GRCC In the News, 1-17-19

Grand Rapids area holiday events celebrating Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 16, 2019; MLive

The federal holiday honoring the life of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is Monday, Jan. 21.

… Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University will host the 33rd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration featuring speaker, David Stovall.

Teen charged with murder in EK student’s death

Jan. 16, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 17-year-old boy is charged with murder in the shooting death of East Kentwood High School senior James King.

… King’s mother said he planned to go to Grand Rapids Community College and become an architect.

Cheryl Edwards Cannon joins the Afternoon Throwdown

Jan. 16, 2019; 104.9 FM

Today I will talk with Cheryl Edwards-Cannon, Author of “Taking Care of Miss Bee Bee.”

Cheryl Edwards-Cannon is the CEO of President of Clear Path Choices, LLC, a consulting company that helps families to make informed end-of-life decisions. She holds a Master of Management degree from Aquinas College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University and a Certificate in Gerontology from Grand Rapids Community College. She is an adjunct faculty member at Grand Rapids Community College in the Social Sciences Department. ~ Lee Stephens

GRCC In the News, 1-15-19

Son feels President Gerald R. Ford’s presence at GRCC’s fieldhouse rededication

Jan. 14, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michael Ford says his family is proud to be associated with the recently renovated Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College.

Witness: Weed deal gone bad led to teen’s death

Jan. 14, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The cousin of fatal shooting victim James King said the two were trying to sell marijuana in a strip mall parking lot when one of the customers opened fire, trying to rob them.

… Her son was a senior at East Kentwood High School, with plans to go to Grand Rapids Community College, she said. He wanted to be an architect.

HCC among 30 Colleges listed as Bellwether Award Finalist

Jan. 14, 2019; surfky.com

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (1/14/19) — The Community College Futures Assembly issued a call for Bellwether Award nominations in the fall of 2018 and 30 finalist colleges in three categories were competitively chosen from the applicants. Hopkinsville Community College was among that list of finalists.

… The Community College Futures Assembly has the following programs as 2019 Bellwether Finalist programs:

… Workforce Development: Public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development.

… Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, Michigan – Creating the Public Works Pipeline

T2C Studio receives a $150,000 Wege Foundation Grant Award

Jan. 13, 2019; therapidian.org

There is never a quiet moment in T2C Studio. The sound of laughter, flipping notebook pages, and chatter constantly echoes across the glass panels ringing around this brightly colored, open-aired space in the main branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library.

… Financial issues add to the challenge of navigating the higher education system. Natasha Nash, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, cleans at a local school for thirty hours per week. Part-time work helps Nash make tuition and rent payments, but it also makes it difficult to find time to study.

Ten new international students are joining GRCC this semester!

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The New Student Orientation for International students was held on campus Friday, January 4th. Orientation runs all day and is filled with important information about federal rules and regulations for students on an F-1 visa, a tour of campus, information on getting around GRCC (bus lines, etc.), lunch, technology, and academic advising information.

The Admissions Office welcomed 10 new international students from Haiti, Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, and China. Please help us welcome them to GRCC!

Sign up for Information Station staffing next week

Students are officially back for Winter semester next week, January 7-9, and Student Life will once again be welcoming them to the new term at well-stocked Information Stations positioned across campus. Student Life couldn’t pull this off without staff and faculty help, so we’re hoping you will consider volunteering!

The Information Stations will be at Sneden, Main, Student Center, Calkins Science, and the ATC this coming semester at varying times. Sign-ups are available on the Winter 2019 Info Station Sign Up Google Sheet.

Contact Joe Courtade, Coordinator of Student Life and Conduct, with any questions: (616) 234-2543 or josephcourtade@grcc.edu

Raider salute for 488 lbs of Holiday Food Pantry donations!

The Office of Student Life and Conduct would like to sincerely thank all of you for an AMAZING Holiday Food Pantry Drive. In the last week, we received 488 pounds of food, personal hygiene products, and clothing items for our Food and Snack Pantries across campus, as well as a monetary donation from Ferris faculty and staff.

We will be going into the Winter 2019 well-stocked with great food and personal items available for our students, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Special thanks to the Dental Clinic for a sizable donation of dental products, organizers, and donors at the Holiday Breakfast, and our friends over at Ferris that ran a successful donation drive as well.

Again, we appreciate you all immensely, and we hope you all have a fantastic holiday season!

