Photos: Coffee and Conversation With Dr. Ender (2/17/10)

Coffee and Conversation With Dr. Ender (2/17/10)

This morning dozens of employees had the opportunity to hear about the college’s strategic direction and ask questions of GRCC President Dr. Steven Ender at a “Coffee and Conversation” event.  The topics included long-term planning for facilities, the “GRCC Works” capital campaign,  replacing employees who participated in the voluntary early retirement process, GRCC’s participation in several competitive grant programs (such as “Gear up!” and “Achieve the Dream”), and the recent 70 percent increase in applications for Fall 2010.

Excellence in Education Nominations Needed

The Excellence in Education Award was established in 1989 to honor an individual Grand Rapids Community College employee for his or her contributions to the College, higher education and the community.  In 2000, it was decided to honor both an outstanding staff member and an outstanding faculty member.  The recipient in each area receives an award of $1000 and a $1,000 contribution to the GRCC Foundation is made in the recipient’s name.  The awards will be presented at the August 2010 All Employee Meeting.

Staff nominations are due into Liz Timmer with Faculty nominations due into Debbie DeWent, Provost’s Office by NOON Friday, May 14, 2010.

NOTE:  This is a very confidential process.  Do not tell your nominee they are being nominated.

Go to for details and the nomination forms.

Nourishment 4 the Soul: Food, Music, Poetry Today (2/17/10)

The Black Student Union (BSU) is hosting “Nourishment 4 the Soul” today from 11:30 am- 1:30 pm in the Student Center Multipurpose Room on the 2nd Floor.  The fundraiser features soul food, live jazz featuring Cloud 9, and poetry/spoken word performances by NerCity (pronounced “Inner City”).

The event will be catered by Sandmanns, and on the menu are fried chicken, rib tips, mac and cheese, candied yams, greens, and cornbread.  Plates are $8/each and to-go plates are available.  (Cash and Raider Card accepted).

GRCC in the News: 2/17/10 [Updated]

GRCC reports applications are up 65 percent in record-enrollment year (Front Page)
By Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press | February 17, 2010, 12:04PM

GRAND RAPIDS — Already experiencing record enrollment, Grand Rapids Community College leaders say they’re seeing a 65 percent increase in the number of students applying for admission to the fall semester.  Administrators said simplifying the application process and not charging potential students to apply might account for some of the increase. But the continued boost in interest has leaders looking to the fall and trying to find places to add new students.  (More)

Ad Fair 2010 begins next week in Grand Rapids
By Shandra Martinez | The Grand Rapids Press | February 17, 2010, 7:49AM

GRAND RAPIDS — More than four decades in the advertising business has given Frank Blossom an appreciation for the next generation of creative talent. […] Blossom has been a visiting professor in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University since 2006, teaching advertising and public relations classes. He previously taught at Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and Kendall College of Art & Design.  (More)

Talking Points: “Enhancing Security Through Peacebuilding”
By ANDREA GOODELL | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Feb 17, 2010 @ 09:23 AM

Holland, MI – […] Professor Keith St. Clair teaches international relations and political science at Grand Rapids Community College. A GRCC foundation grant sent him to Iran in October. St. Clair’s specialty is Middle East politics, and he has also traveled to Turkey, Israel and Oman in the past year. He spoke Feb. 10 on “Enhancing Security Through Peacebuilding.”  (More)

Sexton junior running back draws Big Ten interest
Geoff Kimmerly | Lansing Stqate Journal | February 16, 2010

Sexton junior running back Onaje Miller is quickly becoming one of the state’s most sought-after football prospects for the class of 2011, with the state’s Big Ten programs among those who have recently offered scholarships.  […] Sexton quarterback Taurean Jackson has signed with Grand Rapids Community College. A two-year starter, Jackson threw for 1,015 yards and 12 touchdowns last season in earning a Class B all-area honorable mention.  (More)

Safezone Training Opportunity (4/16/10)

The SafeZone program is a diversity education program that includes all individuals in a personal journey toward greater understanding and inclusion (regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, weight, height, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, and disability, as a reflection of the GRCC EEOC statement). The program philosophy provides not only a safe space for all people, but also increases communication and understanding among people. One of the goals of SafeZone is to emphasize that all individuals will be treated and respected as human beings. Further, the program emphasizes that ignorance, bigotry, and harassment will not be tolerated in an environment of learning.

The next session will be held: Friday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (breakfast and lunch provided), Diversity Learning Center conference room.  Please register at or call Jennifer at extension 3056.