Today: GRCC Celebrates Martin Luther King Day

GRCC Community Peace March Honoring Martin Luther King

Today kicks off a series of events that GRCC is presenting along with other local higher education partners.  The feature is a presentation by Judy Richardson Today, January 17, 2011, 6:30 p.m., Ford Fieldhouse , Looking Back to Look Forward. In addition, Richardson’s film Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968 will be presented twice through the Woodrick Diversity Center (Both showings will be in the Center’s conference room LRC room 122.):

  • Thursday, January 13, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 14, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

In addition to the film viewing the following events are also taking place.

  • Sunday, January 16, 2011 | MLK Celebration Service | 6:00 PM
    Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, 513 Henry Ave SE, Grand Rapids 49503
  • Monday, January 17, 2011 | Community Peace March | 12:00 PM
    GRCC, assembles at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse
  • Monday, January 17, 2011 | Community Peace Program | 12:30 – 1:30 PM
    Featuring performances by GRCC & KISD students
  • Monday, January 17, 2011 | 25th Annual Commemoration Program | 6:30 -8:30 PM
    GRCC, Ford Fieldhouse

GRCC in the News: 1/15/11-1/17/11

Volunteers, schools and more honor Martin Luther King Jr. today
Published: Monday, January 17, 2011, 6:59 AM | The Grand Rapids Press

To many folks, celebrating Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy means more than taking a day off work.Watching an educational movie and volunteering are just some ways locals can honor the civil rights movement leader this weekend and Monday, January 17. […] Grand Valley State Unversity, Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University will conduct separate marches and ceremonies.  (More)

Profile: World-renowned pastry chef Gilles Renusson
Published: Sunday, January 16, 2011, 5:38 AM | Terri Finch Hamilton | The Grand Rapids Press

Amid a sea of tall, puffy white hats, ice cream glistens in a nest of golden spun sugar, spires of caramel reach toward the sky and a dessert called Chocolate Decadence quietly dares you not to eat it, face first. Just when you think you’re in cream puff heaven … “You guys! Where’s the ice cream that goes here?” the chef in charge barks. “Do you have any strawberries in the cooler? What’s happening?”  (More)

GRCC women lose to Muskegon CC in overtime
Published: Friday, January 14, 2011, 10:30 PM | Brian VanOchten | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Dominique Gordon felt like she couldn’t miss. The 5-foot-4 sophomore from Ottawa Hills pulled up for a mid-range jump shot with 11 seconds left in regulation with a chance to give the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team its first conference win of the season.  (More)

‘Big rivalry game’ ends with GRCC men falling short against Muskegon CC in overtime
Published: Friday, January 14, 2011, 11:25 PM | Brian VanOchten | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — It’s time to make room for another rivalry amid the local small-college basketball landscape. The clash between Grand Rapids Community College and Muskegon Community College on Friday night at Ford Fieldhouse featured head coaches and players on both sides who know each other quite well, prompting an intense finish in an overtime thriller in which MCC prevailed, 83-76.  (More)

Rockford’s Debbie Nikodemski settles into role of scorer for Olivet College women’s basketball team
Published: Friday, January 14, 2011, 10:30 AM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Debbie Nikodemski wasn’t much of a scorer during her prep days at Rockford High School. That has changed. Nikodemski emerged as a prolific scorer for two seasons at Grand Rapids Community College. The trend has continued this season after making the jump to NCAA Division III Olivet College.  (More)

Pros, cons of wind energy get a closer look at local forum
Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 8:00 AM | Ron Cammel | The Grand Rapids Press

Wind energy is keeping 25-year-old Chris Idema in Michigan. A graduate of Grand Valley State University, the Grand Rapids resident watched friends leave the state for jobs, but he found work at Energetx Composites in Holland, where he helped develop Michigan’s largest wind farm. [GRCC is a sponsor of this program]  (More)

Experience, with a price: Half of GRCC faculty at top of pay scale
Published: Friday, January 14, 2011, 7:05 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College leaders say they’re proud of their veteran faculty, but that experience comes at a high price – according to a disputed report.  About half of the community college’s faculty are at the top level of their contact’s pay grade, and professors can earn extra money for additional years of service, advanced degrees and teaching extra courses, based on information the college released Friday.  (More)

Raider Salute to Laurie Witczak

This Salute came from Lilly Anderson:

“The Lakeshore Campus staff and faculty would like to give a Raider Salute to Laurie Witczak for her assistance in building a tutorial schedule for Winter 2011 that meets students needs at the Lakeshore. We appreciate her support, understanding and ability to always put student needs first!”

Learning Opportunity: First Aid – Responding to Emergencies

Want to be able to help your family, friends or colleagues in an emergency? Employee Professional Development & Enrichment is offering employees the opportunity to do just that. Learn how to control bleeding, identify the signs of various soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries, sudden illness, stroke, diabetic emergency, poisoning, allergic reactions, heat and cold emergencies and suspected head, neck and back injuries and how to care for them. This class is designed to teach lay responders the knowledge and skills necessary to give care in an emergency and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives.

This two part course will be held:

  • Part 1: Friday, February 25, 2011 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Part 2: Friday, March 18, 2011 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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