Peggy Gorno undergoing cancer treatment

Posted May 5, 2016 by grcctoday
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Peggy Gorno, former IT Manager, is currently undergoing treatments for colon cancer. A YouCaring page has been set up to assist her with the financial costs of this treatment. More information about her journey can be found at the YouCaring page:

Additionally, IT Customer Support has Make It Count bracelets available to support her; any donations will be given directly to Peggy. We are located in room 130 Sneden for those who wish to have one.

GRCC In the News, 5-5-16

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Kent County teacher wins Excellence in Education award

May 4, 2016; FOX 17

LANSING, Mich.  — A Kent County woman was recognized by the Michigan Lottery for her outstanding performance in education Tuesday.

… She (Yamaka Bracey) earned an associate degree at Grand Rapids Community College, and then a bachelor degree in education from Aquinas College. She is currently in the process of completing her master’s degree in urban education from Davenport University.

Volunteers needed for GRCC Foundation event

Posted May 5, 2016 by grcctoday
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Volunteers needed!

Are you available during the evening of Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 5-8pm?  We are looking for volunteers to help at our event!

What we need:

  • Parking Help
  • Greeters
  • Coat Check
  • Registration

All volunteer positions will be assigned.

That evening, food will be provided to all volunteers in the volunteer break room.

Also, each volunteer will be asked to wear a white shirt with black pants.

We need at least 10 dedicated volunteers.

Contact Mary Reed at 3930 or  to sign up.

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GRCC Foundation thanks and inducts new members to 500 Club

Posted May 5, 2016 by grcctoday
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The GRCC Foundation recognized and thanked our internal faculty and staff donors who are part of the re-launched 500 club on Tuesday, May 3rd.  We had 70 members in attendance!  Many members have been giving faithfully at the $500 level for many years and we were able to recognize them for their years of generous and faithful commitment.  Since we re-launched the 500 club in the 2015-16 academic year, we had 34 donors either increase their giving or become new donors to the Foundation.  The gifts made to the GRCC Foundation help to make a lasting impact on student’s lives.  We hope all faculty and staff consider making a financial commitment to the Foundation.

For more information on how you can be part of the 500 Club or a donor to the GRCC Foundation, please contact Erin Cisler at 616-234-3931 or

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Registration due today for Community-based Learning Luncheon

Posted May 5, 2016 by grcctoday
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Today (Thursday, May 5) is the last day to register for this great event. Please find attached an invitation for a wonderful learning opportunity hosted by the Department of Experiential Learning.

If you have any question feel free to contact John Rumery (jrumery) or Chris Remley (christopherremley).

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GRCC In the News, 5-4-16

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Meeting Needs Through Middle College

May 2, 2016; AACC 21st Century Center (American Association of Community Colleges publication)

Middle College programs, which allow qualified high school students to simultaneously work toward a diploma and a certificate or associate degree by completing a 13th year of high school, have been a big win for students, colleges and industry partners across the country.

That’s certainly been the case for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), in Michigan. GRCC is poised to launch its third Middle College program this fall, the first with a corporate collaborator.

Excellence in Education 5/3/16: Yamaka Bracey

May 3, 2016; FOX 47

The Michigan Lottery has played a big role in funding education in our state, which is why it has teamed up with MSU Men’s Basketball Coach, Tom Izzo, and FOX 47 News to recognize excellent educators state-wide.

Yamaka Bracey, a Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher at Campus Elementary School in Grand Rapids, is this week’s Michigan Lottery Excellence in Education award winner.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Yamaka Bracey is a GRCC alumna.)

Pregnancy forced his mom to skip her prom 18 years ago, so he asked her to his

May 4, 2016; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Joy Bridges couldn’t attend her senior prom.

… After taking a year off from school, he (Jah’Vontae Smith) plans to eventually take business and science classes at Grand Rapids Community College with the long-term goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.

Man arraigned for allegedly killing woman, dumping body on GRCC campus

May 3,2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Marcus Bivens, a 19-year-old accused of killing a woman and dragging her body into bushes next to a Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp, has been arraigned on an open murder charge.

8 games remain for GRCC baseball to earn Regional berth

May 3, 2016; MLive

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Ancilla College’s Chargers, 1-13 and 2-23, travel to Belknap Park today to take on the GRCC’s 10-8 baseball team at 2PM.  GRCC has earned a 14-21 overall record this season having most recently split with Schoolcraft on May 1st.

Main Building roofing project set to start May 5

Posted May 4, 2016 by grcctoday
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The Main building re-roof project will begin Thursday. Winchester Place (alley)  will be closed between the G-1 parking entrance and the Main building dumpsters for approximately two weeks, plus or minus for rain days. Deliveries will need to enter off Fountain ST.  The entrance to G-1 parking will remain open throughout the project.

Condolences to family, friends of Dorothy Terhune

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We lost our friend and former colleague, Dorothy Terhune, on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.  We remember with gratitude her long service to GRCC and its library.  Her family is finalizing the arrangements for a Funeral Mass to take place on Saturday, May 7, at 10:30, at St. Robert Catholic Church.

