TRIO hosts Summer Research Fair on Jan. 24

Posted January 15, 2018 by grcctoday
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TRIO/Student Support Services is holding a Summer Research Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 24 in room 336 of the Student Center.

Participating programs include:

  • University of Michigan UROP Community College Summer Fellowship.
  • Michigan Technological University MICUP
  • University of Michigan School of Information
  • Van Andel Institute
  • Summer Health Professions Education Program
  • PTK/Office of Experiential Learning

Information on a variety of opportunities will be available. Stop by, learn, get involved and make a difference! Snacks will be provided.

Chantal Garcia points to something on her poster for "Influence of Funding on Technological Innovation and Commercialization." A man stands next to her, looking at the poster.

 

GRCC In the News, 1-12-18

Posted January 12, 2018 by grcctoday
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GRCC Players will re-create the Reagan era

Jan. 11, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

The GRCC Players will re-create the Reagan era in “This Is Our Youth” by Kenneth Lonergan.

Colleges, Urban League hosting Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in West Michigan

Jan. 11, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – West Michigan colleges and universities will host a series of events Monday, Jan. 15, as the nation pauses to pay tribute to slain civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Davenport University are collaborating on an annual event in recognition of King’s legacy beginning at 6 p.m. Monday at Fountain Street Church.

Cajun dinner, dance FUNdraiser at LACA Feb. 10

Jan. 11, 2018; Ludington Daily News

Join the Ludington Area Center as it celebrates Mardi Gras Saturday, Feb. 10 with a Cajun dinner and dance fundraiser. This second annual event will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. in LACA’s main gallery, 107 S. Harrison St., in Ludington, and will feature authentic Creole appetizers and buffet dinner, Cajun dance instruction and live Cajun music.

… Chef Barry Sherlock has designed this year’s menu and will be cooking up his great ideas. Sherlock is a graduate of the Culinary Arts Institute at Grand Rapids Community College. He has owned and operated a restaurant, catered privately and volunteered his culinary expertise extensively in the local community. Sherlock currently serves as the dietary supervisor at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

The Right Place names board members

Jan. 11, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local economic development agency has named its new board members for 2018.

… New appointments

… Bill Pink, Ph.D., president, Grand Rapids Community College

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents Spring Trio Sunday

Jan. 12, 2018; Petoskey News

HARBOR SPRINGS — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestras Sunday Recital Series begins its 2018 season at 4 p.m. Sunday with a String Trio performing at the Harbor Springs Presbyterian Church.

… (Libor) Ondras is currently preparing for the European Tour with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and his residency at the Bay View Music Festival of Petoskey (Summer 2017). Ondras also serves as a director of orchestras, string specialist, and assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

Dominic Dorsey to head SIUE Disability Support Services

Jan. 11, 2018; The Telegraph (Alton, Ill.)

EDWARDSVILLE — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple, PhD, has announced Dominic Dorsey as director of Disability Support Services. Dorsey will assume his new responsibilities on Monday, Jan. 29.

… After four years at IUPUI, Dorsey became director of accessibility at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College in 2013 before returning to IUPUI in 2014.

 

TRIO hosts Summer Research Fair

Posted January 12, 2018 by grcctoday
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TRIO/Student Support Services is holding a Summer Research Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 24 in room 336 of the Student Center.

Participating programs include:

  • University of Michigan UROP Community College Summer Fellowship.
  • Michigan Technological University MICUP
  • University of Michigan School of Information
  • Van Andel Institute
  • Summer Health Professions Education Program
  • PTK/Office of Experiential Learning

Information on a variety of opportunities will be available. Stop by, learn, get involved and make a difference! Snacks will be provided.

Cedric Ingram stands next to his poster on "Family Dynamics Under African-American Slavery."

College Channel programming through Jan. 19

Posted January 12, 2018 by grcctoday
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The latest schedule, through Jan. 19, for the College Channel includes the Choral Festival.

GRCC students invited to GVSU Non-Profit Volunteer & Internship Fair

Posted January 12, 2018 by grcctoday
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GVSU’s Student Life and Career Center invites GRCC students to attend their Non-Profit, Volunteer & Internship Fair on January 31st from 1-3 pm at the GVSU Pew Campus. If GRCC students would like to attend, they will have to register online to receive a parking pass for the day at GVSU.

