GRCC History Class Visits Public Museum to Learn About WWI-era Grand Rapids

GRCC History Class Visits Grand Rapids Public Museum

The HS293 seminar class about the era of WWI and the interwar period, taught by Prof. Susan Williams and Prof. Robert Hendershot, had the opportunity to visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum this past week. Their staff Historian and Director of Collections, Christopher Carron (who also teaches GRCC’s Grand Rapids history course), was kind enough to give the group a guest lecture on the city’s history, as well as to guide the class through some related exhibits. A few themes of the day included the various groups who migrated to Grand Rapids in the early 20th century and the famous furniture strike of 1911.

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This special history seminar includes numerous interdisciplinary components, and the faculty and students are extremely grateful to all the other faculty members from across the campus who are contributing their time and expertise to its success.

Two New Spanish Language Courses at GRCC

Grand Rapids Community College is now offering two new courses in Spanish ~ Spanish for Heritage speakers I (SP215) and Spanish for Heritage Speakers II (SP216). SP215 will be offered in the Fall of 2012 and SP216 will be offered in the Winter of 2013.

The courses are meant for native speakers, quasi-native speakers and bilingual speakers of varying abilities. The classes will emphasize the maturity of communicative ability where students are expected to use language to learn more about their cultural heritage, to develop literacy skills, to strengthen academic language skills in Spanish and to enhance their career opportunities. The classes are designed to address specific language and grammar issues for heritage learners. They will help develop the students’ vocabulary as well as their listening comprehension, oral communication and writing skills.

Condolences to the Family and Colleagues of Mary Holzgen

Condolences to the family and colleagues of Mary Sue Holzgen who passed away recently.  A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday at 11 am at St Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. The family will greet friends on Saturday from 2 to 5 pm at the Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Mary Sue Holzgen age 63, died peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday April 1, 2012. She was preceded in death by her father Marvin J. Korstange. […] She enjoyed working at the GR Community College, her pets and especially her many friends, including life-long friends dating back to grade school.  (Full Obituary Here)

Exam Cram for Winter 2012 Semester

Last semester’s Exam Cram was such a success that GRCC’s Library is offering it again – and changing dates and times to reflect student suggestions. What is Exam Cram? Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and librarians, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up!

Faculty and staff are asked to share this news with students.

April 2012 Exam Cram will be held:

  • Fri. 4/20/2012 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sat. 4/21/2012 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sun. 4/22/2012 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Exam Cram is co-sponsored by Academic Support, Campus Activities, and the Library & Learning Commons. There will be a librarian and tutors in multiple subject areas available during Exam Cram hours.  Please park in the Bostwick (Main) parking lot. No registration required. Tutoring subjects may be limited.

GRCC in the News – 4/9/12

Voter Registration Deadline Monday
9:50 PM, Apr 8, 2012 | WZZM TV

(WZZM) – The next election here in Michigan is May 8th and the deadline to register to vote for that election is Monday. […] Grand Rapids Community College is hoping you will pass a bond proposal to pay for upgrades and renovations on campus.  (More)

Mayor Heartwell urges Grand Rapids leaders to endorse $100 million GRCC millage
Published: Saturday, April 07, 2012, 7:31 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Calling Grand Rapids Community College “a cornerstone of our community for the past 96 years,” Mayor George Heartwell is urging colleagues to pass a resolution of support for a millage that would ensure the school “can continue to serve their growing student population into the next century.”  (More)

KCC softball wins 3 out of 4
Battle Creek Enquirer | 11:23 PM, Apr. 7, 2012

The Kellogg Community College softball team won three out of four home games the past couple of days, splitting with Grand Rapids CC on Saturday and sweeping Glen Oaks CC on Friday.  (More)

Pipes & Pumps – C.E. Airmen Find Satisfaction in the Guard
127th Wing Air National Guard | Posted 4/9/2012 | by TSgt. Dan Heaton

[…] Most potential recruits also ask about money to help pay for college. “Even if that isn’t their specific number one priority, everyone wants to know about the college benefits,” Shirkey said. One such Airman is SSgt. Henry McCall. He and Wellman are both Water & Fuel Systems Maintenance specialists – 3E4x1’s in Air Forcespeak — for the 127th Civil Engineer Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. McCall has been in the unit for all seven of his years in the military. […] He is enrolled in the construction management program at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College, with plans to eventually transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in the same field at Grand Valley State University.  (More)

High School Does Not Go High Enough
By Larry M. Elkin Apr 6, 2012, 8:01 AM |

At Santa Monica College, a 34,000-student, two-year community college in California, students sometimes sit on the floor to hear professors speak. This is not part of a New Age approach to learning; there aren’t enough seats. […] Wyoming Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Mich., for example, launched a program last month to allow students to dual-enroll at Grand Rapids Community College in order to earn both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in five years, with the public school system paying the community college tuition.  (More)

College baseball: SC4 Skippers drop 2 vs. Grand Rapids Community College
12:32 AM, Apr. 6, 2012 | Port Huron Times Herald

The St. Clair County Community College baseball team dropped a pair of games Thursday to Grand Rapids Community College at Sanborn Park. The Skippers lost the first game 7-1 and the second game 4-1.  (More)

Spotlight on: Divorce inspires Sheryl Amburgey to fulfill goal of becoming working artist
Published: Thursday, April 05, 2012, 3:46 PM | Jackson Citizen Patriot

JACKSON, MI – A divorce can be a life-changing event in many ways. Painter Sheryl Amburgey used it to her advantage. […] I grew up right downtown in Grand Rapids, but we moved when I was in ninth grade, so I graduated from Rockford. I took a lot of art classes there. I went to Grand Rapids Community College for two years and then Western Michigan University and got a degree in art education.  (More)

Condolences to Mary Reed and Family

Condolences to Mary Reed and family on the loss of her grandfather, Edward Ambrose.  From the obituary:

Mr. Edward J. Ambrose age 90 of Grand Rapids, a Veteran of WWII Army Air Force passed away Monday April 2, 2012. He was predeceased by his wife Jerrie, parents and five siblings.  (Full Obituary Here)

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:00 am. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive visitors Monday 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers West Mortuary, 585 Stocking NW and Tuesday one hour prior at church. Memorial contributions to Meals on Wheels will be appreciated.

CTE Presents Adjunct Faculty Learning Day: Greatest Hits from Faculty Learning Day

This month, GRCC’s Center for Teaching Excellence brings adjunct faculty three topics originally offered at the January 2012 Learning Day for GRCC full-time faculty. This is your opportunity to learn more about Disability Services, Early Alert, and Academic Service Learning. Each workshop will be offered twice, so all participants may choose two topics. While this event is targeted to adjunct faculty at GRCC, it is open to full or part-time faculty members from any institution of Higher Learning.

Date and Time: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 8 a.m.– 12 p.m.

Third Floor Main Building, Downtown Grand Rapids GRCC Campus

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