Volunteers needed for Latino Youth Conference

Good afternoon!

The 19th Annual Latino Youth Conference at Grand Rapids Community College on March 6th, 2018, is quickly approaching!

The goal of the Latino Youth Conference (LYC) is to develop and empower youth leadership in the community; strengthen the sense of community among Latino youth in West Michigan; bring youth leaders of the community together to create better crossroads of understanding and connections; and create meaningful connections between area youth and adults.

Theme: El Poder de Soñar – The Power of Dreams

Artwork has been selected, breakout sessions are scheduled, and we need your help in the following areas:

Greeting students and staff upon arrival

Assisting school counselors

Escorting student groups to assigned breakout sessions

Assisting during breakfast and lunch

Monitoring buildings (hallways, bathrooms, vendor tables)

To make this event run smoothly, we depend on our volunteers. We would love your support this year to help ensure that this year’s conference is a success. Please forward this request to others who may be interested in helping.

Latino Youth Conference: Tuesday, March 6th, 7:30 a.m.* – 2:00 p.m. at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse. *The program starts at 9 a.m., but volunteers are needed prior to the start of the conference.

Volunteer Orientation:  Monday, March 5th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, Room 212. Lunch or dinner will be provided.

Please reply to Marisol Blanco at mblanco@grcc.edu, Lydia Cruz at lcruz@grcc.edu, or Adriana Almanza at almanzad@gvsu.edu by Wednesday, February 28, 2018, if you are able to volunteer your time.  Please include your name, organization, title, address, phone number, e-mail, T-shirt size, and which volunteer orientation you are available to attend. Please advise if you have any schedule restrictions to assist with volunteer task assignments.

Thank you for your support!

19th Annual Latino Youth Conference. The Power of Dreams El Poder deSomar. Anyelin Vasquez Lopez -- Union High School. 1st Place Winner. March 6, 2018 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. GRCC Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. For more information please contact the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at (616) 234-3390. GRCC. The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Grand Rapids Community College encourages the entire campus community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation or have questions about accessability, please call DSS at (616) 234-4140 in advance of your visit or program participation.


GRCC hosts 24-hour online sale

Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a 24-hour online sale. The items may include retired college technology and resources, laptops, desktops, monitors, electronics, lost-and-found items, and many others! The online sale has a scheduled pick-up for February 23.

Disclaimer: Grand Rapids Community College does not guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Inventory may be picked up on the second and fourth Fridays of every month. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appointment).

Men’s basketball team upsets No. 1 Ancilla

The men’s basketball team (18-8, 10-5 MCCAA) made an improbable comeback on Wednesday night to beat the No. 1 team in the country, 94-92. Down 88-77 with minutes remaining in the game, GRCC went on a 17-4 run to topple the top-ranked Ancilla Chargers (24-2, 14-1 MCCAA), which had previously won 15 straight games.

The first half was played at a blistering pace. The Raiders shot 50 percent from the floor and 8/21 from behind the arc, while Ancilla hit 47 percent of its shots for the half. GRCC pushed out to a 54-49 halftime lead thanks to hot shooting from Zachary Pangborn, who shot 6/10 from the floor for 21 first half points, and Curtis Davison who scored 18.

In the second stanza, the No. 1 ranked Chargers began to flex their muscle and show why they were regarded so highly by the pollsters. The Raiders offense that was so potent in the first half was limited after Ancilla switched its defense from man-to-man to zone. GRCC’s three-point shooting turned cold, allowing the Chargers to build a double digit lead. With the clock rolling under one minute, the Chargers still lead by a comfortable 10-point margin, 92-82. After Ancilla turned the ball over with 55 seconds left on the clock, Pangborn drove to the hoop and hit a difficult shot while being fouled. Pangborn would knock down the free throw, closing the deficit to seven: 92-85 with 48 seconds left.

On the ensuing inbounds pass, Ancilla’s Ty’Sean Sheppard lost the handle on the ball, dribbling it off his own foot out of bounds. The crowd in the Gordon Hunsberger Arena sensed the momentum building in GRCC’s favor. Down by seven with 46 seconds remaining, GRCC needed a quick basket. Pangborn delivered once again, burying a three-pointer with 42 seconds to go and cutting the Charger lead to 4. To extend the game, GRCC fouled Sheppard after the inbound pass, sending him to the line for a one and one. Sheppard missed the first free throw and the Raiders pushed the ball up the court, finding Davison in the corner for three. GRCC trailed by one, 92-91 with 32 seconds left in the contest.

