GRCC In the News, 3-27-15

GRCC holds free dental screening days

March 27, 2015; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Children and families can get free dental screenings at events held by Grand Rapids Community College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Promoting skilled trades, Geek Group offers scholarships to GRCC students

March 19, 2015; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) students who are enrolled in a Workforce Development Program will now have access to a 50 percent scholarship for a six-month membership program to the Geek Group.

Raider Salute to Facilities Department

IT Customer Support would like to thank the Facilities department for their incredible work in accommodating the power needs of the IT department, vendors, presenters, and participants of the 2015 Technology Showcase. Without the work of the Facilities department, the 2015 Technology Showcase would not have been the electrifying success it was!

Greg Forbes to lecture on vaccinations

Dr. Greg Forbes, Biological Sciences, will be providing a public lecture for the Center for Inquiry entitled “The Anti-Vaccination Movement; Replacing Science with Superstition” on April 8 at 7 p.m. This free lecture will be held a the Women’s City Club on Fulton.

More than 2 centuries have passed since the first vaccines were used to prevent disease and the disabilities and death associated with these diseases. However, even after the prevention of many millions of deaths, vaccine skeptics and vaccine conspiracy theories appear to be increasing in frequency even in the light of a preponderance of scientific fact validating the efficacy and safety of vaccines.

This presentation will provide an overview of how vaccines provide protection from disease, how vaccines are manufactured and will review the claims from the anti-vaccine skeptics. These claims will then be addressed utilizing the body of scientific knowledge acquired over the last 2 centuries as well as contemporary research. A comparison of the anti-vaccine movement will then be made to similar anti-science beliefs such as climate change denial, anti-evolutionism and young Earth geology.

Info at http://www.cfimichigan.org/events/event/w-lecture-040815/

Student Employee Appreciation Week includes giveaways, lunch

Below is a run down of the specials that will be offered during Student Employee Appreciation Week, which is April 13 – April 17 this year:

  • Daily basket raffles (put together by various department around campus).
  • Free Muffin at Patatas.
  • Free Meal upgrade at Subway.
  • Free Bag of chips at the Bookstore.
  • Complementary dessert, beverage OR appetizer with the purchase of an entree or salad at The Heritage Restaurant.
  • $2.00 off any purchase at the Raider Grille, Quiet Cafe or Sneden Café.
  • Free Ice Cream Sundae at Art & Bev’s on Wednesday, April 15 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Student Employee & Supervisor Celebration on Friday April 17th from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (see below for details).

On Friday, April 17 we will be providing a special lunch prepared by ATC Banquet and Catering in the ATC Atrium starting at 11:30 a.m. This will run until approximately 12:30 p.m. when we will begin making our way over to the Spectrum Theater for a special performance by a singing impressionist, comedian and magician (one of the tops in the world) that has a show in Vegas! Here is a short clip of our performer: http://brandonstyles.com.

GRCC In the News, 3-26-15

Global Experience Festival

March 25, 2015; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College students will share cuisine and cultures from around the world during the Global Experience Festival on March 27.

Rolling Stone journalist to discuss ‘wealth gap’ Wednesday at GRCC conference

March 25, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi will give the keynote address Wednesday for Grand Rapids Community College’s 2015 Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference.

Songs of nostalgia with the Oakland East Bay Symphony

March 25, 2015; San Francisco Chronicle

Maestro Michael Morgan got a taste of Diana Gameros’ pure, pretty voice at the Fox Theater in Oakland last winter, when the Mexican-born San Francisco singer performed with the Magik Magik Orchestra. Morgan, who was conducting other pieces on the program celebrating the flexible orchestra’s fifth birthday, pretty much booked her on the spot for this week’s Notes From Mexico concert with the Oakland East Bay Symphony at the Paramount Theatre.

… Gameros studied classical piano and recording technology at Grand Rapids Community College, singing in a chorus that made it to Carnegie Hall. But she opted to pursue songwriting and performing in a personal style influenced by the quiet intensity of artists like the late, great Brazilian singer Elis Regina and her daughter Maria Rita, and bossa nova singer Rosa Passos. She also digs Bjork, the Canadian indie-rock band Patrick Watson, and the late Costa Rican-born Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, called la voz áspera de la ternura, the rough voice of tenderness.

Council of Independent Colleges names school president to board

March 25, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A national nonprofit that supports independent higher education institutions has selected a local academic leader to serve on its board of directors.

… He (Juan Olivarez) worked at Grand Rapids Public Schools for more than 11 years and at Grand Rapids Community College for roughly 20 years.

Hometown Heroes 2015 Profiles: Judge Sara Smolenski

March 24, 2015; therapidian.org.

Each year the American Red Cross celebrates the community heroes who inspire us through their commitment to service and their recognition of the humanity of their neighbors down the street, across the country, and around the world.

… The American Red Cross of West Michigan is proud to honor Judge Sara Smolenski with the Mabel Boardman Spirit of Volunteerism Award. Judge Smolenski has proven her commitment to her community through the many services she provides including her active volunteer efforts. Through the years, Judge Smolenski has donated her time and effort to organizations such as Hospice of Michigan, St. John’s Home for Children, the American Red Cross, YWCA, the American Cancer Society, Resources Against Violent Encounters to Women of West Michigan, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids Laughfest and many other community events.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Judge Smolenski is a GRCC alumna.)

TRiO Peer Mentors make presentation at state summit

GRCC/TRIO Student Support Services Peer Mentors presented at the Annual MI-CAPP Student Leadership Summit at Great Wolf Lodge on March 21st. Amanda Aguirre and Enemecia Sepulveda presented “College 101: Life Hacks” to over 100 Upward Bound high school students!

