GRCC In the News, 8-18-17

Posted August 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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WOS Launches Learning Center in Detroit, Orletta Caldwell to Lead

Aug. 17, 2017; businessinsider.com

DETROIT, Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS)the leading non-profit organization geared towards aligning individuals from underrepresented groups with transformative career opportunities is expanding its impact as a resource for individuals living in underserved communities through establishing a new learning center in Detroit, Michigan.

… Orletta Caldwell, a Detroit native who has over 30 years of administrative and leadership experience, will serve as the coordinator of the new learning center; overseeing all of its operations. Over the course of her career, she has held positions at Josten’s Inc., Camp Barber, and Grand Rapids Community College.

(This press release ran in many media outlets.)

First Scholars to hold mixer on August 23

Posted August 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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You are invited to our final First Scholars mixer of the year!

At this event, we will facilitate a discussion for parents and their incoming First Scholar student on the benefits of the First Scholars initiative, how to earn points, how to retrieve incentives from points earned, how to engage OrgSync, and academic expectations regarding first-time fulltime students.

When: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Sneden 108

*Light food will be served

Students and parents are seated around tables in room 108 of Sneden.

Raider Salute for Summer Teaching Institute help

Posted August 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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Thank you to all the Summer Teaching Institute facilitators and participants!

Facilitators were Christina McElwee, Deb Vilmont, Chad Sytsma, Tony Dykema-VanderArk, Garry Brand, Meegan Willi, Mursalata Muhammad, Klaas Kwant, Rafael Pastrano, Melanie Shiele-Gady, Tamber Bustance and Jennifer Batten

Special thanks to Toy McNeal for all the coordination and Avery Sedore for the fantastic food.

Culinary students to take part in sugar pull on August 19

Posted August 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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Chef Gilles Renusson and students from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will be pulling a sugar ribbon over the Blue Bridge at 2 p.m. August 19 as part of the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire.

 

Faculty training session explores lightboard

Posted August 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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As part of the faculty training session on August 17, chemistry professor Bill Faber demonstrated the lightboard.

Bill Faber talks to a camera as he stands behind a lightboard.

Diversity Lecture Series lineup includes neuroscientist, comedian

Posted August 17, 2017 by grcctoday
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All the lectures are free and open to the public:

GRCC Diversity Lecture Series XXIII. 2017-18. Celebrating 23 Years of Diverse Voices. October 25, 2017. John Cacioppo. Author, Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service professor at the University of Chicago. “Loneliness and Brain Health.” John Cacioppo is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor and the Director of the Center for Cognitive and social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Prior to his tenure at University of Chicago, he served as a professor at Notre Dame, University of Iowa, and Ohio State University. Author of more than 400 articles and books, including Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, Professor Cacioppo was recently awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society and the Career Achievement Award from the Chicago Society for Neuroscience. As an active member of the scientific community, Professor Cacioppo has worked as editor for many peer-reviewed journals, including Psychophysiology, Psychological Review, and Social Neuroscience. November 15, 2017. Julissa Arce. Author, Immigration and Education Advocate; Co-Founder/Chairman Ascent Education Fund. “The American DREAMer: From Undocumented to Wall Street and Immigration Advocacy.” Julissa Arce is both a writer and advocate for immigrant rights and education. She is also the Co-founder and Chairman of the Ascend Educational Fund, a board member for the National Immigration Law Center and the Director of Public Affairs at Define American. Prior to becoming an advocate, she worked on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, where her professional success gave rise to a personal paradox: she achieved the “American Dream” and yet was not part of what defined America. In both her memoir, My (Underground) American Dream, Arce recounts her experience in the corporate world as both a Hispanic woman and an undocumented American, giving a new perspective on the complex intersection of success, immigration and the American Dream. February 21, 2018. Dawn Porter. Criminal Justice System Reformer, Attorney, and Gideon’s Army Filmmaker. “Defending American in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” Dawn Porter is the director and producer of the critically-acclaimed documentary, Gideon’s Army. Her most recent work, Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper, chronicles President Obama’s work, helping young men of color achieve success. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Porter was the Director of News Standards and Practices at ABC News and Vice President of Standards and Practices at A&E Networks. A graduate of Swarthmore College and the Georgetown University Law Center, Porter initially pursued a career in law, serving as a practicing attorney at the law firm of Baker & Hostetler for five years, before finding her calling as a filmmaker. March 14, 2017. Negin Farsad. Author, Social Justice Comedian, Director of The Muslims are Coming! “Fighting Islamophobia, Bigotry and What Have You with Comedy.” Negin Farsad is a writer, director, and stand-up comedian whose work blends social justice with comedy. Author of the book How to Make White People Laugh, she is one of the few Iranian-American Muslim female comedians working today, using humor to defuse tensions on issues of race, religion and immigration. In her award-winning feature film, The Muslims Are Coming!, Farsad took a group of Muslim-American comedians across America to perform, connect with local people, and counteract Islamophobia through humor. Her work includes hosting the Fake the Nation podcast, writing and directing films such as 3rd Street Blackout and Nerdcore Rising, and winning the first ever YouTube Visionary Award for her work combatting Muslim stereotypes. For more information, please visit grcc.edu/lecture or call (616) 234-3390. All lectures begin a 7:00 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Free and open to all. ASL interpreted. Book signing follows Cacioppo, Arce, and Farsad lectures. GRCC The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Find us on Facebook. Grcc.edu/lecture. The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion in Partnership with GRCC’s Social Sciences Department. Culture of inclusion Vision Statement GRCC promotes full access and participation in all aspects of our community through policy, practice, and pedagogy that respects the inherent dignity of each individual. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations please contact the Woodrick Center for Equity and Indlusion at (616) 234-3390.

