Campus Police Now in New Location on Bostwick/Lyon

GRCC Campus Police New Location on Bostwick and Lyon

GRCC’s Campus Police department has officially moved to their new location on the corner of Bostwick and Lyon (the former Lake Michigan Credit Union location).

GRCC’s President Ender Featured on Cover of MiBiz

GRCC’s President, Dr. Steven Ender, was featured on the cover of MiBiz in the January 18, 2010 issue:

Ender's Enterprize | MiBiz | January 18, 2010Ender’s Enterprise
Monday, January 18, 2010 | By Joe Boomgaard | MiBiz

GRAND RAPIDS – Steven Ender wants Grand Rapids Community College to be known as an institution of distinction, and that starts with every employee — from his role as president on down to the custodian —becoming distinctive in his or her job.

In his more than 30 years in higher education, Ender said he’s always tried to live his profession of constantly learning and improving.

“At the end of the day, I want to be the very best president I can possibly be. I want my work to be distinctive,” he told MiBiz. (More)

Photos From GRCC Works Campaign Cabinet Meeting

On Friday morning, the Campaign Cabinet convened for the first time to begin the first steps in the “GRCC Works…Ask Anyone” Capital Campaign.  The campaign is being led by three Honorary Co-Chairs- Doug DeVos, Fred Keller, and Hank Meijer.  Jim Buzzitta is the Campaign Chairperson.   The goal for the campaign is to raise $15 million in support of the four projects addressed in the capital campaign.  The four main projects of the campaign include:

  • Acquisition and renovations of the former Davenport University campus ($12.5 million)
  • Renovation of Peter & Pat Cook Academic Hall into a Math and Health Careers facility ($10 million)
  • Renovation of the Main Building ($10 million)
  • Renovation of the public space/arena of the Ford Field House ($1.5 million)

As the campaign rolls out you will receive regular updates.

GRCC in the News: 1/15/10-1/18/10

Soldier seized opportunities for new adventure
Mark Hicks / The Detroit News / January 18, 2010

Army Sgt. Lucas Beachnaw loved searching for the perfect spots to ski and snowboard. So during a break from training in Italy last year, he trekked to the Alps for an excursion.  “He called me really early and said: ‘Just wanted to call and tell you I was on the top of a mountain,’ ” said his sister, Terra Delong.After graduating from Lowell High School in 2004, Mr. Beachnaw briefly attended Grand Rapids Community College and worked for a company monitoring fire extinguishing equipment, said his mother, Jeanne.  (More)

Profile: Grand Rapids Symphony Associate Conductor John Varineau
By Terri Finch Hamilton | The Grand Rapids Press | January 17, 2010, 7:00AM

John Varineau is snarling, panting, hopping, making faces and sticking out his tongue.  His arms are flapping, whirling and waving, which seems to be the key to this conducting stuff. […]  In addition to his symphony work, Varineau teaches assorted classes at Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Many Grand Rapids-area organizations, businesses closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
By Aaron Ogg | The Grand Rapids Press | January 17, 2010, 6:00AM

Grand Rapids residents cannot get into City Hall on Monday, but city streets and sanitation crews still will pick up trash. […] Open: # Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University (More)

Riverside Middle School 6th-grader prepares to read essay for Martin Luther King celebration
By Barton Deiters | The Grand Rapids Press | January 17, 2010, 8:22PM

The Grand Rapids PressCache AllenGRAND RAPIDS — Cache Allen has big plans: She wants to be both a veterinarian and a doctor, and in her contest-winning essay the sixth grade student at Riverside Middle School says it was the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that helped inspire her to succeed. Cache will read her essay entitled “What Can We Do?” during the Grand Rapids Community College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Monday in front of an estimated crowd of 2,000 at Ford Fieldhouse in downtown Grand Rapids.  (More)

$4M stimulus funds not hitting GRCC campus in Holland
By Staff reports | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Jan 16, 2010 @ 05:30 AM

Holland, MI – A windfall of $4 million in stimulus bill cash for scholarships and support services received by Grand Rapids Community College won’t trickle to its Holland campus. The scholarship money is designated for about 1,080 Grand Rapids residents by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Pathways Out of Poverty program, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.   (More)

Names and Faces in Business for January 16
By The Grand Rapids Press staff | January 16, 2010, 1:50AM

The U.S. Green Building Council-West Michigan Chapter named to its board of directors: Scott Whisler, of Grand Valley State University; Nick Carlson, of Goodwill Industries Grand Rapids; James Russell, of F.C. Moran; Kris Ford, of Owens-Ames-Kimball Co.; Steve Willobee, of Soil and Materials Engineers Inc.; Renae Hesselink, of Nichols Paper & Supply; Earl Eddy, of Elzinga & Volkers Inc.; James McCarty, of Fishbeck, Thompson Carr & Huger Inc.; Heather DeKorte, of Cornerstone Architects; Steve Price Sr., of Steelcase Corp.; and Brian Schultz, of Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Police say German student admitted to having sexual contact with teen boy
By Barton Deiters | The Grand Rapids Press | January 16, 2010, 6:01AM

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP — Families reaching out to help a college student in a foreign land now find themselves embroiled in a case of disturbing alleged sexual conduct carried out against boys as young as 12 years old, according to court records. […] Schaaf, who lived on-campus at Kuyper along the East Beltline NE. He previously attended Grand Rapids Community College and also was involved in numerous youth-oriented organizations. (More)

From Norway with love
Greenville Daily News | Lori Hansen | 1/13/2010 10:22:00 AM

GREENVILLE – Life has been pretty good for Greenville resident Tore Skogseth.  In the past 10 years, he has gotten married, is working on his fourth college degree, had two beautiful daughters and discovered another country to love as much as he loves his homeland of Norway. […] Tore is currently a counselor at Grand Rapids Community College while he works on receiving his master’s degree from Kuyper College in Grand Rapids. (More)

Future Raiders

Future Raider T-Shirt

Do you know a colleague who is expecting a new addition to their family?  The Personal Enrichment Team wants to welcome the new family member with one of our Future Raider t-shirts shown below.  You can help by getting an announcement to GRCC Today or contacting the Learning Academy directly.