GRCC In the News, 3-21-13

GRCC conference to tackle race, ethnicity and the ‘Color of Christ’

March 20, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — How race and ethnicity impact West Michigan will be among the topics discussed next week at a four-day conference at Grand Rapids Community College.

Prima donnas and divas compete in Opera Grand Rapids’ Collegiate Vocal Competition

March 20, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Opera Grand Rapids’ annual Collegiate Vocal Competition will see students from Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University eager to become the next Mimi or Rodolfo in Puccinis La Boheme.”

Students from colleges including Calvin College, Hope College and Grand Rapids Community are among the 10 aiming someday to appear in Bizet’s Carmen or Verdi’s La Traviata.

(GRCC’s Zachary Lutes made the final round.)

GRCC men’s basketball team drops first game at national tournament

March 20, 2013; MLive

DANVILLE, Ill. — It wasn’t the outcome the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team had hoped for in its first game of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II national tournament.

Michigan’s Best Breakfast Joint: Grass Lake Diner’s Matt Foster reacts to top-three finish

March 19, 2013; MLive

GRASS LAKE, MI — About this time last year, Matt Foster, then a Berkley resident, decided to leave his job as a chef at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, where he’d cooked for the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, to open a small diner in Grass Lake.

Q: What is your culinary background?

A: After high school, I was living in Mount Pleasant with some friends who were going to Central. I decided I wanted to do something with food, so I went into the culinary program at Grand Rapids Community College. Once I finished, I moved back to the Detroit area.

Last Chance for McCoy

March 20, 2013;

Trevis McCoy knows this is it. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive lineman from Ormond Beach, Fla. will have one season at L.A. Pierce Community College to make his dreams of playing Division 1 football a reality. McCoy spoke to on his renewed focus and challenges that await him at his next destination.

“I graduated from Calvary Christian Academy in 2010,” said McCoy. “I didn’t qualify academically, but had interest from Division One schools such as Marshall, Hawaii, Bowling Green among others. They recruited me up until they found out I wouldn’t make it as a qualifier. After high school I went on to Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, but because of some paperwork issues I couldn’t play that year. After spending one year there and not being able to play the game I love, I thought about hanging up my cleats. So I decided to go home and have been attending Daytona State College ever since.”

Help prepare students for ‘Ready, Set, Graduate!’

Remember to join us on Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27 by wearing a shirt/sweatshirt from any 4-year institution (and jeans if you’d like) to encourage discussion with our students about getting their degree from us and then transferring on! Discuss their plans and help them see the value in completion and transfer!

We have “Ready, Set, Graduate!” buttons for you to wear on those days as well, which you can pick up in Student Life at any time!

Actors’ Theatre presents ‘title of show’

The words "[title of show]book by Hunter Bell , music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen" are in the middle surrounded by four photos. The first, on the upper left, shows a man with a beard and glasses, wearing a green argyle sweater vest, seated at a piano. A blond woman wearing a red jacket and gray T-shirt, leans over his left shoulder. Next to her is a woman with short red hair wearing a purple shirt. A man with blond hair and a beard leans on the piano. The second photo, upper right, shows a man with a beard and glasses, wearing a green argyle sweater vest, holding a glass plaque with white etching on it. Next to him is a blond woman wearing a red jacket and gray T-shirt, also holding a glass plaque with etching. Next to her is a woman with short red hair and a purple shirt. A man with blond hair and a beard is next to her; he holds a glass plaque too. The third photo, lower left, shows a man in a purple T-shirt, wearing a giant white rabbit head, standing on a crosswalk in the middle of an empty street. Next to him is a woman with short red  hair and a purple shirt; she is throwing her arms in the air. Next to her is a man with a beard and glasses, wearing a green argyle sweater vest; he has his left arm thrown out to the side. The fourth photo, lower right,  shows six rows of red theater seats. A woman with short red hair and a purple shirt sits at the far left, holding a booklet saying “Playbill” in her left hand. Next to her, a woman with blond hair and wearing a red jacket looks down at the booklet she holds in both hands. Next to her is a man with a beard and glasses, wearing a green argyle sweater vest, holding a booklet saying “Playbill” in his left hand and pointing at it with is right. Next to him is a blond man with a beard holding a booklet that says “Playbill” with his right hand. Audiences in West Michigan won’t want to miss out on the Actors’ Theatre production of [title of show], opening March 28th, 2013. Join a cast comprised of some of West Michigan’s best emerging vocal talents as they present the hilarious musical about Jeff and Hunter – two aspiring theater artists who enter a script into a musical theatre festival without a plan….or a script! With the help of their friends Susan and Heidi, the four put their minds together to come up with their very own formula for an original musical. [title of show] presents a satirical take on friendship, childhood and the world of live. Audiences will be sure to fall in love with [title of show].

[title of show] has received several Broadway and off-Broadway premieres, such as the Musical Theatre Festival in 2004 and the Vineyard Theatre in 2006. Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell won Obie Awards as co-writers and actors for [title of show]. Bell was also nominated for Best Book of a Musical in the 2009 Tony Awards. The New York Times called [title of show] “a wildly successful bare-bones piece of theater” as well as “genial, unpretentious and far funnier than many of the more expensively manufactured musicals.”

[title of show] is directed by Actors’ Theatre alum Michelle Urbane, most recently seen on stage in 2012’s August: Osage County. Joining her are Actors’ veterans George Toles (as Jeff), Rob Karel (as Hunter), Jolene Frankey (as Susan), Ellie Frances (as Heidi), and Michael Shansky (as Larry) and Music Director. Urbane says, “It’s going to be a night of fun, comedic theatre. If you like musical theatre, you’ll definitely love this show. And if you don’t – you’ll still love it!”

