‘Who Cares? Why Bother’ symposium looks at writing in many professions

GRCC educators will be joined by community professionals and former students in presenting sessions for the “Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People” writing symposium, October 14 and 15 at the ATC. No registration is required.

October 14:

  • “Stop Talking. Start Writing. Get Moving,” with adjunct John Rumery — 9:30-10:45 a.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “Writing Expectations at Four-Year Institutions,” with GRCC alumni — 11-11:45 a.m. in room 168.
  • “Real Good Friends, Write Real Good Letter for Real Good Jobs,” with Alicia Ellis, of the Grand Rapids school district, and professor Mursalata Muhammad — 12:30-1:15 p.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “Writing to Advocate for Others Who Cannot Advocate for Themselves,” with Joanne Catania, chief medical examiner investigator with Western Michigan University’s School of Medicine — 2-2:45 p.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “Writing Dialogue,” with writer-performers Arnold Johnston and Deborah Ann Percy — 2-2:45 in room 168.
  • “The Business of Writing for a Reader: Empathy and Emotion as Currency, and How to Leverage Your Readers’ Deepest Needs and Motivations to Ensure the Success of Your Writing,” with associate professor Moss Ingram — 3:30-4:15 p.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “Communicating Through the Power of Song,” with musician Max Lockwood — 3:30-4:15 p.m. in room 168.

October 15:

  • “What Editors Need, What Editors Want,” with Caitlin Horrocks, of Grand Valley State University — 9:30-10:45 a.m. in room 168.
  • “Writing in the Physical Sciences,” with assistant professor Daniel Groh — 9:30-10:45 a.m. in room 168.
  • “Online Citizen Journalism: How We Do It, Why it Matters,” with Holly Bechiri, of The Rapidian — 11-11:45 a.m. in room 168.
  • “The Importance of Writing to Gain Employment,” with Christine Coon and Jessica Berens, of human resources — 11-11:45 a.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “Art and Activism: When Writing Matters,” with associate professor and author Maryann Lesert — 12:30-1:15 p.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “The Power of the Written Word,” with author Chris Sain, of Student Success and Retention — 12:30-1:15 p.m. in room 168.
  • “Bringing Writing to Life … in Biology!” with professor Laurie Foster — 2-2:45 p.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “Writing Expectations at Four-Year Institutions,” with GRCC alumni — 2-2:45 a.m. in room 168.
  • “The Art of Giving Feedback,’ with tutors James Setchfield, Curtis Neff, Jacob Urlaub and Sam Heidenreich — 3:30-4:15 p.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “Numbers Don’t Explain Everything,” with assistant professor Jennifer Knauf — 3:30-4:15 p.m. in room 168.

Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People. What your teacher told you is true. Writing is a part of every job.

GRCC In the News, 9-30-15

ArtPrize 2015 Top 100 public favorites: time-based

Sept. 29, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The early public favorites for ArtPrize Seven were revealed Tuesday morning, the first popular vote milestone of the 2015 contest.

… “claylist,” by Jonathan D. Lopez at DeVos Place Convention Center

(Jonathan Lopez is a GRCC alumnus.)

Joseph Becherer: How Jurors’ Shortlist focuses vast field of entries

Sept. 29, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The creation and ongoing implementation of the juried awards at ArtPrize are, without doubt, one of organization’s most compelling and important endeavors.

… Considering the vast field of entries for two-dimensional work, jurying this category may have been the most difficult task of all. John Haverty’s massive and eclectic vision, “Gangrene,” at the Boardwalk GR Condominiums is a must see and experience event as no reproduction can offer the work any justice. “Guryong Village, Seoul” by Soohyun Kim, at Grand Rapids Community College’s Collins Art Gallery, is a compelling statement about the chaos and crowds of poverty inside a shanty town in one of Asia’s wealthiest cities.

MSU IAT offers certificate programs

Sept. 29, 2015; Farmers’ Advance (agriculture publication for Michigan, Ohio and Indiana)

EAST LANSING, MI — The Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) is offering academic programs in partnership with seven community colleges across the state and on campus in East Lansing where students can earn certificates in programs ranging from agricultural operations to electrical technology.

