November 30, 2015

Fall Jazz Night benefits scholarship

Enjoy GRCC’s talented Jazz combos and orchestra while contributing to the Ray Gill Instrumental Jazz Scholarship during Fall Jazz Night on December 8.

Fall Jazz Night. An evening of jazz presented by the GRCC Jazz Combos and Jazz Orchestra. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. 7:30 p.m. Recital Hall, 200 Music Center. Admission: $5; Students/Seniors: $3. (Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Ray Gill Instrumental Scholarship.) GRCC. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations please contact the Music Department at (616) 234-3940. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. GRCC is an Equal Opportunity Institution.

November 30, 2015

Blood drive scheduled for December 3

Sign up in the Student Life office or here (use “GRCC” as the sponsor code):

American Red Cross. Give a meaningful gift this holiday season. Donate blood. Blood drive. Grand Rapids Community College Student Center, 2nd floor, Multipurpose room, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE. Thursday, December 3, 2015. 12:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. To schedule an appointment, log onto, sponsor code: GRCC or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Give something that means something. Schedule your appointment today. Download the Blood Donor App. 1-800 RED CROSS. 1-800-733-2767.

November 30, 2015

GRCC offers free financial literacy program

College students face a lot of financial decisions and the SALT financial literacy program can help! This nonprofit  program, provided by American Student Assistance, is offered free to GRCC students and alumni.

November 30, 2015

GRCC In the News, 11-30-15

Apprenticeship program aims to create health care careers

Nov. 27, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A new apprenticeship program that will be offered by a trio of community colleges in West Michigan beginning in January is aimed at creating careers in the health care field.

Grand Rapids Community College, Muskegon Community College and Montcalm Community College have teamed with Mercy Health, Cherry Health, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Spectrum Health and West Michigan Works! to develop a medical assistant apprenticeship program, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor.

West Michigan colleges open doors for international students

Nov. 26, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A report says there are thousands of international students on West Michigan college campuses contributing to a top-10 ranking for the state and several colleges’ study-abroad programs are among the nation’s most active.

… The report breaks down the international student enrollment at a number of institutions: Western Michigan University, 1,967; Calvin College, 467; Ferris State University, 458; Grand Valley State University, 394; Kalamazoo College, 141; Calvin Theological Seminary, 118; Hope College, 87; Lake Michigan College, 71; Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 49; Grand Rapids Community College, 43; Aquinas College, 20; Kuyper College, 16; and Kellogg Community College, 11.

3 soloists perform with orchestra’s Messiah

Nov. 27, 2015; Petoskey News

PETOSKEY — Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will bring the Messiah to Northern Michigan at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 17-18, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Petoskey. The Messiah has become a Christmas tradition, one which is eagerly anticipated every year. This year, in addition to conductor Libor Ondras, chorus master Peter Sims and the Great Lakes Chamber Chorus, three soloists will perform. Amy Cross, soprano, Katherine Jannakos, alto and Tom Cilluffo, tenor are the guest soloists.

… Alto Katherine Jannakos cannot remember a time when she hasn’t been involved in music. She comes from a very musical family, and early on studied music theory and flute. She didn’t start singing until high school, and later began serious voice study at Grand Rapids Community College. It was there that she discovered her gift and passion for classical vocal performance. After three years she left Grand Rapids Community College and completed her degree at Oberlin Conservatory. In addition to classical music Katherine loves Orthodox liturgical music. She has been music director at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in Dearborn Heights, Michigan for the past three years.

Locals strive to give hope, love to foster children

Nov. 27, 2015; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Children who have been removed from their families and are struggling to find a place in the world are being taken in and taken care of in a variety of ways in the Holland area.

… (Amber) Clingman earned an associates degree in juvenile services from Grand Rapids Community College, and is finishing up a bachelor’s degree in social work at Grand Valley State University.

Holland’s Community Action House EPIC program helps set, achieve goals

Nov. 26, 2015; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Gratitude changes everything.

… Through EPIC, (Marisol) Ramirez obtained internships at Lakeshore Disability Network and Community Action House. A speaker from Grand Rapids Community College encouraged her to continue her education. This fall, she enrolled there and is on her way to an associate’s degree in social work.

Students get a Jump Start on College Applications

Nov. 27,2015; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Wyoming Public Schools, MI — Felicia McCrary has an important role at Wyoming High School: help students get into college. She recently did just that, co-organizing a week of events during which 250 seniors sat down and applied.

