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GRCC In the News, 2-9-18

U.P. woman reappointed to state board

Feb. 8, 2018; upmatters.com

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Dr. Nolana Bandy of Detroit, Kristina Donaldson of Caledonia, and Laura McKechnie of Sault Sainte Marie to the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities.

… Donaldson is a site coordinator for the Family Leadership Initiative and a lead parent representative for Kent County Local Leadership Group. She studied business management at Grand Rapids Community College. She will continue to represent parents of infants or toddlers with disabilities or children with disabilities less than 13 years old at the time of appointment.

Weekend Rundown: Golf, ice and music

Feb. 8, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Cj DeVries from GRNow.com shares her top five weekend events.

ENTREPRENEURIAL GOLD – Thursday, February 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Start your Black History Month of right by attending Entrepreneurial Gold this Thursday. We have two powerful speakers, both of whom are the first African American presidents of their organizations. Mr. Bill Manns is the President of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. Dr. Bill Pink is the President of Grand Rapids Community College. The evening includes a drawing for two tickets to the premier of Black Panther, music by Nu Soul and DJ Monk Mattheaus. Plus, youll have the opportunity to connect with the GR Urban League, NAACP, Our Kitchen Table, Grand Rapids Hip Hop Coalition, and more! Join us at Brush Studio, 50 Louis NW for a power discussion and community collaboration.

GRCC In the News, 2-6-18

GRCC to hosts GRPS Senior Night Out

Feb. 5, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — 6 basketball players finishing up their time at the Junior College level will be honored Wednesday night in the Grand Rapids Public Schools Senior Night Out event when Muskegon Community College visits Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday night.

Let the Light Shine In

Feb. 5, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

The Light Gallery + Studio has a refreshingly clean, urban vibe that’s comfortable and inviting to patrons. Paintings, pottery, homemade candles, intricate tapestries, specialty papers, jewelry, decorative pillows and tea towels, even wooden cutting board and tables all created by local artists are on display. Elton, the gallery cat (he even has his own Instagram account: thegallerycat), will greet you at the door along with owners E Townsley and Matthew Provoast.

… Running their own professional photography businesses and the gallery/studio has been an incredible learning experience for both of them. They aren’t afraid to try new things, take chances or to seek answers from those more experienced. Provoast even took classes at Grand Rapids Community College to learn more about running a small business and marketing strategies. The business continues to grow and evolve; they plan to curate art exhibits for local establishments and pursue innovative ways to market to interior designers.

MHSAA announces the Scholar-Athlete Award recipients in Class C

Feb. 5, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

EAST LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association has selected 10 student-athletes from Class C member schools to receive scholarships through the MHSAA/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award program.

… Emma (Pachulski) played three seasons of varsity volleyball and will participate in her fourth of varsity track & field this spring. Served as captain of both teams; earned all-conference, all-region and academic all-state honors in volleyball and all-county in track. Participating in second year of National Honor Society and attended American Legion Auxiliary Girls State. Also plays in school band; has served as percussion section leader and first chair clarinet and helped band to highest possible 1 rating at district competition. Participates in her schools drama productions, earning lead female roles and serving as assistant director and lead choreographer. Serves as lead photographer on yearbook staff. Earned Sportsmanship Award, the highest honor, from local 4-H and also participates as part of her church’s youth group. Walked and raised funds to honor cancer survivors as part of Relay for Life. Will attend Grand Rapids Community College and study theatre & media arts.

MCC women top Ancilla on Saturday, extend winning streak to eight games

Feb. 5, 2018; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team pushed its winning streak to eight games on Saturday with a 76-62 win over visiting Ancilla College.

… MCC remains tied for first place in the MCCAA Western Conference with Mid-Michigan. The Jayhawks travel to Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday for another conference matchup.


Volleyball player Kendra DeJonge receives recognition from American Volleyball Coaches Association

Kendra DeJonge
Kendra DeJonge

A freshman volleyball player has received national recognition.

Kendra DeJonge, a Rockford High School graduate, was named to the 2017 Two-Year College Third Team All-American team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. This honor comes less than two weeks after she was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II All-American Second Team.

The AVCA makes its selections from student-athletes in the NJCAA Division I, II and III.

GRCC head volleyball coach Chip Will said the recognition is well-deserved.

“Kendra has worked hard to improve all facets of her game so she could become a great college outside hitter,” he said. “She has grown and matured throughout the season, earning the trust of her teammates in clutch situations.

“Kendra earning All-American status is not only a great individual accomplishment, but a great team accomplishment as well. Each player in our program has pushed each other to become better every single day.”

