Deadline for Armen Awards proposals is November 1

Reminder – the deadline to participate in the Armen Awards-Excellence in Service Learning for the Winter semester is November 1. Simply submit your proposal! [click here]

By participating in the Armen Awards, the college will produce a professional video highlighting your service learning project; you will be honored at the celebration event of your team’s efforts; you have a chance to win up to $3,000 and an opportunity to share your hard work on a local network morning show.

Armen Awards: Excellence in Service Learning competition

Congratulations to the Fall semester faculty participating in the Armen Awards: Excellence in Service Learning competition. These faculty will be showcased along with the Winter semester applicants during the April 2016 Armen Awards Celebration event.

Lauren Elliott teaches in the Biological Science Department, specifically BI 101 Introduction to Biology. She has partnered with Blandford Nature Center to provide students with a real world application to ecology including conservation, invasive species and human-environmental interaction. Students will get to see firsthand how an invasive species impacts the local flora and fauna and what affect it has on the local community. Students will learn to identify and physically remove non-native vegetation in the area and then design information materials for the public about invasive species, how it affects the local environment and most importantly how someone can help.

Marguerite Erlandson teaches in the Business Department, specifically FM 236 Fashion Design. She has partnered with the Lemmon-Holton Cancer Pavilion where students will apply the principles and elements of design, fabric selection and sewing techniques to design, produce and deliver tailored quilts for cancer patients. Students will focus on the types of fabrics that are appropriate for warmth and comfort, soothing or uplifting colors, appropriate size of quilt and finally patterns.

Faculty wishing to participate during the winter semester must apply by November 1st. Go here for more details.

Deadline for Armen Awards proposals is September 11

Reminder – deadline to participate in the Armen Awards – Excellence in Service Learning for the Fall semester is this Friday, September 11th.

Simply submit your proposal! [click here]

By participating in the Armen Awards, the College will produce a professional video highlighting your service learning project, be honored at the celebration event of your teams efforts, have a chance to win up to $3,000 and an opportunity to share your hard work on a local network morning show.

Armen Awards expands to add fall participation

All faculty are invited to participate in this years Armen Awards – Excellence in Service Learning.

Now in its sixth year, the Armen Awards is a competition where faculty and community partners form teams to create service learning projects for shared impact.

Service learning makes a difference in the lives of our students as part of their educational processes, their development as a professional and as a responsible citizen.

See a video of last years winner! [click here]

New this year is the chance to participate in the Fall semester!

By participating in the Armen Awards, the College will produce a professional video highlighting your service learning project, a celebration event honoring your teams efforts, a chance to win up to $3,000 and an opportunity to share your hard work on a local network morning show.

Simply submit your proposal [click here] The proposal describes how your course learning outcomes are met through your service learning project.

*Deadline for Fall Semester: Friday, September 11, 2015

*Deadline for Winter Semester: Friday, November 6, 2015

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GRCC In the News, 6-5-15

Why you should try Festival of the Arts 2015’s new smartphone apps

June 14, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Apps for Festival of the Arts 2015 in Grand Rapids have arrived.

… The app, developed by a team of students at Grand Rapids Community College, led by Andrew Rozema, is a first for Festival of the Arts.

… “I think we will hit the initial goal here, which was to give users a map of where they were so that they would know what the events directly around them looked like and that would take them into the appropriate area of the website,” said Rozema, an assistant professor of computer information systems.

Major donations expand Muskegon Community College downtown space, entrepreneurial program

June 3, 2015; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Muskegon Community College’s presence in downtown has just expanded by nearly 24,000 square feet with the announcement of two major gifts to the college’s entrepreneurial studies program.

… (Nick) Sarnicola said when he was a student at Grand Rapids Community College, he had trouble finding a place where he could pursue entrepreneurial studies. With the help of mentors, he said he was able to build his fortune with a company named Visalus, which sells nutritional supplements through independent promoters. Sales in 13 countries have surpassed $1 billion, he said.

Spartans aim to contend at MHSAA Golf Finals

June 4, 2015; Battle Creek Enquirer

There might not be a sport that is more difficult to predict than golf.

