GRCC In the News, 1-30-14

Tom Rademacher: For hardware store owner, art imitates life in book of short stories

Jan. 29, 2014; MLive

Is he a writer with an appetite for hardware?

Or is he a hardware man with an affinity for writing?

… (Bob) VanderLugt was raised in an old farmhouse on 44th Street SE where his dad raised pigeons and bunnies. He attended a small Christian school that was part of a church, and graduated from South Christian High. He attended Calvin College and Grand Rapids Junior College, and just returned to Calvin two years ago, where at 52 hes zeroing in on a degree in Writing.

GRCC to host job fair tomorrow at M-TEC

Jan. 29, 2014;

It’s time to revisit your resume and take the suit to the dry cleaners as GRCC will be hosting a job fair Thursday at the Leslie M. Tassel M-TEC building located on 622 Godfrey SW in Grand Rapids.

‘Refreshed’ KVCC Lady Cougars get back on track with a 69-51 win over Grand Rapids

Jan. 30, 2014; MLive

Sometimes a little time off is good for the soul, but Kalamazoo Valley Community College women’s basketball Ron Welch is still not convinced that playing a college basketball game without practicing is a great plan. Because of the recent weather related closings of the college the Cougars had practiced once in the last week, on Tuesday.

The Cougars were able to find their footing and defeat Grand Rapids Community College 69-51 on Wednesday.

GRCC International Guitar Series February Performance

The GRCC International Guitar Series


Gideon Whitehead, Thursday, February 20, 2014, 7:30 PM

Grand Rapids Community College alumnus, guitarist Gideon Whitehead will be the featured GRCC International Guitar Series performer on February 20, 2014. Noted by Cleveland Classical for his ability to “bring out subtle inner details” and to “communicate directly with the listener”, he is quickly establishing himself as an outstanding and captivating artist. In June 2013, he celebrated the release of his debut album Russian Romance featuring rarely-played classical guitar music from Russia. Gideon has performed solo recitals for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, the Guitar Society of Michigan, the Sturgis Council of the Arts (Sturgis, MI), the Louisville Guitar Society (Louisville, KY) and Hope College (Holland, MI) among others. In 2012, he made his New York City debut in a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a chamber musician, Gideon has had the honor of collaborating on numerous occasions with world-renowned violinist and Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim. Since beginning his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012, Gideon has premiered two works for guitar and string quartet, along with works for solo guitar, guitar and violin, and a song cycle for soprano and guitar. In addition, he has appeared in chamber music performances for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, the Stars in the Classics series in Cleveland, Ohio, and at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. Gideon has earned prizes at the 2011 James Stroud Guitar Competition and the 2010 and 2011 University of Louisville International Guitar Competition.

The concert will be held in the Recital Hall (Room 200) of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Center at the corner of Ransom and Lyon.

Admission is $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

One dollar parking is available in the GRCC student parking ramp with a GRCC guest parking voucher sold at the door.

Call 234-3940 for further information or e-mail:


Gideon Whitehead photo new

Toothbrushes and Whitestrips

The dental assisting program still has children and adult toothbrushes, as well as whitestrips for sale! Great gift for your Valentine sweetie! Contact Julie Bera at or x4542.

Brushes 1/2 dozen – $5.00

Full dozen – $10.00 (retail at about 4.00 a brush)

Whitestrips – Professional strength (only available in dental offices) – $ 30.00

Photo Student Exhibition

The Art Department is excited to announce that the annual Photo Student Exhibition is currently on display in the GRCC Paul Collins Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the Main Building.
This year, the exhibition is presented in a new format. The works of more than sixty photography students are exhibited in high definition projection. The loop of images and videos which repeats every 25 minutes is stunning!


ecard Photo Student Exhibit 2014

Experiential Learning blog and learning opportunities

February Bog Highlights:

Alternative Spring Break Ideas for Faculty, Staff and GRCC students. Serve our community and make a difference.

-Faculty Highlight: Sarah Krajewski: Biology 101- DNA Finger Printing. GRCC invited the seventh graders from Immaculate Heart of Mary School (IHM) to come to GRCC and learn about DNA fingerprinting.

-Winter ASL Learning Opportunities/Professional Development Are you using Academic Service Learning in your classes? Do you have questions or would like to get some more great ideas. Are you wanting to use Academic Service Learning and do not know where to start? Come to three learning sessions in March 2014 to start building Academic Service Learning into your classes.

Transfer forum scheduled for January 31

As part of our initiative to further the Completion Agenda at GRCC, and specifically to improve our students’ transfer rates, we are offering the last of three Transfer Forums for faculty and staff at the College this Friday, January 31 from 9:00 to 12:00 in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Center (234 SSC).

This interactive session is designed to provide information to faculty and staff about:

  • how to create and align curricula that improve students’ transfer opportunities.
  • how to use advising resources and strategies to improve students’ transition to four-year schools.

The session is also designed to gather ideas about how we can improve transfer at GRCC.

Coffee and a continental breakfast will be served. You do not have to rsvp, but it would be appreciated. Just email Amy Kirkbride at

If full-time faculty attendees wish, they may receive 3 hours of College Service for their participation in this forum.