GRCC in the News: 2/3/10

Feast on local bounty GRCC’s Grand Culinary Affair
By Jaye Beeler | The Grand Rapids Press | February 03, 2010, 5:31AM

The 2010 Grand Culinary Affair, a yearly dining awards reception, promises a spectacular whoop-de-do in the kitchens of the Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  “The Tastes of Pure Michigan” brings all the deliciousness that Michigan has to offer to you.  (More)

Kelloggsville running back Chris Brown commits to Northern Michigan
By Jane Bos | The Grand Rapids Press | February 02, 2010, 12:15PM

WYOMING — The Kelloggsville football team enjoyed a banner season, with its first undefeated regular season and first playoff victory. Now, two of its senior stars are going to continue their careers in the fall.  According to Rockets coach Don Galster, running back Chris Brown has verbally committed to play at Northern Michigan University, and wide receiver Michael Richmond will attend Grand Rapids Community College and play football.  (More)

GRCC Black Student Union Presents “Who Are the Black Panthers?

Panther Movie PosterIn advance of civil rights leader and activist Angela Davis’ diversity lecture appearance, GRCC’s Black Student Union is presenting a night of film, screening historic footage of the Black Panthers followed by a screening of the movie “Panther” on February 4, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. in the ATC Auditorium.

Following the screening, the audience will have the opportunity to engage with community members formerly associated with the Black Panther party via a conference call with the Minister of Communication for the New Black Panther Party.  The event is part of Black History Month and is supported by GRCC’s Library and Learning Commons.

Art & Bev’s Specials: 2/2/10-2/5/10

Below are the specials for Art & Bev’s Bistro for the week of February 2, 2010:


  • House made stacked Hot Pastrami, Swiss, Mustard, on Rye w/Fries 5.00
  • Minestrone/Creamy Irish Potato


  • Burrito Bar $5.00
  • Broccoli Cheese/Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo


  • Pasta Bar 5.00
  • Fire roasted Vegetable/Potato with Bacon


  • Belgian Waffle, Hash Browns, Bacon $4.00
  • Corn Chowder/Chicken Noodle

GRCC in the News: 2/2/10

Showers signs letter of intent with GRCC
Jeannie Gregory | 2/1/2010 4:02:00 PM

Rockford senior Karli Showers signed a national letter of intent for softball with Grand Rapids Community College Jan. 21 in front of her coaches, teammates and family.  Karli’s grandparents, June and Mike Rodriguez, traveled from Detroit to witness the signing. The visit was a welcome and emotional surprise for Karli, who thanked her grandparents for their support.  (More)

Some complain Grand Rapids schools’ closing, consolidation plan unfairly targets West Side
By Kym Reinstadler | The Grand Rapids Press | February 02, 2010, 12:01AM

GRAND RAPIDS — In a school district that’s lost 7,000 students in the last decade, West Siders complain they are taking the biggest hit in the latest plans for Grand Rapids Public Schools’ closings and consolidations. […] The forum’s moderator, Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender, said school closings are emotional, hitting “our hearts, our homes.”  (More)

Be Healthy Be fit/Wellness Team Invite You to Go Red for Women

Friday, February 5th is National Wear Red Day.  The Be Healthy Be Fit Program along with the Wellness Team is asking GRCC employees to wear RED to bring attention to the No. 1 Killer of Women — Cardiovascular Disease.

Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the No. 1 cause of death in American women, claiming about 455,000 lives each year, or nearly one death each minute. CVD kills more women than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.  In 2005, one in 30 female deaths was from breast cancer, but more than one in three was from cardiovascular disease. Recent research suggests that the coronary heart disease death rate for women ages 35 to 44 actually increased annually between 1997 and 2002.  Women age 40 and older are less likely than men of that age group-77% vs. 82%–to survive a year after their first heart attack. CVD is largely preventable. One study found that if women adhere to five lifestyle choices involving diet, exercise, and non-smoking, 82% of coronary events can be prevented. But prevention is hindered by the fact that many women and their health care providers don’t realize that CVD is a woman’s No. 1 health threat.

The above information is provided by the American Heart Association. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2009 Update. Dallas, Texas.: American Heart Association; 2009. Go to for more information.

Coffee and Conversation With Dr. Ender

Dr. Ender invites all GRCC employees for coffee and an open conversation about the college and our work. Several dates throughout the academic year have been set. Each morning will begin with fifteen minutes of networking, followed by remarks by Dr. Ender, and a half hour of conversation between you and the president.  All employees are invited to attend:

  • February 17, SCC Multipurpose Room, 8-9 a.m.
  • April 7, SCC Multipurpose Room, 8-9 a.m.

First Ever GRCC Chili Cook-off

GRCC will hold its first ever Chili Cook-off to raise money for student scholarships on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the ATC Banquet Rooms.  The event, sponsored by the Personal Enrichment Team & College Advancement, invites employees to participate either as competitors or tasters. Tickets are $4 if purchased by Monday, February 15; $5 after that or at the door.  A ticket entitles one to sample as many chili recipes as desired, along with bread or homemade crackers and water.

Registration deadline is Monday, February 15.  Provide your name, department, and category you will be entering to the Learning Academy at For full details, ChiliCookoffAnnouncement (.pdf)

Thank You From Laura Moody

Laura Moody in the Nursing Department had this thanks for her colleagues at GRCC:

“A very special Thank You to all of my GRCC Family for your thoughts and prayers during the illness and passing of my mother, words can never begin to express my Thanks to all of you.”

GRCC Pilots “NBC Learn” in Blackboard

GRCC is excited to be piloting a brand new feature in Blackboard called “NBC Learn” – this feature allows you to easily include video from the NBC video archives into your Blackboard course. Through the archives, you have access to thousands of video clips, including news footage of historic events, critical analysis, current events and mini-documentaries covering topics from early American history to the modern day.  Some of the benefits of this new application include:

  • Easily access historic video footage to reinforce concepts.
  • Include the latest video news events into your course to “bring the world to the classroom”.
  • Bring real-world examples into your teaching and curriculum for case studies and critical thinking.