GRCC In the News, 5-11-15

MSU grad student goes from homeless to fellowship

May 10, 2015; The Detroit Free Press

It started simply as a place to grab some sleep after a night of wandering the streets, but the Grand Rapids Public Library turned into the start of a path to a premier graduate student fellowship for Raeuf Roushangar.

… While there, he saw some Grand Rapids Community College students studying. He offered to help them in exchange for money. They suggested he go to the school and get a job as a tutor. He did and also started as a student. He eventually transferred to MSU.

Lions sign safety Nathan Lindsey after rookie minicamp

May 10, 2015; The Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Lions entered the weekend with five open roster spots. They filled one of them today by signing one of the standouts of this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

… He (Nathan Lindsey) played at Inkster, Grand Rapids Community College and Eastern Arizona before spending the last two seasons at Fort Hays State, where he had three interceptions for the Tigers last year and returned one kick for a touchdown.

White Lake Guitar Fest to feature Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet, workshops for musicians

May 10, 2015; MLive

MONTAGUE, MI — Guitarists of all ages and skill levels will once again have an opportunity to hone their skills.

… This year’s concert will feature the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet, which will perform at 7:30 p.m. on May 15. The Shelby High School Guitar Ensemble and Grand Rapids Community College Ensemble will also perform at 4 p.m. on May 16.

Old mansion on Heritage Hill Tour of Homes bears clues of former splendor

May 9, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — As Stephanie Kolbe walks through the ground-floor apartment of the mansion at 404 Fountain St. NE, she displays the forensic skills of an experienced renovator and do-it-yourselfer.

… Tickets on the weekend of the tour will be $20 and available only at the ticket booth at the Grand Rapids Community College DeVos Campus, 445 E. Fulton Street.

Active Commute Week starts today

activecommuteweekIt’s Active Commute Week, and here is the schedule:

  • Active Commute Week Challenge, today through May 15 — Register as an individual by clicking here or as an employer team by clicking here.
  • Bike Trains — Bike to Work Day, 6:30-9 a.m. May 15 — Experienced bicycle commuters will lead 10 “Bike Trains” to destinations such as downtown Grand Rapids, Mary Free Bed, Priority Health and Steelcase. Click here for routes, maps, leader contact information and registration (which is optional but encouraged).
  • Pit Stops for Bike to Work Day, 7-9 a.m. May 15 — Click here for a list of stops and a map.
  • Handlebar Happy Hour, 4:30-7:30 p.m. May 18 at Brewery Vivant — Celebrate the fourth Active Commute Week. Challenge winners will be announced, and Challenge participants will receive a complimentary beverage.

Sharpen skills with Ed2Go online courses

Grand Rapids Community College offers online learning for adults through a partnership with Cengage Learning’s Ed2Go.

Sharpen your skills, or learn new ones any time of the day or night. You can complete any course entirely from your home or office.

Popular offerings include:

  • Project Management Fundamentals.
  • Speed Spanish.
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010.
  • A to Z Grant Writing.
  • Accounting Fundamentals.
  • Creating Web Pages.
  • Beginning Writers Workshop
  • Introduction to SQL.
  • Mac, iPhone and iPad Programming.
  • Secrets of Better Photography.

Two lessons are released each week (Wednesday and Friday) for a total of six weeks. A final exam is released at the end of six weeks; students must receive a 70 percent or higher to receive a certificate of completion. Courses start at $99, and refunds are given with a two-week cancellation notice.

To register, click here.

100 Ways to Give: books for preschoolers

GRCC’s Lakeshore Campus is collecting 100 new and/or gently used books for preschoolers (ages three-five) for the Ready for School program. Books will be distributed to families in the Holland, Zeeland and Hamilton areas.

A list of suggested books includes:

  • Dragons Love Tacos
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama
  • If you Give a Moose a Muffin
  • The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
  • Little Blue Truck
  • My Truck is Stuck!
  • The Relatives Came
  • The Very Happy Caterpillar
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • Goodnight Moon
  • Llama Llama Time to Share
  • Curious George books