… During English class, seniors in the Class of 2016 applied to colleges using Chromebooks, sent out transcripts and completed applications. Nearly every senior applied to Grand Rapids Community College.

See who’s participating in 2016 Dancing with Local Stars charity event

Nov. 25, 2015; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce has announced the participants for its annual Dancing with the Local Stars charity event.

… The 2016 Dancing with the Local Stars participants include:

… Sonya Hernandez, Adjunct Professor, Grand Rapids Community College; State Commissioner, Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan, with Byron Doss, Instructor, Social Dance Studio, Grand Rapids

… Cassy Arsenault, Reporter, FOX 17, West Michigan, with Patrick Johnson, GRCC Dance Faculty Instructor; Co-owner PT Arts, LLC Consulting; President & CEO, West MI Flight Academy.

November 30, 2015

College Channel programming through December 6

The latest schedule, for November 30 to December 6, for the College Channel includes a performance by the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys.

November 30, 2015

Criminal Justice Club hosts food drive

GRCC’s Criminal Justice Club is holding a canned food drive through December 18:

First Annual Criminal Justice Club Food Donation Drive. Donate your Can Goods for a Good Cause! Nov. 4th-December 18th. We need your help. Join in our efforts to raise food for needy families in the Kent County Community, Please consider donating the following items: Canned Meat. Canned Fruit. Canned Vegetables. Boxed Meals. Pasta. Rice. Or any non-perishable food items. Drop-off locations: Sneden Hall 1st floor by elevator. GRCC Library commons-1st floor. Cook Hall –located next to Math Lab 1st floor. Main Building-located near financial office. Student Life Building-1st floor near book store. Science Building-1st floor near tutoring lab.

November 30, 2015

Applications for Jack Cook Foundation scholarship due December 15

The Jack Kent Cook Foundation scholarship awards up to $40,000 per year to approximately 85 students annually — why not you? If you need assistance with the scholarship application process, contact Erin Busscher at

November 24, 2015

GRCC In the News, 11-24-15

Dr. Robert J. Gosling (1922-2015): Rehabilitation specialist holistic medicine leader

Nov. 24, 2015; The Toledo Blade (Ohio)

Dr. Robert J. Gosling, who became a physiatrist, specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, when the field was new, died Saturday of heart and lung failure in BrookHaven Retirement Community, Brookville, Ohio. He was 93.

… Dr. Gosling was a 1940 graduate of South High School in Grand Rapids and afterward enrolled in junior college.

November 23, 2015

GRCC In the News, 11-23-15

College Football

Nov. 21, 2015; FOX Sports

Gus Penning, a senior junior college transfer from Grand Rapids Community College and Riverside Community College.

(Live broadcast of Baylor football game.)

Fab Five: For the week of Nov. 22

Nov. 22, 2015; The Holland Sentinel


… (Alicia Stegink) Eppinga and (Leslie) Van Becker are principal cellist and violist of the Grand Rapids Symphony where (Melissa Chung) Hamlen is a member. (Mary) Scanlan retired from Grand Rapids Community College. All are active performers and teachers, and Eppinga presently teaches cello at Hope College.

Mid Michigan Community College womens basketball tops 14th-ranked Macomb to improve to 6-1

Nov. 21, 2015; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

The Mid Michigan Community College women’s basketball team knocked off 14th-ranked team in the country Saturday as it topped Macomb Community College 71-49 at Morey Courts.

… MMCC hosts Grand Rapids CC at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday from Morey Courts.


Nov. 21, 2015; Hillsdale Daily News

Hillsdale College class competes in Tae Kwon Do tourney

Senior Master Brian Anderson and his Hillsdale College Tae Kwon Do class traveled to Grand Rapids Community College on Nov. 6-7 to compete in the World Class Tae Kwon Do Championship Tournament.

November 23, 2015

GRCC to test emergency notification system on November 24

Grand Rapids Community College’s Emergency Closing Procedures for 2015-16 have been updated. Please familiarize yourself with these procedures should, for any reason, the college need to delay opening, close early, or cancel services because of unforeseen circumstances such as winter weather, power outages, etc.

The college will test its emergency communications systems — including email, phone, text messaging and digital sign alerts — at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 24. These emergency communications systems are one way that you may be notified of an emergency closing by the college. Please note that Tuesday’s communications are only a test.


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