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GRCC In the News, 9-22-17

September 22, 2017

Grand Rapids Community College investiture for new president Sept. 29

Sept. 21, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS – Bill Pink’s investiture as Grand Rapids Community College’s tenth president is set for Friday, Sept. 29 at Fountain Street Church.

Downtown AMP Lab to tackle shortage of manufacturing talent

Sept. 21, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Construction is underway at Western Michigan University’s downtown Grand Rapids $3 million manufacturing laboratory.

AMP Lab @WMU, an Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory, is being built in collaboration with West Michigan manufacturers and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) to address the shortage of skilled trades and engineering employees in the region.

PHOTOS: New Teachers join J-L district 2017

Sept. 21, 2017; Gaylord Herald-Times

… Dan Serba

… What did you study and where did you graduate from?

I have an associate’s degree in elementary from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s degree in K-fifth grade education, sixth- through eighth-grade social studies, and kindergarten through eighth physical education and health. I also received my master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in educational leadership, supervision, and administration.

Association names Excellence in Construction winners

Sept. 21, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local association has honored the construction industry’s best work over the last year.

… Other award winners

… GC/CM: New Construction $5-10 Million: Rockford Construction for work on Grand Rapids Community College Early Childhood Learning Laboratory

English Department hosts poetry reading

September 22, 2017

GRCC’s English Department is one of the sponsors for this event:

Poetry Reading with Naomi Long Madgett and Friends. Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 2-3:30 p.m. Ryerson Auditorium, Third Floor Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Join Detroit Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett for an afternoon of poetry and music. Dr. Madgett’s prodigious talents, sensibilities, faith, compassion, humor and wit are evident in her work. As founder and editor of Lotus Press, she has encouraged countless up and coming poets. Fable the Poet (Marcel Price) is the current Poet Laureate for the City of Grand Rapids. Sonya Marie Pouncy is a poet and Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop Fellow. Lamar Willis is a musician and educator at the Southfield Public Schools. This event is sponsored by Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids Community College English Department, and Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives.

Course pack due date

September 22, 2017

Winter 2018 Semester Course pack files, planners, orders, and SKUs are due to GRCCePRINT no later than Wednesday, December 6. Any items received after this date will not be guaranteed in the bookstore prior to classes starting.

Please make sure you notify the bookstore of any course packs that are needed and let them know if it will be a reprint of a previous course pack or if it is being updated or new for Winter ’18. Please send all new files and planner sheets to grcceprint@grcc.edu.

Alumni to share experiences in panel discussion

September 22, 2017

As part of a week of activities leading up to his Sept. 29 investiture, President Bill Pink will welcome GRCC alumni who are participating in a panel discussion.

“Today and Tomorrow: The GRCC Alumni Journey — This Is How We Did It” is open to students and runs 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sept. 26 in room 103 of Sneden Hall.

Tatum Kovach, director of external affairs for Student Alliance, will moderate the discussion.

Panel members are:

Tony Helmholdt, automotive technician for Tesla Motors.

Helmholdt, a Forest Hills Central High School graduate, received an associate degree in automotive technology in 2008 while working part-time as an auto technician at Fox Ford Mazda. In 2009, he took a job rebuilding transmissions at O’Neill’s Transmission Service.

When he wasn’t working on motors on the job, he spent his time working on motors. In 2007, he converted the family lawnmower to operate on compressed hydrogen gas. In 2008, he converted a motorcycle to operate on full battery electric power. He’s been building — and racing — electric motorcycles for a decade.

In 2010, he joined electric car maker Tesla Motors, working out of Chicago and San Jose, Calif., servicing its fleet of vehicles nationwide.

“Skills I learned at GRCC — combined with some passion — led to my success story, as it opened the eyes of prospective Tesla recruiters,” he said. “GRCC’s fantastic facilities, staff, and training have made a significant difference in my life, and I hope it continues to do so for others who enjoy the program as much as I did.”

Hilda Martinez-Gutierrez, coordinator of GRCC’s suicide prevention program.

After graduating from GRCC, Martinez-Gutierrez went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in family studies and a master’s degree in counselor education-family counseling, both from Western Michigan University.

Martinez-Gutierrez, who served an internship with GRCC’s TRIO program, is the coordinator of the college’s campus suicide prevention program. The program, funded by a three-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, includes activities on both the Main and Lakeshore campuses, training, and crisis response planning.

“GRCC means opportunity to access continuing education at a higher level —  exposure to discover the difference within people around me and the world,” she said. “It has provided the space for me to experience my journey, my story which has enhanced my love for working in higher education, most specifically with the college student population.”

Denavvia Mojét, political consultant and community organizer.

Mojét pursues her passion for educating and empowering vulnerable populations, bolstering civic engagement, and striving for workforce diversity.

