February 9, 2016

Meeting today, 2-9-16

GRCC groups that are scheduled to meet today include:


February 9, 2016

GRCC In the News, 2-9-16

“News at Noon”

Feb. 8, 2016; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College is joining a growing list of schools giving students free textbooks to help them on the road to higher learning.

A TV anchor talks; underneath her it says: "GRBJ: GRCC signs on to free textbook program."

February 9, 2016

Fieldhouse’s lower-level locker rooms to be closed February 12

All four lower-level locker rooms of the Ford Fieldhouse (rooms 105, 107, 107 and 108) will be closed from 1:30-3:30 p.m. February 12 for maintenance work.  All RaiderCard readers will be shut down during this time.

Shower space will be available during this time in the athletic team locker rooms on the main level, although you will not have locker space in this area.

February 9, 2016

US Green Building Council student group hosts Midwest Sustainability Conference

Learn how building projects can be both “restorative” and “regenerative” in a conference hosted by GRCC’s US Green Building Council student group.

The Midwest Sustainability Conference, hosted by GRCC, the USGBC student organization and the West Michigan Chapter of the US Green Building Council, runs February 19 through 21.

The conference theme — “Restorative & Regenerative” — focuses on projects that have a healthy impact on the environment and the people who live, work and play in them. Sessions will look at energy conservation, sustainable design, urban gardens and other green building topics. The event is open to everyone. To register, click here.

Trenida Charlton, president of the US Green Building Council student group, said the session topics will be relevant to many professionals and students.

“The first time I attended a conference like this, it helped me realize that sustainability is not just about green buildings — it is about restorative design, health care, community and so much more,” she said. “Sustainability is something we can all play a role in. Getting involved in an opportunity like this allows you to find where you can help make a difference.”

Hanna Jeffers, the group’s vice president, agreed: “I think anyone who comes to the conference will take away from it, whether they use what they learn to better their lives and home, their career, or their business. I’ve been encouraging everyone — from students pursuing business, engineering, manufacturing, construction management, facilities management, architecture, and more — to come because I think that learning about what is emerging in the world of sustainability is relevant to everyone.”

The event also includes the premier of USGBC’s ADVANCE Institute, which will train 20 to 30 “ambassadors” in how to help nonprofit and other organizations create and operate in a more sustainable manner. Applications for the institute will be accepted until February 12; to submit one, click here.

“The ADVANCE workshop seeks to increase access to resources and expertise for new or under-served or under-represented groups,” said Charlotte Pease, assistant professor of mechanical and architectural design, and the student group’s adviser. “Participants will be provided with the tools and know-how to help these community organizations improve their stewardship of their health and energy resources.”

Sayed Zawad, secretary for the US Green Building Council student group, is especially excited about participating in the ADVANCE Institute.

“It gives you an edge by adding cutting-edge tools to your belt,” Zawad said. “Ambassadors learn the art of driving community impact, develop a deep understanding USGBC social equity framework, and build a 12-month strategy to deliver solutions to the communities and places they love.”

Jeffers said she’s looking forward to the tours of area buildings.

“Tours are my favorite because I love hearing why something was designed this way or that, and how it all ties together,” she said. “I have lived in Grand Rapids my whole life, and it amazes me how much I continue to learn about our city and its businesses.”


February 9, 2016

Ekachai Jearakul to perform in International Guitar Series

GRCC’s International Guitar Series features Ekachai Jearakul, the winner of the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America Solo Competition at 7:30 p.m. February 18. To purchase tickets, click here.

The 2015-16 GRCC International Guitar Series presents the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Solo Competition Winner Ekachai Jearakul. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, 7:30 p.m. GRCC Main Campus, Recital Hall, 200 Music Center. General Admission: $15; Students and Seniors: $10. For more information, visit grcc.edu/internationalguitarseries, call (616) 234-3940 or email bmorris@grcc.edu.

February 8, 2016

GRCC partnership means lower textbook costs

A new partnership could lower textbook costs for GRCC students.

GRCC has partnered with Rice University’s OpenStax program to encourage the use of free, peer-reviewed textbooks on campus.

The OpenStax textbooks are online, but students can get printed versions at greatly reduced prices. Business professor Garret Brand, who helped review open educational resource options for GRCC, said faculty members are looking at the OpenStax inventory, and students may start using texts as soon as they are offered.

