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Raider Rush week ends with ‘GRCC Night’ at Grand Rapids Drive

February 16, 2017

logo for the Grand Rapids DriveNext week will be GRCC’s Raider Rush, with food, games and contests!

Here’s the lineup of activities:

Feb. 20

  • “Breakfast of Champions” with GRCC presidents and the Grand Rapids Drive — Free breakfast (waffles, hashbrowns and orange juice) for the first 200 people from 9-10:30 a.m. on the Main Building’s fourth floor.
  • Department decorating contest begins!
  • Student organization banners due to the Student Life office.

Feb. 21

  • Open gym basketball and a meet-and-greet with the Grand Rapids Drive — 2-4 p.m. in the fieldhouse.

Feb. 22

  • Student Leader Dodgeball Tournament and a meet-and-greet with the Grand Rapids Drive — 4-6 p.m. in the fieldhouse.

Feb. 23 (Spirit Day)

  • T-shirt Swap — Own a shirt with a not-GRCC school logo on it? Swap it for a free GRCC T-shirt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Raider Grille. If you already have some GRCC apparel, show it off!
  • Department spirit contest ballots due.

Feb. 24

  • Pep Rallies — Pep rallies will be held during both the women’s and men’s basketball games, which start at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, in the fieldhouse. Free admission!
  • Homecoming dance — This will start following the basketball games (about 9:30-11:30 p.m.).

Feb. 25

  • GRCC Night at the Grand Rapids Drive — The Grand Rapids Drive will face off against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 7 p.m. in the DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW. GRCC students, faculty and staff can purchase discounted tickets online, and parking is $5.

Student Affairs graduate students seeking summer and fall internships

February 13, 2017

The College Student Affairs Leadership program at Grand Valley State University requires their M. Ed. students to complete two internships during the program. If your department is interested in connecting with a graduate student about the possibility of doing an internship please fill out this brief form.

Both summer and fall internships would require a minimum of 150 hours; fall internships are capped at 10 hours a week on average.

Questions may be directed to Jonathan Blackwell at jonathanblackwell@grcc.edu or extension 4039.

BASU holds Black History Month celebration from Feb. 21-23

February 13, 2017

The Black Africana Student Union is hosting a three-day celebration of Black History Month. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. While the event is free for students, faculty and staff are asked to contribute to help cover the cost of the meal and event.

Questions? Contact Chiquital Clay at  (616) 234-3445 or CClay@grcc.edu.

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Nominations for student leadership awards due Feb. 10

February 9, 2017

Nominations are up for the Annual Student Leadership Banquet. Any member of Grand Rapids Community College (student, faculty, staff or Board of Trustee member) can nominate a qualified current GRCC student for a student leadership award. There is also the Jerry Benham Award for Staff and Faculty, which is awarded to any current GRCC staff or faculty member who has actively supported the leadership development of students. Nomination forms need to be received by the Student Life Office no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, for consideration. Nominators must complete a different form for each nominee and award.  Please visit the link below to find the nomination form:

http://www.grcc.edu/studentlife/studentorganizationsandclubs/studentleadershipbanquet2017

The Student Leadership Banquet is an annual event focused on recognizing the success and accomplishments of student leaders on campus. This year’s banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 5, at the L.V. Eberhard Center located on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration for the banquet closes Friday, March 24th

Questions or concerns can be directed to Thalia Guerra at thaliaguerraflores@grcc.edu.

GRCC In the News, 2-2-17

February 2, 2017

GVSU students stage sit-in against Donald Trump

Feb. 1, 2017; therapidian.org

On January 31, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., a group of GVSU students came together for a sit-in to display resistance against recent executive orders put in place by President Donald Trump. This sit-in, organized by social work student Megan Bardenhagen, along with Beau Laine VanSolkema, took place on GVSU’s Allendale campus in the Kirkhof Center. For the first half hour, students stood outside by Cook Carillon’s clock tower with signs poised high. For the next two hours, students occupied the space in the middle of Kirkhof’s main lobby, chanting in favor of diversity, unity, and freedom, while condemning Trump’s xenophobic and fascist executive orders to ban those who inhabit Islam-centric countries from entering the United States.

