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GRCC adjunct, student worked on ‘The Bread Show’

August 8, 2017

Adjunct English instructor Roel Garcia wrote the script for “The Bread Show,” a celebration of Latin American and Anglo-European bread-making traditions presented by the Urban Garden Performing Arts of Holland. GRCC student Mariana Ramirez Franco was among the actors in the August 4 performance at the Holland Area Arts Council.

Do your students know that writing is part of every job?

September 28, 2016

Encourage your students to attend the “Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People” 2016 conference, held Oct. 5 and 6 in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center.

Click here for presentation details.

Sponsored by the English Department, School of Arts and Sciences, and the Provost.

Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People

 

Rain doesn’t dampen Peace Day enthusiasm

September 22, 2016

A message from World Peace Day organizer Shavval Fleming:

Peace Day 2016

I honestly could not have asked for a better outcome considering the weather conditions this morning! We held the event on the second floor of the Student Building in the Raider Grille/cafeteria. There were a lot of students that came and went! Gilles brought peace dove cookies his students baked. Volunteers showed as planned. Katie Budden’s art students created random acts of kindness signs we placed throughout the cafeteria, and these students participated in the celebration. Sean Mackey reminded listeners of social justice concerns around the globe and how each of us has a role to play in order to make change. Then, we observed a minute of silence and reflected on individual ways we can actively create peace in the world as is customary for World Peace Day celebrations. Sam Gould followed with his playing of several different African drums – each creating unique and pleasing sounds. Steve Barton brought two choirs and two percussionists. Their songs were so very pretty, and the last song – performed with the percussionists – made the whole crowd move! Around 1:30, the crowd got smaller; the students who participated in the reading of a LOVELY poem at that time that Mursalata chose brought an intimate crowd together in a way that was very cool! Participants watched as twelve different students took turns reading a stanza of a song/poem by James Cleveland called Peace Be Still. It was incredibly moving to watch as different ethnicities, religious perspectives, political perspectives, ages, nationalities, genders, etc. read the various stanzas demonstrating so very well the beauty of World Peace Day, the human family, and peace in general. Mursalata majestically read a poem she wrote too – so powerful and moving. I was truly touched. Finally, the sun came out, so we went outside to the plaza! At that time, participants joined in the effort to beat the longest sugar pull. Although we were not successful, the symbolism of this activity meant more than any record we could ever break! Students signed the peace banner and were hopefully inspired!

I would like to offer my MANY THANKS to all participants and volunteers! Hosting such an event requires many individuals offering their time, resources, and hearts!

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Presenters needed for writing conference

August 11, 2016

This year, the English Department is hosting the fifth Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People conference:

Wednesday, October 5, and Thursday, October 6, 2016.

Would you like to present? 

Help us teach our students the value of writing in various fields, and share the writing skills required in the professional world.

If you are willing to participate, please fill out the response form and email it to Nora Neill at nneill@grcc.edu by Friday, August 12.

See you in the ATC in October!

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GRCC In the News, 8-8-16

August 8, 2016

Aquinas College has 3 new board members

Aug. 5, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Aquinas College Board of Trustees has three new members, officials announced Friday, Aug. 5.

… James Rabaut is a partner at Warner, Norcross & Judd, LLP, and is chair of the firm’s Real Estate Services Group. He has served as a guest lecturer for business law at Aquinas College and adjunct professor for real estate law at Grand Rapids Community College. He earned both his a bachelor’s and law degree at the University of Michigan.

New book compiles essays, poems and stories about fracking in America

Aug. 5, 2016; Michigan Radio

In the last decade the term “fracking” has become part of the national lexicon.

… Stefanie Brook Trout is a Grand Rapids-based author and teacher.
Maryann Lesert is an associate professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

Busy offseason brings a dozen coaching changes

Aug. 7, 2016; MLive

… Comstock Park — Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson has coached Comstock Park’s baseball team the past 30 seasons, but he knows football, too. Johnson has taken over for Mark Chapman after serving as Chapman’s offensive line coach. Johnson has coached football since the early 1980s, including assistant roles at Grand Valley and Grand Rapids Community College.