IAT has been conducting practical plant, animal and technology certificate courses in East Lansing for more than 100 years. Now MSU has partnered with Southwest Michigan College, Grand Rapids Community College, Muskegon Community College, Montcalm Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Delta College and Glen Oaks Community College to offer a variety of certificate programs at each location.

IIPD Grants: Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., October 2, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically. The IIPD application packet and IIPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at www.grcc.edu/grants.

Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or jmlarsen@grcc.edu. Good luck!

GRCC In the News, 9-29-15

Community colleges earn Achieving the Dream certification

September 28, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Based on their commitment to improving the success of minority and low-income students, a pair of community colleges have earned a national certification.

Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit network dedicated to community college student success, said last week that Grand Rapids Community College and Muskegon Community College are among the 19 institutions certified as 2015 Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges.

Anti-gay marriage billboard backer among 12 seeking vacant GRCC board seat

September 28, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The man behind a controversial Grand Rapids-area billboard that stated that “homosexuality is a behavior, not a civil right” is among 12 people vying for an open seat on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

Muskegon Community College recap: Jayhawks upset nationally-ranked team in men’s soccer

September 28, 2015; MLive

… VOLLEYBALL: The Jayhawks extended their win streak to six Sunday with victories against Cuyahoga and Oakland in the final day of the Raider Challenge in Grand Rapids. Rachel Brown (28 kills, 5 blocks), Jane Kuipers (25 kills, 3 blocks), Lindsey Jacobs (89 assists, 8 kills, 30 digs) and Marissa Hassevoort (53 digs) led the Jayhawks. On Saturday, MCC didn’t drop a set in wins against Mott and Alpena. Brown (19 kills, 4 blocks), Kuiper (18 kills, 5 blocks), Jacobs (55 assists) and Hassevoort (36 digs) were team leaders. MCC (13-10) travels to face Ancilla College on Tuesday.

… GOLF: The Jayhawks placed runner-up in their past two tournaments, including the Muskegon Community Invitational at Stonegate Golf Club on Sunday. Connor Phelps was medalist with a 73 to help the Jayhawks to a 302 team total. Dylan Krim added 74, Cam Phelps had 76 and Noah Genson added 79 for MCC. Grand Rapids Community College finished first with a 293.

ArtPrize announces Top 20 in Jurors’ Shortlist

September 28, 2015; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — On Monday evening, ArtPrize Seven announced the Jurors Shortlist of entries that would be in the running to take home the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize.

… “Guryong Village in Seoul” at GRCC Collins Art Gallery, by Soohyun Kim from Chicago, IL

Mich. Democrats in G.R. announce proposed tax credits

September 28, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Michigan Democrats on Monday outlined a plan they say will improve life for middle-class families in Michigan.

… “This plan will help me because student loans get so so expensive for me — and a lot of my friends who go to bigger universities,” said Grand Rapids Community College student Diana Worsley. “[They] definitely have a lot more student debt than I do.”

Armen Awards: Excellence in Service Learning competition

Congratulations to the Fall semester faculty participating in the Armen Awards: Excellence in Service Learning competition. These faculty will be showcased along with the Winter semester applicants during the April 2016 Armen Awards Celebration event.

Lauren Elliott teaches in the Biological Science Department, specifically BI 101 Introduction to Biology. She has partnered with Blandford Nature Center to provide students with a real world application to ecology including conservation, invasive species and human-environmental interaction. Students will get to see firsthand how an invasive species impacts the local flora and fauna and what affect it has on the local community. Students will learn to identify and physically remove non-native vegetation in the area and then design information materials for the public about invasive species, how it affects the local environment and most importantly how someone can help.

Marguerite Erlandson teaches in the Business Department, specifically FM 236 Fashion Design. She has partnered with the Lemmon-Holton Cancer Pavilion where students will apply the principles and elements of design, fabric selection and sewing techniques to design, produce and deliver tailored quilts for cancer patients. Students will focus on the types of fabrics that are appropriate for warmth and comfort, soothing or uplifting colors, appropriate size of quilt and finally patterns.

