GRCC In the News, 1-11-16

Academy connects mentors with future leaders

Jan. 8, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

For nearly a decade, the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy has connected student fellows with members of the local community to provide mentorship as students learn how to become ethical and effective leaders for the 21st century.

… The 2015-2016 Cook Leadership Academy mentors represent a wide variety of organizations such as GTSD Group, GVSU, Richard App Gallery, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Steelcase Inc., Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rapids Community College, Kids Food Basket, Huntington National Bank, The Image Shoppe and Spectrum Health, among others.

Heartwell’s education efforts recognized, supported by GVSU

Jan. 10, 2016; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas bid former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell farewell and thanked him for his commitment to education during last month’s City Connection on GRTV.

… Various leaders of education in West Michigan also appeared as guests on the show through recorded video messages. Those speakers included Dave L. Eisler, president of Ferris State University, Haas and Steven Ender, president of Grand Rapids Community College.

… Along with the public schools, various colleges in the area, including GVSU, are involved. President Haas said that GVSU will take part in the initiative by giving support and resources to current GVSU students that graduated from GRPS or those students who came to GVSU from GRCC after graduating from GRPS.

Mindfulness classes start January 14

Staff Development/HR will be offering a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Meditation opportunity weekly.

What is mindfulness?

According to Mayo Clinic “Mindfulness is the act of being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling at every moment — without interpretation or judgment.

Spending too much time planning, problem-solving, daydreaming, or thinking negative or random thoughts can be draining. It can also make you more likely to experience stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression. Practicing mindfulness exercises, on the other hand, can help you direct your attention away from this kind of thinking and engage with the world around you.”

What are the benefits of mindfulness exercises?

Practicing mindfulness exercises can have many possible benefits, including:

  • Reduced stress, anxiety and depression
  • Less negative thinking and distraction
  • Improved mood

Drop in classes – all are welcome: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Thursdays 12:15-12:45 starting January 14 in Main 347.

We will always follow a format of welcome, ground rules and a brief guide and or tools of meditation followed by meditation.

Questions – please email or call Julie Otte x3490



Wellness classes start today

Free employee wellness classes start today!

Employee wellness schedule starts today!

Lots of options, sweat and hard work – but lots of rewards as well!

Come see what it’s about and feel great after moving your body!

Click on link then under the side bar click on the class schedule!

All are welcome.