Deadline for SSPD Grant Applications is this Friday (1/22)

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is this Friday, January 22, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at Please note that applications must include a SupervisorÆs Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Grants Coordinator at 234-3340 or  Good luck!

Social Justice Activities in Honor of César E. Chávez

The Committee to Honor César E. Chávez invites GRCC employees to participate in several activities aimed at advancing social justice on March 31, 2010.

  • Social Justice March | 11:00 AM Hispanic Center to Roosevelt Park Via César E. Chávez Boulevard,  Corner of Grandville, SW/Hall, SW
  • Community Gathering | Immediately after the Social Justice March,  Potter House (810 Van Raalte Dr., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49509)
  • Community Service Excellence Awards Reception | 5:00 PM GRCC Tassell M-Tec ® 622 Godfrey SW 49503,  $20.00/per person (Requires RSVP)

To RSVP or For More Information, contact Lupe Ramos-Montigny, Chairperson at (616)942-5241 or

GRCC in the News: 1/19/10

Click here for more coverage from WOOD TV 8

Textbook rental program piloted at Grand Rapids Community College expands to other campuses
By Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press | January 15, 2010, 10:59PM

Grand Rapids Community College students were among the first in the nation to be able to rent their textbooks from their Follett’s campus bookstore, but now the company is expanding the program to colleges across the country.  The Follett Higher Education Group announced Friday texts will be rented at 850 bookstores, including Eastern Michigan University, Bay College, Jackson Community College, Kettering University, Macomb Community College and Mott Community College.  (More)

Mother connects with daughter in Haiti via text, continues to raise money for medical facility
By Whitney Gronski | The Bay City Times | January 18, 2010, 4:00PM

A cell phone call to Haiti is pretty expensive, so what Marci Thurlow knows about the status of her 22-year-old daughter, Mallery, and the children and workers at her Haitian school has come through short text messages. […] And while Marci handles foundation operations from the east side of the state in Midland, her youngest daughter, 20-year-old Brooke, has dropped  most of her classes at Grand Rapids Community College to take care of the foundation on the west side of the state.   (More)

Silent MLK Day march in Grand Rapids
WZZM 13 ONLINE |  Updated:1/18/2010 8:15:18 PM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Thousands of people marched in a silent parade Monday in Grand Rapids to remember the civil rights movement on Martin Luther King Junior Day.  Bus loads of students from area school districts participated in the march, which started and ended at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

1,000 attend MLK Community March: ‘Everyone needs to talk about Dr. King and his dream’
By Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press | January 18, 2010, 2:35PM

GRAND RAPIDS — Janay Traylor’s friends at Newhall Middle School say they walked in Monday’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community March to remember a man who made history, but it was more personal for the seventh-grader.  […] The Wyoming students were joined by about 1,000 others in the annual event, which started on the Grand Rapids Community College campus headed down Lyons Avenue and up Monroe Center, past the ice rink named for Rosa Parks, another civil rights pioneer.  (More)

Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration – Honor the March, Inherit the Dream
WOOD TV | Published : Monday, 18 Jan 2010, 12:16 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Today marks the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior Celebration. Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University welcome all to participate in marches in downtown Grand Rapids and at the Allendale campus of GVSU.  Both events are followed by community celebrations.  Featured speaker Dr. Randall Pinkett will give the keynote address at GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse this evening.  (More)

GRCC, others celebrate Dr. King – Events also at GVSU
Monday, 18 Jan 2010, 12:31 PM EST |By Eva Aguirre Cooper

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – About 2,000 students, faculty and community members marched from the Ford Fieldhouse at GRCC throught streets of downtown Monday as part of the college’s 26th annual Community Peace March for Dr. Martin Luther King.  GRCC students will give various performances in the Fieldhouse throughout the afternoon.  (More)

Ender’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)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities around West Michigan
Bob Brenzing | Updated:1/18/2010 10:25:37 AM

(WZZM) – A listing of some of the Martin Luther King Day activities around West Michigan. […] Grand Rapids Public Schools/Grand Rapids Community College: January 18th, 2010 11:30am-2:00pm (More)

Condolences to Laura B. Moody

Condolences to Laura B Moody (faculty in the Nursing department) on the loss of her mother, Elizabeth Ruth Johnson, age 82, who passed away on January 15, 2010. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 21, 2010, 11 a.m. at Brown Hutcherson Ministries, 618 Jefferson St. SE. Friends may meet with the family one hour prior to service. Pastor Nathaniel Moody officiating. Interment Garfield Park Cemetery. Public Viewing will be Wednesday, January 20, 2010 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Brown’s Funeral Chapel, 627 Jefferson St. SE.  Click here for the full obituary.