GRCC In the News, 8-17-17

Posted August 17, 2017 by grcctoday
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Man sentenced to life in prison for killing woman on GRCC campus

Aug. 16, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A 20-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison with no parole Wednesday, Aug. 16, for fatally stabbing a homeless woman.

Marcus Bivins approached Jeanne Huntoon, 34, near a parking ramp on the Grand Rapids Community College campus at about 2:30 a.m. April 30, 2016, police said, later stabbing and beating the woman to death.

Street preacher battles two city ordinances, says they stifle free speech

Aug. 15, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – If you’re reciting scripture on a city sidewalk and someone complains, are you breaking the law?

… (Stephen) Nylen is outreach and evangelism chair at New City Fellowship OPC, 700 Burton Street SE, according to his Facebook page. He studied at Grace Bible College and Grand Rapids Community College and attended Ottawa Hills High School.

 

Learning Center adds dean of students, counselor

Posted August 17, 2017 by grcctoday
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Reedell Homes

Reedell Homes

The Grand Rapids Learning Center is welcoming two new staff members:

Reedell Homes, the new dean of students, was most recently with the Grand Rapids school district as a principal and assistant principal. He also was a middle school principal in Muskegon Heights for eight years and superintendent of WayPoint Charter Academy in Muskegon for almost three years. He has a bachelor’s degree in education from Mississippi Valley State University and a master’s in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University.

His office is in 101C Sneden.

 

 

Leah Young

Leah Young

Leah Young, the new Learning Center counselor, worked for eight years in Grand Rapids Public Schools at Central High and Ottawa Hills High schools. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in counseling from Western Michigan University. She is a licensed school counselor and is working on a master’s degree in urban education at Davenport University.

Her office is in room 105 Sneden.

Live United: Pre-campaign Wolverine Worldwide Shoe Sale fundraising event

Posted August 17, 2017 by grcctoday
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Heart of West Michigan United Way is celebrating 100 years in our community this year and you will be hearing a lot about that in our fall fundraising campaign to benefit its programs. Until then, get into the spirit of giving by attending the annual Wolverine World Wide Shoe Sale on Aug. 24. All the proceeds from the sale will benefit Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Godfrey Avenue to close August 18 for repairs

Posted August 17, 2017 by grcctoday
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If you’re planning to travel near Tassell M-TEC on August 18, be aware that Godfrey Avenue SW will be closed from Hall to Martha streets for water basin repairs. The suggested northbound detour is from Hall to Grandville to Rumsey streets; the suggested southbound route is Rumsey to Grandville to Hall.

‘Emergency Evacuation Drill, Test, and Exercise’ on Thursday, August 17

Posted August 16, 2017 by grcctoday
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On Thursday, Aug. 17, GRCC will be conducting its annual Emergency Evacuation Drill, Test and Exercise as required by the Clery Act. At, or shortly after, 10 a.m. Campus Police and the Communications Department will send out a notice via the Emergency Phone Alert System and RAVE system advising everyone of a TEST tornado drill.

Everyone on campus will be required to evacuate to the nearest tornado shelter location. As a reminder, the shelter locations can be found on the evacuation maps located in classrooms, public meeting spaces, and on the Campus Police website. Building Coordinators (as identified in the college’s Emergency Response Framework) will assist in directing people to the appropriate shelter locations. Once everyone is safely in the shelters, we will give the all-clear, and everyone can return to their normal activities.

