Final speaker in Psychology series covers stress management March 12

Stress can destroy a 66 ton bridge; imagine what it might do to you? Understanding and managing stress
Steven L. Pastyrnak, Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 12th, 1:00 – 2:30
Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, Room 168
Free and open to the public.

Dr. Pastyrnak is Division Chief of Pediatric Psychology at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. In this presentation he will provide an overview of stress, including aspects of anxiety and depression. Participants will be introduced to ways to recognize stress as well as the short and long term effect of this common condition. Recent research on stress and the impact on performance as well as evidence based strategies for management will be shared.  Dr. Pastrnak’s presentation will be practical and somewhat hands-on, at times with audience participation.  This presentation will be beneficial to for individuals currently struggling with too much stress in their lives while equally useful for a person simply curious about the subject.

Final speaker in Psychology series covers stress management March 12

Stress can destroy a 66 ton bridge; imagine what it might do to you? Understanding and managing stress
Steven L. Pastyrnak, Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 12th, 1:00 – 2:30
Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, Room 168
Free and open to the public.

Dr. Pastyrnak is Division Chief of Pediatric Psychology at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. In this presentation he will provide an overview of stress, including aspects of anxiety and depression. Participants will be introduced to ways to recognize stress as well as the short and long term effect of this common condition. Recent research on stress and the impact on performance as well as evidence based strategies for management will be shared.  Dr. Pastrnak’s presentation will be practical and somewhat hands-on, at times with audience participation.  This presentation will be beneficial to for individuals currently struggling with too much stress in their lives while equally useful for a person simply curious about the subject.

GRCC In the News, 1-24-14

RapidChat: Mary Brown

Jan. 23, 2014; rapidgrowthmedia.com

RapidChat is a regular feature profiling interesting, diverse, and talented individuals in West Michigan as they talk informally about life, hobbies, work, food, and favorite local haunts. This week, we’re pleased to introduce Mary Brown. Part student, part educator, she’s an Organization Development and Learning Professional with her nose in a book, an interest in zombies, and a soft spot for the unusual suspects.

… MB: I teach in the Psychology and Business departments at Grand Rapids Community College. I am an adjunct professor. At GRCC I tell the students, let’s learn organically together and the students build the content and it morphs and goes in the direction of their interests and how they can apply it back to their interests and their lives. I don’t like to make everything predictable.

Krystal Geers works way into big role on Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team

Jan. 23, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Krystal Geers doesn’t mind rolling up her sleeves and getting to work.

… Recknagel said Geers’ production has really taken off since a 29-point, 16-rebound performance while matched up against Delta College standout Taylor Mantyla in a 76-60 loss on Dec. 23. Since then, Geers’ highlights are 31 points against Lake Michigan Community College and a triple-double against Grand Rapids Community College.

‘Age of Champions’ to be shown today

JOIN US FOR A FREE SHOWING OF AGE OF CHAMPIONS

INSPIRE YOUR INNER CHAMPION AND LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE

Age of Champions is the inspirational story of a group of athletes–a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole-vaulter, team of basketball grandmothers, and a pair of swimming brothers–all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. The film captures the triumphant spirit of these competitors as they tackle the challenges of old age with grace, humor, and optimism.

The Gerontology Student Organization (G-Club) will present the film on NOVEMBER 21, 2013 from 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. at Calkins Science Center, Auditorium Room 348. It is co-sponsored by the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Organization (S.O.T.A).

Faculty and staff who would like to register for this event may do so here.

For more information contact Delicia Wilondja at 616-234-2122 or dwilondja@grcc.edu

‘Age of Champions’ to be shown on November 21

JOIN US FOR A FREE SHOWING OF AGE OF CHAMPIONS

INSPIRE YOUR INNER CHAMPION AND LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE

Age of Champions is the inspirational story of a group of athletes–a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole-vaulter, team of basketball grandmothers, and a pair of swimming brothers–all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. The film captures the triumphant spirit of these competitors as they tackle the challenges of old age with grace, humor, and optimism.

The Gerontology Student Organization (G-Club) will present the film on NOVEMBER 21, 2013 from 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. at Calkins Science Center, Auditorium Room 348. It is co-sponsored by the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Organization (S.O.T.A).

Faculty and staff who would like to register for this event may do so here.

For more information contact Delicia Wilondja at 616-234-2122 or dwilondja@grcc.edu

Students to present ‘Age of Champions’ film

superherosJOIN US FOR A FREE SHOWING OF AGE OF CHAMPIONS

INSPIRE YOUR INNER CHAMPION AND LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE

Age of Champions is the inspirational story of a group of athletes–a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole-vaulter, team of basketball grandmothers, and a pair of swimming brothers–all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. The film captures the triumphant spirit of these competitors as they tackle the challenges of old age with grace, humor, and optimism.

The Gerontology Student Organization (G-Club) will present the film on NOVEMBER 21, 2013 from 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. at Calkins Science Center, Auditorium Room 348. It is co-sponsored by the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Organization (S.O.T.A).

Faculty and staff who would like to register for this event may do so here.

For more information contact Delicia Wilondja at 616-234-2122 or dwilondja@grcc.edu

Film highlights National Senior Olympics

superheros

JOIN US FOR A FREE SHOWING OF AGE OF CHAMPIONS

INSPIRE YOUR INNER CHAMPION AND LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE

Age of Champions is the inspirational story of a group of athletes–a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole-vaulter, team of basketball grandmothers, and a pair of swimming brothers–all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. The film captures the triumphant spirit of these competitors as they tackle the challenges of old age with grace, humor, and optimism.