Presenters needed for Who Cares? Why Bother? writing conference

August 8, 2016

This year, the English Department is hosting the fifth Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People conference:

Wednesday, October 5, and Thursday, October 6, 2016.

Would you like to present? 

Help us teach our students the value of writing in various fields, and share the writing skills required in the professional world.

If you are willing to participate, please fill out the response form and email it to Nora Neill at nneill@grcc.edu by Friday, August 12.

See you in the ATC in October!

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Presenters needed for Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People conference

August 4, 2016

This year, the English Department is hosting the fifth Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People conference:

Wednesday, October 5, and Thursday, October 6, 2016.

Would you like to present? 

Help us teach our students the value of writing in various fields, and share the writing skills required in the professional world.

If you are willing to participate, please fill out the response form and email it to Nora Neill at nneill@grcc.edu by Friday, August 12.

See you in the ATC in October!

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Faculty Spotlight: Fred van Hartesveldt

June 9, 2016

His colleagues describe him as a man of integrity, trustworthy, discreet, and honest. And while all these words definitely capture the spirit of Fred van Hartesveldt, we’re not quite sure there would ever be enough words to thank him for his fearless service.

Fred van Hartesveldt taught his first class in 1984 as an adjunct instructor. He has continued to be a wonderful asset to the English Department for more than 30 years. During this time, he has taught EN 101, EN 102, technical writing, journalism and political science. In addition to his teaching responsibilities and serving on other committees through throughout the college, Fred has served as the president of the Michigan College English Association and brought that annual conference to GRCC. More recently, he has served as the president for the GRCC Faculty Association from 2002 to 2016.

And while Fred complimented his department on their overall collegiality and the college for continuing to have an open door mandate, he says that the one thing that he likes best about his role as a faculty member is students. His passion for students has been evident as he continues to use best practices and innovative techniques in the classroom, such as focusing on questioning students rather than lecturing. “We put teaching first…” Fred stated as something that he values about the institution. We definitely see and honor that same value in Fred.

During the Faculty Association meeting on April 29, 2016, GRCC faculty surprised Faculty Association President Fred van Hartesveldt with a thank you celebration for his 14 years of service. If you missed the celebration or just want to watch it again, check out this link.

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Writing That Outshines the Competition Workshop re-scheduled from Snow Day to Thursday, March 31!

March 30, 2016

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Writing That Outshines the Competition Workshop re-scheduled from Snow Day to Thursday, March 31!

March 28, 2016

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Exploration of fracking includes music, readings

March 24, 2016

On at 7 p.m. April 12 in the ATC auditorium, GRCC’s School of Arts and Sciences and English Department will host an evening of music and readings from Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America (IceCube Press, 2016).

Fracture features well-known environmental writers – Rick Bass, Alison Hawthorn Deming, Linda Hogan, Derrick Jensen, Richard Manning, Bill McKibben, Stephanie Mills, Kathleen Dean Moore, Carolyn Raffensperger – and GRCC’s Maryann Lesert, responding to fracking, expanding pipelines, and threats to water, community, and place. The book also examines our relationship with Earth and the place of art in changing culture.

The April 12 evening will include readings from Fracture by authors Maryann Lesert, GRCC Associate Professor of English, Fracture co-editor Stefanie Brook Trout, and Michigan author Stephanie Mills. (Author bios appear below.)

Sarah Barker (Sairuhnade), a GRCC student and former recipient of GRCC’s Sigal Peace and Justice Scholarship, will perform songs from For the Water, an album written in response to oil and gas development (fracking) in Michigan’s state forests.

A book signing will follow the reading. Fracture and For the Water will be available for purchase at the event.