Sign up for Winter Involvement Day 2019

All registered student organizations and PENDING new student organizations are invited to participate in Winter Involvement Day 2019.

In previous years CAB has hosted a Welcome Week, but this year Homecoming will take its place for a week of events.

Winter Involvement Day will take place on Monday, January 17, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. For questions please contact Kaitlynn at kaitlynnkarl@grcc.edu.

Register your organization(s).

Sign up for Student Life Information Station staffing

Students will be returning for winter classes in just three weeks, January 7-9, and Student Life will once again be welcoming them to the new semester at well-stocked Information Stations positioned across campus. Student Life couldn’t pull this off without staff and faculty help, so we’re hoping you will consider volunteering!

The Information Stations will be at Sneden, Main, Student Center, Calkins Science, and the ATC this coming semester at varying times. Sign-ups are available on the Winter 2019 Info Station Sign Up Google Sheet.

Contact Joe Courtade, Coordinator of Student Life and Conduct, with any questions: (616) 234-2543 or josephcourtade@grcc.edu

Recap: GRCC Lakeshore students give back at Midtown Center

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GRCC Lakeshore students donated their time and energy last week at the Midtown Center in Holland. Jason Stevens, Phil Flipse, Esmeralda Hernandez, and La’teju Simmons met on December 4 to help pack hygiene kits for students at Narrow Gate, a residential facility for drug rehabilitation.

The hygiene kits were distributed to Narrow Gate students on December 7 in Marcellus, Michigan.

Kudos to both our students and also event organizer Gwen Rubio, Adult Ed and ESL instructor for the Zeeland/Holland Adult Education Program.

Sign-up sheet available now for Winter semester Information Stations

A message from Joe Courtade, Coordinator of Student Life and Conduct:

“Dear GRCC Family,

I know it’s hard to believe we’re talking about welcoming students back when they haven’t even left yet, but I wanted to get this information out to folks earlier rather than later. January 7-9, we will once again be welcoming students to the new semester at our well-stocked Information Stations across campus. Student Life couldn’t pull this off without your help–we’re hoping you will consider volunteering some of your time again!

The Information Stations will be at Sneden, Main, Student Center, Calkins Science, and the ATC this coming semester at varying times. See our Winter 2019 Info Station Sign Up Google Sheet to sign up for a time.

Let me know if you have any questions, and as always I appreciate your commitment to assisting our students!”

Contact information: (616) 234-2543 or josephcourtade@grcc.edu

 

 

Recap: practical nursing students share knowledge with community seniors

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A group of practical nursing students presented various health topics to seniors in the community this past Wednesday at the United Methodist Community House.

This event helped to educate the public about exercise, nutrition, blood pressure, diabetes, and macular degeneration.

Free parking during new RaiderCard pick up

GRCC students can pick up their new RaiderCards on campus beginning Dec. 17.

Digital rendering of new GRCC Raider Card design. Image show the front of the card, with sections of blue, gold, and cream, and the words "GRCC RaiderCard." There is also a sample student photo with the words "GRCC Student Name. Student" underneath.

All students and employees are receiving new RaiderCards as part of an on-going commitment to campus safety and security.

Preprinted RaiderCards for students enrolled in classes on Main Campus or DeVos Campus for Winter 2019 will be available for pick-up at the Raider Grille between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 17 through Dec. 21, 2018, and then Jan. 2 through Jan. 5, 2019.

Additional campus services — such as advising and the bookstore — will also be available during those times.

The new RaiderCards will be used for parking, point-of-sale registers on campus, cash-to-card machines, vending machines, printing and in some cases door access. The new cards will be “contactless” cards, where you will tap instead of swipe the cards at parking gates.

Remaining balances will be transferred to the new cards following the end of the fall semester.

Students who are enrolled in classes only at the Lakeshore Campus for Winter 2019 will be notified when their RaiderCards are available.

The new RaiderCards have larger photos, are easier to read, and longer names can be printed in full. The improved security measures allow the college to electronically control and monitor all exterior doors on campus. As a result, new building access hours will be posted in the online center and additional information will be sent prior to the start of Winter 2019.

This weekend: GRCC Players present “Good Kids” by Naomi Iizuka

Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka

December 6-8 at 8 p.m. at Spectrum Theater, GRCC Players

Good Kids synopsis:

Something happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night. Something she says she can’t remember. Something everybody is talking about. Set at a Midwestern high school, in a world of Facebook and Twitter, smartphones and YouTube, Good Kids explores a casual sexual encounter gone wrong and its very public aftermath. Who’s telling the truth? Whose version of the story do you believe? And what does that say about you?

