GRCC In the News, 2-2-17

GVSU students stage sit-in against Donald Trump

Feb. 1, 2017;

On January 31, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., a group of GVSU students came together for a sit-in to display resistance against recent executive orders put in place by President Donald Trump. This sit-in, organized by social work student Megan Bardenhagen, along with Beau Laine VanSolkema, took place on GVSU’s Allendale campus in the Kirkhof Center. For the first half hour, students stood outside by Cook Carillon’s clock tower with signs poised high. For the next two hours, students occupied the space in the middle of Kirkhof’s main lobby, chanting in favor of diversity, unity, and freedom, while condemning Trump’s xenophobic and fascist executive orders to ban those who inhabit Islam-centric countries from entering the United States.

… Most of the time was spent chanting things such as: “No ban, no wall, this country is for all,” “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A.,” “Sanctuary campus,” “Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!” and more. A few speakers stood up to share their stories, including Joe Cadreau, who has worked with NoDAPL protests and the Black Lives Matter movement; Beau Laine VanSolkema, who is the StandOUT President at Grand Rapids Community College as well as a dual-enrolled student at GRCC; and Lindsey Disler, a GVSU student. One student in particular, Sudhansu Baskota, shared his personal story as a refugee who recently came to the United States after a devastating earthquake in his home country, Nepal.

GRCC Hosts the 35th Annual Giant Awards at DeVos Place

Feb. 1, 2017; Women’s Lifestyle

On Saturday, February 4, the 35th annual Giants Awards and Banquet will honor and celebrate 13 African American individuals or organizations for their exemplary service to the Grand Rapids community.

… Founded by Dr. Patricia Pulliam and Cedric Ward in 1983, the Giants Awards are organized by The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College. Christina Arnold recently retired as the founding director of the center and is heavily involved in planning the awards.

3-time Grammy-Award singer on ‘Hidden Figures’ soundtrack coming to Grand Rapids

Feb. 1, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you watched the Oscar-nominated film, “Hidden Figures,” you heard Lalah Hathaway’s voice.

… The Dr. Malinda P. Sapp Legacy Award will be given to Elias Lumpkins, Grand Rapids City Commissioner; Christina Arnold, director of The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at GRCC; and Cherry Street Health Services.

Campus Activities Board sponsors decorating contest

As part of GRCC spirit week 2017 — “Raider Rush” — the Campus Activities Board will be sponsoring a department decorating contest. Departments can choose to decorate their main lobby areas to qualify. All decor must be up by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. Judging will take place on Thursday, Feb. 23, and the winning department will be announced during halftime at the women’s basketball game on Friday, Feb. 24.

The winning department will receive free lunch on the following Monday of spirit week. For more questions and to register, please contact Thalia Guerra at

2017 GRCC Spirit Week. Department Spirit Contest. February 20-25. As part of GRCC Spirit Week, Campus Activities Board will be sponsoring a department decorating contest. Departments can choose to decorate their main lobbies to qualify. All decor must be up by Monday, February 20th 5 p.m. Judging will take place on Thursday, February 23rd and the winning department will be announced at the women's basketball game Friday, February 24th during halftime. The winning department will receive free lunch on the following Monday of Spirit Week. Departments will be judged on: 1. Most GRCC Spirit -- show us that blue and maize! 2. Most Staff Spirit -- Get your staff in on the fun. 3. Student Food Pantry Donations -- Give back to our student food pantry. 4. Most creative -- Think outside the box. For more information, and to participate, contact:

Psi Beta creates Student Food Exchange Pantry

Members of Psi Beta, the National Honor Society for Psychology in the Community College, have installed a Student Food Exchange Pantry in Sneden Hall. The purpose of this pantry is to provide free food to any GRCC student. It will be a community-based model similar to community book exchanges: If you need some food, take some food. If you can share some food, leave some food.

The inspiration for this pantry came from the data shared at SLT in January that in any given month, 45 percent of GRCC students experienced food insecurity. Simply stated, almost half of GRCC students at some time during the month did not have enough food to meet their basic needs.

The students built and painted the pantry, which is across from the elevators on the first floor of Sneden.

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GRCC alumnus Arick Davis to speak on Feb. 3

Arick Davis, a GRCC alumnus and former TRIO student peer mentor, will be discussing his experience as a former student, student employee, 2016 New Venture Competition winner for We Inspire and MICUP-Michigan Tech alumni.

Friday February, 3

12-1:30 pm

201 Cook Hall (Business Lab)

We Inspire is a web app designed to connect students, teachers and work professionals together in order to provide students an opportunity to learn more about career paths that often go unnoticed.

To learn more, visit

 “Be thankful for what you have and for all of the people that support you. We Inspire believes in community. Giving a little to help a lot.”   -Arick Davis