Archive for the ‘TRIO / Student Support Services’ category

TODAY: Donate to Puerto Rico for Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2018

Let’s extend our hearts to Puerto Rico!!!  TRIO/Student Support Services is partnered with the TRIO/SSS Program at the Universidad del Turabo – Puerto Rico!  Their needs are extensive – their situation still devastating!!!

Four images in one graphic; clockwise from top left: map of Puerto Rico; crest of Universidad del Turabo; Grand Rapids Community College logo; and TRIO Student Support Services logo

For TRIO’s Love Puerto Rico Flash Campaign, we are sending out the request list that came from the program:

  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Solar powered bulb lights
  • Portable battery-operated fans
  • Pen drives
  • Pencils and pens
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Filler paper with lines
  • Highlighters
  • Small staples
  • Scientific calculators
  • White glue
  • Manila folders
  • Sheet protectors
  • Correction paper or Liquid Paper
  • Rulers
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Backpacks
  • Graph paper
  • Pencil cases
  • Lunch boxes
  • Tablet Notebook/printer/iPad/…

We can pick-up your donations from your offices, or you can drop them by our offices located on the 3rd Floor of the Student Center – Room 332!  Let’s Love Puerto Rico today!!!!   Contact Email: aclark@grcc.edu

Donate to Puerto Rico for Valentine’s Day!

February 13, 2018

On Valentine’s Day – Let’s extend our hearts to Puerto Rico!!!  TRIO/Student Support Services is partnered with the TRIO/SSS Program at the Universidad del Turabo – Puerto Rico!  Their needs are extensive – their situation still devastating!!!

For TRIO’s Love Puerto Rico Flash Campaign, we are sending out the request list that came from the program:

  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Solar powered bulb lights
  • Portable battery-operated fans
  • Pen drives
  • Pencils and pens
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Filler paper with lines
  • Highlighters
  • Small staples
  • Scientific calculators
  • White glue
  • Manila folders
  • Sheet protectors
  • Correction paper or Liquid Paper
  • Rulers
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Backpacks
  • Graph paper
  • Pencil cases
  • Lunch boxes
  • Tablet Notebook/printer/iPad/…

We can pick-up your donations from your offices – or you can drop them by our offices located on the 3rd Floor of the Student Center – Room 332!  Let’s Love Puerto Rico tomorrow!!!!   Contact Email: aclark@grcc.edu

Four images in one graphic; clockwise from top left: map of Puerto Rico; crest of Universidad del Turabo; Grand Rapids Community College logo; and TRIO Student Support Services logo

TRiO, ABO, Honors Program student visit UM

October 28, 2014

TRiO Student Support Services and students in the program as well as students from the ABO-Alpha Beta Omega Organization, and Honors Program participated in a campus visit to University of Michigan this past Friday October 24, 2014.

A tour of the campus was provided as well as a visit with specific departments representatives such as the Admissions, Financial Aid, Architecture, Engineering, Kinesiology, and Pharmacy.

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TRiO/SSS program seeks donations to help Haitian students

December 2, 2013

haitistudentsEach year, the TRiO/SSS program at Grand Rapids Community College organizes an International Fundraiser. For the third year in a row, TRiO/SSS has partnered with The Power of Education Foundation. This non-profit organization is incorporated in Michigan and they focus on the educational opportunities and well-being of impoverished children in Port au Prince, Haiti. The organization has developed a primary school that houses first through sixth graders. It is at this school that students, parents, teachers and community members can get an education, medical and nutritional support while working as a center for the community to connect and grow.

The Power of Education Foundation is expected to go on a mission this winter in an effort to further the progress of oral health. Practicing good oral hygiene has a host of health benefits. It wards off harmful bacteria that may cause tooth decay, bleeding gums, and oral infections which could affect a student’s ability to focus. TRiO/SSS is supporting this mission campus wide, by collecting new toothbrushes, toothpaste and money donations. All around campus there are donation containers, flyers and even students advertising for the fundraiser! All of the proceeds and donations go directly to students in Haiti.

If you would like to participate in the efforts of the TRiO/SSS program, their office is located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center just behind the Counseling Center.  Our campaign will run through Friday, December 6, 2013 and all donations will be turned in to the Foundation to be sent directly to Haiti with their team.   Come, join us, and donate!!!!!!  Thank-you!!!

TRiO/SSS program collects toothbrushes, cash for Haitian students

November 26, 2013

haitistudentsEach year, the TRiO/SSS program at Grand Rapids Community College organizes an International Fundraiser. For the third year in a row, TRiO/SSS has partnered with The Power of Education Foundation. This non-profit organization is incorporated in Michigan and they focus on the educational opportunities and well-being of impoverished children in Port au Prince, Haiti. The organization has developed a primary school that houses first through sixth graders. It is at this school that students, parents, teachers and community members can get an education, medical and nutritional support while working as a center for the community to connect and grow.

