Zoology Students Release Monarch Butterflies With Professor Matt Douglas – Photos


Matt Douglas’ zoology students released Monarch butterflies from the top floor of the Lyon Street parking ramp yesterday afternoon, testing a hypothesis that they should fly south/southwest regardless of whether or not they have antennae.

This is the second significant release of Monarchs that Douglas’ students have played an important role in this year. GRCC alumna Holli Ward has a new business called Monarchs of Michigan, which now provides all the butterflies – and GRCC student interns – for the GRCC-sponsored Monarch Exhibit near the zoo’s South American display.

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Students of biology professor Matt Douglas were instrumental in getting this exhibit started several years ago and are credited at the exhibit. This year’s first event was in August when several of Douglas’ biodiversity students, including Christina Larson and Courtney Allen, released 100 monarchs an hour for five hours to the delight of approximately 1500 spectators, mostly children, and a cadre of local media.

Achieving the Dream Consultants at GRCC – Photos

Achieving the Dream Consultants at GRCC

On Sept. 29 and 30th, GRCC’s Achieving the Dream (AtD) consultants came for a site visit. They offered valuable insights regarding data collection, assessment, and program development as the College moves forward with its AtD student success projects. They were able to see one of GRCC’s AtD projects, Reading Apprenticeship, in action when they sat in on a Reading Apprenticeship training which was held during their visit. Thirty-two faculty spent three days learning how to model the usually invisible thinking strategies that students need to use in order to read their textbooks successfully.

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GRCC TV Special Programming Listings 10/4/11-10/17/11

GRCC’s TV Channel local programming guide for the next two weeks is now available at http://www.grcc.tv.  The schedule, plus Youtube links where available, is posted at grcc.edu/channel28.

Slated to air are a variety of new programs including: the FSU Sports Show, MSUE Lunch & Learn: Eat Well, Together, Aquinas Lecture Series 2011-2012 – Michael Cushion, Diversity Lecture Series – Nicholas D. Kristof, Diversity Conversation: Nicholas D. Kristof, GRCC Chemistry Lecture Series – Blood Glucose Monitoring/Research at Hope College, Aquinas College presents James Ruland “Patents,” Aquinas College Rededication, 2011 Constitutional Day Panel, and more.

Flu Shots for Employees 10/24/11

Flu injections will be provided to GRCC staff (excluding students) on Monday, October 24, between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM in the Bookstore (Student Community Center).  Reservations are not required.  The cost to staff is $17 cash or check payable to GRCC.  Priority Health participants will be covered for flu shots administered on-site on October 24th.  Please have your Priority Health card with you, and Spectrum Health will bill on your behalf.  Flu shots administered on October 24th will not be covered by WMHIP or MESSA.  Contact Jan Benham 234-3905 (jabenham@grcc.edu) with any questions.

Rad Tech Clinical Instructor Retreat at ArtPrize – Photos

The Radiologic Technology Department hosted their annual Clinical Instructor Retreat last Friday, September 29th. After spending the morning working through training modules on the role of the Clinical Instructor and learning styles of our student population, our Clinical Instructors were rewarded with a tour of the “Top Ten” of Art Prize.

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Title of work: “Metaphorest” Artist: Tracy Van Duinen


From left to right: Brenda Spratling, Jeff Lloyd, Jenifer Clingan, Julie Lackscheide,
Laura Holstege, Ricky Kauffman, Deb Nordman, Artist Tracy Van Duinen, Amanda Brand,
Not pictured: Joel Rescoe, Jaclyn Batchelder, Ruth Vachon

GRCC in the News – 10/4/11

Medalist Chris Cunningham helps Grand Valley State men’s golf team win GLIAC title
Published: Tuesday, October 04, 2011, 7:00 AM | Brian VanOchten | The Grand Rapids Press

The Grand Valley State University men’s golf team claimed the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship Monday afternoon at Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath by a whopping 16 strokes. […] The other top scorers for the Lakers were sophomore Jack Rider, of Kalamazoo, who tied for fifth at 222, senior Travis Shooks, a former Kenowa Hills High School and Grand Rapids Community College standout, who tied for 24th at 233, and junior Chase Olsen, of White Pigeon, who tied for 41st at 240.  (More)

Sharing the KITCHEN Sinc: Shared kitchen and retail concept opens downtown Grand Rapids
Published: Monday, October 03, 2011, 3:35 PM | Chris Knape | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – There’s an oven, an industrial stove, stone countertops, dishes, pans and, yes, a kitchen sink, at the recently opened The KITCHEN Sinc downtown Grand Rapids. […] “This kitchen is designed to be and meant to be shared by the community,” said [Kathleen] Schiefler, a Grand Rapids Community College Culinary program graduate and one of the co-founders of Grand River Grocery in Ada.  (More)

GRCC football team still savoring win over No. 5-ranked Iowa Western
Published: Monday, October 03, 2011, 11:00 AM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Community College football team is expected to move up in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s top 10 poll when it is released today.  (More)

Art and Bevs Weekly Specials 10/4/11-10/7/11


  • Soups: Clam Chowder or Broccoli Cheese
  • Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil Panini on Rosemary Foccacia $3.50


  • Soups: Fire Roasted Vegetable or White Chicken Chili
  • Western Burger- 1/4lb w/Sweet Baby Ray’s, American cheese, Haystack Onions, Bacon $4.oo


  • Soups: Chicken Noodle or Loaded Baked Potato
  • Pasta Bar w/fresh Charlie bread $7.00


  • Soups: Cheeseburger Chowder and……??
  • Specials? You bet. Come see us!

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

Raider Salute to Scott Martin and Abbot Kastanek

This salute was submitted by Eric Mullen:

“Student Life and Student Congress would like to extend a Raider Salute to Scott Martin and Abbot Kastanek who helped us complete a space improvement project to the Student Life Student Leadership space this summer. Scott and Abbot were meticulous project managers, and thoroughly sought to meet our needs and stay within budget. We now have a drastically improved space for student leaders – and it is being greatly utilized already. We appreciate their attention to detail and great customer service.”