GRCC in the News: 4/2/11-4/4/11

Important Elections May 3
West Michigan Christian News | April 2011 | By Richard Ryskamp

Our civilization is always just one generation away from extinction.  Whether our civilization thrives or degenerates depends on how we educate the next generation.  On May 3 you will have the opportunity to vote for members of your local public K-12 school board.  If you live within the Kent Intermediate School District (basically all the school districts based in Kent County plus Thornapple-Kellogg School District in Barry County), you will also have the opportunity to help elect two new members for the Board of Trustees of Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Rockford all-stater Julie Daukss has skiing in her blood
Cris Greer | The Grand Rapids Press, April 03, 2011 11:28 a.m.

With her family’s ski racing history, Rockford senior Julie Daukss was bound to become a sensation on the hill. […] “I like all three sports because they’re all things I can play past high school,” said Daukss, who plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and later move out West to the mountains.  (More)

JCC softball team runs winning streak to six behind three homers by Erika Bullock
Published: Saturday, April 02, 2011, 5:58 PM | Gary Kalahar | Jackson Citizen Patriot

Erika Bullock hit plenty of 3-point baskets for the Jackson Community College women’s basketball team last winter. […] Bullock blasted three home runs in the first game as JCC swept Grand Rapids Community College 9-3 and 9-1 to extend its winning streak to six games.  (More)

Rock Camp: The Outer Vibe turns young rockers into nearly polished pros in a single week
Published: Saturday, April 02, 2011, 7:00 AM  | John Sinkevics | The Grand Rapids Press

Guitarist Nick Hosford learned most things “the hard way” as a teenage musician, negotiating the mysterious world of rock bands, gigs, managers and money. […] The teaching thing came naturally for The Outer Vibe: Kacos, with a master’s degree in music theory from MSU, and Hosford, with a master’s in music from Eastern Michigan University, teach music-related courses at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Fountain Street Church hires executive minister with ‘intellectual chops’ to shape church’s finances, development
Published: Saturday, April 02, 2011, 5:32 AM | Paul R. Kopenkoskey | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — The Rev. Patrick Hamrick looks forward this summer to exploring Michigan’s varied flora and expansive woodlands. He embraces faith and spirituality with a similar passion. […] Not enough are aware of the Duncan Littlefair Great Speakers series, The Grand Rapids Community College Diversity Center, the intricate mosaics, paintings, wood carvings, stone sculptures and stained glass windows (one of which features Charles Darwin), throughout its 1,500-seat sanctuary.  (More)

Raider Salute to Katie Geeseman and Francisco Ramirez

This Raider Salute comes from Student Life:

“Student Life would like to extend a Raider Salute to Katie Geeseman and Francisco Ramirez. Katie is the advisor to the International Student Organization and Francisco is the advisor to the Hispanic Student Organization – and these two groups collaborated to host the 12 Annual Global Experience Festival on Friday, March 25, 2011 in the Ford Fieldhouse. It is an evening of food and performances that celebrates the global diversity represented within our student population and community. Nearly 400 people attended the event this year – and this is one of the most significant traditional events at GRCC. Congratulations to Katie, Francisco and their student leadership on another outstanding festival!”

Get Running Charity Classic – Healthy Living and Heartfelt Giving

The “Get Running Charity Classic” takes place Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse.  The Wellness & Enrichment Team is proud to sponsor the 2nd Get Running Charity Classic. First held in 2008, this event is making a return this year.

Here’s how it works. Employees form teams that will participate against each other in either a 30-minute fitness walk or a 1-mile running relay event. Each team selects a local charity they would like to raise money for by gathering donations in the days and weeks prior to the event.

All teams — walking or running — require 5 members. The winner in the walking category will be determined by the total number of laps walked by the team during the 30 minute fitness walk. In the running category, the team with the fastest time in a 10-lap, 1-mile relay will be the winner. AND all participants get a t-shirt :0)

Trophies will be awarded for:

  • The fastest relay running team
  • The team that walks the most laps during the 30-minute fitness walk
  • The team in each category (walking & running) who raises the most for their charity.

Register your team by online here.  If you have questions, contact Angela Zainea or Liz Timmer.

Get Ready! Kent County: A guide for Citizen Emergency Preparedness

GRCC goes to great lengths to make sure employees are safe and protected while at work, but disasters happen anytime and anywhere. You know what to do when you are here at work but do you have a plan when you’re not at work? Being prepared for the potential emergencies that could happen in Western Michigan will be easier to cope with if you are prepared.

Kent County has created a website with a month by month guide to preparing for emergencies.  Click here to access this free information. Get the whole family involved in creating an emergency preparedness plan that can give you all peace of mind.

This information is brought to you by your GRCC WE Team.