GRCC Faculty Members With ArtPrize Works on Display

The following faculty members from the School of Arts and Sciences have their work displayed in ArtPrize 2011. Please be sure to make their displays part of your ArtPrize itinerary:

  • Frank Conner (Psychology Dept.) – sculpture – Cathedral Square
  • Scott Garrard (Visual Arts Dept.) – 3D – GVSU Exhibition Center
  • Filippo Tagliati (Visual Arts Dept.) – film/video – Mercantile Bank
  • Nick Antonakis (Visual Arts Dept.) – painting – CODA (gallery operated by Kendall College of Art and Design, 44 Division St.)
  • Mursalata Muhammad (English Dept.) and Carol VanRandwyk (Music Dept.) – Haiku Middle Passage Exhibit – Fountain Street Church
  • Tamara Fox (Visual Arts Dept.) – 3D – Women’s City Club
  • Dianne Carroll Burdick (Visual Arts Dept.) – photography – Cathedral Square
  • Robert Burdick (Visual Arts Dept.) – 2D – Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Carol Jurgens (Language and Thought Dept.) – painting – Cathedral Square

GRCC in the News – 9/27/11

Grand Rapids Community College receives $2 million federal grant to target unprepared students
Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 7:00 PM | Monica Scott | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has received a grant award of nearly $2 million from the U. S. Department of Education to increase the number of students who stay in college and graduate with a degree.  (More)

GRCC program targets academically unprepared students
By Staff reports | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Sep 27, 2011 @ 04:48 PM

Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids Community College received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education Title III program to increase the number of students who stay in college and graduate with a degree. The program will focus on helping developmental education students or those needing extra courses and support to be successful college students.  (More)

Davenport, GRCC Partnering on Nursing Program
WOOD Radio | Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) are signing an articulation agreement that will allow GRCC nursing students, working toward their associate degree in nursing, to complete courses toward a bachelor’s degree at Davenport while simultaneously continuing classes at GRCC.  (More)

Davenport, GRCC sign nursing deal – Dual enrollment program benefits students
Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – GRCC nursing students can now complete courses toward a bachelor’s degree at Davenport while continuing their classes at GRCC under an agreement signed Tuesday.  (More)

Haley named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week
By Derek Martin, Sports Editor | Crookston Daily Times | Posted Sep 27, 2011 @ 10:36 AM

CROOKSTON, Minn. — Golden Eagle junior running back Richard Haley has been named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his 237 rushing yards on 43 carries against MSU Moorhead Saturday. The Detroit, Mich. native and Grand Rapids Community College transfer averaged 5.5 yards per carry and scored a touchdown in Minnesota, Crookston’s 29-22 overtime loss to the Dragons.  (More)

ArtPrize exhibition center review: GVSU is an exhibit worth our gratitude
Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 1:23 PM | Joseph Becherer | The Grand Rapids Press

Any visit to a Grand Valley State University campus or building is certain to be an art adventure. The university’s commitment to place students, staff and visitors in direct contact with original works of art has led to an astonishing permanent collection that lives, breathes and grows. […] Multi-dimensional: Emily Purwin, 19, a Grand Rapids Community College student looks at “Galatea,” a bronze by Adam Schulz.  (More)

Edye Evans Hyde Named West Michigan Jazz Musician of the Year
Posted September 22, 2011 | Hope College Press Release

HOLLAND – Edye Evans Hyde of the Hope College music faculty has been named the 2011 Musician of the Year by the West Michigan Jazz Society. […] A 1975 graduate of Creston High School in Grand Rapids, she holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Aquinas College, has taught K-12 vocal music, and also served as the assistant director of admissions at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Art and Bevs Specials for the Week of 9/27/11


  • Soups: Roasted Butternut and Potato or Chicken Noodle
  • Cuban Sandwich  $4.50
  • Reuben Sandwich $4.00


  • Soups: Split Pea w/Ham or Wisconsin Cheese
  • Chicken and Black Bean Empanadas w/Tostones  $3.00


  • Soups: Chicken Shrimp Gumbo or Fire Roasted Vegetable
  • Pasta Bar  w/fresh Charlie bread  $7.00


  • Soups: Black Bean or Broccoli Cheddar

Other specials are also available.  Art & Bev’s CA224 is an SICE Student Run Enterprise.

GRCC in the News – 9/27/11

Columnist Nicholas Kristof: Educating girls is key to bringing about change worldwide
Published: Monday, September 26, 2011, 10:17 PM | Morgan Jarema | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Nicholas Kristof concedes that life can be tough for many in the U.S. But compared to those who live in many other countries, Americans have “won the lottery of life,” he said. […] Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times and co-author of “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women,” kicked off Grand Rapids Community College’s annual Diversity Lecture Series Monday at Fountain Street Church.  (More)

Leadership Grand Rapids Class of 2012 Announced
Monday, September 26, 2011 | Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

The Center for Community Leadership (CCL), the community leadership program of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, is proud to announce the community leaders who will participate in the 2012 Leadership Grand Rapids Program. […] Raul Alvarez, Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Fall 2011 Group Exercise Wellness Offerings

This year the Wellness and Enrichment Team is switching things up; starting the first week in October they are offering 5 different group exercise classes in many different locations for the rest of the semester.

How it works:

  • The fee to participate in classes is $40.00 per semester and you get to attend as many different classes as you would like.
  • Sign up in the current learning opportunities and choose a class that you would like to attend the majority of the time (your “primary class” if you will).
  • Attend that class and ANY OTHER CLASS that you would like – as many times as you would like. Really – it’s like a VIP – ALL ACCESS PASS to a rock concert – except you get to exercise.

