Visitation for Dick Kurzhals will be from 4:00 – 7:00 PM Friday, December 4 at the Lake Funeral Home Saranac (158 Mill St, Saranac, MI 48881). The funeral will be held at Saranac Community Church (125 S Bridge St, Saranac, MI 48881) at 11:00 AM Saturday December 5. Memorials may be made to the National MS Society or to the American Institute for Cancer Research. The Obituary may be read here.
In memory, we present Dr. Dick Kurzhal’s Emeritus Faculty Speech from the 2005 Commencement ceremony:
Dr. Dick Kurzhals passed away Thursday after a battle with cancer. Dick was a member of the Social Science Division/Department and taught Geography and Political Science beginning in 1966. He retired in 2002 and was the 2005 recipient of the GRCC Emeritus Faculty Award. The Social Science Department has instituted a scholarship with funds Dick donated from that award. The inaugural recipient of the Dick Kurzhals Scholarship was identified last spring, and Dick was delighted that his generosity would allow students to further their studies here. He served in various roles in the GRCC Faculty Association, as Interim Department Head from 1998 – 2002, and was instrumental in bringing the Academic Senate (the forerunner to Academic Governing Council) to fruition.
Dick had a keen intellect, a great sense of humor and the quality he took the most pride in – he was a master teacher. Dick will be missed greatly.
Faculty Association President, Fred van Hartesveldt has made the following observation:
“It’s hard to put into words the quantity and quality that Dick contributed to this college year after year after year both as a teacher and in high institutional roles. We have so many new faculty since he retired that many never met him. He was not a gregarious man, not a front man, not one to curry favor or seek an audience – he just had it all with a cutting wit to boot.”
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be posted as soon as they are available.
GRCC’s Woodrick Diversity Learning Center is hosting several opportunities for employees and students to share their thoughts about cultural or diversity interests over popcorn. All are welcome, and no reservations are necessary. The schedule of upcoming opportunities (all of which take place at Noon in the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center Learning Resource Center Room 119 LRC) is as follows:
GRCC’s Sustainability Advisory Council is encouraging employees to use LED lights in their office trim this year. They cost less to run and fit right into the college’s plans to keep cutting energy costs, while still being bright and festive. If you make the switch Facilities will take your old lights away and see that they are disposed of properly.
Bob Woodrick invites all to a Pre-Lecture Dinner with Special Guest: Morris Dees, Civil Rights Activist & Author. The event, which will benefit GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series, will take place on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. in the Applied Technology Center (ATC) banquet rooms. A brief program will precede the dinner and then following the meal the lecture (which is free and open to the public) will take place at Fountain St. Church at 7:00 p.m.
GRCC’s employee groups Meet and Confer and CEBA are collecting donations for the residents at the Grand Rapids Veteran’s Home again this year. If you’re interested in donating, they need personal toiletry items, books, writing materials, sweatshirts, sweat pants, and cash donations are always welcome. Contact Bob Lacy to contribute by email or at 234-3952 and he will pick up your donations.
Grand Rapids Community College will close for its annual “Holiday Shutdown” on December 23, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. and re-open on January 4, 2010. During this time GRCC’s facilities will be inaccessible. The Holiday Shutdown was established several years ago as part of a number of efforts to reduce the cost of operating the college.
Employees may visit www.grcc.edu/shutdown for instructions on how to record Holiday Shutdown hours on their timesheets.