GRCC In the News, 4-20-18

Posted April 20, 2018 by grcctoday
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College In MI Offers Free Laptop Vending Machine

April 19, 2018; Vending Market Watch

At Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, MI, students can access laptops out of a vending machine just like they would a granola bar.

Funeral services set for well-know Grand Rapids pastor

April 19, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Funeral services have been announced for well-known Grand Rapids pastor Clifton Rhodes.

… In 2015, Rhodes was awarded the Grand Rapids Community College’s Giant Among Giants award.

Holland Judge Named to State Corrections Panel

April 19, 2018; WHTC

LANSING, MI (WHTC-AM/FM) — Brad Knoll has a new state responsibility.

The Chief Justice of the Holland District Court was named on Thursday by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Community Corrections Board, filling a vacancy on the 13-member panel through March 31, 2021 created by the resignation of Beth Gibson. Currently in his fourth six-year term on the 58th District Court bench, Knoll is also an adjunct professor of criminology and political science at Grand Rapids Community College and a faculty member of the Michigan Judicial Institute.

Math Awareness Month contest winners

Posted April 20, 2018 by grcctoday
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Thank you to all who participated in the Math Awareness Month Contest. Of all the correct entries, three students and three staff were randomly drawn to receive a prize. Special thanks to the GRCC Bookstore for donating prizes for students!

The student prize winners are:

  • Lauren Schulte
  • Nick Veltema
  • Samuel Johnson

The staff prize winners are:

  • Patricia Williams
  • Luke Ellison
  • Daniel Tjapkes

GRCC In the News, 4-19-18

Posted April 19, 2018 by grcctoday
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Not your average vending machine

April 18, 2018; AACC 21st Century Center (American Association of Community Colleges)

In Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College students are preparing for exams with the help of an unusual resource: a laptop vending machine.

Curtis Davison commits to Livingstone College

April 18, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Curtis Davison has committed to play basketball at Livingstone College next season.

Davison averaged 24.4 points per game at Grand Rapids Community College this winter, which was fourth in NJCAA Division 2.

Funeral services set for celebrated pastor with 55-year career

April 18, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Funeral services are Saturday for a well-known and revered Grand Rapids pastor who had a 55-year career behind the altar.

… (The Rev. Clifton) Rhodes led Messiah Missionary Baptist Church for 45 years and in 2015 was awarded the Grand Rapids Community College’s Giant Among Giants award.

West Michigan’s Jubal Brass to appear in concert on April 29

April 18, 2018; MLive

Jubal Brass, an 18-member brass choir, will present an evening of worship through Christian music at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Georgetown Bible Church, 4114 Baldwin St., Hudsonville.

… Jubal Brass has a long history of leaders with notable music credentials. Tuba player Paul Hoelzley, co-founder of Jubal Brass, directed the ensemble for two years until he resigned to teach at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland. The other co-founder, John Scripps, then directed for two years until Charlie Buffham took over the baton. Buffham was a music teacher at Grand Rapids Community College, and served as both conductor and arranger for Jubal Brass. John Varineau then came to Michigan as a music professor at the Grand Rapids Baptist College (now Cornerstone University) and as the assistant conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He directed Jubal Brass for 15 years.

Summer wellness schedule now available

Posted April 19, 2018 by grcctoday
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Summer is coming! It may not feel like it now, but it is, and so are our summer wellness classes! Enjoy a week off to help our students celebrate all their hard work this year, then jump right into summer wellness starting April 30th! We have something for everyone. So please, check out the schedule, grab a friend, and come sweat!

As always, there’s no need to sign up – just show up and see what the fun is all about. You are welcome to bring your spouse, child over 18, or friend(s) to these classes. Non-GRCC participants are asked to pay a small $20 fee per semester. All are welcome!

**Please note wellness classes will not be held on May 28th or the week of July 2-6 in observance of holidays.**

Contact Nicole Dekker (nicoledekker2@grcc.edu, x3848) with any questions.

GRCC In the News, 4-18-18

Posted April 18, 2018 by grcctoday
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Grand Rapids Community College offers free laptop vending machine

April 18, 2018; University Business

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among higher education institutions providing free laptop vending machines to give students greater access to technology and more flexibility.

Captain promoted to lead Wyoming Department of Public Safety

April 18, 2018; MLive

WYOMING, MI — The Wyoming Department of Public Safety has found its next police and fire chief.

… (Kimberly) Koster graduated from the FBI National Academy. She received her associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Junior College, her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University, and her master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Ferris State University.

Grand Rapids man gets 48 months, ordered to pay $18,746 on student loan fraud conviction

April 17, 2018; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced Tuesday that U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney sentenced Brandon Kenon Rogers, 31, of Grand Rapids, to 48 months in prison and ordered him to pay $128,746 in restitution for committing student loan, grant and tax fraud.

… Investigators determined that Rogers enrolled online in local community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, using those same identities. Rogers used the loans and grant funds for his own purposes without actually attending the classes. Rogers also used the stolen identities to obtain fraudulent income tax refunds.

Wellet Senior Student Athlete Award winner

April 18, 2018; WTVB

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) – Coldwater High Schools Jamie Wellet has been selected as a 2017-18 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Outstanding Senior Student Athlete Award winner.

… Wellet, along with her twin sister Jasmine, will be attending Grand Rapids Community College in the fall, where they will both be members of the volleyball program.

Celebrate on Thursday with Sandra Lancaster

Posted April 18, 2018 by grcctoday
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Please stop by and say “Happy Retirement!” to Dr. Sandra Lancaster on Thursday, April 26th, from 2-4 p.m. in the White Hall Reading Room! Cake, punch, coffee and good times await!