Fracture has been selected as a Midwest Connections book pick by the Independent Booksellers Association. IceCube Press’s release on Fracture (PDF) and book trailer appear at this link.

Author/Musician Bios:

Sarah Barker (with Max Lockwood) will perform songs from her 2014 album For the Water. The album was produced with support from GRCC’s Sigal Peace and Justice Scholarship and Barker donates profits to Michigan Land Air Water Defense, a local organization formed to protect public land from oil and gas drilling. Barker graduated from GRCC in 2014 and is now working toward a degree in Geochemistry.

Stefanie Brook Trout’s nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama explore the dynamic interactions between people and their surroundings, including social and built environments as well as the ecosphere. Her work has appeared in The Writing Disorder, Cardinal Sins, Festival Writer, ELM, and other environmental and place-based publications. In addition to co-editing Fracture with Taylor Brorby, Trout edited Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland (2014).

Maryann Lesert is a playwright, novelist, and journalist who teaches creative writing and writing based on the environment at Grand Rapids Community College. Her first novel, Base Ten, was published by the Feminist Press in 2009. Threshold, her current novel in progress, grew from two years of boots-on-well-sites research on fracking in Michigan’s state forests. Lesert is grateful to GRCC for the Sabbatical (2014) that supported the completion of Threshold.

Stephanie Mills is the author of Epicurean Simplicity, In Service of the Wild, and four other books. Over the past 40 years, her writing has appeared in Orion, Resurgence, CoEvolution Quarterly, and American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008). Mills also appears in PBS’s American Experience: Earth Days (2010) documentary which chronicles the American environmental movement. A longtime devotee of bioregionalism and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, Mills has lived in northwest lower Michigan since 1984.

School of Arts and Sciences, English Department host event focused on fracking

March 23, 2016

On at 7 p.m. April 12 in the ATC auditorium, GRCC’s School of Arts and Sciences and English Department will host an evening of music and readings from Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America (IceCube Press, 2016).

Fracture features well-known environmental writers – Rick Bass, Alison Hawthorn Deming, Linda Hogan, Derrick Jensen, Richard Manning, Bill McKibben, Stephanie Mills, Kathleen Dean Moore, Carolyn Raffensperger – and GRCC’s Maryann Lesert, responding to fracking, expanding pipelines, and threats to water, community, and place. The book also examines our relationship with Earth and the place of art in changing culture.

The April 12 evening will include readings from Fracture by authors Maryann Lesert, GRCC Associate Professor of English, Fracture co-editor Stefanie Brook Trout, and Michigan author Stephanie Mills. (Author bios appear below.)

Sarah Barker (Sairuhnade), a GRCC student and former recipient of GRCC’s Sigal Peace and Justice Scholarship, will perform songs from For the Water, an album written in response to oil and gas development (fracking) in Michigan’s state forests.

A book signing will follow the reading. Fracture and For the Water will be available for purchase at the event.

Fracture has been selected as a Midwest Connections book pick by the Independent Booksellers Association. IceCube Press’s release on Fracture (PDF) and book trailer appear at this link.

Author/Musician Bios:

Sarah Barker (with Max Lockwood) will perform songs from her 2014 album For the Water. The album was produced with support from GRCC’s Sigal Peace and Justice Scholarship and Barker donates profits to Michigan Land Air Water Defense, a local organization formed to protect public land from oil and gas drilling. Barker graduated from GRCC in 2014 and is now working toward a degree in Geochemistry.

Stefanie Brook Trout’s nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama explore the dynamic interactions between people and their surroundings, including social and built environments as well as the ecosphere. Her work has appeared in The Writing Disorder, Cardinal Sins, Festival Writer, ELM, and other environmental and place-based publications. In addition to co-editing Fracture with Taylor Brorby, Trout edited Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland (2014).

