GRCC In the News, 3-11-15

Cream of the ice cream crop

March 6, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Chris McKellar almost didn’t go to the Making It In Michigan Conference and Trade Show in Lansing last November. He was booked as an exhibitor at the National Ice Cream Retailers Association trade show in Kentucky on the same day.

… The Firehouse Guitars job also introduced him to good food. He attended musical instrument trade shows in Nashville and Anaheim and often dined at fine restaurants with reps from well-known guitar companies such as Fender and Taylor. Then began a personal quest to learn where great food comes from; he eventually enrolled at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC motiva a estudiantes latinos durante presentación de Conferencia Latina 2015

March 7, 2015; El Vocero

En el evento tras la presentación de la proyección de cine Underwater Dreams, los panelistas Luis Enrique Aranda, Cristian Alonso Arcega-Rojas y Lorenzo Alberto Santillan Barrera, expusieron a los estudiantes sobre sus vivencias luego de haber ganado competencias robóticas en la NASA y US Navy, y las dificultades que han enfrentado por residir como indocumentados nacidos en México.

Things to do on Sunday, March 15

March 10, 2015; MLive

… Mar. 15

Instrumental Ensembles Concerts: St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 2-4 pm. $5/adults, $3/students and seniors.

Psychology Speaker Series features Carol Tavris

As part of the 2014-2015 Psychology Speaker Series, Carol Tavris, Ph.D., will discuss “Self-Justification in Everyday Life: What cognitive dissonance theory reveals about cheating, justice, love, war, memory, and the decisions we make” from 1-2:30 p.m. March 18 in room 168 of the ATC.

Dr. Carol Tavris is a social psychologist, writer, and lecturer. Her most recent book with Dr. Elliot Aronson, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts, will provide the foundation for this presentation. She will explore why is it hard for so many people to admit their mistakes, give up a wrong belief, and accept responsibility for their actions. What blocks us from even being aware that we are wrong and might need to change?  Dr. Tavris will describe the cognitive biases that lead most people to justify beliefs that are outdated, decisions that have proved to be misguided, and the harms we inflict on others. She will discuss the psychological benefits of these biases and how understanding their dangers can help us improve our lives.

All sessions are free. For additional information, contact Dr. Frank Conner at or 616.234.3612

Social science research paper competition draws record number of entries

The Winners of the 2014 GRCC Social Science Department Student Research Paper Competition have been Announced!

“There were a record number of submissions to this year’s GRCC Social Science Department Student Research Paper Competition, and the selection process was very difficult,” said Dr. Robert Hendershot, chair of the Paper Competition Subcommittee, “but the faculty judges are pleased to be able to name the following winners:

1st Place:

Eyssy Moore

Paper Title: “Banana Incorporated: Corporate Interests, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Perpetual Poverty in Central America”

Class: HS293: Seminar on the History of American Foreign Relations

2nd Place:

Gretchen Robinson

Paper Title: “Israel’s Power to Influence”

Class: HS293: Seminar on the History of American Foreign Relations

3rd Place (tie):

Melissa Foster

Paper Title: “The Criminal Mind: Contributions to Criminal Behavior”

Class: SO270: American Families in Transition

3rd Place (tie):

Carla Villasana-Acosta

Paper Title: “Pablo Escobar: The Influence and Control of a Drug Lord in Colombia”

Class: HS230: The History of Latin America

Please join us in congratulating these scholars for their truly outstanding work!

Provost introduces podcast

In an effort to find creative ways to connect with all of you and to share what’s happening in Academic and Student Affairs, Provost Chesley is test-driving a podcast.

Here is how you can access the Provost Podcast: