GRCC In the News, 1-24-14

RapidChat: Mary Brown

Jan. 23, 2014;

RapidChat is a regular feature profiling interesting, diverse, and talented individuals in West Michigan as they talk informally about life, hobbies, work, food, and favorite local haunts. This week, we’re pleased to introduce Mary Brown. Part student, part educator, she’s an Organization Development and Learning Professional with her nose in a book, an interest in zombies, and a soft spot for the unusual suspects.

… MB: I teach in the Psychology and Business departments at Grand Rapids Community College. I am an adjunct professor. At GRCC I tell the students, let’s learn organically together and the students build the content and it morphs and goes in the direction of their interests and how they can apply it back to their interests and their lives. I don’t like to make everything predictable.

Krystal Geers works way into big role on Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team

Jan. 23, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Krystal Geers doesn’t mind rolling up her sleeves and getting to work.

… Recknagel said Geers’ production has really taken off since a 29-point, 16-rebound performance while matched up against Delta College standout Taylor Mantyla in a 76-60 loss on Dec. 23. Since then, Geers’ highlights are 31 points against Lake Michigan Community College and a triple-double against Grand Rapids Community College.

UROP representative to visit January 29

Catalina Ormsby, MPA – Associate Director, UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) at the University of Michigan will be visiting GRCC on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. 

Catalina will have an open meeting for students to discuss the Community College Summer Fellowship Program (CCSFP) and the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).  The open meeting will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Room 350 Student Center.   We encourage you to share this information to students – invite them to attend the meeting.

Students will also have a chance to meet a current Peer Advisor and UROP Academic Year participant.

Below you will find additional information on the program!

Community College Summer Fellowship Program (CCSFP)   2014 General Information:

UM’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) offers a 10-week Summer Research Fellowship for community college students interested in transferring to the University of Michigan. Michigan’s Community College Summer Fellowship Program (CCSFP) seeks to attract a diverse student population, including women, historically underrepresented and first generation college students, veterans and students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. The program offers research opportunities at the UM campus in a wide range of fields such as biomedical sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering, or natural and environmental sciences.

The Application Deadline for Summer 2014 is Friday, February 28th at 5:00pm. Please contact me at or at 734-615-9000 if you would like additional information. I would also be happy to talk to students directly if they have any questions or to hold an info session.

Below is the link for information on the Community College Summer Research Fellowship 2014 and the application guidelines.


Personal Trainer course begins in February

If you enjoy helping others and are passionate about good health, you could become a certified personal trainer!

GRCC’s Personal Trainer Certification Course gives you hands-on, interactive learning opportunities, including knowledge of overall wellness components. Our training prepares you to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) Certification exam. The exam fee and a one-year membership in the National Strength and Conditioning Association are included in the tuition. A competency-based, 36-hour internship gives you real-life skills application.

Many people who receive the NSCA Personal Trainer certification go on to work in an entry-level position at a fitness center, health club, or corporate wellness department. You can even start your own business!

Classes start February 3, 2014. To register, click here.