GRCC In the News, 2-21-13

A bird’s-eye view of snowy Grand Rapids

February 20, 2013; MLive

On Monday, a Canadian astronaut tweeted a remarkable photo of Grand Rapids from the International Space Station.
But you don’t have to be orbiting the earth at 300 miles to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the snowy city. The winter landscape offers striking views from buildings, hills or parking structures if you take the time to stop and look around.

Photos of student exhibit

Photo students got a chance to show off their work during an exhibition at the GRCC Paul Collins Art Gallery last month. A People’s Choice Award was new to the exhibit this year. Jordan Parham won first place and $200; Brandon House won the second-place prize of $100. Patrick Dine and Cheryl Franklin were tied for third place.

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Nursing Department to hold free blood-pressure screenings

Once again our Nursing department will be holding free blood pressure screening for the GRCC employees and students. Dates, times and locations are listed below:

Wed, Feb. 27 1p-2p

ATC – outside Art and Bevs

Science Building – 1st floor

G2 – Winchester Alley

Student Center, Raider Grille Foyer

Thursday, Feb. 28 3:30-4:30

4th floor Main

G2 – Winchester Alley

Student Center outside Raider Grille

Science Building – 1st floor



Holistic Environment class scheduled for March 7, 2013

Social workers can earn continuing education hours with these new courses:

  • Creating a Holistic Environment — This seminar will raise the awareness of our relationship with all that surrounds us and the impact of our environment on pain management. It will explore the mind-body connection in the creation of our internal environment, and how physical surroundings affect our health and the natural healing mechanisms within the body. It will focus on methods for enhancing an environment for healing. The course, led by Barbara J. Meconis, costs $35. It runs 6-8 p.m. March 7. To register, click here.
  • At Peace at Home — Arranging care for elderly parents can be frustrating and time-consuming. Parents plead to remain at home. But adult children want peace of mind that often comes by placing parents in a home for the aged. Is it possible for parents to be at home and for children to have peace of mind? You are invited to learn about the MI Choice Waiver Program and Veterans Affairs Special Compensation Programs and the possibilities of being at home and at peace. Beth A. Swagman leads the course, which runs 6-8 p.m.  March 11. It costs $35. To register, click here.
  • Overcoming the Disconnect — Are you really connecting with your client or patient? Every interaction matters, and if you truly want to bridge the professional disconnect between you and your client this interactive workshop will explore techniques and concepts that will help remove walls and barriers between you and the client. The class, led by Christopher D. Sain Jr., runs 6-8 p.m. March 20 and costs $35. To register, click here.
  • Assessments of Clients with Dementia — One in eight Americans has dementia today, and that number is expected to grow as our population ages. This disease is incurable and lasts for years. The costs of care are astronomical, considering not only an estimated $200 billion in payments for care, mostly to nursing homes in 2012 alone, but also for the 15 million unpaid family caregivers who put their own physical and emotional health at serious risk. Come learn more about the current problem, the latest trends in emphasizing research and how we can all prepare for and participate in early detection efforts. Beth Swagman leads the class, which runs 6-8 p.m. April 9 and costs $35. To register, click here.
  • Engaging the Resistant Person — In our social work practice, we frequently work with people who don’t seem to actually change. In the past we have labeled these persons as “unmotivated” and “resistant” clients, but are they really? Perhaps they just have good boundaries. This seminar looks at the process of engagement and creating a therapeutic alliance with another person as the core of the change process. Dennis Potter leads the course, which runs 6-8 p.m. April 18. It costs $35. To register, click here.