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TRIO students take part in summer research at Michigan Technological University

For the 14th consecutive year, TRIO/Student Support Service has partnered with Michigan Technical University to give GRCC students first-hand research experience.

Karl Jovinge, Breianna Bertossi, Alannah Elliott, Benjamin Craig, Anthoni Phonxana, Breana Gallarzo, Joseph Day and Nick Lopez are participating in the seven-week program. They will be paired with faculty members whom they will assist with research that ranges from engineering to human resources.

They will also experience life at a four-year institution by living on campus and attending a seminar course.  For most students, this opportunity would be impossible without the financial support they receive.  Michigan Tech gives each student a $2,500 stipend that allows them focus on their learning and clarifying what their academic goals will be moving forward.

The TRIO students will present their research to fellow classmates, faculty and staff on June 22 at Michigan Tech.

To learn more about this partnership program, contact TRIO/Student Support Services at (616) 234-4150.

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TRIO students seek school supply donations for Puerto Rico

Students in TRIO recently collected and shipped six boxes of supplies to help students at the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico. On TRIO student is visiting Puerto Rico right now and will meet with the director of the university’s Student Support Services program.

You can help students in Puerto Rico! TRIO will collect supplies during TRIO-palooza, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13 in room 122 of the ATC. You can learn about GRCC’s TRIO program and do some good!

You can also drop off supplies at the TRIO offices, room 332 in the Student Center, by March 14. Contact Anna Maria Clark at aclark@grcc.edu if you have any questions!

Help students at the Universidad del Turabo by donating:

  • flashlight and batteries.
  • solar-powered bulb lights.
  • portable battery-operated fans.
  • pen drives.
  • pencils and pens.
  • pencil sharpeners.
  • erasers.
  • filler paper with lines.
  • highlighters.
  • small staples.
  • scientific calculators.
  • white glue.
  • manila folders.
  • sheet protectors.
  • correction paper or Liquid Paper.
  • rulers.
  • spiral notebooks.
  • backpacks.
  • graph paper.
  • pencil cases.
  • lunch boxes.
  • tablet notebooks, printers, and iPads.

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Students to present summer research on October 25

Students who participated in the summer MICUP program at Michigan Technological University, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at the University of Michigan, and the Study Away trip to Salamanca, Spain, will exhibit their research from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. October 25 in the Raider Grille.

Learn about their work and the amazing opportunities that might be there for you! Everyone is welcome, and snacks will be provided.

Learn more about TRIO at TRIOpalooza

TRIO/Student Support Services will host TRIOpalooza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 9 in the Student Center’s multipurpose room.

What’s TRIOpalooza? It’s an event for TRIO participants to register for their Winter 2018 classes, meet with their counselor and hang out, play games and have some snack. But it’s also open to students who want to learn more about TRIO — just stop by!

Alumni to share their stories in September 26 panel

Tatum Kovach
Tatum Kovach

As part of a week of activities leading up to his September 29 investiture, President Bill Pink will welcome GRCC alumni who are participating in a panel discussion.

“Today and Tomorrow: The GRCC Alumni Journey — This Is How We Did It” is open to students and runs 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. September 26 in room 103 of Sneden Hall.

Tatum Kovach, director of external affairs for Student Alliance, will moderate the discussion.

Panel members are:

Tony Helmholdt, automotive technician for Tesla Motors.

Tony Helmholdt works on an electric car engine.
Tony Helmholdt

Helmholdt, a Forest Hills Central High School graduate, received an associate degree in automotive technology in 2008 while working part-time as an auto technician at Fox Ford Mazda. In 2009, he took a job rebuilding transmissions at O’Neill’s Transmission Service.

When he wasn’t working on motors on the job, he spent his time … working on motors. In 2007, he converted the family lawnmower to operate on compressed hydrogen gas. In 2008, he converted a motorcycle to operate on full battery electric power. He’s been building — and racing — electric motorcycles for a decade.

In 2010, he joined electric car maker Tesla Motors, working out of Chicago and San Jose, Calif., servicing its fleet of vehicles nationwide.

“Skills I learned at GRCC — combined with some passion — led to my success story, as it opened the eyes of prospective Tesla recruiters,” he said. “GRCC’s fantastic facilities, staff, and training have made a significant difference in my life, and I hope it continues to do so for others who enjoy the program as much as I did.”

Hilda Martinez-Gutierrez
Hilda Martinez-Gutierrez

Hilda Martinez-Gutierrez, coordinator of GRCC’s suicide prevention program.

After graduating from GRCC, Martinez-Gutierrez went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in family studies and a master’s degree in counselor education-family counseling, both from Western Michigan University.

Martinez-Gutierrez, who served an internship with GRCC’s TRIO program, is the coordinator of the college’s campus suicide prevention program. The program, funded by a three-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, includes activities on both the Main and Lakeshore campuses, training, and crisis response planning.

“GRCC means opportunity to access continuing education at a higher level —  exposure to discover the difference within people around me and the world,” she said. “It has provided the space for me to experience my journey, my story which has enhanced my love for working in higher education, most specifically with the college student population.”

Denavvia Mojét
Denavvia Mojét

Denavvia Mojét, political consultant and community organizer.

Mojét pursues her passion for educating and empowering vulnerable populations, bolstering civic engagement, and striving for workforce diversity.

Her first efforts were in Benton Harbor, where she observed first-hand the effects of underfunded municipalities, education inequality and the overreaching Emergency Management laws. She received the Key to the City of Benton Harbor for her efforts.

Upon moving to Grand Rapids, Mojét was named to the inaugural college cohort of Mayor George Heartwell’s Leadership, Employment, Achievement and Direction Initiative and began work in Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.‘s planning department. She has served on the Grand Rapids Housing Strategies Collaborative’s land use and zoning and workforce and economic development teams, the Creston Neighborhood Association‘s board, Kent County Young Leaders Against Violence, the Model United Nations Grand Rapids Chapter, and Well House.

She managed the successful 2016 state House campaign for the 75th District. She hosts the weekly radio segment, “Political Pulse” on Grand Rapids’ 97.3. She recently co-founded Equity PAC, a political action committee that advocates for low-income populations and works to eliminate socioeconomic disparities.

“GRCC gave me groundbreaking experiences, life-changing lessons and a dynamic network that empowered me to succeed in my career and impact my community,” she said. “I’m a better mother, teacher, student and professional because of my time at GRCC and I am proud to be an alumna.”

Sammy Puebles
Sammy Puebles

Sammy A. Publes, performer and founder of the Mixed Roots Collective and One World Diversity LLC.

Publes emigrated from Cuba with his family as a political refugee in 1988. He received an Associate in Liberal Arts from GRCC and a Bachelor of Arts, with a concentration in theater and Spanish, from Western Michigan University.

“I was an immigrant child who didn’t know the first thing about college and how to navigate those waters,” he said. “Thanks to my professors and lifelong mentors like Fred Sebulske, Tom Kaechele and Michelle Urbane from the Theater Department, I was able to prepare myself, discover my passion and eventually pursue my dream of being an actor.”

While living in Chicago, he performed with the Steppenwolf Theater Company, Healthworks Theater, Teatro Vista, Apple Tree Theater, Second City and Lookingglass Theater. He has appeared in the films “Batman Vs. Superman” and “Stone” and on the TV shows “Chicago Fire,” Chicago PD,” “Shameless” and “Empire.”

He has started his own theater company, Mixed Roots Collective, to address inequality of representation in local theater and film. Along with Urbane and Todd Lewis, he has formed One World Diversity in an attempt to address issues of disparity and inclusion and equality in society.