Drs. Steven and Kenneth Ender Tapped to Star in Buddy Cop Comedy

Twin brothers Dr. Kenneth Ender and Dr. Steven Ender are slated to star in the buddy comedy “Ender 2 Ender” currently in development by Warner Bros., according to a Variety report.  This will be a Hollywood debut for the college presidents who are part of a growing trend of major motion picture studios selecting outsider talent in hopes of picking up flagging box office numbers.

Ender 2 Ender (April Fools!)

April Fools!

Photos: GRCC Preschool Students Visit Visual Arts Department

The GRCC Lab Preschool experienced art-making first hand.  While visiting the GRCC Visual Arts Department, the children from the Dino Room worked at easels on large paper.  They drew inspiration from a colorful still life, music, and each other.

Photos: Business Plan Competition

GRCC Business Plan Competition
GRCC held its first Business Plan Competition yesterday in the  Applied Technology Center.  The event was judged by Robert Kominski, President Mercantile Bank,Thomas McDonald, Owner/Partner MK & Associates, and Stephanie Leonardos, Owner/President Amerikam Inc.  and the first place winner(s) will advance to a regional competition on April 15, 2010 with other winners from GVSU, Aquinas, Calvin and Davenport.

Condolences to the Olivarez Family

Former GRCC president Juan Olivarez suffered the loss of his mother in Texas recently.  Those interested in passing along their condolences may do so to the following address:
Juan R. Olivarez, Ph.D.,
President/CEO Kalamazoo Community Foundation
151 South Rose Street, Suite 332
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Blood Drive Competition (4/5/10)

Attention GRCC Nursing Students, GRCC Dental students, faculty and staff:

There will be a  blood drive sponsored by our transcultural students and the Grand Rapids Chapter of the American Red Cross on Monday April 5th 12-6 p.m. It will be held in the SCC 234N Multi-purpose room.  GRCC will be competing against the Muskegon Community College and Baker Community College Health Departments.  Our goal is to beat 75 donors. The event needs volunteers from the health program to help staff as well as donors.  (Student participants are to wear their lab coat and ID if available to help).   Interested students can contact Shannon Fenstemaker (shannonfenstemaker@email.grcc.edu).

To sign up, visit the Student Life office (next to the book store on the 1st floor of the student center).

Video: Academic Service Learning Pass It Forward

Students returned to GRCC after completing their service and shared what they did, how it affected them personally, and how they can tie what they did to their course curriculum. Students came from a variety of courses including: Business Administration, Communications, Psychology, Physical Education, Medical Terminology, Humanities, and Sign Language. The Hispanic Student Organization also formed a group for the event.

GRCC in the News: 4/1/10

Scot men net victory
Morning Sun | Published: Thursday, April 01, 2010

The Alma College men’s tennis team bested Grand Rapids Community College 7-2 Wednesday afternoon on its home courts.  No. 3 singles player Rob Van Dorin (6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3), No. 4 Alex Montoye (6-3, 6-2), No. 5 Ben Schippers (6-1, 6-2), and No. 6 Wes Augustine (6-4, 6-4) were all victorious for the Scots (6-7).  (More)

Grand Rapids schools receive $400,000 grant to shift some instruction online
By Kym Reinstadler | The Grand Rapids Press | April 01, 2010, 7:42AM

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Public Schools’ proposed shift to a blend of online and direct instruction for most high school students next fall is getting a boost from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  […] Howard Shanken, Grand Rapids Community College registrar, said his staff still sees most online course credits from students transferring from another college — not on high school transcripts.  (More)

GRCC on track to save $6 million in energy expenses over eight years
Thursday, April 01, 2010 | By Sharon Hanks

Officials at Grand Rapids Community College sat up and took notice after being told they could save $6 million in energy costs over eight years by following a conservation plan.  After implementing the plan two years ago, the college has saved more than $1 million in energy costs and is now track to reach the total $6 million goal in the eight-year time frame.  (More)

Rapid Growth Series: Higher Ed, Stronger Economy
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | Rapid Growth

Circle Tuesday, April 6, on your calendars for a fascinating talk on how higher education is fueling the economic engine of metro Grand Rapids.  For the first time on one stage, “Higher Ed, Stronger Economy” features an impressive list of guest panelists: Steven Ender, president of Grand Rapids Community College; Oliver Evans, president of Kendall College of Art & Design; Matt McLogan, vice president of community relations, Grand Valley State University; Nelson Miller, associate dean, Cooley Law School, Grand Rapids campus and Jerry Kooiman, assistant dean for external relations, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine.  (More)

Grand Rapids to Become Wind Turbine Safety Hub
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | WOOD Radio

Grand Rapids Community College offers up what it tells us is the first instruction in Wind Energy safety certification available in America.   GRCC partners with two companies from Europe to create this certification program, offering classes to industry workers for such topics as fall protection, confined spaces work, and rescue from heights exceeding 300 feet, which is where the ‘works’ inside the generating hub of most giant wind turbines is located.  (More)