GRCC In the News, 11-11-13

West Michigan college presidents announce special scholarship packages for Grand Rapids students

Nov. 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Four West Michigan college presidents announced Friday, Nov. 8,they have created special scholarship packages to support the Challenge Scholars initiative helping Grand Rapids students perform better academically and stay on the college track.

Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, and Grand Rapids Community College are seeking to enhance the initiative launched in 2011 by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation targeting students in three West Side schools: Harrison Park, Westwood Middle and Union High School.

GRCC seeks state funding as it looks to make new preschool building a reality

Nov. 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College says its laboratory preschool program needs a new home.

Kent County’s dental checkup reveals oral health crisis, report finds

Nov. 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Kent County underwent a dental checkup recently, and the results were not good.

… Now, the group is focused on addressing two areas of concern: access to dental care and education. It has been involved in efforts to provide dental care to older adults at Grand Rapids Community College and to create a dental clinic in Kentwood. A partnership between the county and nonprofit Michigan Community Dental Clinics plans to open the clinic in the former library building at 4700 Kalamazoo Ave. SE.

Wright’s Second Half Leads No. 9 Express Women Past No. 10 Monroe College 74-58

Nov. 10, 2013; ABC 13 (Toledo, Ohio)

Paige Wright (Northrop/Fort Wayne, Ind.) led the No. 9 Express women’s basketball team past No. 10 Monroe College 74-58 in the championship game of the Owens Tip Off Classic tonight.

… The Express (4-1) have now won four straight after their season-opening two-point loss to Kirkwood College. Their next action will be Nov. 13 at Grand Rapids Community College beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Red-hot Lakers push winning streak to 14 games

Nov. 10, 2013; Grand Valley Lanthorn

The players representing the Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team have been all smiles on the court lately after a jubilant ascent to the top of the GLIAC.

… The Hudsonville, Mich., native (Kaitlyn Wolters) has been a difference maker for the team after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College, where she won a NJCAA National Championship in 2012. Her championship mentality has brought confidence to a young team that has just two seniors on its roster.

College Park Plaza Construction Update

The first major project is nearing completion and all floors are now fully occupied!  What happened while folks were away?  College Park Plaza received:

  • new heating and ventilation systems — this will greatly improve temperature quality and consistency in individual offices!
  • lighting for improved light quality and energy efficiency.
  • ceilings.
  • all new network wiring, switches and wireless routers.
  • a new fire suppression system.
  • new fixtures and porcelain in restroom facilities.
  • new elevators.
  • new carpet and paint in some areas.

The improvements to this building make College Park Plaza our second LEED certified facility!

Not bad for “Plan B”!

College Park Plaza now houses:

  • The Foundation has returned to the first floor and Mezzanine area. Department Secretary – Ann Marie Birr, extension 3939.
  • The Grants Department has returned to the annex area. Department Secretary – Delicia Wilondja, extension 2122.
  • The Math Department has returned to the second floor. Department Secretary – Kimberly Musser, extension 4253.
  • The Business Department is now located on the third floor. Department Secretary – Mary Gunderson, extension 4220.
  • The English Department now occupies the fourth floor and the east side of the fifth floor. Department Secretary – Gail Brown (fourth floor), extension 4243.
  • The Dental, Radiologic Tech and Occupational Therapy Assisting Department returned to the west side of the fifth floor. Department Secretary – Brenda Spratling, extension 3765.
  • The Nursing Department returned to the sixth floor. Department Secretary – Sue Sarniak, extension 4238.
  • Health Admissions is also now located on the sixth floor. Paula Naujalis, extension 4348.

 

GRCC In the News, 6-28-13

GRCC trustee on colleges $37,000 lobbying contract: The public can get really shafted

June 27, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College like many two-year schools in Michigan pays a lobbying firm to ensure its voice is heard on legislation and other matters at the state Capitol.
…Trustee Richard Ryskamp last week voiced opposition to the colleges annual $37,440 contract with McAlvey, Merchant and Associates, a Lansing-based governmental and political consulting firm.

See how much Michigans 28 community colleges spend on state lobbying

June 27, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The amount Michigan’s community colleges spends on lobbying varies widely, with 18 of the 28 schools engaging in the practice, according to state records.
…The issue of lobbying came up at recent board meeting at Grand Rapids Community College, where one trustee questioned whether it wise for the school to partake in state-level lobbying.