If you are aware of an activity on campus that would be significantly impacted by this drill between 10-10:30 a.m., please contact Chief Whitman as soon as possible via email, with the event and room number for clarification of compliance. (We have already addressed Fast Track and Accuplacer testing in the ATC).

At 1 p.m., GRCC’s Emergency Management Team, along with local police, fire, and EMS partners, will be participating in a table top exercise to practice our response to a significant weather emergency. The scenario for the exercise is a tornado touch down and damage to a portion of the GRCC campus. Our objectives include: discussion of internal actions in response to this type of emergency, decision making in the absence of critical information, communication processes, interaction with our community partners, as well as development of recovery plans.

We will send out a debrief of the day’s events, and summary of our take aways early next week. If you have any questions or concerns about the Emergency Evacuation Drill, Test, or Table Top Exercise, please contact Vicki Janowiak at 234-3565 or Chief Rebecca Whitman at 234-4012.

 

Rebecca Whitman, Campus Police Chief

Grand Rapids Community College, (616) 234-4012

 

Volunteers Needed at Fall Semester Information Stations

Posted August 16, 2017 by grcctoday
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Student Life is requesting volunteers to help with the Information Stations that will be set up for the first three days of the new semester. If you’ve volunteered in the past, you know that sharing in the excitement of new opportunities, easing nerves, and helping students find their way is a great way to start the semester and show our students that we support them.

As we have in the recent past, we will have stations set up Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 28 through August 31 in four locations. The stations on the north end of the Dr. Juan Olivarez Plaza, the first floor of Sneden and the fourth floor of the Main Building will be open from 7:15 am to 6:15 pm on Monday and Tuesday and from 8 am to noon on Wednesday. The station at the second floor entrance of the ATC will be open from 6-5:15 pm.

Here’s a link to the sign-up sheet: https://docs.google.com/a/grcc.edu/spreadsheets/d/1ZEZNvm10KGc-QqUJjRuPkccmQZslOcr8XSYhIfS-HXQ/edit?usp=sharing

More details to follow next week.

Konica Minolta Printer Project Update – August 16, 2017

Posted August 16, 2017 by grcctoday
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Hardware – Konica Minolta MFPs: The last printers are being installed in the Tassell MTEC, and all three Holland locations. This will be the last day of Konica’s onsite presence at GRCC.

Software – PaperCut: 95% of the new 109 installed MFPs will have full functionality by midday today. The MFPs listed below are on the priority issues list:

  • 301 Cook (CNA Testing)
  • 104 Music (Lounge) – Awaiting wiring
  • 131 ATC (Manufacturing)
  • 113 FFH
  • 102 Lyon (Police Dispatch)
  • A109 Preschool
  • 2 Student Center (Student Life)
  • 224 Student Center (Food Services)

Tomorrow’s communication will provide status for these units.

Existing Desktop Printers: Desktop printers will be migrated to using PaperCut. Offices that currently have these units will be contacted regarding the software change process.

Printing Using Personal Devices: IT Infrastructure is currently working on universal web-based access for personal device printing. Updates will be provided.

The project team thanks you all for your great patience. Please contact Olwen Urquhart (x3054) with your questions.

GRCC In the News, 8-16-17

Posted August 16, 2017 by grcctoday
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Street preacher battles two city ordinances, says they stifle free speech
8/15/17 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – If you’re reciting scripture on a city sidewalk and someone complains, are you breaking the law?
… Nylen is outreach and evangelism chair at New City Fellowship OPC, 700 Burton Street SE, according to his Facebook page. He studied at Grace Bible College and Grand Rapids Community College and attended Ottawa Hills High School.

GRCC In the News, 8-15-17

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Race initiative leader: Lack of progress exposed

Aug. 14, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — West Michigan groups focused on equality are speaking out as racially-charged protests continue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

… “It was something we saw that we did not want to look at,” Dr. Bill Pink, co-chair of the new initiative and president of Grand Rapids Community College, said of racism. “It was ugly. We want to believe that we’re beyond that.”

Chamber announces ATHENA winner

Aug. 10, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local chamber of commerce has selected a health insurance executive as the recipient of its annual award geared toward women in leadership roles.

… The other 2017 ATHENA Award finalists were Lori Burgess, executive director Kent County Girls on the Run; Carol Van Andel, executive director of the David and Carol Van Andel Foundation; Nkechy Ekere Ezeh, CEO of Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative; and Christy Buck, executive director of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.

… 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Award finalists

… Lorena Aguayo-Marquez, DGRI

… Alyssa Veneklase, Gold Coast Doulas LLC

(Lorena Aguayo-Marquez works in Academic Outreach; Nkechy Ekere Ezeh and Alyssa Veneklase are GRCC alumnae.)