Black Student Union hosts poet’s one-man play

The Black Student Union is bringing community activist and spoken word poet Muhibb Dyer to campus for his one-man show From Kings to Thugs to Presidents. Dyer worked to begin the Saving Our Sons—I Will Not Die Young campaign and mentoring program

His high-energy and thought-provoking play explores the epidemic of violence plaguing America’s inner cities, and the power we have to change our world. It runs 6-7:30 p.m. February 12 at the Spectrum Theater. Admission is free and open to the community.

A reception with light refreshments will be held from 7:30-8 p.m. in the theater lobby.

GRCC In the News, 1-27-15

New ‘Change Agent Award’ goes to co-founders of GRCC program for black males

Jan. 26, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – – Two men whose leadership program has helped male black students triple their achievement levels at Grand Rapids Community College in just two years will be the first recipients of the Change Agent Award created by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

GRCC faculty: Not offering domestic partner benefits for LGBT employees is discriminatory

Jan. 26, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College faculty members spoke out Monday in support of adding domestic partner benefits for unmarried couples, saying that in their absence, gays are in effect discriminated against.

Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. King

Jan. 26, 2015; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Northview Public Schools, MI — To honor Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Breton Downs Elementary students held signs expressing Freedom, Peace and Love during a silent march near their school in memory of the civil rights activist.

… Some two dozen students from Northview’s East Campus High School joined the annual King Day March at Grand Rapids Community College. Three teachers accompanied the students on a noon march beginning at the Ford Fieldhouse.

World Affairs Council kicks off discussion series with NPR correspondent analyzing digital privacy

Jan. 26, 2015; MLive

The Great Discussion Series from the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan will begin Monday, Feb. 2, with Aarti Shahani, National Public Radio’s technology correspondent, as the featured guest.

… World Affairs Council of West Michigan’s educational partners and corporate members attend free, as do students, faculty and staff of participating schools including Aquinas College, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Montcalm Community College, and Western Michigan University.

YMCA event includes free food, activities

GRCC’s Campus Activities Board is sponsoring Night@the YMCA from 7:30-11 p.m. January 31 at the downtown Y on Lake Michigan Drive NW!

All GRCC students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend — just show your Raider Card! Activities include basketball, volleyball, swimming, rock-climbing and track, and free food and refreshments will be available!

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GRCC In the News, 1-26-15

Same-sex benefits: Grand Rapids Community College considers adding coverage

Jan. 24, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – When John Cowles first came to Grand Rapids Community College in 1999, he was glad to learn there was an equal employment policy in place aimed at ensuring students and employees were treated equally, regardless of sexual orientation.

Local seamstress teams up with GRCC to offer affordable industrial sewing classes in effort to meet industry demand

Jan. 25, 2015; MLive

The industrial sewing machine before her is whirring and in roughly a minute Marisbel Ramos zips around the edge of the fabric, completing the piece that will soon be fitted over the arm of a chair and shipped out the door of Irwin Seating Company.

… A short time later, Metzger connected with Grand Rapids Community College’s Workforce Training program through a contact at Steepletown Neighborhood Services. GRCC administrators were responding to a need identified by local economic development agencies and employers requesting an industrial sewing training program and they needed a sewing instructor.

GRCC conmemora con marcha y actividades el día de Martin Luther King

Jan. 25, 2015; El Vocero

La actividad estuvo encabezada por el Board of Trustees de Grand Rapids Community College, Bert Bleke, y el director de Grand Rapids Community College Black Student Union, Jaedah Pickens.

Aquinas track & field sweeps quad meet

Jan. 23, 2015; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI — Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams won tonight at the Aquinas Quad Meet held at the Cook Track in Aquinas’ Alksnis Athletic and Recreation Building. The Saints hosted Hope, Ferris State and Spring Arbor. The men scored 184 points, topping second place Spring Arbor’s 109, while the women scored 194 to top Spring Arbor’s 116.

… The women’s team claimed 12 first place finishes. Freshman Rachel Spreng (Lansing/Okemos) won the pole vault and hit the NAIA “B” standard with a vault of 3.48 meters. Fellow freshman Adri Sigafoose (McBain/Northern Michigan Christian) claimed the top spot in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:18.65. Sigafoose’s time qualifies her at the NAIA “A” standard. Two Aquinas hurdlers hit the NAIA “A” standard, with Tori DeSira (Dewitt/GRCC) and Erika Heston (Haslett/Haslett) finishing in first and second place. DeSira also won the 200 meter dash.

GRCC In the News, 1-19-15

Trayvon Martin’s mother to speak at West Michigan colleges in honor of MLK Day

Jan. 16, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen whose death in 2012 sparked protests nationwide about race relations, will speak Monday at two Grand Rapids-area colleges in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Sybrina Fulton will speak at 1:30 p.m. at Grand Valley State University’s Fieldhouse on the Allendale campus, as well as 6:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse. Fulton will also speak at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Davenport University’s Sneden Center Auditorium.

March to honor the legacy of Dr. King

Jan. 16, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Monday, January 19 is a day set aside to honor the work and memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. A tradition each year on the date is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Grand Rapids Community College.

MLK Day events planned in West Michigan

Jan. 19, 2015; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — January 19 is Martin Luther Kind Jr. Day; a day our nation remembers the late civil rights leader and his quest against racial discrimination.

… Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and CNN correspondent Marc Lamont Hill will be in West Michigan for a few speaking engagements. Fulton’s first event will be at 1:30 pm at Grand Valley State University. The second is planned for 6:30 pm at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus.

