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GRCC In the News, 1-17-19

Grand Rapids area holiday events celebrating Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 16, 2019; MLive

The federal holiday honoring the life of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is Monday, Jan. 21.

… Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University will host the 33rd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration featuring speaker, David Stovall.

Teen charged with murder in EK student’s death

Jan. 16, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 17-year-old boy is charged with murder in the shooting death of East Kentwood High School senior James King.

… King’s mother said he planned to go to Grand Rapids Community College and become an architect.

Cheryl Edwards Cannon joins the Afternoon Throwdown

Jan. 16, 2019; 104.9 FM

Today I will talk with Cheryl Edwards-Cannon, Author of “Taking Care of Miss Bee Bee.”

Cheryl Edwards-Cannon is the CEO of President of Clear Path Choices, LLC, a consulting company that helps families to make informed end-of-life decisions. She holds a Master of Management degree from Aquinas College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University and a Certificate in Gerontology from Grand Rapids Community College. She is an adjunct faculty member at Grand Rapids Community College in the Social Sciences Department. ~ Lee Stephens

GRCC In the News, 12-3-18

Colleges receive $5.6M to support underserved students

Nov. 30, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Four area colleges have received $5.6 million in federal grants for programs to help cohorts of underserved students graduate and succeed in the workplace.

Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University and Calvin College each received grants for programs that together support education from middle school through doctorate degrees, each using mentorship and hands-on learning to improve results.

2nd problem: Some couldn’t vote for GRCC trustee

Nov. 30, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Officials have discovered a second, unrelated error in the election for the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

Kings Brewery announces new name, talks bringing African American owned brewer to GR

Nov. 30, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

After finding out a brewery in California already has the name Kings Brewery, Terry Rostic and Jamaal Ewing launched a contest to rename their soon to open Grand Rapids brewery.

… Along with hoping to attract other businesses back to the area, he (Rostic) hopes to foster more entrepreneurial or brewing minds. One of his major goals for the brewery is to put a student through the Grand Rapids Community College brewing program every year.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Terry Rostic is a GRCC alumnus.)

Take advantage of global engagement opportunities in December

Nov. 18, 2018; wmich.edu

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in December. Highlights include West African drumming classes, Kalamazoo Institute of Art tours and the Rootead Youth Dance Showcase.

… Thursday, December 6

… “Separatist Movements and the Quest for Independence: A Case Study in the South Pacific” lecture 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Sneden Hall, Grand Rapids Community College, hosted by Grand Rapids Community College Social Sciences Department. This lecture will be led by Dr. Cadey Korson from Massey University of New Zealand. Free.

Free-throw shooting hurts Lumberjacks in loss to GRCC

Dec. 3, 2018; The Alpena News

It was an uncharacteristic Saturday night for the Alpena Community College men’s basketball team.

Generally, the Lumberjacks are usually a strong free-throw shooting team, but on Saturday, Alpena had an off night from the charity stripe, going 2-10 from the line down the stretch and lost a close hard-fought game to Grand Rapids Community College by a final score of 87-80 at Park Arena.

Mott Community College faculty vote ‘no confidence’ in college VP

Nov. 30, 2018; MLive

FLINT, MI – Mott Community College unionized faculty members have voted “no confidence” in one of the college’s top administrators.

… (Amy) Fugate was a finalist for the Kalamazoo Valley Community College president job earlier this year. In 2016, she was named one of three finalists for the Grand Rapids Community College presidency, but withdrew from further consideration.

GRCC alumna to present geography lecture on New Caledonia

Cadey Korson stands on a path in the woods.
Cadey Korson

A GRCC alumna will discuss the debate over self-governance in New Caledonia, a tiny Pacific territory that’s currently part of France, in a Geography Department presentation on Dec. 6.

Dr. Cadey Korson, a 2008 GRCC graduate, will present “Defending Self-Determination in a Sub-National Island Jurisdiction: The Ongoing Sovereignty Debate in Kanaky/New Caledonia,” from 6-9 p.m. in room 108 of Sneden. She has done considerable research on this issue as a faculty member of the geography department at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand.

In a Nov. 4 referendum, New Caledonia residents narrowly approved remaining a part of France . After a hundred years of colonization, the dependency became an overseas French territory in 1946. Today, nearly 40 percent of the population claim to be members of the indigenous Kanak community. In addition to its strategic location in the South Pacific, New Caledonia holds 25 percent of the world’s nickel reserves and its per capita GDP is among the highest in the region.

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.


Native American Student Organization hosts documentary, discussion

More than 60 people came to watch the documentary “More Than a Word” last week.

The event, sponsored by GRCC’s Native American Student Organization, included a panel discussion featuring:

  • Dillon Carr, assistant professor of Anthropology.
  • Associate professor and counselor Andre Fields.
  • Belinda Bardwell, a member of Grand Valley State University’s Native American Advisory Council.
  • Lynn LaPointe, from the state Department of Education’s Indigenous Education Initiative.

NASO would like to thank the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, the GRCC bookstore, the College Success Center, The Collegiate, Media Technologies, Student Alliance, GRCC Filmmakers, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi, the Latino Network Newsletter, the Anishinaabe Circle, and Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Native American Education program.

