GRCC Raiders Go 8-0 and win 1st Annual Twin Bowl

The Harper Hawks were unable to stop the onslaught of GRCC’s Raider football team as they rolled to a 33-9 win at Houseman Field this past Saturday.  GRCC President Dr. Steven Ender claimed victory over his twin brother Dr. Kenneth Ender (president of Harper College).  In an interesting twist of fate, GRCC will play Harper again next week in competition for the NJCAA Midwestern League championship and national championship.

GRCC Raiders Victorious in First Ender Twin Bowl

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Team USA Takes the Nations Cup

Team USA takes the 2009 Nations Cup

(left to right): GRCC faculty Audrey Heckwolf, Sasha Ahmed, GRCC faculty and coach Angus Campbell, Maggie Cook and Secchia Institute Operations Manager Mike Kidder

This past week, six teams (Barbados, Mexico, Canada, Scotland, the USA, and Puerto Rico) from around the world competed in the third biennial Nations Cup International Culinary Student Competition at GRCC put on by the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  After three days of tough competition in a “mystery box” format where the competitors had no advance knowledge of the ingredients they’d be working with, the trophy went to Team USA: Sasha Ahmed and Maggie Cook who were coached by GRCC faculty (and host of the TV show “Cooking with Angus”) Chef Angus Campbell.

For more photos, visit these links,  Event 1 – Appetizer, Event 2 – Salad, Event 3 – Fish/Shellfish, Event 4 – Meat/Game, Event 5 – Poultry Entree, National Dinner, Awards Ceremony

Sasha and Maggie previously took top honors at the ScotHot 2009 Scottish Culinary Championships.

Fulbright Scholar Opportunities

The following are opportunities sponsored by the Midwest Instititue GPA Fulbrights for faculty visits to countries including Ghana, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan & Korea, and The Czech Republic. Only full-time faculty in Arts, Communication-Foreign Languages, Humanities, and Social Sciences are eligible to participate (a standard imposed by the Fulbright GPA program). The objectives of the participation are as follows:

  1. How will this Fulbright GPA project enhance your international expertise?
  2. How will your participation strengthen your teaching at your college?
  3. How will your participation support non-teaching contribution(s) to your college

The application deadline is February 1, 2010 for these summer 2010 programs. For more information contact Aleta Anderson x4879.

The GRCC Faculty & Staff Journal

GRCC now has its own Faculty & Staff Journal; the brainchild of retired professor Keith Longberg, the journal will allow us to share our talents, passions, research, and skills with each other.   Ideally, the journal will foster communication within and across disciplines, providing a greater appreciation of the enormous range of interests at Grand Rapids Community College and giving us a better sense of our the college’s best teaching and working practices.  For a more complete description, visit Continue reading

GRCC in the News: 10/24/09-10/26/09

Brotherly Competition in College Football’s ‘Twin Bowl’
Inside Higher Ed | October 26, 2009

“It’s been forever since my brother beat me in anything,” Kenneth Ender, president of Illinois’s Harper College said Saturday, as he handed a freshly minted trophy over to his twin brother, Steven, president of Grand Rapids Community College. Grand Rapids had just capped off an undefeated season with a victory in the game dubbed the Twin Bowl, so named because the two community colleges are now led by the brothers.  (More)

Profile: Pilot, dancer Patrick Johnson
By Terri Finch Hamilton | The Grand Rapids Press | October 25, 2009, 6:36AM

‘There they go!” Patrick Johnson booms, as the tiny Cessna 172 roars down the runway then soars up into the chilly October sky. “Woo!”  The faces of a dozen inner-city kids tilt to the sky. They grin, laugh and put their hands over their mouths. Three of their friends are inside this tiny airplane. Soon, it will be their turn to fly.  […]  Johnson, now a dance instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, is still everywhere.  (More) Continue reading