Alumni Phone Home

GRCC alumni are a valuable connection not only to the college’s past, but today’s world.  The GRCC Foundation would like to keep in touch with alumni with surveys, promotional opportunities, get-togethers, community and campus volunteer opportunities – and just to hear your input. Even if you don’t want to be involved, but just want to stay connected, that’s OK, too.

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GRCC in the News: 12/4/09

Casey Therriault makes most of second chance, leads Grand Rapids Community College to bowl
By Gary Bond | The Grand Rapids Press | December 04, 2009, 8:00AM

Grand Rapids Community College quarterback Casey Therriault has thrown for 1,801 yards and rushed for 620 this season, ranking 10th nationally in total offense.SANDY, Utah — Not a day has passed since the night of Jan. 10, 2008, without Casey Therriault thinking about the circumstances that changed his life forever.  The Grand Rapids Community College sophomore quarterback thinks about his involvement, along with four others, in the beating death of Jonathan “Jono” Krystiniak outside a downtown Grand Rapids bar. Therriault pleaded guilty to manslaughter and spent six months in Kent County Jail.  (More)

Jono Krystiniak’s death brings new life: Student’s mother, his killer get second chances
Thursday, 03 Dec 2009, 9:58 PM EST | By Jack Doles

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – They shared a passion for football and a zest for life. But when their paths crossed outside a downtown Grand Rapids bar Jan. 10, 2008, one life ended and another was seemingly destroyed.  Jon “Jono” Krystiniak was beaten to death outside the Margarita Grill, 25 Ottawa Ave. SW, and one of the men involved, Casey Therriault, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and served six months in jail. […] But on the Grand Rapids Community College football team, there aren’t enough players on the roster to replace every guy who makes a mistake.  (More)

GRCC football all about second chances: Demonte Collins one of many recruited by Annese
Thursday, 03 Dec 2009, 5:35 PM EST | By Jack Doles

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Demonte Collins was a standout receiver at Muskegon High School and earned a scholarship to Grand Valley State.  As a redshirt freshman in 2004, he had a sensational season, racking up more than 1,000 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. […] That is, until his former high school coach, Tony Annese, asked him to come play for him at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Grand Rapids community event organizer Rob Bliss lands social media job with WOOD-TV
By Rachael Recker The Grand Rapids Press | December 03, 2009, 8:28PM

Rob Bliss is now a multi-platform account executive.GRAND RAPIDS — Community event organizer Rob Bliss can now post a new Facebook status: He has a 9-to-5 job.  On his Facebook page, the 21-year-old Grand Rapids Community College student recently posted he was in desperate need of a job to help offset a $7,000-plus debt incurred from his latest mass event, the Grand Rapids Zombie Walk on Oct. 30 in Calder Plaza.  (More)

Rob Bliss joins WOOD TV8: Social media event planner Bliss is well known
Thursday, 03 Dec 2009, 7:32 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – WOOD TV8 is excited to announce its hiring of Rob Bliss, who is known by many in West Michigan for organizing massive free events through social media.  Bliss will be working as a multi-platform account executive with WOOD. We believe Rob Bliss’ social media skills and WOOD TV’s strong commitment to serving West Michigan viewers and clients will be a powerful combination.  (More)

GRCC Raiders “Top of the Mountains Bowl” to be Streamed Online

For those interested in watching GRCC’s Raider Football Team take on Snow College in Utah Saturday  December 5th 2009 at 12 p.m. MST, and Cis-com Productions will be simulcasting the game online.  On game day, to view the game simply click on the link below:

Grand Rapids Community College Raiders vs. Snow College Badgers, December 5, 2009 12 p.m. MST Live Stream

IT Conducting Network Upgrades (12/10/09)

The IT Department will be performing network upgrades on December 10th starting at 10 PM.  As such, engineers will be working at the following locations: the 3rd floor of Student Center, Main G2, and Main 137 (Enrollment Center).

These updates are being performed after hours and should pose no interruption to GRCC Staff or Students.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Help Desk at extension 3688 or email

College Planning Council Hard at Work on Strategic Planning

Earlier this week the College Planning Council met to discuss strategic planning (they invite your input).   Later in the day, another team focused on the College Facilities Master Plan and the transition to the former Davenport campus met with architects from Progressive AE to begin to create a vision for how to connect the two parts of campus.  There will be opportunities for the campus to engage in the process in the new year.

Student Employee of the Month: Omar Jenylani

GRCC Student of the Month for December - Omar Jenylani
December’s Student Employee of the Month is Omar Jenylani.  Omar has been a valuable asset to the entire Printing Services department over the last year.  He’s always very eager to learn any and all aspects of the print production and bindery areas so that he can assist when staff is out.  In addition, he’s courteous to customers and coworkers and provides new insight to modifying tasks for more efficient practices.  Omar is a true follower of the RAIDER Values and exhibits these values every day.  Congratulations Omar!

Tuition Reimbursement Reminders

Fall 2009 Semester is coming to an end and Winter 2010 semester will be here before you know it. Going forward please send all Tuition Benefit forms to Lisa Snider (4th CPPB).  A few things to remember when submitting tuition forms:

  1. Approval for course from your supervisor should be obtained at least 10 DAYS prior to beginning of the course
  2. If the benefit is being used by a spouse or child you do not need to obtain supervisor approval
  3. If you are taking a course at GRCC and would like to have the eligible portion of your tuition deferred, please submit a signed deferral form along with your course approval. This form is found on our tuition benefit website.  Course deferral must be submitted prior to the official cashiers office tuition due date.
  4. When submitting your form for reimbursement upon completion of the class, please submit official verification of the grade received as well as your paid tuition receipt.

For more information, please visit us on the web at or call Lisa Snider at 616-234-3915, e-mail