GRCC In the News, 3-17-15

Steep tuition increases approved for GRCC’s nursing, culinary and dental programs

March 16, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In an effort to balance its budget, Grand Rapids Community College is implementing big price hikes for its nursing, dental and culinary arts programs.

Trustee asks GRCC to delay domestic partner benefits until court decides gay marriage case

March 17, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Bert Bleke, the chairperson of Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees, is recommending that the college hold off on considering domestic partner benefits until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on an upcoming gay marriage case.

Rapid officials: Silver Line numbers are promising

March 17, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Silver Line bus service has been on the road for seven months and officials said so far it’s been a smooth ride.

… Morgan Fisher, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, said she had never used public transportation before the Silver Line came to town, but decided to give it a try.

“I actually get on the bus at 28th and Division and I come right down to GRCC and I don’t have to pay for parking for school so it makes it a lot easier and more affordable,” said Fisher.

‘Dying To Be Thin’ re-airing on WOOD TV8

March 16, 2015; WOOD TV

You may not know it, but 30 million Americans suffer from eating disorders. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and they are the second leading cause of death for adolescents, only after automobile accidents. Do you know the warning signs? Do you know what really causes someone to fall victim to an eating disorder? Jordan Carson will be reporting on the half-hour special, “Dying To Be Thin” during which she’ll the story of how her sister lost her battle with an eating disorder, and how others can spot the warning signs, and seek help.

… Rosalyn (Baker) is a Brain Fitness Coach, Wellness Coordinator and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. Rosalyn is a paid professional speaker who sat on the program development committee for GRCC’s continuing education program, Optimal Health, where she also taught courses in Stress Management and Meditation. She has lectured on Brain Health, Nutrition and Anti-Aging at EEGSpectrum InternationalClinical Interchange Conferences, and for National Safety Associates representingJuice Plus+, the most scientifically researched whole food fruit and vegetable supplement in the world.

Learn about campus history in ‘Open Door’

The Memorial Campus dedication in 1949.

The Memorial Campus dedication in 1949.

Did you know that following World War II, GRJC students raised $15,000 for a Memorial Campus to be built at the south end of the Main Building on the site of a former parking lot? Now called the Arthur Andrews Memorial Campus, its purpose was to honor the 70 students who lost their lives in the war. A central flagpole with tall stone base contains those honored names.

Read about this and much more in Open Door, the newly published 100-year history of GRJC/GRCC written by retired English professor Walter Lockwood. The book can be purchased at Schuler Books, the GRCC Library, or online here.

STEM event designed for boys in 6th to 8th grades

GRCC is hosting a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) event for 6-8th grade boys on April 11. The event is to complement the STEM for Girls event GRCC hosted in November and is designed to engage young minds in the fields of science and technology. Participants will do hands-on activities such as building a robot to drawing a picture, designing a method to move ping pong balls without touching them, and solving a forensics mystery. Students also have the opportunity to interact with community role models who work in STEM fields. The cost is $15 and students can register here.