Psychology Department schedules conference, advising days

The Psychology Department has scheduled “Love, Loss, Violence, and Forgiveness” student conference and advising days for October 15 and 16.

Advising will be held October 15 and 16 on the third floor of White Hall. The Psychology Department will be holding one-on-one academic advising for students majoring in Psychology, Social Work, Gerontology, or those currently enrolled in PY-097.

During this time you can meet with a professor in the Psychology Department to:

  • Develop a schedule for Winter Semester 2014.
  • Plan for your future classes.
  • Determine what classes you need to graduate.
  • Decide which classes are best for your transfer or career goals.
  • Ask questions about career options in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Gerontology, or related fields.

Please talk to your professor or see the information in White Hall for specific times during the two days.

Here is the “Love, Loss, Violence, and Forgiveness” student conference schedule for October 16:

All Day (9:00 – 4:30)

Psi Beta will be providing the opportunity to take different psychological assessments related to personality, emotional intelligence, stress, and more!

Forgiveness (9:30 – 11:00)

This session will explore forgiveness; what it is, what it isn’t, and why it is hard to do. Participants will also be introduced to the effect forgiving or not forgiving has on the human body.

Understanding Intimate Partner Violence (11:15 – 12:45)

Have you ever wondered if you are involved in a healthy relationship? Are women the only ones affected by Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)? In this session you will gain an understanding of the signs of IPV, an awareness for those suffering from IPV, and tools to assess the health of your relationship.

Grief and Loss (1:00 – 2:30)

This session will introduce the four Phases of Bereavement and the four Tasks of Mourning. Additional content will cover the myths and realities of grief in addition to how to help someone who is experiencing grief and loss. This presentation will provide both a grounding in theory as well as a practical understanding of this often times difficult topic.

 LGTBQAA – Sexuality and making sense of the endless letters and spellings! (2:45 – 4:15)

This presentation will provide a brief history of LGBT including individual and cultural judgments and preconceived ideas about the LGBT community. Specific questions will be address such as how ones sexuality plays into identity development and some of the crucial milestones? Additional content will cover why it is important for people to “identify” themselves and whether relationships with family and others are different. Ample time will be provided for anonymous questions.



GRCC In the News, 10-7-14

ArtPrize: City High School senior wins Consumers Energy SMART Art competition, earns scholarship

Oct. 6, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Public Schools senior won the top prize in the Consumers Energy SMART Art competition for the abstract painting, “The Light of our World.”

… More than 50 students submitted pieces for this year. The top 20 were judged by a panel of experts from Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Jayhawks volleyball to clash with Grand Rapids CC

Oct. 6, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Muskegon Community College women’s volleyball team has performed well at home all season, which will come into play as the Jayhawks face Grand Rapids CC on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Anniversary gala to fund GRCC scholarships

The gala steering committee and the foundation staff are busy finalizing details for the 100th Anniversary Gala which will take place one week from today, Tuesday, October 14th at DeVos Place.

The campus community and our friends and donors have been extremely generous in their support of this event. Our goal is to raise $1 Million for student scholarships in celebration of our century of serving as a college of distinction. In order to help accomplish this goal, 100% of your ticket price is tax deductible and will go completely towards the “Promise for the Future” scholarship fund.

We hope you will join us as we celebrate our Great Past and look forward to our Bright Future. We only get this chance one time. Please don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate this historic milestone with your friends and colleagues.

Tickets and more detailed information about the event are available on our website.

100 Ways To Give: Donations sought for YWCA


To celebrate the college’s centennial the office of the general counsel is collecting 100 pounds of wish list items to donate to the local YWCA Crisis Center  this month. Donations for the domestic crisis center, child sexual abuse treatment services, and the girls incorporated program are all being sought. Here is a description of each program and the list of needed items.

Domestic Crisis Center

For those fleeing violent situations, they all too often leave with nothing more than the clothes on their back. Because of generous community support, the YWCA is able to provide many of the things they need to help ease the uncomfortable situation of living in a place that is not one’s own home.

