GRCC In the News, 4-18-14

Posted April 18, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Athletics, Baseball, Community, Golf, GRCC In the News, Older Learner Center, Performing Arts, Softball, Theater

GRCC offering free workshop for grandparents raising their grandchildren

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is offering a free luncheon and workshop Friday for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

Students turn lens on manufacturing

April 17, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

An annual high school student video competition aims to promote interest in the manufacturing industry.

… Videos submitted to Discover Manufacturing Today were posted on the video competition’s Facebook page and open to public voting. Student videos were also reviewed by a panel of judges, and were ranked based on a variety of criteria including creativity of the video, and how well the interview questions were addressed. The judging panel consisted of representatives from local manufacturers, Grand Rapids Community College, The Right Place, Kent ISD and Michigan Works.

Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids Presents GOD OF CARNAGE, Now thru 4/26

April 17, 2014;

Tonight, April 17, 2014, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids will continue its 33rd season with God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. The show will be presented Thursday through Saturday on two consecutive weekends at GRCC Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, beginning tonight, April 17, 2014 and closing on April 26, 2014. All performances begin at 8PM. A special talk back will follow the performance on Friday April 18th; discussion topics include: communication and conflict management.

See which historic homes will be on the Heritage Hill Tour of Homes this spring

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — This spring’s 45th Annual Heritage Hill Tour of Homes will feature seven private homes and two historic public buildings, the Heritage Hill Neighborhood Association announced this week.

… Tickets on the weekend of the tour will be $20 and available only at the ticket booth in the Sneden Center on the Grand Rapids Community College DeVos Campus, 435 E. Fulton Street.

College notes: Jenison grad throws back-to-back no-hitters, will play baseball at Indiana next year

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Every athlete wants to be known for something.

… Wes Vaughn (baseball), Grand Rapids Community College: Vaughn was 3-for-3 with two doubles in an 11-1 win over Glen Oaks CC on April 10. Vaughn (East Grand Rapids), a sophomore outfielder, is hitting .326. It was the third-straight game he had three hits.

Garrett Veihl (baseball), Grand Rapids Community College: The freshman pitcher (Greenville) earned his first win of the season pitching a complete game, 4-1 win over Glen Oaks CC on April 10. In five innings, he allowed four hits and one earned run with no walks and five strikeouts. Veihl improves to 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA.

Dylan VanPutten (baseball), Grand Rapids Community College: The sophomore (Middleville) went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two stolen bases and a double in a 9-8 loss to Macomb Community College on April 12. The first baseman is hitting .240 this season.

… Katie Klomstra (softball), Grand Rapids Community College: The sophomore (Godwin Heights) was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in a 5-3 loss to Lansing CC on April 12.

… Logan Sochacki (golf), Grand Rapids Community College: Sochacki (Jenison) earned medalist honors after shooting a 71 at the Ancilla College Invitational in Plymouth, Ind. on April 12. Teammates Cody Shoemaker and Tony Conaway were tied for third place with 73s to help the Raiders finish first.

Brad Buurstra homers twice as Union baseball team takes two from Muskegon Mona Shores

April 17, 2014; MLive

Two players named Buurstra were responsible for a lot of on-field damage as Grand Rapids Union took two games from Muskegon Mona Shores, 5-4 and 6-2, in OK Black Conference play on Thursday.

… Brad Buurstra has signed with Grand Rapids Community College. Devin Husted, who had two hits and two runs batted in during the doubleheader, is also getting recruited by schools.

Collegiate News Update, 4-18-14

Posted April 18, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: The Collegiate

Be on the lookout for the Purple Potty

Posted April 18, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Community, Education Department

Has anyone heard of the Purple Potty Project? Participants wake up to find a purple toilet in their front yard and encourage neighbors to put donations into the tank. Well, we don’t have a toilet that will be traveling from office to office, but we do have a Purple Pot!

The Purple Pot will start out in the Child Development/Education Office (Room 266 Main) and will randomly travel around to other department offices for the next 56 days until Relay for Life begins! If the Purple Pot arrives in your area, please encourage donations for a few days then pass it on to another office! Make sure you pass the word through Communications if the pot arrives in your area!

Thanks so much for your participation!

