GRCC in the News: 4/9/11-4/11/11

Why $100,000 plus pay is the norm for professors at Grand Rapids Community College
Published: Monday, April 11, 2011, 7:14 AM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

One in four full-time employees at Grand Rapids Community College was paid at least $100,000 in 2010, according to a Press review of salaries at the region’s two largest public colleges.  (More)

New Poet Laureate For Grand Rapids
David Moore | April 7, 2011 | WGVU

Grand Rapids has a new Poet Laureate. He’s David Cope, who not only composes and reads poetry, but also teaches the art at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s the guest of honor at a reception April 19, sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids.   (More)  Also – listen to the interview with Professor Cope here: Part 1 | Part 2

Players’ safety the biggest concern with new regulations for high school baseball bats
Published: Friday, April 08, 2011, 11:00 AM | Steve Vedder | The Grand Rapids Press

Ryan Elble considers himself a baseball traditionalist. But he cringes at the idea of new bat regulations making those high-scoring slugfests embraced by many baseball fans becoming a thing of the past. […] Grand Rapids Community College coach Mike Cupples said the good hitters will still be able to hit, but it’s hard to predict whether the number of players capable of producing home runs will shrink.  (More)

Grand Rapids Marine Reserve members, likely bound for Afghanistan, greeted with breakfast after training (photos)
Published: Sunday, April 10, 2011, 10:32 AM | Ted Roelofs | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – The local Marine Corps League organized a welcome-home breakfast this morning for some 150 Marine Reserve members of Grand Rapids-based Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines. […] Pfc. Axdorff, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, said he is eager for the deployment to come.  (More)

Professor: Religion is a strong predictor of attitudes, not behavior
Published: Saturday, April 09, 2011, 5:44 AM | Paul R. Kopenkoskey | The Grand Rapids Press

[…] Those who consider themselves religious conservatives or fundamentalists are on par with atheists, agnostics and those who seldom attend church services when it comes to rates of divorce, premarital sex, extramarital affairs and abortion, Luke Galen said recently at Grand Rapids Community College’s psychology speaker series at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center.  (More)

Rapid bus driver is known for his rhymes as much as his diligence
Published: Sunday, April 10, 2011, 10:43 AM | Tom Rademacher | The Grand Rapids Press

If Terron Smith is your bus operator, you might as well leave the caffeine and power drinks behind, because this driver can deliver your wake-up juice in the form of rhyme. […] A few exit onto the campus of Grand Rapids Community College: “Time to get your daily dose of knowledge, now that I got you here to your college.”  (More)

Innovation Competition Final Judging 4/19/11

Final judging for GRCC’s innovation competition will take place Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Calkins Science Building Auditorium

Dr. Ender and GRCC Alumnus and Philanthropist, Armen Oumedian, who generously provided the prize money for the competition, will announce the winners for the first GRCC Innovation Competition. The 2010-11 competition topic was Sustainability. The question posed to teams was “How can we reduce our energy costs so that we can use these savings to benefit programs that support student success?”

Seven teams are in the final running. Each team has at least one faculty, one staff and one student. Prizes will be awarded for 1st place – $3,000; 2nd place – $1,500; and 3rd place – $750. Please come support your colleagues and students who entered this first time competition. Refreshments will be served.