GRCC in the News: 3/11/10

Grand Rapids Community College’s James Thomas to play basketball at Grand Valley State
By Brian VanOchten | The Grand Rapids Press | March 10, 2010, 8:20PM

GRAND RAPIDS — James Thomas is preparing to change teams, but he’ll still remain close to home.  The 6-foot-3, 185-pound sophomore shooting guard and leading scorer for the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team has verbally committed to attend Grand Valley State University in the fall and play for the Lakers next season.  (More)

Grand Rapids woman joins fellow World War II female pilots for Congressional Gold Medal ceremony
By Ted Roelofs | The Grand Rapids Press | March 10, 2010, 6:01AM

She was a little girl then, but the August day in 1927 that aviator Charles Lindbergh touched down in Grand Rapids made a big impression on Jane Doyle.  Sixteen years later, she was up in the air with other female pilots helping to win World War II.  […] A few years before that, Doyle was a student at Grand Rapids Junior College in 1940 when “an instructor came and said they were offering pilot training. I thought, that sounds real interesting.”  (More[Side Note: Jane Doyle is the mother of GRCC’s Janice Holton who works in the Payroll Department – today Janice is in attendance at the ceremony!]

USA Today Program Evaluation

This is the second year GRCC has participated in the USA Today Collegiate Readership program – a service that provides over 400 free newspapers across campus each day.  We are evaluating the use and effectiveness of this program and would appreciate your feedback. Please take 5 minutes to provide information regarding your knowledge and possible use of this program,

GRCC Culinary Arts Prof Robert Garlough Publishes New Textbook

Culinary Arts faculty Chef Robert Garlough of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education has published a new text titled “Modern Food Service Purchasing: Business Essentials to Procurement.” From the publisher’s description, the book “… is designed specifically to provide culinary and purchasing professionals with current, in-depth coverage of the essential concepts of purchasing, store-room operations, and financial stewardship.

Modern Food Service Purchasing

For the full press release, click here.  To purchase the book or read more about it, click here.

From CEPD: Get Lean! Administration

If you are interested in learning more about Lean principles and processes, CEPD is offering Lean Administration, May 3rd from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. This one day seminar explores the role lean plays in providing superior customer satisfaction throughout the value chain. Application of the 5 Ps for waste reduction, as well as a systematic analysis of work flow will help you identify processes that provide the biggest return to the customer.

GRCC Employees will receive a 10 percent discount! For More Information go to or call Deb at #3400.

Student Green Building Org. Features Speaker on Sustainable Architecture

The Student Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will meet on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. in room 224 of the Applied Technology Center. The guest speaker will be Eric Hughes of Image Design, LLC. Eric and Christy Hughes established the design firm, back in 1998. Eric has designed numerous LEED platinum homes and is a very enthusiastic promoter of sustainable architecture.

For more information about Image Design, click here.

An Inside Look at Iran With Keith St. Clair (3/18/10)

An Inside Look at Iran with Keith St. Clair

GRCC will present “An Inside Look at Iran” with Social Science Professor Keith St. Clair on March 18, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the ATC Auditorium (room 168).  The lecture will cover St. Clair’s recent trip to Iran and the current political/cultural climate.

More: St. Clair was recently interviewed by WOOD TV’s EightWest about his trip.

Faculty/Community Partner Meet-and-Greet

Join the Academic Service Learning Center, Friday, March 19th from 11am-1pm, for an information session with their Community Partners.  They will have approximately 20 partners in attendance sharing the mission of their work, past involvement with Academic Service Learning and current needs within their respective organizations.  Our goals and objectives are to:

  • Provide a forum for community partner and faculty interaction at a convenient location
  • Share the mission of community partners to identify possible linkages
  • Learn about past projects to stimulate ideas for future Academic Service Learning projects
  • Learn current needs of community partners to assess goodness of fit with course outcomes
  • Allow time for faculty and community partners to converse one on one to develop project ideas
  • Share a meal, embrace our community, and celebrate the difference faculty and students make in the lives of others through Academic Service Learning.

The first hour and 15 minutes will include welcome, community partner presentations, and faculty description of projects. At 12:15 lunch will be served and community partners, staff and faculty will be given the reminder of the time to eat and discuss potential synergies.

Please RSVP to Amy ( to confirm your attendance. Our community partners make an important contribution to the learning of our students. Please come to learn how your class can get involved in the community.

Follow-up steps:

  1. Send an e-mail to Amy to confirm your attendance (
  2. Attend the meeting on March 19th!

St. Patricks Day Parade Through GRCC’s Campus *Corrected Date

[Note Corrected Date – Saturday 3/13/10]

GRCC will play host to Saturday’s St. Patrick’s day parade Saturday (3/13/10) which will feature GRCC former faculty member Roger Schlosser as the grand marshall.  The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the corner of Monroe and Lyon, proceed to Monroe/Monroe Center to Division, take Fulton toward Park St.  concluding at the south end of Bostwick Commons.  Accompanying the parade will be Irish dancers and musicians.