… (Matt) Alderink is in his fourth varsity season and is committed to play at junior college power Grand Rapids Community College. He said the Spartans feel good about their chances this weekend.

GRCC In the News, 5-19-15

Festival of the Arts unveils new app

May 18, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Grand Rapids’ biggest summer festival kicks off in less than three weeks and this year, your smartphone can help you get the most out of Festival of the Arts.

… The app was developed by Grand Rapids Community College students and will help you navigate the three-day event, which is the largest all-volunteer art festival in the country.

Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch 2015 concert lineup: Joshua Davis, Michelle Chamuel and more

May 19, 2015; MLive

Sonic Lunch – the free, outdoor summer concert series at Liberty Plaza, on Liberty St. and Division in Ann Arbor, presented by Bank of Ann Arbor – has just announced its 2015 lineup, which includes “The Voice” superstars Michelle Chamuel and Joshua Davis; Børns; Martha Reeves; Theo Katzman and more.

… August 13th – Børns, with special guest Chris Bathgate

The nom de plume of singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and Michigan native Garrett Borns, Børns crafts big-hearted, alternately dreamy and danceable, falsetto-driven electro-pop confections that have been dusted with glam rock and folk. Raised in the great lake coastal town of Grand Haven, Michigan, Børns studied music at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and Grand Rapids Community College while becoming a fixture in the local music scene. After a brief stint in New York City, Børns decided to relocate to Los Angeles, where he set up shop in a self-described “treetop sanctuary” just outside of the city, and began honing what would eventually become his debut EP, the Interscope-issued “Candy.” His new single “Electric Love” is on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and in rotation on every rock station in America.

GRCC In the News, 5-7-15

Meet the winners of GRCC’s Armen Awards

May 6, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — Top honors in the annual Grand Rapids Community College Armen Awards were handed out recently. eightWest got a chance to sit down with the winners. Sean Mulhall and Jonathan Lopez are students who participated in the project along with Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, advisor of GRCC’s Collegiate Newspaper and Katherine Morrison of Hospice of Michigan.

Senior Wellness: Caring for the grandkids

May 5, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)– One of the perks of getting older is having grandkids. But sometimes life changes and grandparents have to take in their grandkids as their own.

Mike Faber from Grand Rapids Community College’s Older Learning Center explains how grandparents can deal with raising their grandkids.

Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern tennis coach Dave Sukup notches 500th win

May 7, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Dave Sukup has racked up some pretty impressive numbers as Forest Hills Northern’s girls and boys tennis coach.

… Sukup played a year at the University of Michigan in Bo Schembechler’s first season in 1969 and later at Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. He aspired to be a football coach, and he was a successful one at FHN. Sukup coached the Huskies from 1983-1998, and only once did the Huskies finish under the .500 mark, and that was 4-5 in his final season.

Muskegon Risers to open inaugural soccer season Saturday in Detroit

May 6, 2015; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — After a year of preparation, the Muskegon Risers are ready to take the field for the first time in franchise history.

… (Job) Potter sees the team as a huge opportunity for Muskegon and his own soccer career. Potter grew up playing on a homeschool team, travel teams in Rockford and spent one season at Mount Vernon Nazarene in Ohio. He decided to switch to Grand Rapids Community College instead of mounting a huge student loan debt in college.

Guidance for your financial future

May 6,2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — When it comes to planning our financial futures, it’s never too soon to get started! Our wealth management expert, Ron Courser, walks through some of what we need to know. In today’s world, tax deferred savings plans (401(k) / 403(b) / IRA) may be most, or may be all, of a person’s life savings. But creating rollover and income strategies avoid mistakes is critical.

… Scheduled Speakers:

Dave Van Valkenburg is a Certified Public Accountant and is president and owner of Van Valkenburg Consulting, Inc. Dave has taught accounting and personal taxation as an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College over the past 20 years. Along with his CPA designation, Dave has also held Series 7 and Series 63 licenses (securities licenses) and has extensive experience in the financial markets.

