GRCC offers forensic chemistry camps

GRCC’s Physical Sciences Department, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, is offering two Forensic Chemistry Camps this summer. High school students interested in forensic chemistry can check it out July 8 through 12, 2013, or July 15 through 19 — free of charge.

The goal of the camps is to provide Grand Rapids area high school students who are interested in science with the opportunity to use analytical instrumentation in an inquiry-based forensic chemistry experience. Students from across West Michigan are encouraged to apply.

As part of the camp, students will use gel electrophoresis, infrared (IR) spectroscopy, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and other methods of analysis to find the perpetrator of a simulated arson crime.

For application details, click here.

GRCC In the News, 5-14-13

Google Glass: West Michigan online physics teacher takes students on virtual field trip to Switzerland

May 13, 2013;  MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Google’s wearable computer, Google Glass, isn’t widely available for purchase yet, but the tech world is buzzing and a West Michigan online physics teacher is one of a lucky few to try out the futuristic frames.

… Andrew Vanden Heuvel, who teaches for Michigan Virtual School, Calvin College and Grand Rapids Community College, said his journey to Geneva, Switzerland, began after a call from Google.

Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, violinist Regina Carter coming to St. Cecilia Music Center

May 13, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and jazz violinist Regina Carter are a part of St. Cecilia Music Centers 2013-14 jazz series.

… Special guests for the evening will be their fathers: Duane Davis, formerly director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College and now a professor of jazz voice at Western Michigan; and Paul Brewer, jazz trombonist and director of instrumental music at Aquinas College.

Be a part of an amazing collection of films

May 13, 2013; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – If you’re a movie lover, make sure to mark next week off on your calendar. The Grand Rapids Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday and this year’s festival is bringing amazing works of cinematography to several different locations across downtown.

… On May 17, Grand Rapids Community College will host a Producer’s Brunch at 11 a.m. at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center. That evening, a free outdoor screening of the film “Bicycle Dreams” will take place at Rosa Parks Circle. “Bicycle Dreams” was named the Best Feature Documentary at the 2009 Grand Rapids Film Festival and played at eleven other international film festivals.

Sisters from neighboring schools square off in OK Red girls tennis tournament

May 13, 2013; MLive

GRAND HAVEN — Tim Buck and Brian Hodge became acquainted with each other more than two decades ago through the sport of tennis.

… Demetrius Buck and Clayton Hodge were counterparts in high school and met regularly over the course of four years.

“The boys played against each for four years and then they were the teammates at Grand Rapids Community College,” Tim Buck said. “And then the girls came around, and I just think it’s really cool to have two tennis families like ours, and to have the kids follow in what we grew up doing.”

Muskegon Community College in position to qualify for national golf tournament

May 14, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — After winning the state title, the Muskegon Community College golf team is taking a run at qualifying for the nationals.

… Trailing MCC is Jackson Community College (612), Grand Rapids Community College (618), Oakland Community College (621), Columbus Community College (624) and Mott Community College (627).


YMCA Veggie Van to visit Sneden today

The YMCA Veggie Van will be at the DeVos Campus from 1:15-2 p.m. today in the parking lot behind Sneden. It accepts cash, check, credit, debit and Bridge cards!

GRCC In the News, 5-13-13

Departing GRCC board member Terri Handlin reflects on GRCC’s growth, mission

May 10, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – When Terri Handlin was first elected to the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees in 1991, both the college’s student body and its campus were a fraction of its current size.

Mother’s irreplaceable keepsakes destroyed in Grand Rapids fire

May 11, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — As fire spread through her Southeast Side apartment, Kylie Sylvester understood that she and her 2-year-old son, Alexander, would loss possessions that could be easily replaced.

… Sylvester, who is a student at Grand Rapids Community College, said this is the second time that fire has left her out of a home. Seven years ago, when Sylvester used to live in Arizona, an electrical fire started from inside the walls in the apartment she was living in at the time.

GRIL U participants teens graduate from college

May 10, 2013;

In a time where many of our urban teens are known to drop out of high school, GRIL (Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders) is proud to announce the college graduations of three of our GRIL U teen leadership program graduates!

… Terrill Charleston graduated from GRCC with an Associate’s degree in Business Education. Charleston plans to work towards his Bachelor’s at Davenport University in the fall. Charleston graduated from the GRIL U program in 2008 through Jubilee Jobs, Inc.

Fracking comes to West Michigan

May 10, 2013;

Perhaps you’ve seen them: billboards that aim to educate the public about horizontal hydraulic fracturing or fracking, a relatively new process of oil and gas extraction from deep shale layers.

(Article is by Maryann Lesert, of GRCC’s English Department.)

West MI Fractivist Sarah Barker sings for a silent spring

May 10, 2013;

Sarah Barker, who performs as Sairuhnade, wrote the song “Silent Spring” in honor of Rachel Carson’s book by the same title, the book often referred to as marking the start of the modern environmental movement, and one that Barker read in an EcoLit and Activism class at GRCC.

