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GRCC In the News, 7-10-18

Building their future, one piece at a time

July 9, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

Five women put on red caps and gowns, sharing smiles and stories about the past 18 weeks they experienced together. They are the first students to complete and graduate the Sterile Processing Registered Apprenticeship program: Lelah Christiansen, Samantha Gonzales, Gina Mancha, Shanitra Reed and Melonie Rodriguez.

… Students received instruction from Grand Rapids Community College, as well as hands-on experience at a local hospital: Spectrum Health, Holland Hospital or Mercy Health.

Heritage Theatre Group takes history to the stage in Grand Rapids

July 9, 2018; WZZM

Heritage Theatre Group is celebrating its 28th season with a full slate of performances this summer. The group will be performing three different pieces from July 12 until August 18 at the Spectrum Theatre on campus at Grand Rapids Community College.

Union City alum Dan Skirka named head coach of Murray State baseball

July 9, 2018; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

MURRAY, KY. — Murray State Director of Athletics, Allen Ward, announced the hiring of Union City alum Dan Skirka as the ninth head coach of the Racer Baseball program.

… Skirka’s first collegiate assistant coaching position was at Grand Rapids Community College in 2007-08 where his team advanced to the NJCAA World Series. He spent the 2008-09 season at Ouachita Baptist working under former Murray State player Chris Moddelmog.

GRCC In the News, 6-27-18

Spectrum Theater becomes accessible to hearing impaired

June 26, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

In celebration of its newly installed hearing loop system, Spectrum Theater at Grand Rapids Community College is offering a free performance of “Snow White, the Queen’s Fair Daughter” for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their parents, teachers and friends.

GRCC nursing faculty exposing Boys & Girls Clubs teens to career

June 27, 2018; MLive

As Baby Boomers age and the overall need for health care continues to grow, the demand for nurses and other in-demand health care careers will continue increases, officials say.

GRCC’s nursing instructors and students will lead three summer workshops for high schoolers in the club’s Career Pathways Program.

Google IT training coming to GRCC

June 26, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Just one more course at Grand Rapids Community College and Ryan Linak will be out in the real world.

Two alumni credit Laker Connections for their academic success

June 26, 2018; gvsu.edu

Juan Mascorro-Guerrero and Gloire Rubambiza found their way to Grand Valley from Mexico and Uganda, respectively.

… Mascorro-Guerrero graduated from Thornapple Kellogg High School and then enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College, under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. At one point, he was working three jobs to pay off his college debt.

GRPD to hold first two ‘Speed of Trust’ events Wednesday

June 27, 2018;  WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Police Department will hold the first sessions of a community trust building initiative Wednesday, June 27.

“Speed of Trust” will be at Grand Rapids Community College from 8 a.m. to noon. There is an alternate session from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Spectrum Theater gets hearing loop system

Deaf and hard-of-hearing children — and their parents, teachers and friends — are invited to a free performance of “Snow White, the Queen’s Fair Daughter” to celebrate a new hearing loop system installed in Spectrum Theater.

The theater’s hearing loop system, which sends a wireless signal that is picked up by hearing aids, was funded through a donation by Quota International of Grand Rapids in memory of lifelong member Eleanor Roberts.

Circle Theatre will present “Snow White: The Queen’s Fair Daughter” by Max Bush at 7 p.m. June 30 at Spectrum Theater. To reserve tickets, call (616) 805-4381 or email kathleenslagal@att.net with your name, number of tickets requested and contact information. Interpreters will be provided for this performance.

“This hearing loop system will greatly improve accessibility for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community when using our theater,” said Sarah Rose, program director for GRCC’s Disability Support Services.

“We are so thankful for the partnership we have with Quota International. In addition to this generous donation, Quota also supports our students through a Quota International Scholarship offered through the GRCC Foundation.”

Quota President Sue Scharf said the organization is proud to be part of the Spectrum Theater project in commemoration of Roberts.

