GRCC in the News: 1/12/10

Ifs, Ands and Butts
Inside Higher Ed | January 12, 2010

Blame it on the rock stars.  A semester after instituting a campus-wide smoking ban, Boise State University is backtracking. Under an unpublicized exemption approved by officials last month, the university will allow smoking in designated areas at its Taco Bell Arena. It’s simply impractical to have to tell the likes of George Strait that he can’t have a cigar on stage, much less usher his roadies to the edges of campus for a smoke break, arena officials say. […] But colleges are wrestling with how to handle that small percentage of students, faculty and staff who may not abide by the policy. At Grand Rapids Community College, a fine system has been put in place for enforcement. Violators are given two warnings, and on the third offense they are made to pay $15. Fines increase to $30 thereafter.  (More)

Detroit-area team wins collegiate ice-carving contest in Holland
Mon, Jan 11, 2010 | Grand Haven Tribune

HOLLAND – A two-person team from Oakland Community College of Farmington Hills took first place at the Collegiate Ice Sculpting Invitational in downtown Holland this past weekend. […] Second place went to Jolie Skwiercz, also from Oakland Community College, for her representation of a mermaid. Joe Pearson from Grand Rapids Community College took third place for his Venus flytrap sculpture, which he said was inspired by the movie “Little Shop of Horrors.”  (More)

GRCC MLK Celebration Featuring Speaker Dr. Randal Pinkett (1/18/10)

GRCC will host its 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 18, 2010 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse.  The event will feature author and entrepreneur Dr. Randal D. Pinkett, Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners.

Dr. Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, scholar, author and speaker. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar consulting firm based in Newark, NJ, that specializes in information technology, organizational development and public policy. He is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash and co-author of Black Faces in White Places to be released in 2010.

There will also be several other events celebrating Martin Luther King Day:

  • Sunday, January 17 | MLK Celebration Service, 6:30 p.m., Lighthouse Full Life Center at Kingdom Square Family Life Center (640 Burton St. SE).  Theme: Wealth to Revitalize
  • Monday, January 18 | GRCC MLK Celebration Events:
    • Community Peace March | 12:00 p.m., GRCC, assembles at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse
    • Community Peace Program | 12:30-1:30 p.m., Performances by GRCC and KISD students
    • 24th Celebration Program | 6:30 p.m., Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, Keynote: Dr. Randal D. Pinkett
  • Monday, January 18 | GVSU MLK Celebration Events
    • Silent March | 1:45 p.m., Allendale Campus, assembles at Zumberge Library entrance
    • GVSU MLK Program | 2:15-3:00 p.m., Allendale Campus, Fieldhouse Arena, featuring Dr. Randall D. Pinkett and the Voices of GVSU

Updated College Channel Listings: 1/11/10-1/24/10

GRCC’s cable channel (HETA, Channel 28) has an updated set of listings that include programming like: Cooking with Angus #75 and #76 Sushi Preparation and Creation, the GRCC Board of Trustees Meeting December, 2009, Successful Aging: Seniors and Driving, the Bijoux Orchestra featuring Linn Keller, Forensic Psychology: The Real World of CSI – Jeffery Kieliszewski, Ph.D., Sustainable Eating: It’s a Complex Issue with Dr. Monica Smith of the Michigan State University Extension in Grand Rapids, Sustainable Cooking presented by Dan Gendler, owner of San Chez Bistro, “Walking on Lava, a Volcanologist’s Journey” presented by Tari Mattox, GRCC Professor of Geology, and much more.

For the rest of the listings and streaming video, visit

Night at the YMCA (1/23/10)

The David D. Huntington YMCA (downtown) is hosting a “Night at the YMCA” for GRCC students and employees on Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.  With a valid RaiderCard, families can access the YMCA and use its various facilities including the climbing wall, racquetball courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts and pool.  The event will also feature games, food and prizes.  For more information, contact Eric Mullen.

Service Learning MLK Day Event (1/23/10)

Faculty members and Adjuncts; this is a save the date reminder for the ASLC’s upcoming MLK Day Event. Feel free to offer this experience to your students as extra credit. All you need to do is set your point value, pass around the attached sign up sheet, get the sign up sheet to the ASLC and the ASLC will take care of the rest, including reporting back to you about which students attended.   Event details below…

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Sat., Jan. 23th from 11am-4pm
Multi-Purpose Room (GRCC Downtown Campus)

Join the ASLC and “Pass it Forward” to our community.  We will meet in the Multi-Purpose room to kick-off this fun service learning experience. The ASLC will present a menu of service projects close to campus. Each small group will get to choose a service project from the menu or create their own. The aim is to create a chain reaction of good deeds and improve our community one person at a time while extracting core learning from the experience!

How can this fit your class?

  • Communications-  the idea of communicating with diverse populations and issues in conveying a message to a mass group
  • Philosophy/Sociology- social change and the idea of “pass it forward”
  • CLS 100- utilization of available resources
  • Psychology- human resilience, hope, and motivation
  • Photography- photograph the event
  • Journalism- write a story for the Rapidian
  • Political Science- Governments role in advocacy and outreach
  • Education- Why is Academic Service Learning so effective in teaching across diverse learning styles
  • Music- Use your musical talents as part of your service and then discuss the relevance of chosen music to the audience
  • Business- How is community outreach good for business and your bottom line in addition to being the right thing to do

The event will include both service and learning components in small groups and large group exercises. You do not have to attend in order to send students but if any of you wish to help extract the learning principles from the service activity, we welcome your support. Please e-mail me directly at

Anyone can pre-register for this event  by e-mailing your name, e-mail, and department to Students, faculty, staff, friends and family are all welcome to participate.


  • Video to give you a visual of  a similar event.  Note, this video does not capture the academic learning but provides a good overview. Also note, we will be providing the students with some limited funds for their service project and many free service ideas.
  • Sign up Sheet (please pass the sign up sheet around in your class and then drop it off to the ASLC which is located on G2 Main in room 59) or e-mail it to

GRCC/GVSU Financial Aid Workshop (1/26/10)

GVSU and GRCC will co-host a Financial Aid workshop on Tuesday, January 26 at 1:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Student Community Center (Room 234N) and again at 4:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor conference room (Room 336).  The workshop will assist students as they transition from community college to a four-year university and cover topics like:

  • TIP
  • How to interpret your financial aid award
  • How to apply for scholarships
  • Verification
  • Billing
  • Deadlines

To reserve a spot, contact Bonnie at (be sure to include which session you would prefer to attend).