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Will Psychologist Couch be Replaced by a Computer?

Will Psychologist Couch be Replaced by a Computer?

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Will Psychologist Couch be Replaced by a Computer?

Expert Weighs In On New Treatment for Anxiety and Depression at GRCC Presentation

October 17, 2011 Grand Rapids, MI – As the holiday season approaches, news of upticks in the incidence of depression and/or anxiety cases increases. GRCC’s Psychology Department Speaker Series will bring in Dr. C. Richard Spates, professor of Psychology and director of the Anxiety Disorders Laboratory at Western Michigan University to discuss recent results of a new computer-based treatment. The October 20 lecture is free and open to the public.

“It may still seem ironic to many in the public that a season filled with holiday parties, family occasions and special events can bring about depression, but to those of us in the field of psychology, it certainly does not,” said Dr.

Catholic Central, West Catholic Drama Departments Combine for Fall Production of Wilder’s Our Town

Catholic Central, West Catholic Drama Departments Combine for Fall Production of Wilder’s Our Town

West Catholic and Catholic Central Drama Departments are teaming up once again this fall, this time to present Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Our Town, Oct. 27, 29 and Nov. 3, 5, at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 30 and November 6 at 3 p.m. All performances will be staged at the Performing Arts Center at Aquinas College.

Described by American playwright Edward Albee as “…the finest play ever written by an American,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by the Stage Manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually—in one of the most thought-provoking scenes in American theatre—one child dies.

"Thornton Wilder's masterpiece...An immortal tale of small town morality [and]...a classic of soft spoken theater."The New York Times

Catholic Central and West Catholic Students Top Goal in All A’s Walk Fundraiser

Catholic Central and West Catholic Students Top Goal in All A’s Walk Fundraiser

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 10, 2011 -- Students from Catholic Central and West Catholic high schools raised $102,395 last Wednesday in their 20th Annual All A’s Walk, topping their $100,000 goal by more than $2,000.  Nearly 1,200 students from the combined schools walked three miles to John Ball Park in the culmination of a month-long effort to raise funds to assist Catholic Secondary Schools families with tuition costs.

The All A’s Walk  is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Catholic Secondary Schools Annual Fund, which provides grants to families who need help meeting tuition costs. About one-third of Catholic secondary school students in Grand Rapids benefitted from aid amounting to approximately $950,000 last year. The Bishop’s Fund for Catholic Education also contributes funds to be used for tuition scholarships, as does the diocese in the form of parish support for tuition.

Catholic Central, West Catholic High Schools to Host Open Houses Oct. 9

Catholic Central, West Catholic High Schools to Host Open Houses Oct. 9

Catholic Central and West Catholic high schools each will host an open house for prospective students, their parents and the community on Sunday, October 9, from 1-3 p.m. The events will be held in the respective high school buildings.

These are the first such open houses for the two schools and are open to anyone in the community who is interested in learning more about Grand Rapids’ two Catholic high schools. The itinerary includes a general overview, building tour and classroom stops where faculty members will be available to answer questions. Representatives from various clubs and organizations also will be on hand to field inquiries.

WHAT:           Prospective Student and Community Open House

GRPS Count Day is Tomorrow - Wed. Oct 5

GRPS Count Day is Tomorrow - Wed. Oct 5

The Grand Rapids Public Schools have launched their annual “Campaign to Count Day” with a series of mailings, emails, automated calls, flyers and special events all geared at raising awareness of count day and ensuring all students are in school every day, particularly on Count Day.

This year though, the Fall count means even more to public schools because of the changes made last Spring to the School Aid Fund that changed the Fall/Winter count day formula from 75/25 to 90/10.

“Our message to parents, students, and the broader community is that attendance is important and counts each and every day. But on Wednesday, October 5, it counts for 90% of the state funding for our students, schools and the district as a whole,” said Dr. Bernard Taylor, Jr., Superintendent of Schools.

Calvin College sees enrollment boost, record-setting diversity in entering class

Calvin College sees enrollment boost, record-setting diversity in entering class

From: calvin.edu

Calvin College is seeing a boost in first-year enrollment and record-setting numbers of both minority and international students in its 2011 incoming class.

The first-time-in-any-college (FTIAC) and transfer student populations are up three percent from 2010. Calvin College's entering class totals 1,067 students, 961, of which are first-year, 106 of which are transfer students. This marks Calvin's largest incoming class since 2007.

As one of the nation's leading Christian colleges, Calvin drew students from more than 30 different denominational backgrounds for this fall's class; students from the Christian Reformed Church comprise the largest group, coming in at just under 40 percent.

The incoming class has demonstrated very strong academic performance; their average ACT score is 26, their average GPA is 3.6.

Catholic Secondary Schools Announce Appointment of New Board Members

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Board of Directors of the Catholic Secondary Schools recently announced the appointment of the following four new board members:

Mr. John Brechting is a Project Engineer in the design, development and coordination of industrial system and manufacturing facilities construction for BP&R Engineering, Inc. in Holland.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and is a licensed professional engineer.  John is a member of Holy Trinity parish in Grand Rapids.  He and his wife, Patricia, have 5 children.