DeJonge was the Michigan Community College Athletic Association’s Freshman of the Year. She also earned First Team All-Region, All-MCCAA, First Team All-Western Conference and Western Conference Freshman of the Year. Through the season, she recorded 406 kills, 320 digs and 43 aces. She ranked 33rd nationally in kills and 9th in kills per set.

DeJonge, an outside hitter, powered a potent Raiders offense all the way to the Region XII, District F finals, where GRCC fell to eventual national runner-up Owens Community College. The GRCC Raiders had a 27-3 (16-0 MCCAA-West) record and a No. 3 national ranking this fall.

At GRCC, DeJonge is working on an associate degree in business. While she had worked with Coach Will as a high school player, she wasn’t sure she wanted to attend a two-year college.

“After being at GRCC for a full semester now, I would never go back on my decision!” she said. “Going to GRCC was the best decision I have made because I am receiving the same education as a student at a four-year university for a fraction of the cost.”

DeJonge plans to transfer to Grand Valley State University for a bachelor’s degree in business administration and pursue a career as a personal financial advisor.

Being a part of the volleyball team has been a highlight of her first semester, she said.

“Coach Will emphasizes making games and practices fun — something the team wants to be at rather than a task we are required to do,” she said. “My team and I are very close, and I have already created friendships that will last a lifetime — and I couldn’t be more thankful.”


GRCC In the News, 10-31-17

Meet the YWCA’s 2017 Tribute Award winners

Oct. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Women who break down societal fences, who initiate change and who advocate for domestic-abuse survivors, Muslims, women of color and women in the workplace are set to be honored.


Edye Evans Hyde, Ebony Road Players Executive Director


Sara Knoester, President of Mixed Staffing & Recruiting

(Edye Evans Hyde and Sara Knoester are GRCC alumnae.)

Jayhawks volleyball team takes second place at MCCAA state tournament

Oct. 30, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball  team took state runner-up honors at the Michigan  Community College Athletic Association state tournament in Grand Rapids on Saturday.

The Jayhawks battled Grand Rapids Community College in the finals but fell in three sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-15).


Law careers, marketing, transferring topics of Business Cafe sessions

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:

  • Pursuing a Law-Related Career — From 1-2 p.m. November 2 in the Business Tutorial Lab (room 201 of Cook), professor Garry Brand will explore multiple paths from GRCC to an undergraduate degree and law school. Representatives from Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School will be available to answer questions.
  • Careers in Marketing and Management — Professor Glenn Gelderloos and Felix Pereiro at different career options — and what you need to succeed in them — from 4-5 p.m. November 6 in room 201 of Cook (Business Tutorial Lab).
  • Transfer Resources — From 9 a.m. to noon November 8 in the Business Tutorial Lab (room 201 of Cook), associate professor Brent Spitler will walk you through GRCC resources available to help you through the transfer process. Representatives from business programs at GRCC partner institutions will be available to answer questions.
  • Entrepreneurship and Starting Your Own Business — Professor Felix Pereiro will talk about ways to turn your idea into a successful business from noon to 1 p.m. November 13 in room 201 of Cook (Business Tutorial Lab).
  • MWest Challenge — Opportunity to Make Money on Your Idea — Professor Felix Pereiro will discuss the MWest Challenge student venture competition from 3-4 p.m. November 13 in the Business Tutorial Lab (room 201 of Cook).

Business Cafe sessions look at accounting, My Degree Path, Ferris State University programs

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 October:

  • Check on Your Own Progress with My Degree Path — From 4:30-5:30 p.m. October 2 in the Business Tutorial Lab (room 201 of Cook), assistant professor Erin Busscher will walk you through My Degree Path, a web-based tool that helps you keep track of which degree requirements have been completed and which remain to be completed.
  • Accounting Careers — What to Consider — Assistant professor Mark Jasonowicz will discuss careers in accounting, educational requirements and job opportunities in West Michigan from 2-3 p.m. October 3 in the Business Tutorial Lab (room 201 of Cook).
  • FSU 3+1=4 You — From 8:30-10 a.m. October 11 in the Business Tutorial Lab (room 201 of Cook), Professor Jeff Spoelman and Ferris State University representatives will discuss business programs and the classes you can take at GRCC to ensure a seamless transfer.
  • I Want to Major in Accounting: Now What? — Professor Richard Barnhart will cover getting an Associate of Business with an accounting major at GRCC as well as how to seamlessly transfer to a four-year school in a session from 5-6 p.m. October 19 in room 201 of Cook (Business Tutorial Lab).