Photo: Sen. Debbie Stabenow on Campus

Yesterday, US Senator Debbie Stabenow was on campus and met with representatives from Energetx Corporation and GRCC’s Workforce Training department to discuss the college’s response to the need for retraining/retooling Michigan’s workforce for new careers in emerging fields.

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(Left to Right) Eric Williams, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Julie Parks, and Fiona Hert

Condolences to the Family, Friends and Colleagues of MaLinda Sapp

A prominent fixture in the Grand Rapids Community and GRCC adjunct professor in the Psychology department, MaLinda Sapp passed away after an extended illness.  Below are a collection of news articles detailing her life.  Details about the services will be posted as they are made available.

MaLinda Sapp, wife of Gospel singer Marvin Sapp, leaves uplifting legacy after losing battle to colon cancer at age 43
Published: Friday, September 10, 2010, 12:50 AM | Terry Deboer | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — As MaLinda Price Sapp’s 43rd birthday approached last spring, the Grand Rapids native turned aside suggestions of a party honoring her while she battled colon cancer. […] Mrs. Sapp took an active role in her husband’s music career, serving as his manager and as executive producer of several of his record albums. She was also a licensed psychologist and taught classes at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

MaLinda Sapp, wife of gospel singer Marvin Sapp, dies of colon cancer
Published: Thursday, September 09, 2010, 4:07 PM | Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk | The GR Press

GRAND RAPIDS — MaLinda Sapp, co-pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, passed away Thursday from complications from cancer.  (More)

MaLinda Sapp, Grand Rapids church leader, dies from cancer
Matt Campbell  Chris Zoladz |  Updated:9/9/2010 9:06:19 PM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM/AP) — Gospel singer and Grand Rapids native, Marvin Sapp is mourning the death of his wife and manager, MaLinda Sapp. Workers at the Lighthouse Full Life Center Church say Dr. MaLinda Sapp died Thursday from colon cancer.   (More)

MaLinda Sapp dies of cancer – Marvin Sapp’s wife, mother of 3
Thursday, 09 Sep 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – MaLinda Sapp, an influential speaker and the wife of Marvin Sapp, died Thursday of colon cancer.  The Sapps established the Lighthouse Full Life Center, where friends of the family gathered Thursday evening to join in prayer.  (More)

Medical Assistant Students Need Your Help Practicing Their Craft Today

Today between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Workforce Training’s Registered Medical Assistant students will be taking blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and temperature from anyone willing in room 321 of Cook Hall.  If you need a quick check-up (or even if you don’t) they’d love to have you stop by to help them with their hands-on learning process.

A New Place to Meet and Eat: Student Center Room 205

A cross college team of students, faculty and staff have been working over the last year and have successfully developed a plan to renovate and improve the rooms inside of the Raider Grille (cafeteria – rooms 205/207).

The newly renovated space, Student Center Room 205, will open the week of September 20 as a new place to eat lunch on campus – and new venue to host meetings and events.

To celebrate this new space we will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, September 16, 11AM – 2PM, to showcase this new venue. Stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee, a cookie and see this great space.

Please note that this space will be used as a designated lunch meeting space Mondays – Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and cannot be reserved for meetings or events during this time frame. The intent of this space is to create a casual meeting space for our community to connect and share a meal. Please note that two of the days are reserved as a place for faculty and staff to meet. The lunch meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Mondays & Thursdays (11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) – Students, Faculty & Staff Lunch/Informal Meeting time
  • Tuesdays & Wednesday (11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) – Faculty & Staff Lunch/Informal Meeting time

If you are interested in reserving this space outside of this time please contact Aaron Chew at 234-4169 or achew@grcc.edu

GRCC Biodiversity Group Sponsoring Monarch Butterfly Release at John Ball Zoo 9/12/10

The Biodiversity Group of GRCC (zoology and botany) will be sponsoring the second annual Monarch Butterfly Release at the John Ball Zoo this Sunday, September 12th, between (roughly) 12:00 and 5:00.

The life cycle of the Monarch butterfly will be demonstrated at various locations throughout the zoo, but the actual (hourly) release will be coordinated near the Mexico Exhibit (overlooking Monkey Island). Children can put their names in a hat and every hour 10 or so names will be drawn and the children will be allowed to release the butterflies. Their direction of flight will be documented by former and current students of zoology and botany. Our students will also coordinated the release of the butterflies as well as assist at the “butterfly stations” around the zoo.

These migratory monarchs will use several different types of physical cues to orient their flight to the state of Michoacan, Mexico, where they will reside in an archipelago of mountain islands at 10,000 feet for the entire winter. They have never seen these sites before and will never see them again, and yet, they will fly over 2,000 miles as the crow flies to 7 overwintering sites no bigger than the central campus of GRCC. There is no other migration quite like this on the planet, and it is still a complete mystery despite years of research.

They are expecting a good crowd and hope everyone can make it. We must release the butterflies regardless of the weather conditions (the weatherman is currently promising a nice, sunny day).

GRCC in the News: 9/10/10

MaLinda Sapp, wife of Gospel singer Marvin Sapp, leaves uplifting legacy after losing battle to colon cancer at age 43
Published: Friday, September 10, 2010, 12:50 AM | Terry Deboer | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — As MaLinda Price Sapp’s 43rd birthday approached last spring, the Grand Rapids native turned aside suggestions of a party honoring her while she battled colon cancer. […] Mrs. Sapp took an active role in her husband’s music career, serving as his manager and as executive producer of several of his record albums. She was also a licensed psychologist and taught classes at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

MaLinda Sapp, wife of gospel singer Marvin Sapp, dies of colon cancer
Published: Thursday, September 09, 2010, 4:07 PM | Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk | The GR Press

GRAND RAPIDS — MaLinda Sapp, co-pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, passed away Thursday from complications from cancer.  (More)

MaLinda Sapp, Grand Rapids church leader, dies from cancer
Matt Campbell  Chris Zoladz |  Updated:9/9/2010 9:06:19 PM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM/AP) — Gospel singer and Grand Rapids native, Marvin Sapp is mourning the death of his wife and manager, MaLinda Sapp. Workers at the Lighthouse Full Life Center Church say Dr. MaLinda Sapp died Thursday from colon cancer.   (More)

MaLinda Sapp dies of cancer – Marvin Sapp’s wife, mother of 3
Thursday, 09 Sep 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – MaLinda Sapp, an influential speaker and the wife of Marvin Sapp, died Thursday of colon cancer.  The Sapps established the Lighthouse Full Life Center, where friends of the family gathered Thursday evening to join in prayer.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College finding success behind QB duo of James Stallons, Terrance Moore
Published: Thursday, September 09, 2010, 10:00 AM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College football coach Tony Annese couldn’t find one player to fill the shoes of dual-threat quarterback Casey Therriault.  So Annese tried the next best thing.  He filled the void with two quarterbacks who possess contrasting styles.  (More)

“South Pacific” Cast to Tour GRCC

The cast of South Pacific, Broadway Grand Rapids Debut performance will be on campus today for tour with Interim Executive Director of Communications, Lynne Jarman-Johnson.  Pilot Joe Cable, played by Christopher Johnstone along with other South Pacific Cast will tour GRCC and enjoy the Heritiage Restaurant as well as take a tour of Frederick Meijer Gardens.

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GRCC Police Academy in 2010 Kalamazoo Area Foot Chase

Good luck to the GRCC Police Academy! They will be participating in  the Kalamazoo Area Foot Chase 2010 on Saturday.  The event is a 3.5 mile adventure patterned as a police force chase of  fleeing suspects.  Police Academy teams from all over West Michigan  compete.  Bring the Hardware home GRCC!