Ancestral Haiku on September 23: Inspired by the poetry and work of Mursalata Muhammad

Friday, September 23 @ 8:00 PM
Dance Building, Studio 1
1000 Baits Dr.
Free and open to the public

Ancestral Haiku

Detroit jazz legend Marion Hayden and her ensemble Legacy will perform alongside U-M dance faculty Robin Wilson and dancers in Ancestral Haiku. This work is inspired by the poetry and work of Mursalata Muhammad, who created the Haiku Middle Passage Commemorative Exhibit. The work weaves together live original music, dance, ritual, video installation and artwork by M. Saffell Gardner.

Seating is limited. To reserve your seat in advance, fill out this form: or email

Ancestral Haiku considers spiritual restitution as a way to alleviate spiritual suffering and begin the process of community healing. In particular, the use of buttons in visual media, soundscape and as interactive objects reflect West African religious practices carried over to African-American slave culture. Seen as objects of ritual and meaning, buttons connect the ancestral world with our own.

Presented by SMTD+CWPS, a new partnership between the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the Center for World Performance Studies.

Fall Homecoming Employee Chili Cookoff

Bowl of chili.

The competition is heating up for Homecoming!!

Sign up to enter your chili into the GRCC employee cookoff contest.

All employees are welcome to participate by voting for their favorite culinary creation.

Wednesday October 5 

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

234 Student Center (Multi-Purpose Room)

Cook off participants will receive further details via email following registration.

Please sign up by Friday, September 30.

For questions, contact Angela Salinas or Mary Reed.

GEAR UP Wyoming at MTEC

Tassell MTEC staff hosted families from GEAR UP Wyoming partner districts last night to explain possible career pathways and certification programs.

For a few students, this was a second visit to the MTEC.

“And this is where I put seven welds on my Star Wars spacecraft,” explained Osbaldo Torres, a Kelloggsville junior who participated in the Cruisin’ to College Summer Learning Academy ’21 to learn about careers in the trades.

MTEC Director John VanElst welcomed the families and described the many grants available to help students afford training programs. Workforce Training’s Jeff Byrd led tours to explain the actual lab work involved in welding, automotive, electrical, and construction trades.

Byrd noted that high quality teaching and learning positions MTEC graduates to move into jobsites and workplaces to produce and contribute right away.

“I got a call out of the blue the other day from a former student,” shared Byrd. “He took a job in Texas as an electrician for Kraft and earns a six-figure income. I had to stay after him, keep him on track, but he is very successful today.”

GEAR UP Wyoming families left the MTEC visit with homework. This year the Class of 2024 cohort at Kelloggsville, Wyoming, Godwin Heights, and Godfrey Lee will be putting together college lists and assessing them for affordability, admissibility, and overall fit.

Workforce Wednesday: Gaith Ghlaim finds opportunities to serve others in Pharmacy Technician program

Gaith Ghlaim smiling.

Gaith Ghlaim’s calling is to help and be of service to others. Since he was young, Ghlaim always knew that he wanted to go into the medical field. Becoming a pharmacy technician is his first step.

Last fall, Ghlaim started the Pharmacy Technician program offered through GRCC’s Workforce Training department.

“I was afraid a little but I was also so excited to be in this program,” he said. “This program is a perfect fit for me and has allowed me to really be helpful to so many people.”

A pharmacy technician is an allied health specialist who, under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, assists in the various activities of the pharmacy department. The 16-week pre-certification program teaches everything needed to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam.

Ghlaim received much support from the program instructor.

“I was always bothering the instructor but he was so helpful. He helped me even when it was not the usual office hour times. He was so great!”

The Pharmacy Tech program is designed in a hybrid model, with both virtual and in-person elements. This allows students to learn at times that are convenient. Most of the program is offered online with hands-on practice in three in-person lab experiences.

Ghlaim appreciates all the support he has received from the GRCC staff.

“When I enrolled, I worked with a career coach who helped me so much. They connected me to the MTEC Champions Scholar grant and I qualified so I was able to take the program at no cost.”

The program prepares students to work in a retail or hospital setting. Ghlaim is working at a Meijer Pharmacy.

“GRCC is so awesome. It has job developers to help you connect to jobs. Sydney Plaggemars has been amazing. I thought that she would only help me while I was in the program but she continues to be a great resource for me.”

In addition to working at Meijer, Ghlaim is continuing to take classes at GRCC and plans to transfer to Ferris State University and become a pharmacist.

Next program begins October 17, 2022. Go to for more information.

SSPD Grants: September 2022 funding opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is September 16, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. 

The SSPD Application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available on the Grants Department webpage at

Please note that applications must include a supervisor’s approval form, a budget form, and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Director of Grant Development at 234-3340 or Good luck!

Arbor Circle Youth Street Outreach Program on GRCC campus weekly for students

The Arbor Circle Youth Street Outreach Program (SOP) team is on campus Tuesdays in Student Life (02, Student Center Building) from noon – 2 p.m.

They are a mobile team that works with young people, 10 to 24 years old, who are experiencing homelessness, running away or who are struggling with unstable housing.

They can also be a reference for those outside of the age group to connect them to programs or resources related to housing and basic needs.

If you have further questions, contact Student Life at (616) 234-4160 or