‘Open Door’ traces history of sustainability efforts

Did you know that the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center has a 25,000-square-foot green roof that cools and cleans the air of downtown Grand Rapids? Drought-tolerant sedum plants create insulation for the building, saving energy and enhancing ATC acoustics. The green roof also provides natural herb gardens for the Culinary Arts program.

Learn about GRCC’s long-term commitment to sustainability in Open Door, the newly published 100-year history of GRJC/GRCC. The book can be purchased at Schuler Books, the GRCC Library, or online here.

ATC green roof

Exhibit, reading celebrate 100 years of Display Magazine

Display magazine 1965Join GRCC Art and English faculty and students, and former writers and artists published in GRCC’s Display Magazine, for the Student Art Exhibit and the 100 Issues of Display Magazine Reading from 5-7 p.m. April 8.

Of the 100 issues of Display Magazine published between 1965 and 2014, approximately 60 pieces of art and 60 pieces of literature have been included in a special 100 year retrospective issue. Former Display advisers Walt Lockwood and David Cope are expected to attend and introduce former students, who will read their work published in the retrospective. The English Department’s annual Display Writing Award winners will also be reading from Display’s most current literary works.

The 100 Issues of Display Reading is hosted by Maryann Lesert, Display adviser, 2010-present, and the GRCC English Department. The reading will be held in the Health Tutorial Lab, room 401 on the fourth floor of Cook Hall. The art exhibit, featuring work from this year’s visual arts students, will be held in the GRCC Collins Art Gallery on the fourth floor of the main building.  Refreshments and reception snacks will be served in both areas.

Faculty, staff organize community service events for April

During the week of April 6-11, 2015 there will be many opportunities to give back to our community. Many Departments and Faculty/Staff are coming together to make this week of giving back happen. Thank you!

100 Year Servicing our Community Events April 6-11, 2015

**April 6**

  • School Supply Collection: pens, pencils, markers, crayons, glue, scissors… to deliver to GRCC Preschool and Baxter Community Center :
  • Time/Location: All Day Event: Drop Boxes: Sneden Lobby, Calkins Science Building Lobby, Experiential Learning Department Room 59 – Main Building Level G2, and Ford Field House Lobby
  • Kids Food Basket : color a sack bag or bring in a Food item from Wish List for Kids Food Basket

Wish List: Cracker Packs and Granola Bars, Peanut Butter, Snack Size Zip-Loc Bags, Individual Fruit Cups, Pudding Cups, Gelatin Cups, 100% Fruit Packs, Sandwich Size Zip-Loc Bags, 8 lb or Extra large Sack Bags, Individual Serving Size Cereal, Bulk Pretzels, Veggie Straws, Cheerios (Plain)

  • Time/Location: 9-2 PM Ford Field House Lobby

**April 7**

  • School Supply Collection: pens, pencils, markers, crayons, glue, scissors… to deliver to GRCC Preschool and Baxter Community Center :
  • Time/Location: All Day Event: Drop Boxes: Sneden Lobby, Calkins Science Building Lobby, Experiential Learning Department Room 59 – Main Building Level G2, and Ford Field House Lobby
  • Kids Food Basket: Color a sack bag or bring in a Food item from Wish List for Kids Food Basket

Wish List: Cracker Packs and Granola Bars, Peanut Butter, Snack Size Zip-Loc Bags, Individual Fruit Cups, Pudding Cups, Gelatin Cups, 100% Fruit Packs, Sandwich Size Zip-Loc Bags, 8 lb or Extra large Sack Bags, Individual Serving Size Cereal, Bulk Pretzels, Veggie Straws, Cheerios (Plain)

  • Time/Location: 9-2 PM Ford Field House Lobby
  • Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative with GRCC Preschool and Child Development: Come help put together some Flannel Board Family Kits for ELNC
  • Time/Location: 2:30-4:30 GRCC Lab Preschool

**April 8**

  • School Supply Collection: pens, pencils, markers, crayons, glue, scissors… to deliver to GRCC Preschool and Baxter Community Center :
  • Time/Location: All Day Event: Drop Boxes: Sneden Lobby, Calkins Science Building Lobby, Experiential Learning Department Room 59 – Main Building Level G2, and Ford Field House Lobby
  • Cards for Veterans Home: Come write a thank you letter to our veterans. These will be delivered to the GR Veterans Home.
  • Time/Location: Experiential Learning Department: Room 59 – Main Building Level G2 9-11AM
  • Seed Beads: Come build a “seed bead” with clay/dirt and seeds. These will be donated to area GR Parks.
  • Time/Location: 5th Floor Calkins Science Green House 3-5 PM

**April 9**

  • School Supply Collection: pens, pencils, markers, crayons, glue, scissors… to deliver to GRCC Preschool and Baxter Community Center:
  • Time/Location: All Day Event: Drop Boxes: Sneden Lobby, Calkins Science Building Lobby, Experiential Learning Department Room 59 – Main Building Level G2, and Ford Field House Lobby
  • Cards for Veterans Home: Come write a thank you letter to our veterans. These will be delivered to the GR Veterans Home.
  • Time/Location: Experiential Learning Department: Room 59 – Main Building Level G2 1-3 PM
  • Seed Beads: Come build a “seed bead” with clay/dirt and seeds. These will be donated to area GR Parks
  • Time/Location: 5th Floor Calkins Science Green House 11-1 PM
  • Kids Food Basket: come color a sack bag to be donated to Kids Food Basket
  • Time/Location: 1-3:00 3rd floor Stewart White Hall

