GRCC Students Bring Home Awards for The Collegiate

Here are awards from the Michigan Press Association, 2010 College Newspaper Contest (for the 2009-2010 school year). The awards were announced Oct. 2, 2010. The Grand Rapids Press did an article on what awards it won, but they never include any information on local colleges that win.

GRCC Collegiate Awards | Category: Division Three (community colleges)

First Place Awards:

  • News Page Design, Christina Kim
  • Sports Page Design, Christina Kim
  • Feature Story, Jacqueline Prins

Second Place Awards:

  • General Excellence
  • Online Newspaper
  • Sports Photo, Michael Thayer

Third Place Awards:

  • Feature Page Design, Christina Kim
  • Sports/News Feature, Dana Finkler
  • Sports/News Feature, Aaron Barber

Altogether, 19 colleges competed, and there were over 600 college entries in all divisions.

GRCC 2010-11 Psychology Speakers Series Schedule Announced

Once again, GRCC’s Psychology Department will present a slate of fascinating speakers and topics at the 2010 – 2011 Psychology Department Speakers Series (free and open to the public:

Alzheimer’s Disease – One of the Things I’d Like to Forget.
Tuesday, November 2, 1:15 – 2:45 | Joy Spahn, MPA

Joy Spahn is Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater West Michigan Chapter. Ms. Spahn has over 30 years of experience working with older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This presentation will provide an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions that cause dementia. Topics will include the number of people impacted, risk factors, warning signs, changes in the brain, diagnosis, and treatment. Additional information will be shared on the impact of caregivers, financial implications, brain health, and whether this is a preventable disease.

Things That Go Bump in the Night: An Introduction to Parasomnias
Wednesday, December 1, 1:15 – 2:45 | Joseph Krainin, M.D.

Dr. Krainin is a sleep specialist and director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Saint Mary’s Health Care in Grand Rapids. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and has a background in neurology. In this session, Dr. Krainin will provide an overview of the diagnosis and treatment of common disorders of arousal during sleep (parasomnias). Topics to be discussed include sleep walking, sleep eating, nightmares and REM sleep behavior disorder.

Finding, Landing, and Thriving in a Job that You Love
Thursday, February 17, 1:15 – 2:45 | Steve Wagner, PhD

Dr. Steve Wagner is Executive Director of Organizational Learning at Grand Rapids Community College. Previous to this position he was an Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology at Central Michigan University. In this session participants will be introduced to the science of I/O Psychology and findings from research that provide practical steps you can take to identify jobs that you will love, increase your chances of being hired into those jobs, and help you maximize your satisfaction and engagement with your job.

The Roots of Morality: Does Religion Play a Role or is the Tail Wagging the Dog?
Wednesday, March 30, 1:15 – 2:45 | Luke Galen, PhD

Dr. Galen is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Grand Valley State University. In this presentation he will consider the root of morality and pro-social behavior. Are we kind and considerate of others because religion creates a set of rules and “commandments” or are these behaviors a natural result of our evolutionary need to live in community? Dr. Galen will also cover related topics such as why humans construct religions and how religion can create prejudicial beliefs and behaviors.

All presentations are free and held in room 168 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center.  For more information contact Dr. Frank Conner at or 616.234.3612.

Art & Bev’s Specials: 10/5/10-10/8/10

Art & Bev’s Weekly Specials – Week of October 5th- October 8th


  • Spicy Turkey Burger and Fries Meal $5.00
  • Monte Cristo Sandwich $3.50
  • Soups: Chicken and Leek, Broccoli and Cheese


  • Cuban Sandwich $4.00
  • Chicken Alfredo Pizza with Spinach $4.00
  • Soups: Taco Soup, Potato with Bacon


  • Pasta Bar $5.00
  • Monte Sandwich $3.50
  • Soups: Northern Bean, Fire Roasted Vegetable


  • Spicy Turkey Burger and Fries Meal $5.00
  • Cuban Sandwich $4.00
  • Soups: Chicken Noodle, Split Pea and Ham

Art & Bev’s is a student-run enterprise.