Call For Nominations – Student Leadership Awards

It is time to start considering student leaders and staff/faculty for the awards presented at the annual Student Leadership Banquet. There are four student leadership awards and one award for staff/faculty. Please take the time to appreciate those that are doing outstanding work for our GRCC community by nominating them for one of the awards. Each of the student leadership awards have a cash and plaque reward associated with them.

The award criteria can be found here and the nomination form can be found by clicking on the following link: Nomination Form

Questions can be directed to Evan Macklin via email at emacklin@grcc.edu or via phone at ext. 3449.

Service Saturday is tomorrow

Service offices will be open this Saturday, and they are are extending their hours Mon. – Thurs. next week.

The schedule is:

Saturday, Jan. 10 – open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jan. 12 – 15 –  open to 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 16 – open to 5:00 p.m.

Offices participating are:
Bookstore
Cashiers
Counseling and Career Center
Enrollment Center
Financial Aid
Student Life
Student Records

Please encourage students to take advantage of these extended hours.

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. community peace march and program

Our annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. community march and memorial program will be held on Jan. 19. Assemble at 11:45 a.m. outside the FFH for the the march – the day program follows at 12:30 p.m. The evening program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the FFH. “Empowering Our Youth” will be presented by keynote speaker Sybrina Fulton, mother of Travon Martin.

Photo: Our annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. community march and memorial program will be held on Jan. 19.  Assemble at 11:45 a.m. outside the FFH for the the march - the day program follows at 12:30 p.m.  The evening program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the FFH. "Empowering Our Youth" will be presented by keynote speaker Sybrina Fulton, mother of Travon Martin. http://bit.ly/1xOerYs

Extended hours and service Saturday for Winter 2015

Service offices are extending their hours Mon.-Thurs. this week and next week, and will be open this Saturday.

The schedule is:

Jan. 5 – 8 – open to 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 – open to  5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 10 – open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jan. 12 – 15 –  open to 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 16 – open to 5:00 p.m.

Offices participating are:
Bookstore
Cashiers
Counseling and Career Center
Enrollment Center
Financial Aid
Student Life
Student Records

Please encourage students to take advantage of these extended hours.

Volunteers needed next week for information, roaming stations

Many volunteers are still needed to help staff the Winter 2015 Information/Roaming Stations, from Monday, January 12, to Thursday, January 15.

You may pick up your apron and lanyard at the Information/Roaming Station, which will be an “information table” that will have materials for students to pick up such as maps, RaiderCard information, etc., as well as the binder with the class schedule for you to use as necessary.

You have the choice to stay at the information table or roam and assist students in your area, in whatever style fits for you. When your shift is done, you will meet your replacement at the information table in your area (or leave your apron there if your replacement does not show.)

Please sign up to help! This system does not work without a LOT of wonderful volunteers. The links for sign up spreadsheets are listed below.

1st Floor Main Information Station Sign-Up (outside Enrollment Center): http://bit.ly/1stsHRR

4th Floor Main Information Station Sign-Up: http://bit.ly/1zo866z

ATC 2nd Floor Information Station Sign-Up (outside Art & Bev’s): http://bit.ly/1Ad5Dve

Sneden 1st Floor Information Station Sign-Up: http://bit.ly/1uLdlZ1

If you experience any issues with the sign up process, please contact Liz Tyrell at ltyrell@grcc.edu or extension 3531. Thank you for your commitment to our students! Your help is greatly appreciated!

Volunteers needed for information, roaming stations

It’s that time of year again and we are looking for volunteers to help staff the Winter 2015 Information/Roaming Stations, from Monday, January 12, to Thursday, January 15.

You may pick up your apron and lanyard at the Information/Roaming Station, which will be an “information table” that will have materials for students to pick up such as maps, RaiderCard information, etc., as well as the binder with the class schedule for you to use as necessary.

You have the choice to stay at the information table or roam and assist students in your area, in whatever style fits for you. When your shift is done, you will meet your replacement at the information table in your area (or leave your apron there if your replacement does not show.)

Please sign up to help! This system does not work without a LOT of wonderful volunteers. The links for sign up spreadsheets are listed below.

1st Floor Main Information Station Sign-Up (outside Enrollment Center): http://bit.ly/1stsHRR

4th Floor Main Information Station Sign-Up: http://bit.ly/1zo866z

ATC 2nd Floor Information Station Sign-Up (outside Art & Bev’s): http://bit.ly/1Ad5Dve

Sneden 1st Floor Information Station Sign-Up: http://bit.ly/1uLdlZ1

If you experience any issues with the sign up process, please contact Liz Tyrell at ltyrell@grcc.edu or extension 3531. Thank you for your commitment to our students! Your help is greatly appreciated!

Food Drive Thank you!

On behalf of the Office of Student Life and Conduct, we want to thank all staff and faculty who donated to the GRCC Student Food Pantry at last week’s holiday breakfast (including the large, special donation from John Cowles and Art Johnson). The number of students utilizing the pantry continues to grow, so it can be challenging to keep it well-stocked and provide a variety of items. The donations that came in last week were overwhelming! It took an army to sort and stock all of the food. We are truly grateful and we are positive the donations will be well-received by the students right before the holidays.

Here’s a personal quote that shows you how much your support impacts our students:

Thank you so much! This (food pantry) was such a big help for me and my children. God bless you and your family this holiday! You sure blessed mine! You guys are so awesome and if it were not for GRCC’s food pantry I would have been starving this year. You have been such a big light in my life! Thank you so much! My tears are full of joy!

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