Posted tagged ‘Language & Thought Department’

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.

GRCC sponsors Study Away trip to Spain

July 19, 2017

Encourage your students to participate in this Study Away opportunity:

GRCC Faculty-led Program. Study Away. Salamanca, Spain: Global Studies through International Travel. This 17-day international travel course will provide students with an in-depth study of the Spanish language and culture, civilization, art and history. While in Salamanca students will enjoy Spanish daily life with host families, and experience life in a city which has been a cultural and educational center in Spain. The program will encompass daily Spanish lessons with a broad range of cultural understandings together with field trips, and the opportunity to participate in the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca. Along with Salamanca other locations we will explore include Avila, Segovia, Aveiro and Madrid. Apply by February 1, 2018. Grcc.edu/studyaway grcc.edu/studentaway facebook.com/grccstudyaway

Eligibility: All degree-seeking students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and no money owed to the institution. Date: June 29-July 15, 2018 (17 days). Course: HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel (three credits). Housing: Program participants will be housed with host families. Excursions and Highlights: Two-week Spanish language classes at student proficiency level. Host family stay. Daily afternoon excursions. Guided visit to Segovia and Avila. Excursion to Aveiro Beach (Portugal) – weather permitting. 800-year celebration of the University of Salamanca. Service learning project with Puente Ladrillo. Ruta de Tapas (exploring Tapas’ restaurants). Castanet lesson. 4th of July celebration—Spanish style. City tour of Madrid. Contact: Department of Experiential Learning, Main Building, Level G2, Room 59. traceylacy@grcc.edu. (616) 234-4162 grcc.edu/studyaway. Costs* Program fee (paid to GRCC): $3,850. What is included: Round trip airfare. Accommodations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner while in country. Field trips, excursions and entrance fees. Criminal background check. Travel insurance. Deposit – Due upon acceptance into program: $500. Tuition [plus fees (in-district) paid to GRCC]: $339. What is included: Three (3) credits (based on residential rate) and fees. Potential Additional Expenses: Items listed below may or may not apply to all participants: Passport. Personal expenses. Additional meals beyond what is offered. Travel provider phone (in country use only). How to pay for study abroad? Students are encouraged to pursue financial aid, scholarships and grants to fund Study Abroad. In addition, they may consider personal funds and alternative loans to fund Study Abroad. For more information on funding, visit grcc.edu/studyaway. Contact program directors for more information: Carmela Zapata, Department of Language and Thought, czapata@grcc.edu (616) 234-4666. Anna Maria Clark, TRIO/Student Support Services, aclark@grcc.edu, (616)234-4131. Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis. Apply through February 1, 2018 at grcc.edu/studyaway. *All program information, including courses, duration of program, dates and other logistics are subject to change. Fee subject to adjustment based on actual exchange rates and international airfare. Programs may be canceled due to extenuating circumstances. GRCC Grand Rapids Community College. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations, please contact the Department of Experiential Learning at (616) 234-4162. GRCC is an Equal Opportunity Institution. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

GRCC In the News, 4-28-17

April 28, 2017

News 8 Daybreak

April 28, 2017; WOOD TV

It’s graduation season around West Michigan. Grand Rapids Community College is one of several schools holding commencement ceremonies over the next few days.

Case Study: Spectrum Healths Community-based Chronic-Disease Management Program

April 20, 2017; Hospitals & Health Networks (American Hospital Association publication)

Since 1997, Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., has provided community-based care through its Healthier Communities initiative. Developed through the merger of two previous programs, Core Health was added in 2008 to provide in-home education on general wellness, including weight and stress control, for patients with early-stage chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

… Once selected, CHWs undergo rigorous training in a certification program developed jointly by Spectrum Health’s Healthier Communities and the Grand Rapids Community College to provide the Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance standardized curriculum. Upon completion, the student will receive a certificate from GRCC. To become certified for the Core Health program, CHWs are tested in eight competencies, including advocacy and outreach; community and personal strategies; legal and ethical responsibilities; teaching and capacity building; communication skills and cultural competencies; coordination, documentation and reporting; healthy lifestyles; and mental health. The eight-week onboard training includes classroom work, scenario precepting, job shadowing and peer mentoring, after which CHWs understand the nature of diabetes, heart failure and COPD, as well as the resources to manage them.

