#tbt: McCabe-Marlowe House

In 100th anniversary on October 30, 2014 by grcctoday

GRCC has 100 years of history we can share on Throwback Thursday! You’ve probably walked by today’s #tbt: the McCabe-Marlowe House. 

With the Steelcase Foundation’s assistance, Grand Rapids Junior College purchased this Victorian-style building to serve as a hospitality house, hosting guests, small conferences and fundraising events. It was declared a Michigan Historic Site in 1986.

Learn more about 0ur 100 years of history here.

McCabe-Marlowe House


GRCC In the News, 10-30-14

In Athletics, Board of Trustees, Football, GRCC in the News, Students on October 30, 2014 by grcctoday

How Daniel Lopez learned to stop fearing the worst, and started planning for the best

Oct. 29, 2014; Michigan Radio

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

… (Daniel) Lopez is 18 years old, a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College. This trip came about through a partnership between the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology and an organization called Park Journeys, which takes high school juniors and seniors on trips to national parks. Lopez went to Yellowstone in July. But the final phase of the program is a trip to Washington D.C.

See how much GRCC Board of Trustees candidates have received in campaign contributions

Oct. 29, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The four Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees candidates have raised more than $83,000 in contributions, according to campaign finance records released last week.

$10,810 in donations: One GRCC trustee funds campaign of board hopeful

Oct. 29, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees candidate Jim Harvey has lots of supporters, ranging from elected officials, church leaders and organizations such as Right to Life of Michigan and Citizens for Traditional Values.

Show Gun offense a hit at American Canyon

Oct. 29, 2014; Napa Valley Register (Calif.)

AMERICAN CANYON — The terminology for the offensive linemen is the same as last year. The same blocking schemes are in place from last year.

… (Tony Annese) He took over as head coach at Grand Rapids Community College in 2009 and turned the Raiders into a national junior college power. GRCC claimed the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Championship under his guidance in both 2009 and 2011.


Radiologic technology students continue work with Habitat

In Community, Radiologic Technology on October 30, 2014 by grcctoday

Students from the radiologic technology program spent another day helping out Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, but what a difference a week makes! This time they needed their cold-weather gear!

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Cast, crew announced for ‘Open Door’

In 100th anniversary, Music, Performing Arts, Theater on October 30, 2014 by grcctoday

Open Door directors Michelle Urbane, Fred Sebulske and Duane Davis have assembled a talented cast from GRCC students, alumni and community members:

  • Lisa Butler, as Pat Pulliam.
  • Jon Clausen, as Arthur Andrews, Frank McCarthy and Apple Tech.
  • Robbie Ellis, as Jack, a baseball player, Michael in addition to being a vocalist and dancer.
  • Craig Hammerlind, as John Tirrell and Director.
  • Madeline Jones, as Jill.
  • Todd Lewis, as Jesse Buttrick Davis.
  • Sammy Publes, as Juan Olivarez.
  • Jim Schafer, as Steven Ender.
  • Calin Skidmore, as Dick Calkins.
  • Tracey Walker, as Anne Mulder.
  • Ellie Frances, as a female student, in addition to being in an ensemble, a vocalist and a dancer.
  • Solomon Gant, as a male student in addition to being in an ensemble.
  • Jerry Jones, as a male student in addition to being in an ensemble.

Music faculty member Brian Morris will lead the orchestra: Brandan Grinwis, David Hay and Debora DeWitt. Thomas Moss was the rehearsal accompanist.

The award-winning design team for Open Door includes: choreographer Kathy Gibson, assistant choreographer Ellie Frances, stage manager Chris Carnevale, scenic designer Christian Poquette, lighting designer Catherine Marlett Dreher, costume designer Marcia VanKuiken, assistant costume designer Jamie Heeringa, projection designer David Kolenda, sound designer Kyle Los, properties designer Tracey Walker and hair designer Neil Trevisan.

For tickets and click here.


Meeting today, 10-30-14

In Experiential Learning, Library, Performing Arts, Student Life, Theater, Transferring on October 30, 2014 by grcctoday

GRCC groups that are scheduled to meet today include:

  • Anime Club — noon to 4 p.m. in room 403 of the Calkins Science Center.
  • Student Alliance — 2-3:30 p.m. in the Student Center’s second-floor multipurpose room.
  • GRCC Raiders Swing — 4-7 p.m. in the Raider Grille.
  • College Democrats — 5 p.m. in room 102 of Sneden/White.

