GRCC In the News, 10-21-13

GRCC symposium to focus on creation, role of United Nations

Oct. 19, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In an effort to commemorate the founding of the United Nations, a series of panel discussions next week at Grand Rapids Community College will focus on the creation of the international body and its impact on the world.

Aquinas, GRCC sign articulation agreement

Oct. 18, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The region’s community college is joining forces with a four-year school to ensure that students will have an easier time continuing their education.
Grand Rapids Community and Aquinas colleges are entering into an agreement that will allow faculty from both schools to work together on creating a seamless transfer experience for GRCC students.

Grand Rapids hosts international food contest

Oct. 18, 2013; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – What’s in the box? That’s what students at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at GRCC are wondering because the Nations Cup is taking place with the mystery food box being at the center.

Leona Spencer, lifelong Grand Rapids resident, community activist, dies at age 86

Oct. 19, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Leona Spencer was never too busy to help.

… Spencer’s community activism earned her plenty of recognition. In 2006, she received Grand Rapids Community College’s Giant among Giants award, which recognizes individuals who’ve worked to improve the quality of life in Grand Rapids.

West Michigan colleges not interested in social media degree

Oct. 18, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Getting a master’s degree in social media is now a possibility at some universities and colleges in the U.S. For example, Southern New Hampshire University and Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., both have added MBA’s in social media.

… While the East Coast might be ready for social media degrees, West Michigan higher education platforms are not as interested. Although the feedback from local colleges and universities has been supportive of offering social media training and implementing it in class work, many faculty members feel a full degree is unnecessary. The Business Journal checked in with Cornerstone University, Calvin College, Hope College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, Western Michigan University and Davenport University, and none of those West Michigan colleges or universities offers degrees in social media.

RA of Crawford plans to tie the knot

Oct. 20, 2013; The Herald (Cornerstone’s student newspaper)

The RA from Crawford is one step closer to being a married man.

… With (Tanner) Ward being an audio production major and (Karlie) McNamara just starting Grand Rapids Community College after cosmetology school, both were worried what an engagement might do to their school work. But, Ward decided that it would be worth it and secretly started picking up extra shifts over the summer to pay for an engagement ring.

Body fat testing available October 22

Reminder: Free Body Fat testing tomorrow, October 22, from 11a.m. -1 p.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse Cage. No appointment necessary, just drop in!

Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People: Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24

At this event, you will learn how writing relates to your future career, goals and interests. The workshop presenters come from a variety of backgrounds, and you will walk away with knowledge and tools that support your professional and academic success.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this learning experience. All workshops are free and held in the Applied Technology Center (ATC) on GRCC’s main campus.

Wednesday, October 23

8-9am—Szymon Machajewski, “Lapidary Style of Writing in the Age of Information,” ATC 124

8-9am—Jennifer Batten, “Technical Writing at all Stages of a Writing Career in the Sciences,” ATC 120

10-11am—Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, “Journalism Today,” ATC 124

11:15-12:15pm—Paul Krieger, “How I Turned One Good Idea Into a Book Series,” ATC 120

11:15-12:15pm—Virginia VanderVeen, Danielle Thurber-DeGroot and Tim Schilling, “Writing Expectations at Four-Year Institutions,” ATC 124

12:30-1:30pm—Klaas Kwant and Noah DeSmit, “Turning Ideas Into Scripts Into Video,” ATC 120

12:30-1:30pm—Phil Mowers, “What Do Lawyers Do?” ATC 168

12:30-1:30pm—Bree Gannon, James Setchfield Jr. and Chelsie Toering, “The Skill of Giving Feedback,” ATC 124

2-3pm—Ronald Orent, “The Pen is Mightier Than the Stethoscope,” ATC 168

2-3pm—Eric Williams, “Writing is the Difference!!” ATC 124

2-3pm—Dillon Carr, “Writing in the Social Sciences,” ATC 120

3:15-4:15pm—Brian Morris, “Writing and the Professional Musician/Creating from Source,” ATC 124

3:30-4:30pm—Emily Bazelon, Diversity Lecture Series Presenter, “Sticks and Stones,” ATC 168

7pm—Emily Bazelon, “Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy,” Fountain Street Church

Thursday, October 24

8-9am—Bethann Talsma, “Spending Time Too Proofread and Edit You’re Writing, $100; Protecting ur Image, Priceless!” ATC 124

10-11am—John Rumery, “Everything Communicates,” ATC 120

10-11am—Tom Terrill, Kibichii Chelilim, Corinne Cozzaglio and Rachel Bickford, “Writing Expectations at Four-Year Institutions,” ATC 124

11:15-12:15pm—Maryann Lesert, “Writing and Activism,” ATC 124

12:30-1:30pm—Joanne Catania, “Is Being a Police Officer More Guts and Glory or Pen and Paper?” ATC 120

12:30-1:30pm—Kathleen Owens, “How to Use Language to Avoid Stereotypes and Create an Inclusive Community,” ATC 124

2-3pm—Susan Williams and Dr. Robert Hendershot, “‘But This Isn’t an English Class!’: How and Why We Write in History Courses,” ATC 120

2-3pm—Nikki Banks, “Who Cares? Why Bother? The Impact of Excellent Writing Skills in the Field of Criminal Justice,” ATC 124

3:15-4:15pm—Marne Apolo, “Expressive Journaling,” ATC 124

3:15-4:15pm—Moss Ingram, “DNA Test Your Writing,” ATC 120

7pm—Creative Writing Reading, ATC 168

Nominations sought for Salute to Women

Salute to Women honors four women within the college’s community for personal and professional excellence and for serving as role models and mentors to other women. This is awarded annually during March, Women’s History Month. You can learn more about it by clicking here.

Kent Philharmonic to present ‘Hansel & Gretel’

The Kent Philharmonic Orchestra, comprised of college and community members, is teaming up with the 2nd Act Opera Company to present “Hansel & Gretel.”

A costume contest at 6:30 p.m. will precede the performance at 7:30 p.m. October 25 in the St. Cecilia Music Center. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for students and seniors; children younger than 10 are free.

hansel and gretel poster

You’re invited to an Open House

On October, 25, 2013, from 1-3 PM, there will be a special dedication of room 132 in the Learning Resource Center for the four GRCC departments that will share the use of this space: The Office of Equity, the Older Learner Center, Diversity Learning Center, and Alpha Beta Omega (ABO) Leadership Program. There will be refreshments and networking from 1-2:00 PM followed by a 30 minute program highlighting the programming of these four departments. Come and learn how these four departments are finding new and innovative ways to reach the needs of our diverse and growing student body.