GRCC In the News, 12-11-15

Diana Gameros Sings the Immigrant’s Love and Loss

Dec. 10, 2015; KQED

For Mexican-born singer-songwriter Diana Gameros, music has always been a deeply personal endeavor, acting as both a lifeline and a retreat from the world’s complications. Her soulful, emotionally-charged music, recorded on her debut album Eterno Retorno, tells a journey of love, loss, and hope, rooted in her own coming-of-age story as an undocumented immigrant in America. “Music for me has always been an outlet,” Gameros tells KQED Arts, “a way to be on my own and be okay.”

… But Gamero’s American story has an innocence, involving a Michigan boy she fell in love with and wide-eyed dreams of becoming a professional musician. “That gave me all the drive to do whatever I had to do to be here,” says Gameros, who moved to Michigan and studied music for four years at Grand Rapids Community College.

Top 5 things to do around Grand Rapids include Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys, ‘Nutcracker’ party, ‘Dogfight’

Dec. 10, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Find options for your social calendar with this list of things to do around West Michigan.

… Actors’ Theatre current production “Dogfight” is a pop-rock musical adaptation of a 1991 film starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor. The Vietnam War-era story of soldiers cruelly wagering on which guy can bring the ugliest girl to a dance transforms into a tale of forgiveness when one of the girls rewrites the rules of the game and teaches the power of love and compassion.

Directed by Actors’ Theatre founder Fred Sebulske, tickets are $28. Remaining shows are at 8 p.m. December 10-12 and 17-19 at Grand Rapids Community College’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. More at

Workshop focuses on decision making

Professional Development Opportunities:
  • Would you like to learn tools on how to make accurate decisions quickly? Or how personality types and communication styles affect decision making? There are many skills involved with making effective decisions, including being timely, accurate, and involving the right people. This training provides tools to promote decision timeliness, decision accuracy, and involving the right people in decision-making. We will take a look at personality types and learn how our communication preferences affect our approach to decision-making both as leaders and followers. Please join us for Effective Decision Making workshop Wednesday, December 16th from 9:30AM – 11:30AM!

Adjunct Faculty Spotlight: Nefertiti Williams

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Nefertiti Williams

Nefertiti Williams has been an adjunct faculty member in the Mathematics Department at GRCC for five years.  She primarily teaches the Academic Foundation courses Math 095/096/097, which are Basic Math Review and Pre-Algebra. Additionally, to help students who struggle, she is working with her colleagues in the math department to develop “mini labs” which are “hands activities” to help students get a better conceptual understanding of the more challenging topics covered in class.

When Ms. Williams isn’t preparing students for the academic challenges that lay ahead, she enjoys being physically active.  She plays adult recreational softball, both women’s and co-ed.  Last summer her women’s slow pitch softball team placed first in the Class E MASA (Michigan Amateur Softball Association).

She also likes working out and has competed in local Bodybuilding and Figure competitions in the past.  Her downtime is spent with her family or creating jewelry.

Nefertiti Williams is passionate about what she does:  “I love helping my students learn. I love helping my students come to the realization that they can learn math.”