Trayvon Martin’s mom speaks at local colleges
Jan. 19, 2015; WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The mother of Trayvon Martin spoke at two events in West Michigan on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
… Fulton spoke at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College on Monday. There will be another event at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Davenport University’s Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids.
Hundreds join peace march in Grand Rapids to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Jan. 19, 2015; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Hundreds of people gathered at Grand Rapids Community College Monday, some joining arms and others standing solemnly, for a peace march honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
The half-hour march began at the college’s Ford Fieldhouse at noon and ended there with a program led by Bert Bleke, chairperson of the GRCC Board of Trustees, and Jaedah Pickens, president of GRCC’s Black Student Union.
Tom Watkins: Obama right on community colleges
Jan. 19, 2015; The Battle Creek Enquirer
President Obama is right to invest in our country by proposing free Community College tuition. Community college should be free for those willing to work for it, the president said at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn.
… Other recent innovations include:
… Grand Rapids Community College has launched its new iPhone app to make the colleges information as close as a students fingertips.
(This is a guest column by former state Superintendent Tom Watkins.)
Q&A: Novelist takes on Michigan’s fracking industry
Jan. 20, 2015; midwestenergynews.com (Fresh Energy’s newsletter)
For Michigan author Maryann Lesert, an accurate portrait of the fracking industry only comes from years of visiting well sites, researching scientific literature, attending oil and gas land-leasing auctions and talking to residents who can see 100-foot-tall drill rigs from their backyards.
… Lesert, 51, began her professional writing career as a playwright, publishing and producing several plays after her first in 1998. She is an associate professor of English at Grand Rapids Community College. Pursuing the fracking industry is part of Lesert’s lifelong interest in the environment, social justice and the sciences. And seeing, not just reading, is what Lesert says has been a vital component of Threshold.