Wellness Students Fuse Yoga With ArtPrize at Rosa Parks Circle (Photos)

GRCC Wellness Students do Yoga in Rosa Parks Circle

On Thursday morning September 27th, Beth Damon’s 7:45am yoga class took their practice to Rosa Park Circle. The students took a meditative walk from campus to the park and then rolled out their yoga mats for a 40 min yoga class.

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It was a little chilly at first but the class soon warmed up by performing their poses. The students embraced the crisp air, blue skies, and practicing in the community. The excitement of combing the arts with yoga was a very fun experience for the class!

Farewell Celebration for Andy Bowne (10/2/12)

Please join us on Tuesday, October 2nd as we say “thank you, good bye and good luck” to Andy Bowne. As you know, Andy has accepted the position of Chancellor of the Ivy Tech Community College’s East Central region, effective October 8th. Mark your calendar to stop by for some cake and punch while we wish Andy all the best in his new position.

  • DATE: Tuesday, October 2nd
  • Time: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • There will be a short Program at 4 p.m.
  • Location: GRCC DeVos Campus – Sneden Welcome Center -Stuart Edward White Hall

Reminder – Scholarfest RSVP Deadline 10/3/12

scholarfestPlease join us for the 6th annual Grand Rapids Community College Foundation event along with other supporters, community leaders and friends of GRCC on October 11 at the GRCC Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center.

Won’t you join us in recognizing Fred & Linn Keller while at the same time providing scholarship support for GRCC students?

This isn’t your typical fundraising event! Come enjoy a casual, fun-filled evening as you experience fabulous tastes and sounds of GRCC among friends. GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education faculty and students will prepare food in front of you while you enjoy the sounds of the incredibly talented GRCC Music Department faculty and students.

We are sure that you will have a great time as we party “GRCC style!”

Tickets are $150 each and a variety of sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more event information, please contact the GRCC Foundation at 616.234.3939 or grcc.edu/scholarfest

Dedication Ceremony for Pietro and Regina Culinary Amphitheater (Video)

GRCC’s Media Technologies Department was able to capture the dedication ceremony of the new Pietro and Regina Culinary Amphitheater that is now part of the world-class facilities of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  Among the highlights – Pastry Chef/Professor Gilles Renusson stretches a sugar ribbon the length of the theater and Peter Secchia cuts it with a hot knife:

GRCC in the News – 10/1/12

ArtPrize version of Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race great mix of eggs and effort
By Cory Olsen | Grand Rapids Press | September 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids was bustling with excitement surrounding ArtPrize Saturday but a group of adventurist-types were looking for more than artwork. Around 380 participants took to the streets to run, bike, navigate and conquer challenges as part of the Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race: ArtPrize Edition. […] At Grand Rapids Community College participants had to head to the Spectrum Theater to dress up and take part in a dramatic reading of Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham.”  (More)

During October GRCC Celebrates National Disability Awareness Month

Did you know…

  • In the US: Number of people with reported disabilities is 11.9% (36,399,700 people)**
  • In Michigan: Number of people with reported disabilities is 13.5% (1,316,600 people)**
  • Just over 1 in 4 of today’s 20 year-olds will become disabled before they retire*
  • GRCC has about 600 students who have self-identified with the Disability Support Office
  • Students with disabilities are enrolled in 1730 sections of GRCC classes this Fall 2012

What are your chances of having a disability during your lifetime? How would this disability affect you financially? Take the Personal Disability Quotient to find out! whatsmypdq.org


*Council for Disability Awareness, http://www.disabilitycanhappen.org , 2012
**US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2010

Disability Awareness information provided by Disability Support Services, 616.234.4140

GRCC Diversity Lecture Series 2012-2013

GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series for 2012-2013 has announced its roster of amazing speakers:

Jeff ChangJEFF CHANG – Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Author, Historian, Music Critic
Who We Be: The Colorization of America

Jeff Chang is a radical historian with both street cred and academic chops, Chang addresses multiculturalism, race relations, student activism, political engagement, the state of the arts, and the politics of abandonment. His book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation is only ostensibly about hip-hop; it’s really a cultural history.

In his follow-up, Who We Be, he traces the rise of multiculturalism—its roots, its triumphs, its commercialization—to tell a new, vibrant, and necessary people’s history. Jeff Chang is the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

Kambri CrewsKAMBRI CREWS – Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Author, Comedic Storyteller, Producer
Burn Down the Ground

Kambri Crews once lived with her deaf parents in a tin shed in Montgomery, Texas. She now runs her own PR and production company in New York City and is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Burn Down the Ground, her story of overcoming poverty, violence and near-crippling adversity.

Crews uses comedic storytelling with brutal honesty and fearless humor and inspires with her motto and guiding philosophy, “Life’s Tough, Laugh More.” She is a co-producer of the ECNY Awards and has produced dozens of shows featuring comedians and writers from The Onion, The Daily Show to Saturday Night Live.

Douglas RushkoffDOUGLAS RUSHKOFF – Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Author, Media Theorist, Lecturer
Digital Nation

Douglas Rushkoff, Ph.D. is a graphic novelist and globally recognized media and technology theorist specializing in new media and internet culture. He originated several ideas ranging from “viral media” to “social currency” with insight on how interactive communications affect our society as we create, share, and influence each other’s values.

Rushkoff is a CNN commentator, author of 12 books, including the Gen-X Reader, Screenagers, Life Inc.: How Corporatism Conquered the World, and How We Can Take It Back. He is best known for his association with the early cyberpunk culture, and his advocacy of open source solutions to social problems.

LZ GrandersonLZ GRANDERSON – Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Journalist, Commentator, Sports Writer
Dare You to Move

LZ Granderson writes a weekly column for CNN.com, and is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com. He is a contributor to ESPN’s Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take. This former Detroit gang member rose to be selected a Hechinger Fellow at Columbia University.

LZ’s commentary, reaches well beyond the world of athletics tackling subjects such as use of the N-word in the black community, the presence of gays in the locker room, and the truths and lies of reverse racism. Prior to joining ESPN, Mr. Granderson was a sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Grand Rapids Press.

Susan CainSUSAN CAIN – Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Author, Lecturer
Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Susan Cain is a former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant—and a self-described introvert. Her book has sparked a genuine national conversation about introverts. Although our culture undervalues them dramatically, introverts have made some of the great contributions to society—from Chopin’s nocturnes to the invention of the personal computer to Gandhi’s transformative leadership. Based on intensive research in psychology and neurobiology, Cain argues that we design our schools, workplaces, and religious institutions for extroverts, and that this bias creates a waste of talent, energy, and happiness.

For more information, please call (616) 234-3390

  • All lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Free and open to all
  • On-campus parking $3.00 (with discount pass)
  • ASL interpreted
  • Book signing follows authors’ lectures