Enrollment Open House set for November 1

In Admissions, Enrollment on October 24, 2014 by grcctoday

Do you know someone who’s considering attending GRCC? Let them know about our Enrollment Open House!

Prospective students and their families will get information and help about the admissions and advising process, plus campus tours during the event, which runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 1 at the ATC.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Admissions and financial aid presentations — 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Academic advising presentations — 10:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • Campus tours — first tour leaves at 10 a.m. with other tours leaving every 30 minutes until the final one at 1 p.m.
  • Accuplacer testing — throughout the morning with noon the latest time you can begin a test; you must have a picture ID with you.
  • Resource Fair — meet staff from many departments and get information about a variety of opportunities at GRCC throughout the event

Questions? Contact the Admissions Office at (616) 234-3569.


Grand Awards winners share ties to GRCC

In Music, Performing Arts, Theater on October 24, 2014 by grcctoday

Hatpin6GRCC’s production of The Hatpin received five Grand Awards, but college faculty, staff, students and alumni also were well-represented among the other winners.

The Hatpin, a collaboration between the theater and music departments that ran in May, was named Best College Production, and Rob Karel won for its direction. Student Meeka Postman was named Best Lead Actress in a College Production, and students Robbie Ellis and Madeline Jones received Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively. GRCC students Connor Manion and Nubia Gomez also received nominations for their work in The Hatpin.

With The Hatpin, A Sleeping Country and Jump/Cut, GRCC had three of the four nominees for Best College Production. GRCC students Jones, Henry Marcusse and Robert McFletcher received Grand nominations for their work in these productions.

“It’s always nice to be nominated, and you always smile when you get a win,” said Tom Kaechele, director of GRCC’s theater program. “But what we really love is being a part of the celebration of theater in West Michigan.”

He said the recognition for The Hatpin was especially rewarding as it was GRCC’s first collaboration with the music department.

“Rob Karel, a former directing student, came to us with The Hatpin, and it took about a year and a half for the logistics to work out so we could put it on,” Kaechele said. “It was an incredible effort, and we were fortunate to work with our accredited music department, especially department head Kevin Dobreff. Every time we came to a hurdle, Kevin helped knock it down, and he was also instrumental in coaxing former vocal director Duane Davis out of retirement to help us.”

Kaechele himself was honored at the 2014 Grand Awards, winning Best Director of a Musical for the Circle Theatre production of Spamalot. He was one of the many nominees and winners in non-college categories with GRCC ties:

  • Alumna Mary Lohman won Outstanding Choreography for the Civic Theater production of The Sound of Music. Alumna Kyle Dutkiewicz was also nominated in this category.
  • Alumna and GRCC staff member Michelle Urbane was named Outstanding Director of a Play for the Actors’ Theatre production of Venus in Fur. Kaechele was nominated in this category twice — for the Actors’ Theatre production of God of Carnage and Circle Theater’s Don’t Dress for Dinner.
  • Adjunct Christian Poquette received Outstanding Scenic Design for Actors’ Theatre’s Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson. He was also nominated in this category for Venus in Fur.
  • Alumni Sammy A. Publes and Darius “T.Q.” Colquitt were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play for God of Carnage and the Jewish Theater production of The Whipping Man, respectively.
  • Alumnus Dylan Harris was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play for Circle Theater’s One Man Two Guvnors and for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the Actors’ Theater production of Love! Valour! Compassion!
  • Faculty member Nancy Wagner was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for the Jewish Theater production of Driving Miss Daisy.
  • Kaechele and staff member Catherine Marlett Dreher were nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design for Venus in Fur and Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, respectively.




GRCC in the News, 10-24-14

In Alumni, Athletics, Community, Golf, GRCC in the News, Psychology Department, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, Volleyball on October 24, 2014 by grcctoday

GRCC student killed in Holland fire wanted to be professional chef

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

HOLLAND, MI — Jeremiah Smith, the 29-year-old man killed in a house fire Saturday, was attending Grand Rapids Community College in hopes of becoming a professional chef.

GRCC psychology lecture series examines creativity, death, self-justification

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College psychology department will host three lectures from November through March, focusing on topics ranging from creativity to death to self-justification.

IONIA: New public safety officer sworn in

Oct. 23, 2014; The Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA, Mich. — A new officer has joined the Ionia Department of Public Safety, and he has training in all three areas needed by the city: police, fire and medical.

… Joshua McCarthy is a 2009 graduate of Jenison High School. He graduated from Grand Valley State University Police Academy, and holds an associate’s degree in fire science from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and a second associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College. Joshua McCarthy is Police-, Firefighter 1 and 2- and Basic Emergency Medical Technician-certified.

College notes: FH Central grad Jason Stacy has soccer goal go viral with help of ESPN SportsCenter

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

… Drew Pennington, Grand Rapids Community College: Pennington (GR Forest Hills Northern) finished tied for 15th at the Kohler Collegiate Classic at Whistling Straights, home of the 2015 PGA Championship on Oct. 21. He shot a 155 (75-80) to help the Raiders to an impressive fifth-place finish.

Laura Willson continues North Branch’s tradition of volleyball excellence

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

North Branch senior Laura Willson may be next in line to hold the exclusive Miss Volleyball title for the Broncos, who’ve had two athletes earn that statewide honor.

… North Branch starts its players young, as Willson began in the fourth grade, and continues to model leadership by inviting former players to summer camps.

“They bring their knowledge from college,” Willson said. “Micaela Deshetsky (2013 graduate, Grand Rapids Community College player) came back and helped me and Mady be better captains. She told us we need to make this team better.”


Karma Yoga class volunteers with Kids’ Food Basket

In Community, Exercise science department on October 24, 2014 by grcctoday

Students in GRCC’s Karma Yoga class have spent this semester helping Kids’ Food Basket:

Kids Food Basket Yoga 2. 7.45 Fall 2014



The latest from GRCC TV on YouTube: health, psychology lectures, candidate forum

In Biological Sciences, Board of Trustees, Community, GRCC TV, Media Technologies, Psychology Department, YouTube on October 24, 2014 by grcctoday



English department offers scholarships

In English Department on October 24, 2014 by grcctoday

See below for some special scholarship opportunities for English majors. For other scholarship information, click here.



Radiologic tech students help with Habitat house

In Community, Radiologic Technology on October 24, 2014 by grcctoday

Our radiologic technology students found a way to combine fun and service by working with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County this week! Our friends at Habitat were kind enough to share photos. To learn more about our radiologic tech program, click here.

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