Brent Spitler, an associate professor in the business department, is switching to an OpenStax textbook for a statistics class this fall.

“Students can easily access the text directly from the OpenStax website, where they have the option to download a full copy, an e-book, or access the necessary information to obtain a traditional bound printed copy at cost,” he said.

In addition to the savings for students, use of the digital texts gives him some flexibility, Spitler said.

“We also have the ability to provide additional content — effectively customizing the materials to our specific course objectives,” he said. “This is an opportunity to bring in input from other resources, like our Tutorial Lab coordinator as well as industry advisory groups. Once we develop this customized material, we can provide it, copyrighted, to OpenStax for use by other institutions.”

Hands type on a laptop.

February 8, 2016

Campus Activities Board, Asian Student Union, Hispanic Student Organization host dance

The Campus Activities Board, Asian Student Union and Hispanic Student Organization are sponsoring a Valentine’s Day dance. The free event — 5:30-9 p.m. February 12 in the Raider Grille — will include food, games and music by DJ Xsizim.

You’ll need your RaiderCard for entry, but you may bring a guest. The event is open to everyone — not just couples!


February 8, 2016

Scholarship workshops start February 9

Learn what makes a strong scholarship application!

The College Success Center is holding workshops to assist students in applying for the GRCC Foundation Scholarship and the Grand Rapids Foundation Scholarship.

All sessions will be in room 113 of Sneden. No advance signup is needed — just show up:

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. February 9.
  • 9-10 a.m. February 11.
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. February 17.

February 8, 2016

GRCC In the News, 2-8-16

GRCC joins national affordable textbook program

Feb. 5, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College has joined a growing list of schools that are providing free, professional-quality textbooks to students to improve access to higher educational learning.

GRBJ: GRCC starts program for free textbooks

Feb. 8, 2016; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College has joined a growing list of schools that are providing free, professional-quality textbooks to students to improve access to higher educational learning.

Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal wins the 2016 Giant Among Giants Award

Feb. 7, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — For 40 years, Teresa Weatherall Neal has dedicated her life to helping young people realize their potential, including tackling barriers that so often keep poor kids from learning and finding success.

… On Saturday, Feb. 6, Neal was named a Giant Among Giants, the top honor at the 34th annual Giants Awards at DeVos Place. The event hosted by Grand Rapids Community College recognizes the notable contributions of African Americans to the quality of life in Grand Rapids. A dozen others were also honored for making a difference in the community.

Area high school grads making an impact on college sports scene

Feb. 5, 2016; MLive

The winter season is heading down the homestretch for local college athletes and a number of former area high school standouts are turning in strong seasons with their college teams.

… NorthPointe Christian grad Regan Cross is a freshman on the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team. Cross is averaging 10 points per game, along with 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Cross scored a season-high 17 points against the Hope College JV.

Hope Dollarhide, Karli Warning are best friends off the court, double-trouble in competition

Feb. 5, 2016; MLive

WAYLAND — It’s double-trouble out on the basketball court for the Wayland Union girls basketball team.

… “Both of them will be continuing on with basketball after college,” (coach Marty) Howard stated. “Hope (Dollarhide) has already signed a letter of intent to play at Lawrence Tech, and Karli (Warning) will be attending and playing at Grand Rapids Community College.”

February 8, 2016

Black Student Union hosts events for Black Future Month

GRCC’s Black Student Union has organized a week of activities for Black Future Month. All of them are free, and everyone is welcome.

Here’s the schedule:

  • “Hidden Color” documentary — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. February 9 in room 132 of the library; free pizza and punch will be served.
  • Spoken Word and Nourishment 4 the Soul — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. February 10 in room 132 of the library. All GRCC students are invited to share their artistic expressions through spoken word and poetry at this open event. Free soul food will be served.
  • “Love is an Action Word” play — 5:30 p.m. February 11 in the Spectrum Theater; refreshments will be served.
  • Young, Black, and Professional Conference: “Vision, Passion, and Success” — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the ATC; lunch will be served, and a cash prize raffle will be held. This conference includes workshops and presentations that will help you become a better student, find your career path and create the future you desire for you and your loved ones!

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