Photos: World Record Sugar Pull Attempt

Last Friday, students and community members gathered along Fountain St. outside the Spectrum Theater in an attempt to break the world record for stretching sugar.  After three attempts and a heroic effort, the record sadly remained unbroken – however the volunteers and students managed to stretch a wad of sugar an impressive 260 feet!  For a full gallery of photos, click here.

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GRCC in the News: 9/13/10

Hundreds of monarch butterflies released at John Ball Zoo to study migration
Published: Monday, September 13, 2010, 11:05 AM  | Erin Albanese | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Asher Vissman, 8, peered at the small green chrysalis hanging from the top of his milkweed-filled container. […] About 250 monarchs were released during “Monarch Madness” in partnership with the zoo, Grand Rapids Community College and the Georgetown Township-based business Michigan Butterflies. Children’s names were drawn to tag and release the insects one by one.  (M0re)

Monarch butterflies migrating from Grand Rapids to Mexico
Phil Dawson | Updated:9/13/2010 7:49:20 AM

Grand Rapids, MI (WZZM) – About 250 Monarch butterflies are on the way to Mexico from Grand Rapids.  “It takes them months,” says John Ball Zoo education director Andy McIntyre.  The butterflies were released from John Ball Park Zoo Sunday so they can begin the 2,500 mile migration. They are completing the yearly cycle that began last spring when the Monarchs in Mexico started moving north. […] “They have never been there before,” says Grand Rapids Community College zoology professor Dr. Matthew Douglas. “How do you do that? How do you fly to a place you have never been?”  (More)

GRCC football team improves to 3-0 with quick strikes, 600-plus yards of offense
Published: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 7:00 PM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — It doesn’t take long for the Grand Rapids Community College football team to find the end zone.  North Dakota State College of Science realized that in the waning moments of the first half.  In less than 30 seconds, the Raiders went 59 yards in three plays to score to cap off a dominating first half, and GRCC went on to beat the visiting Wildcats 55-7 on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Houseman Field.  (More)  (Photos)

Vets Home Pays Tribute To Sept. 11 Anniversary – Terrorist Attacks Occurred 9 Years Ago Today In D.C., New York City & Pennsylvania
Carl Gustin  FOX 17 Weekend Assignment Editor | September 11, 2010

GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand Rapids Home For Veterans was one of several area groups that conducted a Saturday morning ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa. The Veterans Home, located at 3000 Monroe Ave. NE in Grand Rapids, then hosted 200 Grand Rapids Community College students taking part in Veterans Field Games to honor and remember the victims of 9/11  and pay tribute to all who have served the nation.  (More)

Gospel music community reacts to death of MaLinda Sapp
Published: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 5:33 AM | Terry Deboer | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Word of the passing of MaLinda Prince Sapp, wife and manager of singer Marvin Sapp, spread quickly Thursday throughout the gospel music community and beyond. […]  (More)

GRCC culinary class stretches sugar ribbon the length of a Grand Rapids block
Matt Campbell |  Updated:9/11/2010 12:46:35 AM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Culinary students at Grand Rapids Community College had a special assignment Friday night attempt to set a world record.  The GRCC advanced pastry class attempted to create the world’s largest sugar ribbon. Normal ribbons are 10-15 feet, and pulled by just one or two chefs. Friday night’s pull involved the entire pastry class and dozens of other volunteers.   (More)

Funeral for MaLinda Sapp scheduled for Thursday
Published: Friday, September 10, 2010, 5:26 PM | Terry Deboer | The Grand Rapids Press

GRANDVILLE — The “Homegoing Service” for Dr. MaLinda Prince Sapp is set for noon Thursday Sept. 16 at Resurrection Life Church, 5100 Ivanrest Ave. SW.  The service will be preceded by a family hour at 11 a.m.  Sapp, 43, counselor, teacher, and a church administrative pastor, died Thursday following an 18-month battle with cancer. […] (More)

Cementing a Green Career as a Composite Technician
Published September 10, 2010 | Written by Grace Chen | Community College Review

Despite the economic slowdown that has hit the country, and especially areas of the Midwest, there are jobs available for those with experience in the manufacturing industry. The secret to gainful employment may be as easy as honing your skills at a local community college with up-to-date programs in green manufacturing. […] Grand Rapids Community College: Three area manufacturers are working with this community college in Grand Rapids, Michigan to bring new employees into their companies, according to a report on  (More)

Wife of gospel singer Marvin Sapp dies at 43
Ursula Watson / The Detroit News | Last Updated: September 10. 2010 10:42PM

