25 Weeks, 25 Rules: Rule #3: Think the Best

Rule # 3 - Think the Best

Dr. Forni writes “Thinking the best of others is a decent thing to do and a way of keeping a source of healthful innocence in our lives. When we approach others assuming that they are good, honest, and sensitive, we often encourage them to be just that.”

Read the blog post and discuss at choosingcivility.wordpress.com

Fall 2010 Enrollment Report

GRCC’s Institutional Research and Planning Dept. has published the Fall 2010 enrollment report (available here).  One amazing fact from the report that attests to the explosive growth GRCC has experienced recently: a total of 32,010 students/clients were served at GRCC during 2009-2010 in credit classes, Training Solutions, Job Training, Non-Credit Apprenticeships, GED, and ESL.  For more information in IRP’s treasure trove of data – visit their site: www.grcc.edu/irp

Total Number of Students/Clients Served 2009-2010

GRCC Upward Bound Volunteers Cook Soul Food Lunch

Upward Bound Soul Food Lunch

On Nov 13, 2010, students in the Upward Bound program cooked a wonderful soul food lunch for the families staying in the Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan (RMHWM). The Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan is a non-profit organization that houses families, free of charge, that have a child in their family seeking medical attention. Most of the services provided to the house are volunteer driven. They includes maintenance, upkeep, meals, etc.

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On the day of the community service event the students were paired into teams of two consisting of an upper class and a lower class. In these teams students had to create a soul food dish from scratch. For some students this was a difficult challenge because it was their first time cooking anything besides Ramon Noodles and pizza rolls, so the finished result was a rewarding experience.

The soul food menu included greens, mac & cheese, Bar BQ and baked chicken, cornbread, Kool-Aid, homemade cookies and tossed salad. Yummy. The families and volunteers were very grateful that the students fixed the wonderful lunch for the house and invited the students back for another opportunity to help out. Upward Bound will make a trip to the Ronald McDonald house 2 more times as a community service project.

Video: Idea Pitch Competition

GRCC Idea Pitch Competition Winner - Jeremiah Cornell of Grand Valley State University

GRCC Idea Pitch Competition Winner - Jeremiah Cornell of Grand Valley State University

GRCC hosted the 2nd Annual Regional Idea Pitch on November 18 at 6:00 in the Calkins Science Auditorium.  Two finalists from Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Grand Valley State University, Hope College and GRCC competed for prize money of $1,500; $1,000; $500; $500.  Congratulations to:
  • First Place:  Jeremiah Cornell, GVSU
  • Second Place:  Frank Leonard, GVSU
  • Third Place:  Melanie Creager, Cornerstone University
  • Fourth Place:  Nicolas Rocha, Aquinas College

To watch the competition and awards ceremony – check out this video:

WE Team “Crazy Office Olympics”

The GRCC WE Team is hosting “Crazy Office Olympics” in early March. They are looking for planners for this event. If you’re interested in helping plan this fun event, attend the initial planning meeting on Wednesday, December 8 from 9-10:30am in Sneden Hall. Contact Angela Zainea (3420 or azainea@grcc.edu) for questions or additional information and if you wish to participate in the planning process. This is going to be a terrific event!

New Student Organization Seeking Advisor

A new student group is seeking recognition and needs to find a full time employee to serve as their advisor. If you are interested, and have questions or would like more information about this role please contact Eric Mullen at ext. 4164, or emullen@grcc.edu
GRCC Cares
Purpose: to educate students about the need to volunteer within the community. Specifically, this groups hopes to encourage students to participate as volunteers with Special Olympics.

GRCC in the News: 11/22/10

Profile: Restaurateur Tommy Brann
Published: Sunday, November 21, 2010, 5:24 AM | Terri Finch Hamilton | The Grand Rapids Press

Restaurant owner Tommy Brann has owned his business for 39 years and figured he has taken about 21 days off. So it was against every instinct in his body to go to a movie in the middle of the afternoon. He had never been to a movie by himself. […] He’s on the Grand Rapids Community College Culinary Advisory Board and established a $25,000 endowed scholarship fund for African-American hospitality students there, inspired by a longtime Brann’s employee, Frank Van Norman.  (More)

Black Friday smart phone usage climbs in West Michigan
Published: Sunday, November 21, 2010, 6:00 AM | Shandra Martinez | The Grand Rapids Press

Ana Grabil thinks she will have an advantage when she heads out in the wee hours of Black Friday to search out bargains: her LG Quantum phone. From the palm of her hand, the college student can scan barcodes to compare prices, qualify for special deals and even map her way around the mall. “I’ll save money and time,” said the 21-year-old Caledonia resident, who is studying office administration at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Volleyball Teams Finishes with 37-9 record
East Central College

The Falcon volleyball squad was eliminated from the NJCAA-Division II national tournament Friday night, losing to Grand Rapids Community College in four games: 20-25, 25-22, 21-25 and 18-25. ECC lost their opening round match against Kirkwood Community College from Iowa Thursday afternoon, but it took five games to determine the winner. Coach Brad Bruns’ squad rebounded in their second round match on Friday, defeating Champaign, Illinois, based Parkland Community College, 25-23, 19-25, 25-14 and 25-21.  (More)

Got the look? Grand Rapids Community College looking for students to pose for promotional materials
Published: Friday, November 19, 2010, 8:58 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

Think you look like a typical Grand Rapids Community College student? The college’s graphic services department is looking to add to its library of students willing to pose for photos. Sorry Gisele Bündchen, Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks, staffers aren’t looking for glamorous fashion supermodels to parade down runways.  (More)