(Article is by Austin Stadler, a student in GRCC’s Writing for Publication class.)

West MI Fractivist: Jeff Smith and the ‘People’s EPA’ indict the oil & gas industry

May 10, 2013;

With a welcoming smile and laid back attitude its difficult to imagine that a few short months ago Jeff Smith, founder of Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID), was in jail for occupying the downtown office of Wolverine Oil and Gas.

(Article is by Tiffany Szakal, a student in GRCC’s Writing for Publication class.)

West MI Fractivist Nicole Berens-Capizzi puts compassion and action up against injustices

May 10, 2013;

Try to imagine living your life without cash. The work you put forth helping other people is paid for in goods or services you need. If you have an extra microwave oven and need a blender, you simply swap items with a member of your community, and neither item goes to waste. This is part of what a Grand Rapids-based organization, Mutual Aid GR is trying to achieve. In addition to their Barter Board, Mutual Aid also assists in planting community gardens and focuses on direct action to help citizens of Grand Rapids who are in need.

(Article is by Martin Simons, a student in GRCC’s Writing for Publication class.)

West MI Fractivist Steve Losher: “We’ve got every right to be here!”

May 10, 2013;

The past year was an exciting one for Steve Losher, president of Michigan Land Air Water Defense (MLAWD), and he has no plans of slowing down in 2013. Carpenter by trade, Losher is finally putting his 25 years of pent up environmental angst to work. Losher has recognized, researched and taken a stand against hydraulic fracking as a founding member of MLAWD, a non-profit organization composed of citizens from all types of backgrounds, in the hopes that people become involved and educated on the dangers of fracking.

(Article is by Noel Fleming, a student in GRCC’s Writing for Publication class.)

Dow grad Allen finishes collegiate baseball career on high note

May 10, 2013; Midland Daily News

Midland’s Michael Allen certainly ended his college playing days on a high note.

… After graduating from Dow High, Allen attended Saginaw Valley State University, then transferred to Grand Rapids Community College, where he played under head coach Mike Cupples, a former minor league catcher in the Oakland Athletics system during the mid-1980s.

Undrafted linebacker getting close look by Bengals

May 12, 2013; Lancaster Eagle Gazette

CINCINNATI — When trying to assess if an undrafted rookie will make the Bengals 53-man roster in September, the first place to look would be linebacker. Of the six linebackers who were on the roster when last season ended, four were undrafted players including Vontaze Burfict and Emmanuel Lamur.

… (Nick) Truesdell, a former Anderson High standout, has not played since 2011 at Grand Rapids Community College after he tore his ACL. Before that he played briefly at UC in 2008, lasting eight games before being kicked off the team due to some legal incidents.

Baseball season ends with regional loss for Muskegon Community College

May 11, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The baseball season came to an end for the Muskegon Community College baseball team.

The Jayhawks finished 34-15 after dropping a 6-3 decision to Grand Rapids Community College in a losers bracket game Friday in the regional tournament in Battle Creek.

Delta College’s stunning tournament roll halted one win shy of World Series

May 11, 2013; MLive

BATTLE CREEK — Delta College delivered a magical run.

But the Pioneers couldn’t complete the fairy-tale finish.

After knocking off the top three seeds to reach the championship game of the NJCAA Regional baseball tournament, the underdog Pioneers ran out of magic one win from the World Series. Grand Rapids Community College came out of the losers bracket to score 8-3 and 3-0 victories Saturday to make Delta’s dreams disappear.

KVCC softball team advances to NJCAA national tournament for first time since 2006 with 8-1 win over Owens CC

May 10, 2013; MLive

Kalamazoo Valley Community College softball coach Mike Clark said he had a feeling this could be a special season for the Cougars softball team on the first day of practice.

… Clark said a pair of losses to Grand Rapids Community College on April 9 seemed to change the tide for his team this season.

Kellogg CC baseball ousted from regional

May 10, 2013; The Battle Creek Enquirer

Kellogg Community College saw their season end with two tough losses on Friday in the NJCAA Division II Region XII Tournament.

The Bruins lost a 5-3 heartbreaker to Delta College in the semifinals early on Friday afternoon and were bounced from the double-elimination tournament by Grand Rapids Community College with an 8-4 loss on Friday night.

Delta baseball one win away from World Series

May 11, 2013; Midland Daily News

BATTLE CREEK– In just its second season as a varsity program, coach Dan Smith’s Delta College baseball team is now one win away from the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series.

The Pioneers, the No. 8 seed in the eight-team double-elimination regional, will play in today’s noon championship game at C.O. Brown Stadium against either Grand Rapids Community College or Kellogg Community College. If Delta loses, there will be a second championship game at 4 p.m.