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GRCC In the News, 10-18-18

Community college, Wyoming districts, teaming up to improve student success

Oct. 17, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College received a $2.1 million federal grant to help four school districts increase the number students who are prepared to enter and succeed in a postsecondary program.

Grand Awards spotlighting theater scene

Oct. 17, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Grand Awards will celebrate the best of the Grand Rapids theater community this weekend.

… Other performers will represent their colleges: Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone University and Aquinas College.

Film to show Berlin Wall history

Oct. 17, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND — A film about the Berlin Wall will be shown Oct. 22.

… Audience discussion following the film will be moderated by Grand Valley State University professor Jason Crouthamel and Grand Rapids Community College professor Gordan Vurusic.

4 running for 2 seats on Grand Rapids Community College board

Oct. 17, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Four candidates are running for two seats on the Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Board of Trustees in the Nov. 6 general election.

Popular Course Planner Embeds New Search Tool to Help Students Identify Classes with Free or Low-Cost Course Materials

Oct. 18, 2018; prnewswire (press release service)

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Responding to student demand for ways to reduce the cost of college, student success leader Civitas Learning today announced the launch of new search technology specifically designed to help students find courses that offer open educational resources (OER). This would allow students to reduce costs for required course materials while still accessing a complete educational experience.

… Prior to its wider launch, the OER search technology has been successfully piloted at institutions within the California State University system and Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Ciudad de Grand Rapids celebra 65 Aniversario de los Derechos Civiles y Cena de Gala

Oct. 17, 2018; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — La Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias de la Ciudad de Grand Rapids realizó el pasado viernes 21 de septiembre de 2018, la celebración del 65 Aniversario de los Derechos Civiles y Cena de Gala. El tema de este año fue: “Generaciones trenzadas: pasado, presente y futuro”, en donde se celebró y honro el pasado, se observó el estado actual de los derechos civiles en Grand Rapids y se ayudo a diseñar el futuro de la ciudad.

… Por otra parte, la Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias de Grand Rapids estableció desde 1998 el Premio de Derechos Civiles Helen Jackson Claytor. Este año los galardonados con dicho premio, fueron:

Elias Lumpkins, ex comisionado Third Ward en la ciudad de Grand Rapids, ex decano de estudiantes de Grand Rapids Junior College y actual miembro de la junta de la Fundación de Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

… Lorena Aguayo-Márquez, Especialista de Reclutamiento de la Comunidad Kellogg en Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

(GRAND RAPIDS, M — The Community Relations Commission of the City of Grand Rapids held  the celebration of the 65th Anniversary of Civil Rights and Gala Dinner last Friday, September 21, 2018. This year’s theme was: “Braided Generations: Past, Present and Future,” where the past was celebrated and honored, the current state of civil rights in Grand Rapids was observed and the future of the city was helped.

… The Community Relations Commission of Grand Rapids established the Helen Jackson Claytor Civil Rights Award in 1998. This year, the winners of this award were:

Elias Lumpkins, former Third Ward commissioner in the city of Grand Rapids, former dean of students at Grand Rapids Junior College and current board member of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation (GRCC).

… Lorena Aguayo-Márquez, Kellogg Community Recruitment Specialist at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).)

GRCC In the News, 8-7-18

$9000 Awarded to Local Trans Students

Aug. 6, 2018; therapidian.org

For the 2018-2019 cycle, Grand Rapids Trans Foundation (GRTF) is pleased to award a total of $9000 to five local college students. This is the Foundation’s third year awarding scholarships.

… Beau VanSolkema, he/him pronouns

GVSU, Social Work

AWARDED: $2500

“I’m a first-generation student who started college at age 28. I was a high school drop-out. I still struggle with poverty, no family support, and multiple disabilities, including Learning Disabilities. Despite all that, I have managed to further myself with hard work, integrity, and the help of institutions like GRCC and GVSU. I want to advocate for others, which is why being a Social Worker is important to me, along with being a visible trans man.

… Jason Skalandis, he/him pronouns

GRCC, History

AWARDED: $1500

“When first attending college over 20 years ago, I was overwhelmed, intimidated, and unprepared. I dropped out before completing. Six years ago, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. That explained a lot and I felt that I didn’t have to try as hard to conform. I began volunteering and started to learn about the world around me. When I realized I was transgender, I found that piece of myself that had been missing, that was holding me back from succeeding.

GRCC In the News, 8-2-18

News 8 Daybreak

Aug. 2, 2018; WOOD TV

It’s the seventh annual Young Professionals of Color conference, and it’s being held at Cornerstone University. … There will be several breakout sessions in addition to the keynote speech delivered by Dr. Bill Pink, who’s the president of Grand Rapids Community College.

See 41 races, tax proposals Kent, Ottawa county voters will decide Aug. 7

Aug. 2, 2018; MLive

Kent and Ottawa county voters will head to the polls for the Aug. 7 primary that will determine the Republican and Democratic candidates for the November general election.

… 28th District – Senate

… Ryan Jeanette, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, majoring in political science with the goal of becoming a teacher.

… Kent County Commission – 6th District

… (Pamela) DeGryse, 63, is a retired educational support profession for Grand Rapids Community College, and King, 19, is a youth development professional.

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Aug. 2, 2018; Leelanau Enterprise

EVAN ROHRBACK, Suttons Bay graduate, has signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and golf career at Grand Rapids Community College for the next few years.