Together for Earth: Positive Personal and Community Responses to Climate Change and Peak Oil

Megan Quinn BachmanMaryann Lesert and the Sustainability Council’s Visioning the Change Series presents “Together for Earth: Positive Personal and Community Responses to Climate Change and Peak Oil” with Megan Quinn Bachman on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:15pm in the ATC Auditorium.
Megan will discuss the state of our climate and energy emergency and how our response to these challenges will shape the world to come. She’ll share hopeful stories from individuals around the world making major lifestyle changes and powerful examples from Cuba’s oil crisis in the early 1990s. Finally, she’ll explore how in the face of global disaster, communities and their local economies can become more strong, sustainable, and resilient.
Megan has been writing and lecturing on peak oil, climate change, sustainable living, and community for the last seven years. As Outreach Director of the non-profit Community Solutions, she organized six national conferences on peak oil and climate change, spoke before nearly 100 groups, published articles in Permaculture Activist, Communities Magazine, WellBeing and Kindred and appeared in Harper’s Magazine and on MSNBC. In addtion, Megan co-wrote and co-produced the award-winning documentary film, The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006), which as sold more than 13,000 copies and been translated into seven foreign languages. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Master of Science in Environmental Education from Wright State University in Dayton. She is currently a columnist for the Ohio environmental newspaper Ecowatch Journal.
Maryann and Megan were interviewed by GVSU (FM 88.5) radio host Shelley Irwin to highlight the Visioning the Change Series and Megan’s talk on Wednesday evening. The interview will air Tuesday morning at approximately 10:20am.

April is Stress Awareness Month and Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month and Alcohol Awareness Month and the following opportunities are available:

  • The Be Healthy Be Fit Program is hosting Is Stress Stressing You Out? Marco Trimble, GRCC Counselor, will facilitate this session on Wednesday, April 14 from 10-11 a.m.  Participants will learn what stress is, where stress comes from, the difference between good & bad stress and strategies for coping with stress.  Register at
  • Alcohol Awareness Day Event | On Tuesday, April 20, from Noon to 1 PM stop by the 4th Floor of the Main Building to learn more about alcohol use and abuse.  This event is sponsored by the Counseling, Advising and Retention Services and the GRCC Employee Wellness Team.  You can checkout other event sponsored the Counseling, Advising and Retention Services at Included will be:
    • FREE and confidential alcohol awareness screenings
    • Alcohol Informational Handouts
    • Representatives from Network 180 for community referral information

CIO Finalist Presentations This week

Just a reminder GRCC’s Chief Information Officer finalists will be on campus this week.  You will have an opportunity to meet the candidates and ask questions following their 30-minute presentation.  Please join us for this very important work if your schedule allows:

  • Tuesday (4/13), Randall Melton (1:15pm, Science Building Auditorium)
  • Wednesday (4/14), Kevin O’Halla (10:30am, Science Building Auditorium)
  • Thursday (4/15), Camille Jones (1:15pm, ATC Auditorium)

IRP will be sending faculty and staff zoomerang(s) for each candidate via email on Tuesday morning and they ask that you please provide your input via this process.

GRCC in the News: 4/13/10

New Programs: Conducting, Wind Farm Safety, Public Health, Education, Web Science
April 13, 2010  | Inside Higher Ed

# Bard College is starting a master of music degree in conducting.
# Grand Rapids Community College is starting a certificate program on wind farm safety.  (More)

Muskegon Community College places 5th at Egypt Valley tournament
By Tom Kendra | Muskegon Chronicle | April 12, 2010, 9:23PM

The Muskegon Community College golf team tied for fifth place Monday at the Grand Rapids Community College Invitational at Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada.  The Jayhawks shot 331, 14 shots behind winner Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)