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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.

 

Deonna Cattledge featured in Alumni Recital on Feb. 11

GRCC alumna Deonna Cattledge is returning to campus to perform a recital at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Music Center.

After GRCC, she went on to earn her bachelor’s in music performance from Oklahoma City University and her master’s in vocal performance, music performance and pedagogy from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Cattledge, a classically trained soprano, is a vocal trainer, vocal coach and speaker in Oklahoma City. She is also the founder of Bringing Innovative Needed Knowledge (BINK), a program that combines opera and hip-hop to inspire teens to pursue their dreams, and the owner of Deonna Marie/The Gift of Voice, which provides training to prevent vocal issues and disorders.

Tickets for her recital cost $10 for students and seniors and $15 for the public. They can be purchased at the door or online.

GRCC In the News, 2-5-18

Construction workers are in a constant state of training

Feb. 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction industry relies on continuing education.

… (President Norm) Brady said ABC works with Grand Rapids Community College, where more than 300 future electricians are enrolled in its apprenticeship program at the M-Tec Center. Upon completion of the coursework, students will receive a license from the U.S. Department of Labor.

GRCC retiree Ellen James honored as 2018 Giant Among Giants

Feb. 4, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Most students on the Grand Rapids Community College campus don’t even know the names of members of the school’s Board of Trustees.

The Vibrance of Veverly Austin

Feb. 2, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

When Veverly Austin walks into a room, she commands it. Her dynamic personality and welcoming smile draws her audience in, and as she speaks of her accomplishments, her eyes reflect the passion and excitement that made it all possible. Though she radiates confidence, it took years of practice and self-reassurance to get to where she is today.

… In 2017, Austin received the W.W. Plummer Humanitarian of the Year award from Grand Rapids Community College for her outstanding service to the West Michigan community. She also recently received a Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses award as well as a Giant award. This year, Austin will host the Giant Awards.

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 5, 2018

Feb. 4, 2018; mibiz.com

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 5, 2018

… Expansion: Walker-based Axis Company LLC plans to invest $4 million into a new facility. The automation provider expects to create 50 jobs in West Michigan when it builds the new plant at an undisclosed location in Kent County, according to a statement from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Axis received a performance-based $400,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund, as well as $125,000 via the Michigan New Jobs Training Program from Grand Rapids Community College. The company specializes in designing, programming and building robotic automation and assembly equipment. The Right Place Inc., a Grand Rapids-based economic development organization, helped Axis facilitate incentives for the project.

Change Ups: Hastings introduces wireless temperature probe

Feb. 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Business Services

… The Right Place Inc. appointed new board members to the 2018 Right Place board of directors, with its leadership remaining unchanged. Reappointed officers: chair, Brian Walker, Herman Miller; vice chair, Sean Welsh, PNC Financial Services and treasurer, Mitch Joppich, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Executive committee appointments: Richard P. Haslinger, West Michigan Region Chase. New board appointments: Wayman Britt, Kent County, Jeff Needham, Consumer Healthcare-Americas, Perrigo Co.; Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College; Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy; Rob Spohr, Montcalm Community College; and Bob Wolford, Miller Johnson.

Opera Grand Rapids Announces STABAT MATER and FOUR SACRED SONGS

Feb. 3, 2018; Broadway World Detroit

Opera Grand Rapids announces upcoming performances of STABAT MATER by Gioachino Rossini and FOUR SACRED SONGS by Giuseppe Verdi on Saturday, March 24 – 3:00 PM at Christ Memorial Church, Holland and Sunday, March 25 – 7:30 PM at First Park Congregational Church, Grand Rapids.

… Soloists:

… Jon Lovegrove | Tenor

Tenor Jon Lovegrove has recently performed with GVSU Opera Theatre as Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra as Rodolfo (La Bohème), and with Opera Grand Rapids as Shem (Noah’s Flood) and Remendado (Carmen). He has been a member of the OGR chorus since 2007. In that time, he has appeared in multiple productions, including I Dream, Rigoletto, and The Barber of Seville. He is one of OGR’s Emerging Artists and has also performed the role of Timothy in 2nd Act Opera’s production of Help, Help, the Globolinks! Mr. Lovegrove was a soloist for the Michigan premier of Benjamin Britten’s The World of the Spirit with the Evangelical Choral Society in 2013. He has performed with the ECS on multiple other occasions. Mr. Lovegrove holds an Associate’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Grand Rapids Community College. While pursuing that degree, he was a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Shades of Blue Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

From state prison to state capitol

Feb. 3, 2018; Traverse City Record-Eagle

GRAND RAPIDS — Salvador Gutierrez knew he had hit rock bottom when he landed in prison on a couple of drug charges.

