Photos: GRCC Upward Bound Honor Roll Students Attend Detroit Piston’s Game

GRCC Upward Bound Students Attend Pistons Game

The GRCC Upward Bound Program took 32 students to Detroit on Friday, March 12 for a Piston’s game. The activity came as a reward to students who achieved Honor Roll status by maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher for their second trimester of the 2009-2010 school year. Overall, Upward Bound had 48 students on the Honor Roll, which is 62% of their entire program participants! Also, 71% of those students were on the Honor Roll for BOTH the first and second trimester! At the game, students enjoyed a meal of their choice, visited the souvenir shop, jammed with the Detroit Pistons Drumline and cheered the Pistons on to victory.

GRCC in the News: 3/22/10

Grand Rapids Community College men bounced from NJCAA national tournament
By The Grand Rapids Press | March 19, 2010, 9:15PM

DANVILLE, Ill. — The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team was eliminated from the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II national tournament Friday after losing 74-66 to Pima Community College (Ariz.) at Danville Area Community College.  (More)

Fenton senior Jimmy Allen signs national letter of intent to play football at Grand Rapids Community College
The Flint Journal, March 20, 2010 3:20 p.m.

FLINT, Michigan — Fenton senior Jimmy Allen has signed a national letter of intent to play football at Grand Rapids Community College.   The four-year varsity performer earned first-team All-Metro League honors last fall as a punter. He had 30 punts for 1,138 yards (37.9 per punt).  (More)

Ex-Spartans safety Roderick Jenrette, receiver Fred Smith get jail time for on-campus fight
By Greg Johnson | The Grand Rapids Press | March 19, 2010, 6:45PM

Two of five current or former Michigan State football players sentenced Friday in East Lansing District Court for involvement in a November on-campus fight with a fraternity will spend some time in jail. [… Jamiihr] Williams, who no longer is with the Spartans, plans to resurrect his football career at Grand Rapids Community College, Raiders coach Tony Annese said Friday.  (More)

2 MSU players get jail time for frat fracas


EAST LANSING — Michigan State receiver Fred Smith apologized in 54-B District Court on Friday for his role in the altercation at a fraternity potluck dinner at Rather Hall on Nov. 22, “wishing I could take it all back.” [… Jamiihr] Williams, transferring to Grand Rapids Community College to play football, also offered his apologies “to the people (involved), Rather Hall, the victims and the city of East Lansing — and everyone involved in the whole situation.”  (More)

Careerline Tech’s direct college credit program wins fans
By Erin Albanese | The Grand Rapids Press | March 21, 2010, 3:00AM

HOLLAND — With 11 college credits under his tool belt, Careerline Tech Center student Cody VandenBosch plans to attend Ferris State University next year and pursue a career as a toolmaker. […] Those credits can transfer to most two- or four-year Michigan schools, including Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Davenport University and Muskegon Community College.  (More)

The ‘Learning Academy’ is now ‘Employee Professional Development & Enrichment’

The ‘Learning Academy for Faculty and Staff’ is now called ‘Employee Professional Development & Enrichment’ and is located on the 4th Floor of College Park Plaza. Members of this department include: Steve Wagner (Executive Director of Organizational Learning,, Liz Timmer (Coordinator,, MaryBeth VanTill (Staff Facilitator,, and Pam DeGryse (Education Support Professional,

Employee Professional Development & Enrichment will continue to facilitate improvement at GRCC by offering professional development opportunities, promoting employee enrichment, and enhancing work-group effectiveness.

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Register for Adjunct Learning Day (3/27/10)

The Center for Teaching Excellence will present our third and final Adjunct Faculty Learning Day of the semester on Saturday, March 27 in the Applied Technology Center on the Downtown Campus. This session will focus on classroom teaching and support services for students, and will feature an interactive student panel. We will also offer a session in Blackboard Basics.


  • 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Refreshments and Networking
  • 8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Message from Eric Kunnen, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies
  • 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Panel Discussion: Student Perspectives
  • 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Move to Session 1 Workshops
  • 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Session 1 Workshops
  • 10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
  • 10:45 a.m. – noon Session 2 Workshops

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What is a “Healthy Diet”?

From the USDA – United States Department of Agriculture: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans give science-based advice on food and physical activity choices for health. The 2005 edition of the Dietary Guidelines remain the current guidelines until the 2010 edition is released.

The Dietary Guidelines describe a healthy diet as one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.

Movie: What A Way To Go – Life At The End Of Empire (3/24/10)

What A Way To Go – Life At The End Of Empire | Weds. March 24 – 6:15pm – ATC Auditorium

One movie that brings it all together: the converging factors of peak oil, climate change, mass extinction, population overshoot, consumerism and failing economies, and yes – our place in these problems. Featuring interviews with Daniel Quinn, Derrick Jensen, Jerry Mander, Chellis Glendinning, Richard Heinberg, Thomas Berry, and many others, What a Way to Go looks at the current global situation and asks: How did we get here? Why do we keep destroying the planet? What do we truly want? And perhaps, most importantly: Can we find a vision that will empower us to do what is necessary to survive, and even thrive, in the coming decades?