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GRCC In the News, 5-7-18

News at 5 p.m.

May 4, 2018; WOOD TV

Andrew Rozema, head of the Computer Information Systems Department, appeared on the broadcast to talk about GRCC being designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

What’s happening inside Hawaii’s Kilauea, the world’s longest-erupting volcano

May 4, 2018; The Washington Post

On Monday, a lava lake vanished from the top of Kilauea volcano on the island of Hawaii. The flow of liquid rock that normally fills Puu Oo crater, on the volcano’s eastern flank, had been abruptly turned off.

… Shield volcanoes “are really voluminous, the largest volcanoes on Earth, but because they have those long, low-angle slopes, they’re not very dramatic,” said Tari Mattox, a geologist who worked at the Hawaii Volcano Observatory for six years. “People are surprised when they go to Hawaii and they say, ‘Where’s the volcano?’ And I tell them, ‘You’re standing on it!'”

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Tari Mattox is a geology professor at GRCC.)

Change Ups: Green Well rebranded as Rockford Riverside Grille

May 4, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Mildred “Jane” (Baessler) Doyle is Grand Rapids Community College’s 2018 Distinguished Alumna; Fátima Nieves is GRCC’s 2018 Faculty Emeritus; and Noorthoek Academy students Katie Aubert, Leetrice Souza and David Wolven were awarded honorary Associate of Arts degrees.

FIRST Robotics World Championship Showcases Michigan’s Future STEM Talent

May 4, 2018; detroitchamber.com (Detroit Regional Chamber)

When it comes to the future of autonomous and connected vehicles, talent is a major component of Michigan’s next-generation mobility leadership. With more than 150,000 engineers and world-class colleges and universities, the Detroit region is already a prime spot for companies in the mobility industry. Last week, Michigan put the future of its engineering talent pool on full display in downtown Detroit.

… (Alexandra) Holt is currently dual enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College and GHHS, taking high school and college classes by day and interning by night. She added that this experience is invaluable to her future career.

Group marches in Grand Rapids to commemorate 1963 Children’s Crusade for civil rights

May 5, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A group of children and adults marched Saturday in downtown Grand Rapids to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham — an important moment in the civil rights movement.

… Gertrude Croom, a retired Grand Rapids Community College professor, took part in the peaceful protests as a 16-year-old and was with throngs of teens following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jackson celebrates college graduation with Timberwolves in season opener

May 5, 2018; The Monroe News

Saturday is a big day for Kenny Jackson.

… He went to Grand Rapids Community College after leaving high school.

Ottawa Hills celebrates fun, vibrant 2018 prom

May 6, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Ottawa Hills High School students celebrated their prom Saturday, May 5, at the Grand Rapids Community College Applied Technology Center.

Fátima Nieves to be honored as Faculty Emeritus

GRCC’s 2018 Faculty Emeritus is a woman who continues to advocate for students — even after her retirement.

Fátima Nieves is the first Hispanic staff member to receive the honor, which will be given to her during commencement at 7 p.m. April 27 in the fieldhouse.

Nieves started her career in 1979, working with English as a second language students in the Grand Rapids school district. In 1985, she became an academic advisor with what was then Grand Rapids Junior College. She was known for her patience in helping students — especially international students and those who spoke limited English — navigate higher education. Colleagues say she always brought the student perspective to processes and proposed changes, and was a dependable volunteer at events on and off campus.

But she also realized that there is more to helping students succeed than just getting them in the classroom. She connected them to community resources to make sure they had the support they needed to achieve their academic goals.

Nieves retired as a faculty advisor in the Academic Advising and Transfer Center in 2015 — and missed working with students almost immediately. Within a year, she was back, helping with advising, orientation and other events. She also volunteered to review graduation audits that had been denied. She re-examined transcripts and degree requirements and told students what they needed to do to finish their degree. Of the 117 audited students who would have been denied graduation in the Winter 2017 Semester, she was able to help 95 — 81 percent — of them graduate.

She is the first person in the Academic Advising and Transfer Center to receive Faculty Emeritus.

Nieves is a true student advocate, said President Bill Pink.

“During her career at GRCC, she consistently went above and beyond in order to serve our students to the highest standard, making them feel valued and important here,” he said. “We continue to benefit from her generosity with her time and experience.”

Student organization members invited to suicide prevention training

Members of GRCC student organizations are invited to take part in special suicide prevention training.

Suicide is one of the leading causes of college student deaths. The one-hour Question Persuade Refer Gatekeeper Training will address some of the stigma surrounding this issue, suicide warning signs, and campus and community resources.

If you are interested in receiving this training, email Hilda Martinez-Gutierrez at hgutierrez@grcc.edu.

Get ready for Winter 2018 semester with ‘Service Saturday’ on Jan. 6

GRCC is holding a “Service Saturday” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 6. It’s the perfect time to wrap up unfinished business before the Winter 2018 semester starts!

The following offices will be open:

Free workshops cover final exam preparation, career planning

GRCC will host a series of free workshops this semester, covering topics related to personal development, academic skills, career planning and emotional well-being. All workshops are offered on a drop-in basis — no advance signup is needed. Questions? Call (616) 234-3900 for additional information.

The workshops being offered in November are:

  • Building Healthier Relationships — Learn ways to strengthen your relationships with family, friends and co-workers; 3-4 p.m. November 9 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Promoting Health Credit — Learn ways to promote healthy credit from GRCC financial aid experts; 12:30-1:30 p.m. November 13 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Depression: Overcoming Sadness and Disappointment — Learn productive ways to express sadness, overcome hurt and live a happier life; 5-6 p.m. November 13 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Question, Persuade and Refer — Suicide is a real issue in our country. Learn about common risk factors and how you can help connect people who are struggling with help; 11 a.m. to noon November 14 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Managing Anxiety: Strategies for In and Out of the Classroom — Learn the causes and symptoms of anxiety and coping strategies; 3:30-4:30 p.m. November 14 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Is Online Right for Me? — Get an overview of how online learning works and what skills students need to be successful; noon to 1 p.m. November 16 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Career Planning Basics — Learn the basics of choosing a major and planning for a career; 10-11 a.m. November 28 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Career Assessment — Sort through options and capture what truly matters to you as you weigh your skills and interests toward a meaningful career pathway; 10-11:30 a.m. November 29 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Final Exam Prep — Create an exam study plan and learn tips for taking essay, multiple choice, short answer and true-false tests; 5-6 p.m. November 29 or 10-11 a.m. November 30 in room 336 of the Student Center.

More than 35 colleges to take part in Transfer Fair on Oct. 25

More than 35 colleges and universities are participating in this year’s Transfer Fair, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. October 25 in the Student Center’s Student Lounge (room 201).

During the fair, you can

  • Learn about transfer requirements.
  • Pick up catalogs and other information.
  • Meet with representatives from colleges and universities.