… Gutierrez moved to Grand Rapids, where he also is enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College and is working on a degree in industrial technology. He plans to get into an apprenticeship program and work toward getting his journeyman’s card.

MHSAA facing severe official shortage

2/3/18 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An umpiring clinic was held at Grand Rapids Community College Saturday to help sharpen fundamentals and mechanics of the state’s officials.

GRCC In the News, 1-29-18

Parents of slain teen: ‘Wonderful son’ lost to ‘jealous rage’

Jan. 27, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Javika Wallace-Hawkins started to worry when her son, Andre Hawkins Jr., 17, didn’t call to say he would be late.

… Her son attended Union High School before transferring his senior year to Grand Rapids Learning Center at Grand Rapids Community College, a college-preparatory high school.

Joseph Thomas LaPenna

Jan. 28, 2018; MLive

LaPenna, Joseph Thomas age 21, died suddenly at his home in Ada on Thursday, January 25, 2018 and is now resting in the arms of Jesus. … He was a 2014 graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, attended Grand Rapids Community College and recently completed a semester of studies in Italy through Grand Valley State University.

2018 Giants Award winners to be honored as leaders in Grand Rapids

Jan. 28, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will honor and celebrate influential leaders in the African American community at its annual Giants Awards program.

Change Ups: Chow Hound moves to new Burton location

Jan. 26, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… BUSINESS SERVICES

… The Right Place Inc. appointed new board members to the 2018 Right Place board of directors, with its leadership remaining unchanged. Reappointed officers: chair, Brian Walker, Herman Miller; vice chair, Sean Welsh, PNC Financial Services and treasurer, Mitch Joppich, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Executive committee appointments: Richard P. Haslinger, West Michigan Region Chase. New board appointments: Wayman Britt, Kent County, Jeff Needham, Consumer Healthcare-Americas, Perrigo Co.; Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College; Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy; Rob Spohr, Montcalm Community College; and Bob Wolford, Miller Johnson.

Faculty Recital — Libor Ondras

Jan. 29, 2018; wherevent.com

… GRCC is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and offers the Associate in Music Degree with emphasis in Music Education, Music Performance, Music Merchandising, and Recording Technology.

ArtPrize winner designs Festival of the Arts poster

Jan. 27, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

The unveiling of the Festival of the Arts poster and the designer behind it is an annual Grand Rapids tradition, and this year’s artist selection is a well-known figure in the community.

… (Chris) LaPorte holds art degrees from Aquinas College, La Coste Ecole de Beaux Arts and the New York Academy of Art. He has taught drawing at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Aquinas College as well as educational institutions in New York and Michigan.

Take kids somewhere else if not comfortable at MSU, donor says

Jan. 27, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Parents who don’t feel safe sending their children to Michigan State University in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal should send them to other schools, said a university prominent donor and Grand Rapids businessman.

… (Peter) Secchia has been a contributor to the West Michigan area for years and has been influential in the continued development and growth of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Secchia learned about charitable giving early on from advice he received from Rich DeVos.

Couturier signs to be a Star

Jan. 26, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

SARANAC — Saranac’s Allison Couturier has signed her national Letter of Intent to play volleyball with Lansing Community College (LCC). The talented athlete will become a Star after she graduates from high school this spring.

… She also looks forward to facing off against beloved Saranac teammate Emma Pachulski on the other side of the volleyball net. Emma is preparing to sign to play volleyball with Grand Rapids Community College, and Ally is thrilled Emma gets to play at the next level, too. “I’ve been playing with Emma for the past six years and the experience has been amazing,” she said. “Now I get to play against her when we play GRCC, and it’s going to be the best.”

 

Chris DuPont featured in Alumni Recital on Feb. 1

GRCC alumnus Chris DuPont is returning to campus to perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Music Center.

While at GRCC, DuPont was in the Recording Technology Program, with an emphasis in classical guitar. He later received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Technology from the University of Michigan and now tours as a singer-songwriter and studio musician.

Tickets for his recital cost $10 for students and seniors and $15 for the public. They can be purchased at the door or online.