GRCC In the News, 2-28-14

GRCC wellness professor receives state recognition for service learning

Feb. 27, 2014; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A state coalition has recognized a Grand Rapids Community College wellness professor for her contributions to service learning.

Here’s what’s sold out for LaughFest 2014 opening one week from today

Feb. 27, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you’re a last-minute ticket buyer coming to LaughFest, don’t get your hopes up on seeing Jim Gaffigan or Free Beer & Hot Wings.

… Gaffigan’s return to LaughFest on Friday, March 7 has sold out the event’s biggest venue, Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Field House, seating 3,300.

Saginaw Sting prep for championship rematch with Erie Explosion, aim for big game from Omari Humes

Feb. 27, 2014; MLive

SAGINAW, MI — The Saginaw Sting are angry. They’re amped up, and they’re ready.

… Humes starred for the Lumberjacks in high school, helping lead them to the playoffs against Midland High in 2007, before moving on to college where he won a National Championship with Grand Rapids Community College. However, a bout of yearning for familiarity brought Humes back to Saginaw after a year.

Changes to drug and alcohol policy

Changes include the following:

  • Expanded to cover volunteers.
  • Addresses use as well as abuse of controlled substances.
  • Provides clear investigatory procedures for incidents involving both students and staff.
  • Penalties are consistent with GRCC’s Misconduct policy re: zero tolerance offenses.
  • Removed language related to evaluation of Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program from the policy. This will be incorporated into the annual DAPP document that will be shared with all students and staff as required by law.

To see the policy, follow this link: 6-24_drug_and_alcohol_policy


Final speaker in Psychology series covers stress management March 12

Stress can destroy a 66 ton bridge; imagine what it might do to you? Understanding and managing stress
Steven L. Pastyrnak, Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 12th, 1:00 – 2:30
Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, Room 168
Free and open to the public.

Dr. Pastyrnak is Division Chief of Pediatric Psychology at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. In this presentation he will provide an overview of stress, including aspects of anxiety and depression. Participants will be introduced to ways to recognize stress as well as the short and long term effect of this common condition. Recent research on stress and the impact on performance as well as evidence based strategies for management will be shared.  Dr. Pastrnak’s presentation will be practical and somewhat hands-on, at times with audience participation.  This presentation will be beneficial to for individuals currently struggling with too much stress in their lives while equally useful for a person simply curious about the subject.