How to sign up:

  • Choose your class under current learning opportunities, bring (or interoffice mail) a $40.00 check (made out to GRCC) or cash to Staff Development (100 Admin Bldg) and get your exercise on.
  • They will give you the class schedule so you can participate as much as you would like.

Drop in option: (if you don’t want to make the “primary class” $40.00 commitment)

  • If you would prefer to just drop in on classes – feel free! There is a $5.00 fee for drop in classes and you don’t need to commit to any primary class.
  • There is no need to pre-register – just show up! Check the Staff Development site for class dates and times.

What to wear:  You don’t need to have an “outfit” – just bring some shorts or cozy pants and a t-shirt along with comfortable “gym shoes” and you will be ready to go.

Questions? – Contact Julie Lenger in Staff Development! X3490 or

Fall 2011 offerings: Continue reading

Heritage Restaurant Lunch Class Fall 2011 Semester

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As you’re likely well aware, GRCC’s Heritage Restaurant is again open for business.  These photos come from the Lunch Class for the Fall 2011 semester supervised by GRCC faculty Chefs Angus Campbell and Bob Schultz.  For reservations, call 234-3700 or visit to see hours and the menus for both the Lunch and Dinner services.

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Spectrum Theater Hosting ArtPrize Artist Christopher Hoyt

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Theatre friend Laura Bailey had a fun time with her family at ArtPrize on Thursday evening! Check out Chistopher Hoyt’s “Mustache Yourself” ArtPrize entry. Laura posed behind her favorite mustache, and she and Kyle had their son Felix do the same! Come on over and give it a try during ArtPrize 2011 at Spectrum Theater! You’ll see this piece right when you walk in the main lobby doors on the windows of the foyer.

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Enjoy ArtPrize everyone!

Still Plenty of Time to Promote Your Department at ArtPrize Downtown

GRCC Ice Gurus Rebecca Green Artprize Banner

As you may be aware, GRCC has a presence downtown at the BOB for ArtPrize with the GRCC-themed ice sculpture crafted by the Ice Gurus.  This gives the college an excellent opportunity to connect with the community with the piece.  You can hand out literature, give away SWAG, or have student/faculty demonstrations – whatever suits your fancy.

Use this form to indicate when you are available to spend some time on site talking to the community about the opportunities your department has available.

Student Employment Services Upcoming Events

GRCC’s Student Employment Services department has opportunities to make students aware of:

  • Federal Career Day | ATC Building | October 13, 2011 | 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Manufacturing Day | ATC Building | November 7, 2011 | 1 to 4 p.m.

Resume Workshops (dates/times/locations listed below):

  • Tuesday, 10/25/11 from 2-4 p.m. | ATC 211
  • Wednesday, 10/26/11 from 9-11 a.m. | ATC 211
  • Wednesday, 11/9/11 from 2-4 p.m. | ATC 219
  • Thursday, 11/10/11 from 2-4 p.m. | ATC 219
  • Friday, 12/2/11 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | ATC 211

2011 Fall Open House Offers a Great Opportunity to Promote Your Program

So…do you want to promote your department, program or certification to interested prospective students? Here’s your chance…

Admissions Fall Open House
Saturday October 29
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Last year, over 300 prospective GRCC students (and their parents) attended. Want a piece of the action? Let Angela Zainea (ext. 3420 or know and she’ll set you up with a table (and chairs) for you to join in on the fun. But you must reserve your spot by October 14.

The open house is a perfect way to get these potential GRCC students excited about our college. In addition to admissions information, attendees will enjoy refreshments, campus tours, financial aid information and cool giveaways.

Why not be a part of it? More details at

Heritage Restaurant Needs Reservations for Dinner Service

Here’s a really great way to help students: Eat at The Heritage. How easy is that? But seriously, our restaurant is a working classroom and Chef Dunn needs customers so his students get real life experience. Let them show off their skills – on you.  View the menu at

Call 234-3700 for reservations today. Bon Appetit!


GRCC in the News – 9/26/11

GRCC football team rolls over Iowa Central CC
Published: Sunday, September 25, 2011, 9:55 PM | The Grand Rapids Press

FORT DODGE, Iowa — With a much-anticipated game approaching against nationally ranked Iowa Western Community College, Grand Rapids Community College football coach Tony Annese hoped his team would not be looking ahead.  (More)

Gone JUCO, But Not Forgotten Premium Story
By Bill Greene | Ohio recruiting analyst | Date: Sep 25, 2011

Even though he has taken his talents to Grand Rapids Community College (MI), former Akron Buchtel star Corey Smith is still receiving recruiting attention, although he insists he is still committed to Tennessee. After giving up his senior season at Buchtel, and enrolling at GRCC for academic reasons, Smith is doing well in the classroom and on the field.  (More)

The Role of Faith and Science in Fostering Earth Stewardship: The Scientific and Moral Ground
Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College

How does the world work? (Science), What ought to be? (Ethics), and Then what must we do? (Praxis), are questions that have largely kept separate in their own respective domains. However, as we come to directly face global climate change and declining biodiversity, these three questions need to be deliberately interlinked in order to address the overwhelming challenge of how rightly to live on earth. […] Dr. Calvin DeWitt (University of Wisconsin- Madison Professor, Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies) will give a public lecture, Wednesday Sept 28 at 7:30 pm in the Sneiden Hall Multipurpose Room 108 415 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Diversity Lecture Series Kicks off With Nicholas D Kristof Tonight – Updated

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[Updated with Location]

Nicholas D. Kristof – September 26, 2011
Author, Columnist, Journalist
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women
Location: All lectures begin at 7:00 pm at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI.

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.

For Library Resources on Mr. Kristof’s other work, click here.