Ice Gurus Unveil GRCC-Themed Ice Sculpture for ArtPrize – Photos

GRCC Ice Gurus Artprize Illustration by Rebecca Green

GRCC has partnered with the Ice Gurus Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield for this year’s ArtPrize and today they unveiled the GRCC-themed ice sculpture that will be on display at the BOB during Artprize (September 21-October 10).  The piece was created based on an illustration by local artist Rebecca Green and depicts the frenetic energy and wide variety of learning opportunities on GRCC’s campus.

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GRCC will also be downtown during ArtPrize connecting with the community through demos, games and opportunities to pick up limited-edition items bearing other illustrations from the series Rebecca did for GRCC.  Any department that wants to get involved in the ArtPrize fun is invited to contact the Communications Department at and find out how they can reach out to the community with their students and programs.

GRCC Ice Gurus ArtPrize Piece Under Construction

Ice Gurus Working on GRCC Themed ArtPrize Piece

We stopped by their studios last week while the piece was under construction and captured these behind-the-scenes shots (which involve an arduous process of layering pigmented water to create the color blocks used in the piece along with the traditional carving, shaping and smoothing):

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Employee Learning Opportunities – Work Expectations for Supervisors and Employees

For those of you who could not attend these sessions this summer, back by popular demand…

  • Work Expectations for Supervisors
    This is a 2 – part session; Both parts are required for completion
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 AND Wednesday October 5, 2011 (both from 3:00 – 5:00 PM).
  • Work Expectations for Employees
    This is a 2 – part session; Both parts are required for completion
    Friday October 14, 2011 AND Friday October 21, 2011 (both from 1:00 – 3:00 PM)

To register for these session please click on this link

You can also view more detail on all of our sessions at this site. If you have questions regarding any of the learning opportunities offered by Staff Development please email

Diversity Lecture Series 2011-12 Kicks Off With Journalist Nicholas Kristof

Kristof, Nicholas color photoGRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series, put on by the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center will begin its 2011-12 run with Nicholas D. Kristof, Author, Columnist, Journalist on Monday, September 26, 2011.  Kristof will speak on “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women.”

Nicholas Kristof, is the author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women, which outlines an agenda for the world’s women and three major abuses: sex trafficking and forced prostitution; gender-based violence including honor killings and mass rape; and maternal mortality, which needlessly claims one woman a minute. Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and columnist for The New York Times since 2001, is widely known for bringing to light human rights abuses in Asia and Africa. Many reviewers suggest that Half the Sky stands to become a classic, igniting a grass-roots revolution.

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GRCC in the News – 9/9/11

Emily Richett Visits the Ice Gurus to Preview GRCC-Inspired Ice Sculpture for ArtPrize
Fox 17 | September 9, 2011 | Emily Richett

WXMI’s Emily Richett was on hand this morning at the studios of the Ice Gurus Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield as they unveiled their ice sculpture that will be on display for ArtPrize which was inspired by Grand Rapids Community College.  The concept for the sculpture was created by local artist/illustrator Rebecca Green and brought to life by the Ice Gurus.  It will be on display at the BOB downtown during ArtPrize from September 22-October 10. Video 1 | Video 2

Was invading Iraq, Afghanistan worth it? West Michigan veterans of war on terror share their views
Published: Friday, September 09, 2011, 6:15 AM  | By Ted Roelofs | The Grand Rapids Press

A decade later, the memory of that day is still fresh for Army veteran Robert Cook. […] Sparta veteran Cook is trying to rebuild his life a piece at a time. Divorced in 2005, he is engaged to be married. He has been attending classes at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Freestyle Motor Show Features GRCC Student Joe Tobolic
WXMI Fox 17 | 9/5/11

Marketing major Joe Tobolic, son of Criminal Justice secretary Fawn Tobolic, donates GRsFinest talents for Bikers for Babies this weekend at Martin Dragway. (Video Here)