Thomas Gilbert (Ottawa Hills) signs with GRCC

April 26, 2017; beercityhoops.com

Thomas Gilbert, a 6-foot-6 forward from Ottawa Hills High School, has signed to play basketball at Grand Rapids Community College next season.

Volunteer of the Year: Denise Joseph

April 25, 2017; Literacy Center of West Michigan

Spend an hour listening to Denise Joseph tell stories of teaching and volunteering and you’ll know right away why the Literacy Center is honoring her with the Marshall Pitler Volunteer of the Year Award at this years Spellebration event.

… Never one to slow down, Denise also sings with the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus, takes Spanish classes at Grand Rapids Community College, and serves in leadership at Fountain Street Church. In addition, she serves as the adopted Grandmother of a family of Eritrean refugees who settled in Grand Rapids.

GRCC adjunct retiree biographies

April 25, 2017

Human Resources will be starting a new communication for our retirees. This idea was submitted via the PACE feedback meetings or the Community Luncheon sessions — so we thank you for your feedback on this opportunity to improve communications about our retirees.

The following adjuncts will be retiring from GRCC on Friday, April 29. With their permission and input, here’s some information about their teaching experience at GRCC:

Barbara Egeler

Barbara has worked at GRCC as an adjunct instructor since January 2004.

She initially started teaching communication courses in the Language and Thought Department and then went back to grad school at WMU to get a M.A. in Counseling/Psychology. In 2007, she began teaching psychology courses for the Psychology Department at GRCC.

Here’s what Barbara shared with us about her teaching experience at GRCC:

“Over the years, I have met so many diverse, funny and inquisitive students that made teaching exciting and fun. Some classes were more memorable than others. In some of the classes the students and I ‘clicked,’ making the semester fly by. In some instances, I actually didn’t want the semester to end because the class was more like a colloquium where everyone shares ideas. In my retirement, I want to pursue painting and decorating houses. I’d like also to learn new skills and travel.  I’ve been privileged to work at GRCC with great faculty, department chairs and especially the students. I wanted to teach ever since I was in elementary school, so having the opportunity to teach students from all backgrounds and ages and learn from them has been a gift. Teaching at GRCC has truly been satisfying.”

Robin Connell

Robin Connell sits at a keyboard.

Robin Connell

Robin has worked at GRCC as an adjunct instructor since January 2001 in the Music Department, mostly teaching music theory.

Here’s what Robin shared with us about her teaching experience at GRCC:

“Several stories come to mind, most of which are examples of simple things that, when put together, help build the community. For example, a few years ago a student was knitting winter ‘Pokemon’ hats. Some students were wearing them to class and they were quite surprised when I asked her if she could make me a Charmander hat. I started naming the various Pokemon and we had fun taking a short break from music theory to discuss our favorite characters.  As an adjunct juggling more than one job, as well as family, I was not able to be as involved with students as much as I wanted. So it came as a surprise when, over the years, I would run into former students who remembered me. One student in particular talked with me several times after he was enrolled at GVSU and was struggling with ‘what to do with his life.’ Others are out in the world working as musicians or music educators and keep in touch. It’s just a delight to see what former students are doing, whether they continue in a music career or move on to something else. These encounters have made me feel like I was truly a part of GRCC even though I was only teaching part time.  Although I am retiring from GRCC, I am continuing to work my other part-time jobs because I’m not old enough, or financially sound enough, to completely retire! I’ve been a self-employed musician since I graduated from GVSC in 1979. Some of that employment is performing (a dozen or so events a month) but I also teach jazz studies at Aquinas College, at my home, and as a clinician at schools and festivals. This is my third year co-directing the Youth Jazz Ensemble program at St Cecilia Music Center as well as the third year of a jazz piano concert series I host at Fountain Street Church, called, Jazz in the Sanctuary [next concert is May 7]. I hope to find a little more time for family and friends now too!  I can’t even imagine what my life would have been like without these past sixteen years at GRCC. I am so grateful for being able to teach music theory, a subject I am just geeky about and love sharing. Although I was the teacher, I always felt like I was learning, too. I also have a deep appreciation and respect for my GRCC colleagues who have been wonderful to work with and I’m excited about attending future concerts in the newly renovated music building next year.”

