Upcoming Events

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We have a lot of great events coming up, including our Academic Advising Days!

YogaFit

Register today for any of the YogaFit classes below!

Friday, August 3, 2018

YogaFit: Working with the Chakras

Time: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Location:  Calkins Science Center (Room 140)

Much has been written about the chakras—the seven energy centers of spiritual power that reside deep within our bodies and help regulate everything from our physical health to our emotional and mental health. YogaFit’s own teacher-­training modules have covered the chakras in detail, exploring how they work and how they affect overall health and wellness. In this one­-day intensive, you’ll work with your own chakra energies, learning chakra balancing and healing techniques to awaken a deeper connection to Self.

What you will learn:

  • The subtle energetic body on a personal level through sound, color, symbols, aromatherapy, meditation, journaling, and asana practice
  • The function and direction of each chakra and gain insight into physical, mental and emotional issues that stem from each one
  • The causes of imbalances and blockages and the science/philosophy behind harmonizing and enhancing the flow of prana
  • Chakra balancing work to help you observe your own thoughts and expectations, without judgment, and to clear the pathways in the body so that universal energy, clarity, and love can flow through you unencumbered
  • Many different tools (on and off the mat) that can enhance your own health and vitality
  • How to teach Chakra balancing and healing techniques from personal experience and authenticity

Saturday & Sunday, August 4-5, 2018

YogaFit: Yoga for ADD and the Autism Spectrum

Time: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Location:  Calkins Science Center (Room 140)

Learn how to incorporate yoga postures, mindful breathing techniques, and the latest integrative therapeutic techniques into your work with children and adults who are navigating the challenges of ADD or Autism Spectrum Disorder. This two-day intensive is ideal for yoga therapists, educators, parents, and health professionals.

What you will learn:

  • How to define the characteristics of ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and identify the therapeutic aspects of yoga that apply to these characteristics
  • The connection between yoga, social-emotional learning, and mindfulness
  • How and why yoga and mindfulness can help students with ADD and ASD
  • An overview of the most current research that confirms the benefits of yoga for children with ADD or ASD
  • How “attunement,” a form of energy work, is used to help those with ADD and ASD both in a yoga session and in their everyday life
  • How to promote self-regulation and reconnection within a yoga session in order to help your students/clients use those skills in real time

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Raider Rally

Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: GRCC Student Center

The Raider Rally is an event designed to help new students learn about GRCC. Incoming students who need help signing up for classes and those looking to learn about student clubs can stop by and talk to faculty and student leaders. Throughout the day, there will be express orientations and several campus tours that will include Sneden Hall. There will be free food, refreshments and t-shirts for students and visitors to enjoy!

September 2018 Events

Mental Health Fair

Time: TBA

Location: TBA

Check back for more info on the Mental Heath Fair to be held by GRCC.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Exercise is Medicine Workshop: Mindfulness and Meditation for Stress Reduction & Relaxation

Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Location:  Calkins Science Center (Room 123)

Presenter: Cheryl Floyd - Adjunct Professor of Exercise Science & Employee Wellness Instructor

Whether you are looking for more work-life balance/school-life balance, a better way to manage stress and emotions, or a boost in focus and brain power, meditation could be exactly what you need. Studies have shown that meditation actually changes the structure of the brain to help you concentrate better, feel more compassion, and deal more effectively with stress. Meditation does not require a lot of time or expertise—just the desire and motivation to change your life for the better.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Exercise is Medicine Workshop: What is Stress? What Are the Negative Health Effects of Stress and What Are Some Coping Strategies for Stress?

Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Location:  Cook Academic Hall (Room 218)

Presenter: Sherry Knoppers - Professor of Nursing

Stress has an immediate effect on your body. In the short term, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but chronic stress puts your health at risk.  Learn exactly what stress does to your body, your health, and well-being.  You will also learn positive and healthy ways to manage stress so negative health consequences can be reduced.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

World Peace Day - Meditation Session

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: TBA

Check back for more info on the World Peace Day events to be held by GRCC.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Exercise is Medicine Workshop: Self Care

Time: 12-2 p.m.

Location:  Student Center Multi-Purpose Room (Room 234)

Presenters: Christina McElwee - Professor of English & Director of the Center of Teaching Excellence and Josue Kisile - CARP Student Organization President & Exercise is Medicine Student Representative

Discover the different aspects of health and how important it is to take care of each of the different areas of health in our lives.  A personal journey/story will help to provide meaning to self-care and participants will create an action plan at end of workshop.

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 16-17, 2018

Advising Days for Exercise Science

Times: Tuesday 7:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. & Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: Calkins Science Center (Room 137)

All students, regardless of major, are welcome to drop-in with no appointment necessary to find out more about classes, programs, graduation, transfer, careers and more! FREE FOOD will be provided!