Her first efforts were in Benton Harbor, where she observed first-hand the effects of underfunded municipalities, education inequality and the overreaching Emergency Management laws. She received the Key to the City of Benton Harbor for her efforts.

Upon moving to Grand Rapids, Mojét was named to the inaugural college cohort of Mayor George Heartwell’s Leadership, Employment, Achievement and Direction Initiative and began work in Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.’s planning department. She has served on the Grand Rapids Housing Strategies Collaborative’s land use and zoning and workforce and economic development teams, the Creston Neighborhood Association’s board, Kent County Young Leaders Against Violence, the Model United Nations Grand Rapids Chapter, and Well House.

She managed the successful 2016 state House campaign for the 75th District. She hosts the weekly radio segment, “Political Pulse” on Grand Rapids’ 97.3. She recently co-founded Equity PAC, a political action committee that advocates for low-income populations and works to eliminate socioeconomic disparities.

“GRCC gave me groundbreaking experiences, life-changing lessons and a dynamic network that empowered me to succeed in my career and impact my community,” she said. “I’m a better mother, teacher, student and professional because of my time at GRCC and I am proud to be an alumna.”

Sammy A. Puebles, performer and founder of the Mixed Roots Collective and One World Diversity LLC.

Puebles emigrated from Cuba with his family as a political refugee in 1988. He received an Associate in Liberal Arts from GRCC and a Bachelor of Arts, with a concentration in theater and Spanish, from Western Michigan University.

“I was an immigrant child who didn’t know the first thing about college and how to navigate those waters,” he said. “Thanks to my professors and lifelong mentors like Fred Sebulske, Tom Kaechele and Michelle Urbane from the Theater Department, I was able to prepare myself, discover my passion and eventually pursue my dream of being an actor.”

While living in Chicago, he performed with the Steppenwolf Theater Company, Healthworks Theater, Teatro Vista, Apple Tree Theater, Second City and Lookingglass Theater. He has appeared in the films “Batman Vs. Superman” and “Stone” and on the TV shows “Chicago Fire,” Chicago PD,” “Shameless” and “Empire.”

He has started his own theater company, Mixed Roots Collective, to address inequality of representation in local theater and film. Along with Urbane and Todd Lewis, he has formed One World Diversity in an attempt to address issues of disparity and inclusion and equality in society.

 

Meijer internships topic of Business Cafe

September 22, 2017

Business Department faculty discuss various topics throughout the semester in the Business Cafe series. All the sessions are drop-in — and open to all students, not just those in business majors — so stay for 10 minutes or the entire time. Snacks are provided!

Assistant professor Jennifer Knauf and Meijer Inc. representatives will talk about paid internships available to students interested in retail industry careers who have GPAs of 3.0 or higher. Students must register in advance for this session, which will take place 2-4 p.m. September 25 in the ATC auditorium.

GRCC In the News, 9-21-17

September 21, 2017

New Sheriff’s Corrections Academy launched by GRCC with local agencies

Sept. 20, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The new Sheriff’s Corrections Academy launched by Grand Rapids Community in partnership with local sheriff’s departments will graduate its first students on Sept. 29.

G.O.A.T: Marshall Top 10 football players of all time – No. 5 – 6

Sept. 20, 2017; Battle Creek Enquirer

The countdown continues as the Battle Creek Enquirer ranks the top 10 high school football players ever at Marshall.

… No. 6: Jamar Wimberly Class of 2010

Wimberly is one of the top running backs ever at Marshall as he helped the Redhawks to a state championship in 2009 with a dominating senior season. Wimberly holds the school record for rushing yards in a season with 2,509 and in a career with 3,899. He is also No. 1 for touchdowns in a season with 32 and in a career with 48. An all-state selection, Wimberly was a standout on both sides of the ball as well as being a shutdown defensive back on defense. Wimberly went on to play defensive back at the next level, helping Grand Rapids Community College to an undefeated regular season with 37 tackles and 12 pass breakups. He later went to star at Ferris State, where he had 56 tackles and two interceptions as a senior.

Guitarist Brian Morris in conversation

Sept. 20, 2017; Interlochen Public Radio

Brian Morris is a professor and director of guitar studies at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s also a member of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet, and that ensemble will be performing this Saturday with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

 

 

GRCC, GVSU sponsor Tournees Film Festival

September 21, 2017

The French programs at GRCC and GVSU will present the second annual Tournees Film Festival in October and November!

Admission to all the films is free, and everyone is welcome.

This year’s lineup:

“Frantz” — 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in GVSU’s Loosemore Auditorium.

Pierre Niney. Paula Beer. Frantz. Un film de Francois Ozon. Collection Mauvais-Genres.com. Ernst Stotzner, Marie Gruber, Johann Von Bulow, Anton Von Lucke, Cyrielle Clair, Alice de Lencquesaing.

