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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.

 

GRCC In the News, 1-12-18

GRCC Players will re-create the Reagan era

Jan. 11, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

The GRCC Players will re-create the Reagan era in “This Is Our Youth” by Kenneth Lonergan.

Colleges, Urban League hosting Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in West Michigan

Jan. 11, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – West Michigan colleges and universities will host a series of events Monday, Jan. 15, as the nation pauses to pay tribute to slain civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Davenport University are collaborating on an annual event in recognition of King’s legacy beginning at 6 p.m. Monday at Fountain Street Church.

Cajun dinner, dance FUNdraiser at LACA Feb. 10

Jan. 11, 2018; Ludington Daily News

Join the Ludington Area Center as it celebrates Mardi Gras Saturday, Feb. 10 with a Cajun dinner and dance fundraiser. This second annual event will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. in LACA’s main gallery, 107 S. Harrison St., in Ludington, and will feature authentic Creole appetizers and buffet dinner, Cajun dance instruction and live Cajun music.

… Chef Barry Sherlock has designed this year’s menu and will be cooking up his great ideas. Sherlock is a graduate of the Culinary Arts Institute at Grand Rapids Community College. He has owned and operated a restaurant, catered privately and volunteered his culinary expertise extensively in the local community. Sherlock currently serves as the dietary supervisor at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

The Right Place names board members

Jan. 11, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local economic development agency has named its new board members for 2018.

… New appointments

… Bill Pink, Ph.D., president, Grand Rapids Community College

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents Spring Trio Sunday

Jan. 12, 2018; Petoskey News

HARBOR SPRINGS — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestras Sunday Recital Series begins its 2018 season at 4 p.m. Sunday with a String Trio performing at the Harbor Springs Presbyterian Church.

… (Libor) Ondras is currently preparing for the European Tour with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and his residency at the Bay View Music Festival of Petoskey (Summer 2017). Ondras also serves as a director of orchestras, string specialist, and assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

Dominic Dorsey to head SIUE Disability Support Services

Jan. 11, 2018; The Telegraph (Alton, Ill.)

EDWARDSVILLE — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple, PhD, has announced Dominic Dorsey as director of Disability Support Services. Dorsey will assume his new responsibilities on Monday, Jan. 29.

… After four years at IUPUI, Dorsey became director of accessibility at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College in 2013 before returning to IUPUI in 2014.

 

Photos from ‘This Is Our Youth’

The GRCC Players had its first performance of “This Is Our Youth” on Jan. 11.

You can still catch this production, written by Kenneth Lonergan at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 and 13 at Spectrum Theater. Tickets cost $5 for GRCC students, $8 for other area students and GRCC faculty and staff, and $12 for the public. Call (616) 234-3946 for tickets and more information.

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GRCC Players to hold auditions for ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’

The GRCC Players will hold auditions next week for Sarah Ruhl’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” which will be performed March 29 through 31. All GRCC students may audition — you don’t have to be in a theater class!

The auditions are 4:30-6 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18 in Spectrum Theater’s room 201. The cast has four female and two male roles.

Scripts are available for a refundable $5 deposit in the offices on the theater’s second floor. Call (616) 234-3387 for more information.

GRCC In the News, 1-10-18

Showtime: Wednesday, January 10

Jan. 9, 2018; WOOD Radio

Your daily cornucopia of live music performances and entertainment in West Michigan, for Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

… Live theatre, community theatre

… GRCC PLAYERS   Spectrum Theatre, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, 616-234-3946

“This Is Our Youth,” January 11 to 13.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with These Events in West Michigan

Jan. 9, 2018; experiencegr.com (Grand Rapids Conventions & Visitors Bureau website)

There are numerous events that honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day  January 15, 2018 and throughout the rest of the month right here in West Michigan. Dr. King was a social activist and led the Civil Rights movement in the United States. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his nonviolent resistance to racial prejudice in America. This year’s celebration is particularly poignant as it marks the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington and the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.

… The performance will culminate the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration which is hosted in collaboration with Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University, and Opera Grand Rapids. “We’re excited to collaborate with Opera Grand Rapids for the first time ever this year. ‘I DREAM’ will be a special touch for the West Michigan community,” says Bobby J. Springer, Director of Pathways to College at Grand Valley State University and chair of the events planning team. “Not many people get to go to the opera, so this is a great way to learn how to keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’.s message of justice and peace alive while experiencing something unique at no cost.”

GRCC Players to present ‘This Is Our Youth’ on Jan. 11-13

The GRCC Players will re-create the Reagan era in “This Is Our Youth” by Kenneth Lonergan.

Acting instructor Carrie McNulty will direct the play, which will be presented at 8 p.m. Jan. 11 to 13 in Spectrum Theater’s lab space (room 201).

The play follows 48 hours in the lives of three young people living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side at the dawn of the Reagan era.

“‘This Is Our Youth’ is a play that takes place in 1982, but — minus a few ’80s references — could easily be written to take place in 2018,” McNulty said. “The three characters are between the ages of 19 and 21, and I think there are many universal issues felt at that age. It’s a unique time in a young person’s life when you are trying to transition from young adult to more mature adult.”

GRCC students David Dekens, Anthony Snead and Hope Swanson make up the cast, and Joni Hodsdon serves as production stage manager.

McNulty noted that the actors are the same ages as the characters they portray, and the intimate setting of the theater’s lab space brings them in close proximity to their audience.

“We have had in-depth, hilarious, heart-wrenching and brutally honest conversations about where they were, where they are, and where they might be headed in life,” she said of her cast. “The transparency with which we’ve shared stories and feelings has only brought more detail and depth to their work onstage.”

In addition to the performances on Jan. 11 to 13, the final dress rehearsal will be open to the public: 8 p.m. Jan. 10. Tickets for all the shows are $5 for GRCC students, $8 for other area students and GRCC faculty and staff, and $12 for the public. The play contains graphic language and strong content. Call (616) 234-3946 for tickets and more information.

The GRCC Players final performance of the 2017-2018 season will be “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl on March 29 to 31.

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