Diversity Lecture Series Presents Jeannette Walls 10/26/11

Jeanette Walls GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series will welcome Author, Journalist and Columnist Jeannette Walls on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. to Fountain Street Church to speak on “The Glass Castle: Demon Hunting and Other Life Lessons.”

The event is free and open to all.

Jeannette Walls is author of the memoir, The Glass Castle, which has been on the New York Times best-sellers list for over three years. The book details Walls’ life growing up in extreme poverty and describes the unimaginable obstacles she faced. From the desert of
the Southwest to her parent’s later homelessness in New York City, Walls’ account of an impoverished life is a compelling testament to what it means to be poor. Jeannette Walls is also a journalist whose work has appeared in New York Magazine, Esquire, USA Today, and MSNBC.

  • All lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE
  • Free and open to the public
  • On-campus parking $3.00 (with discount pass)

For more information contact the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center at 234-3390.

Team Canada Takes Home 2011 Nations Cup in Culinary Competition


Over the weekend, the biennial Nations Cup International Student Culinary Competition wrapped up with a six-course awards dinner that served as the final event on which teams were judged.  GRCC welcomed teams from five other nations – Barbados, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Scotland – to compete against a team representing the USA selected from the students of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.


When the final results were tallied Team Canada came out on top, taking numerous “best of show” awards and gold medals.  A richly-deserved congratulations are due to Amy Fox, Michael Clarke and coach Kevin Boyce from Team Canada.

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Mobile Development for Phones and Tablets

Szymon Machejewski (Computer Apps) recently presented at the Fall 2011 ETOM (Educational Technology Organization of Michigan) Conference. The video of the complete session is on GRCC’s YouTube site at:

You can follow him on Twitter @grccProf. For more updates on Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies, follow us @grccdlit. Thanks to GRCC Media Technologies for the video production!

Raider Salute to Derek DeVries, Klaas Kwant, Mike Colby, Jim Schafer, Duane David, Danelle Sedore and Marcia Arp

Thank you for their tireless,amazing work on the videos, pictures, printing, and organization that made the 4th Biannual Nations Cup International Culinary Competition a reality. This work exemplified the GRCC goals pertaining to excellence, diversity, responsiveness, and integrity when it came to hosting teams from Barbados, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Scotland and the USA while competing in the student culinary competition at Grand Rapids Community College October 20-22, 2011.  Here are some links of their work:

Two GRCC Students Earn Right to Advance to Regional Idea Pitch Competition

Two Grand Rapids Community College students have qualified to compete at the upcoming regional “Idea Pitch” competition on November 3. Idea Pitch allows students exactly 90 seconds to explain a new idea for a new business. The regional competition will take place at 6 p.m. at Davenport University. A total of 14 students representing seven educational institutions will compete.

The 3rd Annual Idea Pitch Competition is made possible by the collaborative efforts of WMCUG, the West Michigan Colleges and Universities Group, which includes Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Hope College, Grand Valley State University, and Grand Rapids Community College. WMCUG is committed to helping grow entrepreneurship in West Michigan. Continue reading

GRCC in the News – 10/24/11

After slow start, Grand Rapids Community College football team pounds-Harper College
Published: Saturday, October 22, 2011, 6:04 PM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Community College football team was put back on its heels early Saturday afternoon after visiting Harper College marched down the field and scored the game’s first touchdown.  It was a short-lived moment of hope for the Hawks.  (More)