December 6, 2019, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Grand Rapids Community College students are inspiring. They overcome challenges. They are leaders. And, they have great stories to tell.
The GRCC College Advancement Team has a new podcast devoted to hearing these stories. “My GRCC Story” debuted last month, joining professor Andrew Rozema’s “Defeasible Reasoning” podcast, which launched a year ago.
Both are produced by GRCC’s Media Technologies Department and are available on iTunes, Spotify and other podcast sites.
“My GRCC Story” includes Communications Director Dave Murray and Evan Macklin of the GRCC Foundation – both community college graduates -- talking with students and alumni about their journey to GRCC, the people who helped them along the way and their dreams for the future.
The most recent episode features an interview with Dayanny DelaCruz, a graduate of the GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education who is now recognized as one of the top chefs in the sports and entertainment industry.
DelaCruz talks about struggling to raise a family while working all night making empanadas to sell at the Grand Rapids Farmers Market and studying at GRCC.
As executive chef for Hard Rock Stadium, she oversees creation and service of meals for all events at the stadium, including Miami Dolphins and University of Miami football games. She’s preparing for the stadium to host the Super Bowl in February.
Rozema launched the “Defeasible Reasoning” podcast in November 2018. Podcasting, he said, is an egalitarian medium that allows for real conversations to happen and for intimate stories to get told in a way that no other media can.
Defeasible reasoning is a kind of reasoning that is rationally compelling, though not necessarily formally valid. Rozema said it’s making decisions with the best information we have at the time. It’s the sort of reasoning that happens in the real world, where we’re all doing the best we can with what we’ve got.
Rozema is head of the Computer Information Systems Department, and is a nationally known cybersecurity expert. His department was recently recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, one of two Michigan community colleges recently designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. The program's goal is to promote higher education and research in cyberdefense and train professionals with such expertise.
The podcast covers all things relating to cybersecurity – and beyond – with Rozema and Noah DeSmit of the Media Technologies Department taking with current and former students and experts.
“I spent a long time working in traditional media, for a big newspaper conglomerate out of Chicago, and became a little jaded about old-media and the human cost of disruptive technologies,” Rozema said.
“Despite all that, like most hackers, I remain a techno-utopian at heart. I believe in the power of technology and the power of communication done well. I hope that we all benefit when everyone has an opportunity to have a voice. Admittedly, we’re all still figuring out how to make that work, and there are occasional misfires, but I’m confident we can all get there.”