For questions please contact Thalia at thaliaguerraflores@grcc.edu.

Message of thanks from Anderson/Kozal families

Posted January 12, 2018 by grcctoday
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A message from David (IT), Lilly (retiree) and Jared (Purchasing) Anderson and Christian Kozal (Enrollment Center):

Dear GRCC family,

We’d like to thank everyone for the prayers, thoughts, phone calls, email and text messages, cards, American Heart Association donations and attendance at visitation and/or funeral of Ronald Kozal (Lilly’s Dad). He is and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and our community.

 

Condolences to Chad Lodenstein

Posted January 12, 2018 by grcctoday
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We extend our condolences to Chad Lodenstein, of the Automotive Department, on the death of his wife, Heidi, on Jan. 9. Services are scheduled from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Jan. 13 at Hudsonville Congregational United Church of Christ, 4950 32nd Ave. in Hudsonville.

Board of Trustees meeting to begin at 3:15 p.m. Jan. 15

Posted January 12, 2018 by grcctoday
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Don’t forget that the January 15, 2018, GRCC Board of Trustees meeting will begin at 3:15 p.m.

Also on Jan. 15, the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with media activist, attorney and writer April Reign, who will present “Social Media: Pursuing Justice in the Digital Age” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the 168 ATC.

Then, at 6 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be held in partnership with Opera Grand Rapids, GVSU and Davenport University.

David Morris’ retirement reception is today

Posted January 12, 2018 by grcctoday
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Please join us to celebrate the retirement of David Morris, of the Financial Aid Office. There will be a reception Friday, January 12, from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Enrollment Center, Room 129. Appetizers, snacks and beverages will be provided.

Please join us in saying “thank you” and “happy retirement” to David!

GRCC In the News, 1-11-18

Posted January 11, 2018 by grcctoday
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Creator of #OscarsSoWhite speaks in Grand Rapids

Jan. 10, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

Three years ago, while sitting in her living room, April Reign watched as the nominees for the 87th Oscars were named. All 20 of the acting category nominees were white men or women and the behind the scenes nominees weren’t any better.

… Reign is coming to Grand Rapids on Monday as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day Celebration being hosted by Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and Opera Grand Rapids.

“I Dream” takes audiences on journey of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life

Jan. 10, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Opera Grand Rapids will take part in an in-concert version of Douglas Tappin’s “I Dream,” which recalls the last 36-hours of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s life through his memories and recollections.

The production is being presented at Fountain Street Church on Monday, Jan. 15, as part of the 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, which is being hosted by Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and Opera Grand Rapids.

LaughFest adds John Mulaney, Rik Roberts and more

Jan. 10, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Gilda’s LaughFest has added several artists and shows including John Mulaney andRik Roberts to the March 818 community-wide festival of laughter in advance of individual tickets going on sale Friday, Jan. 12. Tickets will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com (search LaughFest), the Van Andel Arena & DeVos Place Box Offices or by visiting laughfestgr.org.

… For children of all ages, Super Saturday Kids Zone is a themed carnival for kids featuring surprise guests, inflatable activities, dancing, kid friendly music and games, and will return for LaughFest 2018 on March 17 at Grand Rapids Community College from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

IT releases new password reset system

Posted January 11, 2018 by grcctoday
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Information Technology is pleased to announce the launch of our new password reset system (to be released later today)! We’ve streamlined it to improve security and enhance the user experience and it is now more customer friendly!

If you don’t recall your current password, we’ll now send an email to your alternative (personal) email address containing a link to reset it. This means no longer having to answer a dozen security questions or getting caught in endless loops! This also makes it significantly more secure. Remember your current password? Great! Just type it in and reset it.

What happens if you don’t have a personal email on file? We recommend you add one by visiting the Personal Information Summary section of your Online Center.

Below you’ll find a screen shot of the email you can expect to receive when you request a password reset.

A screenshot of an IT Department email: ITSupport@grcc.edu. GRCC Information Technology. Reset your password. Looks like you requested a password reset. Click below to start the process. This link will be valid for 2 hours. If you didn’t request this password reset, contact GRCC’s Support Desk at (616) 234-4357. Click here to reset your password. Information Technology Grand Rapids Community College.