The Power of Education Foundation is expected to go on a mission this winter in an effort to further the progress of oral health. Practicing good oral hygiene has a host of health benefits. It wards off harmful bacteria that may cause tooth decay, bleeding gums, and oral infections which could affect a student’s ability to focus. TRiO/SSS is supporting this mission campus wide, by collecting new toothbrushes, toothpaste and money donations. All around campus there are donation containers, flyers and even students advertising for the fundraiser! All of the proceeds and donations go directly to students in Haiti.

If you would like to participate in the efforts of the TRiO/SSS program, their office is located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center just behind the Counseling Center.  Our campaign will run through Friday, December 6, 2013 and all donations will be turned in to the Foundation to be sent directly to Haiti with their team.   Come, join us, and donate!!!!!!  Thank-you!!!

TRiO/SSS collects toothbrushes, donations for Haitian students

November 20, 2013

haitistudentsEach year, the TRiO/SSS program at Grand Rapids Community College organizes an International Fundraiser. For the third year in a row, TRiO/SSS has partnered with The Power of Education Foundation. This non-profit organization is incorporated in Michigan and they focus on the educational opportunities and well-being of impoverished children in Port au Prince, Haiti. The organization has developed a primary school that houses first through sixth graders. It is at this school that students, parents, teachers and community members can get an education, medical and nutritional support while working as a center for the community to connect and grow.

The Power of Education Foundation is expected to go on a mission this winter in an effort to further the progress of oral health. Practicing good oral hygiene has a host of health benefits. It wards off harmful bacteria that may cause tooth decay, bleeding gums, and oral infections which could affect a student’s ability to focus. TRiO/SSS is supporting this mission campus wide, by collecting new toothbrushes, toothpaste and money donations. All around campus there are donation containers, flyers and even students advertising for the fundraiser! All of the proceeds and donations go directly to students in Haiti.

If you would like to participate in the efforts of the TRiO/SSS program, their office is located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center just behind the Counseling Center.  Our campaign will run through Friday, December 6, 2013 and all donations will be turned in to the Foundation to be sent directly to Haiti with their team.   Come, join us, and donate!!!!!!  Thank-you!!!

TRiO/SSS Descends on GVSU – Friday, November 15

November 19, 2013

25 GRCC TRiO/Student Support Services students participated in the annual GVSU campus visit.  The students met with advisors and faculty in their areas of study downtown and at the Allendale campus.  Bonnie Ulmer and her GVSU Admissions team were instrumental in making this visit a success.  The students were also joined by the TRiO/SSS program staff at GVSU and GRCC alumni currently attending GVSU.

TRiO visit to GVSU

TRiO/SSS collects toothbrushes, donations for Haitian students

November 18, 2013

haitistudentsEach year, the TRiO/SSS program at Grand Rapids Community College organizes an International Fundraiser. For the third year in a row, TRiO/SSS has partnered with The Power of Education Foundation. This non-profit organization is incorporated in Michigan and they focus on the educational opportunities and well-being of impoverished children in Port au Prince, Haiti. The organization has developed a primary school that houses first through sixth graders. It is at this school that students, parents, teachers and community members can get an education, medical and nutritional support while working as a center for the community to connect and grow.

The Power of Education Foundation is expected to go on a mission this winter in an effort to further the progress of oral health. Practicing good oral hygiene has a host of health benefits. It wards off harmful bacteria that may cause tooth decay, bleeding gums, and oral infections which could affect a student’s ability to focus. TRiO/SSS is supporting this mission campus wide, by collecting new toothbrushes, toothpaste and money donations. All around campus there are donation containers, flyers and even students advertising for the fundraiser! All of the proceeds and donations go directly to students in Haiti.

If you would like to participate in the efforts of the TRiO/SSS program, their office is located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center just behind the Counseling Center.  Our campaign will run through Friday, December 6, 2013 and all donations will be turned in to the Foundation to be sent directly to Haiti with their team.   Come, join us, and donate!!!!!!  Thank-you!!!

Students to show research on October 23

October 22, 2013

Learn about students’ research projects on October 23

October 21, 2013

Summer 2013 Community College Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

August 8, 2013

GRCC Student Dulce Rios and GRCC TRiO/SSS student Sean Smith participated in the Summer 2013 Community College Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and the University of Michigan (UMICH). The program ends with a Summer Research Symposium. Sean Smith was selected by his peers to represent the Community College participants at the Symposium. Sean presented his research to an auditorium full of students participating in different summer research programs at UMICH, faculty, and guests.

Sean and Dulce will be presenting their posters at GRCC during the annual Poster Presentation for students involved in summer research initiatives. It is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 23 in 234 (South hallway) of the Student Center.

 

Dulce Rios

Dulce Rios

Observing Astrophysical Black Holes

Dulce Rios, Rubens Reis, PH.D., Mark Reynolds, PH.D.

