GRCC In the News, 5-14-13

Google Glass: West Michigan online physics teacher takes students on virtual field trip to Switzerland

May 13, 2013;  MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Google’s wearable computer, Google Glass, isn’t widely available for purchase yet, but the tech world is buzzing and a West Michigan online physics teacher is one of a lucky few to try out the futuristic frames.

… Andrew Vanden Heuvel, who teaches for Michigan Virtual School, Calvin College and Grand Rapids Community College, said his journey to Geneva, Switzerland, began after a call from Google.

Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, violinist Regina Carter coming to St. Cecilia Music Center

May 13, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and jazz violinist Regina Carter are a part of St. Cecilia Music Centers 2013-14 jazz series.

… Special guests for the evening will be their fathers: Duane Davis, formerly director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College and now a professor of jazz voice at Western Michigan; and Paul Brewer, jazz trombonist and director of instrumental music at Aquinas College.

Be a part of an amazing collection of films

May 13, 2013; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – If you’re a movie lover, make sure to mark next week off on your calendar. The Grand Rapids Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday and this year’s festival is bringing amazing works of cinematography to several different locations across downtown.

… On May 17, Grand Rapids Community College will host a Producer’s Brunch at 11 a.m. at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center. That evening, a free outdoor screening of the film “Bicycle Dreams” will take place at Rosa Parks Circle. “Bicycle Dreams” was named the Best Feature Documentary at the 2009 Grand Rapids Film Festival and played at eleven other international film festivals.

Sisters from neighboring schools square off in OK Red girls tennis tournament

May 13, 2013; MLive

GRAND HAVEN — Tim Buck and Brian Hodge became acquainted with each other more than two decades ago through the sport of tennis.

… Demetrius Buck and Clayton Hodge were counterparts in high school and met regularly over the course of four years.

“The boys played against each for four years and then they were the teammates at Grand Rapids Community College,” Tim Buck said. “And then the girls came around, and I just think it’s really cool to have two tennis families like ours, and to have the kids follow in what we grew up doing.”

Muskegon Community College in position to qualify for national golf tournament

May 14, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — After winning the state title, the Muskegon Community College golf team is taking a run at qualifying for the nationals.

… Trailing MCC is Jackson Community College (612), Grand Rapids Community College (618), Oakland Community College (621), Columbus Community College (624) and Mott Community College (627).

Veggie Van to stop by Sneden today

The YMCA Veggie Van will be at the DeVos Campus today from 1:15-2:00 in the parking lot behind Sneden. They take cash, check, credit, debit and bridge cards!

Reading Apprenticeship Workshop, May 16–Register Now!

As we gear up for summer, I wanted to let you all know about a great professional development opportunity that will be coming to GRCC next month. On May 16, Monika Hogan from Pasadena City College will be leading a workshop at GRCC on the Reading Apprenticeship Project–a program that helps faculty work with their students to help them become critical readers, thinkers, and writers across disciplines. The workshop is part of the 2013 Regional Faculty Conversations series that is sponsored by the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA), and is one of three Reading Apprenticeship workshops that will be held around the state May 15, 16, and 17.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please visit the MCCA’s website at and check the “Upcoming Events” box on the left side. The direct link to the GRCC event is

You will need to register through the MCCA site and will need to create a log-in if you have not registered for MCCA events in the past. There is no cost for the workshop.

In addition, we would like to track who is planning on attending, so we ask that you also register through the Center for Teaching Excellence at The MCCA registration is necessary for attendance, but the CTE registration will allow us to place your attendance at the workshop on your Training Summary.