GRCC Hosts Fundango Cancer Walk for Gilda’s Club

Honor a family member, friend or colleague who has been impacted by cancer. Move to the tune of a 5K walk by forming a team, raising pledges and joining Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids for a morning of fun at GRCC. Inspire others to help raise money for the free cancer and grief support program at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. Over 10,000 individuals visit our clubhouses every year for support-when was the last time you were able to impact that many people in one morning?

For more information, click here.

Video: GRCC Players Present “Art of Murder”

GRCC Players present “Art of Murder” by Joe DiPietro.  A comedy whirlwind of thrills, chills and laughs…it will keep you guessing who is to be killed and who is the killer. Caution: graphic language.  Tickets are $3 GRCC students/staff, $8 adult. Call 616-234-3946 to purchase tickets.  CAUTION: Graphic language and adult situations. This performance may not be suitable for younger audiences.  More information:

Construction Closings on 3/2/10

GRCC employees and students may be affected by four upcoming road closures on 3/2/2010:

  • Total Closure – Tue 3/2/10, 12 AM to Tue 3/2/10, 5 AM – Eastbound and Westbound I-196 from west of College Avenue to east of Fuller Avenue.  Detour: The detour routes for both eastbound and westbound I-196 follow College Avenue, Michigan Street and Fuller Avenue.
  • Ramp Closure – Tue 3/2/10, 12 AM to Tue 3/2/10, 5 AM – Ramp from Ionia Avenue to Eastbound I-196.  Detour: Follow Michigan Street east to Fuller Avenue, north on Fuller Avenue to the ramp to eastbound I-196.
  • Ramp Closure – Tue 3/2/10, 12 AM to Tue 3/2/10, 5 AM – Ramp from College Avenue to Eastbound I-196.  Detour: Follow Michigan Street east to Fuller Avenue, north on Fuller Avenue to the ramp to eastbound I-196.
  • Ramp Closure – Tue 3/2/10, 12 AM to Tue 3/2/10, 5 AM – Ramp from Fuller Avenue to Westbound I-196.  Detour: Follow Leonard Street or Michigan Street to College Avenue to the ramp to westbound I-196.

Work will take place at night and is weather dependent (no rain, cold temperatures, etc.).

CEPD Offers CE’s for Social Workers and Nurses

GRCC’s Continuing Education and Professional Development department has an upcoming offering for social workers and nurses:  Restoring Hope in the Midst of Suffering on March 9, 2010 (6-9 pm).  This workshop enables participants to discover new meaning and inner healing potential amidst experiences of illness, pain or suffering.

Suffering is triggered by our body-mind-spirit’s endeavors to signal an increasingly blocked process of inner healing and wholeness. Accompanied by a growing loss of meaning and control and feelings of hopelessness, suffering now becomes a personal crisis of existential proportions.  Inner Relationship Focusing offers a gentle, experiential process of body/mind/spirit awareness, presence and listening that helps awaken our inner healer.  For more info or to register go to

GRCC in the News: 2/26/2010

The Rodney Dangerfield of Higher Ed
Dome Magazine | by Tom Watkins | February 26, 2010

Our community colleges are the Rodney Dangerfield of higher education. They just “don’t get no respect” — respect that they deserve and continue earning every day. […] Grand Rapids Community College reports applications for the fall semester are up 65 percent. The jump can be attributed to three things: the economic slump, a simplified application process and waiving the application fee.  (More)

Photos: Race and Ethnicity Conference Wraps Up

Dr. David Pilgrim at the Race and Ethnicity Conference 2010

GRCC’s Race and Ethnicity Conference (organized by the Social Science Department in observance of Black History Month) wrapped up yesterday with presentations by Dr. Gary Burbridge, Dr. Yan Bai, and a panel discussion with Susan Williams, Dr. Robert Hendershot and Mike Light.  Streaming video of all of the Conference’s presentations will be available shortly courtesy of GRCC’s Media Technologies department.

For a slideshow of all the photos taken at the Conference, click here.

Dr. Gary Burbridge at the Race and Ethnicity Conference 2010

GRCC in the News: 2/25/10

Grand Rapids Community College women thump Ancilla to clinch share of division title
By Gary Bond | The Grand Rapids Press | February 24, 2010, 9:40PM

GRAND RAPIDS — For the fourth time in five seasons, the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team will share the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Division title.  The Raiders capped their regular season Wednesday night with a 70-45 victory against Ancilla College at Ford Fieldhouse.  (More)

Castalia Chamber Ensemble takes Herrick stage
The Holland Sentinel | Posted Feb 24, 2010 @ 03:48 PM