 Susan Wallsteadt

Susan Wallsteadt

Susan Wallsteadt

Susan has worked at GRCC as an adjunct instructor since August 2000.  For most of those years she has been an adjunct instructor in the Psychology Department and for a short period of time she was a temporary assistant professor.

Here’s what Susan shared with us about her teaching experience at GRCC:

“Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see my former students achieve such wonderful things.  I recently was invited by one of my previous students to attend the Delta Pi Alpha dinner.  She is graduating from GRCC this semester and was recognized as one of the students to have achieved an overall 4.0 GPA.  How amazing is that!  After 17 years, I don’t think there is any doubt that I belonged to GRCC. My constant reminder is the number of times I have been out in public, such as at a restaurant or store, and have a student ask me, ‘Aren’t you a professor at GRCC?  I had you back when…..’  I have always had two jobs, but will for now have one. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family, especially my five-year-old grandson.  I’m also going to travel more and visit my sister in Florida and my brother in California.  I have so enjoyed my time at GRCC.  I’m grateful for all the wonderful people I’ve been able to work with and socialize with, and also for the opportunity to be a part of so many students’ academic lives.  They have taught me so much!”

We would like to congratulate our adjunct retirees and thank them for their commitment and service to GRCC.  Their contributions to our students’ lives can never be measured.  Happy retirement!

Photos from Faculty Showcase

April 13, 2017

Thank you to all the Faculty Showcase presenters and participants!  Thank you also to Armen Oumedian for his generous support for the Innovation Grants for faculty!

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English Department has snack pantry for students

April 6, 2017

The English Department has a Little Free Snack Pantry located in the outer lobby area of 400 College Park Plaza.  Just like the pantry located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, our Little Free Snack Pantry has free snacks and portable food items for any GRCC student.

Snacks are stored in plastic baskets on the shelves of a small storage unit. A sign above it says: "Little Free Snack Pantry."

 

GRCC TV: Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s 1999 visit

April 4, 2017

Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko died last weekend. Did you know that he visited GRCC in 1999? You can listen to his presentation below:

Condolences to Gretchen Robinson

February 27, 2017

We extend our condolences to Gretchen Robinson, in the Language and Thought and Visual Arts departments, upon the death of her father, Howard Roedl.

Condolences to Barb Egeler

January 19, 2017

We extend our condolences to Barb Egeler, in the Psychology and Language and Thought departments, upon the death of her mother, Shirley Egeler.

GRCC In the News, 1-17-17

January 17, 2017

News at 5 p.m.

Jan. 16, 2017; WOOD TV

Grand Rapids Community College will host its Dr. King commemoration program at Fountain Street Church.

Epsilon Phi Delta

December 2016; American Association of Teachers of German newsletter

Epsilon Phi Delta (ΕΦΔ) National Honor Society for Community College Students of German recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of learners of German. The organization was founded to reward scholastic achievement in the study of German and to promote interest in the study of German language, literature, and culture.

(This article features GRCC’s German Honor Society.)

I Didn’t Know We Could Do That

Jan. 11, 2017; In-Plant Graphics

With the EFI Connect user conference starting next Tuesday in Las Vegas, this is a good time to examine the value of user conferences, particularly for Web-to-Print and MIS users.

… “The edu [Business Solutions] user group conference is not only a gathering of other users, the company also uses this opportunity to do onsite review/training based on the recommendations from [a] committee of users,” notes Danelle Sedore, of Grand Rapids Community College. “I really like the last day of session where the group creates a the wish list for the following year.”

 

Tournées Film Festival to show ‘Chocolat’ Nov. 3

November 3, 2016

The French programs at GRCC and Grand Valley State University have teamed up to participate in the Tournées Film Festival! The movies, which run through the end of this week, are free.

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GRCC, GVSU French programs present Tournées Film Festival 2016

October 31, 2016

The Tournées Film Festival 2016 Grand Rapids is a result of a partnership between the French programs at GRCC and GVSU and a generous grant. This international festival features six films. Three films will be shown at GVSU Loosemore Auditorium, and three films to be shown at GRCC’s ATC auditorium. Admission to all the films, which may contain adult content, is free. When possible please encourage students to attend.

