West Catholic High School to honor duo with GRCC ties

West Catholic High School is hosting the Second Annual Falcon Awards Night on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The Falcon Awards Night will recognize and honor alumni and friends for their excellence and service to West Catholic. Two of this year’s honorees have GRCC Connections.

Ed Wagner will be receiving the “Falcon By Choice Award” for his distinguished service at West Catholic as teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and active community member. Ed was at WC from 1962 to 1991 when he became the Executive Assistant to the President of Grand Rapids Community College.

Deb Bailey will be receiving the “Veritas Award” for her outstanding community service and work with various boards and agencies in the Greater Grand Rapids area. Deb graduated from West Catholic in 1968, and currently serves as a GRCC Board of Trustees member.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Goei Center in Grand Rapids. In addition to the two individuals named above, West Catholic will also honor former principal Sr. Miriam Therese, SSND, Mr. Mike VanGessel (WC ’82) and Mr. Joel Langlois.

GRCC In the News, 10-13-14

Grand Awards 2014: ‘Spamalot’ at Circle Theatre, ‘The Hatpin’ at GRCC lead awards

Oct. 12, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — From the volume of cheering at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sunday night, one would have thought the 18th annual Grand Awards was handing out more money than the half million in prizes awarded at the same venue just two days before during the ArtPrize Awards.

… In the battle for most awards, it was a duel between swords and hatpins as Circle Theatre’s production of Spamalot and the Grand Rapids Community College production of The Hatpin each garnered five awards. Civic Theatre’s Les Miserables and Venus in Fur at Actors Theatre, each won four awards.

ArtPrize Awards 2014: Artists react to winning $20,000 in public vote

Oct. 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Robert Shangle was not expecting to win an award at ArtPrize 2014.

… Grand Rapids’ Gretchyn Lauer won best two-dimensional work for her oil painting “Outcry,” a close-up portrait of a weeping teenage girl, located in DeVos Place. Marc Sijan, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, won the three-dimensional prize for his Grand Rapids Art Museum work, a lifelike resin sculpture titled Reciprocity, depicting a man carrying his elderly father on his back.

(This article does not mention it, but Gretchyn Lauer is a GRCC student.)

Grand Valley State, Lansing CC flourish at Muskegon Community College’s Jayhawk Cross Country Invitational

Oct. 10, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Collegiate athletes from across Michigan converged on the University Park Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 10 for Muskegon Community College’s Jayhawk Cross Country Invitational.

… Rounding out the field was Lake Superior State (118), Macomb College (167), Mott Community College (225), Muskegon Community College (250), Indian Hills Community College (254), Hope (262), St. Clair College (267), Jackson (293), Adrian (307), Alpena Community College (328) and Grand Rapids Community College (341).

… In the women’s race, Lansing CC (39) took the overall win, Calvin College (53) finished second and Lake Superior State (140) came in third. The rest of team scoring included St. Clair College (148), Hope (153), Macomb College (154), Cleary University (156), MCC (184), Mott CC (201), Sault College (213) and GRCC (285).


Armen Awards proposals due November 1

Apply to the Armen Awards – Excellence in Service Learning! To learn more about the awards, click here.

Participants must submit their proposal by November 1st. The proposal includes a short description of how your course learning outcomes are met through your service learning project.

Click here to begin your proposal.

Need help? Please call Mike Schavey at 234-4180


Students involved in research projects to show off work

GRCC students who participated in the Summer 2014 MICUP Program at Michigan Technological University, UROP at the University of Michigan, and Study Abroad in Salamanca (Spain) and Morocco, will be exhibiting their research posters! Learn about their work and about amazing opportunities that might be there for students. The event is Open House style and will take place on Wednesday, October 22 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room (2nd Floor Student Center).


Learn about Study Away opportunities

Angiola Gabriel, a current graduate student from GVSU will be facilitating sessions designed to provide general information around Study Away opportunities at GRCC and how students can participate.

