Art and Bevs First-Ever Bakery Tasting Event 3/15/12

GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education invites all to their first-ever bakery tasting, sponsored by the Retail Bakery Class on Thursday, March 15, 2012. The cost is only $3.00 for you and one guest. The menu will have a selection of 18 items, all of which are kid-trendy.

Coffee and tea will be served also. The tasting will be from 10:30-11:30 at Art and Bev’s Bistro (located in GRCC’s Applied Technology Center).  To view the menu, visit Art and Bev’s website or view it here (.pdf).  A Flyer is also available (.pdf).

Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award to be Presented at the TLT Showcase

Excellence in Teaching With Technology AwardAttention faculty, be sure to save-the-date and plan to attend the 6th Annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase to see… WHO will be the first recipient of the “Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award”!

This is a unique event for sharing, learning, experiencing, and connecting with your colleagues around the topic of teaching, learning, and technology.  The short AWARD ceremony will begin promptly at 11AM! Be there to see which faculty member was nominated by their peers and is using technology in an outstanding way to reach students and to improve their teaching.

The Awards Ceremony takes place on the First Floor of Cook Hall on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 11:00am – 2:00pm.  No registration is required and the event is free.  For more information, visit

Note From Facilities – Spring is Coming Very Early This Year

Spring is coming very early this year, with unseasonably warm weather for the next two weeks. The college monitors the weather very closely, but must wait to start-up our water cooled chillers to generate air conditioning until the danger of freezing pipes is past. By making sure that we don’t start-up the chillers too soon, we are not only being energy conscious, but we are protecting this valuable equipment.

The Facilities department will try to accommodate each building’s needs as much as possible, but unseasonable weather fluctuations make this difficult at times. To stay comfortable during these days of varying weather conditions, dress appropriately to the season and weather. Wear layers of clothing so you can adapt to varying conditions in your classroom or workspace and still be comfortable. Keep your space as cool as possible. Turn off all unnecessary lighting and electrical equipment. Even small appliances such as fax machines and shredders generate heat. Please contact your building manager or the Facilities office if you have concerns.

Detailed Results for GRCC Competitors in Hotelympia Culinary Competition

Dan Gendler, Department Head of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education submitted these results from the college’s Hotelympia 2012 Culinary Competition Team.

Congratulations to our GRCC SICE Competition Coach, Sasha Ahmed and team members Nick Aslanian, Kirsten Weber, and Derek Warren.

This was a very difficult competition both in logistics and judging. There were no gold medals awarded to anyone in any of the categories in which we competed. Also, out of the 10 competitors per heat, only 6-7 even finished or were awarded anything at all.

Sasha and Nick competed in Professional Categories. Sasha competed in the Pub Food competition. Nick competed in the Sustainable Fish competition. Both received a certificate of merit.

Kirsten and Derek competed in Student Categories. Kirsten competed in the Classic Pasta category. Derek competed in the New Zealand Lamb category. Both received bronze medals and Derek received a certificate for his sanitation which is quite an honor as this certificate is even more rare than the competition medals.

As you see the team members, please congratulate them on a job well done. Hotelympia is a huge competition and just being invited to participate was a huge compliment to the college, department and students. Also, be sure to thank Sasha for all the time she volunteered to make this happen. She practiced many hours with the team and then put in many hours making sure every detail of the trip was perfect. Dan was very proud to have Sasha, Nick, Kirsten and Derek represent our college and department.

GRCC in the News – 3/14/12

GRCC holds job fair
8:51 AM, Mar 14, 2012 | WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – 500 jobs are expected to be available from 32 employers at a job fair Wednesday morning at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

30+ Companies Looking For Workers At GRCC Job Fair – Job fair targets students, but anyone can come.
Robb Westaby | FOX 17 Web Producer | 7:59 a.m. EDT, March 14, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— While Michigan’s jobless rate is falling faster than anywhere else in the country, plenty of people are expected to talk to prospective employers at a job fair at Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday.  (More)

Meet The Machine That Makes Most Of The Things In Your Life
March 14, 2012 | 5:44 AM | By Dustin Dwyer | Michigan Radio

This month, we’re taking a look at some of the hidden assets of the industrial Midwest – the parts of our economy that don’t often get noticed when we talk about our strengths. […] Steve Henkelman is a teacher at Grand Rapids Community College. He points to a computer keypad, hanging off a big gray box, and tries to explain to me the programming code for CNC machines.  (M0re)

500 jobs up for grab at GRCC fair – Wednesday 9a.m.-1p.m.
Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012, 6:02 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids Community College says more than 500 jobs are up for grab at a job fair on-campus Wednesday. The job fair is aimed for current students, but anyone can show up.  (More)

Naomi Wolf, author who challenged modern beauty standards, to speak in Grand Rapids
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 7:10 PM | Grand Rapids Press

Naomi Wolf, whose best-selling book “The Beauty Myth,” questioned modern standards of beauty, will speak at Fountain Street Church Wednesday as part of Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series.  (More)

GRCC readies its campaign for $100 million bond proposal
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 4:32 PM | Grand Rapids Press

When Grand Rapids Community College President Stephen Ender steps up to the microphone Wednesday at the campaign kick-off for the college’s $100 million tax request, he’ll be keenly aware of the challenging path ahead.  (More)

Rhoades McKee Sponsors Concerts That will Benefit Area’s Children
by Cynthia Price | Legal News | Posted March 7, 2012

The law firm of Rhoades McKee has supported charities that help children in the Grand Rapids area for many years. And the firm has, since 2008, sponsored the WYCE “Hat Trick” concert series, with proceeds benefiting local charities. […] Two weeks later, April 2, AJ Croce will perform to benefit Grand Rapids Community College’s Upward Bound.  (More)

Learning Opportunities from Staff Development – Juicing 101 and Rethinking Body Image

The focus of two current course offerings from Staff Development is how we view, and maintain the health of our bodies.

Juicing 101
Thursday March 22, 2012 | 10-11:30 AM | White Hall Dining Room, 105 Sneden

Learn about the health benefits of juicing raw fruits and vegetables from Jennifer Pohlman, the Founder of Sip Organic Juice Bar. Learn fun ways to get more fruits and veggies into your diet.

Rethinking Body Image
Monday April 23, 2012 | 12:30 – 2:00 PM | 122 LRC

This learning session will explore the power of “body image” and women. Are we trapped in society’s definition of beauty? Has the concept of beauty changed over time? What affect does media play on self-esteem and self-concept? Is individual potential hindered by these beauty concepts? Is it dangerous? The workshop will feature contemporary statistics and explore possible responses to the particular pressures weighing on women.

Diversity Lecture Series Presents Naomi Wolf – Tonight

GRCC Diversity Lecture Series Presents Naomi WolfNaomi Wolf – March 14, 2012 | Author, Social Critic, Political Activist

Beyond Victimization: The Beauty Myth Revisited

Author of seven books, including the New York Times best-seller The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf focuses on gender equality, pervasive inequities in society and politics, the defense of liberty in America and internationally, and body image. She is the cofounder of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, which teaches ethics and empowerment to young women leaders.

In Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries, Wolf argues that breathtaking changes take place when ordinary citizens engage in the democratic system the way the founders intended, through civic engagement.

  • Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Free and open to all
  • On-campus parking $3.00 (with discount pass)
  • ASL Interpreted

More: | Twitter: @NaomiRWolf