[title of show] will be presented for two consecutive weekends at GRCC Spectrum Theatre, 160 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids. The production opens March 28th, 2013 and closes on April 6th, 2013. All evening performances will begin at 8:00pm. Nine front row tickets (referencing the production number “Nine People’s Favorite Thing”) will be given away each night of performance to high school and college students with valid ID. Students must arrive before 7:15 PM and a drawing will be held at 7:50PM. Those not selected are still eligible for the standard rush seating rates.

Ticket prices begin at $24 for adults and $20 for students/seniors. Students with a valid ID are eligible for $10 RUSH seating, based on availability and beginning one hour before the performance. Groups of ten or more are eligible for discounts. Tickets for [title of show] may be purchased online at or by contacting the Actors’ Theatre box office at (616) 234-3946.

Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award Winner Announced at TLT Showcase!

From left to right: Eric Kunnen, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies, Jennifer Batten, Department Head Physical Science, and the award winner Andrew Vanden Heuvel, Physical Science Department.

From left to right: Eric Kunnen, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies, Jennifer Batten, Department Head Physical Science, and the award winner Andrew Vanden Heuvel, Physical Science Department.

Grand Rapids Community College’s “Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award” goes to… Andrew Vanden Heuvel, adjunct in the Physical Sciences Department!

Andrew was recognized at the 7th annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase in a brief ceremony that took place at 1PM on Wednesday, March 20 in Sneden Hall.

Here are a few highlighted comments from his nomination form:

“Andrew has considerable knowledge and talent to develop courses that are polished, well organized, and deliver content that creates a top quality learning experience for students.”

“The online courses (AS 103 and PH 115) that Andrew has developed includes labs that can be completed at home and online.  In one lab, for example, he has created Camtasia videos of a ball rolling and falling. Students then apply the same quantitative analysis to the motion of the characters in Angry Birds to determine if the projectile motion in the game follows the laws of physics creating a sense of relevancy and motivation that connects the concepts that students are learning to real world situations.”

Jennifer Batten, Department Head in the Physical Science Department writes: “I know that these online lab courses have been among the first courses to fill in our department.  These courses allow students to complete an all online AA degree at GRCC.  Further, I recently spoke with a students with mobility issues who was very thankful for the laboratory class that could be completed at home.”

Congratulations to Andrew!!!

Facilities/apartment maintenance technician course starts in May 2013

Get trained now as a facilities/apartment maintenance technician!

GRCC’s new training program gives you the potential to earn certifications in:

  • lead renovation, repair, and painting.
  • HVAC Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Certified Pool Operator.
  • Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician.
  • Home Building Institute Facilities Maintenance Technician.
  • OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety.

A special one-time scholarship of $500 is available for a limited time. All you need to do is take the ACT Workkeys Talent and Fit Assessment. Call 234-3400 for information.

Classes will be held 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 7:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays from May 6 to Aug. 9, 2013, at Tassell M-TEC. The program costs $3,150 (payment plan available). To register, click here.

Class in Healthy Aging and Chronic Disease Management set for April 13, 2013

The Certificate in Aging is a noncredit continuing education program designed for health-care professionals and others working with older adults, who are interested in learning how to be more effective in working with this population.

This certificate program consists of eight-hour classroom-based courses held on Saturdays through April 27, 2013:

  • Healthy Aging and Chronic Disease Management runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 13.
  • Death, Dying, and Bereavement runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 27.

Contact hours will be granted for participation in each of the courses in this program.

To learn more, click here.

Salute to Women reception set for March 26, 2013

In honor of Women’s History Month please join us to celebrate Misty McClure-Anderson, Myrna Granderson, Joan Berends and Carly Misech at the 15th annual Salute to Women reception, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 1:30 p.m. in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center Banquet Rooms. Please see attached invitation for complete details.

Building access policy gets changes

Building Access Policy – Revised.  Summary of changes

  • Includes definitions of standard and extended access (along with the process to get extended access). The changes are directly related to Department Heads, Directors, Executive Directors, and Associate Deans being responsible for initiating and/or authorizing access.
  • Standard Access: All staff and faculty will have access to GRCC buildings during standard hours of operation. Standard hours are considered 6 A.M. to 10 P.M. Monday through Thursday, and 6 A.M. to 9 P.M. on Fridays. Weekend and later weekday hours will exist for all regularly scheduled classes and approved scheduled events.
  • Extended Access: Employees may request access for Saturdays and Sundays from 8 A.M. to 9 P.M. by completing the “Extended Access Request Form”.  The form MUST be approved by the employee’s Executive Director or Associate Dean and submitted to Campus Police.
  • Extended access is intended for faculty and administrative staff for class preparation and other administrative duties.
  • Extended access must be requested/renewed at the beginning of each academic year, but new requests can be processed throughout the year as the need arises.
  • Department Heads, Program Directors and Immediate Supervisors will be responsible for initiating the access process for their employees as the “Requesting Party” on the Access Request Form.
  • Campus Police must receive a signed access request form authorized by the Executive Director or Associate Dean, before a key is issued, or RaiderCard Access is granted.

Externship applications due March 30, 2013

Did you know that GRCC now offers Faculty and Staff Externships? This is a great way to build your industry knowledge and gain professional development credit! The first externships will be awarded for Summer 2013 – but time is running out to apply. Applications are due March 30! Visit for more information and the application packet.