GRCC In the News, 10-28-16

Psychology of political beliefs, why people prefer certain political parties

Oct. 27, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – A Grand Rapids Community College Professor gave a lecture, open to the public, on why some people might side with one political party or another. Dr. Frank Conners, who is also the Psychology Department Head, recognizes the polarizing divide in the nation and believes the first step in bridging the gap is understanding why one party resonates with certain people.

World’s leading female classical guitarist Lily Afshar to play Hope College; 22-year-old French guitar star Thibaut Garcia stops at GRCC

Oct. 27, 2016; Local Spins

Lily Afshar, declared one of the world’s foremost classical guitarists by Public Radio International, is performing Friday at Hope College in Holland.

… Kalamazoo, Detroit and Grand Rapids are hosting 22-year-old French classical guitarist Thibaut Garcia, who is on a 50-city tour of the U.S. and Canada as the winner of the prestigious 2015 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Solo Competition.

Garcia is presenting the second concert of Grand Rapids Community College’s International Guitar Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 3) at Fountain Street Church.

American Seating Hosted Manufacturing Day Event for Union High School Students

Oct. 27, 2016; Mass Transit magazine

American Seating welcomed more than 50 students, teachers and other leaders from Union High School and Grand Rapids Public Schools for a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

… The event additionally included presentations by American Seating team members as well as representatives from Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Rapids Community Foundation, who spoke about local manufacturing-education programs and scholarship opportunities.

GVSU and GRCC collaborate on first film festival

Oct. 23, 2016; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University’s French clubs have teamed up to bring the first annual Tournees French Film Festival to Grand Rapids Wednesday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Nov. 8.

Rattlers Bolster Secondary with Three New DBs

Oct. 26, 2016;

Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers announced today that they have signed three defensive backs their inaugural season in the Indoor Football League (IFL). Damond Smith and Anttonio Brown join the team as rookies, while Nathan Lindsey will begin his second season in the league.

… Lindsey attended Fort Hays State University where he was a two-year starter for the Tigers, and in that time he recorded 113 tackles and three interceptions. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Lindsey also attended, Grand Rapids Community College and Eastern Arizona before eventually transferring to Fort Hays State.

Site visits planned for Nov. 4 and 11 for copier, printer review

Konica Minolta will be on campus November 4, starting at 11:30 a.m., and Michigan Office Solutions on November 11 at 8:00 a.m. to do a walk-through for a better look at campus copier/printers and their use. This is in preparation of bidding on the next replacement of equipment. They have been instructed to wear proper identification and not to take a lot of staff time in questions. If you have time and can answer any questions on how you use the equipment, they would appreciate it, and if not, they will understand.

GRCC, GVSU French programs team up on Tournées Film Festival

The Tournées Film Festival 2016 Grand Rapids is a result of a partnership between the French programs at GRCC and GVSU and a generous grant. This international festival features six films. Three films will be shown at GVSU Loosemore Auditorium, and three films to be shown at GRCC’s ATC auditorium. Admission to all the films, which may contain adult content, is free. When possible please encourage students to attend.


Leadership Institute 2017 deadline extended

The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development, and hone individual and team leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is designed for individual employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus. Leadership Institute includes content pertinent to talent identification, leadership development, and addressing issues relevant to the college community.

If you are interested in Leadership Institute 2017, please visit for additional information or to obtain an application packet. Please submit the application packet to Jessica Berens in Human Resources. The deadline for submission has been extended to Friday, November 4, 2016.

Upcoming staff development workshops include Excel, budgeting

Upcoming staff development workshops:

  • Beginning Excel: Whether you know the basics of Excel, or are brand new to the program, this workshop is for you! Build a foundation for using Excel 2016 with Jeff VanderVeen on Thursday, 11/03.
  • Budget 101: Our very own Holly Kleyn will be reviewing monthly budgeting practices for your department, as well as presenting information on college revenue and how the money is spent. Join us Wednesday, Nov. 9.
  • Excel Intermediate: Do you have a working knowledge of Excel and are ready to take the next step? Come to our Excel Intermediate session hosted by Jeff VanderVeen on Thursday, Nov. 17!

Please register at: