Body fat clinic scheduled for April 1

Posted March 30, 2015 by grcctoday
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Mark your calendars for the last body fat clinic of the school year. Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 from 11am – 1pm in the Ford Fieldhouse! It’s free, just show up!

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GRCC In the News, 3-30-15

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Michigan colleges teach students how to tap into the craft beer industry

March 27, 2015; USA Today

As college advising rolls around, students may find themselves sitting with advisors trying to determine what path is the most appropriate and debating which major to pursue. Sifting through class lists, options of majors and internship opportunities can be stressful. But some Michigan students will be able to focus on something a little less stressful — beer.

… Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), located in Beer City USA, will provide students with the option to obtain a craft brewing management certificate in 2016 due to a $2.9 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp, according to the Grand Rapids Business Journal. The program will reside under The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

Latino Youth Conference Shows College a Possibility

March 27, 2015; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Kent ISD, MI — When 18-year-old Maritza Martinez enrolls at Grand Rapids Community College next fall, she’ll have a $500 scholarship for books in her pocket to help pave her way.

Inside Track: An advocate for change

March 27, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Lisa McMichael has seen a lot of changes in the field of occupational therapy since she started her career two decades ago, and she expects to see more thanks to the baby boomer generation.

… McMichael grew up in Grand Rapids, and at the suggestion from a mentor at her church she decided to explore the occupational therapy program at Grand Rapids Community College after she graduated from East Kentwood High School.

Greenville duo signs to play softball in college

March 27, 2015; Greenville Daily News

GREENVILLE — Sarah Newhouse and Elizabeth Niemiec have yet to begin their season seasons of softball, save for practice, for the Greenville Yellow Jackets.

… Newhouse has signed last week to play for Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC), while Niemiec signed in February to play at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

Child Development students mark Go Orange Week

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Last week Tuesday and Thursday, Child Development students helped to raise awareness for Kids Food Basket and Childhood Hunger by Celebrating Go Orange Week!

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April Staff Development Learning Opportunities

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Staff and Faculty are encouraged to register online on the Staff Development registration page Workshops are open to all Staff and Faculty.

What Daddies Do Best

Thu Apr 2, 2015 from 12-1 PM in Room 2264 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale

Are you a new father, either biologically or through a blended family? Do you often wonder what other fathers think about parenthood? Maybe your kids are grown and you have some wisdom and advice to pass along to newer fathers. Meet with other GVSU and GRCC dads for lively and interesting discussion around a variety of topics related to parenthood. Lunch provided. Facilitated by Sharalle Arnold, GVSU Children’s Enrichment Center & Sue Sloop, GVSU Work Life Connections Program.  **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

Retirement Planning Lunch & Learn

Thu Apr 2, 2015 from 12-1 PM in Room 125 Calkins Science Center

Part of the PNC Bank ‘Community Development Banking Lunch & Learn’ series. PNC representatives will explain retirement planning and will help participants prepare to achieve their retirement vision. **PNC Bank will be providing a complimentary lunch to all attending this presentation**

Using Emotional Intelligence

Tue Apr 7, 2015 from 9-11 AM in Room 103 Sneden Hall

Complete title: “Using Your Emotional Intelligence to Build Relationships” We’ve all heard the importance of emotional intelligence, but how can it, along with social and interpersonal intelligence, help you build your career and develop stronger, more powerful and mutually beneficial relationships. Learn how to prevent conflict, stand out as a leader and empower others as well as yourself. In this 2 hour workshop, we’ll explore the importance of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management. Facilitated by Kim Monaghan.

Fast, Fresh & Fabulous

Fri Apr 10, 2015 from 12-1:30 PM in Room 130, ATC

Part of the Kent County Health Department-Adult Nutrition Series: With every season, there are foods that we love – recipes that capitalize on fresh ingredients and in-season flavors. Learn how to make delicious and healthy seasonal dishes in under 30 minutes. Facilitated by Dawn Davies.

Cancer Warriors Network

Mon Apr 13, 2015 from 3-4:30 PM in Room 302C DeVos Center, GVSU GR

This month’s topic is “Grief and Loss.” Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with cancer? Do you feel alone and overwhelmed? A cancer diagnosis is frightening and affects not only the person diagnosed with cancer, but caregivers and loved ones. If you are facing a cancer diagnosis, have a loved one battling cancer, or you are through with treatment and on the road to recovery; connecting with others who have traveled this journey can be a source of comfort and hope. A new topic will be discussed each month. These network meetings are an opportunity to bring together GVSU and GRCC families and friends, who have been impacted by cancer to gain information and support through speakers and cancer resources available on the site. Don’t try to navigate the cancer journey alone, please consider joining us. **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

What Mommies Do Best

Wed Apr 15, 2015 from 12-1 PM in Room 1012 Zumberge Hall, GVSU Allendale

Working mothers today confront not only conflicting demands on their time and energy, but also conflicting ideas about how they are to behave: they must be nurturing and unselfish while engaged in child rearing, but competitive and ambitious at work. Meet with other GVSU Moms around interesting topics of discussion to both young moms and more experienced moms. Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome. This program is co-sponsored by GVSU Women’s Center and GVSU Women’s Commission. **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

Desire Stress Relief – 4 A’s

Wed Apr 15, 2015 from 2-3 PM in Room 103 Sneden Hall

The effects of stress can weigh us down. Coping with daily life can be very difficult. Try using one of the four A’s: Avoid, Alter, Accept or Adapt. Learn to restore the balance back into your life! Facilitated by Allegro Coaching.

Run. Hide. Fight (Active Shooter Response Training)

Thu Apr 16, 2015 from 3-4:30 PM in Room 103 Sneden Hall

This training is required for all college staff and faculty. The 90 minute training session will be presented by GRCC Police Chief Rebecca Whitman, and will describe what an active shooter is; detail the ‘Run Hide Fight’ response to an active shooter situation; explain ways to recognize and report potential threats to our campus, and answer any questions attendees may have.

The Thriving Organization

Tue Apr 21, 2015 from 1-2:30 PM in Room 103 Sneden Hall

Do your employees leave work at the end of the day more excited, more engaged and more inspired than when they arrived? Are people able to do their best thinking and make their best, most authentic contributions to the organization? Or are you all just getting through it all, grateful to survive another day? Even the best organizations can get stuck, losing momentum and energy. In this workshop you will learn: How to identify the ways in which your organization/team is failing to thrive; How brain research reveals some surprising ways you can help your employees to be more fully engaged and inspired, and strategies for moving your organization from surviving to thriving. Facilitated by Greg Mutch, Thought-Design.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Wed Apr 22, 2015 from 12-1 PM in Room 1247 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale

Are you caring for an elderly loved one? Do you have a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? The pressures can be wide-ranging, and touch the social, psychological, physical and economic facets of the caregiver’s life. The Alzheimer’s and Caregiver Support Group is open to the entire campus community: students, faculty and staff members, and to the public. It’s facilitated by Cindy Beel-Bates, associate professor of nursing, and Sue Sloop, Work Life Connections consultant. Join us: You don’t have to go it alone!   **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

Build a Stronger Team

Tue Apr 28, 2015 from 9-11 AM in Room 103 Sneden Hall

Complete title: “Power Tools to Build a Stronger Team.” When communication decrease and conflict increases it may be time for a team-building tune-up. In this workshop we’ll explore leadership styles and discuss strategies that you, as team leaders or leaders of your own career, can personally manage conflict and enhance positive communication and collaboration in the workplace. As a team, we’ll develop communication statements that will help foster clearer dialogue and promote understanding. And we’ll explore 6 Power Tools that help build stronger teams and produce a more collaborative and constructive workplace. Facilitated by Kim Monaghan.

Organic Foods

Wed Apr 29, 2015 from 2-3 PM in Room 103 Sneden Hall

Complete title “Organic Foods-Are they safer and more nutritious?” Part of the Kent County Health Department Nutrition Series: Is it really worth spending the extra money on organic products? What is the difference between organic foods and their traditionally grown counterparts? How do you decide which is best for you when considering nutrition, quality, taste and cost? Do you know where to find locally grown produce? This presentation has all of the answers you are looking for to help you make an educated decision for yourself. Facilitated by Dawn Davies.

