GRCC In the News, 9-5-17

GRCC’s renovated Music Center benefits students & audiences

Sept. 2, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Audiences will benefit as much as students from Grand Rapids Community College’s renovated Albert P. Smith Music Center, according to Kevin Dobreff, director of Grand Rapids Community College’s music program.

Ionia County Sheriff Miller welcomes new deputy

Sept. 3, 2017; Ionia Sentinel Standard

IONIA COUNTY — A Jenison native is the newest member of the Ionia County Sheriffs Office road patrol division.

…A graduate of Jenison High School, (Tyler) Kohl has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University. After Ferris, he completed the Mid-Michigan Police Academy at Lansing Community College. Becoming a police officer is just something he’s known he wanted to do, he said.

DeVos speaking invite to MSU center sparks backlash

Sept. 1, 2017; The Detroit News

Some faculty and students at Michigan State University want President Lou Anna Simon to rescind an invitation for U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to speak at the grand opening of the university’s Grand Rapids Research Center later this month, arguing that the Trump cabinet member is an enemy of public education.

… During a visit last month to Grand Rapids Community College, DeVos told reporters, “Actually, President Trump and I are very big proponents of continuing to support teachers and develop teachers.”

Event featuring chef Rick Bayless raises $18,000 for scholarships

On Thursday, August 31, the GRCC Foundation and Secchia Institute of Culinary Education partnered with Beacon Hill to bring author and award-winning chef Rick Bayless to Grand Rapids.  Rick engaged in conversation with guests that focused on the importance of food in building community.   This one-of-a-kind interactive dining experience fundraiser allowed guests to view and experience the GRCC Fountain Hill Brewery and the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  Guests were entertained during dinner by a discussion of panelists including Rick Bayless and the following local area chefs who prepared a gourmet meal

  • Chef Adam Watts of NOCO
  • Jay Sharkey, Corporate Chef Whirlpool/Creative Dining
  • Chef Austin Gresham, Spring Lake Country Club
  • Chef Andrew Eggert American Culinary Federation Grand Rapids Chapter/Eggert Culinary Innovations
  • Chef de Cuisine Keith Bryant, JW Marriott
  • Executive Pastry Chef Doug Orr, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Also, St. Julian Wine Company featured their premium wine brand for the evening and Ferris Coffee and Nut provided the wonderful coffee.

The event raised $18,000 for GRCC’s Secchia Institute of Culinary Education culinary and craft brewing student scholarships.

Thanks to Mursalata Muhammad; Leigh Kleinert to serve as Honors Program faculty coordinator

Thank you to Mursalata Muhammad for stepping into the Honors Program faculty coordinator role this past summer. Mursalata facilitated an Honors Project workshop, offered a session as part of the GRCC Faculty Summer Institute as well as supported the Honors Program Summer Meet & Greet event.

Filling this role for the upcoming academic year is Leigh Kleinert.  Leigh has been a full-time faculty member in the Biological Science Department since 2004. She has expertise in human anatomy and physiology, zoology as well as a variety of college leadership experiences, is a member of the Honors Program Leadership Team and has a strong background in student leadership, community engagement, research and creative scholarship.

Leigh will be working with faculty who wish to support students seeking more out of their academic experience as part of the Honors Program. An essential component of the curriculum is designed to allow faculty the opportunity to develop unique learning activities which fosters leadership, service, research and creative scholarship that are shaped into an Honors Project. We are currently seeking faculty who are interested in developing an Honors Project ready to be offered Winter 2018.  The design and facilitation of these projects can fulfill FPE requirements.  Interested faculty will be supported over the next several weeks in the design of their Honors Projects.

If you are interested in developing an Honors Project please email Leigh Kleinert by Friday, September 15th and/or attend our Honors Project Workshop on Friday, September 15 from 12:30-2 p.m. Register through the Center for Teaching Excellence.   Food is provided.

Additional information about the Honors Program and Honors Projects can be found at the webpage.

Examples of Honors Project Activities

  • organize a meaningful service project
  • create an original music composition, sculpture, theatrical script, poetry or other literary or artistic work.
  • Prepare a series of in-class presentation on topics that expand upon the course’s primary content.

Message of thanks from Anderson family

A message from David Anderson, in IT:

Dear GRCC Family,

On behalf of our entire family, I would like to thank everyone for their support, compassion, cards, flowers, text and email messages and donations to the American Cancer Society-Hope Lodge during my father’s extended illness and recent passing. There are no words to express our gratitude.

Warm regards,

David, Lilly, Jared and Colton Anderson

GRCC seismometer records Idaho earthquake, North Korean explosion

This past weekend, the GRCC seismic station in Calkins, GRMI, recorded a flurry of events. Most prominent was a magnitude 5.3 earthquake in Soda Springs, Idaho, just before midnight on September 2. Small aftershocks and more events in Soda Springs were recorded in the following 24 hours. Another notable event is marked by the red arrow on the image below, this coincides well with the timing of an explosion in North Korea, recorded by seismometers around the world. For more information about this event and others, go to the USGS’s website.

A red arrow points out the moment an explosion in North Korea was recorded on GRCC's seismometer.