On April 17, 2010, 120 GRCC students, employees, and community members braved the cold and blustery weather on Saturday with the Academic Service Learning Center for a Community Clean-Up in honor of Earth Day. A video of their efforts is now available from the Media Technologies Department on GRCC’s Youtube site:
Monthly Archives: April 2010
GRCC Music Students Earn Full Ride Scholarships
Antonina Chekhovskaya and E. Breysien Beer (sophomore music majors at GRCC) have received full ride scholarships to major universities. Antonina, a voice major, will be attending the University of Michigan and Brysien, a violin and voice major will attend the University of Illinois. Congratulations!
Antonina Chekhovskaya performs “For Johnny Mehegan, For Felicia Montealegre” by Leonard Berstein from Musical Moods 2010
Photos: 2010 Student Leadership Awards
Last Friday night the Ford Fieldhouse filled with individuals, teams and clubs for the annual Student Awards Banquet. The atmosphere was exciting, the floral arrangements were long-stemmed and lovely and the food was fantastic.
Awards went to top achievers in everything from club events to research, geography to music, sports and all-around excellence. Margo Anderson, Board of Trustees Chairperson and Dr. Ender were busy for almost two hours handing out awards, plaques, handshakes and hugs. Student Congress members and department heads and faculty all joined in the program.
GRCC in the News: 4/27/10
Rams softball earns split with Grandville
4/27/2010 8:21:00 AM | Rockford Independent
A lot of great softball was played last Thursday at Grandville High School as two of the OK Red’s best teams battled to a split of a doubleheader as conference play got under way. […] Grandville pitcher Becca Smith, who will go to Grand Rapids Community College next year and play softball alongside Rockford catcher Karli Showers, was outstanding in game one. (More)
Grand Rapids, Michigan is Set to Launch “Grand Rapids Restaurant Week” on November 4, 2010
Press Release | PRWeb
Grand Rapids, MI (Vocus/PRWEB ) April 27, 2010 — Grand Rapids / Kent County Convention & Visitors Bureau announced this month that it will launch Grand Rapids Restaurant Week from November 4 – 13, 2010. The dates were chosen to create a “Month to Celebrate Dining Out”. The timing for Grand Rapids Restaurant Week occurs within the same month as the Grand Rapids International Wine and Food Festival to take place November 18 – 20 and follows the popular Art Prize Event to be held in Grand Rapids from September 22 – October 10. […] Each restaurant will donate $1 from each 3-course Grand Rapids Restaurant Week meal purchased to create a scholarship for Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students at Grand Rapids Community College. (More)
Michigan Works! hosts employment seminar, networking event
By Rick Martinez | The Grand Rapids Press | April 26, 2010, 8:38AM
GRAND RAPIDS — Maureen Downer is seeing signs the recession is waning. “For a while there, we would see 500 people a day in our service centers, even as many as 900 a day,” said the programs manager for Michigan Works! in Kent and Allegan counties. “It’s really not at that higher level anymore.” […] To get a skilled workforce in place, the company collaborated with Grand Rapids Community College and Ottawa County Michigan Works! on a three-year, $547,000 training program for up to 280 new workers. (More)
Announcing a New Alumni Relations Website
Announcing a New Alumni Relations Website: www.grcc.edu/alumni
Check out the new alumni relations website, specifically a couple of new online forms we have added.
- “Share Your GRCC Story” form – as GRCC faculty and staff we always run across alumni out in the community. Now you can direct them to the alumni website to share their story about how GRCC has positively impacted their lives.
- “Keep In Touch” form – another new place to direct alumni so that the Alumni Office can keep up to date and accurate records on our alumni.
Pass on the word to alums. Stay In Touch – Stay Involved – Stay Connected
Welcome to the World, Eloise Grace Dorer
Sara Dorer, Associate Director of Student Conduct and Student Satisfaction Initiatives, and her husband Jeff welcomed Eloise Grace into their family on April 14 at 7:10 p.m. She weighted 6 lb 15 oz. Big sister, Kaylin is enjoying her little sister.
Reminder: Dial-Up ISP Modem Pool Retires 5/2/10
The server that has provided Dial-up Internet access to GRCC Staff and Students who lived locally to Grand Rapids is being retired. After reviewing the usage and economical impact, GRCC has determined that it is no longer feasible to maintain the “Modem Pool Server.” As of May 2nd, 2010, the server will be taken offline.
Reminder: Joint Retirement Reception Today (4/27/10)
Today a retirement reception will be held to commemorate the service of Ross Kladder, Marv Tyler, David Folkert, Mark Saur, Brian Keelean, and Robert VanEyck from 12 noon to 2 pm in room 234 Student Center (Multipurpose Room).
Video: Celebration of Earth and Sky
GRCC and the Grand Rapids Public Museum recently presented “Celebration of Earth & Sky,” a performance of student work featuring, “A Quilt of Words” spoken-word event, live music, and visual art created to promote sustainability, create community, and celebrate our sense of place.