We can’t wait to hear your feedback or questions, give us a call at 616.234.4357  or reach out to us at ITSupport@grcc.edu.

 

 

Upcoming accreditation review visit by ACEN

Posted January 11, 2018 by grcctoday
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The Nursing Department will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its Associate Degree and Practical Nursing Certificate programs.

You are invited to meet the site visitors and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at 11 a.m. in room 124 ATC.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted by  Feb. 14 to mstoll@acenursing.org, or by mail to:

ACEN Attn: Marsal P. Stoll, EdD, MSN, Chief Executive Officer-ACEN

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850

Atlanta, GA 30326

GRCC retiree biography: David Morris

Posted January 11, 2018 by grcctoday
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David Morris has worked as a Financial Aid Specialist at GRCC for a little over nine years. In Financial Aid, he assisted students and parents in navigating a complex, sometimes frustrating, and often stressful path to secure funding for college education. The work is challenging and requires much patience, caring and empathy as well as a working knowledge of federal regulations.

David shared that every now and then, he gets some great reminders of why he continued to do this work: “One of those reminders came to me unexpectedly during one of my lunchtime walks through downtown. Out of the blue, a student came up to me and said, ‘You work in financial aid, right? I just wanted to thank you, man. When I saw you, I had no job and was right out of prison. You helped me change my life. I’m about ready to complete my certificate, getting A’s in my classes, and I’m already working in my field.'”

David shared that he and his life partner, Frank, have been together for over forty years. When they married in 2008, David shared: “I knew I belonged at GRCC when our marriage was embraced by our colleagues. Frank has been retired for a year and a half, and it’s time I joined him in this new chapter. I am thankful to my husband, Frank; my colleagues; students, and parents of students for helping me become a kinder person in life. I’m inspired by the words of the Dalai Lama — ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’ I especially want to thank our good friend and colleague, Mary Kay Bethune, for inviting us to come out of our early retirement to join the GRCC fold. It has made all the difference in our lives.”

David is looking forward to traveling this winter to Florida and Mexico. He is looking forward to enjoying the Michigan summer, and growing, from seed, the most delicious heirloom tomatoes you have ever tasted.

“I live for the first taste of a BLT in the summer,” he said. “If you’re good, I’ll share. It’s been a great ride. Thank you, everyone.”

David, you have made a difference at GRCC and have had a large impact on the lives of our students. We appreciate your dedication to the students and your colleagues. We wish you the best in your retirement and hope you stop by throughout the year to share your adventures.

Please join David Morris at his retirement reception on Friday, January 12, from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Enrollment Center, Room 129.

 

Mathematics Seminar to look at seating arrangements

Posted January 11, 2018 by grcctoday
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The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its first Mathematics Seminar of 2018 on Thursday, January 18, 3:00-4:00 PM in 103 Cook.

Our speaker, GVSU Mathematics Instructor Michael Santana, will discuss mathematics underlying the sometimes vexing problem of seating arrangements at tables.  For the title and abstract of Michael’s talk, please see below.

Very little mathematics background is needed to appreciate this talk, making it accessible to a wide range of students and faculty.  All are welcome!

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

A graph theory approach to seating people at parties

You’re hosting a party with at least three people, and you want to seat everyone around a large table so that each person is friends with the person on their left and the person on their right. How do you know when you can do this? This seemingly innocent question turns out to be quite difficult to answer! On the other hand, the question becomes (MUCH) easier when you don’t require that everyone be seated at the table (so you’re okay with some people standing around). In this talk we’ll consider both questions (focusing mainly on the second question), look at several extensions of these questions, and see how doing research in mathematics can be like playing the wooden block game, Jenga.

 

 

Retirement reception for David Morris on Jan. 12

Posted January 11, 2018 by grcctoday
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Please join us to celebrate the retirement of David Morris, of the Financial Aid Office. There will be a reception Friday, January 12, from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Enrollment Center, Room 129. Appetizers, snacks and beverages will be provided.

Please join us in saying “thank you” and “happy retirement” to David!