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Upcoming Events

Academic Advising Days

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

Exercise is Medicine Seminar: Step It Up! The Benefits of Walking and Call to Action

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Calkins Science Center Room 122

Presenter: Melanie Schiele-Gady - Exercise Science Professor

The United States Surgeon General has put a “Call to Action” to promote walking and walkable communities.  Let’s take this call to action on as college and community! In this session we will talk about the benefits of walking in regards to health, wellness and quality of life, and the United States Surgeon Generals “Call to Action” Step it Up Plan.  We will then enjoy a 2+ mile walk together outside (Inclement Weather Location: Ford Fieldhouse Gym).

Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

Exercise is Medicine Seminar: Nutrition Nuggets 2.0

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location:  Calkins Science Center Room 123

Presenter: Leigh Kleinert - Biological Science Professor

How well are you nourishing your organs? Whether you love to cook or eat fast food, how do these nutrients help or hinder the functioning of your organs? And which nutrients are the most important and how much do you need? Learn to make some simple, inexpensive meals at home - or some smarter choices when eating out - that your organs will thank you for.

Saturday, October 21, 2017  

TRX Suspension Training Course

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Grand Rapids Community College Ford Field House Room 212

We are hosting a TRX Suspension Training Course! There are limited spots available!

To register and pay: go to  Need help call TRX directly at 1-888-878-5348 (US).  Here’s the direct registration link:

With the versatility of TRX Suspension Training® you’ll have a portable fitness solution to train clients and yourself in any setting. You'll learn how to properly perform and cue foundational Suspension Training exercises as well as the benefits and target muscles of the exercises. Learn modifications and progressions to adapt the exercises to every fitness level.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Properly perform a variety of Suspension Training exercises
  • Progress and regress exercises for all fitness levels
  • Adjust resistance and stability for all exercises
  • Cue and correct common faults
  • Correctly set up and use the TRX Suspension Trainer

There are no Prerequisites to take this TRX Professional Education Course.

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

Exercise is Medicine Seminar: Circuit Training Can Save You Time

Time: 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM

Location:  Ford Fieldhouse Balcony (Room 304)

Presenter: Laura Kennett - Exercise Science Professor

This session will explain what circuit training is and how it can be used to improve fitness and provide variety to your workout.  This 15 minute lecture will be followed by a 20 minute workout session. 

Resume Design & Tips Workshop

Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:  GRCC Main Building Room 236

Presenter: Melanie Schiele-Gady - Exercise Science Professor

During this session, participants will be guided through resume and design tips, including how to integrate service learning, community service, and civic engagement into their resume's to highlight their awesomeness. Participants are asked to bring their service learning, community service, and civic engagement ideas and projects with them to help build a rough draft of their services. All are welcome and participants will be using computers during this workshop. Snacks will be provided!

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

GRCC Fall Open House

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location:  Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center

Feel free to stop by the Fall Open House to learn more about what Grand Rapids Community College has to offer! The event is open to everyone, and one lucky attendee will win a $500 GRCC Scholarship! 

To register and to preview the schedule of events for the day, visit:

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

Exercise is Medicine Seminar: Healthier Kids Grow Into Healthier Adults

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:  Calkins Science Center Room 123

Presenter: Sherry Knoppers - Nursing Professor

This session will emphasize the importance of proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and physical activity for overall health in kids and adults.  Understanding the importance of maintaining good habits is a great way to promote health through all years of life. 

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Exercise is Medicine Seminar: All You Need To Know About Intervals

Time: 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM

Location:  Ford Fieldhouse Balcony (Room 304)

Presenter: Laura Kennett - Exercise Science Professor

This session will explain what interval training is and how it can be used to improve fitness and provide variety to your workout.  This 15 minute lecture will be followed by a 20 minute workout session. 

Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 27 & 28, 2018

YogaFit for Warriors Training

Time: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Location:  Calkins Science Center (Room 140)

This trauma-­sensitive yoga workshop zeros in on Post-­Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma Brain Injury (TBI), the long­term effects each one has on the mind, body, and spirit, and how yoga can bring relief. Anyone suffering from trauma—military men and women, and their families; first responders; victims of violence or abuse—as well as the mental health professionals working with them will benefit from this two-day intensive.

Note: YogaFit for Warriors intensive training hours count as an elective either for the 200­-hour or the 300­-hour training, but not both. This two­-day workshop also counts toward YogaFit for Warriors 100- and 140-hour certifications as well as YogaFit Healthcare 900-hour certification.

What you will learn:

  • Polyvagal theory, the significance of the vagus nerve in trauma, and the role that yoga plays in its ability to function well  
  • The sympathetic nervous system’s role in understanding PTSD and trauma-­related stress response
  • Specific psoas release exercises, breathing techniques, slower movement, guided imagery, and meditation practices designed to release trauma stored in the body
  • How the language we use as teachers affects our students on a neurological and cellular level
  • How to use YogaFit’s transformational language specifically for this population to facilitate a deeper release of stress

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

YogaFit: Meditation and Mindfulness

Time: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Location:  Calkins Science Center (Room 140)

This one­-day transformational training uses a multilayered approach to mantra and chakra meditations to balance the nervous system and bring greater awareness to the mind and the body. An essential “Healer Heal Thyself” self­care tool for all yoga therapists, healthcare professionals, and yoga teachers to reflect, regroup, and be able to serve the needs of their clients and students effectively.

What you will learn:

  • The many physiological and psychological benefits of a meditation practice
  • The differences between mantra and mindfulness meditation practices
  • How to demystify and customize meditation practices for your clients, students and yourself
  • Ways to integrate meditation into your daily life to find more contentment
  • How to use meditation as an opportunity to work on your own issues and facilitate deep shifts on an energetic and emotional basis

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 24 & 25, 2018

YogaFit: Level One - Foundations

Time: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Location:  Ford Fieldhouse Balcony (Room 304)

The first step on the path toward becoming a yoga teacher or simply deepening your practice, Level One provides the tools to create inspiring vinyasa yoga classes grounded in proper alignment and the safety of exercise science. 

Note: In order to receive a Certificate of Completion for Level One, you must also complete eight hours of practice teaching as a community service, in which you bring the gift of yoga, free of charge, to individuals who would not normally be exposed to yoga on a regular basis.

What you will learn:

  • Forty-­six fundamental YogaFit poses needed to teach an inclusive, well rounded, and safe yoga class to students for all ages, fitness levels, and experience
  • The physical execution, transitions, and modifications for each pose to ensure that it is safe and effective for every body type
  • To create dynamic vinyasa sequencing and flowing class formats based on YogaFit’s three-­mountain class structure
  • To use transformative language to communicate how each pose connects the mind and the body
  • To teach what you’ve learned within a nurturing and supportive classroom setting