Chef Bob Schultz’s Class Holds Cheese Competition


Earlier this week, Chef-Instructor Bob Schultz of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education had a cheese competition for one of his classes.  Students prepared and plated a variety of cheeses they had crafted and were graded on presentation, taste, and how accommodating their presentations were to the customer.  For the full slideshow, go here.

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Psychology Department Lecture Series Presentation on Micro-Aggressions – 12/7/11

Despite the public’s demand for transparency and truthful communications, according to one expert many individuals frequently use small, yet very hurtful, “micro-aggressions” in our communications.  In her upcoming lecture, “I Didn’t Do Anything to Make You Feel That Way – How We Communicate Without Saying Anything,” Social Worker Lois Smith Owens, MSW, MA, will discuss how we “constantly use micro-aggressions as a way to devalue and demean those that we are ‘different’ from.”

Owens, the second in GRCC’s Psychology Department Speaker Series, will speak Wednesday, December 7 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM in room 168 of GRCC’s Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center at the main campus in downtown Grand Rapids.

Owens defines micro-aggressions as insults or stereotyping that are generally perceived as small, but in reality are deeply felt by the recipient. “Oppressed and at-risk populations are often bombarded by these slights, invalidations and painful experiences by others such as pastors, teachers, family members, co-workers, neighbors and class-mates,” she says.

Formerly a School Social Worker specializing in Art Therapy in Chicago, she is currently Director of Admissions and an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University.

The professor will also present information on the use of ‘triggers’ that will assist in understanding why many in our society continue to engage in these demeaning behaviors toward others, as well as discussing how to refrain from doing so.

All presentations are free and held in room 168 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, on Fountain St. and Ransom Ave.

For more information, contact Dr. Frank Conner at or (616) 234-3612. For a list of future speakers in this series, please visit

New IT Password Policy

A new password policy has been developed to help keep information safe here at GRCC. This policy will make it more difficult for passwords to be guessed or cracked and will provide greater information protection. The policy will require a stronger password consisting of at least 10 characters including one upper case letter, one lower case letter and a number. Beginning January 1, 2012 the IT department will provide a self-serve password change website that will adhere to these new requirements.

More details on this policy can be viewed at

Poetry Night Downtown With GRCC Faculty – 12/8/11

Poetry Night Downtown

Two GRCC poets, Barbara Saunier and Kim Wyngarden, will be featured at Poetry Night Downtown on Thursday, December 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Schuler Books (40 Fountain St. NW).

Barbara Saunier taught writing for over twenty-five years at Grand Rapids Community College, retiring to her farm and horses in 2010. Her poems have appeared most recently in Poet Lore, The South Loop Review and The South Carolina Review. They have also received two Pushcart nominations and this fall won first prize in the MacGuffin 16th national Poet Hunt contest. She is working on her first full-length collection of poems.

Kim Wyngarden is a Professor of English at GRCC. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, A Fulbright Scholar, and most recently a 2011 Lake Michigan Writing Project Fellow. her interests include world travel and Russian literature. Her poetry often focuses on giving voice to people who speak but are seldom heard.