GRCC hosts English conference

Posted October 1, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Community, English Department, School for Arts & Sciences

GRCC is hosting about 200 English faculty Thursday through Saturday for the Two-Year College English Association Midwest Conference. Many GRCC English department faculty members are attending and presenting, and Dean Laurie Chesley will speak at a luncheon during the event, which was last held in Michigan in 2000. Twelve Midwest states and Manitoba, Canada, are included in the region covered by the organization.


President Carter’s book available for sale

Posted October 1, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary, Diversity Learning Center, Diversity Lecture Series

DSC_6166Autographed copies of President Carter’s book, A Call To Action, are still available for purchase at $20 each. Contact Kathy Mullins @ or x3908 to purchase them.


GRCC In the News, 10-1-14

Posted October 1, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Criminal Justice, GRCC In the News, Athletics, Volleyball, Campus Police, Alumni, Community, Police Academy

50 Healthiest College Towns

Sept. 30, 2014;

There are lots of factors to consider when searching for the best college for you. One such factor to consider is the surrounding town(s). It’s doubtful that you’ll spend 100% of your time on campus, so you’ll probably want to think about what kind of attractions are nearby and what kinds of activities are popular with the local community. And if you’re a health nut, you’ll definitely want to consider towns that will cosign your obsession with an active lifestyle and nutritious eating.

… 45. Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids Community College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Cornerstone University, Aquinas College, Everest Institute, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, Muskegon Community College, Western Michigan University

While Grand Rapids does average about 75 inches of snowfall each year, the snow doesn’t stop 79.9% of residents from staying physically active. Some may train for the Fifth Third Riverbank Run, the country’s largest 25K road race. Some may hit the trails in the Best Town for Mountain Biking, as named by Outside magazine. Some may just enjoy the walkable downtown area as they move to and from activities. Grand Rapids also has the healthy advantage of local farming, as Michigan is the third largest apple producer in the U.S. and is behind only California in agricultural diversity. This may contribute to the city’s high percentage of residents in a normal weight range (38.8%) and its low diabetes rate (9%). An interesting mix, Grand Rapids has been called one of the nation’s Most Exciting Mid-Sized Cities by Movoto but also the #2 Most Secure Large City by Farmers Insurance.

Why This Michigan Manufacturing Company Wants To Hire More Ex-Cons

Sept. 30, 2014;

When Jahaun McKinley was released from prison, he ran into a common problem: It’s extremely difficult to get a job after you have a criminal record.

… Today, Cascade (Engineering) has dozens of former prisoners on its roster. It’s not the only company in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area to take up the cause, either. Along with a handful of other organizations, including Butterball Farms and Grand Rapids Community College, Cascade leads something called the 30-2-2 initiative, which aims to work with 30 local organizations that will each hire two individuals with criminal background and track them for two years. The goal is to prove that there is a real business case for hiring formerly incarcerated employees.

‘A dream come true': Scott Merlo named new chief of WMU Department of Public Safety

Sept. 30, 2014; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — A Western Michigan University alumnus and veteran of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety who retired as an executive lieutenant in 2012 has been named the new chief of the WMU Department of Public Safety, school officials said Tuesday.

… Since 2012, (Scott) Merlo has worked as a lieutenant and was second in command for the police department at Grand Rapids Community College, which had a total of 13 sworn officers.

GRCC warns of scam artist claiming to be fundraising

Sept. 30, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — A man knocking on doors, claiming to be collecting cash donations for Grand Rapids Community College and the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids, is trying to scam people, according to GRCC.

NAACP offers funding to increase number of black cops in Grand Rapids

Sept. 30, 2014; Aljazeera America

In a move to help correct a deep racial disparity in the demographics of the Grand Rapids police force, a local Michigan chapter of the NAACP announced Monday that it will offer a $2,500 scholarship to assist African-American men and women cover the costs of police training.

… Students can take the courses they need at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College or Ferris State University. Becoming a GRPD officer requires at least two years of college, and courses can last 10 to 17 months, (interim NAACP President Cle) Jackson said.

