GRCC In the News, 1-13-16

Former Muskegon coach Tony Annese headlines sports hall’s 30th induction class

Jan. 13, 2016; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — When Ferris State coach Tony Annese is on the college football recruiting trail, he tries to spend about an hour at a school and then head to the next.

… He has since moved on to college coaching jobs, first at Grand Rapids Community College, and then at Ferris where he has built that program into a Division II national power. But he still feels a sense of home at Muskegon.

Warner Norcross Announces Winners of MLK Essay Contest

Jan. 12, 2016; (Warner Norcross press release)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Jan. 12, 2016 – PRLog — The contest, which was open to all sixth-graders at Grand Rapids Public Schools, asked students to prepare an essay on one of three topics. Students were given the opportunity to discuss the importance of equal rights in society, a conversation they might have with Dr. King or the impact a quote from Dr. King other than one from his famous I Have a Dream speech had on their life. This year’s competition received 297 entries from students at 10 schools.

… (Twanyea) Smith has been invited to read the top-winning essay at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Peace Program on Monday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Grand Rapids Community College Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. All winners and honorable mention recipients are invited to attend and will be recognized as a group.

Professional development opportunities

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Maximize your ability to think, learn, and create in a collaborative environment by attending our Collaboration with the Brain in Mind workshop! In this session, you will learn some basic concepts about the social nature of the human brain; how it manages risk & reward in the workplace, as well as strategies to remove several common barriers and create an environment that fosters collaborative relationship and thinking. Join us Tuesday, January 19th from 1:00pm – 2:30pm.
  • Learn about, or refresh your memory, on the GRCC Purchasing Policy with our Purchasing Department! They will be presenting our current policy and holding an open discussion with Q&A on Wednesday, January 20th from 9:30am – 11:00am.
  • Join us for an in-depth conversation examining how the disease of racism affects all people in our daily environments. The Institute for Healing Racism is a powerful, thought provoking workshop intended to bring people together to explore issues of race and racism in a two part series held Thursday, January 28th from 8:45am – 5:00pm and Friday, January 29th from 9:00am – 3:30pm.

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Meet and Greet New Director of TRIO/Student Support Services Program

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Victoria Powers

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Student Center’s Multi-Purpose Room, we will have a meet and greet for the new director of the TRIO/Student Support Services Program: Victoria “Vicky” Powers.   Stop by, meet Vicky and enjoy some delicious hors d’oeuvres.

The TRIO/Student Support Services is a program designed to work with students who are first generation college students and who meet federal income guidelines. Our goal is to help support student success at GRCC and assist in transfer to a four-year college/university. The program has been serving students at Grand Rapids Community College for over 35 years.

Campus Dining team announces changes

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS – Ferris Nut & Coffee: Effective January 11, 2016, Campus Dining will be sourcing all coffee and coffee products from local roaster & distributor Ferris Nut & Coffee. Ferris has a long tradition of providing the Grand Rapids area with excellent coffee. Ferris sources, roasts, and grinds all of their own coffee. Ferris will partner with GRCC Campus Dining to provide marketing resources, training, and other exciting opportunities for the entire GRCC community. Look for new roasts in the Quiet Cafe & catering services beginning Monday and shortly following in the Sneden Cafe.

NEW CATERING SUPERVISOR: Beginning January 16th, catering assistant Destiny Swanson will assume the role as the new catering supervisor for the campus dining team. Destiny will be replacing current supervisor Erin Gauthier as she completes her time with GRCC on Jan. 15th. Erin will be missed but Destiny is excited and ready to take over and continue the excellent service that we’re all used to. If you get a chance, be sure to congratulate Destiny on her promotion the next time you see her.