Culinary student wins GRCC’s Arthur Andrews Award



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


April 17, 2015 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A culinary student received Grand Rapids Community College’s Arthur Andrews Award during an April 16 reception honoring members of Delta Pi Alpha.

Award recipient Craig Koenigsknecht completed his studies this past fall, receiving an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences in Culinary Arts from GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. He recently began a new job in Traverse City and asked professor Angus Campbell to accept the award on his behalf.

The Arthur Andrews Award goes to the Delta Pi Alpha student with the highest cumulative grade-point average and the greatest number of honor points. It is given in memory of Andrews, who served Grand Rapids Junior College as president from 1919 to 1955. He was dedicated to the preservation, growth and academic excellence of the school that later became Grand Rapids Community College.

Tina Hoxie, associate provost and dean of student affairs said, “Grand Rapids Community College has placed the highest value on academic integrity since its founding 100 years ago. This award recognizes students’ outstanding commitment and personal investment in their academic success.”

While the Arthur Andrews Award recognizes the student with the highest GPA, being a member of Delta Pi Alpha is itself an honor. That recognition goes only to students with excellent academic achievements from the top 5 percent of the graduating class for the academic year. This year’s Delta Pi Alpha group numbers 88.

Koenigsknecht was one of nine students recognized for having a perfect 4.0 GPA. The other students are:

·         Kalah Amash, Associate of Arts, pre-journalism.

·         Bert Bakker, Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences, tooling and manufacturing technology.

·         Zachary Beardsley, Associate of Arts.

·         Crystal Juarez, Associate of Science.

·         Miriam Koerner, Associate of Arts.

·         Tammy Krauss, Associate of Arts.

·         Laura Miedema, Associate in Business.

·         Gretchen Robinson, Associate of Arts.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.