Come to the Mesozoic Garden in Calkins Science Center at 1 p.m. today!

Posted July 29, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Uncategorized

Volunteer your face or send your students down to be in the new GRCC Completion Campaign videos at 1 p.m. today in the Calkins Mesozoic Garden. Come any time from 1-2 p.m., this afternoon. The task is simple: all you have to do is sit in a chair for :30 seconds while Noah and Klaas from the Media Department capture footage of your face. It’s that easy! Volunteers get a free parking pass!

Call Chloe in Communications with any questions at (616) 234-3535.

GRCC In the News, 7-29-14

Posted July 29, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Alumni, Athletics, Basketball, GRCC In the News, Police Academy, Preschool

Summer Games to Play

July 2014; Beacon (newsletter for the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children)

Cootie Catcher Nature Game

Here is an idea for older preschoolers and school age kids to get them outdoors and in touch with nature during the summer months. Most children can make their own Cootie Catchers with a little help from an adult or older child. This activity is a wonderful way to develop vocabulary and encourage creative problem-solving. It can be done anywhere outdoors on the sidewalk, in the backyard, or in a park.

(Article written by Maureen Milarch, from GRCC’s preschool.)

Inside Track: Walker chief marks 40 years in law enforcement this year

July 25, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom stands as a much-needed example of how law enforcement can be an accepting and viable career path for women and members of minority communities.

… Business/Community Involvement: Michigan Crime Victims Appeal Board chairperson, chairperson of the Police Academy Advisory Board for GVSU, member of the Police Academy Advisory Committee at GRCC, member of the Criminal Justice advisory committee for KCTC, member and former president of the Old Newsboys Goodfellow Fund of Detroit, World Medical Relief board member.

ABA’s Chicago Steam signs Roy Jackson of Flint, same league that launched Dr. J’s legendary career

July 28,2014; MLive

FLINT, MI — If you follow Roy Jackson on any of his social media accounts, then you’re already aware that he eats, sleeps and breathes the game of basketball.

… His father, Teddy Jackson, wasn’t the only one in his corner when things got rough, his mother Delois Jackson, sister Lakrisha Jackson and girlfriend Dynasia Walker were there to uplift him, too. Prior to attending UAPB, Jackson enjoyed a solid two-year career at Grand Rapids Community College from 2010-12.

Campus Dining Fall Changes

Posted July 29, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Campus Dining

The Raider Grille will be open this fall semester from:

  • Monday thru Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for Lunch
  • Friday 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (open for Breakfast & Lunch)

The Quiet Cafe will have an all new Breakfast Menu with more classic favorites & original options to satisfy anyone’s needs!

  • Served Monday thru Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
  • Lunch/Dinner will be served Monday thru Thursday 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The Sneden Cafe is undergoing a complete remodel & will feature more hot food options!

  • Open Monday thru Thursday 7:00 a.m. thru 6:00 p.m.

Remember to follow us on Facebook: The Raider Grille, The Quiet Cafe, The Sneden Cafe & GRCC Dining Services for up to date specials, promotions & special event information!

Sidewalk work to affect Bostwick parking ramp

Posted July 29, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Facilities, Traffic Updates

The parking ramp gates for the Bostwick Parking ramp, 5th-, and 6th-level entrance and exits on the Ransom Street side will be closed and locked at 8 p.m. Wednesday night and will remain closed until 6 a.m. Tuesday morning to allow for sidewalk repair on Ransom Street. The Bostwick Street entrance and exit will be open as usual.

GRCC celebrates Higher Learning Commission’s praise

Posted July 28, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Employees

In April, GRCC hosted the Higher Learning Commission site visit. And because of YOU, the visit was a huge success! Words the HLC reviewers used to describe you and your work: pioneers, exemplary, exceeds expectations, highly organized, pride, high quality, and best practice.

This is reason to celebrate! As a show of appreciation, there will be a lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center Multi-Purpose Room on Monday, August 18 and in the Sneden Hall Multi-Purpose Room on Wednesday, August 20.

RSVP to Lakenya Gissendanner at ext. 4040 or with your choice of one of the two dates.

Photos from Summer Campus Adventure

Posted July 28, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Experiential Learning, Honors Program

The Summer Campus Adventure for incoming GRCC honors program students included an “Amazing Race” competition around campus, food and prizes.

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GRCC In the News, 7-28-14

Posted July 28, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary, Alumni, Community, GRCC In the News, Transferring, Workforce Training

GRCC, Davenport University sign articulation agreement

July 25, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University have signed an articulation agreement that will give students who complete the medical assistant program at GRCC a seamless transfer to Davenport’s health-related programs.

