Free Tobacco Cessation Program for GRCC Employees/Students

The Be Healthy Be Fit program as part of GRCC’s Tobacco Free Environment initiative is sponsoring a smoking cessation program here on campus beginning Tuesday, October 13. The program will be held from 3-5 p.m. for seven sessions over a 6 week period. This is free to employees and students.  Click here or call 975-0123 to register. Walk ins are welcome but prior registration is encouraged.  Sessions will be held in 351 Main.

Art and Bev’s Bistro Specials: 10/13-10/14

These are the specials for GRCC’s Art and Bev’s Bistro from October 13-14.  Please note that Art and Bev’s will close briefly after Wednesday the 14th and re-open Thursday the 29th.


  • Beef Stroganoff with Egg noodles $5.00
  • Mac and Cheese, garlic bread $5.00
  • Soups: Fire Roasted Vegetable/Chefs Choice


  • Burrito Bar $5.00
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu, roasted potatoes, corn $5.00
  • Soups: Cream of Mushroom/Chefs Choice

Massages for GRCC Employees

The Be Healthy Be Fit program has made arrangements with Pamela Jones, CMT, to be on campus one day a month to do 10 or 15 minute chair massages. Employees will need to contact Pamela directly at 437-5734 or to schedule their massage. Massages will be done in 347 Main on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 27 2-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 17 2-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 15 2-4 p.m.

The cost is $10 for a 10 minute massage or $15 for a 15 minute massage.

Open House for Prospective Students (10/31)

Have someone in your life considering college?  Let them know about GRCC’s Fall Open House on Saturday October 31 from  10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. at Sneden Hall.  The event is open to students and their families and will offer campus tours, Accuplacer testing, admissions information, financial aid workshops, a resource fair, giveaways and refreshments.  Parking is also free.

GRCC Fall Open House 10/31/09

For more information contact the GRCC Admissions Office at (616)234-3567 or visit

College Channel Programming: 10/12-10/25, 2009

The listing of the latest programming on GRCC’s College Channel is now available at and includes some links to streaming video of some of the programs.  New broadcasts include:   ArtPrize Panel Discussion at Spectrum Theatre, 50 Plus Workers: Making Age an Asset; Dr. Harry Moody, Director of Academic Affairs, AARP, Conversation with Dr. Harry Moody. Hosted by Dr. Henry Holstege, Art Talk at Cooley Law School: Unveiling of the Calder Lithograph at Cooley, Aquinas Lecture Series: Comparing Michigan’s Charter Schools with our Traditional Public Schools: Performance and Poverty presented by Dr. Don Chaffee, Aquinas Contemporary Writer’s Series 2009-2010 presents Liesel Litzenburger and more.  Visit for times and streaming video.

GRCC Alum Claudia Petrelli Profiled in GR Magazine

Claudia Petrelli DressGrand Rapids Magazine recently profiled GRCC Alumna Claudia Petrelli for her daring and ecologically-friendly women’s fashions.

As the article (on p. 12 of the September 2009 issue) describes:

“Petrelli has made her unique creations for art shows, celebrity events and “sweet 16″ parties. She also created two gowns using cigarette butts for Recycled Runway in August at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.”

This gown (photo courtesy faculty member Susan Younggren in GRCC’s Fashion & Interior Design program) comes from one of her recent collections.

Service Learning Hosts Make-a-Difference Day Activities

Mark your calendars for a unique opportunity to join the Academic Service Learning Center for Make-a-Difference Day, a two-part event, October 23 and 24. There will be an experiential learning piece on Friday and a direct service experience on Saturday at the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding. Pre-registration is required to ensure available space.

Disabilities Awareness Day at GRCC will be held October 23 from 9am-noon. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience life with a disability by means of a simulation. Disabilities represented will include: Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, and mobility impairment. We’ll even have a special guest speaker and experts on-hand thanks to Occupational Therapy at GRCC. Continue reading

Kudos to Theater Director Tom Kaechele and Student Danielle Slot

Darius Colquitt (2008 Grand Award winner, GRCC's "Blue/Orange"), Shelly Urbane (director GRCC's "Blue/Orange"), Danielle Slot (2009 Grand Award winner, GRCC's "The Shape of Things")GRCC Student Danielle Slot took home a Grand Award this past Sunday, October 4 at the 13th annual Grand Awards Celebration (a ceremony honoring excellence in Grand Rapids community and college theatre, and benefitting the Grand Rapids Combined Theatre Scholarship Fund). She was nominated for her outstanding work as lead actress in GRCC’s production of “The Shape of Things” and was ecstatic when announced the “winner!”

Spectrum Theater director Tom Kaechele also took home a Grand Award for outstanding direction of a play for his direction of Circle Theatre’s production “Noises Off.”

GRCC alumni and staff took 15 nominations this year, and 9 wins – an excellent year for GRCC at the 13th annual Grand Awards!

“Twin Bowl” Football Game and Tailgater (10/24/09)

Join us for this unique game where GRCC president, Dr. Steven Ender, squares off against his lifetime rival (AKA his twin brother), Dr. Kenneth Ender, president of Harper College.  The college will also be hosting a Tailgater prior to the game.

Twin Bowl I Banner

Family Tailgate Event
Houseman South Parking Lot
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Free food, games and prizes for kids, and a chance to enter into a raffle for $250 at the GRCC Bookstore (must be present to win)

GRCC Raiders Vs. Harper Hawks
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Houseman Field
Kick Off 1:00 p.m.
Free admission with a RaiderCard or $3

For more information visit