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GRCC hosts ‘Who Cares? Why Bother?: Real Writing for Real People’ on Feb. 6-7

Representatives from area businesses and organizations will share writing tips this week during Grand Rapids Community College’s “Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People” conference.

The public is invited to join GRCC students for any of the free sessions, which run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the ATC.

Faculty from the Biology, English and Business departments and representatives from Grand Valley State University and Gordon Food Service will be among the presenters.

No registration is required.  Here is the schedule:

Feb. 6

  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. — Katy Leady, corporate writer for Gordon Food Service, in room 120 of the ATC.
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. — Dale Johnson, of strategic communications firm Williams Group, in the ATC auditorium.
  • 11-11:45 a.m. — Devon Swanigan, GRCC Labor Relations, in the ATC auditorium.
  • 11-11:45 a.m. — GRCC business professor Ann Alexander in room 120 of the ATC.
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m. — Kimberly DeVries, director of GRCC Equal Opportunity Compliance, in room 120 of the ATC.
  • 2-2:45 p.m. — Klaas Kwant and Noah De Smit, GRCC Media Technologies, in the ATC auditorium.
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m. — Campus Police Chief Rebecca Whitman, in room 120 of the ATC.

Feb. 7

  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. — David Cope, former Grand Rapids Poet Laureate and GRCC professor, in the ATC auditorium.
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. — Caitlin Horrocks, associate professor in Grand Valley State University’s Department of Writing, in rooms 122-124 of the ATC.
  • 11-11:45 a.m. — Penni Weninger, former GRCC employee and business communications specialist, in rooms 122-124 of the ATC.
  • 11-11:45 a.m. — Paul Krieger, professor in GRCC’s Biological Sciences Department, in the ATC auditorium.
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m. — Sean Mackey, instructor in GRCC’s English Department, in the ATC auditorium.
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m. — Laura Caulk and Daniel Flaumenhaft, GRCC Human Resources, in rooms 122-124 of the ATC.
  • 2-2:45 p.m. — Patrick Prominski, of the GRCC English Department, and a panel of GRCC students, in the ATC auditorium.
  • 2-2:45 p.m. — Maryann Lesert, associate professor in the GRCC English Department, in rooms 122-124 of the ATC.

GRCC In the News, 2-4-19

West Michigan woman who flew planes during World War II dies at 97

Feb. 1, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A Grand Rapids woman who was a test pilot during World War II, part of a rare number of women flyers to play a critical role during the war, has died at age 97.

… Before she went to the University of Michigan, Doyle attended Grand Rapids Junior College — the institution now known as Grand Rapids Community College.

Inside Track: Using tragedy to help others

Feb. 1, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Gabriel Grant had just graduated high school with plans to attend Michigan State University when a car crash changed everything.
With dreams of becoming an athlete, he was set to start school at Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to MSU, with a promise of paid tuition from mentor and former MSU and professional basketball player Steve Smith.

Putnam: Grand Ledge classmates work to bring murder victim home for funeral

Feb. 4, 2019; Lansing State Journal

LANSING — A tight-knit group of friends from Eric Nelson’s school days in Grand Ledge is working to bring his body back home after the 28-year-old was shot to death in Las Vegas.

… Meaghan Jacobs said Nelson attended Grand Rapids Community College for a year and then Lansing Community College for a year along with her husband. The two friends roomed together.

College completes $8M upgrade of athletic facility

Jan. 29, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has finished an $8-million project to renovate an athletic facility.

Grand Rapids Community Colleges upgraded Ford Fieldhouse, on the main campus at 111 Lyon St. NE, opened to the community last week.

WMCAT arts residency trains novice shutterbugs

Feb. 1, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Instructor Dennis Grantz reviewed some basic camera settings with a group of teens before turning them loose on a recent Friday morning inside the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology’s spacious studio and project areas.

… Another group of students attend Grand Rapids Community College’s Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC program, and local business professionals also hold on-campus career sessions.

Grant aims to ready middle schoolers for what comes after high school

Jan. 25, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org

In Wyoming, seventh-graders mental gears were turning as they considered their futures. MacKenzie Burgess would like to be a marine biologist or a doctor.

… Lucky for them, no matter what their goals, local educators are joining forces to help students navigate where they want to go. Grand Rapids Community College is the recipient of a $2.1 million, six-year grant from the U.S. Education Department. The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)  initiative is beginning to take shape, serving Wyoming, Kelloggsville, Godwin Heights and Godfrey-Lee students.

Postponements and makeup dates for Grand Rapids-area college basketball teams

Jan. 30, 2019; MLive

Most of the small college basketball schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday has been wiped out for Grand Rapids-area teams. Here’s who postponed and when the games will be made up.

… JUNIOR COLLEGE

Grand Rapids Community College. The Raiders’ games at Kalamazoo Community College for Wednesday were postponed with makeup dates to be announced.

