GRCC in the News: 2/14/11

GRCC offers program helping health care professionals work with aging population
Published: Sunday, February 13, 2011, 4:03 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

Grand Rapids Community College is offering a new program to help health care professionals learn about issues associated with an aging population. This year, GRCC’s non-credit, extended-education Certificate in Aging program has been revamped to include changes suggested by area professionals as well as past participants.  (More)

Educators dominate ballot for Grand Rapids Community College board
Published: Saturday, February 12, 2011, 10:00 AM | Matt Vande Bunte | The Grand Rapids Press

A “very conservative” 23-year-old, a Republican business owner pursuing a seminary degree and a retired evangelical school professor with an entrepreneurial view of administration are among the candidates for two 6-year terms on the Grand Rapids Community College board of trustees.  (More)

Former Montrose football coach, Tony Annese, leads three area gridiron mentors into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame
Greg Tunnicliff | The Flint Journal, February 12, 2011 7:22 p.m.

FLINT, Michigan -Tony Annese knows all about making long runs in the state football playoffs. The Corunna native also knows what it feels like to get excluded from the dance. […] “Those teams in Montrose could compete with anybody,” said Annese, who is now the head coach at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Former Michigan recruit Demar Dorsey to play football at Grand Rapids CC
4:36 PM, Feb. 12, 2011 | Detroit Free Press

Demar Dorsey is coming to Michigan after all — just not to the University of Michigan. Dorsey, the Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., high school All-America defensive back who signed with U-M last February, recently enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College. He will need to earn his associate’s degree before he can move to a Division I school, so he could play two seasons at Grand Rapids.  (More)

Our “Net Zero” Habitat Home Breaks Ground
Friday, February 11, 2011 | Image Design, LLC

Yesterday was the Ground Breaking for the “Net Zero” Habitat for Humanity of Kent County project at 335 Freyling Place in Historical Weathy Height district of Grand Rapids. […] The project is being used as a “Green Learning Laboratory” for more than 120 students at Grand Rapids Community College’s Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC and other departments, and students from Ferris State University Energy Department, will be doing Energy Modeling on the project and collecting data on the house and sharing it with the community, the State of Michigan and the nation through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  (More)

February Mathematics Seminar Featuring Professor Sam Schoofs

GRCC’s Mathematics department will be holding a seminar in February featuring Professor Sam Schoofs,  an adjunct in the Mathematics Department and an instructor in Calvin College’s Engineering Department February 23 at 3:00 p.m. in room 103 of Cook Hall.

He will give a presentation on “Mathematical Modeling and Electrical Engineering” that will cover how electrical engineers use a wide range of mathematical models to represent the physical realities of voltages and currents in electrical circuits, focusing on models of electrical circuits that use calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra. Some models from the field of telecommunications will also be discussed.  Refreshments will be served at 2:45 p.m.

Employee Learning Opportunities: 2/15/11 – 2/25/11

Employee Learning Opportunities
from Employee Professional Development & Enrichment

Seats still available in the following learning opportunities:

Tuesday, February 15
PowerPoint: Animations, Transitions, & Additional Media 1-2 p.m.

Wednesday, February 16
Neither Pudgy nor Bulky 1-2:30 p.m.

Friday, February 18
Team Leadership 9:30-11 a.m.
Improving your Nutritional Status 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Monday, February 21
Conflict Resolution 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 22
Leadership/Followership 1:30-3 p.m.

Wednesday, February 23
Bullying and Harassment 9:30-11 a.m.
Project Management 101 2-4 p.m.

Thursday, February 24
Leading Change 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Work Expectations 2-4 p.m.

Friday, February 25
First Aid Training – Responding to Emergencies (Pt 1) 3:30-5:30 p.m.

For complete description or to register, go to

Opportunities to Interact With Diversity Speaker Ta-Nehisi Coates

Diversity Lecture Series with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Journalist, Author, Editor
A Deeper Black: The Meaning of Race in the Age of Obama
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
7:00 PM
Fountain Street Church
Free and open to the public

A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates
Thursday, 17, 2011
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Grand Rapids Community College
Calkins Science Center

Please join us for a conversation with our Diversity Lecture Series speaker Mr. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Journalist, Author, Editor. Coates writes about politics, race, history and pop culture, often in the same article. He has penned many controversial and influential articles. His memoir The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, offers readers an epic about boys trying to become men in black America and beyond.

Questions please contact the Diversity Learning Center 234-3390

Irish Foreign Studies Program

We still have four seats left for the Irish Foreign Studies Program this Summer (May 3 – June 16)! If you know of any students or if you are interested in joining us, please visit the website at or stop on in to the office to pick up an application.

Or if you can’t go but could mention it to your classes, student workers, friends, co-workers, etc… we’d greatly appreciate it! It’s a fabulous program, a great opportunity and only $130 a day including two meals a day, lodging, entrance fees, transportation, activities, etc… (not including tuition for nine credits and airfare). It’s a fantastic deal!