Archive for the ‘Student Life’ category

Exhibit: What Does Feminism Mean to You?

March 17, 2017

The GRCC’s Women’s Issues Now student club is hosting the annual student-run art exhibit “What Does Feminism Mean to You?” in the Art Gallery in GRCC’s Main Building.

The exhibit runs:

  • 1-7 p.m. Monday.
  • 3-7 p.m. Tuesday.
  • 1-7 p.m. Wednesday.
  • 12:15-2:15 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Thursday.

Dr. Ender to receive lifetime achievement award

February 28, 2017

Dr. Ender will be honored with the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award, with eight others, during PTK Catalyst, Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society’s annual national convention this April.

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Applications sought for Student Alliance Leadership Team

March 4, 2015

As the winter semester is coming to a close, the Student Alliance group is in the process of accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic school year. Many of you probably know at least a few potential or current student leaders that you can refer to the application process. All four positions on the Student Alliance Leadership Team receive a stipend of at least $1,000. The work that the Student Alliance group is responsible for is very crucial to our community, so please refer the “best and brightest!”

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 20th at 5 PM. To apply, students have to complete the 2015 Student Leadership Application Form

Sponsor a grad!

March 4, 2015

Graduation_05_2014_046As part of the 100th anniversary, we have set a goal of seeing 800 students walk across the stage during Commencement (this is double our normal participation). We need your help to accomplish this goal.

In the past, students have told us the cost of the cap and gown kept them from walking. We would like to remove this barrier for our students by kicking off a new gown recycling program. To get started and keep in theme with our 100-year Anniversary, we are hoping to collect 100 caps and gowns.  The cost per set is $31 and we are asking you to consider sponsoring a graduate (or 2 or 10) by contacting the Foundation Office today at 234-3939. This can easily be handled by sending in a check or calling with a credit card number.

The gowns that are purchased through the recycling program will be collected after commencement to be used again by students for years to come. Please help us reward our students who have to sacrifice so much to attend college. It would be a shame for them not to celebrate this great accomplishment.

Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions about this program or how to make your donation, please contact Stacey Bush at x3739 or Sara Dorer at x3924.

GRCC In the News, 3-2-15

March 2, 2015

The state of American well-being

Feb. 27, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Although a number of factors such as the rate of uninsured and life evaluation have improved across the country, Gallup-Healthway’s latest State of American Well-Being places Michigan among the bottom 10 states.

… Laura Kennett, assistant professor of exercise science at Grand Rapids Community College, said although she would like to see more detail regarding the design of the survey, she was not surprised by Michigan’s results.

“Unfortunately, Michigan has ranked low for awhile, and part of the reason it doesn’t surprise me is because the information we have around chronic disease in Michigan — what are called preventive health behaviors among Michigan adults — is lower than many other states,” said Kennett. “If people are not engaging in these preventive health measures, then obviously their health is not going to be well.”

Michigan: a state of impoverishment

Feb. 27, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Business Journal reports in depth this week on Gallup-Healthway’s latest State of American Well-Being, a study that ranks Michigan in the bottom 10 among all states.

… Laura Kennett, assistant professor of exercise science at Grand Rapids Community College, is quoted in the Business Journal’s page one article: “People don’t realize there are more people in Michigan living at or below the poverty line than other states. Unfortunately, there is plenty of research, plenty of data that shows we can predict people’s health outcomes based on how much money they make and their education.”

Highlights for the month of March

Feb. 27, 2015; MLive

… 26. Wrapping up Grand Rapids Community College’s International Guitar Series is the acclaimed Canadian Guitar Quartet, which is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be in the Recital Hall at GRCC’s Music Center, located on the corner of Ransom Avenue and Lyon Street.

FIU Panthers outfielder Brian Portelli caps weekend blitz

March 1, 2015; The Miami Herald

Whenever an FIU Panther hits a home run, he is greeted at the plate not with a high-five or a head-bump, but a standard handshake. The uniquely understated celebration seems to say “Nice to meet you, Gentleman Slugger.”

… Thomas plucked (Brian) Portelli out of baseball obscurity while working a winter camp in Detroit as a visiting instructor. Fat chance an unknown out of Division II Grand Rapids Community College would develop into a contributor, never mind a star. But Thomas took that chance anyway.

MSU Democrats travel to D.C. for retreat

Feb. 27, 2015; The State News (MSU’s student newspaper)

After a Republican sweep in the 2014 midterm elections, MSU College Democrats are reevaluating some strategies to increase membership.

… (Brianna) Shamsuddoha said MSU College Democrats had eight representatives at the retreat. Central Michigan University, Grand Rapids Community College and Northern Michigan University’s College Democrats chapters also sent delegates to the retreat.

“I was assaulted on my sixth night of college.”