… Most of the time was spent chanting things such as: “No ban, no wall, this country is for all,” “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A.,” “Sanctuary campus,” “Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!” and more. A few speakers stood up to share their stories, including Joe Cadreau, who has worked with NoDAPL protests and the Black Lives Matter movement; Beau Laine VanSolkema, who is the StandOUT President at Grand Rapids Community College as well as a dual-enrolled student at GRCC; and Lindsey Disler, a GVSU student. One student in particular, Sudhansu Baskota, shared his personal story as a refugee who recently came to the United States after a devastating earthquake in his home country, Nepal.

GRCC Hosts the 35th Annual Giant Awards at DeVos Place

Feb. 1, 2017; Women’s Lifestyle

On Saturday, February 4, the 35th annual Giants Awards and Banquet will honor and celebrate 13 African American individuals or organizations for their exemplary service to the Grand Rapids community.

… Founded by Dr. Patricia Pulliam and Cedric Ward in 1983, the Giants Awards are organized by The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College. Christina Arnold recently retired as the founding director of the center and is heavily involved in planning the awards.

3-time Grammy-Award singer on ‘Hidden Figures’ soundtrack coming to Grand Rapids

Feb. 1, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you watched the Oscar-nominated film, “Hidden Figures,” you heard Lalah Hathaway’s voice.

… The Dr. Malinda P. Sapp Legacy Award will be given to Elias Lumpkins, Grand Rapids City Commissioner; Christina Arnold, director of The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at GRCC; and Cherry Street Health Services.

Club hub to be renamed in honor of Molly Maczka

February 2, 2017

Student Life and the Student Alliance are renaming the club hub in honor of Molly Maczka. Join our student leaders for the inauguration of the Molly Maczka Leadership Hub at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the hub, which is in the Student Life Office.

Molly Maczka serves hotdogs during Welcome Week.

Nominations sought for Student Leadership Banquet

January 31, 2017

Nominations are up for the Annual Student Leadership Banquet. Any member of Grand Rapids Community College (student, faculty, staff or Board of Trustee member) can nominate a qualified current GRCC student for a student leadership award. There is also the Jerry Benham Award for Staff and Faculty, which is awarded to any current GRCC staff or faculty member who has actively supported the leadership development of students. Nomination forms need to be received by the Student Life Office no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, for consideration. Nominators must complete a different form for each nominee and award.  Please visit the link below to find the nomination form:

http://www.grcc.edu/studentlife/studentorganizationsandclubs/studentleadershipbanquet2017

The Student Leadership Banquet is an annual event focused on recognizing the success and accomplishments of student leaders on campus. This year’s banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 5, at the L.V. Eberhard Center located on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration for the banquet closes Friday, March 24th

Questions or concerns can be directed to Thalia Guerra at thaliaguerraflores@grcc.edu.

Library adds Meditation and Prayer Room

January 27, 2017

The new Meditation and Prayer Room is on the first floor of the library, in the southeast section.

The room — the result of a collaboration among library faculty and staff, Student Life, and students — can comfortably accommodate six to eight people with a maximum of 15. It’s intended to be a quiet, welcoming and inclusive environment for individual meditation, reflection and prayer, respecting the beliefs, traditions and cultures of everyone.

The Office of Student Life and Conduct will provide general oversight, with library staff monitoring the space. The room can be used whenever the library is open, but it cannot be reserved and minimal seating is provided.

The library's Meditation and Prayer Room.

Free admission during ‘Night at the YMCA’

January 24, 2017

Student Life is hosting “Night at the YMCA” this weekend!

GRCC students, faculty and staff can attend the YMCA at 475 Lake Michigan Drive NW for free from 7:30-11 p.m. Jan. 28. You will need to show your RaiderCard for entry.

Questions? Call (616) 234-2477.

Night at the YMCA. Saturday, Jan. 28th, 7:30-11:00 p.m. (475 Lake Michigan Drive NW). All students, staff and faculty, as well as family and friends are welcome to attend. RaiderCard required upon entry. Free food and refreshments will be available. Basketball, volleyball, swimming, rock-climbing, track. The David D. Hunting Y. General Nutrition Corporation (GNC), GRCC Campus Activities Board. Grand Valley State University.

GRCC In the News, 1-23-17

January 23, 2017

GRCC holds grand opening dedication, open house for new preschool facility

Jan. 21, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Grand Rapids Community College marked the grand opening of the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory with a dedication and community open house on Saturday.