“We were excited to hear about the project as Quota’s mission is to improve communication for the Deaf and hard of hearing,” Scharf said. “Eleanor was passionate about helping the Deaf community, and she also loved theatre. We thought the Spectrum Theatre project would be a perfect memorial for her.”

The play that will debut the hearing loop system is based on the Snow White story as it was told to the Brothers Grimm in 1808. It abounds with adventures and new friends made as part of Snow White’s time in the woods.

A very special performance of Snow White: The Queen’s Fair Daughter. An adaptation by Max Bush based on the original Brothers Grimm fairytale. Saturday, June 30, 7:00 p.m. Spectrum Theatre, 160 Fountain St. NE Grand Rapids. Presented by Circle Theatre. A partnership with GRCC Grand  Rapids Community College, Quota International. This special performance is free for deaf and hard of hearing children, their parents, teachers and friends; it will showcase the new hearing loop system at Spectrum Theater that was made possible by a generous donation from former Quotarian Eleanor Roberts. Interpreters will be provided for this performance. To register, contact Kath at (616) 805-4381 or kathleenslagal@att.net. Provide name, attendance number, contact information.

GRCC In the News, 6-11-18

‘Mr. V’ says goodbye

June 9, 2018; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — In the confines of a dark auditorium, as a large curtain slowly opens, a light strikes through the darkness, shining down onto several dozen high school students standing on a stage.

… “I went down to Grand Rapids Community College, signed up for music classes and the rest is history,” he (Greenville High School choir director Joel Van Houten) said. “I never changed my major, I never second-guessed it. It was meant to be.”

Welcome, Sgt. Todd Probst

June 8, 2018; The Post (Cedar Springs)

Have you seen this smiling face around town yet? It’s Sgt. Todd Probst, the new supervisor of the Cedar Springs Unit of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. Probst took over last week after Sgt. Jason Kelley took a job in the detective bureau.

Probst grew up in Lowell, a town he said is similar to Cedar Springs, and graduated from Lowell High School in 1989. After high school, he worked full time and attended Grand Rapids Community College and graduated from the police academy in 1994. He was then hired by the Lowell Police Department where he worked part time from 1994-95, and was then hired by the Kent County Sheriff’s Office in January of 1996 as a road patrol deputy.

Union High School top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Union High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Mumina Abdi

Plans after graduation: Mumina will attend Grand Rapids Community College for two years to study radiology, then hopes to transfer to Michigan State University.

Edith Juarez-Lopez

Plans after graduation: Edith will attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Grand Valley State University

Chrishyla Johnson

Plans after graduation: Chrishyla will attend Grand Rapids Community College for two years and then transfer to Ferris State University to study nursing.

Sar Lwit

Plans after graduation: Sar will attend Grand Rapids Community College

The Potter’s House announces top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

The Potter’s House in Wyoming has announced the following top scholars for 2018:

Kate Kooyer

Plans after graduation: Plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Grand Valley State University to pursue a nursing degree.

Thu (Kate) Minh Ngo

Plans after graduation: Plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Ferris State University for the pharmacy program.

Libertas Christian High School announces top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Libertas Christian High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Madeline Sikkema

Plans after graduation: Bilingual Bible program in Argentina with Spanish immersion; pursuing a degree in dental hygiene at Ferris State University or at Grand Rapids Community College.

Kelloggsville High School announces top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Kelloggsville High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Grady Sakshaug

Plans after graduation: Grand Rapids Community College, then Grand Valley State University to study engineering.

Hanan Desta

Plans after graduation: Grand Rapids Community College, then Michigan State University to pursue a career in physical therapy

Lee High School top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Lee High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Maira Hurtado

Plans after graduation: Maira plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College where she will study nursing, and wants to specialize in pediatrics.

Monica Paniague-Ramos

Plans after graduation: Monica plans to specialize in radiology at Grand Rapids Community College.

Maura Mendoza-Matias

Plans after graduation: Maura plans on attending Grand Rapids Community College and entering the nursing program.

