Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Inaugural Year [to Benefit GRCC] Exceeds Expectations

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Inaugural Year Exceeds Expectations: Many Participating Grand Rapids Restaurants Experienced Double-digit Percentage Increases in Business During 10-Day Event


GRAND RAPIDS, MI (December 20, 2010) – Experience Grand Rapids today announced that Restaurant Week Grand Rapids the inaugural event held November 4 – 13, surpassed all expectations. According to Doug Small, President of Experience Grand Rapids, “We anticipated 40 restaurants would participate in the inaugural event and had 57. We anticipated an impact of $500,000 in sales and ended up with over $1,000,000 in sales. In our first year we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. The response from the community and the restaurants has been outstanding.”  (Read More Here)

GRCC International Guitar Series Presents

7:30 PM Thursday, February 10, 2011 The Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo, an Eclectic guitar duo

“Combining the sounds of steel- and nylon-string acoustic guitars in a stew seasoned with multifinger attacks, percussive beats, and heavy Serbian and Greek influences, Kapsalis and Ivanovic have created one tasty experimental dish. From the opening ostinato of “Shadow Thief,” the record sounds huge. Throughout, Kapsalis’s two-handed steel-string parts frequently create the illusion of three guitars instead of two. It gets even better on “Vertigo,” where his dizzying eight-finger nubs do justice to the song’s title. Ivanovic is no slouch on the nylon, either, wringing out lithe melodic lines throughout.”

– Guitar Player Magazine

The above concert will be held in Room 200 of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Center at the corner of Ransom and Lyon.

Admission for the concert is $10 General and $7 for students and seniors.

Parking is available in the GRCC student parking ramp with a $1.00 guest parking voucher sold at the door.

Call 234-3940 for further information or e-mail: concerte

The Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo represents the perfect alliance of ten-fingered guitar virtuosity, outstanding melodic themes, and dynamic rhythmic variations. Kapsalis’ Spanish-inflected playing complements their previously unexplored style that challenges the boundaries of pop music structure, juxtaposing his style with the world-renowned Serbian compositional and improvisational mind Goran Ivanovic. Goran’s unique and rarely found talents set you forth on a cinematic array of emotions. Sophisticated, yet rebellious, this acoustic ensemble nods its head towards tradition but totally disregards technical conventions. They experiment in the melding of classical, various styles of traditional folk, and rock music, each receiving equal time.

Giants Awards Celebration and Banquet XXIX

Since 1983, thirteen African American individuals and/or organizations are recognized for their exceptional contributions shaping the history and quality of life of greater Grand Rapids.  Please join us as we honor and celebrate the notable contributions of these individuals.

Saturday, January 29, 2011 | DeVos Place | Steelcase Ballroom (303 Monroe Avenue NW) | Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Social Gathering 6:00 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m., Program 7:15 p.m.

For tickets, please call Grand Rapids Community College Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center (616) 234-3390
For nomination  additional information please visit:

2011 Giants Award Recipients:

  • Floyd Skinner Justice | Stacy McGinnis
  • Walter Coe Public Service | Larry Barnes
  • Eugene Browning Medical | Ludie Weddle
  • W.W. Plummer Humanitarian | Rev. Tony Campbell
  • Ethel Coe Humanities | Melita Travis Johnson
  • Milo Brown Business | Sandmann’s
  • Phyllis Scott Activist | T.A. El-Amin
  • William Glenn Trailblazer | Ron Snead
  • Raymond Tardy Community Service | United Methodist Community House
  • H.C. Toliver Religious Life | The Sensational Gospel Tones
  • Hattie Beverly Education | Donna Poag
  • Martha Reynolds Labor | Essie Bunn
  • Giant Among Giants | To Be Determined

Employee Learning Opportunities: 1/13/11-1/21/11

Learning Opportunities from Employee Professional Development & Enrichment:

Thursday, January 13
Budget 101 – Money In Money Out 9-10:30 a.m.
Generational Differences 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Friday, January 14
Search Committee Team Training 9-11 a.m.

Monday, January 17
Keeping PACE for Continuous Improvement 2-4 p.m.

Tuesday, January 18
Adapting to Change 2-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 19
GroupWise – Calendaring 9-10:30 a.m.
Boundaries: Friend/Mentor/Boss (for Supervisor of Student Employees)

Thursday, January 20
Effective Decision Making 9-11 a.m.
Providing Constructive Feedback 2-4 p.m.

Friday, January 21
Presentation Skills 101 9:30-11 a.m.