Katie Kalisz: A Quiet Woman’s Clarity

Jan. 29, 2019; therapidian.org

Local poet and GRCC professor Katie Kalisz will read from her just-released first book of poems, Quiet Woman, on February 21 at 6:30 pm, at the Grand Rapids Community College Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

New SingularityU chapter fosters “Exponential Technologies for Good”

Jan. 31, 2019; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Thanks to local futurist, Mary Brown, Singularity University (SU) is establishing a chapter in Grand Rapids, one of 142 chapters in 66 world locations recognized as up-and-coming technology centers. SU had been on Brown’s radar for some time. After attending its Global Summit, she submitted an application in hopes of starting a Grand Rapids chapter. Because Grand Rapids is recognized as an emerging center of innovation, the chapter application was approved.

… SingularityU Grand Rapids team members include Brown, the chapter ambassador, and Jan Mathorne, owner of HUCAPA – Human Capital Partners, an executive search consulting firm based in Denmark, Michigan, and California. Brown, a futurist, focuses on ethical adoption of AI in healthcare and society via human-centered design and organizational change and learning. A former senior digital experience analyst at Priority Health, she currently serves as senior consultant for learning and development in Spectrum Healths Inclusion and Diversity department and as adjunct faculty at Grand Rapids Community College in the psychology and business departments.

Change Ups: Spectrum Health appoints diversity officer

Feb. 1, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… BUSINESS SERVICES

… The Right Place board of directors elected the following officers for 2019: chair: Sean P. Welsh, regional president, West Michigan, PNC Bank; vice chair: Mitch Joppich, Grand Rapids managing partner PwC LLP; and treasurer: Dave Staples, president and CEO, SpartanNash. Executive Committee Appointments: Bill Pink, president, Grand Rapids Community College; Matt Becker, managing partner, BDO; and Tina Freese Decker, president and CEO, Spectrum Health.

Grand Rapids residents deal with largest snow storm of the season

Jan. 28, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Residents in Grand Rapids dealt with nearly a foot of snow on Monday.

… “We’re trying to shovel our driveway, it’s a little tough,” said Lauren Jonker, a student at Grand Rapids Community College.

WMEAC Presents: Women, Community and the Environment Series

Feb. 1, 2019; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

Since 2011, women in West Michigan have come together to discuss and explore something about which they are all deeply passionate: environment advocacy.

… What: Thirst for Justice Film and Panel Discussion

When: Friday, Feb. 22, 7- 9 pm

Where: Grand Rapids Community College, 143 Bostwick Ave NE

Business Cafe looks at transfer resources, interview skills in February

Business Department faculty discuss various topics throughout the semester in the Business Cafe series. All the sessions are drop-in — and open to all students, not just those in business majors — so stay for 10 minutes or the entire time. Snacks are provided!

Here’s the schedule for February:

  • Transfer Resource Fair — From noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 6  in the Business Tutorial Lab (room 201 of Cook), associate professor Brent Spitler and professor Jeff Spoelman will share GRCC resources that can help you transition to your four-year school of choice. Representatives from business programs at many area institutions will also answer questions.
  • MWest Challenge — Opportunity to Make Money on Your Idea — Professor Felix Pereiro will discuss the MWest Challenge student venture competition from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 11  in the Business Tutorial Lab (room 201 of Cook).
  • Taxing Careers — Assistant professor Mark Jasonowicz will discuss tax careers from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 11 in the Business Tutorial Lab (room 201 of Cook).
  • Careers in Accounting — Assistant professor Jennifer Knauf will discuss the requirements for an Associate of Business with an accounting major at GRCC as well as transfer requirements, from 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 in the Business Tutorial Lab (room 201 of Cook). She will also look at accounting careers, CPA requirements and internships.
  • Acing the Interview — Professor Ann Alexander will share tips from 1-2 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Business Tutorial Lab (room 201 of Cook).

GRCC In the News, 1-14-19

Jan. 12, 2019; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College has funding to train 60 people for an initiative to help increase the diversity of the health care workforce, according to Julie Parks, executive director of GRCC Workforce Training.
Jan. 11, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local college has created a new program to prepare students for supply chain management.
Grand Rapids Community College said last month it is now offering the 30-week program Supply Chain Operations Management Certificate to prepare people to manage the transport and storage of raw materials, inventory and finished goods from where they are made to where they are used.
Jan. 11, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Mike Ford, son of former President Gerald R. Ford and first lady Betty Ford, will speak during a rededication of the renovated Grand Rapids Community College building named for his father.
News 8 Daybreak
Jan. 14, 2019; WOOD TV