Celebrate with Armen Awards teams on April 24

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Mark Friday, April 24 from 3-5 p.m. on your calendar and join us for the 2015 Armen Awards Celebration. This inspiring event will feature the work of each Armen Awards team and an awards presentation. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and GRCC parking ramp passes will be provided. RSVP is required by Monday, April 20; click here. The awards are held at the Kendall College of Art and Design.

2015 Armen Awards

Graphic designer Michelle Rose wins awards

Posted March 30, 2015 by grcctoday
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GRCC graphic designer Michelle Rose recently won two Addys from the American Advertising Federation of West Michigan‘s annual award show. Her pieces are currently being judged at the regional level.

She won:

  • Gold Addy and Judge’s Choice Award for Identity for her Divani Logo.
  • Silver Addy for her Lagom Meadery Logo.

Both logos can be seen in the scroll of images in this MLive article.

Be sure to congratulate Michelle the next time to you work with her on your design project!

GRCC In the News, 3-27-15

Posted March 27, 2015 by grcctoday
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GRCC holds free dental screening days

March 27, 2015; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Children and families can get free dental screenings at events held by Grand Rapids Community College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Promoting skilled trades, Geek Group offers scholarships to GRCC students

March 19, 2015;

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) students who are enrolled in a Workforce Development Program will now have access to a 50 percent scholarship for a six-month membership program to the Geek Group.

Raider Salute to Facilities Department

Posted March 27, 2015 by grcctoday
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IT Customer Support would like to thank the Facilities department for their incredible work in accommodating the power needs of the IT department, vendors, presenters, and participants of the 2015 Technology Showcase. Without the work of the Facilities department, the 2015 Technology Showcase would not have been the electrifying success it was!

Greg Forbes to lecture on vaccinations

Posted March 27, 2015 by grcctoday
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Dr. Greg Forbes, Biological Sciences, will be providing a public lecture for the Center for Inquiry entitled “The Anti-Vaccination Movement; Replacing Science with Superstition” on April 8 at 7 p.m. This free lecture will be held a the Women’s City Club on Fulton.

More than 2 centuries have passed since the first vaccines were used to prevent disease and the disabilities and death associated with these diseases. However, even after the prevention of many millions of deaths, vaccine skeptics and vaccine conspiracy theories appear to be increasing in frequency even in the light of a preponderance of scientific fact validating the efficacy and safety of vaccines.

This presentation will provide an overview of how vaccines provide protection from disease, how vaccines are manufactured and will review the claims from the anti-vaccine skeptics. These claims will then be addressed utilizing the body of scientific knowledge acquired over the last 2 centuries as well as contemporary research. A comparison of the anti-vaccine movement will then be made to similar anti-science beliefs such as climate change denial, anti-evolutionism and young Earth geology.

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College Channel programming through April 5

Posted March 27, 2015 by grcctoday
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The latest schedule, for March 30 to April 5, for the College Channel includes presentations from the Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference. Check out the offerings here.

Student Employee Appreciation Week includes giveaways, lunch

Posted March 27, 2015 by grcctoday
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Below is a run down of the specials that will be offered during Student Employee Appreciation Week, which is April 13 – April 17 this year:

  • Daily basket raffles (put together by various department around campus).
  • Free Muffin at Patatas.
  • Free Meal upgrade at Subway.
  • Free Bag of chips at the Bookstore.
  • Complementary dessert, beverage OR appetizer with the purchase of an entree or salad at The Heritage Restaurant.
  • $2.00 off any purchase at the Raider Grille, Quiet Cafe or Sneden Café.
  • Free Ice Cream Sundae at Art & Bev’s on Wednesday, April 15 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Student Employee & Supervisor Celebration on Friday April 17th from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (see below for details).

On Friday, April 17 we will be providing a special lunch prepared by ATC Banquet and Catering in the ATC Atrium starting at 11:30 a.m. This will run until approximately 12:30 p.m. when we will begin making our way over to the Spectrum Theater for a special performance by a singing impressionist, comedian and magician (one of the tops in the world) that has a show in Vegas! Here is a short clip of our performer:

‘Open Door’ video to be shown April 3

Posted March 27, 2015 by grcctoday
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If you missed Thursday’s special video showing of the play Open Door, you have another chance:

A special “lunch hour” viewing will be held at 11:30 a.m. April 3 in the ATC auditorium (room 168). Popcorn and soda will be served.

