Fulton Street to close for repairs

Posted August 20, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Facilities, Traffic Updates

Starting August 21 and running through September 5, the city is shutting down Fulton Street from Lafayette to Jefferson avenues for repairs.

Steam system to shut down for repairs August 23

Posted August 20, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Facilities

Veolia Steam Services needs to shutdown the campus steam system for repairs. The system will down for about four hours starting at 7 a.m. this Saturday. The Calkins Science Center and the Learning Center will not have air conditioning during this time.

GRCC In the News, 8-20-14

Posted August 20, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Admissions, Alumni, Community, Criminal Justice, Enrollment Center, GRCC In the News, Students

Healthier west Michigan economy a drag on GRCC enrollment

Aug. 19, 2014; WGVU

Grand Rapids Community College’s 2014-2015 academic school year begins in less than one week at. While there are plenty of students buying text books and preparing for a semester of studies, their numbers are down from last year.

A festival of innovation

Aug. 18, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — This is the season for back to school, but there is something to be learned every day! The Grand Rapids Public Museum is partnering with the Geek Group and GR Makers for the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but GRCC is a sponsor of this event.)

Tenants get first look at townhouses that replace dilapidated Madison Square apartments

Aug. 19, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — JoAnna Brown yelped in delight as she entered the kitchen at her new home on Gilbert Street SE.

… Brown, a 26-year-old criminal justice major at Grand Rapids Community College, said the three upstairs bedrooms and two bathrooms also will improve the quality of life for her sons, ages 6 and 11.

Jordan Shimmell steps into the Doghouse: A Cruiserweight Destined to Be Champion – Interview

Aug. 18, 2014; doghouseboxing.com

With the kind of resume Jordan Shimmell, of Hudsonville, MI, had as an amateur, he looks like a sure thing to be fighting for a professional championship within 2 to 3 years. He is 16-0 (13) as a pro. His father, Dennis Shimmell Jr., and advisor Al Haymon, plan to do it the right way and not rush the 25 year-old in before he is ready.

… Jordan’s younger brother Niall boxed prior to joining the Air Force. Jordan was on the Dean’s list at Grand Rapids Community College. He played football in high school and was part of a rock band. He also performed in a school play. He has a love of off-roading with dirt bikes, go-karts, golf carts, lifted 4x4s, quads, etc. He goes to sand dunes and trails.

Changes in Human Resources

Posted August 20, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Human Resources

We are making some changes in Human Resources that will help us to reduce expense while continuing to provide excellent customer service. We are not going to fill the Director of Staff Development position and are taking the opportunity to do some internal reorganization. The following is a brief overview of some changing roles:

  • Associate Director of Human Resources Jessica Berens — Jessica will assume the operational leadership role of the staff development functions while maintaining several key Meet & Confer processes and responsibilities in HR.
  • Meet & Confer Human Resources Generalist Christine Davis — Christine will assume the role of the Human Resources Generalist for the Meet & Confer employee group while maintaining several components of her technical HRIS position in HR.

Please call anyone in HR with questions you may have and thank you for your patience as we work through our transitions.

All employees invited to convocation on Thursday

Posted August 20, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary, Employees, Faculty, Staff

In celebration of the GRCC’s 100th anniversary, an academic convocation will be held instead of the all-staff opening day meeting. The convocation will give all of us an opportunity to reflect on GRCC’s Great Past and look forward to its Bright Future.

The Faculty and Staff Excellence in Education Award recipients will be recognized during the event, and a reception on the Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza will follow.

The convocation starts at 10 a.m. August 21 in Fountain Street Church with the reception following on the plaza. If it rains, the reception will be held in G1 Main Building.

Faculty, adjuncts, staff — if you work at GRCC, we want you to celebrate with us!


Campus Dining Fall Changes

Posted August 20, 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!

GRCC In the News, 8-19-14

Posted August 19, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Admissions, Alumni, Community, Enrollment Center, GRCC In the News, Secchia Institute For Culinary Education

GRCC enrollment down 5.4 percent as first day of school approaches

Aug. 19, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – With one week to go until the start of fall classes, enrollment at Grand Rapids Community College is down 5.4 percent from the same time last year, administrators said Monday.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Kicks Off Its 5th Anniversary to Celebrate Wonderful Dining in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aug. 18, 2014; sys-con.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — (Marketwired) — 08/18/14 — In 2010 Experience Grand Rapids saw an opportunity to create Restaurant Week Grand Rapids to showcase its newest food trends and restaurant scene that was developing and thriving in this successful Michigan city. Now in its 5th year, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids has become one of the most popular events in Grand Rapids that was recently voted the #1 Travel Destination for 2014 by Lonely Planet.

… One dollar from every Restaurant Week meal sold during the 2014 event will be donated by each of the restaurants to a student scholarship fund at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, one of the top 20 culinary schools in the nation. Since 2010, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids participating restaurants have donated almost $75,000 to the GRCC Secchia Institute Student Scholarship Fund. Grand Rapids benefits greatly from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education as many of the students and graduates of the school remain in the community and work in the hospitality industry.

The irrepressible charm and talent of Edye Evans Hyde: The Local Spins Artist Spotlight

Aug. 15, 2014; localspins.com

Grand Rapids jazz singer Edye Evans Hyde’s love for her craft is irrepressible so much so, that even brain surgery last year didn’t silence her for long.