Questions: Staci

Radiology Technology students collect pop cans

Posted April 18, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Radiologic Technology

The Radiology Technology class of 2015 is hosting a pop can fundraiser through the end of the semester. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used towards our graduating class’ pinning ceremony and a state board preparation seminar. Bagged pop cans, bottle slips, or money can be dropped off at 502 College Park Plaza with Julie Lackscheide or Deb Nordman Monday through Thursday until April 25.

Raider Salute to Kathy Schoen, Kevin Lyons, Marcia Lee

Posted April 17, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Library, Raider Salute

Kathy Schoen, Kevin Lyons, and Marcia Lee demonstrated a high level of commitment by flexing their schedules to cover evenings and weekends during the recent staff vacancy in the Library & Learning Commons. Because of their flexibility, the LLC was able to remain open and maintain seamless service for our students. Thank you!

GRCC In the News, 4-17-14

Posted April 17, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Alumni, GRCC In the News, Students

Blind accident victim reunites with goalball teammates: ‘Great to be back’

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Osman Koroma, the 23-year-old blind man who was hit by a car last month, is still recovering from his injuries at Mary Free Bed, but on Wednesday he returned to a familiar setting among friends.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Mr. Koroma is a GRCC student.)

People on The Move in Kalamazoo — April 17, 2014

April 17, 2014; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — People on The Move announces the new title or working role of local people moving from one paid position to another. That includes lateral moves, promotions, new hires, or people taking on significant new work assignments.

… Alexander P. Sackett has joined Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. s Kalamazoo office as a staff geologist. Sackett, who began his higher education in the business management programs at Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College, has a bachelor’s degree in geology from Central Michigan University. He previously worked as a steel worker field trainee for a well-known developer. FTCH is a Kalamazoo-based civil engineering, architectural/engineering, environmental, and construction services consulting firm.

Distinguished Scientist Awarded GRCC Geography Field Cap

Posted April 17, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Social Science Department

The notable scientist, Richard Leakey, delivered a talk yesterday, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. Contributing much to humanity through his tireless efforts in exploring the earth, uncovering secrets of the past, assessing the impact of climate change, and advocating for social justice and wildlife, Leakey was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 greatest minds of the 20th century—incidentally a list that includes the Wright Brothers, Jacques Cousteau, Jonas Salk, and Sigmund Freud. Leakey has remained committed not only to the advancement of science, but also to fighting for political justice and environmental conservation. All of these things, incidentally, are inherently geographical.

The GRCC Geography Field Cap is awarded to the institution’s geography alumni, as well as those that have contributed to the advancement of Geography through fieldwork, exploration, research, teaching, or publication. It is rare for any one individual to contribute in every one of these areas, but Richard Leakey has done just that. In recognition for his contributions to advancing Geography, the GRCC Geography Field Cap was awarded to Professor Leakey. He graciously accepted the honor while being thanked for what he has done for the discipline of Geography—and what he has done for humankind.

Today’s active shooter response training has seats available

Posted April 17, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Campus Police, Staff Professional Development

The Active Shooter Response Training session this afternoon still has seats available. No need to pre-register to attend. Just show up and sign in.

Thu April 17th from 2-3:30 in Room 125 Calkins Science Center.

Turning Point Academy plans fundraiser for senior trip, luncheon

Posted April 17, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Community

Turning Point Academy is holding a fundraiser  at El Barrio on April 30, 2014, from 5:00-9:00pm. This is to raise funds for the senior trip and senior luncheon this year.


Photos: Eat, drink, and celebrate experiential learning.

Posted April 17, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Academic Service Learning, Armen Awards, Community, Experiential Learning, Service Learning

Celebrate integrated innovative teaching and learning practices that make meaningful contributions to our community through service learning!   The Armen Awards presentation will feature interviews and powerful video of the work of each team, a (huge) check presentation – plus delicious snacks before the show starts.

The details:
Friday, April 25th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University Woodbridge N. Ferris Building located at 17 Pearl St. NW, Room 217. Please RSVP at

Check out this album from last year’s event.

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Changes made to policies

Posted April 16, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: General Counsel, Policies

A summary of recent changes to several college policies:

11.2 Personal Information Privacy Policy: Eliminate

  • Recommendation is to eliminate as no longer necessary
  • We have separate guidance around HIPPA that did not exist when the policy was first drafted
  • Most of this policy is covered in the more current IT Policy 15.1 regarding Personally Identifiable Information

11.12 Budget Adoption: Eliminate

  • Recommendation is to eliminate as this is not necessary as a college policy. We do not hold people accountable for “violations”
  • Budget adoption is covered by State law. The internal processes to meet state requirements may vary from year to year.
  • The policy will be converted to a work instruction for reference by finance personnel.

