Faculty Spotlight

Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference Videos

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Did you miss out on your chance to attend the presentations at the 2014 Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference?  It’s not too late – here are links to YouTube videos on several of the presentations made by GRCC faculty and other participants!

From Steve Abid – “The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964

From Robert Hendershot – “Intersections of Class, Class, Skin Color and Religion in the Republic of India

From guest speaker Caroline Faria of Florida International University – “Styling a Nation: Fear and Desire in the South Sudanese Beauty Trade

Visual Arts Art Camp

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The Visual Arts Department hosted groups of students from four area high schools last Friday for an “Art Camp” day to introduce local students to GRCC and the Visual Arts programs.  Students from Wyoming, Caledonia, Coopersville, and East Kentwood high schools visited GRCC for a walking tour, informational introduction to the different programs offered by the Visual Arts Department, and short art demos.

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Photo credits go to Chuck Heiney, Visual Arts Adjunct Instructor

GRCC Faculty Star at Upcoming Conference

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The Race, Ethnicity & Identity Conference hosted by GRCC runs from March 10-20 this year, with a number of sessions presented by GRCC faculty.

All presentations will be held in Room 108, Sneden Hall – 425 E. Fulton.

Professor of Sociology Cedric Williams presents “Invisible Disability Identity” – 9:30-11am Monday, March 17

Associate Professor of History Robert Hendershot presents “Nationalism and Diverse Identities in South Asia: Intersections of Caste, Class, Skin Color and Religion in the Republic of India” – 9:30-11am  Tuesday, March 18

Professor of Economics Steve Abid presents “The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964” – 3-5:30pm  Tuesday, March 18

These are just the presentations hosted by GRCC faculty – for full information about all of the conference events, click HERE.


GRCC Faculty Receives Statewide Recognition

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GRCC has received word that Melanie Schiele-Gady in the Wellness Department has received the Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service Learning Award!  This award is given every two years to an individual who makes the most outstanding contribution to  service learning and community service.

Melanie incorporates service learning into her wellness classes by having students work with Grand Rapids elementary schools to generate a curriculum promoting healthy living.  Melanie’s program came in second in the 2013 Armen Awards competition and you can see a video about her program here.

Congratulations to Melanie on this great achievement!


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GRCC’s English Department is hosting the 2014 TYCA Midwest Conference this year!  Taking place October 2-4, 2014 in conjunction with ArtPrize, the focus of the conference is  “Teaching as Art – Practical Creativity and Measurable Innovation”.  Proposals to present are being accepted through May 16, 2014.


Two of GRCC’s English faculty are closely involved in organizing and coordinating the conference this year.  Katie Kalisz is in charge of local arrangements and Nora Neill is the 2014 Program Chair.

For more information about TYCA and the 2014 conference, click here.

Faculty Spotlight – Rad Tech

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It’s National Radiologic Technology Week!

X-rays were discovered by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895 and National Rad Tech week is celebrated each November to commemorate that discovery and recognize the work  of radiologic technologists across the country.

GRCC’s Radiologic Technology Program hosted a Toy Clinic with the Preschool Program on October 31 in Julie Lackscheide’s Radiographic Positioning class.  The second year Rad Tech students and their “bone buddy” preschoolers toured the lab while learning about the equipment, played Halloween games, matched up bones with their own body outlines, and decorated skeletons.

The Rad Tech students gained additional knowledge with the pediatric population while being able to introduce the preschoolers to the health care setting and learn about bones.  At the end of the clinic, each “bone buddy” took home a radiograph of a toy they brought with them to be seen at the clinic.


Faculty Spotlight – Scott Garrard

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ScottThrowing2Scott Garrard is Professor of Ceramics in the Visual Arts Department at GRCC.  He has been an active teacher, ceramic artist, and small business owner since 1982 and has been employed at GRCC since 2010.

Scott has participated in ArtPrize since 2011 and this year compiled a short time-lapse video of the construction of his entry, Teapot 48, which is a large 2×4 wood construction and follows the theme of teapot sculptures he has presented in the previous two years.  Teapot 48 was exhibited during ArtPrize at the Cathedral Square venue.

Scott writes about his work, “Teapot 48 represents my interest in ceramic forms contextualized in different formats and mediums.  It challenges the historical perceptions through shape, scale, and functionality.”

Enjoy the video!