Other events:


GRCC In the News, 10-29-14

In Athletics, Foundation, GRCC in the News, Scholarships, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, Volleyball on October 29, 2014 by grcctoday

Restaurant Week 2014 brings culinary institute fund within striking distance of six figures

Oct. 28, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The final act of the 2014 Restaurant Week promotion from Experience Grand Rapids resembled how it began, with a great meal and a perfect pairing.

While both diners and restaurants benefit from the annual celebration of local cuisine featuring meals paired with everything from wine and beer to ciders, coffees, and teas, it is the duet of Restaurant Week and the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College that couples great meals with a great cause.

Mott Community College volleyball team seeks first regional title in program history

Oct. 28, 2014; MLive

FLINT — The storied run continues for the Mott Community College volleyball team, and this time they’re looking to make history.

… After back-to-back wins to reach the finals, including a four-set victory over No. 12 Grand Rapids Community College in the semis, Mott lost in five sets to No. 17 Oakland.


Cross country team completes first season

In Athletics, Cross Country on October 29, 2014 by grcctoday

GRCC’s new cross country team recently wrapped up its first season with the MCCAA Conference Championships and NJCAA Region 12 Championships.  The team was motivated to work extra hard in the middle of the race, when the mental side of racing haunts many runners.

The Lady Raiders got things started and got out strong the first mile.  Top runner Jody Sellers positioned herself in 6th place at the half-mile and 14th at the mile. The top 14 individuals are considered All Conference, so she set herself up perfectly to attain this honor.  About 15 seconds behind her, Ashley Laux and Alaina Wier were running within a few seconds of each other and looked in good position to move up.  As they exited a mile-long stretch through the woods surround Grant Woods Park, each of the ladies had faded a little, but pushed up the final hill and down the slow decent to the finish.  Sellers ended up in 23rd position, with a season-best time of 20:52, and was the 18th Michigan runner in the race  — only four spots from All-Conference!  Laux and Wier held their ground and came in 37th (21:50) and 41st (22:04), respectively, out of 73 runners in the field.

Fourth runner Nikki Gewertz returned after a race off and stormed to a 40-second season best, only slightly bettering the improvements of 5th and 6th runners Maria Bosker (24:34; 21-second season best) and Alicia Geene (25:58; 33-second season best).  Overall,  four of the six ladies ran season best times and showed great courage in getting out strong and continuing to push their limits in the middle and late stages of the race.

The Lady Raiders finished in 8th place of the eight teams that fielded a full five or more runners, with 186 points, just 10 behind Oakland Community College.  The meet was won by host Lansing Community College with a score of 29.

After a warm-up jog and some enthusiastic cheering for the ladies, the men’s race got under way.  The men’s team had been working to beat a team at this race, and that goal looked very attainable, as the team set itself up perfectly in the first mile. Brett Slayton led the charge, running in about 25th place at the mile marker and about 10 seconds behind him was a thing of beauty to a cross country coach: a pack of five Raider teammates — Rechy Rodriguez, Giancarlo Hernandez, Carlos Menjivar, Caleb Mounts and Jarquell Mitchell.  After learning about the importance of pack-running all season, these guys actually were executing it to perfection in the most important race of the year!

As the race progressed, Rodriguez and Mounts continued to push forward through the throng of 92 runners and the others faded slightly.  At the finish, Slayton finished in an impressive 31st place with a time of 28:39 — good enough for 23rd of all Michigan runners.  A little over a minute behind, Rodriguez and Mounts finished strong in 52nd (30:03) and 55th (30:11; 1:00) places, respectively.  Hernandez ran a very gutsy race and finished only slightly off his personal record in 74th place (31:32).  He was followed by Menjivar in 76th (31:53), Mitchell in 78th (32:13), Tyson DeWald in 88th (36:38; 1:01) and Brad Hentzelman in 89th (37:44).

Despite only two of the team’s eight runners setting personal record times, the display of pack-running was very impressive, and the races by Mounts and DeWald both were personal records by a full minute.  The Raiders finished 8th of 11 schools that fielded a full team.

The team is very eager to enjoy a few weeks off of training before starting back up for an off-season session that will include running at least five days a week for the next 10 months.  Team members will start at about three to four miles per run and work up to eight- to 15-mile runs by spring, in preparation for several area track and road races.


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