Coach Bronkema once again elected to press the Chargers in hopes of another turnover. On the inbounds pass, GRCC’s Darron Ewing Jr. committed his 5th personal foul, sending Ancilla’s top free throw shooting guard Jair Rodgers (91 percent) to the line. Rodgers would miss the front end of the one and one, allowing the Raiders to rebound the ball and call their last timeout with 29 seconds left in the game. The atmosphere in the arena was electric as the Raiders took the floor with a chance to take the last shot and beat the No. 1 team in the country. GRCC inbounded the ball and Anthony McIntosh let the clock run down to 10 seconds before passing it to Davison, who without hesitation lifted and drained a three-pointer with 6.5 seconds on the clock, giving GRCC the lead 94-92. Ancilla had one last chance to tie or take the lead. Tyler Chisom took the ball the length of the court but missed a difficult layup as time expired, giving the Raiders a huge victory.

The Raiders were led in scoring by Davison, who had 38 points (8 threes), and Zack Pangborn at 31 points (6 threes). On the night the Raiders were 15/43 (34 percent) from three-point land and committed a season low seven turnovers.

The Chargers had four players in double figures led by Tyler Chisom with 24; Jair Rodgers, 21; DK Fox, 19; and Teyon Scanlan with 12.

GRCC men’s and women’s teams will travel to Kellogg Community College on Saturday, February 24, for their next game.


GRCC In the News, 2-21-18

Hannah, Keeler Win Gold, Schultz Takes Bronze at Culinary Arts Regional

Feb. 21, 2018; The Saline Post

Two culinary arts students from the South and West Washtenaw Consortium at Saline High School took gold and another won bronze at the Skills USA Regional competition held Feb. 17 at Oakland Community College.

… “Their medals enable them to progress to State competition in April at Grand Rapids Community College. What a great accomplishment in this season of Olympics,” said Chef Sam Musto, chef instructor for the SWWC at SHS.

Grand Rapids Neigborhood Summit keynote speaker to discuss going ‘beyond a seat at the table’

Feb. 20, 2018; therapidian.org

The Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit 2018 is pleased to welcome Rasheda L. Weaver, PhD as the keynote speaker for this year’s event. This year’s summit will be on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Grand Valley State University Pew Campus. This year’s theme is Beyond A Seat At The Table speaking to the need for economic equity and opportunities in neighborhoods and the importance of having resident wisdom and voice at decision-making tables. Summit coordinators encourage Grand Rapids residents, neighborhood associations, business associations, locally-operated businesses and other stakeholders to attend this day-long community event.

… Special thanks to the City of Grand Rapids, GVSU Division of Inclusion and Equity, Grand Rapids Community College, Wege Foundation, WestSide Collaborative, Kent County Health Connect and all of the #2018GRSummit sponsors!

Workshop to focus on influence, persuasion

Please join us for the first MI-ACE Women’s Networking Professional Development Workshop. This workshop will focus on influence and persuasion. A big thank you to Krystle Duthil for organizing!
When? Tomorrow —  February 22
Time? 10:00 – 11:30
Where? ATC 122/124 (Note change in location from the save the date)
Workshop Description:
So many interactions in our workplace today require the ability to successfully persuade or influence others. We might need to sell an idea, create engagement or even communicate a tough message. Think of this skill as a form of professional currency we have to build and leverage in order to accomplish work with and through others, oftentimes with those we don’t have reporting authority over.
In this interactive session we will dissect the competency of Influence/persuasion and discuss what it is, how to acquire it through the development of five key skills and how to use it to accomplish personal and professional goals.

Encourage students to sign up for MWest Challenge

Great News! The total MWest Challenge prize money is $10,000 for this year!

MWest Challenge 2018 Registration & Executive Summary Deadline for Students is Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.

The 2018 MWest Challenge is a student venture competition designed to create cross collaboration between students that span across several universities from West Michigan. Through MWest, entrepreneurially minded students are able to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas. MWest involves nine West Michigan colleges and universities, representing 75,000 students from: Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, Davenport University, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College, Kuyper College, and Hope College.

In addition to the $10,000 in cash awards, students will have access to resources, mentors, educational workshops, and opportunities to network with angel and venture capital investors.

Please take a few minutes in each of your classes this week and encourage your students to register and submit their executive summaries.

This is great opportunity for our students to take what they have learned from you in your courses and apply it to a real-world opportunity that rewards them for getting in the game.

Again encourage your students to register and participate at MWest Challenge.