  • Women’s clothing (all sizes); pajamas, robes
  • Children’s clothing (all sizes); new underwear, socks
  • Personal care items (deodorant, hair products, etc.)
  • Linens (sheet sets, pillows, towels, rugs, etc.)
  • Kitchen items (silverware, cookware, etc.)
  • Children’s school supplies
  • Household items (laundry baskets, first aid kit, etc.)
  • Car seats, diapers, wipes
  • Bus passes, phone cards, grocery gift cards

Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Services

Without the words to verbalize their experience, child victims of sexual abuse express how they feel and think in other ways – through art, games, with dolls. The YWCA is constantly challenged to find ongoing sources of items that quickly become depleted as more than 300 children annually turn to us to learn to deal with the trauma they have survived.

  • Washable paints, markers, crayons
  • Pipe cleaners, play dough, glue sticks
  • Puppets, doll-house size figures of various races
  • Board games
  • Gift certificates to bookstores

Girls Incorporated

We work with girls ages 6-18 in their classrooms, here in our after-school programs, and during our summer camps. While we teach them to be ”strong, smart, and bold,” you can help us offer some immediate, practical help. From books to board games and tampons to tablets, your donations allow us to support these girls in whatever way we can!

  • New or gently used books (current pre-teen or older titles)
  • Feminine products
  • New bras, underwear, and socks (including plus-size)
  • Board games
  • School supplies
  • 37-inch flat screen TV
  • Gaming system with fitness component
  • Bean bags or gaming chairs
  • iPad or Android tablets
  • Disinfectant wipes

October is National Disability Awareness Month

Did you know . . . .

People with Disabilities constitute the nation’s largest minority group, and the only group any of us can become a member of at any time. (Source: 2009 Disability Funders Network)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990 and was amended in 2008 (ADAAA). The Act protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination that may occur as a result of misconceptions, attitudinal barriers, and/or failure to provide appropriate accommodations. Obligations of colleges/universities are outlined under Title 2 of the ADA.

ADA Definition of Disability: Having a record of or being regarded as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. (ADA, 42 U.S.C. § 12102(2)

Major life activities include: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, working. The list of major bodily functions that are now considered major life activities includes, but is not limited to: functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, and digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions. See Amendments Act § 4(a) (codified as amended at 42 U.S.C. § 12102)

What does that mean for GRCC in terms of our obligations under the law . . . .

  • Prevent discrimination based on a student’s disability
  • There are 4 basic implications:
    • Right to higher education
    • Right to confidentiality
    • Right to access to all programs
    • Right to reasonable accommodation
  • Students are responsible for requesting accommodations from the College, and providing the necessary documentation and testing.
  • The College is not responsible for providing diagnostic testing, and is not responsible for identifying students with disabilities. (That said, we make every effort to communicate information about the GRCC Disability Support Services (DSS) Office to both students and faculty/staff.)
George Eyser (born August 31, 1870, date of death unknown) was a German-American gymnast who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics, earning six medals in one day, including three gold and two silver medals. Eyser competed with a wooden prosthesis on his left leg, having lost his real leg after being run over by a train. Despite his disability, he won gold in the vault, an event which then included a jump over a long horse without aid of a springboard.  (Wikipedia)

George Eyser (born August 31, 1870, date of death unknown) was a German-American gymnast who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics, earning six medals in one day, including three gold and two silver medals. Eyser competed with a wooden prosthesis on his left leg, having lost his real leg after being run over by a train. Despite his disability, he won gold in the vault, an event which then included a jump over a long horse without aid of a springboard. (Wikipedia)

Heritage offers fall menu special

The Heritage is hosting a Fall Menu Special on October 7th (Tuesday) and 8th (Wednesday). This menu includes a four course meal for $13.95! Please call 3700 to make a reservation.

Soup: Acorn and butternut squash soup, with crème fraiche and toasted pumpkin seeds

Salad: Salad of caramelized walnuts, roasted fresh pears, crisp apples, and arugula with a grain mustard Stilton dressing

Hot Plates: Cinnamon and Thyme pot roasted pork loin, served on a root vegetable hash, creamy Yukon gold potatoes, apple pumpkin butter, and Calvados Au Jus

Dessert: Apple Normandy Table side

$13.95 per person.

Alumnus Charles Baker-Clark receives Fulbright Award

Congratulations to Grand Valley State University associate professor — and GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education alumnus — Charles A. Baker-Clark! He was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture about culinary and cultural tourism at the University of Montenegro.

Baker-Clark, one of about 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, received a culinary arts degree from GRCC in 1995.