MaLinda Sapp, wife of gospel star Marvin Sapp, died Thursday from colon cancer. She was 43.  The mother of three was co-pastor with her husband of the Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids. On the church’s website,, MaLinda Sapp was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in 2009 and was declared cancer-free early this year. […] She was an accomplished woman in and out of church. MaLinda Sapp, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., was a licensed counselor, psychologist and professor at Grand Rapids Community College. She also managed her husband’s gospel career and was executive producer on many of his well-known recordings.  (More)

Driving Diversity Forward
By Joseph Cabadas September 2, 2010 | Corp Magazine

Diversity is nothing new to Michigan businesses, especially in the Detroit region and in the multicultural work forces of automotive factories. In 1914, for example, 71 percent of Ford Motor Co.’s employees were foreign-born from 22 different nationalities. […] Grand Rapids Community College is committed to hiring a work force that reflects the diverse student population it serves, says Christina Arnold, director of the college’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center. “We monitor our work force statistics and compare our data to our student population as well as our Kent County population. The programming and processes we have in place strengthen our commitment and value of diversity and truly help to attract the best and brightest individuals to want to work at GRCC.”  (More)

GRCC Campus Dining Specials: 9/13/10

GRCC Campus Dining Specials – Monday, September 13, 2010

Raider Grille | Open 7:00am – 3:00pm

  • Breakfast – Chocolate Chip Griddle Cakes
  • Lunch –
  • Grille Special – Naan Burger
  • Hot Express – Ball Park Bar
  • Asian Inspiration – Sesame Chicken

The Quiet Café | Open 7:00am – 6:00pm

  • Breakfast Special – Belgian Waffle Station
  • Lunch Special – BBQ Pork Pizza

Sneden Café | Open 7:00am – 2:30pm

  • Lunch Special – BBQ Pork Pizza

Opportunities for Faculty to Internationalize Their Curriculum

Below are two exceptional opportunities for faculty to internationalize their curriculum.  If you have any questions please contact Aleta Anderson at ext. 4879.

“Chemistry Research and Higher Education in Germany: Today’s Endeavors Towards Green Chemistry”

In December 2010, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will sponsor an informational visit on current developments in chemistry research and higher education in Germany. The tour is for North American faculty, scientists and administrators and will take place from December 5th to December 11th, 2010.

The main focal points are environmentally-friendly synthesis, production and recycling processes with a special focus on catalysis, new polymers and nanomaterials. Participants will visit various institutions to learn about cutting-edge research and its application. There will be visits to renowned universities and research institutions, including Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, RWTH Aachen, Heidelberg University, Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, and Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Chemistry) as well as BASF, the world’s leading chemical company.

With this tour DAAD offers scientists and administrators an opportunity to learn about the present situation in chemistry research and higher education in Germany. We hope to enable them to identify common interests and starting points for cooperation in these areas as well as possible funding opportunities.

The program will be in English. All program-related costs in Germany (accommodations, travel, most meals) will be borne by the DAAD. Intercontinental travel is at the participants’ expense.

Applicants must be US or Canadian citizens or residents, have a special interest in Germany and transatlantic cooperation, and a relevant professional position. They should not have recently participated in another information trip to Germany.

Applications must be received by October 6, 2010.

For further information, please go to: or contact:
Uta Gaedeke at 212-758 3223 x:209 or via e-mail at

This Just In: All 2011 Dates and Fees Now Available!

CIEE has announced its Internatinal Faculty Development Seminars for 2011.  There are 17 seminars in 22 countries.  Log in to: .  All dates and fees for 2011 seminars have now been confirmed, and are available on the IFDS website. Further information on what is included in the seminar fee can be found here.

Here’s an example: Seminar Focus: Turkey

2011 will mark a milestone of 15 successful years for the CIEE faculty seminar to Turkey, and the content continues to evolve along with Turkey itself. To further develop the theme of Identity, Community, and Culture in Contemporary Turkey, new locations will be incorporated to highlight the relationship between rural and urban, historic and contemporary, and uniformities and distinctions among the Turkish people. Stay tuned to the September edition of this newsletter for further details about how the 2011 program will bring new light to Turkey’s most critical issues

First Academic Governing Council Meeting of the Year: 9/14/10

The first AGC meeting of the academic year will be held on Tuesday, September 14, from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, SCC.

Department/program representatives will be reviewing and discussing items including: Review of 2009-10 AGC Work, Planning for 21010-11 AGC Work, Adult and Developmental Education Update, and AGC By-Laws Revision. New AGC members are asked to attend a brief orientation session following the general AGC meeting.