Carmen Bugan on BBCWNH on Saturday

GRCC Honor Graduate and famed poet and essayist Carmen Bugan, who won the 2011 Bakeless Prize for Burying the Typewriter and who leads off Song of the Owashtanong: Grand Rapids Poetry in the 21st Century, joins her family as they return to Romania in the BBC World News Special, The Man Who Went Looking for Freedom. The show airs in the Grand Rapids area on the BBCWNH channel on 3/29, at 4:10 a.m., 3:10 p.m., and at 9:10 p.m.

Carmen’s father was a famous dissident who defied the Ceaucescu regime and spent years in prison; they all were spied upon and harassed by the Securitate during those years, eventually seeking asylum in the US Embassy. Carmen began her life in freedom at GRCC and went on to win honors at the University of Michigan, Poets’ House/Lancaster University, and Oxford University. Her academic study, Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile, and her second book of poetry, House of Straw, were both published recently. Now, years later, Carmen and her family return to the homeland and home they had once known, to neighbors and others who once had spied upon them, and go through massive Securitate files now opened to them after decades. Their homecoming is a journey of both sorrow and forgiveness, and a deeper grasp of the many ways in which their own government invaded their lives.


HVAC/R Department introduces new Geothermal Class

The Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration Department is pleased to introduce a new course this summer: HVA-260 Geothermal Energy. Geothermal Heat Pumps are considered the most sustainable source of alternative energy and are used extensively for heating and cooling in both residential and commercial applications.
Students enrolled in HVA-260 will not only learn how to install, service, and maintain Geothermal Heat Pumps; upon completion they will also be issued accreditation as an installer of ground source heat pump systems through the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association. In addition, students will receive an installer’s card, certificate, and also a 3-year membership with IGSHPA.

Global Experience Festival tonight!

The Hispanic (HSO) and International Student Organizations (ISO) are again working together to host GRCC’s 14th annual Global Experience Festival.

This is a family friendly event, produced by GRCC students.

The festival offers food that you would not otherwise have the chance to enjoy.

Food stations will include dining experiences from:

  • Colombia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Vietnam

After a great meal, you will enjoy our great entertainment lineup, featuring students from GRCC and other colleges. The evening will conclude with a dance and the option of participating in a Zumba lesson!

Information about the event:

When: Friday, March 28. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and food will be available until 7:15 p.m.

Where: Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse at GRCC (Inside the Gordon Hunsberger Arena).

Tickets cost $5 per person. Children under 3 are free. You can purchase your tickets online to avoid the line and go straight to the food! Otherwise, tickets will be on sale starting Tuesday, March 19th in the Student Life office. Limited tickets will be available at the door the night of the event.

Tickets can be bought online at:

If you have questions, please contact Jose Mora, co-advisor to the Hispanic Student Organization at:

IIPD Grants: March 2014 Funding Opportunity DUE TODAY

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., March 28, 2014. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically. The IIPD application packet and IIPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or Good luck!