‘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!