GRCC in the News: 3/10/10

GRCC men head to national tournament after winning NJCAA District 8 title
By Gary Bond | The Grand Rapids Press | March 10, 2010, 8:00AM

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College already has shocked the state. Now, the Raiders will try to shock the nation.  GRCC, the surprise winner of the National Junior College Athletic Association District 8 men’s basketball tournament, opens play in the Division II national tournament March 17.  (More)

Arturo Armijo Promotes Unity
March – 9 – 2010 | La Voz Magazine | By Pablo Bello

Students of the Westside Learning Corner have overcome many obstacles including language barriers, time away from their families and juggling their work schedules to complete their GED,  General Equivalency Diploma competencies.  They all recognize Arturo Armijo, Director of GRCC Regional Learning Centers and appreciate his message of the importance of unity in the community.  (More)

Erin Go Bragh: GR St. Patrick’s parade – Downtown parade Saturday morning
WOOD TV | Tuesday, 09 Mar 2010, 2:09 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – It’s said that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. If that’s true, Grand Rapids will get a head start when the annual parade rolls through the streets of downtown Saturday. […] This year the Grand Marshal is Roger Schlosser, a recently retired professor at Grand Rapids Community College who created the International Studies Program at the college over 25 years ago.  (More)

Instrumental Ensemble Concert

GRCC Instrumental Concert

On Sunday, March 14, 2010 3:00 p.m., the Music Department will hold a concert of the GRCC Instrumental Ensembles featuring The Wind Ensemble, The Campus Band, The Chamber Orchestra and The Guitar Ensemble in St. Cecilia Royce Auditorium (24 Ransom Ave NE • Grand Rapids, MI 49503).  The event is free and open to the public.

Wireless Upgrade in Main and Cook Buildings

Over Spring Break the GRCC’s Information Technology department upgraded the wireless networks in the Cook and Main buildings. Following on the success of the new wireless service deployed in Sneden Hall, the upgrade included a complete survey of each building to determine the optimum placement of the new Cisco Access Points that support the new 802.11n Wireless technology. Wireless users should now experience a faster and more reliable wireless connection with better coverage in both buildings.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Help Desk at extension 3688 or email

Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase (3/12/10)

Teaching Learning and Technology Showcase

GRCC will host a Teaching, Learning and Technology Showcase on Marcy 12, 2010. This is a unique event for sharing, learning, experiencing, and connecting with your colleagues around the topic of teaching, learning, and technology. In a nutshell, this is an “eposter/exhibit type” event and it is designed as an informal opportunity to share with and to see how your peers are using technology for teaching and learning.

Location: ATC ATRIUM
Date: Friday, March 12, 2010
Time: 12:00 AM to 2:00 PM (stop by anytime between 12:00 and 2:00)
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GRCC Granted Charter for Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society

GRCC’s Psychology Department is proud to announce that the college has been recognized as an institution of excellence and awarded a chapter of Psi Beta, the National Honor Society In Psychology for Junior and Community Colleges. The mission of Psi Beta is to promote professional development of psychology students in two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service.
As communicated by Psi Beta, “To be granted a Psi Beta charter is an honor. The charter speaks for the psychology curriculum, the training of the faculty, the college as an institution of higher learning, and the students for their serious and conscientious study of, and interest in, psychology.”
Further information about Psi Beta can be found at   If you have questions about GRCC’s chapter, contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Frank Conner at

GRCC Participation in One Book, One City Program

March is National Reading Month and for the forth year GRCC partners with the Grand Rapids Public Library’s One Book, One City (OBOC) for Kids program. OBOC for Kids provides a panel-selected book for targeted reading to every forth grade student in the Grand Rapids Public School system. The library’s goal is getting kids to make a personal and lifelong learning connection with the library as a learning resource.

Since 2007 students from English composition courses have served as Literacy Corps leaders for three Grand Rapids Public Schools participating in the OBOC for Kids program. In exchange for being reading mentors for over 100 fourth graders, GRCC students have developed a deeper understanding of writing for specific audiences by using service as a civically engaged learning process.

Click here to see what GRCC students, the GRPL youth services librarian, a forth grade teacher and her students have said about the One Book, Once City for Kids program.

Eat From the Ground up

As part of National Nutrition Month, the GRCC Be Healthy Be Fit program will provide tips during the month to help you eat healthier.

The 2010 National Nutrition Month theme is: “Eat from the ground up” emphasizing the focus on eating a plant based diet. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
~ The National Dietetic Association (

Raider Salute to Facilities, IT and Building Management

Linda Witte submitted this Raider Salute:

“I would like to give a Raider Salute to the team from facilities, IT and building management who worked on preparing Main 421 for the CNA Testing Program.  We passed our state inspection Friday, March 5, and the inspector was very impressed with our new rooms.  You all worked very diligently to bring about the transformation of the space.  Thank you so much! “

Diversity Lecture Series: Brigitte Cazalis-Collins and Joseph Collins (3/10)

Faculty, staff, students and community are invited to attend GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series events featuring Brigitte Cazalis-Collins and Joseph Collins on March 10, 2010.

  • At 1:00 p.m. in the ATC Auditorium the college will screen “The Day My God Died” is a feature-length documentary that presents the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex trade. They describe the day they were abducted from their village and sold into sexual servitude as, “The Day My God Died.”   The film provides actual footage from the brothels of Bombay, known even to tourists as “The Cages,” captured with “spy camera” technology. It weaves the stories of girls, and their stolen hopes and dreams, into an unforgettable examination of the growing plague of child sex slavery.  More Information
  • At 7:00 p.m. the Diversity Lecture Series will take place in Fountain Street Church on the subject of “Front Lines of the War against Child Sex Trafficking.”  Sponsored by The Woodrick Diversity Learning Center.

Questions call 234-3532

Channel 28 Listings: 3/8/10-3/21/10

GRCC’s college channel (HETA) has published its latest list of offerings.  Included are some of the following programs:

Great Decisions 2010 World Affairs Council of Western Michigan “Iran, Iraq, Oil, & Terrorism: The US and the Persian Gulf” presented by Dr. Eric Larson, The Social Science Department’s “Race and Ethnicity Conference,” Teacher Education Pathways: Gifted Children, Lunch & Learn: Food Pantry Safety, Best Practices in Social Media presented by Derek DeVries, GRCC, Calvin College January Series 2010 … and many more.

To view the special listings, visit