“Ma Vie de Courgette” — 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in GVSU’s Loosemore Auditorium.

Golden Globe Award Nominee Best Animated Feature. Academy Award Nominee Best Animated Feature. Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, Amy Sedaris. My Life as a Zucchini.” A Claude Barras Film. “Nothing Short of a Miracle!” Hollywood Reporter. PG-13.

“Le Fils de Joseph” — 4 p.m. Nov. 16 in the ATC auditorium.

Coffee and Films/Les Films du Fleuve presentment Le Fils de Joseph. Un Film de Eugene Green. Avec Victor Ezenfis, Natacha Regnier, Fabrizio Rongione, Mathieu Amalric, Maria de Medieros. Coproduction Jean Pierre et Luc Dardenne.

“La Noir de … ” — 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the ATC auditorium.

La Noire de … un film de Sembene Ousmane. Prix Jean Vigo 1966. “Tanit D’Or” au Festival International de Carthage 1966. Prix du Meilleur Realisateur Africain au Festival Mondial des Arts Negres de Dakar 1966. Une lucidite critique constant … L’Humanite-Dimanche. Le geste et la parole sont enfin donnes a ceux qui en ont la veritable maitrise! Jen Rouch. Grace a Sembene Ousmane, le continent noir a pris enfin place dans l’histoire du cinema mondial. Georges Sadoul. Le chemin de l’independence et d l’art, au cinema comme dans la vie, passent par la meme veritable lucidite …. Louis Marcorelles. Le jury du Prix Jean Vigo, preside par Claude Aveline, et ou siegeaient notamment Henri Sauguet et Pierre Prevert, a attribute au premier tour Le Prix Jean Vigo a Sembene Ousmane. Le Figaro. Un talent, une sesibilite, une precision qui forcent le respect. Combat. Ce realisateur Senegalias, qui fut docker a Marseille, qui a travaille en urss avec le cineaste Marc Donskoi, est aussi un romancier deja connu. Le Monde. Co-production les actualites Francaises Iparisi Domirev Films Idakari.

“L’Avenir” — 4 p.m. Nov. 17 in the ATC auditorium.

Isabelle Huppert. L’Avenir. Mia Hansen-Love. Andre Marcon. Roman Kolinka. Edist Scob.

“Marguerite” — 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the ATC auditorium.

Catherine Frot. Andre Marcon. Michel Fau. Christa Theret. Marguerite un film di Xavier Giannoli. Sceneggiatura, adattamento, dialoghi di Xavier Giannoli.

Men’s cross country team debuts in NJCAA national poll

September 21, 2017

Congratulations to the men’s cross country team, which debuted at No. 13 in the NJCAA national poll!

Calls on meter reads from Konica Minolta

September 21, 2017

Some of you may have been called from Konica Minolta to provide a meter read. This is due to some devices not communicating from the GRCC end, and IT is working with Konica to resolve the issue.

Series of classes focuses on mindfulness

September 21, 2017

Aging is a continual process that happens when we are not even looking. As we age, things change within our bodies and minds. We now have the advantage of knowing how to keep our bodies strong and our brains sharp as we grow older. Join us in learning how to age mindfully and keep your body and brain strong!

The Older Learner Center is offering a series of classes on mindfulness. They run 11:15 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 and 20 and Nov. 3 at Tassell M-TEC. The cost is $12 per class.

While the classes are offered through the Older Learner Center, there is no age requirement. All are welcome. You can register online.

 

New York Times Online now available to students off campus

September 21, 2017

The New York Times Online now is available to GRCC students off campus! Now all GRCC students, faculty and staff can create a NYT Group Pass Account by signing up with their GRCC email address whether they are on or off campus.

NYTimes.com Group Passes are provided by GRCC’s Library and Learning Commons and the Social Sciences Department on a one-year trial. GRCC students, faculty and staff have free access to the extensive news, multimedia and archives of The New York Times without needing to pay for their own subscription!

To activate your pass while on campus:

  • While on GRCC’s network, visit http://nytimes.com/grouppass
  • Click on [CREATE ACCOUNT], then use your GRCC email address to create an NYTimes.com account.
  • You’re done! After your pass has been activated, you can enjoy access to NYTimes.com from any network or location

To activate your pass while off campus:

  • Visit http://accessnyt.com
  • Enter “Grand Rapids Community College” in the [Find school] field.
  • Click [GO] and then [Create Account] using your GRCC email address and a password of your choice.
  • Follow the screen prompts to activate your Group Pass.

To download the free NYTimes smartphone app: Visit http://nytimes.com/mobile

Other questions?  Take a look at GRCC’s New York Times Subject Guide, or, call a reference librarian at 616-234-3868.