Congratulations to Amanda Aguirre; she was selected for the $1000 Study Abroad Scholarship. Amanda will be going to Salamanca, Spain, in May after being selected by the Keith Sherin Global Scholars with this study abroad scholarship.

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Today’s Mathematics Seminar looks at how brain learns numbers

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, March 26, 3:00-4:00 PM in 103 Cook. Our speaker will be GRCC Mathematics Instructor Andrea Hayes. The title and abstract for Andrea’s talk may be found below.

Whether you are a math maven or a math avoider, the question of how we learn mathematics (or anything else) is deep and difficult to answer. Are we hard-wired to “know” that 1 + 1 = 2, or do we learn it? Is such knowledge/learning unique to humans? This talk does not require a strong background in mathematics – all are welcome!

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

Number Sense: A Biological Look at How Our Minds Create Mathematics

How can an infant know that 1 plus 1 equals 2?  Why is it that, even after years of school, many of us still aren’t sure if 6 times 7 is 42 or 54?  How can animals without a language know some elementary arithmetic?  This talk will take a biological look at how the human mind creates mathematics and its implications on the teaching of mathematics.

Raider Salute to Tamber Bustance

A special thanks to Tamber Bustance for helping Trio Peer Mentors Amanda Aguirre, Hien Nguyen, and Enemecia Sepulveda present at the 2015 Latino Youth Conference:

You have given us the opportunity to experience public speaking at a professional level that has helped us excel as college students at Grand Rapids Community College. Because of this experience that you have given us, we have taken these public speaking skills and have used them recently at the MICAPP Student Leadership Summit, where we presented to high school students seeking to attend college. After getting many compliments on our presentation from staff and students it filled our hearts with joy. We are endlessly thankful to have worked with you, and hope to work with you on future projects.

Geography and Urban Studies Professor Speaks Tonight on Racism and Prisons

The last keynote lecture of the annual symposium on Race, Ethnicity, and Identity will be delivered tonight by Dr. Anne Bonds, Assistant Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Colorblindness and Geographies of Racial Violence. Dr. Bonds has a record of extensive research addressing issues pertaining to poverty and inequality, especially with regard to racism and incarceration. The lecture begins at 7:00 pm this evening in Sneden Hall Room 108 on the DeVos Campus.

In commemoration of the institution’s centennial, GRCC Social Sciences Professors Steve Abid and Dillon Carr will be making a presentation today as well: GRCC 100 Year Anniversary: Exploring the Relationship between your Community’s College and the Community. Their talk will also be held in Sneden Hall Room 108, and it will take place between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm.

The conference is sponsored by the GRCC Social Sciences Department and Grand Rapids Community College, as well as Pearson Education, the International Geographical Honor Society, and the Association of American Geographers. The lectures are free and open to the public.

GRCC Exercise Science Department Supporting National Walking Day with the American Heart Association

On Wednesday April 1, the GRCC Exercise Science Department would like to invite you in celebrating National Walking Day with the American Heart Association and the GRCC Exercise Science Department.   Physical inactivity is a huge national problem and we want to promote a healthier community here at Grand Rapids Community College. So let’s take a 30 minute walk on April 1 and start setting some new health, wellness and fitness goals.

100 Ways to Give: Workforce Training staff help at Habitat house

ways-to-give-fb-imageIn honor of GRCC’s 100 year anniversary, Workforce Training staff volunteered at a home being built by Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. The home is located near the Tassell MTEC. They helped by painting trim, hanging doors, installing soffit, and doing some general cleanup. Nice work everyone!

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GRCC In the News, 3-25-15

Makerspace partners with community college

March 24, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A nonprofit makerspace and community college are partnering to help give students more hands-on skilled trades experience.

The Geek Group in Grand Rapids said this month that students enrolled in a workforce development program at Grand Rapids Community College will be offered a scholarship through the college, covering 50 percent of a special $150 cost for a six-month membership at the makerspace.

Kentwood honors police officer of the year

March 16, 2015; MLive

KENTWOOD – A police officer who has been instrumental in building a group that pairs officers with students in need of support has been honored with the city’s Officer of the Year award.

… “It was truly a surprise and honor to receive the award,” said (Officer Jeff) Augustyn, who leads the Kids and Officers Partnering in Schools, or KOPS, program at Crossroads School and Lighthouse Academy Charter School, and also serves as a community services officer, reality-based training instructor, Kentwood Citizens Police Academy instructor, and Grand Rapids Community College’s Police Academy instructor. He is a former member of the Special Response Team as well.

Mathematics Seminar features instructor Andrea Hayes

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, March 26, 3:00-4:00 PM in 103 Cook. Our speaker will be GRCC Mathematics Instructor Andrea Hayes. The title and abstract for Andrea’s talk may be found below.

Whether you are a math maven or a math avoider, the question of how we learn mathematics (or anything else) is deep and difficult to answer. Are we hard-wired to “know” that 1 + 1 = 2, or do we learn it? Is such knowledge/learning unique to humans? This talk does not require a strong background in mathematics – all are welcome!

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

Number Sense: A Biological Look at How Our Minds Create Mathematics

How can an infant know that 1 plus 1 equals 2?  Why is it that, even after years of school, many of us still aren’t sure if 6 times 7 is 42 or 54?  How can animals without a language know some elementary arithmetic?  This talk will take a biological look at how the human mind creates mathematics and its implications on the teaching of mathematics.