100 Ways to Give: Books for Safe Haven Ministries

ways-to-give-fb-imageAs we move into the last week of March and our 100 Ways to Give campaign of collecting children’s books on behalf of Safe Haven Ministries winds down, we would like to express our thanks for the books that have been donated so far. If you are struggling for ideas, Safe Haven Ministries has provided a list of recommended books that are very beneficial in their counseling sessions:

  • Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
  • My Many Colored Days by Dr Seuss
  • I’m Gonna Like Me by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Beautiful Ooops by Barney Saltzberg
  • Brave Bart by Caroline Sheppard
  • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
  • When I Feel Afraid by Albert Whitman
  • What if it never stops raining? by Nancy Carlson
  • Hands are not for hitting by Martine Agassi
  • Jessica and the Wolf by Ted Lobby
  • Wings of Change by Franklin Hill
  • I was so Mad (Little Critter) by Mercer Mayer
  • The Five Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman
  • Hear My Roar: A Story of Family Violence by Gillian Watts
  • A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret Holmes
  • Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda

Books can be dropped off at one of these locations:

  • Academic Support Office, 232 LRC or to any GRCC Tutorial Lab
  • Academic Testing Center, 325 SCC
  • Student Life
  • Library
  • M-Tec
  • Enrollment Center
  • College Success Center

GRCC Anthropology Professor Attracts Standing-Room-Only Crowd

Dillon Carr, assistant professor of anthropology, lectures as part of the Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference.

Dillon Carr, assistant professor of anthropology, lectures as part of the Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference.

On Tuesday, Dr. Dillon Carr, Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Social Sciences Department, delivered a lecture titled, Race, Class and the Legitimacy of Power: An Anthropological Perspective on Ferguson, MO, which captivated an audience of more than 140 people attending the annual symposium on Race, Ethnicity, and Identity. Dr. Carr discussed the importance of community policing in fostering the stability of local communities characterized by socioeconomic and racial disparities. He also showed that in some cases a seemingly arbitrary imposition of citations and fines is encouraged by municipalities seeking to generate revenue to support local governments, and this can fuel unrest.

Also on Tuesday, Dr. Courtney Gallaher, Assistant Professor of Geography at Northern Illinois University, delivered a keynote lecture on environmental justice, and on Monday, Dr. Marie Price, Professor of Geography at George Washington University, delivered a keynote lecture on immigration. GRCC Sociology Professor Cedric Williams gave a talk on income inequality on Monday as well. All lectures drew in large numbers of students, as well as faculty and members of the local community. The conference continues today with a Diversity Lecture Series presentation by Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi at Fountain Street Church at 7:00 pm this evening. Events are also scheduled to take place on Thursday. Professors Carr and Abid will discuss the role GRCC has played in the local community throughout the last hundred years, and Dr. Anne Bonds, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will give a talk on the geographies of racial violence.

This year’s Race, Ethnicity, and Identity 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. All lectures are free and open to the public.

International Guitar Series features Canadian Guitar Quartet

GRCC’s International Guitar Series concludes with a performance by the Canadian Guitar Quartet. It starts at 7:30 p.m. March 26 in the Music Center’s recital hall. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Parking is available in the student parking ramp for $1 with a guest parking voucher sold at the door.

Call (616) 234-3940 for further information. Click here to see the entire lineup for this series.

Students share cultures with Global Experience Festival on March 27

Students will share cuisine and cultures from around the world during the Global Experience Festival on Friday.

The International Student Organization is celebrating its 15th year hosting the event! In recent years, additional student organizations — the Hispanic Student Organization, the Asian Student Union, the Campus Activities Board, Student Alliance and German Club — have come together to enhance this celebration, which runs 6-9 p.m. in the fieldhouse.

Guests will sample dishes from around the world between 6-7:15 p.m., followed by students and community members sharing songs and dances from their culture. The event concludes with a Zumba lesson.

Tickets, which cost $5 for ages 3 and older, may be purchased online here or from the Student Life Office.


Geography and Women’s Studies Professor Speaks Tonight at the Race, Ethnicity, & Identity Conference

Dr. Courtney Gallaher, Assistant Professor of Geography and Women’s Studies at Northern Illinois University, will be delivering a keynote lecture tonight for GRCC’s annual conference on Race, Ethnicity, and Identity titled: Linking environmental justice and community empowerment through urban agriculture in Southern/Eastern Africa. Dr. Gallaher, who was awarded the Ph.D. in Geography from Michigan State University, has a record of extensive fieldwork in Kenya and Malawi. 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 lecture begins at 7:00 pm this evening in Sneden Hall Room 108 on the DeVos Campus.

Exercise Science Club visits GVSU

Students from the Exercise Science Club visited Grand Valley State University on Friday, March 20.  Dr. Steve Glass met with the students and provided a tour.  Students were able to see two exercise testing and research labs as well as see some of the research modalities and tools.  Some of them included cardiac stress testing equipment, a hydrostatic weighing tank, a blood analyzer, force plates, and muscle electromyography.  The tour also included a brief visit to the Recreation Center.

