Michele Norris leads learning opportunity

On March 13, faculty members from the Social Sciences, English, and Language and Thought participated in a Faculty Professional Development Opportunity/Conversation with the Diversity Lecture Series and Social Science Department’s Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference speaker Michele Norris (NPR). The DLC and the Social Science Department co-sponsored Michele Norris’s lecture last night at Fountain Street Church.

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GRCC In the News, 3-13-14

Construction industry connects at summit

March 12, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The West Michigan Construction Summit is back tomorrow.

The second-annual event, which gives skilled-trades suppliers the opportunity to network with buyers and project managers, will be held from 2-5 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community College’s Sneden Hall.

Chef Donald Ram’s passions for food and teaching combine in his Job Corps service

March 4, 2014; uixgrandrapids.com

Years ago, when Donald Ram got his first degree, he thought he would be happy confined to a somewhat isolated life of working with new technology. That was when his true calling started to come into focus.

… Ram attended Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute of Culinary Education, but lest his story continue to ease along like some dream vacation, it eventually presented him with a challenge.

Behind the scenes of ‘American Idol’ with Grand Rapids contestant Maurice Townsend

March 12, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids native Maurice Townsend will be watching “American Idol” on television from home tonight, just like you and me.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Maurice Townsend is a former GRCC student.)

Human trafficking panel to present facts, ensure crime is ‘Hidden No More’

March 12, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — An upcoming panel aims to educate people about the reality of human trafficking in Michigan.

… The panel will feature Chief Deputy Carol Isaacs from the Michigan State Attorney General’s Office, State Sen. Judy Emmons (R-Sheridan), Leslie King of Sacred Beginnings, Becky McDonald from Woman at Risk International and Andy Soper from the Manassah Project. WZZM-13 weekend morning anchor Jennifer Pascua will moderate.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Leslie King is a former GRCC student.)

GRCC transfer set for role as GVSU starter

March 12, 2014; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

The acquisition of an offseason power arm was paramount for the No. 11 Grand Valley State University baseball team, and coach Jamie Detillion found one just a few minutes down Lake Michigan Drive.

Aaron Jensen, a 6-foot-6 right-hander with a mitt-breaking fastball, transferred from Grand Rapids Community College after the 2013 season and has since hurled his way into the rotation as one of the teams most trusted starters.

Raider Card System Upgrade

On Friday, March 14, 2014 between 10PM and 2AM the RaiderCard system will undergo a system upgrade. The following services will be unavailable to students during the upgrade: campus printing, vending readers, RaiderCard machines, eAccount website and mobile app.

Please note that student parking gates will be raised during the upgrade. Staff parking and door access to campus buildings will work normally. Please contact Paulo Teles in Student Life at 234-3754.

Employees asked to wear college gear

Please join us on Monday, March 17th and Thursday, March 20th in wearing clothing from a 4-year institution (sweatshirt, shirt, etc.) If you don’t have any, GRCC gear would be fine as well! We are hoping all employees will help us send the message to our students that completing their degree/certificate is key and that we encourage them to transfer! While wearing your sweatshirt (and jeans are appropriate/approved on these days as well), engage with students in conversation about their plans to complete and/or transfer. A little encouragement and discussion with employees can go a long way for our students!

We are asking students to complete their graduation audits by Friday, April 4th and Grad Fest will be held on Tuesday, April 8th in the SCC Multi-purpose room from 10 am – 6 pm. Students can come at any time.

Any questions, please contact Liz Tyrell in Student Life (x4160).