Sneden Shuttle will not run this summer

Posted April 21, 2015 by grcctoday
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Please note that the Sneden Shuttle will not be running this summer. The shuttle was only in service the last two summers based on displacement of classes due to construction. Without that concern this year, we are back to our original service plan which does not include funding for summer.

GRCC In the News, 4-21-15

Posted April 21, 2015 by grcctoday
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Schmoldt among society teachers of the year

April 20, 2015; The Star (Sun Prairie, Wis.)

The Madison College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for Two-Year Colleges recently announced that Sun Prairie resident Brian Schmoldt and Susan Hunt have been selected as the 2015 Distinguished Teachers of the Year by the Madison College student body.

… Schmoldt received his MBA in Finance/Investments/Banking at the UW-Madison, a BA in accounting from Michigan State University and an associates degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Aquinas track & field finds success at Al Owens Classic

April 20, 2015; MLive

Allendale, MI- The Aquinas College track & field teams continued their strong showing this season at a Saturday stop in Allendale. The Saints traveled west to compete at the annual Al Owens Classic hosted by Grand Valley State University.

… The women’s hurdlers also performed well as Tori DeSira (14.05) and Erika Heston (14.44) placed second and fourth in 100 meter hurdles, respecitvely. Heston’s (Haslett/Haslett) personal best improved her #4 performance on the Saints’ All-Time List. DeSira (DeWitt/GRCC) also grabbed a second in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 63.49. Tori’s time automatically qualified her for Nationals and now ranks her second on the Saints’ All-Time List.

Bookstore holds two-day sale

Posted April 21, 2015 by grcctoday
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The GRCC Bookstore is having at 2 Day Flash Sale!

Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22

25% off the following items!

  • All Clearance Items!
  • All shorts and t-shirts
  • All hats
  • Backpacks, bags and totes
  • All Drinkware
  • All GRCC logo’d notebooks, binders & folders
  • All Backpacks, Bags and Totes
  • Student Reference and Bargain Books

Sharing the GRCC Story: Video highlights the 1980s

Posted April 21, 2015 by grcctoday
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See some of GRCC’s 100 years of history come to life in the video below! To learn more, visit our timeline.

Applications being accepted for Forensic Science Chemistry Camp

Posted April 21, 2015 by grcctoday
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you know a high school student interested in science?  Tell them about the free Forensic Chemistry Summer Camp at GRCC this summer.  Openings are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so encourage them to apply today!

The physical sciences department, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, created the camp to provide area high school students with the opportunity to use instruments such as gel electrophoresis, infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to tackle the chemistry in a simulated “crime.”

This summer’s camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays, in two sessions: July 6 to 10 and July 13 to 17. Enrollment is limited to 18 students per session, and Batten warned that openings disappear quickly. For a camp application, click here. Students must also write a 300- to 400-word essay that addresses why they are interested in science, why they would like to attend the camp and what role they think science will play in their future career.

Applications will be accepted until spots are filled; you will be notified about camp acceptance by email within one week of the application being received. Completed application packets should be sent to: Jennifer Batten, Physical Sciences Department, GRCC, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. More detailed camp information will be sent to attendees in mid-June.

Valley City Linen gives scholarships to two SICE students

Posted April 21, 2015 by grcctoday
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Congratulations to SICE students Rebecca Peterman and Jenika Turnquist, who each received a $1,000 scholarship from Valley City Linen. There were 30 applicants for this year’s scholarships.

Valley City Linen has been a great industry partner with our program and college for many decades. The company also received the American Culinary Federation’s annual Purveyor of the Year award in February.

Scholarship winners Rebecca Peterman and Jenika Turnquist with Don MacKenzie, of the GRCC Foundation; Dan Gendler, SICE program director; and Jeff Jeltema, owner of Valley City Linen.

Scholarship winners Rebecca Peterman and Jenika Turnquist with Don MacKenzie, of the GRCC Foundation; Dan Gendler, SICE program director; and Jeff Jeltema, owner of Valley City Linen.

Retirement celebration set for April 29

Posted April 21, 2015 by grcctoday
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It’s celebration time!

The Counseling and Career Center, Disability and Occupational Support, and Student Support Services are losing some great colleagues this spring! Come wish Jenny Keesen, Karen Murphy, Fatima Nieves, and Paul Phifer well as they embark on the next stages of their lives!

April 29, 2015

Multipurpose Room, Room 234

Student Center

1 to 3 pm

Golf outing supports scholarships

Posted April 21, 2015 by grcctoday
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GRCC Scholarship Golf Outing

Wednesday, May 20, 2105

Thousand Oaks Golf Club

New Name!

New Date!

New Location!

The name, the date, and the location may be changing, but the price is still the same as last year! Join us for an afternoon of golf and supporting student scholarships at Thousand Oaks Golf Club.

Golfer Rates:

  • Individual Golfer – $200.
  • Alumni Golfer – $150 (an alumni is anyone that has completed 30 credits or more).

Register today, as space is limited. Visit our website here for registration forms and for more information.

Also, don’t forget about buying raffle tickets.

Great raffle packages include:

  • Airfare for two.
  • Jaguar weekend lease & JW Marriott package.
  • Dinner for eight at the McCabe-Marlowe House

And many more prizes!

Tickets: 3 for $5. The raffle will take place on May 20th from 7-9 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Golf Club. Winners need not be present to win. Proceeds support Student Scholarships.