Members in the News January 2017

Jan. 20, 2017; Merit

GRCC Replaces Nearly $590,000 in Textbooks Through Open Educational Partnerships

Through its new partnerships with the OpenStax program and other providers of free digital resources, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has replaced almost $590,000 in textbooks with free or substantially less expensive versions. Last February, GRCC joined Rice University’s OpenStax program, which provides free, high-quality peer-reviewed textbooks. During the fall semester, more than 90 GRCC class sections used the open-educational resource (OER) texts.

Together again

Jan. 22, 2017; Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University’s Sibs and Kids Weekend will be a time of reconnection for GVSU students and their families. To celebrate this annual event, GVSU will be hosting a variety of activities Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28. Most of the activities will occur in the Kirkhof Center, although a few will happen in various other campus locations, as well as off campus.

… This year’s Sibs and Kids Weekend will be hosted by the Laker Traditions team, along with assistance from organizations like Spotlight Productions and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. In addition, the Grand Rapids Community College will be partnering with the YMCA to provide volunteers for one of Saturdays main events, Night at the YMCA.

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan Announces 2017 Great Decisions Global Discussions, Expansion into Holland

Jan. 21, 2017; 24-7pressrelease.com

Global health issues, nuclear proliferation, the complexity of U.S.-Saudi and U.S.-China relations are a few of the dynamic topics being explored as the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan launches its 2017 Great Decisions Global Discussion Series.

… In addition to strong participation from World Affairs Council members and the general community, more than 100 college students will take the series through their respective political science or international departments. Local participating colleges include Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Montcalm Community College and Western Michigan University.

American Law Society Recognizes Gary P Schenk

Jan. 21, 2017; military-technologies.net

Grand Rapids, MI, January 20, 2017 (PR.com) — Gary P. Schenk is a partner at Schenk, Boncher & Rypma based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gary’s practice focuses primarily on commercial, business, contract, and corporate law and associated litigation. His profound knowledge of commercial real estate has made him an expert advisor for both large and small business owners.

… Other notable associations and accomplishments include: serving on committees for the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan; he was a past member of the Grand Valley State University Foundation, the Grand Valley University Friends of the Arts; he is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and previously served on the Lawyer Referral Committee of the Grand Rapids Bar; additionally, he has served a term as Chairperson of the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

Jayhawks women’s team stifles Grand Rapids CC with tough defense

Jan. 21, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

MUSKEGON — The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team didn’t lose any defensive intensity over the two-week holiday break.

The Grand Rapids Community College Raiders will attest to that.

Phi Theta Kappa hosts fundraiser during Jan. 27 basketball games

January 19, 2017

GRCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter will host a second Pie-In-the-Face fundraiser during the home basketball games on Jan. 27.

The chapters is raising money to attend the national Phi Theta Kappa conference in April.

For only $1, you can throw a pie in the face of PTK members attending the game — or anyone else who volunteers. The women’s game starts at 5:30 p.m., and the men’s team takes the court at 7:30 p.m. You will find Phi Theta Kappa near the concession stands at the fieldhouse.

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.”

 

GRCC marks MLK Day

January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events on campus today include a Day of Service and showings of “Selma.”

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Collegiate podcast features Molly Maczka Leadership Hub

January 13, 2017

The Collegiate podcast features the renaming of the Club Hub to the Molly Maczka Leadership Hub. Students voted to change the name to honor the Molly Maczka, the former Student Life Office manager who died Oct. 26. The Club Hub was opened this semester in the Student Life office as a place for student leaders and club members to network and collaborate.

Volunteers needed for MLK Day of Service

January 13, 2017

The MLK Day of Service is just around the corner, and volunteers are needed!

On Monday, Jan. 16, GRCC will be participating, along with many other schools, in a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. There are two different service times available. We will be serving for about two hours, but the time includes transportation to and from the service site as well as spoken word that will occur before we leave. Transportation is provided and all volunteers will receive a shirt and a snack!

8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The Boy Scouts of America – We will be cleaning up their office and helping them prepare for the new year!

1-4:30 p.m. The Well House – We’ll be preparing a house for the next group of youth who will be living there.

Sign up here.

Thank you for serving with our students