Tinas Two Minutes – Week 5

Tina’s Two Minutes video, Week 5.

In this video, Tina explains the final steps of the design process for the Keller Futures Center’s current project, The Future of Career Services at GRCC. This week, project participants used their research-based opportunity paths to come up with innovative ideas and solutions for Career Services. The team will present their final ideas this week.

This will be the last of Tina’s videos for this project; but don’t worry – a recap of the full report-out will be available soon.

Secchia Institute Department Head Dan Gendler – No Forked Tongue Here

Some of you may have heard this report on disposable utensils made from potatoes on MichiganRadio.

Wait a minute; we use the “potato forks” in our student-run Art & Bev’s. Is this a good thing? Dan Gendler, whose restaurant San Chez has always been a leader in sustainable practices in the food industry and who is our incoming Director of SICE, offers this information on our use of the potato forks.

“We separate our waste stream at the point of the user. Our compostables are sent to Spurt in Zealand. This facility is similar to the one in [the radio report]. Therefore our potato forks here at GRCC really do turn into rich topsoil. The more people know about this, hopefully, the more they will take time to separate their waste at Art and Bev’s.”

One more way we’re out in front when it comes to sustainability; one more way GRCC is distinctive.

GRCC in the News – 5/24/11

Juan Olivarez says his goal is to show the community Aquinas College’s value
Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 10:00 AM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Juan Olivarez said Aquinas College has always been a special place for him, and as the Catholic college’s seventh president, his job will be to make sure it’s special to the rest of the community as well.  Olivarez, the former Grand Rapids Community College president, was approved by trustees on Monday, returning him to the city after three years at the helm of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.  (More)

Discussing the future of Michigan schools
WWMT | May 24, 2011 8:21 AM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Parents, teachers and educational leaders sat down last night to discuss the future of Michigan’s schools.  The State Board of Education hosted a forum at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

College admissions experts hope 2011 high school graduates will be better prepared academically
Published: Monday, May 23, 2011, 6:42 AM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Tom Dupuie pushed himself as a Kenowa Hills High School student, taking tougher classes, like higher mathematics and science. […] Grand Rapids Community College Professor Kenneth Smith helps Sandra Rios of Grand Rapids with an exercise in an academic foundational class Thursday at GRCC.   (More)

Aquinas College to announce new president on Tuesday, former GRCC President Juan Olivarez was only candidate
Published: Monday, May 23, 2011, 5:07 PM  | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Aquinas College leaders say they’ll announce their new president Tuesday morning – but stopped short of revealing whether former Grand Rapids Community College President Juan Olivarez – the one person recommended for the post – has been hired. (More)

MI ed board hears of success, problems – School leaders in Grand Rapids Monday night
Monday, 23 May 2011, 4:24 PM EDT | By Tony Tagliavia

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Standing before three members of the Michigan Board of Education at a listening session in Grand Rapids, parent Mary Jo Chisholm raised the question that confronts her family: “How are we going to do this?” […] A forum with the State Board of Education was held at Grand Rapids Community College (May 23, 2011)  (More)

Art and Bevs Weekly Specials Week of May 24, 2011


  • Soups: Italian Wedding or Potato with Bacon
  • Homemade Lasagna with Cheesy Garlic toast $4.50
  • Turkey,Caramelize4d Onion, Blue Cheese, Apple, and Bacon Panino $4.00


  • Soups: Cheesy Broccoli or Cream of Mushroom
  • Tuna Salad on Croissant with fresh fruit $3.50
  • Mushroom and Onion Smothered Burger with Swiss $3.50


  • Soups: Chicken Noodle or Corn Chowder
  • Buffalo Chicken Wrap with Provolone $3.50
  • Chicken and Shrimp Alfredo w/Charlie bread $5.00


  • Soups: Chicken and Wild Rice and….1 more
  • Buffalo Chicken Wrap with Provolone $3.50
  • Chicken and Shrimp Alfredo w/Charlie bread $5.00

Art & Bev’s CA224 is an SICE Student Run Enterprise.

Thank You to Adjunct Recruitment Event Volunteers

On Saturday, May 21st Grand Rapids Community College hosted an Adjunct Event to provide the community and others from the surrounding area of what it’s like to be an Adjunct at GRCC. A HUGE Thank You to the following staff members who participated to make this event a success! Thank You!

Aaron Chew, Aleta Anderson, Becky Yoder, Bob Leunk, Brent Spitler, Cathy Wilson, Cheryl Floyd, Christine Davis, Dennis Sutton, Derek DeVries, Diane Sparks, Faye Davis, Felix Pereiro, Glenn Gelderloos, Heather Forrest, Jan Benham, Janice Balyeat, Jennifer Batten, Jessica Berens, Jim Fox, John Beadling, Kara Longacre, Kellie Welch, Kim Brems, Lisa Donaldson, Lisa Snider, Nhan Nguyen, Paula Sullivan, Rachel Paulucci, Sang Lee, Shanna Golf, Steve Abid, Steve Brozek, and Susan Wallsteadt

GRCC Alum – “Captain Boom”

“Captain Boom”, aka Andy Webb, is a GRJC alum from the early 1990s who makes his living putting on fireworks shows.  He was recently featured in the Grand Rapids Press: “‘Captain Boom’ ready to add fireballs to Grand Rapids Lip Dub Video”

According to GRCC Mathematics Professor John Dersch: “He was a good math and physics student while he was here, then moved on and got a degree in physics. Helpful if you’re going to put on fireworks displays!”

Condolences to Scott Mattson and Family

Condolences to Scott Mattson whose dad passed away Sunday:

Lawrence W. “Larry” Mattson, 72, of Kingsford, formerly of Metropolitan and Marquette, died Sun. May 22, 2011 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 13, 1938 in Niagara, WI, the son of the late Walter and Julia (Parera) Mattson. [Full Obituary Available Here]

Private family services will be held.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp 138 Fortune Lake Camp Road, Crystal Falls, MI 49920 or the Dickinson County Cancer Unit 1401 ½ Carpenter Ave. Iron Mountain, MI 49801.  Condolences to the family of Lawrence W. “Larry” Mattson can be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com