Hospice project wins first place in Armen Awards

First place in Grand Rapids Community College’s Armen Awards went to a project in which students documented the lives of hospice patients.

Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood’s Introduction to Journalism students worked with Hospice of Michigan on the series of stories. A video of the project may be seen here.

The other projects were:

Second place — Drew Rozema and students in his Mobile Application Development and Security course for an app they created for the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts. A video of this project may be seen here.

Third place — Katie VanderMeer and students in her Introduction to Computer Programming course for teaching Orchard View Elementary fifth-graders the fundamentals of coding. A video of the project may be seen here.

Finalist — Bob Schultz and students in his Table Service course for creating a Make-A-Wish Michigan fundraiser. A video of the project may be seen here.

Finalist — Sherry Knoppers and Community Transcultural Nursing students for helping the North End Community Ministry food pantry better promote health and disease prevention. A video of the project may be seen here.

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Three GRCC students share their extraordinary spring break story

Three typical GRCC students chose to do something different over spring break – serve their community. Their story will inspire students and perhaps help faculty learn how this could be a great credit-bearing experience. Learn how they partnered with University of Michigan students to travel to Dallas, Texas while doing service projects along the way.

When: Tuesday, April 21st from 1:30-2:30pm

Where: Cook Room 117

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Armen Awards R.S.V.P. due April 20

The Armen Awards Celebration on April 24 will begin with networking and Light hors d’oeuvres.  The afternoon continues as the work of each Armen Awards team is featured through participant interviews, compelling video of each team’s project, and an awards presentation.  The awards are held at the Kendall College of Art and Design.  RSVP is required by this Monday, April 20; click here. GRCC parking ramp passes will be provided.

2015 Armen Awards

R.S.V.P. for Armen Awards celebration by April 20

Mark Friday, April 24 from 3-5 p.m. on your calendar and join us for the 2015 Armen Awards Celebration. This inspiring event will feature the work of each Armen Awards team and an awards presentation. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and GRCC parking ramp passes will be provided. RSVP is required by Monday, April 20; click here. The awards are held at the Kendall College of Art and Design.

2015 Armen Awards

Reservations for Armen Awards celebration due April 20

Mark Friday, April 24 from 3-5 p.m. on your calendar and join us for the 2015 Armen Awards Celebration. This inspiring event will feature the work of each Armen Awards team and an awards presentation. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and GRCC parking ramp passes will be provided. RSVP is required by Monday, April 20; click here. The awards are held at the Kendall College of Art and Design.

2015 Armen Awards

Randy De Young, Daniel Gebrezgiabhier named Physical Science Students of the Year

The Physical Sciences Department is happy to announce that Randy De Young and Daniel Gebrezgiabhier have been named Physical Science Students of the Year. The students will attend the Student Leadership Banquet, where they will be presented with their awards. The awards are based on achieving excellence in Physical Science Department courses and on participation in a Academic Service Learning project. Randy De Young plans to transfer to GVSU to pursue a major in biochemistry and eventually attend dental school. Daniel Gebrezgiabhier plans to transfer to University of Michigan to pursue either a degree in Pharmacy or in Bio-medical Engineering.

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Students teach computer programming to fifth-graders

GRCC programming students in CO 116 introduced programming concepts to the 5th grade classes at Orchard View as part of a service learning project this semester. Computer Information Systems Professor Katie Vander Meer put together a video of the 6 weeks her students spent working with the 5th grade students.

“Being able to share coding with young children in our community and having my GRCC students teach them was an amazing experience in service learning for me,” she said. “Their faces lit up with excitement, watching what they could do with programming…and I’m not just referring to the children.”

Celebrate with Armen Awards teams on April 24

Mark Friday, April 24 from 3-5 p.m. on your calendar and join us for the 2015 Armen Awards Celebration. This inspiring event will feature the work of each Armen Awards team and an awards presentation. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and GRCC parking ramp passes will be provided. RSVP is required by Monday, April 20; click here. The awards are held at the Kendall College of Art and Design.

2015 Armen Awards