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GRCC In the News, 10-28-16

October 28, 2016

Psychology of political beliefs, why people prefer certain political parties

Oct. 27, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – A Grand Rapids Community College Professor gave a lecture, open to the public, on why some people might side with one political party or another. Dr. Frank Conners, who is also the Psychology Department Head, recognizes the polarizing divide in the nation and believes the first step in bridging the gap is understanding why one party resonates with certain people.

World’s leading female classical guitarist Lily Afshar to play Hope College; 22-year-old French guitar star Thibaut Garcia stops at GRCC

Oct. 27, 2016; Local Spins

Lily Afshar, declared one of the world’s foremost classical guitarists by Public Radio International, is performing Friday at Hope College in Holland.

… Kalamazoo, Detroit and Grand Rapids are hosting 22-year-old French classical guitarist Thibaut Garcia, who is on a 50-city tour of the U.S. and Canada as the winner of the prestigious 2015 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Solo Competition.

Garcia is presenting the second concert of Grand Rapids Community College’s International Guitar Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 3) at Fountain Street Church.

American Seating Hosted Manufacturing Day Event for Union High School Students

Oct. 27, 2016; Mass Transit magazine

American Seating welcomed more than 50 students, teachers and other leaders from Union High School and Grand Rapids Public Schools for a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

… The event additionally included presentations by American Seating team members as well as representatives from Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Rapids Community Foundation, who spoke about local manufacturing-education programs and scholarship opportunities.

GVSU and GRCC collaborate on first film festival

Oct. 23, 2016; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University’s French clubs have teamed up to bring the first annual Tournees French Film Festival to Grand Rapids Wednesday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Nov. 8.

Rattlers Bolster Secondary with Three New DBs

Oct. 26, 2016; oursportscentral.com

Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers announced today that they have signed three defensive backs their inaugural season in the Indoor Football League (IFL). Damond Smith and Anttonio Brown join the team as rookies, while Nathan Lindsey will begin his second season in the league.

… Lindsey attended Fort Hays State University where he was a two-year starter for the Tigers, and in that time he recorded 113 tackles and three interceptions. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Lindsey also attended, Grand Rapids Community College and Eastern Arizona before eventually transferring to Fort Hays State.

GRCC, GVSU French programs team up on Tournées Film Festival

October 28, 2016

The Tournées Film Festival 2016 Grand Rapids is a result of a partnership between the French programs at GRCC and GVSU and a generous grant. This international festival features six films. Three films will be shown at GVSU Loosemore Auditorium, and three films to be shown at GRCC’s ATC auditorium. Admission to all the films, which may contain adult content, is free. When possible please encourage students to attend.

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GRCC In the News, 10-19-16

October 19, 2016

GRCC seeks $6M from state to help renovate, expand Applied Technology Center

Oct. 18, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s Applied Technology Center needs to be renovated and expanded to better prepare students for the workforce, and school officials want the state to cut the $12.7 million price tag in half.

Collaborative film festival to showcase French cinema at GVSU, GRCC

Oct. 18, 2016; gvsu.edu

A collaborative film festival, hosted by the French programs at Grand Valley and Grand Rapids Community College, will introduce the West Michigan community to films with a bit of international flavor.

Green Party VP hopeful in Detroit: Time to “break two-party monopoly”

Oct. 18, 2016; Michigan Radio

It’s time to reject the politics of fear, and embrace third-party alternatives in American politics.

… (Ajamu) Baraka then heads to Grand Rapids, where he’ll watch the final presidential debate and speak at Grand Rapids Community College.

IHCC harriers wrap up regular season in Barnes’ home state

Oct. 18, 2016; Ottumwa Courier (Iowa)

OTTUMWA — Who says you can’t go home again? Scott Barnes has not only been returning to his home state of Michigan each fall, he’s brought along his Indian Hills cross-country runners for the trip.

… “We were probably a little too fast, which as a coach you always worry about because you’re worried the guys will hit a wall and start to fade too early in the race,” Barnes said. “The nice thing was that, instead of dying and fading, the guys hung tough and ended up beating (20th-ranked) Muskegon. We also were pretty close to 10th-ranked Grand Rapids Community College. We kind of put it all together.”