Title VI Grant Due Date Extended to 5/3/10
Aleta Anderson would like faculty to be aware that the Title VI grant due date has been “pushed back. Faculty have until May 3, 2010 to send her a letter of commitment and faculty applications. This is an opportunity to receive a $1000 stipend and to gain insight and help on internationalizing your curriculum. Those interested may use the attached documents:
Condolences to Nancy O’Brien
Woodrick Diversity Learning Ctr. Participating in “Stand Against Racism”
The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center will host a facilitated video and dialogue on “‘Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North”
- 9:00 a.m. DLC Conference Room
- 2:00 p.m. DLC Conference Room
In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain a powerful new perspective on the black/white divide.
GRCC Apparel for Sale From Purchasing
The college is once again offering a great deal from one of its suppliers for men’s & women’s short sleeve polos with the GRCC block logo on the left chest. They are both crafted from Dri-Fit material. In addition, a new item for sale is a men’s lightweight navy jacket and a women’s light blue vest. Melissa Davis has samples in her office (304 CPPB) if you would like to see them up close.
- Mens shirts – $18.50
- Ladies – $18.50
- Mens Jacket with embroidery on back – $19.50
- Ladies Vest – $19.50
These are close out prices so the Purchasing Department needs your orders by next week Thursday (4/29/10) by Noon. Please email your order using this form (.xls). Questions? Contact Melissa (firstname.lastname@example.org) at #3853.
GRCC in the News: 4/24/10-4/26/10
New federal EPA rules require extra precautions when dealing with lead paint
By Cami Reister | The Grand Rapids Press | April 25, 2010, 6:04AM
GRAND RAPIDS — The backyard was cordoned off with yellow caution tape, and the area was covered in plastic tarps. Posted signs warned people against entering the area, and the work crews sometimes sported respirators. It may sound like a crime scene, but it was only a paint job. (Captioned Photo: Amy West [a graduate of GRCC’s GREEN Remodeling Program], of Corrosive Control in Kentwood, gives a lesson on protective tools when working with lead paint cleanup as Joshua Schaub, a landlord from Grand Rapids, tries on a protective suit and goggles.) (More)
Three newcomers seek two Coopersville school board seats
By The Grand Rapids Press staff | April 23, 2010, 4:08PM
COOPERSVILLE — Three candidates are vying for two four-year Board of Education seats left open by Tim Postma and Richard Holman, who are not running. Kurt Meinders, assistant director of Grand Rapids Community College‘s IT department, said he wants to contribute his experience. Meinders, 49, has been on the school’s strategic planning and learning environment teams. Denise DeWys-Gilbert, 53, is a stay-at-home and “professional volunteer.” She said she wants to make use of her bachelor’s degree in early education. (More)
Nina Lewis-Sleet, first black woman appointed to Grand Rapids school board, dies at age 76
By Kaitlin Shawgo | The Grand Rapids Press | April 24, 2010, 10:58PM
GRAND RAPIDS — As the first black woman appointed to the Grand Rapids school board in 1969, Nina Lewis-Sleet made an impression by speaking out for fairness. She walked out of a meeting after telling board colleagues they were ignoring needy children and minorities. [..] After working as a secretary at Henry Park school in Grand Rapids, Ms. Lewis-Sleet was a mentor and counselor in a variety of positions for 30 years at Grand Rapids Community College. (More)
Rob Bliss’ May 1 Founding Day Parade in question; he says weather is deciding factor
By Rachael Recker | The Grand Rapids Press | April 23, 2010, 10:38AM
GRAND RAPIDS — Rob Bliss will decide Saturday whether to cancel his May 1 Grand Rapids Founding Day Parade, proving it literally can rain on someone’s parade. The downtown event organizer said he is waiting until this weekend to make the decision, based on weather reports that call for thunderstorms. Bliss, a Grand Rapids Community College student, also works for WOOD-TV 8. (More)
Play’s the Thing with the GRSSC
Rapid Growth | G.F. Korreck | Thursday, April 22, 2010
Who would’ve thought that getting people involved in games they last played in grade school — if ever — would be the cornerstone of a new social network? Chris Wessely, for one. Wessely is the founder of the Grand Rapids Sports and Social Club (GRSSC), an organization geared mostly toward 20- and 30-somethings that has more than doubled in membership since its initial co-ed dodgeball season in 2008. […] Joblessness was not as daunting to him as it might have been for some. It freed Wessely to pursue a long-time passion, cooking, which led him to enroll in Grand Rapids Community College‘s culinary arts program. (More)
Photos: Chef Renusson and Team Judge Pastries
Over the weekend, Chef Gilles Renusson of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education and a team (including Nick Antonakis of the Visual Arts department) judged pastries (including works in chocolate and sugar) by Chefs Geoff Blount and Andy Chelebana. For a full slide show, click here.