GRCC HVAC Students compete in the “Big Chill” Challenge

GRCC HVAC Students in "Big Chill" Challenge

One of the required projects for students enrolled in Don Steeby’s Commercial Refrigeration Class (ER-275) is to construct a refrigeration unit. This project has driven some students to work in teams to find out how cold they can actually get their refrigeration unit. From there it has become a competition to see who can get their project to be the coldest. This competition has developed into what students refer to as “The Big Chill Challenge”.

Using conventional freezer and refrigerator cabinets, students apply the knowledge they’ve learned about refrigeration components to “build-up” these units using state-of-the-art technology. This year, Chris Jones and Mike Woudwyk came out on top with their custom build freezer bottoming out at 33.5 degrees below zero! Congratulations to Chris and Mike!

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Angel Tree Toy Drive

Remember to please make sure to bring in your Angel Tree toys no later than Monday, December 13 so they can be delivered in time to West Michigan recipients. Please ensure that the gifts are unwrapped and tags are securely fastened prior to dropping them off in Student Life. Thank you to those that have donated to such a great cause!

Kudos to GRCC Faculty Receiving Online & Hybrid Certification

[Updated] In an effort to enhance and extend flexible learning options that help meet student’s needs, the following faculty have recently received Online & Hybrid Instructor Certification! If these faculty are in your department or if you see them on campus please offer your congratulations for the hard work, efforts, and dedication! If you are interested in taking the OHCC course to become certified to teach online at GRCC, please visit the Center for Teaching Excellence website for registration information. The next to training sessions in January and March are full, but there are still openings for May and July.

Amie Anderson, Physical Science 

Christina Barland Edmondson, Psychology

Janine Blakeslee, Nursing

Mary Bradley, English

Bethany DeBlaay, Wellness

Carrie Howard, English

Marne Johnson, Language and Thought

Patrick Kamau, Counseling

Jodi Kuyt, Wellness 

Chad Lodenstein, Automotive

Tom Mulder, English

Nora Neill, English

Sarah Rose, Counseling

Robin Selmon, Business

Michael Whitman, Culinary Arts

GRCC in the News: 12/8/10

Michigan recruit Shawn Conway not academically eligible

Michigan’s 2011 recruiting class is shrinking again — but this time, the player in question still wants to go to U-M.Receiver Shawn Conway, who played at Birmingham Seaholm this season, will not be academically eligible next fall, so he will spend the year at Grand Rapids Community College, he told the Free Press today.  (More)

With John Despres around, there is never an empty space
Published: Tuesday, December 07, 2010, 9:00 AM | Dianne Carroll Burdick | On-the-Town

John Despres, 51, has spent his life filling up empty spaces as a set designer or sculptor. His new gallery, Gallery 460, opened in mid-September at 1111 Godfrey SW, Suite 460. […] Despres attended Grand Rapids Community College (then the Junior College) and finished his education with a Canadian degree specializing in Set Lighting and Costume Design from The Banff Centre, School of Fine Arts.  (More)

Root Camp: Getting Ready to Garden

Karen Lubbers

Karen Lubbers

Root Camp is a free, six-session, lunch-and-learn series to cover the basics and have you Ready to Garden by Spring.

Root Camp meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month, from noon to 1 p.m. and runs December 15, 2010 through May 18, 2011, with a series of brown bag lunch-and-learn sessions focus on timely topics and are led by local experts.

Come for friendly, informative discussion and stay to sample Root Camp’s Vegetable of the Month.

December 15…………….Stuff Will Grow! – Soil Basics & Composting
January 19…………………Cruising the Seed Catalog – What’s Good and What’s Easy
February 16……………….Garden-Variety Design -. Where, What and How
March 16…………………..Get Ready – Starting the Seeds
April 20…………………….Get Set – Planting Hardy Varieties
May 18……………………..Go! Plant, Prune, Protect, Pick

For speaker, location, and registration, please go to

Dec 15, ATC Room 130, Speaker: Karen Lubbers, Lubbers Family Farm.

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