Mathematics Seminar to be held today

September 21, 2017

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its first Mathematics Seminar of the 2017-2018 academic year on Thursday, September 21, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in 101 Cook.  Our speaker will be Ph.D. student Javier Ronquillo.  His topic is the mathematics of mosaics.  The title and abstract may be found below.

Sufficient background for this talk requires nothing more than an appreciation of beauty and a willingness to see how mathematics may be used in its creation.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 p.m.

 An investigation of angles, polygons and mosaics

Have you noticed that the New Year’s Eve ball that comes down every year in Times Square is not perfectly round? It is really made out of a bunch of smaller triangles! Could we make a ball like this using just stop signs? Have you noticed that soccer balls are hybrids of pentagons and hexagons? Could we do a hybrid ball with stop signs and triangles?

All these questions have to do with arranging regular polygons (these arrangements need not form a ball; for example, the polygons could also be sitting on a wall). We will call one of these kinds of arrangements a mosaic. Throughout history mosaics have been some of the most beautiful pieces of art, and mathematics is used to help create their harmony and beauty.

In this talk we will explore the questions listed above and many more. This material is accessible to everyone and provides a great opportunity to see math and art interact.

GRCC In the News, 9-20-17

September 20, 2017

Motorcyclist dies after driver, 85, pulls into his path

Sept. 15, 2017; MLive

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, MI — A 23-year-old Saranac man died after a vehicle pulled into his path at Adams Street and Eighth Avenue.

Police identified Devon Kurzhals as the motorcyclist.

(Devon Kurzhals was a recent graduate from the radiologic technology program.)

Local artists featured in ArtPrize

Sept. 19, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

Beginning Wednesday, 175 venues throughout Grand Rapids will showcase more than 1,300 pieces of art in the ninth annual ArtPrize. Among them will be entries completed by local artists.

… David Miller

Entry title: Theatre Engine: Puzzle

Category: Time-Based

Venue: Grand Rapids Community Colleges Spectrum Theater Lobby

Tony Kimbrough named Coach of the Week

Sept. 19, 2017; detroitlions.com

Detroit — The Detroit Lions have named Tony Kimbrough of East Kentwood High School the week four recipient of the 2017 Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan High School Football Coach of the Week Program.  Kimbrough’s East Kentwood Falcons defeated Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 46-32 to run their record to 4-0 on the season.

Kimbrough has coached for 21 seasons and is currently in his 4th season as a head coach at East Kentwood.  He was an assistant at East Kentwood for four seasons, Grand Rapids Community College for three seasons, and Western Michigan University for two seasons, in addition to coaching in the Arena Football League for eight seasons.  The Falcons have made two state playoff appearances under Kimbrough, advancing to the Division 1 semifinals in 2014 where they lost to eventual champion Clarkston.  His career record is 25-11 (69.4%).  On Friday, September 22, the Falcons host the 3-1 Grandville Bulldogs in an Ottawa-Kent Conference Red Division battle.

United Way’s impact on education

September 20, 2017

In 2015-16, Heart of West Michigan United Way helped 36,327 children and young adults develop and thrive — 4,536 of them through safe after-school or summer programs. In Kent County, 65 percent of residents served by the United Way are under the age of 18, and 12 percent were under the age of 3. Every year, your gift makes it possible for UW to help families rise out of poverty and thrive in our community.

United Way has 22 youth education partners, supporting 22 programs, in Kent County. The organization is continuously working to build stronger partnerships with the champions of our community and find ways to work better together. Learn more about your dollars in action.

Community. Behind every changed life is someone who made it happen. When you give to United Way, that someone is you. Thank you! A thriving community for all. hwmuw.org United Way Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Mathematics Seminar set for September 21

September 20, 2017

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its first Mathematics Seminar of the 2017-2018 academic year on Thursday, September 21, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in 101 Cook.  Our speaker will be Ph.D. student Javier Ronquillo.  His topic is the mathematics of mosaics.  The title and abstract may be found below.

Sufficient background for this talk requires nothing more than an appreciation of beauty and a willingness to see how mathematics may be used in its creation.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 p.m.

 An investigation of angles, polygons and mosaics

Have you noticed that the New Year’s Eve ball that comes down every year in Times Square is not perfectly round? It is really made out of a bunch of smaller triangles! Could we make a ball like this using just stop signs? Have you noticed that soccer balls are hybrids of pentagons and hexagons? Could we do a hybrid ball with stop signs and triangles?

All these questions have to do with arranging regular polygons (these arrangements need not form a ball; for example, the polygons could also be sitting on a wall). We will call one of these kinds of arrangements a mosaic. Throughout history mosaics have been some of the most beautiful pieces of art, and mathematics is used to help create their harmony and beauty.

In this talk we will explore the questions listed above and many more. This material is accessible to everyone and provides a great opportunity to see math and art interact.