Change Ups: Attorney to be installed as fellow

July 25, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

David R. Fernstrum, an associate of law firm Mika, Meyers, Beckett & Jones PLC, has been elected a fellow by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers for sustained, outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers was established in 1995 through an initiative of the Council of the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association. New fellows will be installed Nov. 8 in Los Angeles.

… Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating its 100th anniversary with 100 Ways To Give service projects including care packages for foster children at D.A. Blodgett-St. Johns Home, Toys For Tots, Grand Rapids Homes for Veterans and In The Image.

5 Questions: Growing companies get a boost at the MSU Bioeconomy Institute

July 26, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — The Sentinel chatted Tuesday with Tom Guarr, who serves as director of research and development at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute, 242 Howard Ave., in Holland Township.

… Q: What’s your role in operating this facility?

A: My role is to oversee the intern program, to come up with the projects and lead the students through their projects, but help them become independent researchers and further their careers. We’ve had students from Hope, GRCC, GVSU, Michigan State, Michigan, Western — a good variety of students.

Filmmakers want to shoot holiday movie starring Ed Asner, Marion Ross in Grand Rapids

July 27, 2014; MLive

The shoulders lift, compress, and gently sag. The hands clasp. What emanates from the mouth falls somewhere between sigh and prayer. And the eyes turn up as though in earnest supplication, wondering if it’s possible to actually go back to what Christmastime in downtown Grand Rapids used to be, circa 1967.

… But it’s going to depend on West Michigan moviemakers Teresa Thome and Patrick Ziegler and a cast of characters that include Ed Asner, as well as Marion Ross, who played Richie Cunningham’s mother on Happy Days.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Teresa Thome and Patrick Ziegler are GRCC alumni.)


100 Ways to Give: Finance and Administration collects for S.H.O.E.S.

Posted July 28, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary, Community

The Finance and Administration team is partnering with In The Image, to help our area elementary students — GRCC’s future students!  Through the S.H.O.E.S program (Shoes Help Our Elementary Students), In The Image provides brand new back-to-school shoes for at-risk students in Grand Rapids, Wyoming and Kentwood elementary schools.  The type of shoes distributed are athletic shoes so students can participate in physical education, extra-curricular activities, and enjoy a fun and safe recess with their friends.

Just $15 provides a new pair of shoes for a child in need, $150 for a sports team and entire classroom for just $375.  Please help us make a difference in the life of a child by sending a monetary gift to Campus Police for the S.H.O.E.S. program by August 1.

We are also in need of new socks- each pair of shoes is delivered with a pair of socks. Your donation may be dropped off at the Grand Rapids Community College Police Department, at 25 Lyon, or can be sent through Inter-office mail.  If you prefer, contact Dispatch at 234-4910 and an officer will be happy to personally pick up your donation.  Checks should be made payable to “In The Image-S.H.O.E.S.”  If you wish to receive a receipt for tax purposes, please make sure we have your name and address, if paying by check, you will be all set.

To see more ways that you can be part of 100 Ways to Give, click here.

GRCC In the News, 7-25-14

Posted July 25, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary, Community, GRCC In the News

Helen Claytor sculpture unveiled

July 25, 2014; WZZM

A bronze, 7½-foot sculpture honoring Helen Claytor was unveiled last night by the Peter Secchia family, Helen Claytor’s family, Grand Rapids city officials and members of the Grand Rapids Community Legends Project.

… The location of the statue is at the Grand Rapids Community College Bostwick Plaza, which is directly across from Fountain St. Church.

Grand Rapids sculpture series adds rights activist Helen Claytor; Betty Ford coming in 2018

July 23, 2014; The Republic (Columbus, Ind.)

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — The Grand Rapids Community Legends project has added a sixth statue to a series that will grow to include former first lady Betty Ford four years from now.

Photo caption: The Helen Claytor statue awaits to be unveiled at GRCC Juan Olivarez Student Plaza, Grand Rapids, Mich., Wednesday, July 23, 2014.


The latest from GRCC TV on YouTube: statue dedication, Ben McKleskey

Posted July 25, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary, Alumni, Community, Media Technologies, YouTube

GRCC In the News, 7-24-14

Posted July 24, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary, Alumni, Athletics, Baseball, Community, GRCC In the News, Workforce Training

See statue of Helen Claytor, latest Grand Rapids Community Legend

July 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A statue honoring the late Helen Claytor was unveiled Wednesday, July 23, by the Grand Rapids Community Legends project. It is the sixth statue placed by the initiative, which is funded by the family of former Universal Forest Products CEO Peter Secchia.