February 23, 2015

Read the case study below for a look at what students on GRCC’s campus might experience when reporting a sexual assault. For more information on support, resources and reporting at GRCC click here.

Male Victims Of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out

‘We’re Up Against A System That’s Not Designed To Help Us’

1/27/15 Huffington Post.  Note: The following story contains descriptions of sexual assault that some readers might find upsetting.

It was Andrew’s sixth night of freshman year at Brown University when he was assaulted by a male student in his dorm bathroom. When Andrew brought on-campus charges, his assailant was expelled.Unlike myriad students who report mishandled cases in the burgeoning national campaign against sexual assault, Andrew initially believed his case was handled appropriately.But after The Huffington Post discovered Andrew’s assailant had previously been found responsible for assaulting two other students and had not been expelled, Andrew was devastated...

Learn how to intervene

February 20, 2015

Do you know how to talk to friend who may be violent and what to do if you see an assault? For more information on support, resources and reporting at GRCC click here.

Take the test: Which one are you?

February 19, 2015

This bystander video was created by Ohio State University. For more information on support, resources and reporting at GRCC click here.

Diversity Team launches ‘SpeakUpGRCC’

February 16, 2015

GRCC’s Diversity Team is updating and renaming the Diversity Center’s “Popcorn Discussions” with students. The first “SpeakUpGRCC” launches at noon February 17 in the DLC with these goals:

  • Foster an environment where students have increased awareness and acceptance for campus diversity.
  • Provide an opportunity for students to learn and share their points of view with other students.
  • Foster open dialogue about social justice issues.

The program’s objectives are:

  • Promote critical thinking.
  • Promote healthy sustained dialogue.
  • Promote understanding and acceptance.
  • Build relationships.
  • Provide opportunities for students to speak and be heard.
  • Build respect for opposing points of view.
  • Create and foster civility.

Social contract (governing rules):

  • Respect other’s opinions.
  • Listen to each other.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Keep an open mind.
  • Stay on topic.
  • Step up, step back.

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Nomination deadline is TODAY – Student Leadership Awards

February 13, 2015

The deadline to nominate an individual (student, staff or faculty) for one of the awards presented at the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet is today at 5 pm. All four student awards have a monetary award ($100-$500) associated with them as well as a very elegant plaque. Submitting a nomination for an individual is one way of showing your appreciation for their hard work and dedication to our GRCC community. Please consider nominating one of your peers, advisers, coaches and/or mentors.

Award Criteria

Nomination Form

Please note: the Jerry Benham Staff and Faculty Award does not have a monetary award.

The latest from GRCC TV on YouTube: Learning Day, Giants Banquet, Student Alliance meeting

February 13, 2015

Sponsor a grad!

February 12, 2015

Graduation_05_2014_046As part of the 100th anniversary, we have set a goal of seeing 800 students walk across the stage during Commencement (this is double our normal participation). We need your help to accomplish this goal.

In the past, students have told us the cost of the cap and gown kept them from walking. We would like to remove this barrier for our students by kicking off a new gown recycling program. To get started and keep in theme with our 100-year Anniversary, we are hoping to collect 100 caps and gowns.  The cost per set is $31 and we are asking you to consider sponsoring a graduate (or 2 or 10) by contacting the Foundation Office today at 234-3939. This can easily be handled by sending in a check or calling with a credit card number.

The gowns that are purchased through the recycling program will be collected after commencement to be used again by students for years to come. Please help us reward our students who have to sacrifice so much to attend college. It would be a shame for them not to celebrate this great accomplishment.

Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions about this program or how to make your donation, please contact Stacey Bush at x3739 or Sara Dorer at x3924.

BSU hosts one-man play featuring Muhibb Dyer

February 11, 2015

poetThe Black Student Union invites everyone to experience From Kings to Thugs to Presidents, a high-energy, thought-provoking one-man play with Muhibb Dyer. He will discuss the epidemic of violence plaguing America’s inner cities and the power we have to change our world!

The presentation starts at 6 p.m. February 12 at GRCC’s Spectrum Theatre. A reception with light refreshments starts at 7:30 p.m.

 

What mandatory reporters need to do

February 11, 2015

Mandatory reporters of sexual misconduct cannot promise confidentiality (click here to see the policy).  If you are speaking with a potential victim, assure him or her that you will help in any way that you can, offer to assist in filling a formal complaint, and connect him or her to an Title IX coordinator. Listen and sympathize, or connect them with a licensed personal counselor in our Counseling and Career Center who can provide confidentiality.

Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) services are available and free to all employees (except student employees), their spouses and children living in their household 24 hours a day, seven days a week through these numbers: (800) 442-0809 or (616) 455-6210.

Sexual misconduct and Title IX — what it means for you

February 9, 2015

How are GRCC and Title IX, a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, protecting you? Click here to learn about GRCC’s policies and

Visit this site to learn more about Title IX.