Understand Copyright Law — the Library Can Help

Posted May 4, 2016 by grcctoday
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copyright symbolUnder GRCC policy, all employees must comply with U.S. Copyright Law.

The most straightforward way to guarantee compliance is to obtain a copyright holder’s written permission. When duplication services are needed for classroom use, instructors should be prepared to clearly demonstrate permission for things like pages from Instructor Manuals and Test Banks, copies of media, and online sources. At the discretion of Media Technologies or GRCC ePrint, further proof of permission may be required.

Anyone who disregards copyright does so at their own risk, assuming all liability, including criminal penalty as defined in Title 17 of the U.S. Code. Normally, this is not a matter involving the GRCC Legal Office.

“Fair Use”

There is no simple test to determine “fair use”; only the courts can authoritatively determine “fair use.” Section 107 of the Copyright Act sets forth four considerations to help you judge “fair use:”

  1. The purpose and character of use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

How the Library & Learning Commons (LLC) can help

Department liaison librarians can help you verify citations and help determine a copyright owner. They will show you how to create online linking solutions that are copyright compliant, and they can guide you through the process of obtaining your copyright clearance online.

Retirement party to honor Patti Trepkowski’s 38 years of service

Posted May 4, 2016 by grcctoday
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Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (there will be no formal program just stop by if you are able any time between 2:00 and 4:00 pm)

Place: The Raider Grille (2nd floor of the Student Community Center)

United Way stories of impact: homelessness

Posted May 3, 2016 by grcctoday
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GRCC employees do a great job of supporting our community through their annual commitment to the West Michigan Heart of United Way. Each month we are sharing a story that demonstrates the outcomes of your commitment.

Read about Steve, and his school age son Nick, who avoided homelessness and regained financial independence with support from Family Promise.


GRCC In the News, 5-3-16

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GRPD: Suspect arrested in homicide at GRCC

May 2, 2016; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Police arrested a man in connection to a homicide that happened over the weekend near Grand Rapids Community College.

Food Network founder returns to Grand Rapids

April 29, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Food Network founder and Grand Rapids native Jack Clifford will be in town this weekend promoting his book, The Least Likely to Succeed, which details how he went from a boy who was voted least likely to succeed in high school to founding a popular and successful television network.

… With (Elmo) Wierenga’s encouragement, Clifford enrolled in Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College, and later transferred to Western Michigan University.

KVCC Tries German Model to Help Manufacturers Solve “Skills Gap”

May 2, 2016; WMUK

Many Michigan manufacturers are facing a problem that they call a skill gaps. As more and more of their skilled employees retire, manufacturers need new workers to operate advanced technologies. And unfortunately, they say, very few new workers have the education or experience to fill in, leaving hundreds of jobs unfilled. But there’s hope. Kalamazoo Valley Community College is trying out a new program that’s connecting employers with young students to fill the pipeline again.

… “So who do we find with these skill-sets?” says Julie Parks, the director of workforce training at Grand Rapids Community College.


… Parks says manufacturers know they can’t wait around for students anymore. So now, they’re taking a new approach. Manufacturers are going to college and paying for students’ educations as a way to ensure they can hire them later on.

Formation Retreats are next week! Grab your spot today!

Posted May 3, 2016 by grcctoday
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Formation retreats are a long-standing tradition at GRCC and this year, we are once again pleased to offer this opportunity to faculty and staff. Based on the work of Dr. Parker Palmer, formation is a three-day, two-night professional development opportunity in which participants reflect on what they believe about their work, reconnect to the passion that brought them to the work, and renew themselves as practitioners. Two retreats will be held this year, both at the picturesque Gilchrist Retreat Center near Three Rivers, Michigan.

The Introduction to Formation Retreat will run from May 11 – 13.

The Continuing Formation Retreat for prior participants will be held May 8 – 10.

The retreats are offered at no cost to GRCC employees, but enrollment in each retreat is limited to 10 participants, so register today!

If you would like more information, visit the GRCC Formation Retreat web page at . To register, visit

GRCC in the news, 05-02-2016

Posted May 2, 2016 by grcctoday
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Woman’s body found near GRCC parking ramp in homicide
4/30/16 – MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A woman’s body was found near a Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp in what police are calling a homicide.

25 years ago similar homicide at GRCC parking ramp
5/1/16 – WOOD
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Early Saturday morning, a body was discovered at the Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp.

GRPD investigating homicide near GRCC parking ramp
4/30/16 – WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Grand Rapids Police are investigating a homicide near the Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp.

Search continues after suspect dumps body near college campus
5/2/16 – WWMT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The search continues for a suspect who was seen dumping a woman’s body on a West Michigan college campus.

2015-16 GRCC Employee Appreciation Reception

Posted May 2, 2016 by grcctoday
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Photos from the employee appreciation reception.

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