Tag Archives: Social Sciences Department

Condolences to friends, family of Rev. James Bogdan

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the Rev. James “Father Jim” Bogdan. He started at what was then Grand Rapids Junior College in 1959 and retired from GRCC in 1993. As a history professor, he taught one of the first three Honors classes offered at GRJC and also served as chair of the Social Sciences Division. In this video clip, part of GRCC TV’s “Successful Aging” series, he talks about aging and spirituality:

GRCC In the News, 4-5-18

Retired GRCC professor recalls working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

April 4, 2018; WZZM

In the Spring of 1963, retired Grand Rapids Community College Professor Gertrude Croom was a 16 year old living in a very segregated Birmingham, Alabama.

Contractors earn national awards

April 4, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two West Michigan construction firms were honored for their work at a national awards ceremony.

… Rockford’s (Rockford Construction) work on the Grand Rapids Community College Laboratory Preschool earned it the National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award. The award honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects.

College’s Latino business center wins grant

April 4, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local foundation has donated a three-year grant valued at $150,000 to a university’s Latino business center.

… “The Grand Rapids Community Foundation grant will help fund programs that equip young Latino professionals with the skills, resources, and confidence needed to become leaders at work and in their own communities,” said Carlos Sanchez, the center’s (Latino Business and Economic Development Center) director and a foundation board member. “Our Latino entrepreneurs will be more prepared to launch and expand successful businesses and empowered to take ownership of their future.”

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Carlos Sanchez is a member of the GRCC board of trustees.)

Geography lecture draws 157 people

A lecture on community geography by an assistant professor at Syracuse University drew a crowd to Sneden Hall.

Jonnell Robinson, the university’s director of community geography, delivered this year’s Visiting Geographical Scientist lecture — Points, Lines and People: Connecting People and Place through Community Geography” — on Wednesday. She is one of only 41 Visiting Geographical Scientists listed by the American Association of Geographers and the International Geographical Honor Society.

She spoke on the importance of colleges and universities collaborating with their local communities to address issues and resolve problems by using geographical techniques, skills, and strategies.

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Community geographer to lead discussion on March 27

GRCC is hosting a community geographer from Syracuse University on March 27.

Jonnell Robinson, the university’s director of community geography, will deliver this year’s Visiting Geographical Scientist lecture from 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 27 in room 108 of Sneden.

Robinson has done a lot of research and work in applying geographical analysis and mapping to ameliorate social injustice in urban areas . Her discussion is sure to touch on matters relevant to many disciplines in the arts and sciences, as well as workforce development.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

GRCC In the News, 1-25-18

New restaurant Westside Social opens at former Shawmut Inn site

Jan. 24, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Joe DiLeonardo hopes his new restaurant, Westside Social Tavern, finds the same loyal following as its predecessor, the Shawmut Inn.

… Westside Social will eventually be handed down to DiLeonardo’ oldest son, Anthony, 23, a graduate of Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s a sous chef at the restaurant, working alongside head chef Bob Huynh, whose resume includes Green Well and Nonna’s: The Trattoria in Ada.

World Affairs Council 2018 discussion series starts Jan. 29

Jan. 24, 2018; MLive

Global health, the defense budget and Putin’s Russia are just a few of the topics  the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan will explore during their 2018 discussion series.

… Local participating institutions include Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Montcalm Community College and Western Michigan University.

GHACF president a finalist for Visionary Award

Jan. 24, 2018; Grand Haven Tribune

One of the finalists for the 2018 Visionary Award from Lakeshore Advantage was Holly Johnson, president of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, for her work with the Housing Next initiative.

… Other finalists were:

Brian Walker, Herman Miller; Peter Haines, Ottawa Area ISD; and Dr. Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College/Careerline Tech Center Early College Program, who worked to design a unique early college program that integrates a corporate partner, allowing students to participate in internships and earn a professional industry certification.