Congrats to Grand Awards Winners From GRCC

A number of GRCC alumni and employees received recognition in this year’s Grand Awards:

Chris Grooms, outstanding director of a musical; Catherine Dreher, outstanding lighting design; Dylan Harris, outstanding supporting actor in a play; Becky Monterusso, outstanding supporting actress in a play; Becky Visser, outstanding supporting actress in a college production; and Fred Sebulske, outstanding director of a play.

Fred’s show also took outstanding production of a play, Michelle Urbane’s production took home 2 performer awards, and Chris Grooms’ production of Little Shop of Horrors was the evening’s big winner with 8 awards, including outstanding production of a musical.

For full coverage, see below:

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ wins eight Grand Awards for Circle Theatre
Published: Monday, October 04, 2010, 8:39 AM | Sue Merrell | The Grand Rapids Press

GRCC in the News: 10/5/10

The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council(MMSDC) Recognizes Minority Business and Corporate Partners
October 5, 2010 | The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC)will host over 700 minority business owners and the nation’s top corporate executives will be present to celebrate the stars that made $12 billion in contract opportunities possible for the members of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC). […] Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year – Local:[…] Mansfield Matthewson – Grand Rapids Community College (More)

GRCC planning talks about role of community college to coincide with White House event
Published: Monday, October 04, 2010, 3:53 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — As the White House leads a national discussion about the role of community colleges, local leaders say they want to hear from faculty, community leaders — and especially students. Grand Rapids Community College is planning a live screening Tuesday of the White House event’s opening and closing sessions. Local discussions are planned for between 1:30 and 3 p.m. in the Student Community Center cafeteria, 122 Lyon St. NE.  (More)

Six new Youth Engagement Zones to serve students in areas of high poverty
9/30/2010 | | By Hilary Strahota

Students in impoverished communities will now have more opportunities to prepare for college by giving back to their communities. The Corporation for National and Community Service’s $5.4 million dollar contribution will launch six new Youth Engagement Zones that will enable middle and high school youth to become more invested in their academic and civic responsibilities. […] Zone partnership with the Wittenbach Wege Agriscience and Environmental Education Center, Grand Rapids Community College, and Kent ISD will focus on community and environmental revitalization through youth-led service-learning projects.  (More)

Owens Express Volleyball to Host ‘Get Your Heart In The Game’ During Quadrangular Against Grand Rapids, Oakland and Jackson, Oct. 10
Owens Community College Press Release | October 4, 2010

Get Your Heart In The Game’ PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – The Owens Community College volleyball program and the Raising Awareness Club are encouraging area residents to help in supporting the American Heart Association and the organization’s efforts in the fight against cardiovascular disease by making a donation during the Express’ home quadrangular against Grand Rapids Community College, Oakland Community College and Jackson Community College on Sunday, Oct. 10. The quadrangular begins at 12 p.m.  (More)

College Channel Special Programming: 10/4/10-10/17/10

The all-new lineup of college programming on GRCC’s cable channe lincludes:  Cooking with Angus, the first half of the GRCC Peace Conference, the Diversity Conversation with Averham Berg and much more! Most programs are available on our Youtube Channel at and all programs can be viewed live at And, of course, all programs are available on Comcast Channel 28 and At&T U-Verse Channel 903.

From GRCC’s 2nd Annual Peace Studies Conference: “Barriers to Peace: Ethnic & Sectarian Tensions”

Student Coffee & Conversation With Dr. Ender (10/6/10)

Students are invited to join Dr. Steven Ender, GRCC President, for coffee and conversation Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 1-2 p.m., Farside Room (1st floor, Student Center). These informal gatherings allow students to connect with Dr. Ender and share insight on the GRCC student experience. Feel free to drop in and join us.  Coffee and soda provided.