Musical Moods This Friday

Moods written in instrumentsNext to commencement, the annual Musical Moods concert is the longest-running event at GRCC.  A collage concert featuring all of the performing ensembles of the Music Department, Musical Moods was the brainchild of Albert Smith, longtime chair of the department.  The first Musical Moods was held in 1948 and in its early years featured the band, orchestra and choir.   Over the years, new groups have been added to the mix, including the Guitar Ensemble, the Jazz Orchestra, the Madrigal Singers, the Percussion Ensemble, Shades of Blue, the String Quartet, the Wind Ensemble, and student soloists, duets and ensembles.

Until 1956, the concert was held at the East Building gymnasium.  It has bounced from venue to venue over the years due to the lack of a performing arts center at the college.  Check out some of the past Musical Moods concerts.

  • Friday, February 21
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • East Grand Rapids High School Performing Arts Center- 2211 Lake Dr. SE 49506
  • Admission:  Adults $11.00; Students/Seniors $6.00
  • All GRCC Students with current Raider Card ID- FREE/ All GRPS Students with current ID Card- FREE

Musical MoodsMusical Moods 1957 program

Musical Moods undated

For more GRCC history, see Open Door: Grand Rapids Junior/Community College, 1914-2014. Photos and text courtesy of GRCC Archives.




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Ask-a-Librarian – Have You Tried It?

Ask-a-Librarian email reference requests are just one way you can request assistance from GRCC  Reference Librarians. You can always visit the Library & Learning Commons, call a Reference Librarian (616-234-3868), or contact your department’s Liaison Librarian directly.

Ask-a-Librarian questions are answered 70+ hours a week corresponding to the hours librarians work at the Reference Desk.  Questions received after librarians close the Desk are answered on the next business day at the crack of o-dark hundred; sometimes, librarians even answer questions when the library is closed – but no guarantees!

Tell us what class the question relates to, more about the assignment requirements, where you’ve already searched and what terms you used, and anything else that will help librarians answer. Students and faculty tell us they like the ease of using Ask-a-Librarian, and that the answers are complete, helpful, and fast!

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Read Your Textbooks!

Course Reserve ShelfDid you know that the Library & Learning Commons has a large – and growing – collection of textbooks used at GRCC?  We have over 650 textbooks.  While that doesn’t cover all classes, we have at least some texts from most departments – and all the textbooks for: English; Business; Criminal Justice; Math; Psychology; Social Studies; Geography; History; Political Science; English as a Second Language; Anthropology; Exercise Science; Wellness; and,Developmental Education courses.

Run a Course Reserves Search (found on the Library homepage) to see what’s on Reserve for classes you take (or teach!)

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Voter Registration Deadlines Looming

Michigan Voter Information CenterIf you plan to vote in the Michigan Presidential Primary on Tuesday, March 10, be sure you are registered to vote! First time voters have until Feb. 24 to register to vote at the Secretary of State’s office, online or at voter registration drives. After that, registration will be accepted at local clerk’s offices, but voters need to provide proof of residency.

GRCC is hosting a voter registration event at the Tassell M-TEC on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 9-10. On the MAIN campus, voter registration materials are available in the Student Life office in the Student Center.

Upcoming deadlines:

Feb. 24: Last day to register in any manner other than in-person with the local clerk.
Feb. 25-Mar. 10 8PM: In-person registration with proof of residency with the local clerk.

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It’s a Match! Find Your Ideal Career Seminar

Career on a white board with handCounselor Erin Busscher is offering an It’s a Match! Find Your Ideal Career seminar this Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 12 from 1-2 in SCC336. It’s open and FREE to all students and employees.  If you’re not sure about your career direction, this is a great opportunity.

Take a look, too, at the Library’s [Careers Subject Guide]. Since December, we’ve added 75+ new titles to the careers collection.  You’ll find even more new careers titles on the [Careers & Education] tabs on most other [Subject Guides].



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