Art & Bev’s Weekly Specials Week of 2/21 /11

Sub of the Week: Meatball Marinara Sub covered with mozzarella cheese and baked on a sub bun $5.00


Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap $4.50
Cinnamon Sticks; served with creamy icing to dip $3.00
Soup: Wild Rice w/ Chicken & French Onion $2.00


Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap $5.00
Cinnamon Sticks; served with creamy icing to dip $3.00
Soup: Chicken Noodle & Baked Bean w/ Ham $2.00

Thursday – Friday

Closed for Cleaning – Please join Art & Bev’s Bistro for the next seven weeks right after Spring Break.

Art & Bev’s is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Discussing the Egyptian Revolution (2/24/11)

GRCC Professor Roland Gani (Egyptian born) and Professor Keith St. Clair will facilitate discussion on the 2011 revolution in Egypt. The event will take place Thursday, February 24, 6p-8p, ATC 168 Auditorium on the GRCC Main Campus and is free and open to all.

Speaker Bios:

Mr. St. Clair is a tenured Political Science Instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. He has been teaching political science there since 2002 and can be seen frequently on its cable channel 28. He teaches government and international relations. He holds two degrees from Illinois State University: a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. While in graduate school, he interned in London working as a research assistant for a Member of the British Parliament. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East.

He has lived in West Michigan since 1997 with his wife Alice. Mr. St. Clair serves on the board of the Michigan Conference of Political Scientists. He remains active in the World Affairs Council of West Michigan and has been a guest lecturer for the National Issues Forum at the Dirksen Congressional Center.

Mr. Gani was born in the suburb of Cairo, Egypt called Kubbeh Gardens in 1934 to European parents, who were also born in Egypt. Gani’s paternal grandparents, the father came from Greece, the mother from Italy. His maternal grandparents, the father from France and the mother from Spain. Their presence in Egypt was the result of the influx of Europeans who came at the invitation of the Khedive Ismail, the then ruler in Egypt in the late 19th century to modernize the country, and hence the reason for finding myself in that land.

As Europeans they enjoyed a somewhat privileged existence in many of their circumstances having to do with economic status, educational opportunities, and overall standard of living. This was an obvious difference that did not bode well for Europeans as Egyptians began to demand a greater say in their existence, especially after WWII. Gani was very fortunate to have attended a British school under the auspices of the Anglican church in Egypt. He graduated in 1950. The school was also attended by upper class Egyptian students, hence the dichotomy that often created the gap between the haves and havenots, so exemplified by the recent events.

After three generations of Gani’s family living in Egypt, it became obvious that it was not going to be very comfortable for most Europeans to continue to live in Egypt, especially with the advent of Col. Nasser and his 1952 revolution, overthrowing King Farouk, the first of what was to become the military rule with Anwar Sadat and till today with Hosni Mubarak. In 1956 Gani’s family emigrated to Canada and the following Gani traveled to the U.S. to attend Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. He graduated in 1961 with B.A. in political science and religion. After some interval of work back in Canada for three years Gani returned to the States to begin his pastoral role in Bedford, Indiana. In 1967 He attended Indiana University for a year and a half of premed and subsequently attended the I.U. medical school as a graduate student in anticipation of admission and earning an M.D.

Gani moved to Michigan in 1976 and after several stints of a pastoral role and medical practice, serendipitously became acquainted with Dr. Marinus Swets in 1988 who gave him his present job in the English Dept. at GRCC which he has held for the past 23 years.

Gani speaks five languages of which Arabic, French, and English are his mother tongues. This is typical of Europeans of his background and he has found it very useful in much of his teaching, which were in addition to English composition, included Humanities, Philosophy, and Multicultural literature.

Employee Learning Opportunities: 2/21/11-3/4/11

Learning Opportunities from Employee Professional Development & Enrichment

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

Tuesday, February 22
Leadership/Followership 1:30-3 p.m.
Getting Information from the Internet 1:30-3 p.m.

