State Farm Presents Check to Habitat for Humanity for LEED-Certified, GRCC-Remodeled Home

GRCC Habitat for Humanity House State Farm Check Presentation 11/23/10

Yesterday, State Farm Insurance presented Habitat for Humanity with a $20,000 check and added the organization to its list of Education Partnership Programs.  The money will go toward a home on 822 Alpine NW that is currently being completely remodeled by students from GRCC’s Construction Trades program (which has partnered with Habitat for Humanity since 2005).

GRCC Habitat for Humanity House State Farm Check Presentation 11/23/10

In addition to being restored from top to bottom, the home will also be LEED-certified when it is completed; allowing it to function as a laboratory for teaching students cutting-edge home building techniques that are part of the nationwide trend of sustainable design.  The students working on this project under the direction of GRCC professor Keith Ferguson all have inspiring personal stories (some of which were shared yesterday) which include pursuing retraining after job losses in the manufacturing industry.

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THIS is a great example of how “GRCC Works.”  For a full slideshow including all the pictures from the site, click here.

GRCC Habitat for Humanity House State Farm Check Presentation 11/23/10

Photos: GRCC AD248 Nursing Students Serve Community during Thanksgiving Break

GRCC Nursing Students Work at Local Food Pantry

This inspiring holiday story was sent in by Linda Burden, Professor in GRCC’s Nursing Program:

GRCC 248 Nursing Students met Tuesday November 23 during their Thanksgiving Break to prepare a heart smart diabetic friendly Holiday food gift for NECM Food Pantry Spectrum NOW Clients. The students first tested and prepared recipes for Holiday Treats from the American Diabetes Association and Diabetes Self Management organizations. Students prepared a gift plate for each client with diabetic friendly treats using food pantry staples such as oatmeal and canned fruit. Recipes included favorites like Fruity Oatmeal Cookies, Easy oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Apple Raisin Oatmeal Cookies, and Oatmeal Walnut Bread. The recipes all featured healthy cinnamon spice. The Holiday food gift for the North End Community Pantry, Spectrum Nutritional Options for Wellness clients included the holiday treats, recipe packet and a gift jar of cinnamon spice. Well done GRCC nursing students!

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GRCC in the News: 11/24/10

College basketball roundup: Grand Valley State men, women win at home
Published: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 12:30 AM | The Grand Rapids Press

[…] GRCC 46, HOPE JV 45: Megan Loveberry was the only Grand Rapids Community College player in double figures with 11 points, but it was enough as the Raiders held off Hope’s JV squad at home. Loveberry added 12 rebounds and five assists for GRCC (2-2). Kelsey Masserant led Hope JV (3-1) with 13 points.  (More)

Trustee: Don’t subsidize ‘evil things’
Community College Spotlight | POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON November 23, 2010

Grand Rapids Community College is under fire from a trustee for subsdizing “evil things,” such as funding a theater group that performed a play depicting Jesus as a gay man, reports the Grand Rapids Press. Trustee Richard Ryskamp also “objected to spending $30,000 for the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center and $15,000 for the Diversity Lecture Series, which last year included Angela Davis,” a former Black Panther and Communist Party candidate for vice president.  (More)

Circle Theatre and GRCC present scholarship fundraiser “A Cool Yule”
by Circle Theatre (circletheatre) on Tuesday Nov 23rd, 2010 | The Rapidian

Circle Theatre and Grand Rapids Community College, along with the Grand Rapids Community College Alumni Relations are proud to announce an inaugural collaborative benefit-fundraiser entitled ‘A Cool Yule.’ All proceeds will be split between Circle Theatre and Grand Rapids Community College Alumni Relations.  (More)