“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up…”

I grew up up in two small cities on the east side of Michigan.  New Baltimore early on and then in the 5th grade, we moved to Port Huron…Thomas Edison’s birthplace.  In fact, I went to Thomas Edison Elementary School for my first year in PH and that was a very transformational year for me.  Mr. Berringer was my teacher, I used an Encyclopedia (yes a printed copy) to write a research paper on the Amazon Rain Forest, and I received a school trophy for citizenship (my one and only trophy to date).  It was hard moving to a new school, with new friends, right after the Challenger exploded, but one thing I learned that year…Never Give Up.  Do the same!

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” –Thomas A. Edison



GrrCON Discount code and Challenge from Professor Rozema


From Professor Andrew Rozema…

Attention CIS Students Interested in Security (and CIS students)!

Did you know the Grand Rapids was host to one of the premier Information Security Summit’s and Hacker Conference?

“GrrCON is an information security and hacking conference that provides the Midwest InfoSec community with a fun atmosphere to come together and engage with like minded people. We keep GrrCON small with around 1,000 attendance to allow us to provide those things other events leave out. Whether you are a Fortune 500 executive, security researcher, industry professional, student, or a hacker of “flexible” morals you will find something for you at GrrCON.“

The student tickets sold out in about 20 seconds, but the event organizer, @EggDropX has extended a 20% discount to GRCC CIS students, just enter “JimJimityJimJimityJimJimCzerew” at checkout for 20% off the price of admission.

You can register here:  http://grrcon.com/

There are also a limited number of opportunities to volunteer at:  http://grrcon.com/volunteer/

AND if you’re into Crypto, you have an opportunity to win a free pass by entering their crypto contest here:  http://grrcon.com/crypto/

And, if enough students register and ask; Professor Rozema will enter (AND WIN!) the HAND BREAKING CHALLENGE!

(Sorry, Professor Vander Meer will NOT be entering the HAND BREAKING CHALLENGE!)