Dr. Sarah Palmer moves dental practice to Grandville

June 27, 2013; MLive

Dr. Sarah Palmer has moved her dental practice to Grandville.
…Palmer is a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, West Michigan District Dental Society, and on the board for Dental Programs at Grand Rapids Community College.

Winners of Armen Awards announced

Projects that educated pregnant teens about oral hygiene, promoted a healthy lifestyle to children, and improved access to The Collegiate student newspaper were named winners of Grand Rapids Community College’s 2013 Armen Awards.

The winners were announced during a ceremony on April 26, 2013:

  • First place: Community Dental Health course students teamed up with Salvation Army-Booth Family Services to provide oral hygiene education to pregnant teens and teen mothers.  Faculty member Deb Schultz and students Nancy Kyser and Kaley Sherwood worked with Angela Scott, from Salvation Army-Booth Services.
  • Second place: Principles of Physical Education course students worked with East Leonard Elementary School on an “Organ Wise Guys” program to promote a healthy lifestyle to children.  Faculty member Melanie Schiele Gady and student Samantha Fredrick teamed up with Kathy Sainz, of East Leonard Elementary, and Stephanie Marino from Michigan State University Extension.
  • Third place: Mobile Device Security and Development course students worked with The Collegiate on a mobile app to increase access and readership for the GRCC student newspaper.  Faculty member Szymon Machajewski and students Adam Logue, Quentin Reader and Jason Fedewa partnered with Collegiate adviser Jennifer Haywood.

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Dental hygiene students seek patients for regional board exams

GRCC’s dental hygiene students are looking for students and staff members willing to serve as regional board examination patients. At this point, we are scheduling screenings to determine if people (ages 18 and older) coming to our clinic at 301 Cook will qualify for the exam. If they meet the criteria set by the examination organization and are willing to be in our clinic for the exam on April 18 or 19, they would qualify for a free cleaning.

If you’d like to help:

  1. Come in for a new patient screening  — it takes 15 to 30 minutes — so that we can see where you would best fit into our clinic. We are holding our next screenings at 2:15 and 2:45 p.m. January 30, 2013.
  2. Come right into the clinic reception area just to the right and across from the elevators on the third floor of Cook and let Sheryl know you are there for a screening. We’ll check your mouth and determine if you qualify for a free cleaning. If not, it’s still only $15 for GRCC students and $30 for staff to get a cleaning and bitewing x-rays.
  3.  After your screening, even if you don’t qualify for the board, you can schedule the cleaning itself with Sheryl for a day that fits your schedule. The cleanings are one hour and 45 minutes. If it’s been quite awhile, you will likely require more than one visit.
  4.  If you can’t be there January 30, call the clinic at 234-4237 and ask to schedule a new patient screening for another day.

GRCC In the News, 12-17-12

K-12 educators explain why they support differential tuition rate at Grand Rapids Community College
Dec. 17, 2012; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A proposal by Grand Rapids Community College to develop a differential tuition rate for some dual enrolled students was embraced by at least three K-12 administrators last week who say the plan promotes college readiness.

Senior Dental Day at Grand Rapids Community College
Dec. 14, 2012; MLive
Photo gallery from Dental Programs’ day of free dental care for senior citizens.

One-day clinic provides free dental care to seniors
Dec. 14, 2012; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI Low-income seniors are receiving free dental care today, Dec. 14, from a team of volunteer dentists, hygienists and students.
Care was arranged for more than 40 older adults at Senior Dental Day, an event coordinated by the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan and held at the Grand Rapids Community College Dental Clinic.

GRCC Raider Sprints – Boys Swimming
Dec. 15, 2012; MLive
Winning wasn’t necessarily the goal of the Otsego boys team in Saturday’s GRCC Raider Sprints.
It was, however, a nice benefit.

GRCC weighs in after Legislature approves bill allowing two-year colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees
Dec. 14, 2012 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Community colleges could begin offering bachelors degrees in several areas under legislation approved Thursday by the Michigan Legislature.

Students in Dental Programs help provide free day of care to area senior citizens

Students, faculty and staff in the Dental Programs teamed up with area agencies on December 14, 2012, to provide a free day of preventative dental care for senior citizen.