Tickets are available from the following individuals:

  • Dave Anderson
  • Stacey Bush
  • Erin Cisler
  • Tina Hoxie
  • Don MacKenzie
  • Scott Martin
  • Kurt Meinders
  • Danelle Sedore
  • David Selmon
  • Jim VanDokkumburg
  • Laurie Witczak

Student Success Stories: Nathanael Boorsma

Posted April 21, 2015 by grcctoday
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Congratulations to graduate Nathanael Boorsma who will be transferring to the University of Michigan this summer. Nathanael plans to earn a bachelor’s in psychology, focusing on education – the teaching strategies and curriculum to empower, inspire, and motivate. Nathanael Boorsma

GRCC In the News, 4-20-15

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Snyder promotes skilled trade jobs at competition

April 18, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The 2015 Skills USA state competition kicked off Saturday morning at the Grand Rapids Community College Applied Technology Center and Gov. Rick Snyder was there for the event.

Area high school grads making an impact on college sports scene

April 18, 2015; MLive

The winter season has come to an end for local college athletes and the spring season is hitting its stride on the college sports scene. Following is a look at some area high school graduates who have been making their mark on the college scene:

Byron Center graduate Kurt Sprague is off to a strong start with the Grand Rapids Community College golf team. Sprague captured medalist honors by defeating teammate Zach Bialek in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff at the Grand Rapids Invitational at Egypt Valley. Sprague finished with a 74 for 18 holes and helped the Raiders win the team championship.

… Former Wyoming basketball standout Jayla Branch completed a productive first season of college basketball at Grand Rapids Community College. A freshman forward for the Raiders, Branch was second in scoring this season as she averaged 12.6 points per game. Branch earned all-conference honorable mention in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference.

Exercise Science Department earns ‘Bronze’ from national organization

Posted April 20, 2015 by grcctoday
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Congratulations to Grand Rapids Community College, GRCC Exercise Science Department and GRCC Exercise is Medicine Team for receiving a “Bronze Recognition Award” from American College of Sports Medicine/Exercise is Medicine Organization.

Bronze Level: Focuses on physical activity promotion and awareness and opportunities to be physically active. Bronze universities/colleges aim to make physical activity a priority on campus and within the surrounding community, emphasizing the benefits that come with regular exercise.

Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health. EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community by:

  • Making movement a part of the daily campus culture
  • Assessing physical activity at every student health visit
  • Providing students the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that can last a lifetime
  • Connecting university health care providers with university health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescription.

The prevalence of physical inactivity is high and there is a great need for the prevention and treatment of the chronic diseases associated with this, such as Type II Diabetes, Obesity, and Heart Disease. Providing opportunities for physical activity, creating a culture on campus that embraces movement as a daily facet of life, and providing the behavioral tools necessary to enact that change are key to facilitating lifelong physical activity habits and meeting public health goals.

Congratulations to Grand Rapids Community College, GRCC Exercise Science Department, GRCC Exercise is Medicine Team for their efforts in providing an atmosphere of learning that improves the health, wellness, and physical activity levels of our students.

The Rapid features poetry of Mursalata Muhammad

Posted April 20, 2015 by grcctoday
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Passengers on The Rapid will have more than just West Michigan scenery to look at throughout April and May, when poetry crafted by faculty from Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University faculty will be on display during the Poetry on the Rapid program.

Six poems are featured on placards displayed on buses throughout The Rapid bus system, each designed by Vinicius Lima, assistant professor of graphic design at Grand Valley. The placards feature works by GRCC faculty member, Mursalata Muhammad, GVSU faculty members, Patricia Clark, Chris Haven, Amorak Huey and Todd Kaneko, and Calvin College and Grand Rapids Poet Laureate, L. S. Klatt.

Patricia Clark, chair of Grand Valley’s Writing Department and project coordinator, said the placards will create a sense of wonder in the minds of Rapid riders. “Let’s use our imagination a little more and see the world with a sense of fun, a sense of play, a sense of fooling around with language,” Clark said. “Let’s be children again a little bit. Go ahead and read those poems.”

Muhammad explains, “I am excited to be part of this project. Having the chance to read poetry in a public space like the bus is creative civic engagement; I’m a fan of such opportunities and invite reader comments about any of the poems on Twitter @mursalata.”

The Poetry on the Rapid program celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as National Poetry Month.

Open house celebrates retirements of Joe Hesse, Elaine Kampmueller

Posted April 20, 2015 by grcctoday
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Announcing the

Retirement Open House


Joe Hesse’s 31 years

Elaine Kampmueller’s 17 years

Tuesday, April 28th

1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Room 118 Calkins Science Center

Food and beverages provided

Three GRCC students share their extraordinary spring break story

Posted April 20, 2015 by grcctoday
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Three typical GRCC students chose to do something different over spring break – serve their community. Their story will inspire students and perhaps help faculty learn how this could be a great credit-bearing experience. Learn how they partnered with University of Michigan students to travel to Dallas, Texas while doing service projects along the way.

When: Tuesday, April 21st from 1:30-2:30pm

Where: Cook Room 117


Exam Cram for Spring 2015 Semester

Posted April 20, 2015 by grcctoday
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Exam Cram has been so greatly appreciated that GRCC’s Library is offering it again! 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!

* Faculty and staff are asked to share this news with students.

Spring 2015 Exam Cram will be held:

  • Saturday, April 25: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 26: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Exam Cram is co-sponsored by Academic Support, Library & Learning Commons and Student Alliance. 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.

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