GRCC in the News: 1/28/10

Grand Rapids Community College students propose $10 activities fee
By Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press | January 28, 2010, 7:59AM

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College students would pay a mandatory $10 per-semester fee to fund activities under a plan floated by the Student Congress.  College trustees need to sign off on the plan, and several expressed concerns. And the proposed fee drew mixed reaction from students on campus this week.  (More)

GRCC likely sees first winter enrollment gain
By Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press | January 28, 2010, 8:16AM

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College continues to grow at a historic pace, gaining students for the winter semester — likely for the first time.  The college in the fall logged 16,992 students, a campus record. While enrollment typically dips by 20 percent by the winter, this year GRCC gained about 260 students Registrar Howard Shanken said.  “That is probably a first for us, but certainly by this margin,” he said.  The fall count was a 10 percent increase over the previous year. When part-time and non-credit students are included, more than 30,000 people are expected to fill the campus and its satellites.  (More)

Grand Rapids schools schedule community forum on budget cuts
By Kym Reinstadler | The Grand Rapids Press | January 27, 2010, 2:04PM

GRAND RAPIDS — A forum on the school district’s efforts to cut $9 million from its budget will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Central High School’s auditorium, 421 Fountain St. NE. The forum is sponsored by the Board of Education’s ad hoc advisory committee and will be led by Steven Ender, president of Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Photos From Yesterday’s Student Technology Expo

Student Technology Expo

Grand Rapids Community College staff held a Student Technology Expo in the Raider Grille to help familiarize students with the numerous tools they have available to them to study and learn more effectively. Students who visited several tables to learn were entered into a drawing to win, among other things, an HD Flip Camera.  For a slideshow of more photos from the event, click here.

Student Technology Expo

Raider Salute to 70 Refund Check Volunteers

This Raider Salute comes from the Financial Aid and Cashier’s Office staff members:

“A big Raider Salute to the nearly 70 staff members from all across campus who volunteered their time to assist with student refund check distribution last week.  Over 3,800 students descended on the ATC, wound their way through the hallways and ultimately picked up their checks.  We could not make this happen without the help of so many friends.  We are truly grateful!”

Reminder Call for GRAHEN Outstanding Adult Learner Award

Please support our adult students at GRCC by nominating them for the Grand Rapids Area Higher Education (GRAHEN) Outstanding Adult Learner (OAL) award, which recognizes and honors the academic achievements and community contributions of local adult students; individuals who are exceptional inside the classroom and out and have demonstrated the ability to successfully juggle career, school, family and community.

The Friday February 5 deadline is fast approaching.  To request a nomination form and/or more information contact Angela Zainea at 3420 or

International Guitar Series Presents Chris Proctor (1/28/10)

Guitarist Chris ProctorTonight at 7:30 p.m. in the GRCC Recital Hall, GRCC’s Music Department will hold another concert as part of its International Guitar Series featuring Chris Proctor.

From Proctor’s bio: Critics call his guitar playing “breathtaking,” “haunting,” and “rich.” They describe his compositions as “spectacular,” “elegant,” and “exquisite.” They trace the roots of his style to folk, jazz, pop, and classical music, and, when all else fails, they try and categorize his playing as “baroque folk,” or “Instrumental Americana.” The guitar press compares him to Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges. Another reviewer ventures this analysis: “In his taut, faceted compositions, Chris gives the guitar sole responsibility for a piece’s rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic components, and in the process creates full-voiced ‘guitar songs.’ His playing illuminates the instrument’s deepest voices and most sonorous qualities, rendering a pop-folk equivalent of the classical guitar sonata.”

$ 7.00 for students and seniors
$10.00 general admission

For more information, click here.