Department of Astronomy,

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Stellar mass black holes in binary systems, which accrete matter from companion stars via an accretion disk, are analogous to supermassive black holes.  By studying neighboring and more variable stellar mass black holes, it is possible to gain an understanding of their larger counterparts, and therefore, the universe as a whole.  We can learn about the structure of galaxies and how they form, Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity can be tested by studying matter in the strong gravity field immediately surrounding the black hole, and stellar life cycles can be better understood as a black hole is the result of a massive star’s death.  Since black holes cannot be studied directly, our research is based on analyzing the interaction between a black hole and its accretion disk.  Swift J1753.5-0127 was discovered by NASA’s Swift satellite in 2005, where it quickly became apparent that it was a new black hole candidate.  The Suzaku X-ray telescope observed this new black hole candidate during a so-called low-hard state.  Spectra were extracted from the data and then carefully reduced using a canonical method.  The data were then fit with various phenomenological and for the first time, state of the art, self-consistent relativistic reflection spectral models.  The results indicate the presence of an accretion disk with an inner radius close to the innermost stable circular orbit (ISCO) and allow us to constrain the spin of this black hole for the first time!

Sean Smith

Sean Smith

School Clubs and their Influence on African American Male Education

Sean Smith, Desmond Patton, Ph.D.

Department of Social Work,

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The purpose of this project is to explore how school clubs might influence how African American male students’ value school.  Data was collected from a qualitative sample of 20 African American students at a charter school in Chicago, who were involved in the mentorship program Minority Men Exceeding Norms (MMEN).  The students interviewed helped provide insight on how school clubs might be able to serve as an alternative to joining gangs.  There were three main themes: 1. Peer to peer relationships were important for maintaining positive school value.  2. Students developed a strong sense of accountability which served as a buffer from negative neighborhood influences.  3. Students gained a better understanding of what a positive role model is which helped them while navigating violence in their own neighborhood.

MMEN provided a family like structure for those involved.  Students felt a sense of belonging and support from young men who they felt understood them.  MMEN served as a substitute for gang affiliation to some students involved because it provided similar elements such as the initiation process for membership.  Perhaps school clubs could not only serve as an extracurricular, but they could also serve as an alternative to students who come from environments where they are often exposed to violence and feel s though they have no choice, but to join gangs in order to get peer support and protection.  This study offers an alternative model to school club activities that may replace gang related activity in communities plagued by violence.

TRiO program participants help Ronald McDonald House residents

February 19, 2013

The TRiO Student Support Services Program participated in a baking event for the Ronald McDonald House here in Grand Rapids this past Saturday February 16th.

The Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan serves families of children and youth who are receiving inpatient or outpatient medical treatment in the Grand Rapids community. Guest families are provided with affordable housing, meals, transportation, and a variety of amenities and services.

There are 17 rooms available for families to stay in and are all currently occupied, with approximately ten families on the waiting list.

Our student volunteers: Breanna Cook, Victoria Vitales-Lanuza, Carly Misech, Shanita Jackson, E Yasmine Walton-Durst, and Tam Bui, along with staff members Anna Maria Clark and Maggie M-Spruit enjoyed Saturday morning baking chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake brownies and apple crisp.

A priceless gift of time and talent that is so special to the families that stay at the Ronald McDonald House.

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Raider Salute to Anna Maria Clark

December 12, 2012

 

GRCC students during a campus visit to Michigan State University.

GRCC students during a campus visit to Michigan State University.

TRiO Student Support Services would like to give a Raider Salute to Anna Maria Clark for the great job she did organizing campus visits to Grand Valley State and Michigan State universities.

 

She worked diligently with each school to provide the students with the opportunity to gain the information they needed to transfer smoothly to their four-year schools.

Thank you, Anna, for all you do!

Photos: TRiO Student Support Services October Events

November 7, 2012

TRiO Student Support Services held a welcome back Halloween party for their students on Tuesday Oct 23, 2012, and a MICUP Poster Presentation the next day. Students who presented their posters on the 24th also presented them at the Summer 2012 MICUP Program (Michigan College/University partnership) at Michigan Technological University to exhibit their research posters.

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GRCC TRiO and Student Support Services Students at 2012 MICUP-MI-LSAMP Program – Photos

June 26, 2012
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Whitney Harper, Anna Maria Clark, Ronnie Lane, Leonardo Beiler, Levon, Cimmonian, Kyle O’Connor, Mike Grimes, Ashima Chhabra, Travis Slooter, Raymond Gant, and Prof. Leigh Klienert

Nine TRiO/Student Support Services students participated in the Summer 2012 MICUP/MI-LSAMP Program this year. It’s the 10th summer of a very successful partnership and students excelled not only in the classroom but also in their research internships.

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The MICUP/MI-LSAMP Program is a partnership with Michigan Technological University that provides students with an opportunity for a seven-week summer research internship – where the students will work closely with a faculty/mentor assisting in their research, take a class, and receive comprehensive academic advising and tutoring – all within an expense paid, residential campus experience.

This year Professors Leigh Kleinert and Jennifer Batten attended the annual MICUP Partners Meeting. We were also joined by GRCC MICUP Alumn Mike Grimes who transferred to Michigan Tech after completing the MICUP program and is pursuing and Computer Science Degree.

For questions on the MICUP/MI-LSAMP program contact Anna Maria Clark in the TRiO/Student Support Services Program @ 616/234-4150.