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GRCC In the News, 5-16-17

A dozen summer camp ideas for the Grand Rapids area

May 15, 2017; MLive

School for West Michigan students will end some time in June, depending on the district, charter, or faith-based school. Here are some of the more affordable summer camp options, including some free programs. Slots are filling up fast, so get your applications in.

… Free GRCC Forensic Chemistry Camp

Grand Rapids Community College wants to provide West Michigan-area high school students, who have an interest in science, the opportunity to use analytical instrumentation to find the perpetrator of a simulated arson crime. The free camp, limited to 24 students, will be held at the Science Center Monday, June 26, through Friday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visit the website for application details.

Dirty Dining: Target 8 tests find potentially hazardous buffet

May 15, 2017; WOOD TV

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The buffet at Oriental Asian Buffet is a big draw, with steam tables offering up everything from frog legs to salmon to crab rangoons.

… Restaurants must keep hot food at least 135 degrees, something (William) DeHaan stresses to his class at Grand Rapids Community College.

2017 Heritage Hill Tour of Homes includes 7 private homes, 4 public buildings

May 15, 2017; MLive

A restored 1874 Italianate mansion; an 1882 “stick style” house with working gas and electric light fixtures, an 1875 Gothic cottage with an elegant winding staircase and a 1909 Amberg house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright are on the list this year for the Heritage Hill Tour of Homes.

… Tickets the weekend of the tour are $25.00 and are sold at the GRCC DeVos campus, 435 East Fulton. Free shuttle bus transportation for the tour route is provided.

Forensic science chemistry camp starts June 26

High school students will use sophisticated technology to solve a simulated arson in GRCC’s free forensic science chemistry camp.

The Physical Sciences Department, in collaboration with the National Science and Perrigo foundations, offers the free summer camp to high school students. They will get the chance to use gel electrophoresis, infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

This summer’s camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday from June 26 to 30.

While the camp is free, enrollment is limited to 24 students, and spots are expected to fill up quickly. An application can be found here. Applicants will be notified about camp acceptance by email within one week of program coordinators receiving the camp application.  Detailed camp information will then be sent to attendees.

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GRCC In the News, 5-8-17

Change Ups: WMU Cooley Law School associate dean inducted into alumni ROTC Hall of Fame

May 5, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… AWARDS

Retired Col. Scott Haraburda is Grand Rapids Community College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus. Haraburda is a 1981 graduate from then Grand Rapids Junior College; chemistry professor Joe Hesse was named the college’s 2017 Emeritus Faculty; and president Dr. Steven C. Ender received the President Emeritus Award. Ender retired in April.

School district plans $17M renovation of high school

May 5, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local school district is planning to renovate a high school into a “center for college preparation and career technical education.”

… In a joint venture with Grand Rapids Community College, GRPS will launch its first Early Middle College program at the renovated Ottawa Hills High School.

GRBJ: Ferris programs help Latinos hone business skills

May 8, 2017 WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Throughout her 10 years in educational leadership and her work in the nonprofit sector, Lorena Aguayo-Marquez has worn many hats. Now, she wants to focus on the work that truly motivates her.

That’s why Aguayo-Marquez, program assistant for adult education programs at Grand Rapids Community College, signed up for the Latino Talent Initiative, a professional development program established in 2014 by the Latino Economic and Business Development Center (LEBDC) at Ferris State University.

GRCC Athlete Jeff Drake Todd

May 5, 2017; Grand Rapids Times

Jeff Todd is one of Grand Rapids Community College’s best basketball team players with a scoring average of 21.3 points per game as the Raiders combo point guard and shooting guard. In this interview with the GR Times, he talks about how he learned that grades come first the hard way, the influence of his parents on his college career, future plans and more.

Sinclair baseball edges Cuyahoga to win conference championship

5/7/17 Dayton Daily News (Ohio)

Sinclair split a doubleheader with Cuyahoga on Sunday to clinch the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championship.

