GRCC International Guitar Series Presents Vladimir Gorbach – 11/8/12

The Grand Rapids Community College International Guitar Series Proudly Presents Vladimir Gorbach – 2011 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Solo Competition Winner on 7:30 PM Thursday, November 8, 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:

Vladimir GorbachInternationally acclaimed Russian guitarist Vladimir Gorbach has captivated audiences across the world on stages in Austria, Australia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Spain and Turkey in addition to the United States and his native country of Russia as a soloist and with orchestra. He has been a featured performer for some of the most highly regarded concert organizations, festivals, and musical institutions in the world, performing on the Moscow Philharmonic Concert Series, at the Koblenz International Guitar Festival and for the Sydney Crow’s Nest Concert Cycle. He also has been a soloist with orchestras such as the Orchestra de Las Beiras and Orchestra de Aveiro in Portugal and performed with the Russian Academic Chamber Orchestra “Musica Viva”.

As a first place winner more than 10 of the most important international competitions (Serbia, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Greece, and Italy), his most recent win at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition has earned him a more than 50-city concert tour of the US, Mexico, and Canada with appearances in Brazil and China. Now a member of a group of prize laureates who include some of the most active concert artists and pedagogues in the field of classical guitar, his tour will also include a Carnegie Hall debut through the D’Addario Foundation in February of 2013.

Vladimir Gorbach grew up in Siberia, Russia and graduated with honors from the Music College of Novosibirsk, the city where he was born. At a young age he received recognition for his accomplishments with prizes at numerous youth competitions, and he later received scholarships from such prestigious sources as the Russian Ministry of Culture. He later left Russia to complete his Bachelor and Masters degrees at the famed Conservatory for Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany under the tutelage of internationally renowned concert artists and pedagogues Roberto Aussel and Carlo Marchione.

As a soloist, Vladimir Gorbach has recorded a CD with Naxos, the world’s largest classical label. He is also a member of Duo Cologne with Goran Krivokapic, the 2004 winner of the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition.

GRCC Student Newspaper Increases Online Presence

The Collegiate, GRCC’s student newspaper, has increased its online presence for the first time. In addition to frequent updates to its redesigned website,, there is circulation of yesterday’s print issue in PDF form so people can download the files to their computers.

To view the PDF file, go to and click the far right tab that says, “Download our Current Issue,” or click on this link.

Justin Dawes, the editor-in-chief, encourages faculty to spread the word about the Collegiate in their classrooms. He would like to reach as many people in the GRCC community as possible.

A Tool to Help Students Stay on Track to Graduate With My Degree Path – Coming 10/15/12

My Degree Path Screen Shot

Have your students ever wondered:

  • What classes do I still need to graduate?
  • What if I change my major?
  • How do I plan what courses to take next semester?

Introducing, a tool to help students stay on a clear path to graduation!  Starting October 15 – they will be able to log into their Online Student Center accounts and access this tool.  Explore. Plan. Learn. Graduate.

My Degree Path is a web-based tool designed to help you stay on a clear path to graduation.   It enables you and your advisor to review your coursework – past, present, and future – and evaluate which degree requirements you have completed and which remain to be completed.

My Degree PathHow does My Degree Path work?
For students, My Degree Path will:

  • Provide real-time advice, 24/7 for students
  • Outline a path to graduation for a specific GRCC program
  • Allows for the creation of semester by semester degree plan
  • Provides self-service capabilities
  • Allows exploration of other GRCC programs (what if)
  • Allows direct access to multiple related services and advice

More information available at

Learning Opportunity – Goal Setting (10/2/12 and 12/4/12)

Visualize your life in 10 years. What would you dare to do if you knew you could not fail? Elevate your world from mediocrity to greatness by living in possibility through creating ideal lives and living a life you love.  Participants in this course will receive direction to define their values and write powerful affirmative goals for personal wellness, health and career success.

Goal Setting – 10 years from now
Tues Oct 2, 2012 | 10-11:30 AM | 347 Main  -and- Tues Dec 4, 2012 | 3-4:30 PM | 347 Main

Please register online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Did You Leave a Trailer at the Tassell M-TEC? – Come Pick it up Before it Gets Scrapped

Someone left a trailer in the back lot of the Tassell M-TEC that could be a car dolly.  It’s possible they used it to bring in a car for repairs in the Spring of 2012 and forgot to pick it up.  If this is your trailer – please come pick it up immediately or it will be scrapped.

There is no license on the trailer and one tire is flat (however Joseph Knol would be happy to fill the tire up for the trailer’s owner so they can transport it out).

GRCC in the News – 9/27/12

City Girl Tina DeRusha: Changing the Face of Fashion in Grand Rapids

Style Battle, a collaborative fashion competition featuring local clothing retailers, photographers, models, makeup artists, and hairstylists, is back for its third consecutive year, bigger and badder than ever. […] The brains behind this competition and other events such as Artprize Fashion Force Challenge, Holly Jolly GR and Studio 254 (the afterparty to Laughfest), is Tina DeRusha. […] After graduating from East Kentwood High School, Tina went on to Grand Rapids Community College  (More)