GRCC Wellness Students do Artprize Scavenger Hunt (Photos)

Artprize Scavenger Hunt by Wellness Dept

The Wellness Department created their 2nd Annual ArtPrize Fitness Scavenger Hunt! Students exercised during class while observing the awesome exhibits and answering questions about the pieces. Some exercises in the scavenger hunt included, running, lunging, and skipping! The wellness students really seemed to enjoy the scavenger hunt.

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One student commented, “I just got a good 50 minute workout in and didn’t even realize I was working out, that was fun!”  Click here to see the scavenger hunt list and take the challenge yourself.

College Action Project Update From the Strategic Leadership Team

Last Friday, September 21, updates for the following three College Action Projects were provided to the Strategic Leadership Team:

  • 1.2.1 Continue and complete the Programs of Study initiative to map curriculum between high school and college in all academic areas (Full Report Here)
  • 2.1.1 Implement the College Success Program for developmental students (Full Report Here)
  • 2.2.1 Expand the distance learning program (course offerings, quality, accreditation, and faculty certification) (Full Report Here)

Salute to Women 2013 Call for Nominations

Celebrate a GRCC woman! Have someone you admire join the women who have been honored through Salute to Women since 1999. Recognition of the award recipients is part of Women’s History Month and is celebrated through a formal reception on March 26, 2013. (Nomination Form Available Here).

Objectives of the Salute to Women Award are to: Honor GRCC women (alumna, students, employees, and former employees) who are exemplary in their roles as professionals, volunteers, or agents of change; Celebrate the diversity of the accomplishments of women throughout the College; and to Encourage young women to pursue pathways to achievement.


  • Commitment to community service as evidenced by time and resources given Achievement within her profession or community noted by her impact, demonstrated success recognition by her peers, and the difference she makes to others.
  • Leadership indicated by her innovation, strength, flexibility, and risk-taking Empowers and inspires other women as a mentor, role model, and friend Has a positive impact on and is involved with students

*Not all suggested criteria are necessary, nor is this list intended to be limiting


  • GRCC Alumna
  • GRCC Employee
  • GRCC Student
  • GRCC Former Employee

More information:

GRCC Cooks – Your Community’s Kitchen Culinary Workshops 2012-13


As Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education celebrates its 32nd year, don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of one of the nation’s leading culinary programs by enrolling in one of our Cooks Series courses.

This year’s courses include an introduction to some of the latest culinary trends, as well as traditional favorites. Regardless of which class you choose, you’ll be taught by one of the community’s world-class instructors, providing you with a truly unique culinary experience.

Whether you’re a hard-core “foodie”, an expert home cook, or just like to eat, you’re sure to find a class that will excite your palate – and expand your culinary horizons.

To view the full schedule of classes and register, go here.

Employee Appreciation Volleyball Match Tuesday Night Tuesday 9/25/12

GRCC Volleyball Coach Chip Will invites all employees and their family to the Employee Appreciation Volleyball Match Tonight (September 25, 2012) at 6:30 p.m. at the Ford Fieldhouse.  The night is dedicated to staff appreciation along with honoring the regional championships of women’s tennis, men’s basketball, men’s baseball and women’s volleyball from the 2011-2012 season.

The athletic program won the All Sports Award (Charlie Chanter) as the top MCCAA athletic program.  The team will be cooking hamburgers for staff and their families starting at 5:30. Admission and food are free. This will be a great night to celebrate all the work you do!

Currently GRCC’s volleyball team is #3 in the country and they would love the support at any of our home games.  If you’d like to follow the rest of the Raider Volleyball season – the schedule is below (all home games start at 6:30 p.m.):

  • September 27
  • October 2
  • October 9
  • October 16

Learning Opportunity for Staff – Institute for Healing Racism (10/4/12-10/5/12)

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center through its Diversity Development Services provides tools that help promote a greater and deeper understanding of others, their cultures and requirements. Businesses, educational and health care institutions, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations benefit from an informed employee base able to consider multiple perspectives and address conflicts with conscious intentional process.

The ‘Institute for Healing Racism’ is a part of the Fall 2012 series being presented by the Diversity Learning Center and will be facilitated by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens. Please register online at

Institute for Healing Racism

  • PART 1 of 2: Thurs Oct 4, 2012 | 8:45 AM – 5:00 PM | 118 ATC
  • PART 2 of 2: Fri Oct 5, 2012, 2012 | 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM | 118 ATC

THIS IS A TWO-PART COURSE: The Institute for Healing Racism is a powerful and thought provoking venue that brings together diverse groups of people to explore and address issues of race and racism. Participants have the opportunity to examine how the “dis-ease” of racism affects all people and develop skills to detect institutional racism in our daily environments (i.e. home, workplace, community, organization and business)

Learning Objectives: Learners will:

  • gain factual information about the origins of race and racism
  • increase their critical thinking skills in regards to issues involving race and racism
  • expand their knowledge of the concept of institutionalized racism
  • brainstorm strategies on anti-racism

GRCC in the News – 9/25/12

Ballot proposals: Educate yourself before you vote
6:43 PM, Sep 24, 2012 | WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — This election you’ll see six different proposals on the ballot, five of them change the constitution. We spoke with Keith St. Clair, a Political Science Professor at Grand Rapids Community College to see what they are about.  (More)

Grand Haven library offers free American Sign Language course
By Lynn Moore | Muskegon Chronicle | September 24, 2012 at 2:03 PM

GRAND HAVEN, MI — Learn American Sign Language for free during a four-week session at Grand Haven’s Loutit District Library. […] The sessions will be taught by Stephanie Kazanas, who is a certified American Sign Language instructor and teaches at Grand Rapids Community College and Northview High School near Grand Rapids.  (More)

GRCC International Guitar Series Presents Chris Proctor

The Grand Rapids Community College International Guitar Series proudly presents Chris Proctor – “Steel String Guitar For the New World” at 7:30 PM Thursday, September 27, 2012.  The concert will be held in the Recital Hall (Room 200) of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Center at the corner of Ransom and Lyon.  Admission is $10 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors.

One dollar parking is available in the GRCC student parking ramp with a GRCC guest parking voucher sold at the door.  Call 234-3940 for further information or e-mail:  More information is available at

About Chris Proctor

One reviewer recently tried to capture the essence of Chris Proctor’s music: “What to call his unique melange of styles? There’s an aspect of Americana in the echoes of Appalachian and old-timey styles that are apparent in just about every track, but there are also elements of jazz, Celtic folk, and a dash of blues in here somewhere. What Proctor does is create guitar music that reflects the whole heritage of the instrument and still has his own distinct stamp — a tall order, but he’s up to the job”

Critics also call his guitar playing “breathtaking,” “haunting,” and “rich.” Guitar magazines describe his compositions as “spectacular,” “elegant,” and “exquisite,” and praise his twelve-string work as “revelatory.” Media reviewers trace the roots of his style to folk, jazz, pop, and classical music, categorize his playing as “Baroque Folk,” “New World Steel String,” “Solo Guitar Orchestra,” “Instrumental Americana,” and compare him to Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges.

These luminous and diverse quotes reveal the breadth and depth of Chris Proctor’s music- his solo, 6 and 12-string guitar concerts and recordings. Two additional comments typify the first-time listener’s reaction: “Wow- I didn’t know that acoustic guitars could sound like that,” and, ” It seems as if there are three guitarists up there on stage, not just one.”