A former first son will be in West Michigan today for a rededication ceremony. Grand Rapids Community College will celebrate the renovations at the Ford Fieldhouse. Mike Ford, President Gerald R. Ford’s son, will speak at the ceremony for the building named after his father. It will start at 3:30 today. GRCC spent $8 million on upgrades and new facilities for their student-athletes.
Jan. 11, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)
Days before the start of second semester, volleyball players Dani Johnston, Jamie Wellet and Jasmine Wellet, stopped in to see the newly renovated Ford Fieldhouse, which hosts the teams home games and other athletic events.
… Grand Rapids Community College officials say upgrading the fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE, provides a state-of-the-art facility for athletes and students.
Jan. 12, 2019; The Arab American News
DEARBORN — Late last year, former Gov.  Snyder appointed Henry Ford College President Russell Kavalhuna to a two-year term on the state’s 21st Century Talent Creation Subcommittee.
… In addition to Kavalhuna, Snyder appointed Grand Rapids Community College President Dr. Bill Pink; Alpena Public Schools Supt. Dr. John VanWagoner; Dr. Joseph Lubig, associate dean of the School of Education at Northern Michigan University; Megan Schrauben, executive director of the MiSTEM Network for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget; Alycia Meriweather, deputy superintendent of external partnerships, enrollment & specialty programming at the Detroit Public Schools Community District and Dr. Mark Pogliano, principal at the Jackson Area Career Center.

GRCC In the News, 12-14-18

Hero of the Day? Heavy metal band Metallica grants $100K to GRCC for welding program

Dec. 12, 2018; mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College will receive $100,000 from heavy metal band Metallica to support new programming, the school announced today.

GRCC offers new certification in Supply Chain Operations Management

Dec. 14, 2018; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

While Santa Claus may have elves for toy-making and Rudolph to guide his sleigh, many West Michigan companies need more qualified manpower to ensure the economical and efficient production of items and delivery to wherever they need to go and fast.

…  Grand Rapids Community College is paving the way to equip people with introductory skills and meet the needs of employers to manage all facets of bringing goods from producer to consumer as seamlessly as those bow-tied presents come from the North Pole, down the chimney and end up under the Christmas tree.

GRCC trustee recount finished, winners decided

Dec. 13, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With a recount completed, officials have declared the winners of the election for the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

PR society elects board officers and members

Dec. 13, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The region’s public relations society has named its new leaders.

… New board members

… Dave Murray, Grand Rapids Community College

GRCC offers new Supply Chain Operations Management program

GRCC is offering a new certificate program to meet industry demand for supply chain operations managers.

The 30-week Supply Chain Operations Management Certificate program, which starts in January, will prepare people to manage the movement and storage of raw materials, inventory and finished goods from where they are made to where they are used.

Pam Miller, associate dean in the School of Workforce Development, said the new program, which will be offered through the Business Department, was created with the help of industry partners.

“Every sector of industry is seeking entry-level workers with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the dynamic field of supply chain management,” she said. “GRCC is uniquely positioned to address this employment gap by attracting new talent to the field.”

Students who earn this certificate can start immediately in the workforce as production, planning and expediting clerks. They also may apply the credits they earned toward an associate degree in business or other programs, or pursue bachelor degrees in supply chain management or logistics.

“This program also provides area businesses the ability to offer their employees additional professional development and continuing education opportunities in supply chain operations and management,” Miller said.

The new certificate builds upon a noncredit program offered through GRCC Job Training, which the college launched in 2016 with a grant from JPMorgan Chase.

Those who are interested in the new Supply Chain Operations Management Certificate program should contact GRCC’s Business Department at business@grcc.edu or (616) 234-4220 or professor Matheta Righa at mrigha@grcc.edu. The first course in the program is listed in the GRCC Catalog as BA 175 (section 2758) Supply Chain Management, and is scheduled this winter from 6:16-9:15 p.m. Wednesdays. Additional sections could be available online in the future.

Business Cafe looks at transferring, scholarships during November, December

Business Department faculty discuss various topics throughout the semester in the Business Cafe series. All the sessions are drop-in — and open to all students, not just those in business majors — so stay for 10 minutes or the entire time. Snacks are provided!

Here’s the schedule for November and December:

  • Pursuing a Law-Related Career — From 9:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 1 in room 213 of Cook Hall, Professor Garry Brand will explore GRCC’s multiple paths to an undergraduate degree and law school. Representatives from Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School will also answer questions.
  • Transfer Resources — From noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Business Tutorial Lab, associate professor Brent Spitler and professor Jeff Spoelman will share GRCC resources that can help you transition to your four-year school of choice. Representatives from business programs at many area institutions will also answer questions.
  • Careers in Accounting — Assistant professor Jennifer Knauf will discuss the requirements for an Associate of Business with an accounting major at GRCC as well as transfer requirements, from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 14 in the Business Tutorial Lab. She will also look at accounting careers, CPA requirements and internships.
  • Academic Pathways — From 9-10 a.m. Nov. 15 in the Business Tutorial Lab, assistant professor Matheta Righa and Sarah Rose, director of the Occupational Support program, will look at resources that can help you decide which pathway and academic program is right for you. You’ll also have a chance to ask questions!
  • One Scholarship Application, Hundreds of Opportunities — Sarah Laycock, coordinator of scholarships and state financial aid, will share tips for making your scholarship application stand out, from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Business Tutorial Lab. You’ll also be able to begin the process of applying for GRCC scholarships during the session.