Exam Week hours for Campus Dining

Posted April 18, 2018 by grcctoday
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Exam Week Hours

April 23rd – 27th

The Quiet Cafe: Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th

Open Normal Hours.

Wednesday 25th Open 7am-4pm (breakfast from 7am-10am)

Closed Thursday April 26th through Friday May 4th

The Quiet Café will be open through the summer starting May 7th Monday-Thursday 8am-2pm

The Raider Grille: Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th

Open until 2pm. (Wok This Way Closed)

Closed Wednesday 25th- Friday 27th

Closed for the summer

The Sneden Cafe: Monday 23rd Open Normal Hours

Tuesday 24th Open 7am – 1pm

Closed Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th

Sneden will be Closed for the Summer

Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award essays due April 19

Posted April 18, 2018 by grcctoday
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VAN & MARINUS SWETS TRAVEL AWARD OPPORTUNITY FOR GRCC EMPLOYEES (non student employees)

DEADLINE: Thursday, April 19, 2018

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation.  It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff or administrator’s professional development travel funds.  A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.

Requirements:

  • Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the
  • cash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation.  The more unusual, the better!
  • Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar. They will be judged on creativity.
  • Steps for turning in your application for the Van Marinus Swets Travel Award
  1. Do not put your name on the essay.
  2. Write your GRCC employee ID number in the upper right corner of the first page of your essay.
  3. Attach an envelope to your essay containing the following:
  4. On the outside of the envelope, write your GRCC employee ID number.
  5. Inside the sealed envelope, place your business card or contact information.
  6. Send you application to Mary Reed in the GRCC Foundation Office.
  7. Submit your application by 5:00pm on Thursday, April 19th.

All award winners will be notified by Wednesday, April 25th

For more information you may contact Mary Reed at (616)234-3930 or mreed@grcc.edu.

 

GRCC In the News, 4-17-18

Posted April 17, 2018 by grcctoday
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Grand Rapids Community College offers free laptop vending machine

April 16, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among higher education institutions providing free laptop vending machines to give students greater access to technology and more flexibility.

Juan Olivarez named President Emeritus

Posted April 17, 2018 by grcctoday
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The GRCC Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to bestow the title of President Emeritus on Juan R. Olivarez, who also will be the keynote speaker at GRCC’s April 27 commencement.

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‘Black Panther’ movie showing – Thursday, April 26th

Posted April 17, 2018 by grcctoday
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Hey Raiders!

GRCC Campus Activities Board is EXCITED to announce the showing of Black Panther on Thursday, April 26th at the ATC Auditorium. Students with a GRCC ID will get in FREE, non-students will have to pay $2*. Doors open at 6:00 pm, movie starts at 7:00 pm.

FREE refreshments will be provided, and only 150 people will be allowed in to watch the film.

*Cash and RaiderCard only. — ATM located by the entrance of the ATC.

Weight Watchers At Work – New Series!

Posted April 17, 2018 by grcctoday
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GRCC would like to continue offering Weight Watchers at Work and are looking for 15 or more employees to join in our success in order to continue the program. Our current members have collectively lost over 365 pounds in just 12 weeks!

Enjoy a 15% discount if you register by April 26th! Cost for the program is $132.60 for 12 weeks of on-campus meetings (on Thursdays) beginning June 7th and online e-tool access. After April 26th, the cost for the program will be $156. Did you also know that if you take advantage of the Flex Spending Account, the cost of the program could be covered with a medical necessity doctor’s note? For more information, please contact the Benefits Office.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848, nicoledekker2@grcc.edu) and join us at a meeting on Thursday, April 19th or April 26th, at 12:30pm in the Far Side Room (1st Floor Student Center). Please note that should you choose to register for the program, payment is due at this session. Members can pay with cash, check, or a credit or debit card. You can also take advantage of a three-check split payment method.

Take the step and join the GRCC Kidney Walk team

Posted April 17, 2018 by grcctoday
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The National Kidney Foundation has made a difference in the lives of individuals living with kidney disease because of the dedication and support of people like you!  Come join the GRCC team, and Dr. Pink who is this year’s honorary chair on Sunday, April 22, at Millennium Park! Registration starts at 1:00 pm, and the walk begins at 2:00 pm.  Bring your family, friends, relatives, neighbors, and pets are welcome too! Meet up at the GRCC flags near the check-in to receive a free GRCC bandanna for you, or your furry friend!   To register with the team click on this link.

Photos from Student Employee Appreciation Week

Posted April 17, 2018 by grcctoday
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Student Employee Appreciation Week took place April 9-12 with a lunch and event each day (see below). The goal of each event was to show just how much we appreciate everything our wonderful Student Employee do for GRCC throughout the year. This year’s events were:

Monday: Pizza buffet and henna tattoos

Tuesday: Taco bar and authentic paleta (Mexican ice pops)

Wednesday: Baked potato bar and caricatures

Thursday: Pasta bar and “mystery guests”! (A great selfie opportunity!)

Over the course of the week, Student Employment Services was able to provide lunch & fun to approximately 525 Student Employees & their Supervisors (cumulative). Attached are a few pics of Friday’s “Mystery Guests”!

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Student employees receive recognition

Posted April 17, 2018 by grcctoday
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On Friday April 13, Student Employment Services held a special luncheon to announce the annual “Student Employee of the Year” recipients.  Listed below are the top 3 winners:

  • 2018 Student Employee of the Year:  Allison Bouma – FFH (Nominated by Sue Goeman)
  • 1st Runner-up: Stacie McCarthy – Music Department (Nominated by Kevin Dobreff)
  • 2nd Runner-up: Maria Andrea Calles Tamay – Academic Support (Nominated by Laurie Witczak)

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