Sessions will be held:

  • Thursday, October 16th 1-2pm, Cook Building/Room 220.
  • Thursday, October 23rd 1-2pm, Cook Building/Room 220.
  • Thursday, October 30th 1-2pm, Cook Building/Room 220.

Below are the photos from Study Away trips to Morocco, Costa Rica and France. Nursing AD 248/258 will go to Costa Rica, and HU 219 classes will travel to Germany, Italy, France and Belgium this summer.

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Institute for Healing Racism sessions start in October

The Institute for Healing Racism is a powerful and thought provoking venue that brings together diverse groups of people to explore and address issues of race and racism. Participants have the opportunity to examine how the dis-ease of racism affects all people and develop skills to detect institutional racism in our daily environments (i.e. home, workplace, community, organization and business).

THIS IS A TWO-DAY COURSE: Participants must commit to both days

Part 1 will be presented Thur Oct 23rd from 8:45 AM – 5:00 PM

Part 2 will be presented Fri Oct 24th from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Location: Room 122, LRC (Diversity Learning Center conference room)

Registration is available online at http://www.grcc.edu/staffdevelopment/currentlearningopportunitiesregistration or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

GRCC hosts lecture by MSU cardiologist

Dr. George Abela

Dr. George Abela

A Michigan State University cardiologist will share new findings about the role cholesterol plays in heart attacks and strokes during a GRCC-hosted lecture on Oct. 16.

Everyone is invited to the free presentation by Dr. George Abela, chief of the Division of Cardiology and director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program at MSU’s College of Human Medicine. His lecture, part of MSU’s Your Health series, begins at 7 p.m. in the Calkins science auditorium. The presentation is collaboration by GRCC, MSU and Spectrum Health.

A team led by Abela has uncovered the secret of how cholesterol behaves in the bloodstream and why it can cause heart attacks and strokes. These breakthrough findings could dramatically change the way doctors treat heart disease. During Abela’s presentation, he will explain how heart attacks and strokes occur and how his team’s discovery impacts you.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone — GRCC faculty, staff, students, as well as the general public — to learn about the cutting-edge research Dr. Abela’s team is working on regarding heart attacks and strokes,” said Paul Krieger, of GRCC biological sciences.

Abela received his medical degree from American University of Beirut. He completed a medicine and pathology residency at Emory University and a cardiology fellowship at the University of Florida. Before joining MSU, he was an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and co-director of its Institute for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. He is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

Those who wish to attend the lecture should register online here or by calling (616) 234-2667.

Faculty Involvement Needed – GRCC All-USA /Coca-Cola Scholarship Nominating Committee

Two faculty members are needed to serve on the All-USA/Coca-Cola Scholarship Nomination Committee. The committee will meet once (December 5) to review applications and select two students to represent Grand Rapids Community College as they move forward through the national scholarship selection process. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Student Affairs office at x3925 or email studentaffairs@grcc.edu Thanks for considering this opportunity to promote GRCC student accomplishments.

GRCC kicks off 2014 United Way campaign

DSC_6587GRCC’s 2014 United Way campaign kicks off today and runs through November 3, so expect to see an information packet from your department captain soon. The packets offer you two ways to donate: a one-time contribution or payroll deduction.

But that packet isn’t the only way you can help this year. In fact, some of you have already contributed! Several GRCC employees started GRCC’s campaign a little early this year by volunteering time in the Welcome Week dunk tank. That fundraiser collected $148 — which President Ender matched. Thank you to all who stopped by to contribute!

“The United Way is an organization making great and lasting impacts in our community,” President Ender said. “I am proud of our campus’s generous and giving nature to once again engage with the efforts of the Heart of West Michigan United Way to make our community a wonderful place to live and work.”

We have many United Way captains who are assisting with this campaign…..THANK YOU to the captains for their commitment to this important work. You will hear more information from your captain about incentives for our campaign.

To learn more about the United Way, click here.