College Notebook: WMU’s Beckwith keeps on winning

Sept. 30, 2014; The Battle Creek Enquirer

… The Kellogg Community College volleyball team played their seventh match in as many days on Tuesday, as the Lady Bruins looked to end an 8-match losing streak.

… After a road loss to NJCAA Division II No. 2-ranked Grand Rapids CC on Sept. 23, the Lady Bruins lost at Ancilla and then dropped four matches at the G.R.C.C. Raider Challenge on Sept. 27-28.

Nursing students help with Out of Darkness Walk

Posted October 1, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Community, Nursing

GRCC community and mental health nursing students participated in the Out of Darkness Walk on September 27 in Millennium Park. The walk supports families that have lost a loved one to suicide and raises research funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This is the seventh year that GRCC nursing students have been involved with the event!

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GRCC hosts lecture on heart attacks, strokes

Posted October 1, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Biological Sciences, Community

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Raider Salute to Scott Miklaszewski, culinary department

Posted October 1, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Community, Facilities, Raider Salute, Secchia Institute For Culinary Education, Workforce Training

Tassell M-TEC’s “Pizza Garden Team” gives a Raider Salute to Scott Miklaszewski and the culinary staff:  He stepped up to help on the grill outside when we thought we were drowning in sixth-graders and not enough cooked pizza!  Another shout out to the Culinary Department, which made all the pizza crusts in support of our pizza garden adventure.


Notice of availability of Annual Security Report

Posted October 1, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Campus Police

A copy of GRCC’s 2014 Annual Security Report is available for review.  This report is required by federal law and contains statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by GRCC; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.  The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual misconduct, emergency procedures, and other matters.  This report is available online at   You can also request a paper copy by visiting the GRCC Campus Police Department.

October is National Disability Awareness Month

Posted October 1, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Disability Support Services, Occupational Support Services

Did you know . . . . .

  • In the U.S. the number of people with reported disabilities is 11.9%

That’s 36,399,700 people! **

  • In Michigan the number of people with reported disabilities is 13.5%

That’s 1,316,000 people! **

  • Just over 1 in 4 of today’s 20 year olds will become disabled before they retire. *
  • We are running 1531 class sections this fall. Students with reported disabilities are enrolled in 854 sections . . . that’s 56%.

*   Council for Disability Awareness, 2012

** US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2010

Important Facts for Instructors:

  • Faculty should expect to have students with disabilities in their courses.
  • Faculty should have the same expectations of students with disabilities as other students, and maintain the same academic performance standards while providing the appropriate accommodations as given listed on the student Accommodations Agreement from the Disability Support Services Office (DSS).
  • When students with disabilities graduate, they are as successful as other graduates.

Many Shades of Disability:

Defining the various categories of disability does not have black and white clarity. Professionals in the field have their own terminology. Below are a few categories often used and some examples associated with each:

  • Psychiatric Disorders- schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, anxiety
  • Physical Disabilities- cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, amputation
  • Auditory and Visual Impairment- range from partial to total loss
  • Brain Injury- traumatic brain injury (damage from an external source) and acquired brain injury (tumors, stroke, degenerative diseases)
  • Health Impairments- lupus, epilepsy, cancer, Tourette’s syndrome
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders- has range of severity, with Asperger’s Syndrome being the mildest form.


IIPD Grants: October 2014 Funding Opportunity

Posted October 1, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Grants and Resource Development Office

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., October 10, 2014.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically. The IIPD Application Packet and IIPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Professional Development Grants: IIPD & SSPD area of the Grants Office website at Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation.

If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or

GRCC In the News, 9-30-14

Posted September 30, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary, Artprize, Athletics, Golf

Winner of Consumers Energy SMART Art competition to be named during ArtPrize’s final 20

Sept. 29, 2014;  MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Consumers Energy on Sunday, Oct. 5, will announce the order of its top 10 finalists from Grand Rapids Public Schools who created energy-related art work for the SMART Art competition and college scholarship winner.

…A panel of art professionals from Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University picked the top 10.

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Bialik leads Raiders at Lawrence Tech

Sept. 29, 2014; Manistee News Advocate

Grand Rapids Community College’s Zack Bialik led the Raiders to a first-place finish at the Lawrence Tech Invitational after besting Wayne State in a sudden death overtime playoff.

