Trans Day of Remembrance outdoor vigil on Saturday evening to remember those lost to violence

GRCC’s LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team, CAP 3.4, is partnering with the Grand Rapids Pride Center and the Grand Rapids Trans Foundation to host a simple memorial and reading of names in observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual acknowledgement and mourning for the lives lost to transphobic violence around the world.

The vigil is planned for 5-6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 on the Dr. Juan Olivarez Student Plaza by the lion fountain.

The team encourages participants to follow wellness protocols by practicing social distancing, and asking people stay home if exhibiting any cold or allergy-like symptoms, including congestion, headache, sore throat, chill, or fever.

Wellness Champions: Chef Sasha Ahmed has suggestions to make Thanksgiving a little healthier while still tasting great!

Be a champion! GRCC is helping students and employees focus on all areas of health and wellness as we emerge together from the pandemic.

Wellness is a full integration of physical, mental and spiritual health. That includes physical health, but so much more. During the next year we’re also looking at emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and occupational health, and how we all can work to help ourselves and each other.

There are many resources at GRCC to help all of these types of wellness. Each week, we’ll introduce you to people and places here on campus ready to support you on your wellness journey.

So many of our holiday celebrations center around food – especially Thanksgiving. It can be challenging for folks focused on wellness.

But Chef Sasha Ahmed of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education said there are some steps and slight changes to holiday favorites people can take to make meals a little healthier.

“I like to sneak some veggies in there,” she said. A macaroni and cheese dish is a staple on many Thanksgiving tables. Chef Sasha said mixing in broccoli or cauliflower will add flavor as well as additional nutrients.

Instead a big bowl of mashed potatoes with butter and milk, Chef Sasha suggests roasting the spuds with some seasoning. Cook it for about 25 minutes at 375 degrees and you’d have a popular side dish.

Let’s talk turkey, the star of the holiday show. Turkey is generally a healthy meat option. But many people like to deep fry their birds. That method is going to add calories and nearly double the grams of fat than a roasted turkey. Stick him in the oven with some seasoning. Skinless turkey breast has even fewer calories and grams of fat.

Healthy eaters don’t have to push away from the table before dessert. Chef Sasha said fruit is great, but baking it in a pie with all that crust might not be the way to go. She suggests cutting up apples and pears, or some fresh berries, tossing them with some mint-lime syrup is a flavorful finale to the Thanksgiving meal.

Chef Sasha is a GRCC graduate who earned her bachelor and master’s degrees from Ferris State University. She’s taught at the Secchia Institute for 10 years.

She also is active in the community. This semester Chef has assisted a local non-profit organization, Spring GR, to offer introductory seminars to participants who are aspiring food entrepreneurs.

The group focuses on providing opportunities to people representing underserved populations, women and people of color. The current class, which wrapped up this week, includes people who work in kitchens who are interested in someday owning their own eatery, and some who want to run a business from their homes. Students spent time learning the business side of a restaurant, then moved to the kitchens.  

Tech Tip: Find and replace tool

The Find Menu is a useful menu that will work in almost every application, including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Acrobat, Microsoft Office, Google Drive documents, etc. The menu allows you to search for specific words and phrases in the text of the document or webpage.

This could be helpful with grading, pulling information for research, looking for an answer to a question, etc. You can utilize the find menu by pressing the CTRL and F key on a PC keyboard or Command + F on a Mac.

A dialogue box will appear where you can type the word or phrase you would like to find. The tool will search for exact phrases and partial words but it is not case sensitive.

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing

Saluting the first Healthy Department Challenge winners

The Wellness Champions will be challenging campus departments during the year to help everyone stay focused on wellness and things we can do individually and together to stay healthy.

The first challenge included a survey to raise and measure awareness of the seven dimensions of wellness and campus resources.

After tabulating the wellness survey results, these departments below are winners! The Wellness Champions Team will be connecting with the departments to drop off the prizes.

Congrats to Occupational Support, Radiologic Technology, Student Financial Services, Web & Digital Strategy, Student Life & Conduct, Ford Fieldhouse, Institutional Research & Planning, School of Arts and Sciences Deans, and the Provost’s Office.

Language Arts Online Tutorial Lab: APA workshop

Please pass this on to your students.

The lab will be hosting an APA citation workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. This workshop will be virtual via Zoom (link below). We’ll begin with an overview of in-text citations and then move on to References formatting.

The end of the workshop will be devoted to answering any specific questions you might have for current projects/assignments.

GRCC In the News 11/17/2021

 On The Same Wave-Length: Octagon Gallery To Open New Exhibit With Reception Saturday

11/17/21; The Post-Journal (Jamestown, N.Y.)

WESTFIELD — The Octagon Gallery at the Patterson Library invites the public to meet artists Kimberly Turner and Ruby Andromeda Miller at the opening reception for their art installation, Wave/Length, on Saturday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The artists will present a short talk for guests starting at 2 p.m.

… Kimberly Turner is based in Warren. Originally from Dunkirk, she grew up along the shores of Lake Erie. Turner earned her MFA in photography from Indiana University Bloomington and a bachelor’s degree in photography and illustration from the State University at Fredonia. Andromeda Miller is based in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, along the coast of Lake Superior. Originally from mid-Michigan, she grew up in the Lansing area and earned her bachelor’s degree in sculpture at Grand Valley State University and an associate’s degree in welding technology at Grand Rapids Community College.