Maryann Lesert is a playwright, novelist, and journalist who teaches creative writing and writing based on the environment at Grand Rapids Community College. Her first novel, Base Ten, was published by the Feminist Press in 2009. Threshold, her current novel in progress, grew from two years of boots-on-well-sites research on fracking in Michigan’s state forests. Lesert is grateful to GRCC for the Sabbatical (2014) that supported the completion of Threshold.

Stephanie Mills is the author of Epicurean Simplicity, In Service of the Wild, and four other books. Over the past 40 years, her writing has appeared in Orion, Resurgence, CoEvolution Quarterly, and American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008). Mills also appears in PBS’s American Experience: Earth Days (2010) documentary which chronicles the American environmental movement. A longtime devotee of bioregionalism and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, Mills has lived in northwest lower Michigan since 1984.

Video shares experiences of English department students, faculty

November 3, 2015

English department faculty and students share their stories:

‘Who Cares? Why Bother’ symposium looks at writing in many professions

September 30, 2015

GRCC educators will be joined by community professionals and former students in presenting sessions for the “Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People” writing symposium, October 14 and 15 at the ATC. No registration is required.

October 14:

  • “Stop Talking. Start Writing. Get Moving,” with adjunct John Rumery — 9:30-10:45 a.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “Writing Expectations at Four-Year Institutions,” with GRCC alumni — 11-11:45 a.m. in room 168.
  • “Real Good Friends, Write Real Good Letter for Real Good Jobs,” with Alicia Ellis, of the Grand Rapids school district, and professor Mursalata Muhammad — 12:30-1:15 p.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “Writing to Advocate for Others Who Cannot Advocate for Themselves,” with Joanne Catania, chief medical examiner investigator with Western Michigan University’s School of Medicine — 2-2:45 p.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “Writing Dialogue,” with writer-performers Arnold Johnston and Deborah Ann Percy — 2-2:45 in room 168.
  • “The Business of Writing for a Reader: Empathy and Emotion as Currency, and How to Leverage Your Readers’ Deepest Needs and Motivations to Ensure the Success of Your Writing,” with associate professor Moss Ingram — 3:30-4:15 p.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “Communicating Through the Power of Song,” with musician Max Lockwood — 3:30-4:15 p.m. in room 168.

October 15:

  • “What Editors Need, What Editors Want,” with Caitlin Horrocks, of Grand Valley State University — 9:30-10:45 a.m. in room 168.
  • “Writing in the Physical Sciences,” with assistant professor Daniel Groh — 9:30-10:45 a.m. in room 168.
  • “Online Citizen Journalism: How We Do It, Why it Matters,” with Holly Bechiri, of The Rapidian — 11-11:45 a.m. in room 168.
  • “The Importance of Writing to Gain Employment,” with Christine Coon and Jessica Berens, of human resources — 11-11:45 a.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “Art and Activism: When Writing Matters,” with associate professor and author Maryann Lesert — 12:30-1:15 p.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “The Power of the Written Word,” with author Chris Sain, of Student Success and Retention — 12:30-1:15 p.m. in room 168.
  • “Bringing Writing to Life … in Biology!” with professor Laurie Foster — 2-2:45 p.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “Writing Expectations at Four-Year Institutions,” with GRCC alumni — 2-2:45 a.m. in room 168.
  • “The Art of Giving Feedback,’ with tutors James Setchfield, Curtis Neff, Jacob Urlaub and Sam Heidenreich — 3:30-4:15 p.m. in rooms 122-124.
  • “Numbers Don’t Explain Everything,” with assistant professor Jennifer Knauf — 3:30-4:15 p.m. in room 168.

Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People. What your teacher told you is true. Writing is a part of every job.

GRCC to mark International Peace Day

August 26, 2015

Join students and employees to celebrate the ideals of peace, in our community, across our nation and the world. There will be a short ceremony with Mayor Heartwell and Dr. Ender at 11:40 a.m., then activities and giveaways throughout the day.

Monday, Sept. 21
11:40 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza
Rain Location: Student Community Center, third floor.

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