For descriptions or to register for these sessions, go to

GRCC in the News: 1/7/11

The GOP’s fiscally conservative frauds
Published: Thursday, January 06, 2011, 9:11 PM | Susan J. Demas

“I don’t think I have one off the top of my head. But there is no part of this government that should be sacred.” — New U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) when asked to name a government program we could do without. To paraphrase GOP former state Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema, Republicans hate raising taxes, but they hate cutting spending even more. [ …] Lawmakers usually fall over themselves to bring home the bacon to their districts. But not one Western Michigan House member voted for $75 million for Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College and the Grand Rapids campus of Ferris State University. (More)

M-TEC offers computer certification programs
By STEPHEN KLOOSTERMAN | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Jan 07, 2011 @ 05:30 AM

Holland, MI — The Thompson M-TEC training center is offering job seekers a leg up on the competition with a new resource that will make getting certified as proficient in key computer programs more accessible. Thompson M-TEC is now licensed through Pearson VUE to administer exams for technical certification programs such as Cisco, CompTIA, Citrix and Novell. The training center, run by the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District and Grand Rapids Community College, offers job training for employers and individuals. (More)

“Honor the March and Inherit the Dream” Celebration Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 25th ANNUAL Commemoration Program

Judy RichardsonMonday, January 17, 2011 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Grand Rapids Community College Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse

Keynote: Judy Richardson | Filmmaker, Social Justice Activist | “Looking Back to Look Forward”

Veteran of the original Civil Rights Movement and founding member of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), Judy Richardson began her film work as co-producer of the Academy Award-nominated, PBS series, Eyes on the Prize. Throughout her life she has worked for social justice organizations and was director of information for the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice in New York, working on police brutality issues. Her most recent documentary, Scarred Justice, examines the 1968 Orangeburg, South Carolina student Massacre – one of the many overlooked corners of the Civil Rights Movement.

Additional Celebration Events:

  • Sunday, January 16 – MLK Celebration Service 6:00 p.m. Messiah Missionary Baptist Church 513 Henry Ave SE Grand Rapids 49503
  • GRCC MLK Celebration Event – Community Peace March 12:00 p.m. GRCC, assembles at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse
  • GRCC MLK Celebration Event – Community Peace Program 12:30-1:30 p.m. Featuring performances by GRCC and KISD students Monday, January 17
  • GVSU MLK Celebration Event – Silent March 12:00 p.m. Allendale Campus, assembles at Zumberge Library entrance
  • GVSU MLK Celebration Event – GVSU MLK Program 12:30-1:30 p.m. Allendale Campus, Kirkhof Center Grand River Room, featuring Judy Richardson
  • Davenport University – MLK Celebration Events Silent March & Call to Action 1:00 p.m. Grand Rapids Lettinga Main Campus assembles at Sneden Auditorium
  • Davenport University – MLK Program & Reception: “Continuing the Work” 1:45 p.m. Student Center – Main Gym, Reflections from Davenport’s students, faculty, staff and community Celebrating 25 Years

Download a Flyer with Full Details: [2011MLKFlyer (.pdf)]

Staff Conversation and Popcorn

Ever wish you had some place to share your thoughts “or your thoughts in progress” related to cultural or diversity interests?

The Woodrick Diversity Center (DLC) will host a monthly opportunity for the college community to listen or share with each other through an unstructured drop-in open chat, Thursday, January 13, 12:00 p.m., DLC conference room.

Come to share. Come to discover. Come for popcorn.

Everyone is welcome.

Diversity Learning Opportunities

Employee Professional Development & Enrichment and the Diversity Learning Center are partnering to bring the following new learning opportunities to employees:

Bullying & Harassment
Wednesday, February 23 9:30-11 a.m.

Course Description: Bullying and its affects, has everyone concerned. This learning session will define bullying and its attendant behaviors. What is known about the prevalence of bullying? How is bullying being addressed by other institutions? How does bullying infect the atmosphere of an office, classroom or campus? This training will help employees in identifying problematic behavior and in possible prevention and intervention.

Can You Believe She Did That? – When Generations Fail to Communicate
Tuesday, March 1 1:30-3 p.m.

Course Description: Information flows in all directions in a learning organization. Currently there are four generations in the workplace and often in the classroom at once and this can be a source of conflict. The goal of this learning is to provide a basis of understanding between and among generations. This understanding is aided by recognizing the formative years of each generation. The participants will recognize the implications of the variation in values held by each generation. The session will offer strategies for effective and successful cross generational communication.

Unintentional Blindness
Monday, March 21 2-3:30 p.m.

Course Description: Unintentional Blindness is a powerful workshop, where participants leave with the skills necessary to recognize micro-inequities in delivering inclusive service and tools to mitigate cross cultural miscommunications. The workshop is filled with interactive activities, dialogue, skill building and even some fun.

All of these sessions will be facilitate by Kathleen Owens and Tamber Moore

Register at