Jimmy Carter: Jesus Accepted Gays

Sept. 29, 2014; Edge on the Net

Former President Jimmy Carter said this month that Jesus did not discriminate against gays. His comments were made when asked about LGBT rights during an appearance at the 100th anniversary celebration of Michigan’s Grand Rapids Community College, Gay Star News reports.

EDITORIAL: Washington stands in way of real cure for economic malaise

Sept. 29, 2014; The Washington Times

Cheerful headlines last week celebrated an uptick in holiday hiring and expanded economic growth in the latest quarter, but the woods are dark and deep and we’re still not out of them

…Former President Jimmy Carter speaks at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse as part of the Diversity Lecture Series, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. GRCC is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

100 Ways to Give: Heritage lunches to benefit Kids’ Food Basket

Posted September 30, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary, Community, Heritage Restaurant, Secchia Institute For Culinary Education


The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education has developed a tasty 100 Ways to Give project: For four Fridays throughout the semester, The Heritage lunch menu will feature a special dish celebrating the different decades. These dishes will be prepared by Chef Campbell and his students, and proceeds from the sale of these special menu items will go to Kids’ Food Basket.

We celebrated 1914 and the “Teen Decade” with Saddle of Veal Prince Orloff on September 19. On October 3, the special dish is Roasted and Braised Pigeons with Raisins and Rosti Potatoes, in celebration of the 1920s.

The Heritage serves lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. To learn about the other “decade dishes,” click here.

The SICE experts have shared some background and a recipe:

The term “Epigram” has been around for a centuries and one of the earliest recordings relates to a dish called “veal hocks à l’epigramme,” which appeared in La Varenne’s 17th-century cookbook, “Le Cuisinier François.” Over the years, the method of cooking has been applied to many meats, including lamb and pork, and the way it was prepared has also changed during the years.

The most popular modern dish is Epigram of lamb, which uses lamb belly, this alters people’s perception of the dense, fatty cut of lamb by transforming it into thin, breaded cutlets. “Epigram” is prepared from a lesser cut of the animal that is braised slowly in savory broth until very tender, it is then cooled and cut into an attractive shape. These circles or triangles of meat are then brush with mustard and seasoned, passed through a pane and pan fried golden brown. The result is a succulent tender piece of highly flavored meat with a very crisp and crunchy exterior. In our case for this dish, we have confit the meat instead of braising, which even adds more to the flavor and texture. Using the confit method does have its disadvantages, in that the meat tends to not stick together as well as with braised meats because of the absence of gelatin. A little glace with agar added to the pulled confit meat before setting overnight will help solve this issue.

The French word confit means “preserved,” and the process was created to preserve a variety of meats and poultry. The most traditionally ingredients associated with confit are goose, duck and pork. The process involves curing the meat in salt, then poaching it slowly in fat, and storing it covered with the fat until you are ready to eat it, or use it in further cooking. The technique evolved over thousands of years in cultures around the world and is easily recognized in many cuisines to this day. Curing the meat in salt makes the water in it unavailable to microorganisms which inhibit bacterial growth slowing down spoilage. Covering the meat with at least an inch of fat after it has been cooked keeps air from reaching it, further retarding the tendency to spoil. If the meat has been properly cured, a confit will keep in a cool, dark place (a cellar or refrigerator) for six months. You can also renew a confit after the first six months by re-cooking it, in which case, it will last for another four to six months. For best, flavor, however, the confit should be consumed within three to five months of the initial cooking.

For the confit

Pigeon legs

Kosher salt spun with parsley and sage in the robot coupe

Chicken fat

Duck fat


  1. Lightly dust the legs with the salt and sit a room temp for 1 hour
  2. Repeat the dusting and allow to sit for 30 minutes
  3. Wash thoroughly of all salt and cover with equal quantities of the fats
  4. Sprinkle with peppercorns and cover tightly with tine foil
  5. Cook slowly at 250 F for 2.5 hours until fork tender
  6. Allow the fat to cool until the meat is cool enough to handle
  7. Flake the meat of the bone
  8. Strain the fat and separate the liquid at the bottom
  9. Combine that liquid with the meat and press into a pan about 1 inch deep
  10. Cool overnight
  11. Cut into shapes and pane

