Diversity Lecture (pop-up) Series highlights ‘Memphis Majic’ Wednesday in the ATC

  • WHAT: Diversity Lecture Pop-Up Series presentation of the film MEMPHIS MAJIC, plus a Q&A with director Eddie Bailey
  • WHEN: Wednesday (4/17) at 1 p.m.
  • WHERE: ATC Auditorium.

Reservations are sold out, however, GRCC stakeholders are invited to attend because people who reserved seats may not show up due to unforeseen circumstances.

Graphic for the Diversity Lecture Pop-Up Series presentation of MEMPHIS MAJIC. The design features a still of a dancer mid-move, a historic, black and white photo of memphis, and a photo of director Eddie Bailey, whom the poster says will host a Q&A at the event.

MEMPHIS MAJIC is a documentary that weaves dance and history to portray a relevant reflection of modern culture. The brainchild of Emmy-nominated director and Memphis native, Eddie Bailey, the film looks at the city through the lens of a 30-year old Memphis-born street dance called Jookin’. Featuring street dance superstar, Lil Buck, MEMPHIS MAJIC seamlessly connects urban dance, Hip-Hop, politics, and history to reveal how one of America’s most important cities was built. It is a universal story that gets to the heart of the city’s rich culture, history, race relations, and socioeconomic barriers.

GRCC In The News, 4-16-19

  • Whitmer appoints 3 Kent County residents to MEDC board
    • 4/15/19 MLive
    • GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Three of the 11 new members Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee are from Kent County.
    • … The three Kent County appointments are:
    • Bill Pink, of Ada, the president of Grand Rapids Community College. He is appointed to represent public entities for a term expiring April 5, 2023.
  • Twin sisters at Ottawa Hills ranked valedictorian and salutatorian
    • 4/15/19 FOX 17
    • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Twin sisters who are a month away from graduating from Ottawa Hills High School recently learned they will be doing it as valedictorian and salutatorian.
    • … Tai and Sy (Moore) plan to study at Grand Rapids Community College with a major in criminal justice and minor in Spanish. They say they want to help people who like them, are working for a better life.
  • Muskegon Community College baseball team falls twice to Grand Rapids
    • 4/15/19 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)
    • The Muskegon Community College baseball team dropped both of its games with Grand Rapids Community College on Saturday, falling 4-1 and 5-0.
  • Grand Rapids school board to discuss reopening superintendent search Monday
    • 4/15/19 MLive
    • GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Board of Education scheduled a work session for Monday, April 22, to discuss the next steps for reopening its superintendent search.
    • … School board member Tony Baker suggested the board consider some other options such as establishing a search committee similar to what Grand Rapids Community College did in 2016 for its presidential search.

Walkers and sponsors needed for 2019 Big Step Walk

Logo for Noorthoek Academy's The Big Step Walk. The logo is vertical and features blue text aligned vertically down the center of the lime green tread of a tennis shoe.Noorthoek Academy, an organization that works with GRCC to provide a college experience for people with special needs, is seeking walkers and sponsors for the 2019 Big Step Walk.

The Big Step Walk is scheduled for 10 a.m. on April 27 at Aquinas College.

Funds raised from the event support field trip costs and tuition assistance for Noorthoek students.

You can learn more – and sign up – online.

Food drive for Kids’ Food Basket this Wednesday

Sign for April Food Drive. The text reads: "Gamma Theta Upsilon's Wish List Food Drive. This week benefiting Kids' Food Basket."

Food Drive for Kids’ Food Basket – pick-up scheduled for noon tomorrow (Wednesday, April 17)

As the semester nears its end, the last food drive of the academic year (organized by the GRCC chapter of the International Geographical Honor Society) takes place on the GRCC campus with the intention of ameliorating hunger for West Michigan children. Kids’ Food Basket is the designated recipient of this week’s food drive. If you have time to pick up an item or two listed below, please do so:

  • Dried fruit (no nuts)
  • Fruit cups or pouches
  • Pretzel twists
  • Cheez-its or Goldfish crackers
  • Toasted oat cereal
  • Snack-size zipper bags

Main Campus delivery location: Dean’s Office – 310 Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall (formerly The Main Building)

DeVos Campus delivery location: Social & Behavioral Sciences Department, second floor of White Hall

If you don’t have time to participate in this food drive but would still like to support the organization, visit the Kids’ Food Basket Find Your Opportunity page online.

GRCC’s Culinary Medicine team to present at Lansing conference tomorrow

A close-up on the cover of a brochure. The text reads: "35th Annual Developmental Disabilities Conference. A Conference Co-Sponsored by MDHHS, the Michigan Chapter of AAIDD, and WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine."