Faculty wishing to participate during the winter semester must apply by November 1st. Go here for more details.

GRCC In the News, 9-28-15

Travel: Tempt Your Taste Buds in West Michigan

September 20, 2015; The New Citizens Press (Ingham County)

Henderson Castle has become one of the most popular restaurants in Kalamazoo. Built in 1895, it is on a steep hill and overlooks the downtown area.

… The Heritage Restaurant is a fine dining public restaurant staffed by culinary school students under the direct supervision of Chef Professors and Table Service Professors at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College is a world-class program with over 25 years of experience offering degrees and certificates in Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, and Baking & Pastry Arts. The Heritage Restaurant is located in the GRCC Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center on the corner of Fountain and Ransom Streets (parking is off of Ransom). Lunch averages $7-$12 per person; dinner averages $21-$30 per person.

Davison grad stepping up at UDM

September 27, 2015; The County Press (Lapeer)

DETROIT — Davison graduate David Thompson has been busy on the golf course since high school, only now it’s at the collegiate level. Thompson crafted an impressive golf career at Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to the University of Detroit-Mercy.

Skippers split pair of games at Raider Challenge

September 26, 2015; The Times Herald (Port Huron)

GRAND RAPIDS — The St. Clair County Community College volleyball team saw its five game win streak come to an end Saturday at the Raider Challenge at Grand Rapids Community College.

Tour ArtPrize on October 1

The Exercise Science – HR/Staff Development Annual ArtPrize Fitness Scavenger Hunt is ready for us to go see some beautiful art, enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise!

Join Julie Otte on Thursday, October 1 at 12:00 for a fun lunch break! Meet outside the fieldhouse steps with a water bottle and some good walking shoes and we’ll head out and have a great time!

Contact Julie Otte with questions.

Tassell M-TEC hosts open house on September 30

Please join us at the Tassell M-TEC for cake and punch during Manufacturing Week to celebrate two grants recently awarded to GRCC; The Apprenticeship Grant (3.9 million) and the JP MorganChase Foundation Grant ($41,000). We would like to extend a thank you to all who continue to support our efforts to enhance our West Michigan workforce!

Tour our newly upgraded Machine Tool Lab, Virtual Welding Lab, Computer Lab, Automotive and Construction Labs. Meet our faculty and talk with our Career Coaches and Job Developers.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Golf team wins tournament

Congratulations to the Raider Golf Team as they picked up their first tournament win of the season after finishing second last week. The team shot a winning score of 293 finishing nine strokes in front of Muskegon Community College who shot 302. Leading the way for the Raiders with a score of 73 were Jordan Mattson from Grandville, Aaron McCoy from Marshall, and Devin Capron from Suttons Bay who was competing in his first college tournament. The Raiders next tournament is today and tomorrow at the Taylor Invite at Egypt Valley GC.

Five GRCC golfers stand in a row on a golf course. The center one holds a trophy.

ArtPrize entries at Spectrum Theater have GRCC ties

Many of the ArtPrize entries in the Spectrum Theater lobby have GRCC or GRJC connections:

  • Daryl Bruischat; “X-Games” – GRJC alumnus
  • Rhonda Joy Ashby; “Solace” – GRCC alumnae, Visual Arts
  • Emily Johnson; “Blue Ray” – GRCC alumnae, Visual Arts
  • Michael Sepanik; “Dust Dancing” – GRCC & FSU student
  • Gypsy Schindler; “White Noise” – GRCC alumnae

25Live replaces R25

25Live is the new face of event scheduling, a function previously managed using R25. You may have already noticed references to 25Live on the GRCC home page, and on the digital signs recently installed around campus. The next step in the ongoing transition will be to remove user access to the CWEST web viewer.

Effective October 1, 2015, CWEST will no longer be available for use to the GRCC community. The 25Live project team is providing training and support, and we welcome your questions and feedback.