… Hyde’s rise to her stature as one of West Michigan’s most respected jazz vocalists — a singer who won jazz album of the year honors for her Magic In His Eyes album at the 2013 WYCE Jammie Awards — actually has fairly humble beginning that reach back more than 30 years when she met her husband, Michael, at Grand Rapids Junior College.

SSPD Grants: September 2014 Funding Opportunity

Posted August 19, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Grants and Resource Development Office

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is 4:30 p.m., September 19, 2014. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at www.grcc.edu/sspdgrants. Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval Form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Associate Director of Grants & Resource Development at 234-3340 or ldopke@grcc.edu.

Good luck!

Sharing the GRCC Story: preschool visit

Posted August 19, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary, Media Technologies, Preschool, YouTube

GRCC’s Story Van collected some birthday wishes at the laboratory preschool last week. Keep an eye out for the van and share your story, or go online by clicking here.

GRCC In the News, 8-18-14

Posted August 18, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: GRCC In the News, Financial Aid, Secchia Institute For Culinary Education, Athletics, Alumni, Golf, Scholarships

GRCC students receive $62,000 in scholarships from community foundation

Aug. 16, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community Foundation has awarded 44 scholarships totaling $62,000 to students at Grand Rapids Community College this year, the college announced in a news release.

BACC Culinary Arts student recognized with scholarship

Aug. 15, 2014; WTVB (Coldwater)

COLDWATER – It’s another feather in the cap for the Branch Area Careers Center and its award winning culinary arts programs with a BACC student recognized as representing the best of the best in the state. The Michigan Restaurant Association Educational Support Foundation recently presented $16,000 in scholarships at its board of directors meeting for post-secondary studies in culinary arts, restaurant management, or similar field. Careers Center student Nick Blanton is a scholarship recipient. Blanton will attend the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education of Grand Rapids Community College.

See GRandJazzFest 2014 open with large crowds, smooth sounds at free shows

Aug. 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Guitarist Matt Marshak played Marvin Sapp, and trumpeter Rick Braun played flugelhorn to kick off the Grand Rapids Jazz Festival.

… Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Edye Evans Hyde opened the festival at 12:30 p.m., and Braun finished his set shortly before 9:30 p.m. and the beginning of a few rain drops.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Edye Evans Hyde is a GRCC alumna.)

Multer blows away field at 37th Calhoun Amateur Golf Championship

Aug. 18, 2014; The Battle Creek Enquirer

Jared Multer had luck on his side just in case he needed it.

… “I’m just really happy to have won one of these. It means a lot to me. When I first got out of high school, I was playing good golf, but I still needed to improve. And I’ve worked really hard on my game to get it where it is today. My dream was always to win one of these (CalAms) and to play golf at a Division I school, which I wasn’t ready for when I graduated from Lakeview and then started playing college golf at Grand Rapids Community College. But now, my game is where I want it to be, I’m headed to Eastern Michigan … and to have won this today while playing with good friends and with a lot of other good golfers in the field, this is just really special.”


Community picnic volunteers needed

Posted August 18, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary, Community

Want to help celebrate GRCC’s 100 years in the community?  As you know, GRCC is hosting a Community Picnic on Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse.  In order to make this event the best it can be, we need your help.  We are looking for folks to help in 1 or 2 hour shifts doing various tasks throughout the event.  This is sure to be a fun event.

If you want to be part of the fun, contact Liz Timmer at ltimmer1@comcast.net or 457-3708.

100 Ways to Give: job-shadowing opportunities for students

Posted August 18, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: 100th Anniversary


GRCC’s Finance & Administration management staff will provide 100 hours of job shadowing this October. GRCC students can shadow college leadership and explore careers in:

  • Accounting & Business Services
  • Campus Police
  • Cashiers
  • Event Management
  • Facilities
  • Financial Aid
  • Human Resources
  • Purchasing

Do you know students who might be interested? Have them e-mail the Purchasing Department by September 19 at purchasing@grcc.edu to find out more.

Photos from forensic science camp

Posted August 18, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Community, Physical Science

The Physical Sciences Department hosted two week-long summer camps that taught 32 West Michigan high school students the basics of forensic chemistry and how it is used to solve arsons.

The camps, which were, in part, sponsored by the National Science Foundation under TUES Grant number 1140509, allowed the students to use GRCC’s advanced instrumentation to carry out the analysis of different types of evidence and then use the evidence to solve a simulated arson. Along with using the college’s atomic absorption spectrophotometer to analyze soil samples and gel electrophoresis equipment to analyze DNA, the students used the gas chromatograph –mass spectrometer to analyze materials that could be used to accelerate a fire. In addition to the hands on experience, Deputy Dale Dekorte and his canine partner, Ritzey, from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department showed the students how canines are used to help investigators and scientists solve arsons.

A number of students, staff and faculty worked to make the camp a success, including Pam Scott,  Leah VanHartesveldt, Shannon Gamel, Nick Emery, Greg Schmidt, Annette Dobrzynski,  Julie Henderleiter (GVSU), Bernard Liburd, and Jennifer Batten.

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Photos from Raider Rally

Posted August 18, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Student Life

Students found information tables, food and free T-shirts at last week’s Raider Rally!

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Photos from honors students’ Habitat project

Posted August 18, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Community, Experiential Learning, Honors Program, Service Learning

Students in GRCC’s honors program worked with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County last week. Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness program provides painting, landscaping and minor repair services to eligible homeowners.

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