Sept. 27, 2017; The Torch (Ferris State University student newspaper)
… Literature in person
Katie Kalisz, a professor of English at Grand Rapids Community College and a recognized poet, will be presenting in IRC 120 Monday, Oct. 2, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, please contact Dr. Deirdre Fagan at DeirdeFagan@ferris.edu.
ArtPrize Nine hit another big landmark Monday night as the jurors revealed their favorite entries. Take a look at their favorites which include a few surprises and some snubs too.
… The biggest surprise here, and it’s a welcome one, has got to be the diversity of the venues represented in the category. You can expect The Ruse Escape Rooms and Veterans Memorial Park to see an influx of visitors after being named to the Jurors Shortlist. GRCC Collins Art Gallery and Cultural Collective @ Rumsey Street might see the bigger crowds they deserve too. DeVos Place is a regular in the second round each year.
MICHIGAN – More than one-third of Michigan’s job growth will be through apprenticeships over the next five years, said United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, in an online post Last week, Governor Rick Snyder welcomed United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to West Michigan to see how the state is connecting employers with educators and showing students the careers available to them at a young age. Michigan is a strong leader in apprenticeships, with the 8th most in the nation. Gov. Snyder and Sec. Acosta visited Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, where they are holding orientation for more than 150 new employees each week. They toured Grand Rapids Community College and Mercy Health to check out innovative job training programs. In Battle Creek, they checked out advanced manufacturing at Bleistahl and ROsler. Acosta told Snyder that he was impressed by Michigan’s leadership in job growth and its proactive approach to our future talent needs.
Maryann Lesert has been named the recipient of the Moondancer fellowship for 2017 at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs.
In all of her writing, the natural world and its human inhabitants are equally prominent and intertwined. From her first play, Superwoman (1998), a 90-minute warning of technologies that threaten to erase our biological sense of place, to Threshold, her current novel-in-progress about environmental activists working to stop fracking in Michigan’s state forests, Lesert’s work is equally inspired and supported by time with the natural world. Threshold grew from two years of boots-on-well-sites research on fracking in Michigan’s state forests. An excerpt from Threshold appears in Fracture, Essays, Poems and Stories about Fracking in America (Ice Cube Press, 2016). From 2012 to the present, Lesert has presented her research on the scientific, sensory and community effects of fracking in a presentation, titled Fracking in the Forest, to more than 50 academic, environmental and public audiences across the state. Lesert is a playwright, novelist and journalist who teaches creative writing at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College.
GRCC is honoring three employees who have gone above and beyond in making meaningful connections with their students.
The Excellence in Education Awards were established in 1989 to honor GRCC employees — all of whom are nominated by their peers — for their contributions to the college, higher education and the community. Lynnae Selberg, an assistant professor and director of the Counseling and Career Center, received the faculty award. Lorena Aguayo-Márquez, program assistant for Academic Outreach, received the staff award, and Tom Mulder, in the English department, was honored with the adjunct award.
“The Excellence in Education Awards carry special meaning because the recipients are chosen by their peers,” said President Bill Pink. “The work done by Lynnae, Tom and Lorena has made a very real difference in the lives of so many students.”
Selberg developed GRCC’s CLS 100: First Year Experience course, a class that all students must take in their first semester that gives them the academic tools they will need to be successful in higher education. In addition to teaching sections of CLS 100, she teaches final exam preparation workshops and academic success workshops — which help students on academic probation or who are returning from academic suspension. She works with GRCC’s Honors Program and is the academic advisor for Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She serves on numerous committees and advisory boards — on and off campus — and works directly with Grand Valley State and Ferris State universities to ensure a successful transfer experience for GRCC students.
“Those who work with her know that Lynnae is not just a colleague: She is an educator, advocate, mentor and leader,” Pink said. “When we ask for volunteers to staff a student event — whether it’s Welcome Week, information stations, GradFest or open houses — she is one of the first to step up.”
Aguayo-Márquez’s work in Academic Outreach has connected her with high school and middle school students, adult learners and those who struggle with English. She plays crucial roles in GRCC’s Adult Education program; the Cruisin’ to College Success Summer Learning Academy for Grand Rapids Public Schools sophomores and juniors; on- and off-campus ESL programs, including integrated courses such as the ESL/CNC Machining and ESL/Certified Nursing Assistant programs; construction, manufacturing and woodworking summer camps for sixth- through ninth-graders; and NIA – Women with Purpose, a group for female African American students.
“Lorena brings GRCC into churches, grocery stores, block parties and festivals,” Pink said. “She gives people who have never considered college the encouragement, practical help and inspiration they need for success.”
Mulder, a retired high school English teacher, has the gift of connecting with students of all abilities. He has played a key role in creating writing courses for students who plan careers in research, health care or social sciences. Students in the Grand Rapids Past and Future course that he created explore the city as they connect their writing to the idea of community.
“Tom, a voracious reader and lifelong learner, leads his students by example,” Pink said. “His students leave his classroom as critical thinkers and readers — ready for the next challenge.”
Adjunct English instructor Roel Garcia wrote the script for “The Bread Show,” a celebration of Latin American and Anglo-European bread-making traditions presented by the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony. GRCC student Mariana Ramirez Franco was among the actors in the August 4 performance at the Holland Area Arts Council.
April 20, 2017; Hospitals & Health Networks (American Hospital Association publication)
Since 1997, Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., has provided community-based care through its Healthier Communities initiative. Developed through the merger of two previous programs, Core Health was added in 2008 to provide in-home education on general wellness, including weight and stress control, for patients with early-stage chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
… Once selected, CHWs undergo rigorous training in a certification program developed jointly by Spectrum Health’s Healthier Communities and the Grand Rapids Community College to provide the Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance standardized curriculum. Upon completion, the student will receive a certificate from GRCC. To become certified for the Core Health program, CHWs are tested in eight competencies, including advocacy and outreach; community and personal strategies; legal and ethical responsibilities; teaching and capacity building; communication skills and cultural competencies; coordination, documentation and reporting; healthy lifestyles; and mental health. The eight-week onboard training includes classroom work, scenario precepting, job shadowing and peer mentoring, after which CHWs understand the nature of diabetes, heart failure and COPD, as well as the resources to manage them.
Spend an hour listening to Denise Joseph tell stories of teaching and volunteering and you’ll know right away why the Literacy Center is honoring her with the Marshall Pitler Volunteer of the Year Award at this years Spellebration event.
… Never one to slow down, Denise also sings with the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus, takes Spanish classes at Grand Rapids Community College, and serves in leadership at Fountain Street Church. In addition, she serves as the adopted Grandmother of a family of Eritrean refugees who settled in Grand Rapids.
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