If you would like to arrange an advising appointment with an Exercise Science faculty member, review the list below and arrange a time that is convenient for you. Advising appointments can include (but are not limited to):

  • Reviewing the 2 + 2 articulation agreements that are available
  • Understanding the Michigan Transfer Agreement and Associate Degree requirements
  • Developing a class schedule, determining a sequence of classes that works for you and registering for classes
  • Discussing potential career opportunities that are available with an Exercise Science degree
  • Preparing for Graduation
  • Discussing professional certifications such as personal training, group fitness instruction, health coaching and more!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Exercise is Medicine Workshop: Yoga Heart Chakra Tune-Up

Time: 12-2 p.m.

Location:  Student Center Multi-Purpose Room (Room 234)

Presenters: Melanie Schiele-Gady - Professor of Exercise Science / E-RYT and Josue Kisile - CARP Student Organization President & Exercise is Medicine Student Representative

In this workshop you will discover the physical and mental signs of blocked energy in the 4th chakra and how you may benefit from aligning it.  We will be completing a heart chakra yoga practice (physical practice of yoga poses and study of what the 4th chakra is) during our session.  Dress in work-out gear and be ready to relax and give back to yourself.
 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Exercise is Medicine Workshop: Zumba Party

Time: 12:30 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Location:  Student Center Multi-Purpose Room (Room 234)

Presenters: Beth Damon - Adjunct Professor of Exercise Science & Employee Wellness Instructor

This workshop will be an activity workshop introducing Zumba to the participants by demonstrating basic dance movements and choreography to Latin based pop music.

Friday & Saturday, November 9-10, 2018

Midwest Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (MWACSM) Annual Meeting

Time: TBA

Location: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Visit the MWACSM website for more information and to register.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Exercise is Medicine Workshop: Exercise for Stress and Anxiety: Finding Ways to Manage and Gain Relief

Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Location:  Student Center Multi-Purpose Room (Room 234)

Presenters: Hilda Martinez Gutierrez - Counselor & SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Coordinator

In this class, you will explore the connections between how stress and anxiety play a role in our ability and/or inability to function properly.  Learn how exercise can help play a role in controlling stress and anxiety, as well as other ways that can help build awareness on how to manage and gain relief. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

GRCC Community Science Day

Time: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Location:  Calkins Science Center

Join us for an exciting day packed with hands-on science and health-related activities! Community Science Day hosts over 30 unique, interactive sessions to enjoy with fellow community members.

Admission is free and open to all ages! There will also be giveaways, prizes, face painting, temporary tattoos and, of course, hot beverages! Our sessions will also feature:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Obstacle courses to learn the science behind exercise and thinking
  • A traveling zoo
  • Investigating and testing pH levels
  • Using red cabbage to explore acids and bases
  • Extracting DNA from Wheat Germ
  • Creating your own silly putty
  • Building your own DNA model
  • Teddy Bear X-ray Clinic (bring your teddy for an X-ray!)
  • Building your own robot (5th graders and up)
  • And so much more!

More details can be found on our Community Science Day webpage.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

2018 Grand Rapids Turkey Trot: "Together We Are Better!"

Time: 8 a.m.

Location: 130 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI US 49503

Come join the biggest and best holiday race 5k race/walk event in West Michigan once again as a community of over 5,000 participants come together to support student achievement,engaging our entire community in a higher level of awareness around physical fitness, movement and nutrition in a fun-filled way all while supporting after-school opportunities for the students of Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Register early and take advantage of special promotional rates. Remember: the mini trot for those ages 12 and under that is free! Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group.

Be sure to tell a friend! Mark your calendars! Plan your training! See you at the starting line!

Register today!

Tuesday & Wednesday, February 26-27, 2019

Advising Days for Exercise Science

Times: Tuesday 11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.  &  Wednesday 7:45 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Location: Ford Fieldhouse Lobby (Main Entrance)

All students, regardless of major, are welcome to drop-in with no appointment necessary to find out more about classes, programs, graduation, transfer, careers and more! FREE FOOD will be provided!

If you would like to arrange an advising appointment with an Exercise Science faculty member, review the list below and arrange a time that is convenient for you. Advising appointments can include (but are not limited to):

  • Reviewing the 2 + 2 articulation agreements that are available
  • Understanding the Michigan Transfer Agreement and Associate Degree requirements
  • Developing a class schedule, determining a sequence of classes that works for you and registering for classes
  • Discussing potential career opportunities that are available with an Exercise Science degree
  • Preparing for Graduation
  • Discussing professional certifications such as personal training, group fitness instruction, health coaching and more!

Thursday - Sunday, March 21-24, 2019

American College of Sports Medicine International Health & Fitness Summit

Location: Chicago, IL

The Summit is the ONE place exercise professionals explore the full spectrum of the industry – from science to practical application. You have the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Credits by attending the educational sessions. This summit bridges the gap between the science of sports medicine and practice for the exercise professional. Faculty members highlight ways you may apply what you learn to everyday situations.

For more information, visit acsmsummit.org!