GRCC in the News – 10/26/11

Juan Olivarez to be formally inaugurated today as Aquinas College’s seventh president in 125 years
Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 7:00 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Forty-four years ago, Juan Olivarez was a bright-eyed freshmen at Aquinas College, eager to start the next chapter of his life. […] Olivarez, 61, who succeeds Edward Balog, says he feels confident taking the reins after more than nine years leading Grand Rapids Community College and the past three years as president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation  (More)

No. 2 Arizona Western Closing Gap on No. 1 Blinn in NJCAA Football Poll
National Junior College Athletic Association | October 25, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Following a wild week of upsets, the NJCAA Football Top 10 underwent some minor changes in the tenth poll of the 2011 season. […] Butler Community College (Kan.) remained No. 4 in the rankings, while No. 5 Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) moved into the Top Five after beating Harper College (Ill.) 50-7.  (More)

Occupy Grand Rapids addresses City Commission, says it’s not going away
Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 7:43 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Members of Occupy Grand Rapids, at the request of Mayor George Heartwell, told city commissioners tonight that the group intends to continue protesting and camping out in a church parking lot until they see change in the community and the country. […] Since the group formed in Grand Rapids and stood together on Oct. 8, Grand Rapids Community College student Mandi Creveling has been impressed with its growth.  (More)

ESP and Students Support Kids Food Basket – Photos

ESP Student Kids Food Basket Volunteer Event

Recently, GRCC ESP hosted a table for the GRCC Community to decorate bags for Kids Food Basket sack suppers. Students and staff participated in decorating nearly 200 bags. KFB provides nearly 5,000 sack suppers to food-insecure kids through GR Area schools so that lunch is not the last meal of the day. Watch for the next opportunity!

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Diversity Lecture Series Presents Jeannette Walls TONIGHT

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.