West Michigan Design Week features panel of Native American professionals

As part of West Michigan Design Week, GRCC is hosting a panel discussion featuring Native American creative professionals. Each panelist works in a different creative industry, ranging from film, to graphic design, to furniture design.

The event, which is open to everyone, takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30 in the ATC. It’s free — and includes lunch — but you must register in advance.

wmdw In-Kind Sponsor. Grand Rapids Community College. grcc.edu Design Week. March 24-April 1/wmdesignweek.com

GRCC Secchia culinary students place third in international culinary competition

Emily Niergarth and Allyson West, two Secchia culinary students, had the amazing opportunity to travel to Castellana Grotte, Italy, last week to compete in a culinary competition. Accompanied by faculty member and team coach Sasha Ahmed, the Secchia culinary students competed against 10 other teams, 7 of them from various regions in Italy, as well as teams from Mexico, Scotland, and Portugal. Students had to reinterpret classical Italian recipes, including stuffed rabbit for the savory competition and ricotta-filled crepes for sweet competition. The team placed third overall. This was the first competition for both students.

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GRCC In the News, 3-27-17

Dates Announced for 6th Annual GRandJazzFest

March 24, 2017; Broadway World Detroit

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation returns to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., this August 19th and 20th, for the sixth annual festival. The popular family-friendly festival is West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival.

… In addition to DTE Energy Foundation, the City of Grand Rapids, and GRAM, sponsors for the 2017 event to date include GR and Jazz, IntentPR, Gilmore Collection, Hilger Hammond, Amway Hotel Corporation, Experience Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Community College, Swift Printing, Corporate Live, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Matt Huizenga Video Production, Meijer, Steelcase, Rockford Construction, Kitchen67 and MoxieMen. Sponsorship opportunities are available at http://grandjazzfest.org/sponsors/.

Sens. Peters, Cassidy, Boozman, Franken And Reps. Polis & Reed Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation To Make College More Affordable & Accessible

March 24, 2017; publicnow.com (press release site)

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), John Boozman (R-AR) and Al Franken (D-MN), and U.S. Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Tom Reed (R-NY) today announced they are reintroducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help make college more affordable and accessible by expanding opportunities for high school students to earn college credit. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) would improve access to higher education by providing grants to eligible institutions of higher learning to create dual and concurrent enrollment and early/middle college programs that allow high school students to earn college credits before their high school graduation.

… ‘This legislation will help motivated students customize their coursework to create the learning environment that works best for them,’ said Steven Ender, President of Grand Rapids Community College. ‘By introducing students to the academic expectations of college while still in high school, we can dramatically improve college preparedness and significantly boost graduation rates.’

Matthew Douglas uncovers insect fossil

This past summer, while continuing his sabbatical research on North American and South American Monarch butterflies, Dr. Matthew Douglas of GRCC’s Biology Department had the good fortune of uncovering a nearly perfect insect from the Florissant deposits of Colorado (dated at 36 million years in age).  The insect, a fly in the family Tipulidae (cranefly), was a female entombed by a volcanic explosion that caused a great deal of silt to cover an ancient freshwater lake, entrapping this specimen.

All insect fossils are very rare because insects are so delicate, and this one is particularly rare and amazingly well preserved.

A fossilized fly.

Seats available in this week’s Staff Development workshops!

Emergency Response Orientation, March 28: The GRCC Emergency Response Framework outlines the policies, procedures and organizational structure for response to emergencies which impact or disrupt normal operations on the GRCC campus, from inclement weather and power outages, to major incidents. This session provides an overview of that framework; reviews roles and responsibilities of departments, functional groups and personnel during emergency situations; and reviews the various communication methods used in the event of an emergency. This session is appropriate for new employees or anyone interested in a refresher on GRCC’s plan to keep our campus, staff and students safe.

The Career Carrot, March 28:  Team members will learn how to align their career goals with organizational objectives, increase accountability, improve productivity, and enhance their value to the organization. This workshop is designed for those who want more from their careers and for leaders who want more from their teams.

