GRCC In the News, 3-28-13

Grand Rapids’ new multi-million-dollar economic boon? The Silver Line BRT construction begins

March 28, 2013; rapidgrowthmedia.com

The long-anticipated construction of what could be Grand Rapids’ biggest economic generator yet begins in two weeks as Michigan’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line breaks ground on the first three of 33 high-tech bus stations.

… As buses get close to downtown, they’ll have stations at or near new apartments along S. Division and at Tapestry Square, the new University Preparatory High School, Saint Mary’s Health Care, Grand Rapids Community College, Van Andel Institute, the Medical Mile, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, DeVos Place Convention Center, and in downtown Grand Rapids near restaurants, shops, and banks. Some stations are just a few blocks from Cooley Law School, Kendall College of Art & Design, and Grand Valley State University. And the buses will also pass miles and miles of vacant land, underused buildings, abandoned buildings, and decaying urban properties.

Wyoming Public Schools board approves teacher contract ahead of right-to-work implementation

March 27, 2013; MLive

WYOMING, MI — Teachers at Wyoming Public Schools will see annual pay increases based on longevity reduced under a new three-year contract approved Monday, just days before Michigan’s right-to-work law goes into effect.

… Other districts where new contracts were recently negotiated at include Grandville, Grand Rapids Public Schools, and Grand Rapids Community College.

Rockford seminar on hydraulic fracturing heats up

March 27, 2013; Greenville Daily News

ROCKFORD — The conversation threatened to spiral out of control during the question-and-answer period of a contentious seminar on hydraulic fracturing Monday evening at Rockford High School.

More than 100 area residents turned out to hear from author Maryann Lesert, who extensively studied the topic while doing research for an upcoming novel.
Lesert, who teaches at Grand Rapids Community College, was in town at the behest of three area conservation groups; Citizens for Responsible Resource Management (CRRM), Kent County Water Conservation (KCWC), and Mutual Aid of Grand Rapids (MAGR).

Psychology Department Spearkers Series looks at ‘Mental Toughness’

The Psychology Department Speakers Series will hold its final session from 1-2:30 p.m. April 3, 2013, in the ATC. Dr. Edmund O’Conner will present “Mental Toughness: The X-Factor in Sport and Life.”

Learn how to develop the psychological edge to be better and more consistent than opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident and in-control under pressure. While sports are emphasized, the skills covered — focus, centering and rebounding from mistakes — apply in all areas of performance.

Dr. O’Connor is a Fellow and Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, practicing at the Performance Excellence Center at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

GRCC In the News, 3-27-13

White Jesus marketed as ‘unoffending’ Christ to suburban America, Grand Rapids keynote speaker says

March 27, 2013; MLive

Edward Blum, a historian at San Diego State University, and Andrew Smith, an assistant professor of New Testament at Cornerstone University, took part in an MLive chat Tuesday, March 26.

(Excerpts from live chat follow.)

Blum is scheduled to give the conference’s keynote address 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in room 108 of GRCC’s DeVos Campus, 433 E. Fulton St.

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