GRCC in the News: 1/22/10

Grand Rapids Community College’s Dave Selmon trades basketball success for building lives
By Howie Beardsley | The Grand Rapids Press | January 22, 2010, 10:00AM

GRAND RAPIDS — For 20 years, Dave Selmon spent his winter months pretty much living basketball at Grand Rapids Community College.  During two of those GRCC seasons, Selmon served as the Raiders’ assistant men’s coach under Granville Brown.  (More)

Caledonia’s Chelsea Morrow 13th at U.S. Figure Skating Championships after short program
By Kelly Hill | The Grand Rapids Press | January 22, 2010, 2:50AM

Caledonia’s Chelsea Morrow is in select company.  Morrow, 18, is 13th in a field of 24 skaters following Thursday’s senior ladies short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash. […] Morrow, a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College and a member of the Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club, posted a score of 46.35.  (More)

Promotions at the Sheriff’s Department
Cedar Springs Post | Posted on21 January 2010.

Sheriff Larry Stelma is proud to announce the promotion of Lisa Plowman, Scott Swem, and Scott Nibbelink to the rank of Lieutenant within the Corrections Division and the promotion of Ron Gates and Jeff McAlary to Lieutenant within the Law Enforcement division. […] Lt. Nibbelink was hired by the Kent County Sheriff Department in January of 1999. He worked various assignments within the correctional facility during his first three years. In the spring of 2001, he graduated from the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

GRCC Job Training Students Complete Another Habitat for Humanity Home

GRCC Job Training Students hold open house for Habitat for Humanity Home they built
The Job Training Residential Construction class lead by Duane McIntyre finished another Habitat for Humanity home last week!  These photos come from an Open House was held on January 14th to officially dedicate the home (located at 735 Crofton SW) to the family.  Dr. Ender attended the open house and stopped to pose with some of the Job Training students and enjoy some of the food.

Culinarians Make Trip to Tour Secchia Institute Library of Cookbooks

After the culinary library at GRCC’s Secchia Institute was featured in Shore magazine, Lori Ostrom and her daughter made a pilgrammage to tour its holdings and sent these photos and note of thanks:

“We finally made it to “Cook Book Heaven” at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts.  They were busy through the Thanksgiving Holidays but Randy met up with us on Friday December 18th (it was just after my daughter’s hand surgery – hence the green cast in the photos).  Anyhow – from the photos you can see we had fun! Kelly spent most of her time in the baked goods/desserts section.  We were amazed that this is a separate library with a ton of books!  Randy had some interesting stories to share, let us browse on our own for about an hour and then  invited us back  – and we will probably go again in the next year.”

Learning Academy Offerings: 1/25/10-2/5/10

The latest offerings from the Learning Academy for Faculty & Staff:

  • Monday, January 25 | Bb – Using & Managing Gradebook  1-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 26 | GroupWise Calendaring  2-3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 27 | Best Practices for Email  9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 28 | Time Mastery  1-3 p.m.
  • Monday, February 1 | Presentation Skills 101  1:30-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 3 | Introducing the Innovation Process  9-11 a.m.
  • Friday, February 5 | Student Classroom Behavior — A Case Study Experience  11-12:30 p.m.

For complete descriptions or to register go to

“The Geography of Bliss” by Eric Weiner, NPR Correspondent/Author

The GRCC Honors Program presents the second video lecture and discussion in our series, The Paradox of Affluence.  Eric Weiner, NPR correspondent and author of The Geography of Bliss: One Grumps Search for the Happiest Places in the World will talk about the relationship between geography and happiness.  The lecture will take place in Calkins Auditorium on the 3rd floor of the Calkins Science Center,on January 26th from 2:00-3:30 pm.The discussion will be facilitated by Harold Lee, professor of Humanities and faculty member of the Honors Program. Refreshments will be served.

Faculty may wish to bring a class or offer extra credit to students to attend. Students will be asked to sign in and you can request to be notified of the attendees.   For more information, contact Kate Byerwalter at