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GRCC In the News, 1-25-18

New restaurant Westside Social opens at former Shawmut Inn site

Jan. 24, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Joe DiLeonardo hopes his new restaurant, Westside Social Tavern, finds the same loyal following as its predecessor, the Shawmut Inn.

… Westside Social will eventually be handed down to DiLeonardo’ oldest son, Anthony, 23, a graduate of Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s a sous chef at the restaurant, working alongside head chef Bob Huynh, whose resume includes Green Well and Nonna’s: The Trattoria in Ada.

World Affairs Council 2018 discussion series starts Jan. 29

Jan. 24, 2018; MLive

Global health, the defense budget and Putin’s Russia are just a few of the topics  the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan will explore during their 2018 discussion series.

… Local participating institutions include Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Montcalm Community College and Western Michigan University.

GHACF president a finalist for Visionary Award

Jan. 24, 2018; Grand Haven Tribune

One of the finalists for the 2018 Visionary Award from Lakeshore Advantage was Holly Johnson, president of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, for her work with the Housing Next initiative.

… Other finalists were:

Brian Walker, Herman Miller; Peter Haines, Ottawa Area ISD; and Dr. Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College/Careerline Tech Center Early College Program, who worked to design a unique early college program that integrates a corporate partner, allowing students to participate in internships and earn a professional industry certification.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 1-23-18

Great Decisions Series brings global issues to West Michigan

Jan. 22, 2018; therapidian.org

Dictators using digital media, global health, the future of American global leadership, the defense budget and Putin’s Russia are some of the dynamic topics being explored as the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan launches its 2018 Great Decisions Global Discussion Series.

… In addition to participation from World Affairs Council members and the general community, some college students will take the series through their respective political science or international relations departments. Local participating institutions include Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Montcalm Community College and Western Michigan University.

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.

 

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.

Meet the ambassadors: Artell Coker

Artell Coker
Artell Coker

Let’s meet this summer’s orientation ambassadors:

Artell Coker is majoring in both English and sociology. He plans to transfer to a four-year university but hasn’t decided on one yet.

Students attending GRCC for the first time must go through orientation.  Sessions are available for both the Grand Rapids and Lakeshore campuses.