The Gerontology Student Organization (G-Club) will present the film on NOVEMBER 21, 2013 from 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. at Calkins Science Center, Auditorium Room 348. It is co-sponsored by the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Organization (S.O.T.A).

Faculty and staff who would like to register for this event may do so here.

For more information contact Delicia Wilondja at 616-234-2122 or dwilondja@grcc.edu

GRCC In the News, 10-17-13

GRCC psychology speaker series to tackle stress, human sexuality

Oct. 16, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s Psychology Department Speaker Series will feature discussions on topics ranging from stress management and human sexuality to whether sports matter as much to girls and boys.

Several hundred KVCC students to turn out for inaugural C3 day of service Friday

Oct. 17, 2013; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — On Friday, up to 400 Kalamazoo Valley Community College students will deploy throughout the city to paint, clean, pull weeds, repair picnic tables and ready community gardens for the winter.

… Psychology instructor Urminda Firlan, who is serving as a faculty adviser for the event, led a similar project at Grand Rapids Community College.

Midseason Grades: Volleyball earns A-

Oct. 16, 2013; Grand Valley Lanthorn

It would be an understatement to say the No. 20 Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team has exceeded its expectations midway through its 2013 campaign. GVSU (14-3, 8-1 GLIAC) currently holds the No. 1 spot in the conference after being tabbed as the North Divisions third-best team in the 2013 GLIAC Coaches Preseason Volleyball Poll.

… Junior setter Kaitlyn Wolters has been a key piece to the puzzle after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College where she won a NJCAA Division II National Championship in 2012. Wolters has quickly adjusted to competition in the GLIAC and appears to be a catalyst offensively.

Psychology Department speaker looks at parenting

The first presentation in the 2013-2014 Psychology Department Speakers Series:

Do Parents Make a Difference? An Exploration in Raising a Child

Kate Byerwalter, Ph.D.

Wednesday, October 16, 1:00 – 2:30
Room 168, Wisner – Bottrall Applied Technology Center

Dr. Kate Byerwalter is a Professor in the Psychology Department at Grand Rapids Community College. In this presentation, Dr. Byerwalter will introduce the current research around the practice of parenting. She will present different parenting styles and explore how culture may affect parenting. In addition, Dr. Byerwalter will identify priorities in parenting. Lastly, she will examine the role of parents in shaping children’s cognitive development. Participants will leave with an understanding of how parents do matter in the development of a child and what practices are connected to the optimal outcomes.

GRCC In the News, 8-29-13

Award-winning GRCC faculty member explains her teaching philosophy

Aug. 28, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Judy Jankowski likens teaching to mission work.

The longtime Grand Rapids Community College psychology instructor wants all of her students to benefit from her class, whether it’s through new bonds formed with classmates or learning a new concept that helps them see the world in a new way.

GRCC hosts combat boot exhibit by Volunteers of America Michigan

Aug. 28, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids Community College will host a display of combat boots that women veterans have decorated to share their stories of military service on Sept. 5.

Nine MAC programs return starting QBs

Aug. 28, 2013; macreportonline.com (Mid- American Conference blog)

Consistency at the quarterback position will be a key storyline among MAC programs this fall. Nine programs will enter the season with returning starting quarterbacks: Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), KeithWenning (Ball State), Tyler Tettleton (Ohio), Terrance Owens (Toledo), Matt Schilz (Bowling Green), Tyler Benz (Eastern Michigan), Mike Wegzyn (UMass), Tyler Van Tubbergen (Western Michigan) and Joe Licata (Buffalo).

… Only four programs will see a new starter under center — Akron, Central Michigan, Kent State and Miami.

… Central Michigan: Junior Cody Kater won the starting duties during training camp as CMU lost three-year starter Ryan Radcliff to graduation. Kater transferred from Grand Rapids Community College with two years of eligibility remaining.

What they’re saying: Central Michigan’s Zurlon Tipton on Doak Walker, Maxwell watch lists

Aug. 28, 2013; MLive

“He’s not going to run out of bounds.”

… MLive.com: In case you missed the story on our website, new QB Cody Kater has completed his journey from Montague to Cincinnati to GRCC and now Central Michigan. Kater is looking forward to his first career start Saturday at Michigan.

Congratulations to 2013 Excellence in Education award recipients

GRCC recently presented Excellence in Education awards to three outstanding people: psychology Professor Judy A. Jankowski; Nanci Guigue, an ESP in the School of Workforce Development; and adjunct faculty member Cheryl Kautz. Congratulations!

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GRCC In the News, 5-23-13

The Factory’s coLearning graduates to more tech courses

May 22, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Factory’s education arm is growing stronger and even starting to see some tone.

The first class of The Factory’s coLearning Intro to Ruby course has completed its work.

… Mary Brown, adjunct professor in the psychology department at Grand Rapids Community College, is advising Schaap on developing coLearning.

Raider Salute for help with Middle School Conference

Sara Brooks, Urban Enrollment and Dual Enrollment coordinator, has a Raider Salute:

I’d like to send a Raider Salute to Chef Luba and the ATC Catering Services, Bayard Brooks, Eric Mullen, Sandy Gregory, Angela Salinas, Francisco Ramieriz, Domingo Hernandez, Sarah Laylock, Erika Bailey, Chris Sain, Ennis Young and Raynard Ross for their assistance and flexibility in helping to make the Middle School Conference a HUGE success. The public schools were pleased and the students gained beneficial information about: why college is important, their options and what they should do now to get to college. We hosted roughly 80 students and it couldn’t have been done with out all those people named.