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‘Open Door’ shares stories of baseball championships

The 2003 GRCC baseball team.

The 2003 GRCC baseball team.

Did you know that the GRCC baseball team has won 5 NJCAA Division II World Series titles under Coaches Doug Wabeke and Mike Cupples? Cupples’ teams, in one amazing stretch, won national championships in 2003, 2004, and 2005.

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, it provides a wealth of information and photographs revealing the college and its people. It can be purchased at Schuler Books, the GRCC Library, and online here.

Help support Kids’ Food Basket

Stop by the 4th floor on Tuesday 3/24 to help students from the Child Development/Education department in their efforts to raise awareness for childhood hunger by supporting Kids Food Basket of West Michigan’s “Go Orange” campaign. Decorate a sack supper bag, sport a Kids Food Basket tattoo and tweet a picture of yourself with an “Orange” smile in support of KFB.

Screening Committee training set for March 27

GRCC Screening Committee Training is being held this Friday, March 27th, from 10 AM – 12 PM in Room 016 Administration Building. If you are scheduled to serve on a committee or would like to be considered to serve on one in the future, and have not yet participated in the required training, please register online at http://grcc.edu/staffdevelopment/currentlearningopportunitiesregistration or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

GRCC students, administrators, staff participate in Cesar Chavez activities

Over 50 GRCC students, instructors and administrators participated in the 15th Annual César E. Chávez Social Justice Activities on March 19, 2015.

To see a Spanish article with quotes from GRCC students and instructor, follow this link: http://www.elinformadorusa.com/cientos-desfilan-recuerdan-a-cesar-e-chavez/

To see photos of President Ender, GRCC students and instructors, follow this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/03/cesar_e_chavez_social_justice.html

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Learn about products, services at Technology Showcase

GRCC’s Information Technology Department is hosting its first Technology Showcase from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 25 in the Main Building’s G2 hallway. Students, staff and faculty are welcome! For details, click here.

Learn about all the technology products and services the campus offers and join the discussion on Twitter using #GRCCTech!

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GRCC In the News, 3-23-15

5 ways GRCC’s winter enrollment has changed over past decade

March 21, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Enrollment continued its downward trend at Grand Rapids Community College this semester, falling 6.4 percent compared to the same time last year.

Watch Michigan chef create 16-foot, award-winning ice sculpture in Alaska

March 20, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The ice blocks were big – weighing hundreds of pounds each – and had to be moved using heavy-duty machines.

… “It was exhausting,” said (Luba) Petrash, a culinary instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. “But what I like the most was the people. Even though it was a competition, everyone was so friendly and helping each other.”

GRBJ: Local college to teach beer biz

March 23, 2015; WZZM

(Grand Rapids Business Journal) — Another Michigan college is entering the beer education game.

Grand Rapids Community College will begin offering a craft brewing management certification in 2016, thanks in part to a $2.9 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Inside Track: No mixed message for Mixed Staffing

March 20, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Sara Sherry is establishing her boutique firm as the staffing agency that personalizes the job market one person and one employment opportunity at a time.

… With an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in creative marketing from Grand Valley State University, two internships and roughly eight years of working experience, Sherry said she moved to Chicago without a job, optimistic about finding plenty of job offers.

School leaders learn about reasons behind teen violence

March 20, 2015; WZZM

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) — Administrators from around West Michigan learned more on Friday about crime and violence in schools.

… Silent Observer began the Fast 50 program in 1998. It’s currently in place at 65 middle and high schools, as well as at Calvin College and Grand Rapids Community College.

Distinguished Geographer Speaks Tonight at GRCC’s Annual Conference on Race, Ethnicity, & Identity

Dr. Marie Price, Professor of Geography and International Affairs at George Washington University opens the annual conference on Race, Ethnicity, and Identity with a keynote lecture titled: Diffusion, Deflection and Diversity: A Geographic Perspective on Immigration. 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. An author of Migrants to the Metropolis: The Rise of Immigrant Gateway Cities in addition to Globalization and Diversity: Geography of a Changing World, Dr. Price has received numerous honors and awards for her research and service. She is currently the Vice-President of the American Geographical Society. The lecture begins at 7:00 pm this evening in Sneden Hall Room 108 on the DeVos Campus.

Exercise Science Department hosts TRX Suspension Course Training

The Exercise Science Department hosted the TRX Suspension Course Training (STC) on Saturday March 21. All of the participants are now Level 1 TRX Suspension Training Qualified Trainers and have learned how to properly perform a variety of Suspension Training Exercises, how to progress and regress exercises for all fitness levels, adjust resistance and stability for all exercises, and cue and correct common faults. Now the learning and mastering of skills really begins.

Congratulations to all participants and thank you to our TRX Instructor Irene McCormick who did an amazing job as well as Melanie Schiele Gady, Exercise Science Professor, who hosted the event.

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