton Beach Memoirs and Philadelphia Story.
  • Catherine Marlett Dreher, nominated for “Outstanding Lighting Design” for Beauty and the Beast, Ragtime and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

The Grand Awards will be presented on October 8.

 

GRCC In the News, 10-2-17

New GRCC president pledges to be relevant and responsive

Sept. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will be relevant and responsive to its students and the community, President Bill Pink stressed Friday, Sept. 29, in his investiture address.

Spotlight on Sally Brown

Oct. 1, 2017; OR Today Magazine

Medical surgical nurse Sally Brown got her start in the field as a teen, working as an aide at the Beacon Light nursing home in Marne, Michigan. Although she later held office and factory jobs, a love of caring for those in need returned her to Beacon Light as an adult. When her supervisor there inspired her to pursue her associates degree, Brown attended Grand Rapids Community College en route to becoming an RN. She had married and welcomed her first daughter, Tricia, by then, and ended up having her second, Kelly, while still in school.

Dominga Lucas-Pérez: Raising up indigenous voices of persistence on Grandville Avenue

Sept. 28, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

When asked how to spell her name correctly, Dominga Lucas-Pérez proudly pulls out her Grand Rapids Public School Volunteer badge from her knitted purse. She carries the badge with pride. She explains she has earned the badge after Liliana’s first day in Kindergarten. To her, this badge is a sign that she belongs to the Grandville Avenue community.

… Domingo Hernández-Gómez, the Director of the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College, explains that there is perceived negativity around speaking an indigenous language. Hernández-Gómez’s primary language is Tzeltal, a Mayan language spoken in five countries of Central America. Hernández-Gómez spoke Tzeltal until he was eleven years old when he was exposed to Spanish in school.

News briefs 10/2/17

Oct. 1, 2017; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University’s student newspaper)

… Health forum series to focus on health care jobs

The monthly Health Forum of West Michigan series will host its first event of the year, “The Health Care Talent Pipeline,” with a panel discussion focusing on the supply and demand of health care jobs, as well as how higher education institutions are moving to accommodate industry employees and employers.

… The panelists include Laurie Chelsey, provost of Grand Rapids Community College, and Maria Cimitile, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Valley State University. Jean Nagelkerk, GVSU vice provost for health, will serve as moderator.

Harbin joins women’s basketball staff

Sept. 30, 2017; purpleeagles.com (Niagara University Athletics website)

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. — Niagara University women’s basketball head coach Jada Pierce announced the hiring of Lester Harbin as an assistant coach. Harbin brings over 10 years of NCAA coaching experience on the men’s and women’s sides.

… Harbin played at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich. from 1997-99, where he led the team in blocked shots, rebounds and field goal percentage. He then played one season (1999-2000) at the University of North Alabama and played his final year (2003-04) at Lees-McRae College.

Jayhawks volleyball squad improves to 9-1 in league play, defeats Lansing Community College

Sept. 29, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball squad defeated Lansing Community College 3-0 on Thursday.

… MCC is now 11-13 on the season and 9-1 in league play, good for second place behind unbeaten Grand Rapids Community College.

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.