Condolences to the Family, Friends and Colleagues of Mary Barnum

GRCC Professor Mary Barnum, who taught Accounting and Business, passed away recently.  A celebration of Mary’s illustrious life will take place on Saturday, April 7th at the Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street, NE, Grand Rapids. Public visitation is from 1-3 p.m. in the Keeler Lounge, followed by an open memorial service at 3 p.m. in the chapel.

From her obituary:

BARNUM, MARY LUCILLE MCDONALD Mary Lucille McDonald Barnum, aged 63, passed away on Monday evening, April 2, 2012. Mary grew up in Cadillac and had lived in Grand Rapids since 1989. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Jerry Barnum; her children, Betsey Barnum (husband Edward Goodall) and Paige Barnum (partner Clay Mallory); her two grandchildren, Isaac Goodall and Beatrix Goodall; her sister Katherine McDonald (family Jess and Steve Challa, grandchildren Logan, Olivia and Elijah), brother Tom McDonald (wife Dawn McDonald, son Brendan McDonald), brother Paul McDonald (wife Sue McDonald). (Full Obituary Available Here)

Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to organizations on whose Boards Mary has served: Planned Parenthood (425 Cherry Street, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503) or Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank (864 W River Center Dr., Comstock Park, MI 49321).

More Race Ethnicity and Identity Conference Video

Last week’s Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference sponsored by the Social Sciences department produced a treasure trove of excellent learning opportunities.  In case you weren’t able to attend, here is some more video captured by GRCC’s Media Technologies department:

Jim Crow Museum Walkthrough With Dr. David Pilgrim of Ferris State University

Conversation with a Geographer: Kate Swanson

I am a Woman’s Rights With GRCC Professor Susan Williams

Poets’ Conference Readings – Video

This week, GRCC hosted the historic first Grand Rapids Poets’ Conference, featuring poets from GRCC, Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College and Calvin College, all four Grand Rapids Poets Laureate, as well as those poets who have made livings and published extensively beyond academe, activist poets, and those who have developed quietly over decades of work.  This video of some of the readings from the conference is now available courtesy of GRCC’s Media Technologies Department:

Global Experience Festival 2012 – Video

GRCC’s Hispanic Student Organization and International Student Organization organized the 2012 Global Experience Festival: “Raiders of the World.” Food represented Italy, India, Egypt & Australia and the event took place Friday, March 30, 2012.  Video of the performances is now available courtesy of GRCC’s Media Technologies Department:

GRCC in the News – 4/5/12

Break out your walking shoes: It’s “National Walking Day”
8:21 AM, Apr 4, 2012 | WZZM 13

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – You’d probably love an excuse to wear your comfy walking shoes to work for once. Well, Wednesday is the day, but you have to use them. […] WZZM News Reporter Stacia Kalinoski took part in “National Walking Day” this morning out at the GRCC track and talked with a walking guru from Spectrum Health Cardiac Rehab.  (More)

GRCC students call for justice in Trayvon Martin shooting death (photos, video)
Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 6:08 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — About 60 community members and Grand Rapids Community College students and staff walked city streets today to show Grand Rapids is not stepping down in its call for justice in the Trayvon Martin shooting investigation.  (More)

Silent Hoodie March for Trayvon – GRCC students organized march, rally
Wednesday, 04 Apr 2012, 5:46 PM EDT | By Crystal Hilliard

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Dozens of Grand Rapids Community College students and supporters joined the national movement calling for the arrest of Trayvon Martin’s killer with what they called “The Silent Hoodie March.”  (More)

GRCC Yes: A Win for Kent County
The Rapidian | by Nancy Finney (thetreepolice) on Wednesday Apr 4th, 2012 03:01

If you are registered in the Kent Intermediate School District you can vote YES on May 8th! Please visit the GRCC Yes website here to see if you’re eligible to vote. If you’re not registered to vote yet make sure you register by April 9th!  (More)