Northview High School top grads

June 10, 2018; MLive

Northview High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Elizabeth Haveman

Plans after graduation: Elizabeth will first attend Grand Rapids Community College for one year and then transfer to Montana State University to study natural resources and rangeland sciences.

Chloe Warmuskerken

Plans after graduation: Chloe will attend Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to the University of Michigan to study nursing.

NorthPointe Christian High School top grads

June 10, 2018; MLive

NorthPointe Christian High School announces their top graduates for 2018:

Payton Rumsey

Plans after graduation: Payton plans to pursue an associate’s degree in business from Grand Rapids Community College and then pursue a bachelor’s degree in business from Ferris State University or Grand Valley State University.

Forest Hills Central High School top grads

June 10, 2018; MLive

Jason Ross

Activities and awards: National Merit finalist, National AP Scholar with distinction, NHS, Odyssey of the Mind, GRCC Outstanding Mathematics Student Award, Eagle Scout, wrestling, Venture Scouting, MMPC Top 200 and Mackinac Island Honor Guard.

Briggs follows brother on juco route; Speedy Central infielder commits to Grand Rapids CC

June 8, 2018; Traverse City Record-Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — You may have seen this before.

… The TC Central all-conference second baseman (Sam Briggs) aims to follow in his brother’s footsteps and take a similar route to bigger things, committing to play at Grand Rapids Community College.

City approves free Medical Mile bus route

June 8, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A three-way pact providing fare-free public transit along Medical Mile now has city approval.

… The route includes stops near Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and the Bridge Street Market urban grocery store and café being built by Meijer and Rockford Construction on the West Side.

Grand Rapids Police Seek to Improve Trust With Community

June 10, 2018; U.S. News & World Report

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Police Department hopes to improve communication and problem solving with residents of the western Michigan city.

Community members are invited to two trust-building sessions scheduled June 27 at Grand Rapids Community College.

Jewish Theatre GR presents: “Olive and the Bitter Herbs”

June 9, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It’s never too late to change your life. That is the moral of the story of a play being presented by the Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents this month.

… It’s being performed at Spectrum Theater at 160 Fountain St. NE, on the GRCC campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Performances will be on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.

 

 

 

GRCC In the News, 6-1-18

GRCC installing one-step campus lockdown system

May 31, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College is adding another layer of security to protect its campus during an emergency.

Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame names 2018 class

May 31, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2018.

The class includes:

… Longtime Grand Rapids Community College basketball coach Gene Paxton. In 25 years, he racked up more than 500 wins and five league championships. He’s also a member of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame.

… Carl Paganelli Sr., Carl Pagenelli Jr., Perry Paganelli and Dino Paganelli are being named the Outstanding Team Honorees. The father and three sons are all football officials. All three sons have officiated Super Bowls.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Carl Paganelli Sr., Carl Paganelli Jr., Perry Paganelli and Dino Paganelli are all GRCC alumni.)

Stories from the field

May 31, 2018; OER Digest

Quick snapshots of those making change on the ground level, and those impacted

… FROM MICHIGAN: “This has been a truly cross-campus effort,” Michael Vargo, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Grand Rapids Community College, said. “I appreciate the strong support from everyone at GRCC to make these open educational resources available to students. We want to help students have the materials they need to be successful.”

Locals appointed to campus sexual assault group

May 31, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

LANSING — Three Holland-area residents are now members of Gov. Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder’s work group on campus sexual assault.

… Grand Valley State University Police Department Chief Brandon DeHaan was reappointed to the campus sexual assault work group, along with Kimberly DeVries of Hudsonville. DeVries serves as the Title IX coordinator and director of equal opportunity compliance at Grand Rapids Community College.

Mackinac Policy Conference 2018: Here’s what to watch Thursday, May 31

May 31, 2018; WDIV

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – Michigan’s biggest annual political event, the Mackinac Policy Conference, is underway this week on the island.