**April 10**

  • School Supply Collection: pens, pencils, markers, crayons, glue, scissors… to deliver to GRCC Preschool and Baxter Community Center :
  • Time/Location: All Day Event: Drop Boxes: Sneden Lobby, Calkins Science Building Lobby, Experiential Learning Department Room 59 – Main Building Level G2, and Ford Field House Lobby

**April 11**

  • STEM Event
  • Time/Location: ATC 8-3:30

Geography and Urban Studies Professor Speaks Tonight on Racism and Prisons

The last keynote lecture of the annual symposium on Race, Ethnicity, and Identity will be delivered tonight by Dr. Anne Bonds, Assistant Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Colorblindness and Geographies of Racial Violence. Dr. Bonds has a record of extensive research addressing issues pertaining to poverty and inequality, especially with regard to racism and incarceration. The lecture begins at 7:00 pm this evening in Sneden Hall Room 108 on the DeVos Campus.

In commemoration of the institution’s centennial, GRCC Social Sciences Professors Steve Abid and Dillon Carr will be making a presentation today as well: GRCC 100 Year Anniversary: Exploring the Relationship between your Community’s College and the Community. Their talk will also be held in Sneden Hall Room 108, and it will take place between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm.

The conference is sponsored by the GRCC Social Sciences Department and Grand Rapids Community College, as well as Pearson Education, the International Geographical Honor Society, and the Association of American Geographers. The lectures are free and open to the public.

100 Ways to Give: Workforce Training staff help at Habitat house

ways-to-give-fb-imageIn honor of GRCC’s 100 year anniversary, Workforce Training staff volunteered at a home being built by Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. The home is located near the Tassell MTEC. They helped by painting trim, hanging doors, installing soffit, and doing some general cleanup. Nice work everyone!

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100 Ways to Give: Books for Safe Haven Ministries

ways-to-give-fb-imageAs we move into the last week of March and our 100 Ways to Give campaign of collecting children’s books on behalf of Safe Haven Ministries winds down, we would like to express our thanks for the books that have been donated so far. If you are struggling for ideas, Safe Haven Ministries has provided a list of recommended books that are very beneficial in their counseling sessions:

  • Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
  • My Many Colored Days by Dr Seuss
  • I’m Gonna Like Me by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Beautiful Ooops by Barney Saltzberg
  • Brave Bart by Caroline Sheppard
  • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
  • When I Feel Afraid by Albert Whitman
  • What if it never stops raining? by Nancy Carlson
  • Hands are not for hitting by Martine Agassi
  • Jessica and the Wolf by Ted Lobby
  • Wings of Change by Franklin Hill
  • I was so Mad (Little Critter) by Mercer Mayer
  • The Five Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman
  • Hear My Roar: A Story of Family Violence by Gillian Watts
  • A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret Holmes
  • Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda

Books can be dropped off at one of these locations:

  • Academic Support Office, 232 LRC or to any GRCC Tutorial Lab
  • Academic Testing Center, 325 SCC
  • Student Life
  • Library
  • M-Tec
  • Enrollment Center
  • College Success Center

‘Open Door’ shares stories of baseball championships

The 2003 GRCC baseball team.

The 2003 GRCC baseball team.

Did you know that the GRCC baseball team has won 5 NJCAA Division II World Series titles under Coaches Doug Wabeke and Mike Cupples? Cupples’ teams, in one amazing stretch, won national championships in 2003, 2004, and 2005.

Read about this and much more in Open Door, the newly published 100 year history of GRJC/GRCC. Written by retired English professor Walter Lockwood, it provides a wealth of information and photographs revealing the college and its people. It can be purchased at Schuler Books, the GRCC Library, and online here.

100 Ways to Give: children’s books for Safe Haven Ministries

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Please join the Academic Support Center and the Academic Testing Center as we collect children’s books in honor of GRCC’s 100th anniversary and on behalf of Safe Haven Ministries. Safe Haven Ministries offers comprehensive domestic abuse services to women and their children.

In the U.S., 15.5 million children live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and seven million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred. The simple gift of a book can help provide comfort to a child as they struggle to deal with experiencing these acts of domestic violence.

Books can be dropped off at one of these locations:

  • Academic Support Office, 232 LRC or to any GRCC Tutorial Lab
  • Academic Testing Center, 325 SCC
  • Student Life
  • Library
  • M-Tec
  • Enrollment Center
  • College Success Center

100 Ways to Give: flannel board kits

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Join the GRCC Lab Preschool and the Child Development Club as we create 100 flannel board kits to benefit the families of the Early Learning Neighborhood Cooperative! Come and go as you are able from 4:30-7:30 p.m. March 24 in the GRCC Laboratory Preschool. Parking is available at the preschool.

Please RSVP to Julie Sizemore at jsizemore@grcc.edu if you plan to attend —snacks will be provided!

Learn about campus history in ‘Open Door’

The Memorial Campus dedication in 1949.

The Memorial Campus dedication in 1949.

Did you know that following World War II, GRJC students raised $15,000 for a Memorial Campus to be built at the south end of the Main Building on the site of a former parking lot? Now called the Arthur Andrews Memorial Campus, its purpose was to honor the 70 students who lost their lives in the war. A central flagpole with tall stone base contains those honored names.

Read about this and much more in Open Door, the newly published 100-year history of GRJC/GRCC written by retired English professor Walter Lockwood. The book can be purchased at Schuler Books, the GRCC Library, or online here.