The statue of Claytor, a civil rights activist who became the first African-American president of the national YWCA, was placed in Grand Rapids Community College’s Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza. Carla Blinkhorn, CEO of the YWCA West Central Michigan, described her feelings about the unveiling as sad and grateful.

GRCC faculty, staff celebrating college’s 100th anniversary with ‘Ways to Give’ project

July 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College faculty and staff are celebrating the school’s 100th anniversary with a series of donation projects, ranging from collecting school supplies for children to sending books to inmates of the Kent County Jail.

Autocam brand to live on after acquisition

July 23, 2014;

While Autocam Corp. will be acquired by a Tennessee-based public company in a deal that was announced in July, the automotive supplier does not expect the sale to have much impact on its West Michigan operations.

… Autocam is also expected to continue its employee training programs, which aim to develop a skilled workforce for the company, he said. Through Autocam’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership program with Grand Rapids Community College, the company pays for employees education while they continue to work for the manufacturer. Kennedy said he believes those programs will continue under the new ownership, since many of NN’s talent development needs are similar to Autocam’s.

Michigan District 9 Big League team aspires for spot in ESPN televised final

July 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — George Rosinski has authored a resume as a Little League manager that, in scale and context, compares favorably to most any baseball manager that has ever managed a club in the state of Michigan.

… (Brad) Buurstra, now an 18-year-old shortstop and righthanded pitcher that will play at Grand Rapids Community College next season, still relishes each trip to a tournament championship as much as the last.

… Union teammate Devin Husted joins Buurstra on the District 9 roster, as does Grand Rapids Community College sophomore pitcher Domonic Cintorino, a Kenowa Hills alum; all three have played together under Rosinski since the Senior League World Series trip to Bangor, Maine in 2012.

Depth may push Central Michigan football forward

July 24, 2014; The Detroit Free Press

The Mid-American Conference may be sleeping on a football giant at Central Michigan.

… (Cody) Kater had a great high school career at Montague and attended Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to CMU.

Volunteers needed for video shoot

Posted July 24, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Communications

We’re looking for volunteers to be in a GRCC video shoot! We’d like students (you can send your student employees) and casually dressed staff (no business wear). We’ll be doing the filming at 1 p.m. July 29 in the Calkins gardens. If you’re interested, contact Chloe in Communications at extension 3535 or


Statue of Helen Jackson Claytor dedicated

Posted July 24, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary, Community

A statue of Helen Jackson Claytor was unveiled on GRCC’s Olivarez Student Plaza on July 23. It’s the sixth statue in the Grand Rapids Community Legends project. Mrs. Claytor was a civil rights activist who became the first African-American president of the national YWCA.

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Volunteers needed for Story Van

Posted July 23, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary, Community

We are still looking for volunteers to help collect GRCC stories and birthday wishes after the Byron Festival Days in Byron Center this Saturday, July 26. The GRCC Story Van will be in the parade beginning at 10 a.m. and then set up after to record stories and birthday wishes. Check out this link of two retirees, Alice Donahue and Bunny Bookwalter, who have worked a couple of events gathering stories.

If you are available, contact Liz Timmer at or 457-3708.

GRCC In the News, 7-23-14

Posted July 23, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Community, GRCC In the News, Students

Sixth statue in Grand Rapids Community Legends project to stand downtown

July 22, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The first African-American president of the national YWCA will be memorialized with a downtown statue. Helen Jackson Claytor, whose leadership of the local Young Women’s Christian Association prompted the resignation of three white board members, is the latest addition to the Grand Rapids Community Legends project.

A bronze, 7.5-foot statue of the Claytor, who died in 2005, will be unveiled 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, in Grand Rapids Community College’s Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza, across from Fountain Street Church.

Man charged in crash that killed Grandville High School senior, cousin

July 22, 2014; MLive

MECOSTA COUNTY, MI — A man is charged in a Mecosta County crash that killed two cousins.

… Michael Aguilar, 22, of Coopersville, and Roman Aguilar-Emmons, 18, of Wyoming, died in the crash. They were riding in Fuentes-Perdomo’s vehicle to Mount Pleasant’s Soaring Eagle Casino when police said Fuentes-Perdomo failed to stop at the intersection of Eight Mile Road and Northland Drive and collided with a pickup truck about 4:20 p.m. May 3.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Michael Aguilar was a GRCC student.)

Mini Maker Faire calls for makers

July 22, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

An informational session will take place tomorrow for an event this summer that will showcase West Michigan’s do-it-yourself makers.

… The inaugural event was organized by the open community lab GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Genesis and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.


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