… 12:45 p.m. – The Future of Work in Michigan: Partnerships Pave the Way to Prosperity: Panelists: Heidi Kaplan, Senior Community Development Analyst, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve Board, David Meador, Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer, DTE Energy, Bill Pink, President, Grand Rapids Community College

Future Fair brings career info to field house

June 1, 2081; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

The world is your oyster, and many possible paths can lead to your passion. That was the message more than 2,000 students learned at the recent East Kentwood Future Fair as they perused booths staffed by representatives from 30 colleges and universities, more that 70 career vendors and four branches of the military.

… “It benefits us because, a lot of times, you never get an inside look at what businesses do,” said East Kentwood High School senior AJ Sims, who hopes to go to Western Michigan University or Grand Valley State University after two years at Grand Rapids Community College, to major in performance and drama.

… Senior Nia Lillard, who plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College but is undecided about her career path, said the fair was a great way to see what’s out there.

Student Success Story: Raydale Bonivel

A GRCC student’s ambition is to change the world by helping others see it differently.

Raydale Bonivel was introduced to the subject of psychology as a high school junior.

“I fell in love,” he said. “I decided in that moment, in that space, that if I had to spend the rest of my life doing something, it would be in that field.

“In order to help someone think better, I have to first know how people think. What’s on their mind? What’s their perspective, views and ideologies? I want to influence the cognitive aspect of someone’s life for the better. Ultimately from that, change will come.”

But most of the people he knew didn’t strive for higher education.

“People who look like me, where I grew up, didn’t live past 15 or 16 years old — let alone get an education,” Bonivel said. “If they did live, they were either incarcerated or have stepped into fatherhood.

“Being raised by a single mother, working day in and day out just to make ends meet, I told myself, ‘This will not be the life I become content with.'”

His involvement with Alpha Beta Omega gave him a place to learn — and lead. ABO is a leadership development program designed to improve graduation rates for African American men. Members of ABO, which is funded by the Wege Foundation, work with mentors on strategies for success in college, career and life. They have access to one-on-one tutoring, workshops, study tables, and math and writing groups.

Bonivel especially enjoyed joining ABO members in community projects. He also volunteered with the Latino Youth and African American Male Achievement conferences and the 3 Mile Project.

Associate professor Andre Fields, ABO director, said the volunteer work benefits group members as much as it does the community.

“Community outreach experiences enhance our members’ leadership skills and increases each student’s sense of social responsibility and self-confidence. We are helping them become leaders at the local and national level.

In addition to working with ABO, Bonivel acted in the GRCC Players production of “Detroit ’67” and received GRCC’s Benham Service and Civic Engagement Award. He maintained a cumulative 3.0 GPA — while also working off-campus.

He plans to continue studying psychology after receiving his associate degree at commencement, which starts at 7 p.m. April 27 in the fieldhouse.

Student Success Story: Sydney Doornbos

Sydney Doornbos was ready to drop out of college before a GRCC professor pushed her to explore her talents and apply herself to reach her goals.

Doornbos came to GRCC feeling a little lost. After graduating from Grand Rapids Christian Schools, she signed up with the Global Gap Year program because she didn’t know what she wanted to do next. She dropped her spot in that program and enrolled at GRCC to audition for theater programs. She joined the Honors Program with the goal of transferring to the University of Michigan to study linguistics.

After failing a semester, Doornbos decided to drop out. But Tom Kaechele, the head of GRCC’s Theater Department, objected to that decision.

“When I failed that one semester and decided to drop out, Tom Kaechele gave me the ‘tough love’ speech that made me want to keep going,” Doornbos said. “His kindness, drive and encouragement made me want to continue working, even when I thought I was done.”

Kaechele said Doornbos just needed encouragement.

“Oh, I’d love to take a little bit of credit for Sydney’s academic accomplishments, but that success was in Sydney all the time,” Kaechele said. “She is a bright and talented woman who realized she had more to offer in the classroom and decided to show it.”

Doornbos will receive her Associate of Arts during commencement, which starts at 7 p.m. April 27 in the fieldhouse. She’s been accepted to U of M — but she’s not going to study linguistics.

“I’ve decided to pursue education,” she said. “I’m excited to study but also excited to graduate and start modeling the great educators I’ve encountered.”