Seniors received preventative dental care – X-rays, cleanings and an exam – in GRCC’s dental clinic.  About 70 students in the Dental Program greeted and admitted patients, and worked with dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants on the x-rays, cleanings and exams.

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Dental Assisting Club’s sale proves popular

How can you tell that the Dental Assisting Club’s toothbrush and white-strip sale is going well? Club members have sold out of their second item: The Crest Professional Strength Whitestrips are no longer available.

Here’s what’s still on sale:

  • Oral-B Advantage Control Grip adult toothbrushes, compact head (35 available only — 40 sold out).
  • Oral-B children’s sizes, Stage 3 and Stage 4.

Toothbrushes may be purchased by the dozen or half-dozen orders only: $10 for a dozen and $5 for a half-dozen. We accept cash or checks made out to GRCC. Email Julie Bera at jbera@grcc.edu to place your order and schedule a pick up or delivery for exam week.

Toothbrushes, white-strips available from Dental Assisting Club

Need a stocking stuffer? The Dental Assisting Club is having its annual toothbrush and white-strip sale!

Here’s what’s available:

  • Oral-B Advantage Control Grip adult toothbrushes, full and compact head (35 available only — 40 sold out).
  • Oral-B children’s sizes, Stage 3 and Stage 4.
  • Crest Professional Strength Whitestrips (not available in retail).

Toothbrushes may be purchased by the dozen or half-dozen orders only: $10 for a dozen and $5 for a half-dozen. Whitestrips are $30.  We accept cash or checks made out to GRCC. Email Julie Bera at jbera@grcc.edu to place your order and schedule a pick up or delivery for exam week.

Dental Assisting Club sponsors toothbrush, white-strip sale

The Dental Assisting Club is having its annual toothbrush and white-strip sale! White-strips and brushes are in stock, so email Julie Bera at jbera@grcc.edu to place your order and schedule a pick up or delivery for exam week.

Here’s what’s available:

  • Oral-B Advantage Control Grip adult toothbrushes, full and compact head (35 or 40).
  • Oral-B children’s sizes, Stage 3 and Stage 4.
  • Crest Professional Strength Whitestrips (not available in retail).

Toothbrushes may be purchased by the dozen or half-dozen orders only: $10 for a dozen and $5 for a half-dozen. Whitestrips are $30.  We accept cash or checks made out to GRCC.

Dental Assistants Holding Annual Toothbrush Sale

The Dental Assisting department students are selling regular toothbrushes, Crest Whitestrips and electric toothbrushes to benefit the program.  The products are already here, so place your order with Julie Bera and she will deliver them until they are gone.

Toothbrushes: The brushes are Oral B Advantage brushes; Price: $10.00/dozen, $5.00 for half dozen, cash or checks to GRCC DA Club.  Several sizes are available:

  • Full size adult
  • Compact size adult
  • Child size Stage 3 – ages 3-8
  • Child size Stage 4 – ages 8 and up

Whitestrips: The DA program has Crest Professional Whitestrips (not available in retail): $30.00

Electric Toothbrushes: 4 Oral-B Professional 5000 electric toothbrushes are available (they retail at Target for $139.99) and are on sale for $75.00.

Smiles all around

Every class of dental hygiene students does fundraisers throughout their two years in the dental hygiene program to give money or other resources to a worthy cause whose goal is to further dental health and wellness. According to program instructor, Christine Dobberstein, the fundraising also creates a valuable bond between first and second year students.

The students’ latest gift was to Operation Smile after hearing about a local surgeon, volunteering his time and talent to help underprivileged children whose lives are devastated by congenital cleft lip and palate.

“The surgeon, Dr. Steven Naum, who does surgeries of the hand and upper extremities to fund volunteer efforts, has told us ‘it is such a blessing to be a part of this work’ and the students felt that same passion after studying the devastating physical and social/cultural effects of being born with cleft palate.”

The students were able to offer the organization enough money to pay for three of the surgeries and presented a certificate to Dr. Naum at their pinning ceremony, where the 31 GRCC graduates of the program were honored.

The students also donated books on oral health to the dental hygiene clinic and other books and toys to the GRCC child development programs.

(Ed. This article missed being published at the end of the semester last May, but this kind of good news never gets old.)