FMLA: What’s in it for you?, March 29: Have you ever wondered what the Family Medical Leave Act is all about? Have you ever wondered if you or one of your employee’s had a “qualifying event” but were afraid to ask? In this session you will learn the various ins and outs of FMLA, intermittent FMLA, and the GRCC FMLA policy. You will also learn what a qualifying event is for you or an immediate family member and what is covered while you are on leave.

Register at http://grcc.edu/humanresources/staffdevelopment/learningopportunitiesregistration

GRCC In the News, 3-23-17

Tuition-free early college program to build talent pipeline for in-demand jobs

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As manufacturers gather in Detroit today for a summit on advancing the industry’s future, local companies are working with Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College to create a new pipeline of workers to meet labor demands.

GRCC welcomes its first African-American president

March 22, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College’s first African-American president says he’s humbled to fill the role.

Is the craft beer market in Grand Rapids saturated?

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Pour a cold one and consider: the number of craft breweries in Grand Rapids has tripled since 2011, the year before beer lovers voted it “Beer City, USA.”

… Professionalizing the industry is the goal of a new Grand Rapids Community College certificate program, which has 30 people enrolled in its first year of offering coursework and hands-on training at its own Fountain Hill Brewery.

Making transferring easy

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University has been chosen as a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes the university’s support of community college transfers.

… “We have an advisor at Grand Rapids Community College, which is really our main feeder school for community colleges,” (Bonnie) Ulmer-DeGraves said. “We have someone there from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday to meet with potential students and make sure they’re on the right path for transferring into Grand Valley.”

Monica’s Gourmet Cookies to debut on QVC

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A favorite Grand Rapids cookie brand will get the QVC spotlight next week.

… The former caterer (Monica Mitidieri) is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute of Culinary Education.

Words of encouragement

March 22, 2017; Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.)

DANVILLE — Zachary Pangborn has attempted nearly 300 shots this season.

On Wednesday afternoon in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at the Mary Miller Gymnasium, the Grand Rapids Community College freshman missed six of his first seven field goal attempts and he was just 1-of-5 at the free-throw line.

Sí, se puede! Standing up for immigrants & farm workers in Grand Rapids

March 23, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Lupe Ramos-Montigny remembers three summers of her childhood, seasons now decades ago, like they were yesterday: the months when she would travel with her parents, Ysidro and Maria, and seven of her nine siblings from her hometown of Weslaco, Texas north to Michigan. There, Ramos-Montigny, now a Grand Rapidian who serves on the State Board of Education, would spend the 10th, 11th and 12th summers of her life harvesting beets in a town at the tip of the Mitten State’s thumb, Caseville, and picking cherries in Old Mission Peninsula, a region just north of Traverse City.

… Since then, the march has gone on to draw hundreds of people each year, with such officials as Olivarez, the Aquinas College president; Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender; Grand Valley State University Vice President Jesse Bernal; Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall-Neal; Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky, and various elected officials attending the event last week.

Experimenting with healthier ingredients at home

March 22, 2017; WZZM

Liz Weber is a Registered Dietitian at Mercy Health Saint Marys.

… Seek out local cooking classes. Downtown Market, Grand Rapids Community College, Sur La Table, The Local Epicurean, and Williams-Sonoma are all great resources available in the Grand Rapids area that provide cooking classes.

LSU to host ‘Feria de las Flores’ to welcome in the spring

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

For almost sixty years, the Feria de las Flores event in Medellin, Colombia, has been one of Latin America’s most vibrant events. Grand Valley State University’s Latino Student Union (LSU) will bring some of the events famous flair to one of its bi-annual dinner-dances taking place Friday, March 24.

… In addition, two singers will perform songs in Spanish, followed by a semi-formal dinner and then traditional Mexican and Colombian dancing. Students from the Grand Rapids Community College’s Hispanic Student Organization will also participate.

Drug and Alcohol Policy and DAAPP Annual Report

The updated GRCC Drug and Alcohol Policy, and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP) 2016-17 annual report, are available for your review online by clicking here.

The alcohol and drug related health risks, prevention and intervention resources, college discipline and legal sanctions are outlined in these two documents. You also have access to the video”Promoting a Substance Free Workplace” via Skillport. For questions please contact Jessica Berens at jberens@grcc.edu or (616) 234-3179.