For the pigeon breast marinade

1 T fine diced shallot

1 T fine diced garlic

4 bay leaves

½ C juniper berries

Zest of two lemons

Zest of one orange

½ C olive oil

2 C red wine

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the oil and bring to the boil
  2. Cool and add the olive oil
  3. Marinade the breasts overnight
  4. This marinade 20 breasts

 For cooking the breasts

  1. Drain the breasts and season well with salt and black pepper
  2. Sear the breasts in hot olive oil
  3. Roast medium rare to order and serve whole

 For the golden Raisin sauce

4 Q. pigeon stock

4 oz. brown roux

4 C. red wine boiled for 2 minutes

2 C. Port

1 ea. Jar redcurrant jelly

2 C. golden raisins

  1. Add the roux to the stock and the red wine and port
  2. Reduce by half
  3. Add the redcurrant jelly
  4. Add the raisins and allow to stand overnight

To serve the dish we will use:

 Raisin sauce

Roasted breast of pigeon

Pan fried Epigram of pigeon

Rosti potatoes


Rutabaga tourne

Carrot potato puree



The 2014-2015 GRCC International Guitar Series Presents: Anton Baranov

Posted September 30, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Music, Performing Arts

The 2013 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Solo Competition Winner – Anton Baranov

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:30 PM

Russian guitarist Anton Baranov is a prizewinner of more than fifteen prestigious international guitar competitions, including the Koblenz Guitar Competition, Andrés Segovia Competition, Agustín Barrios Competition, Robert Vidal Competition, and Pittaluga Guitar Competition. At the height of his young career, he won both the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and the Francisco Tárrega Competition in 2013.

Known for his daring interpretation and innovative programming, guitarist and composer Roland Dyens calls him, “a real musician, one of those rare guitarists who are able to have their attendees almost forget the instrument they play, managing to have them focus on the expressivity of the music and only this.”

As part of his prize from winning the GFA competition, Mr. Baranov will embark on a 50-city concert tour throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil, and has just recorded his first album on the Naxos label. Mr. Baranov has been a D’Addario artist since 2013. He currently teaches at his alma mater, the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Anton Baranov was born in 1984 in the Northwest region of Russia. He graduated from the famous St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in 2010 under grants from the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Performing Arts Foundation.

The concert will be held in the Recital Hall (Room 200) of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Center at the corner of Ransom and Lyon.

Admission is $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

One dollar parking is available in the GRCC student parking ramp with a GRCC guest parking voucher sold at the door.

Call 234-3940 for further information or e-mail:

5K Turkey Trot with Exercise Science Department and Grand Public Schools Athletics

Posted September 30, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Exercise science department

The Exercise Science Club, Exercise is Medicine Team, and the Exercise Science Department are teaming up to promote a training program for the Annual 5K Turkey Trot which supports Grand Rapids Public Schools athletics. This training program will progress you from walking to running a 5K over the course of the next 10 weeks leading up to the annual race held in downtown Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Arena on Thursday, November 27th. Grab a friend or family member and plan to move your feet before you eat this Thanksgiving!

You can access the training guide here.

If you plan to use the training program and want to join us at this great event, please complete this form so we can keep in touch with you.

Registration and payment for the race itself can be done by visiting Grand Rapids Athletics:

October projects for 100 Ways to Give

Posted September 29, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary, Community


Here are some of the 100 Ways to Give projects that have been organized for October:

You can bring items for any 100 Ways to Give projects to drop boxes at:

  • the Enrollment Center.
  • the Student Success Center in Sneden Hall.
  • at Tassell M-TEC.
  • in the Student Life office at the Student Center.
  • the first-floor circulation desk at the library.

To see the full list of projects, click here. When getting involved, don’t forget to share it on social media by using #GRCC100years and #100waystogive on Twitter and Instagram, and “Grand Rapids Community College” on Facebook.

Sharing the GRCC Story: ArtPrize, day 2

Posted September 29, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary, College Channel, Community, Media Technologies, YouTube

A very musical group of birthday wishes!


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