GRCC In the News, 3-11-14

GRCC hosting spring job fair

March 11, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Grand Rapids Community College is hosting its spring job fair today.

NPR Special Correspondent to speak on the conversation of race

March 10, 2014;

On March 12, Special Correspondent for NPR and journalist Michele Norris will be speaking at Fountain Street Church for Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

March 11, 2014;

… Grand Rapids Community College sophomore Amanda Steig (Reed City H.S.) has eight hits and eight RBIs in 25 at-bats so far this spring for the Raiders’ softball team.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Women’s basketball season ends with loss in district tourney

March 10, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team’s season came to an end last week.

The Jayhawks (16-12) lost a 63-61 heartbreaker to Grand Rapids Community College in the quarterfinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 12 District G Tournament on March 3.

Students Making an Impact at LaughFest

Assistant Professor Bethann Talsma and her students are having a great time in BA 125 with their project serving at Laughfest Central. “Students are appreciative of the opportunity and have undergone training and volunteering,” said Professor Talsma. “This project has brought a fresh dynamic to my teaching with livelier discussions on experiences related to our course outcomes. We’ve already experienced and discussed examples of positive corporate culture, politics of doing business in the public and the role of support personnel in overhearing conversations, and appropriate attire.”

LaughFest Volunteer Manager Annete Nepomuceno stated that students from this class have been the most reliable volunteers at Laughfest Central.

Save the date: Friday, April 25th from 3-5pm.

Come hear the results of this year’s Armen Awards and support the great working being done by faculty and students in our community.


Calling All Runners! GRCC Running Fitness Team Begins Another Year

The GRCC Running Fitness Team is entering its 5th year in the annual Triple Crown Series Races.  Last year the team finished in 6th place out of 41 teams in Division I.  16 staff members ran for GRCC.  We want more !!!

Organized by Gazelle Sports, the Triple Crown Series of Races is an annual competition among employers in the Grand Rapids area.  (  Runners score based on their place in their gender and age group.  Only the top 5 runners score for the team.  The rest of us run for fun & fitness.

Please contact Jim Fox in the Human Resources office ( if you are interested in participating in any or all the races.

The three 2014 Triple Crown Races are listed below.

Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K – Saturday, March 15

– Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 12

The Huntington Reeds Lake Run 5K – Saturday, June 7

– Deadline to register is Wednesday, June 4

Brian Diemer Family of Races 5K – Saturday, June 14

– Deadline to register is Wednesday, June 11

Construction Summit scheduled for March 13

Please join us for the 2nd Annual West Michigan Construction Summit. We have been joined by Pfizer facilities & Chemical Bank facilities managers. Once again 5/3 Bank, Grand Rapids Community College, Bronson Healthcare, CSM Group, City of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Spartan Stores and Kellogg Company facilities managers and engineers will be present to meet with you. Real business was created last year, so please register today. Each of the attending companies has upcoming quotes- you need to attend to learn more.

In addition we will have resource tables from GROW, WMHCC, MDOT, GRBCC, MMSDC, WMMCA and VetBiz Central.

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.