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

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

Friday, February 25
First Aid – Responding to Emergencies (Pt 1) 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Pt 2: March 18

Monday, February 28
Defusing Rude Behavior 2-4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 1
Can You Believe She Did That? 1:30-3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 2
Preventing difficult situations & responding to difficult people (Speaker, Brett Sokolow) 8:15-9:45 a.m. – Multi Purpose Room, Student Center (no pre-registration needed)
Conquering Information Overload 9-10:30 a.m.
Keys to a Positive Mental Attitude 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 3
Goal Setting 2-3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 4
Community CPR/AED Renewal 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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GRCC Articles: 2/21/11

Learn how to care for elderly through GRCC program
By LISA ERMAK | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Feb 20, 2011 @ 05:30 AM

Holland, MI — As more people need to know how to care for aging parents or others, Grand Rapids Community College’s Older Learner Center is offering a program designed for the public as well as college students.  (More)

Some West Michigan teens ‘freaked out’ by report saying energy drinks are unsafe
Published: Monday, February 21, 2011, 6:10 AM | Kyla King | The Grand Rapids Press

During his lunch break at East Grand Rapids High School, Keith Howell will run to a convenience store and grab a Monster Energy Nitrous or whatever drink is on sale. […] Grand Rapids Community College freshman Shy Riekan, 18, was not aware that it was possible to overdose on caffeine until she drank four McDonald’s frappuccinos in one day and fainted at Woodland Mall.  (More)

Scots Men’s Tennis picks up first win of 2011 season at GRCC 8-1
Posted: Sat, February 19th, 2011 at 4:17PM

The Alma Men’s Tennis team topped Grand Rapids Community College 8-1 on Saturday, claiming their first victory of the season. After getting off to a slow start because of adjusting to the hard courts, the Scots never looked back. (More)

Guest director prepares for new Cornerstone University play ‘Proof’
February 19th, 2011 | by Nikki Fletcher | Staff Writer

“It is so easy to believe in something negative and when something positive happens we want to have the proof,” said guest director Tom Kaechele. “Proof”, the spring psychological thriller Cornerstone University theatre is producing, deals with the acceptance of the unknown and questioning to accept the truth. […] After completing his undergrad in theatre at Grand Rapids Community College and Western, [Kaechele] went to Wayne State to complete his master’s in theatre.  (More)

JCC men’s basketball team stops five-game slide
Published: Saturday, February 19, 2011, 8:35 PM | Gary Kalahar | Jackson Citizen Patriot

The Jackson Community College men’s basketball team got back to its winning ways with an 86-78 victory over Grand Rapids Community College at Cuiss Fieldhouse on Saturday. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for JCC (16-11, 8-6 Michigan Community College Athletic Association).  (More)

Midwest Institute Fulbright Summer Opportunities

The Midwest Institute has submitted five Fulbright GPA proposals for summer 2011 to:1) China, 2) Czech republic, 3) Japan & S. Korea, 4) Malaysia, and 5) Vietnam.

As of today, there are several openings for the Czech, Malaysia and Vietnam projects.

Only full-time teaching faculty in the Arts, Communication-Foreign Languages, Humanities, Social Sciences or interdisciplinary-thematic curriculum and professional development for faculty in Business, Health, Social Work, Math, Sciences, Counseling, Engineering, Environment, and Technology, are eligible to participate (imposed by the Fulbright GPA program, not the Midwest Institute).

Faculty should notify Aleta Anderson no later than March 1 if interested.

Condolences to Bob and Christina Arnold

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Bob and Chris Arnold, on the death of Bob’s father, Ray Arnold, Tuesday, February 15. Bob is an adjunct instructor in the Computer Applications Department and Chris is the Director of the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center. Services will be held in Jackson, Michigan.  Read the Obituary here.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 22
(Visitation at church prior to service at 9:00 a.m.)
Grace Church
2692 N. Dettman
Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 789-6155

Condolences :
Bob and Chris Arnold
4967 Chableau Drive SW
Wyoming, Michigan 49519

Wetherby Funeral Home
402 Wildwood Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 787-7511