“Mauritius” Performance to Benefit Irish Studies

Join GRCC’s Spectrum Theater and the Irish Studies Program as they kick off new seasons with a benefit performance of “Mauritius” by Theresa Rebeck on October 28, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 ($3 with valid college id), and there will also be a reception following the performance.  All proceeds go toward a special scholarship fund for students enrolled in the college’s Irish study abroad program, which runs each year during May and June. For information or tickets call the Theater Box Office at (616) 234-3946.

GRCC Irish Studies Program Study Abroad Trip

For more information on the Theater program visit www.grcc.edu/theater.  Check out the redesigned Irish Studies website: www.grcc.edu/irishstudies

Video From 10/19 Investiture Event in Holland

For those unable to attend the Community Conversation in Holland yesterday that took place as part of the week of learning opportunities leading up to the Investiture of Dr. Steven C. Ender, GRCC’s newest president, that video is now available.  The program was titled “What role can GRCC play in meeting the future needs of Ottawa County’s residents?” and took place from 10:30 a.m. – Noon yesterday (October 19, 2009).

PET Sponsors Girls’ Night Out

The Personal Enrichment Team is hosting a “Girls’ Night Out” that offers the opportunity to relax with colleagues on Tuesday, November 3 from 4-7 p.m. There will be vendors demonstrating their services or products all conveniently in one place. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and sparkling punch will be served. The cost is only $5 which will make one eligible for drawings of items donated by the vendors. Vouchers may be purchased in the Learning Academy (in 310 Main). Continue reading

GRCC HVAC Students Tour Cider Mill

GRCC faculty member Don Steeby’s Commercial Refrigeration class had the opportunity to tour Aseltines Cider Mill in Comstock Park last week as part of the curriculum in the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) Program where students specialize in studying commercial refrigeration such as in supermarket applications. Aseltines is one of the very few cider mills in the Midwest that has the capability of pasteurizing their cider and caters to such customers as Meijer, Sam’s Club and Spartan Food Stores.

The tour allowed the students to see how cider is processed from the apples to the bottles and included observing the ammonia refrigeration system at work as well as the cold storage facility and how the refrigeration system is used through the custom made pasteurizer.

GRCC in the News: 10/20/09

GRCC, Harper presidents are twins: Colleges face off in football Saturday [Includes Video]
WOOD | Monday, 19 Oct 2009, 7:43 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Neither man will take a snap Saturday, but one will walk away with bragging rights. When Grand Rapids Community College takes on Harper College, both teams will be playing for their school presidents. Around the time GRCC welcomed Steven Ender as the school’s new president, Harper welcomed his identical twin brother, Ken. (More) Continue reading

Full Day of Investiture Activities

Today two events celebrating the Investiture of Dr. Steven Ender are being held which students and employees are invited to attend:

Check-in with light refreshments begins at 9:45 a.m. for those who registered for the Internal Colloquium: Transformational Learning Conference. For more information visit http://www.grcc.edu/investitureteachinguncovered

No registration is necessary and employees and students are encouraged to attend the Community Colloquium: Transforming Community Colleges in the Global Era. Keynote speaker Bill Strickland (Entrepreneur, Social Architect, Community Leader & Visionary) will be followed by panelists;

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor
  • Superintendent of Kentwood Public Schools Dr. Scott Palczewski
  • City of Grand Rapids Third Ward Commissioner Elias Lumpkins
  • President of The Right Place, Inc., Birgit Klohs
  • …and moderated by GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender.

Check-in begins at 2:30 p.m. For more information visit http://www.grcc.edu/investiturecommcolloquium