GRCC HVAC Students Tour Meijer

GRCC HVAC Students Tour Meijer

Don Steeby’s Commercial Refrigeration Class (ER-275) had the opportunity last week to tour the Refrigeration Facilities at the Knapp’s Corner Meijer store. The tour was hosted by Chuck Schoenborn who is in charge of the refrigeration equipment for 25 Meijer stores and is also a former GRCC student.

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The complex refrigeration system that Meijer uses has to have the capability to be able to cool fresh produce to 45 deg. F and the capacity to keep ice cream frozen at -15 deg. F. The ER-275 class studies operating systems and components used in commercial refrigeration systems with an emphasis on supermarket applications.

Rule #5 – Be Inclusive

Rule #5 – Be Inclusive

Dr. Forni writes “One of our strongest yearnings is to be accepted by others. We love being welcomed by individuals, and we delight in the feeling of belonging to a group.” Fostering a workplace of civil openness and inclusion… this is the culture of the future, which will allow organizations to do well in the global civilization of the new millennium.” “It is almost a duty toward ourselves and others, however, to resist, at least occasionally, the temptation of the well-rehearsed life.”

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Raider Salute to Lynnea Jenkins, Maryann Lesert, and Jessalyn Richter

This salute came from Mursalata Muhammad:

“In response to our vision, Lynnea, Maryann and Jessalyn help students put GRCC’s vision into action by bringing classroom learning to address community need.

Vision: As a college of distinction, GRCC inspires students to meet the needs of the community and the world.  Instead of just writing for themselves, pretend audiences, their classmates, or their instructors, these students serve the community by publishing articles in The Rapidian. They write for real people and that is how these faculty make GRCC’s vision tangible for their students.

Values: Innovation – The Rapidian itself is an innovative community endeavor that uses “citizen journalism … intended to increase the flow of local news and information in the Grand Rapids community and its neighborhoods”. Lynnea, Maryann and Jessalyn help students use writing skills to produce creative solutions to the problem of community news that often go overlooked by mainstream news reporting.

Ends: The GRCC Experience – GRCC provides students with co-curricular experiences that help them develop their citizenship skills. The classroom introduction to writing for The Rapidian provides students with an avenue to continue on and become “Citizen Journalists” after their course is done. There are a few things writing instructors like to trumpet: the need to find a voice, understand the various audiences and the call to write. When these writing skills come together to address community issues students find learning that reaches beyond the classroom.

Community Outreach – Lynnea, Maryann and Jessalyn’s approach to classroom/community learning enriches the community through educational and civic programming and partnerships because they work closely with the editorial staff at The Rapidian. If other faculty are interested in working with The Rapidian, we can thank our colleagues for building a relationship with The Rapidian that leads us to a person, Denise Chen, not a process.

I salute my colleagues because they are off quietly dedicated to the task of teaching and because their teaching choices include products that allow students to be socially responsible. I salute them because their students are offered the opportunity to stretch their classroom learning in ways that make them consider the value of being civically engaged.”

GRCC in the News: 12/4/10-12/6/10

Record day by GRCC quarterback James Stallons not enough Mississippi Bowl loss
Published: Monday, December 06, 2010, 9:00 AM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

BILOXI, Miss. — The high-pressure atmosphere of a big game is nothing new to Grand Rapids Community College quarterback James Stallons. Stallons helped lead his high school team, Macomb Dakota, to a Division 1 state championship in 2006.  (More)

GRCC football team loses to Mississippi Gulf Coast in bowl game after comeback falls short
Published: Sunday, December 05, 2010, 7:35 PM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

BILOXI, Miss. — The Grand Rapids Community College football team rarely had faced adversity this season. But the Raiders dealt with it head on in the opening minutes of Sunday’s Mississippi Bowl. GRCC fell behind by three scores in the first six minutes, but almost completed an incredible comeback before losing 62-53 against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in a wild shootout at Biloxi Indian Stadium.  (More)

Legislature OKs $383 million capital outlay for Michigan college and university projects
By Dustin Walsh | Crain’s Detroit

The Michigan Legislature passed a final capital outlay bill today, approving 23 infrastructure projects at universities and community colleges. […] • Grand Rapids Community College’s Cook Academic Hall renovation, $5 million.  (More)

Defenses will be tested in today’s Mississippi Bowl
By DOUG BARBER | Saturday, Dec. 04, 2010

BILOXI — A year ago, the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders played their bowl game in snowy Utah. The track will be faster today at 2 p.m. for the Raiders — and the Gulf Coast Bulldogs when the two national junior college powers collide in Biloxi Stadium in the third annual Mississippi Bowl.  (More)

Returning home to play football at Grand Rapids Community College pays off for Carlin Landingham
Published: Saturday, December 04, 2010, 9:00 AM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

BILOXI, Miss. — The spotlight doesn’t shine on Grand Rapids Community College right tackle Carlin Landingham. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound freshman from Muskegon knows it comes with the territory when you’re an offensive lineman.  (More)

MCC’s founding president dies at 90
The Daily News of Greenville | Ryan Jeltema | News Editor

GRAND RAPIDS – Montcalm Community College wasn’t much more than a vision when Don Fink was hired as the institution’s first president in August 1965. […] He served as president at the then-Grand Rapids Junior College – now Grand Rapids Community College – before joining MCC in 1965 as the first president.  (More)

University building projects funded by Legislature, but more scrutiny is on the way
Published: Friday, December 03, 2010, 8:04 PM | Peter Luke

LANSING – Prized university and community college building projects were not always considered wasteful pork. But they apparently are being viewed that way now by conservative Republicans, who made it clear Friday that, when they return next year to tackle even bigger budget issues, they won’t be shy about taking on sacred cows. […] Not a single House Republican from West Michigan voted to back nearly $75 million worth of construction at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College and the Grand Rapids campus of Ferris State University.  (More)

West Michigan charging ahead for electric vehicles
By YANG ZHANG | Capital News Service | December 3, 2010 • 3:52 pm

LANSING – General Motors launched its hybrid Chevy Volt recently. Nissan’s electric car, Leaf, will soon be on the market. Meanwhile, West Michigan is ready to play a major role in the electric vehicle world. […] Adair said Grand Rapids Community College started a certificate program this fall to improve worker skills for advanced battery manufacturing.  (More)

‘Edujobs’ money approved
Thu., December 2, 2010 | Michigan Education Report

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan public schools will receive one-time funding of $111 to $222 per pupil in federal “Edujobs” funding this year, as well as smaller amounts of additional funding from the state, according to various media reports. In all, the varied funding is intended to offset an earlier $154 per-pupil reduction, and will give districts a net increase ranging from $6 to $74 per student, media reported.  (More)

Reminder: Literacy Empowerment Project Event Tomorrow (12/7/10)

December 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the library, GRCC’s Academic Service Leaning Department will recognize reading students’ efforts in the Literacy Empowerment Project this semester, an initiative that connects reading students with volunteer faculty and staff who act as reading mentors.

The event will feature appetizers, a gift for the reading students who participated in the Literacy Empowerment Project, and information for all faculty and staff about the Project.  Questions? Contact Kellie Roblin at 234-4388.