GRCC collaborates with Spectrum Health on Culinary Medicine (CM), a discipline which seeks to engage health care professionals and patients in the importance of food as a tool in achieving optimal health. As a result of this partnership, Dr. Werner Absenger of GRCC’s Secchia Institute and Dr. Kristi Artz of Spectrum Health will be presenting at the 35th Annual Developmental Disabilities Conference tomorrow, April 17, in Lansing, MI.

The title of their presentation is “Culinary medicine: A healthcare model to provide simple, inexpensive, nutrient dense, home-cooked meals for persons with ID and DD.”

Poor nutrition-related health habits are considered health risk factors for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and children and youth with special health care needs. CM empowers clinicians and patients with knowledge of nutrition and culinary techniques. In hands-on CM classes, participants learn to prepare delicious food that is consistent with real-world budgets and time constraints.

Congratulations to Drs. Absenger and Artz, and to everyone who has helped make this collaboration such a success!

Upcoming professional development sessions

LOTS of Google going on right now – get ready!

The GMail/Google Calendar transition is only three weeks away. Visit the Professional Development page to sign up for GMail/Google Calendar training.

More information about these interesting sessions can be found online, including links to register. Questions? Contact Angela (angelasalinas@grcc.edu).

There are still seats available in the following sessions; you could be there learning, growing, and enjoying!

  • Friday, April 19 – Game Play: Staying Active as a Family
    • Noon-1 p.m.
    • 309 Sneden
  • Thursday, April 25 – Drupal Basics
    • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    • 351 Main
  • Tuesday, April 30 – Customer Experience and Your Career
    • 9 a.m.-noon
    • 307 Sneden
  • Tuesday, May 7 – Performance Evaluation Feedback
    • 1-2:30 p.m.
    • 207 Sneden
  • Tuesday, May 14 – Active Shooter Response Training
    • 10-11:30 a.m.
    • 234 Student Center
  • Wednesday, May 15 – Non-Verbal Communication
    • 1-3 p.m.
    • 304 Sneden
  • Friday, May 17 – Living a Healthy Lifestyle
    • Noon-1 p.m.
    • 309 Sneden
  • Wednesday, May 29 – Business Writing Workshop
    • 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

College Success Center creates web series to focus on the GRCC student perspective

The College Success Center Presents: The Success Soapbox!

The Success Soapbox is a web series that focuses on the student perspective regarding success subjects. The purpose is for students to learn what their peers are doing to be successful, foster community, and educate on important success subject. Check the first episode below:

Visit (and LIKE) the GRCC College Success Center Facebook page for the complete first season of The Success Soapbox, and encourage your students to do the same!

G Suite Tip – Mute email notifications

Sometimes you are just too popular, and those pesky email threads of conversations that no longer apply to you keep reappearing in your inbox. You may want to avoid being distracted by an email thread, but still view the conversation later. You may also want to turn off notifications from a forum. Gmail understands your pain, and added the mute feature just for you.

To mute a conversation, you would open the conversation and click “More” from the drop-down menu. Once you choose “Mute,” the conversation is archived. This will remove the conversation from your inbox and automatically archive any incoming conversation threads as unread. A conversation thread will appear in your inbox if it is sent to only you in the “To” or “Cc” fields.

You can easily find these conversation threads by searching “is:muted” or “from:” with the name of a member of the conversation in the search field.

Ready to unmute? Click the “X” by the “Muted” label from within the conversation thread, or choose “More” from your actions button and then “Unmute” from the drop-down menu. New conversation threads will now appear in your inbox again.

It is important to note that we suggest you choose “Archive” over “Delete” when removing emails from your inbox in Gmail. Archive will remove emails but allow for them to be searched again in the future if you need them. Delete will make emails irretrievable in the future, so use with caution.

Final Mathematics Seminar of 2018-19 tomorrow in Cook

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its last Mathematics Seminar of 2018-2019 on Wednesday, April 17, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 102 Cook.    

Our speaker, GRCC student Luke Ellison, will be discussing Bayes’ Theorem.

Bayes’ Theorem actually is a theorem –it has a precise mathematical formulation that can be rigorously demonstrated– but its use has been controversial for more than 200 years. Luke’s presentation will emphasize historical background and applications, and thus will be accessible to a general audience. As is the case with all of our seminars, everyone is welcome!


  • DATE: Wednesday, April 17
  • TIME: 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Refreshments served at 2:14 p.m.)
  • PLACE: 102 Cook
  • SUBJECT: Bayes’ Theorem: Using Probability Theory to Quantify Uncertainty

Bayes’ theorem is a probabilistic equation that allows us to update our prior beliefs in the face of new evidence. This talk will explore the historical development and application of Bayes’ theorem including unique problems that it has helped solve. Specific areas of application include World War 2 codebreaking, authorship of the Federalist papers, and quantifying degrees of certainty in historical claims.