11.21 Enterprise Print Management: Eliminate

  •  Eliminate and replace with departmental guidelines
  • The policy provides guidance to staff using enterprise print management services, but we do not hold people accountable for “violations”
  • Enterprise Print Management services change and require frequent updates. Guidelines are more appropriate to suit the purpose of the EPM system than a GRCC policy.

3.2 Non Discrimination on the Basis of Disability: New  3-2_non-discrimination_on_basis_of_disability

  • Robust policy statement detailing GRCC’s commitment to nondiscrimination in all programs, services or activities offered by the college including employment opportunities.
  • Clear statement prohibiting retaliation against individuals who file complaints against the institution, exercise their rights under the ADA or Section 504 or participate in an investigation.
  • Includes definitions for Complaint, Disability, Major Life Activity, Essential Abilities and Technical Standards, Essential & Marginal Functions and Qualified Individual with a Disability.
  • Includes Procedures for Accommodation (Student/Faculty & Staff) and Complaints (Student/Faculty & Staff)
  • Links to applicable policies and forms

11.8 Investment Policy: Revised 11-8_investment

  • Eliminated requirement for written approval from the Vice President of Finance and Administration for other wire activity in excess of $4,000,000.

Congratulations to our four GRCC Biology Students!

Posted April 16, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Biological Sciences

Three GRCC Biology students were awarded Undergraduate Research Grants for the Environment (URGE) at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute (PCCI), namely, Jim Jensen, Lindsey Cnossen, and Melena Grady. Their faculty mentors will be professors Pam Laureto and Matt Douglas. These students will be working on various research projects at PCCI for a 12-week period over the summer. A fourth GRCC Biology student, Cassie Ruso, is the first ever community college student to be awarded the Gordon Art Fellowship at PCCI. She will be working on a 10-week project that integrates both art and science and professor Paul Krieger will be serving as her mentor.

For more details, please see this link:

DLS speaker Reza Aslan rescheduled for tonight

Posted April 16, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Diversity Learning Center, Diversity Lecture Series, Diversity Lecture Series

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Exam Cram for Winter 2014 Semester

Posted April 16, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Library

Yes, it’s time for Exam Cram! What is Exam Cram? Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and librarians, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up and stress levels down!

* Faculty and staff, please share this news with students.

Winter 2014 Exam Cram will be held:

  • Sat. 4/26/2014 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sun. 4/27/2014 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Exam Cram is co-sponsored by Academic Support, Campus Activities and Library & Learning Commons. There will be librarians and tutors in multiple subject areas available during Exam Cram hours. Please park in the Bostwick (Main) parking lot. No registration required. Tutoring subjects may be limited. See our SubjectGuide for more information on this event!


GRCC In the News, 4-15-14

Posted April 15, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Athletics, Cross Country, Music, Performing Arts, Softball

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra names new music director

April 14, 2014; Petoskey News

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra board of trustees announced the selection of Libor Ondras, Ph.D., as the new Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra music director.
…A viola recitalist, Ondras serves as music director of the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra and orchestra director at the Grand Rapids Community College.

Brann’s Steakhouse CEO’s folksy memoir serves up tales of 4 decades in Michigan restaurant business

April 15, 2014; MLive

At age 19, Tommy Brann became the youngest restaurant owner in Michigan.
…His philanthropic efforts range from creating a scholarship for African-American hospitality students at Grand Rapids Community College, donating $15,000 for the Veterans Park in Grand Rapids and purchasing helmets for the Wyoming Police Department.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

April 15, 2014; Cadillac News

Aquinas College freshman Aaron Hodges (Cadillac H.S.) hit the “B standard” for the NCAA Championships in the pole vault as he took fifth place with a leap of 15-feet, 5-inches at the Don Klienow Track & Field Invitational Saturday at Siena Heights.
…Davenport University freshman Cayman Gatt (Pine River H.S.) had three hits in the Panthers’ 7-2 JV softball win over Grand Rapids Community College on April 7. She added two hits in Davenport’s 4-2 Game 2 win.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Jayhawk softball extends win streak to 3 games

April 14, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI The Muskegon Community College softball team got off to a slow start this season, but appears to be turning things around.
…MCC swept Grand Rapids Community College 11-0 and 13-0 on April 11.


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