Holland, MI —  The Castalia Chamber Ensemble takes the stage at Herrick District Library’s Concert Series at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Grand Rapids-based ensemble includes pianist Mary Scanlan, violinist Jennifer Walvoord, violist Leslie Van Becker and cellist Alicia Steggink Eppinga. The concert takes place at the library, 300 S. River Ave. […] Scanlan received her doctorate in piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois and degrees in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Iowa. In 1988 she began teaching piano, music history, and served as keyboard department chair at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids. (More)

iPhone users can more easily access GRCC information with newly released free app: GRCC Mobile
Thursday, February 25, 2010 | By Sharon Hanks | Rapid Growth

In keeping with its commitment to using cutting edge technology, Grand Rapids Community College announced last week the release of a free iPhone app called GRCC Mobile so that students can more easily tap into the latest college information.  Anyone with an iPhone can access up-to-the-minute updates on such things as classroom information posted on Blackboard websites, faculty absences, maps and directions to entranceways of more than a dozen college facilities, and, in the near future, the availability of parking spaces at the college’s downtown area’s five parking areas, says Derek DeVries, GRCC Communications Technology Manager.  (More)

GRCC partners with Holland’s Energetx Composites to offer on-site training in the manufacturing comp
Thursday, February 25, 2010 | Rapid Growth

Grand Rapids Community College and Holland’s Energetx Composites are uniting efforts to train students in the making of composites by introduction of an intense college four-week class starting March 8.  Two-thirds of the 80-hour intensive program will be hands-on lab training on the shop floor at Energetx, the first time school officials say GRCC has used a manufacturing facility as a classroom.  (More)

Shelly Urbane is Raider Spirit Award Winner for February 2010

Shelly Urbane Wins Raider Spirit Award

Shelly Urbane, ESP at Spectrum Theater, was presented with the February GRCC Spirit Award Wednesday afternoon during a staff meeting.  To quote from her nomination: 

“Shelly knows that the student is the most important member of our college family. She goes way beyond the norm to insure that they feel comfortable and respected. She has been instrumental in helping the Theater Department create a scholarship application, an audition/interview process for students, and an alumni reading committee to assist with play selections.  I simply cannot imagine this theater program functioning at this level of community collaboration without Shelly’s management skills.  There is nobody I would rather have as the day to day “face” of the Spectrum Theater.  Shelly is amazing.”

Disruptive Classroom Behavior- Keys to Managing Difficult College Students

Disruptive student behavior in the classroom can often over flow into student misconduct. When students are out of line in lectures, during office hours or on campus, how can you address and manage their difficult behavior? Join us for a 60-minute webinar on Wednesday, March 10 from 1-2 p.m. where you and your colleagues will discover:

  • Tips for dealing with disruptive student behavior in the classroom
  • Tools to identify difficult & disengaged college students
  • TWhat to do & not do when students become hostile & threatening

Register at

STAR of the Month: Paul Hulford

STAR of the Month Paul Hulford

STAR of the Month Paul Hulford

Congratulations to Paul Hulford for winning the STAR of the Month Award for March! Paul is an Office Assistant and Resource Room Aid in the Child Development Center. Rotating between both positions requires Paul to be very flexible, responsive and accountable to staff. Having grown up in Bolivia, Paul has been able to use his Spanish speaking skills to effectively communicate with the diverse population of students that utilize the Resource Room. It is for these reasons and many more that the Child Development Center nominated Paul for this special award. Please join in congratulating and thanking Paul for all his hard work and dedication to GRCC!

“Call and Response” Documentary Showing

True North Ministries is presenting an encore showing of the “rockumentary” “Call and Response” on Friday February 26, 2010 at 7:30 at the Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew Campus of Grand Valley State University.  Showing is Free and details the atrocities of Human Trafficking into slavery and sex trade.  The event is sponsored by the Foreign Affairs Club, and Geography Club, in conjunction with True North Ministries .

The Foreign Affairs Club Presents the Help Haiti Fundraiser Dinner at the Tip Off Sports Bar and Grill

TODAY Wednesday February 24, 2010 – With the coupon, handed out at the door, The GRCC Foreign Affairs Club will get 25 percent of your total bill and will be giving all proceeds to the American Red Cross and other charities for direct help with the Haiti Relief Effort. The Tip Off is located at 3850 Alpine NW, just north of 4 Mile. The fundraiser will be running from 6:00 p.m. until close.

Help Bring Economic Development to Grand Rapids

According to the Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 70 percent of the national and regional conventions that are held in Grand Rapids are booked with the help of a local member. If you belong to a local club or organization that holds regional or national meetings, bringing those meetings to Grand Rapids will help the region’s economic development.

All you need to do is visit and provide the GRCVB with information about your group and its upcoming meetings/events and they’ll take it from there.  Questions?  Contact Nancy Ruppert at 616-233-2549 or