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Caution/Trigger Warning:

This show may be triggering as it contains graphic content dealing with sexual assault, graphic language, and adult situations. Please know resources will be available in the theater lobby should anyone need to reach out to on-campus services for future discussion.

A note from the director, Carrie McNulty:

“As the director of Good Kids, I am incredibly proud of the students handling this challenging material. We have had to tackle some tough conversations regarding consent, sexual assault, and the very real case this play is based on. The cast has been open, supportive, and mature in bringing this sensitive subject to the stage.
The play is very timely, and our hope is to encourage conversation and a call to action. Because of the nature of this play, we will be encouraging the audience to stay after the Friday (December 7) performance to engage in a conversation with a talk back panel.”

Discussion Panel:

There will be a post-show Discussion Panel on Friday, December 7. Panel members will include:

  • Lina Blair (Director of Student Life and Conduct)
  • Kimberly DeVries (Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance)
  • Officer Robin Kritzman (Campus Police Officer)

 

Exam Cram begins today at the GRCC Library

Blue banner with yellow and white text. Text reads: "Exam Cram at the GRCC Library"

What is it?

Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and librarians, stress-relieving workshops, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up and stress levels down!

When is it?

  • This week, Monday, December 3 – Sunday, December 9
  • EXTENDED WEEKEND hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on both Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9

ALSO! Be sure to take advantage of the fun and relaxing (and free!) workshops that will be held during the week:

Meditation Sessions:

Monday (12/3) 12–12:30 p.m.

  • Weekly Mindfulness Meditation: This week’s practice will be a loving-kindness meditation, which cultivates feelings of kindness and compassion for ourselves and others. Regular practice is known to increase experiences of positive emotions such as joy, gratitude, hope, and love.

Wednesday (12/5) 10–10:30 a.m.

  • The Mountain Meditation: This guided visualization promotes feelings of calm grounding, inner strength, and stability in the midst of challenging circumstances and stress.

Thursday (12/6) 10:30–11 a.m.

  • Body Scan Meditation: In this guided meditation, we bring our awareness to each part of the body, sequentially and then as a whole, non – judgmentally, with opportunities to soften any tension found along the way. Many people find this produces deep physical relaxation and a sense of mental calm.

Weaving Workshop:

Wednesday (12/5) 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Feeling stressed about final exams? Treat yourself to a free make & take weaving workshop with Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, host of the CraftSanity Podcast and GRCC adjunct journalism professor. Bring an open mind and good vibes. No experience necessary. Looms and yarn will be provided.

More information is available on the GRCC Library and Learning Commons Exam Cram page.

Next week: Exam Cram at the GRCC Library

Blue banner with yellow and white text. Text reads: "Exam Cram at the GRCC Library"

What is it?

Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and librarians, stress-relieving workshops, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up and stress levels down!

When is it?

  • Monday, December 3 – Sunday, December 9
  • EXTENDED WEEKEND hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on both Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9

ALSO! Be sure to take advantage of the fun and relaxing (and free!) workshops that will be held during the week:

Meditation Sessions:

Monday (12/3) 12–12:30 p.m.

  • Weekly Mindfulness Meditation: This week’s practice will be a loving-kindness meditation, which cultivates feelings of kindness and compassion for ourselves and others. Regular practice is known to increase experiences of positive emotions such as joy, gratitude, hope, and love.

Wednesday (12/5) 10–10:30 a.m.

  • The Mountain Meditation: This guided visualization promotes feelings of calm grounding, inner strength, and stability in the midst of challenging circumstances and stress.

Thursday (12/6) 10:30–11 a.m.

  • Body Scan Meditation: In this guided meditation, we bring our awareness to each part of the body, sequentially and then as a whole, non – judgmentally, with opportunities to soften any tension found along the way. Many people find this produces deep physical relaxation and a sense of mental calm.

Weaving Workshop:

Wednesday (12/5) 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Feeling stressed about final exams? Treat yourself to a free make & take weaving workshop with Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, host of the CraftSanity Podcast and GRCC adjunct journalism professor. Bring an open mind and good vibes. No experience necessary. Looms and yarn will be provided.

More information is available on the GRCC Library and Learning Commons Exam Cram page.