Faculty member’s daughter to dance as Clara in ‘Nutcracker’

Those going to see the Grand Rapids Ballet‘s 2012 production of “The Nutcracker” could see Matisen L. Douglas — daughter of Biology Department faculty member Matt Douglas — front and center.

Mattie,  a student at Forest Hills Northern, will dance the part of Clara in the performances at 2 p.m. December 16  and 7:30 p.m. December 22 at DeVos Performance Hall. She will also portray Clara during “Clara’s Nutcracker Party” at the University Club on December 16 before the 2 p.m. performance.

Retail Bakery students prepare for tasting of international holiday treats

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Retail Bakery students in the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education have spent much of the past week preparing for their international holiday cookie/truffle/pastry social on December 4, 2012.

You can buy tickets for $10 at Art and Bev’s for the event, which runs 10 a.m. to noon December 4 at the Spectrum Theater Atrium. Enjoy international holiday music, spiced eggnog, hot coffee and hot chocolate while you taste international cookies, pastry and truffles. Take home a gift box of 25 assorted classic international holiday treats.

Nominations sought for student service awards

Do you know a student who has gone above and beyond his or her service learning requirements for a course? A student who has made a significant impact while volunteering? Or maybe you know a student who has devoted multiple years to one program or has demonstrated leadership by making multiple contributions through community service involvement.

Nominations are being accepted through December 7, 2012, for these awards, sponsored by the Michigan Campus Compact:

  • The Heart and Soul Award recognizes undergraduate students for their time, effort and personal commitment to their community through service.
  • The Commitment to Service Award recognizes two students for either the breadth or the depth of their community involvement or service experience and the demonstration of meaningful reflection.

It’s easy to nominate students: Send an email to Leah Kicinski at lkicinski@grcc.edu detailing their name, email address, which award you are nominating them for, and three to five sentences about their service to the community.

Nominated students will be contacted to complete a short survey, allowing them to be recognized at the 17th annual Outstanding Student Service Awards on April 13, 2013, in East Lansing. Remember: Send your nominations by December 7.