GRCC In the News, 3-26-15

Posted March 26, 2015 by grcctoday
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Global Experience Festival

March 25, 2015; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College students will share cuisine and cultures from around the world during the Global Experience Festival on March 27.

Rolling Stone journalist to discuss ‘wealth gap’ Wednesday at GRCC conference

March 25, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi will give the keynote address Wednesday for Grand Rapids Community College’s 2015 Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference.

Songs of nostalgia with the Oakland East Bay Symphony

March 25, 2015; San Francisco Chronicle

Maestro Michael Morgan got a taste of Diana Gameros’ pure, pretty voice at the Fox Theater in Oakland last winter, when the Mexican-born San Francisco singer performed with the Magik Magik Orchestra. Morgan, who was conducting other pieces on the program celebrating the flexible orchestra’s fifth birthday, pretty much booked her on the spot for this week’s Notes From Mexico concert with the Oakland East Bay Symphony at the Paramount Theatre.

… Gameros studied classical piano and recording technology at Grand Rapids Community College, singing in a chorus that made it to Carnegie Hall. But she opted to pursue songwriting and performing in a personal style influenced by the quiet intensity of artists like the late, great Brazilian singer Elis Regina and her daughter Maria Rita, and bossa nova singer Rosa Passos. She also digs Bjork, the Canadian indie-rock band Patrick Watson, and the late Costa Rican-born Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, called la voz áspera de la ternura, the rough voice of tenderness.

Council of Independent Colleges names school president to board

March 25, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A national nonprofit that supports independent higher education institutions has selected a local academic leader to serve on its board of directors.

… He (Juan Olivarez) worked at Grand Rapids Public Schools for more than 11 years and at Grand Rapids Community College for roughly 20 years.

Hometown Heroes 2015 Profiles: Judge Sara Smolenski

March 24, 2015;

Each year the American Red Cross celebrates the community heroes who inspire us through their commitment to service and their recognition of the humanity of their neighbors down the street, across the country, and around the world.

… The American Red Cross of West Michigan is proud to honor Judge Sara Smolenski with the Mabel Boardman Spirit of Volunteerism Award. Judge Smolenski has proven her commitment to her community through the many services she provides including her active volunteer efforts. Through the years, Judge Smolenski has donated her time and effort to organizations such as Hospice of Michigan, St. John’s Home for Children, the American Red Cross, YWCA, the American Cancer Society, Resources Against Violent Encounters to Women of West Michigan, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids Laughfest and many other community events.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Judge Smolenski is a GRCC alumna.)

TRiO Peer Mentors make presentation at state summit

Posted March 26, 2015 by grcctoday
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GRCC/TRIO Student Support Services Peer Mentors presented at the Annual MI-CAPP Student Leadership Summit at Great Wolf Lodge on March 21st. Amanda Aguirre and Enemecia Sepulveda presented “College 101: Life Hacks” to over 100 Upward Bound high school students!

Congratulations to Amanda Aguirre; she was selected for the $1000 Study Abroad Scholarship. Amanda will be going to Salamanca, Spain, in May after being selected by the Keith Sherin Global Scholars with this study abroad scholarship.

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Today’s Mathematics Seminar looks at how brain learns numbers

Posted March 26, 2015 by grcctoday
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The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, March 26, 3:00-4:00 PM in 103 Cook. Our speaker will be GRCC Mathematics Instructor Andrea Hayes. The title and abstract for Andrea’s talk may be found below.

Whether you are a math maven or a math avoider, the question of how we learn mathematics (or anything else) is deep and difficult to answer. Are we hard-wired to “know” that 1 + 1 = 2, or do we learn it? Is such knowledge/learning unique to humans? This talk does not require a strong background in mathematics – all are welcome!

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

Number Sense: A Biological Look at How Our Minds Create Mathematics

How can an infant know that 1 plus 1 equals 2?  Why is it that, even after years of school, many of us still aren’t sure if 6 times 7 is 42 or 54?  How can animals without a language know some elementary arithmetic?  This talk will take a biological look at how the human mind creates mathematics and its implications on the teaching of mathematics.


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