… The Tartan Pride travel to Grand Rapids Community College for a non-conference doubleheader on Monday.

Innovation Central, Montessori students’ 2017 prom a royal night

May 5, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Students from Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Innovation Central High School and Grand Rapids Montessori joined together for a royal night at their prom Friday, May 5.

The two schools — which are on the same campus — held their prom at Grand Rapids Community College’s Raider Grille. The theme was “where the royals meet.”

Professor Joe Hesse named 2017 Emeritus Faculty

Joe Hesse
Joe Hesse

This year’s Emeritus Faculty worked to help students in and out of the classroom.

Professor Joe Hesse taught chemistry at GRCC for 28 years before retiring in 2015. He set high expectations for his classes — and helped students meet them with his infectious enthusiasm for his subject. Colleagues say he was always ready to embrace new methods — from creating a series of “Dr. Science” videos to being the first at GRCC to teach an online science course.

“For Dr. Hesse, teaching is a calling,” said President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “He absolutely believes that all students can learn under the right conditions, and he continuously worked to create the right conditions for all students.”

Hesse also worked outside the classroom to support GRCC students, especially those who wanted to follow him by going into teaching. A faculty representative to the GRCC Foundation board for 15 years, he approached the Wege Foundation to request support in starting the Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship.

“Joe saw a need for our students, and he went out into the community to seek funding to meet those needs,” said Kathryn Mullins, foundation executive director and vice president for College Advancement. “This scholarship is now permanently endowed, and Joe’s work and dedication to his students will continue in perpetuity.”

Hesse will be honored as part of GRCC’s commencement, which takes place 7 p.m. April 28 at Ford Fieldhouse, 226 Lyon St. NE.

Geology students take field trip to Indiana

Students in Historical Geology 104 traveled to southern Indiana for a field trip to explore warm tropical waters. Unfortunately, the shallow inland seas that covered Indiana retreated hundreds of millions of years ago. Despite this temporal setback, students found ample evidence of these seas, including ripples from water lapping on ancient shorelines and the elusive Flexicalymene trilobite!

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Physical Sciences hosts STEM event

The Physical Sciences Department recently joined the Van Andel Institute and Michigan State University in hosting a Fall in Love With STEM event for middle school students. It was part of a series sponsored by the Association of Women in Science West Michigan chapter.

GRCC’s event featured a stations where kids investigated scientific disciplines across science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

From the Physical Sciences Department, assistant professor Ashley Campanali led a station on engineering and assistant professor Lauren Woolsey led exploration on astronomy. From the Mathematics Department, GRCC student Rachel Swem led her own station on game theory. From the Biological Sciences Department, professor Leigh Kleinert organized a station that was run entirely by the GRCC students Shelsy DeLeon-Lopez, Afrika Earvin, Alma Garcia-Bautista, Mollie Hettinger, Brendan Howe, Jenna Meyers, Mauricio Perez, Monica Rivera, Taylor Swift, Megan Thomas, and Ana Villagomez as part of a service learning project.

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Geology lab installs ‘augmented reality sandbox’

Geology students are working with a new “augmented reality sandbox.”

It projects virtual topography and water onto a real sandbox. Students can shape the sand, which is augmented in real time to show an elevation color map, contour lines, and water. Through manipulating the sand and water features, they can explore geologic and hydrologic principles and learn about flooding, mass wasting, and volcanic hazards.

The prototype for the AR sandbox was funded by the National Science Foundation and built at the University of California-Davis. GRCC’s sandbox was a collaboration across many departments:

  • Chad Senna, from IT.
  • Eric Schuemann, from Tutoring Services.
  • student Michael Coluzzi.
  • Pam Scott, from physical sciences.
  • Jim Steensman, from facilities.
  • Jennifer Batten, from physical sciences
  • Tari Mattox, from physical sciences.

You can see a video of the AR sandbox in action on the timeline of the GRCC Physical Science Facebook page.

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