GRCC In the News, 10-31-16

Youth football coach had a passion for life, kids

Oct. 29, 2016; Lansing State Journal

LANSING – The Mighty Mites of the Kappa Express football program were playing in the championship game, seven- and eight-year-olds on the field at the Hope Sports Complex, fighting to win.

… Jibreel Goins attended Everett and Sexton high schools, where he played running back and defensive back. He went on to Grand Rapids Community College where he also played football. He came back to Lansing, then played for the Capitol City Stealth and Lansing Lightning football teams. He loved watching football as child and would often write down plays and practice them in front of the television.

GRCC Psychology Department’s Speaker Series tackles the elephant (and donkey) in the room

Oct. 27, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Trump supporter: What the h*ll are you thinking?

Clinton supporter: How can you even consider supporting…

Third party supporter: What planet are you on?

… If you are interested in taking a deeper dive into the why of political partisanship in this year’s presidential election cycle, you might want to check out the first topic of the  2016-17 season of Grand Rapids Community College’s Psychology Speaker Series.

Explore a world of possibilities at Ferris State Open House

Oct. 28, 2016; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Do you have a student thinking about college? Have you been considering going back and finishing your degree? Regardless of your why, Ferris State is making it easier and more convenient than ever. Ferris is right here at Grand Rapids Community College.

DeWys Manufacturing Inc. Promotes Manufacturing Day to Students and Teachers in the West Michigan Area

Oct. 28, 2016; onenewspage.us

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce their involvement with the National Manufacturing Day event for the fourth year in a row. By opening the doors to the public, this helped to promote the skilled trade industry and allow DeWys Mfg. to promote the advanced manufacturing processes they provide their customers.

This year manufacturing week was celebrated in the West Michigan area from October 2nd through October 8th. A total of 3,100 students visited a variety of manufacturing facilities to gain knowledge, participate in tours and hands on activities to better understand the diverse fields in the industry. DeWys Mfg. hosted 155 students from Kent Intermediate School District, Discover Elementary, and Ridge Park Charter Academy. The students received a tour of the shop, participated in a team building activity, and explored the MCAM trailer provided by Grand Rapids Community College. Along with the tours given to students throughout the week, DeWys Manufacturing hosted 15 math and science teachers organized through the Kent ISD called Teachers in the Industry. This event consisted of the teachers taking a mechanical reasoning test to show the initial steps taken in the hiring process, a short video on DeWys Manufacturing, and a question and answer panel with four of the DeWys team members. This allowed the teachers to learn from the team members about career paths in manufacturing.

Parents plan forum for 9 vying for Grand Rapids School Board

Oct. 28, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The parents and community of Congress Elementary school will host a forum for the nine candidates vying for four, four-year seats for the Grand Rapids School Board on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

… The candidates running are:

Raynard Ross, 47, is seeking a second term. He is the associate dean of Student Success and Retention Service at Grand Rapids Community College.

Meet the YWCA’s 2016 Tribute Award winners

Oct. 30, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –Women who are a voice for the voiceless, who contribute to numerous prominent West Michigan projects, and who volunteer their time and passion for the betterment of others. These are among the winners of this year’s Tribute Awards given by the YWCA of West Central Michigan.

… Advocacy Award

Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh, 52, associate professor for Aquinas College and founder/CEO of Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Nkechy Ekere Ezeh is a GRCC alumna.)

Jayhawks volleyball team wraps up regular season with a victory over Ancilla

Oct. 28, 2016; Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team completed a successful regular season Thursday by going on the road and beating Ancilla College 3-1.

… The team finished in second place in the conference, two games behind champion Grand Rapids Community College.

Michigan lawyers extend helping hand during Pro Bono Month

Oct. 28, 2016; americanbar.org

From the tip of the Thumb to the depths of the Great Lakes, the State Bar of Michigan is working to meet the legal needs of low-income Michiganders with a robust pro bono celebration throughout the month of October and beyond.

… Lawyers will assist green card holders apply to become U.S. citizens at a Naturalization Workshop. No prior immigration experience is necessary. All attorneys will be trained through a 50-minute YouTube webinar and a short, on-site orientation. Once trained and oriented, volunteers will then prepare the naturalization application with the applicants. Attorneys specializing in immigration law will supervise and review all applications. The event is being held at Grand Rapids Community College on Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 10-28-16

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 In the News, 10-27-16

UIX: To Birgit Klohs and team, West Michigan is the right place for manufacturing
10/27/16 – Rapid Growth
…Working with Grand Rapids Community College and other local universities, The Right Place has been able to share the manufacturers’ definition of a top-notch employee with students starting at the high school level.

Are you a donkey or an elephant?
10/26/16 – Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local college psychology professor will take a look at the differences between Democrats and Republicans in a talk this week.

Applications open for Opera Grand Rapids’ 12th annual vocal competition
10/26/16 – Broadway World
…In its 13th year, the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Vocal Competition is open to student vocalists being trained full-time at one of Opera Grand Rapids’ seven West Michigan area colleges and universities in the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Consortium. The consortium includes Aquinas College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University.

Psychology Speaker Series features Carol Tavris

As part of the 2014-2015 Psychology Speaker Series, Carol Tavris, Ph.D., will discuss “Self-Justification in Everyday Life: What cognitive dissonance theory reveals about cheating, justice, love, war, memory, and the decisions we make” from 1-2:30 p.m. today in room 168 of the ATC.

Dr. Carol Tavris is a social psychologist, writer, and lecturer. Her most recent book with Dr. Elliot Aronson, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts, will provide the foundation for this presentation. She will explore why is it hard for so many people to admit their mistakes, give up a wrong belief, and accept responsibility for their actions. What blocks us from even being aware that we are wrong and might need to change?  Dr. Tavris will describe the cognitive biases that lead most people to justify beliefs that are outdated, decisions that have proved to be misguided, and the harms we inflict on others. She will discuss the psychological benefits of these biases and how understanding their dangers can help us improve our lives.

All sessions are free. For additional information, contact Dr. Frank Conner at fconner@grcc.edu or 616.234.3612