The following students won awards last year:

Shelby Rose received $1,500 as the second-place winner of the Innovation Showcase People’s Choice Award. Her proposal, a phone app called Rose’s Place, would allow domestic violence victims to unlock resources, advice and emergency contact help.

Mark Saint Amour and Andrew Johnson won a $750 Impact Award. Their proposal, Tabletop Entertainment, would rent out space and partner with local craft breweries to host tournaments featuring life-size versions of popular board games.

Rebecca Peterman won the $500 Impact Award for Wholesome Eats, a company that would provide healthy and affordable meals created in a client’s home. Services would include meal planning, grocery shopping, food preparation and kitchen cleanup.

MWest Challenge 2018 Registration & Executive Summary Deadline for Students is Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.

We need your help in making this year’s MWest Challenge 2018 Event the Best Ever!

Look forward to seeing you and your students at MWest Challenge!

Men’s basketball team faces No. 1 team tonight

GRCC men’s basketball looks for a big win at home as they hope to defeat the number one team in the nation, Ancilla College. The men will play the Chargers at home on February 21, 2018 at 7:30pm inside of the Ford Fieldhouse. The Chargers come into this game with a (24-1) overall record and a perfect (14-0) conference record. Last season, the GRCC men went (1-2) against Ancilla which included a tough overtime loss. In addition, the men hope to bounce back from a loss earlier this season against the Chargers.

The Raiders will look to have a strong effort from every player on the team, in order to defeat this tough Chargers team. Curtis Davison hopes to have a big game for the Raiders, as he comes into this game averaging 23.8 points per game and is shooting over 80% from the free-throw line. Diego Robinson will look to have a big game rebounding the basketball, as he is currently leading the Raiders in rebounds per game at 10.8 rebounds per game while averaging 8.2 points per game. A victory for the Raiders will keep them in second place in the western conference. The Raiders have only lost one game at home all season and will look to continue their winnings ways at the Ford Fieldhouse.

February 21,2018 at 5:30pm will feature Sophomore Night for the women’s team as they face off against Ancilla College. GRCC plans to honor and recognize the six current sophomore players that represent the Raiders. GRCC will recognize Claire Flewelling, Quaonna Draper, Josie Manion, Delanie King, Makayla Beld, and Emily Pendred. These 6 sophomores have shown excellence throughout the season and have represented the Raiders well on and off the court.

The women currently sit at 5th place in the Western Conference and hope to win to move their win percentage over the .500 mark for the season. Due to the women’s game being canceled against Kalamazoo Community College on February 26, 2018, this will be the final game of the regular season to come out and show support for the women’s basketball team.

The men’s final home game of the season will be February 26, 2018 against Kalamazoo Community College.

Library hosts ‘fake news’ discussion

The Library and Learning Commons is hosting a guest speaker on the topic of Fake News.

Angie Oehrli, Learning Librarian from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor will visit and discuss “Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda!: How to sort fact from fiction.”

What questions should we ask ourselves as we watch or read the news? Join us for this discussion as we use critical thinking skills and practical strategies to evaluate the news.

It takes place 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, on the second floor of the Library and Learning Commons. Snacks will be provided!

This event is sponsored by GRCC Campus Common Reading, Instructional Support, and The Library and Learning Commons. Questions? Contact Antoinette (Toni) Harrington, 616-234-3555 or antoinetteharrington@grcc.edu.

Fake News, Lies and Propaganda! How to Sort Fact from Fiction. What questions should we ask ourselves as we watch or read the news? Guest speaker: Angie Oehrli, Learning Librarian University of Michigan. Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Library and Learning Commons, 2nd Floor. Join us for this discussion as we use critical thinking skills and practical strategies to evaluate the news. Sponsored by GRCC Campus Common Reading, Instructional Support, and the Library and Learning Commons. GRCC.

Student organizations invited to participate in Question. Persuade. Refer. Gatekeeper Training

Student organization members and advisors:

As part of GRCC’s SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Grant, we would like to invite all current and active student organizations on campus to sign up for the QPR gatekeeper training. It is important to keep in mind that suicide is the second leading cause of college students deaths by suicide. With that said, we invite members and advisors of student organizations to reserve one hour of their time to come with an open mind, address some of the stigma around this sensitive yet immediate issue, become informed of the various warning signs that exist, and learn about some on campus and community resources available to you, GRCC students.

If you are interested in receiving this training, please email grant coordinator Hilda Martinez-Gutierrez at hgutierrez@grcc.edu. She looks forward to connecting with all of the diverse student organizations on campus.

Thank you!