GRCC Fitness Team Triple Crown Series Debut

GRCC Fitness Team

The GRCC Fitness Team made its Triple Crown Series running debut last Saturday at the Irish Jig 5K held in East Grand Rapids. GRCC finished in 9th place out of 46 teams in Division I. Susan Hill (Nursing) led the team scoring followed by Whitney Johnson (Counseling), Chris Allen (Job Placement), Steve Ender (Prez Office), and Alejandro Saldivar (Mathematics). Chris posted our lowest time with a 19:29 clip through the snowy conditions. Also running for the team were Steve Beauclair (spouse of Gilda Gely), Ric Underhile (Instructional Support & Interdisciplinary Studies), Mike Schavey (Academic Service Learning), Lisa Dopke (College Advancement), David Anderson (LRTS). Bill Ouchark (LRTS), and Jim Fox (HR). Irish Jig individual and Triple Crown Team results can seen at

The Jig is the first of three Triple Crown Series races. The next race is the Brian Diemer 5K in Cutlerville on June 12. The last race is the Reeds Lake Run 5K on June 26. Although the Triple Crown competition limits team roster eligibility to full time staff and spouses, all GRCC staff including part time employees are welcomed to join the Fitness Team. Please contact Jim Fox ( if you are interested.

GRCC’s Dr. Ender to Appear on Rapid Growth Speakers Panel (4/6/10)

Rapid Growth Media has organized the “Not Your Average Speaker Series” which will feature an upcoming panel discussion “Higher Ed, Stronger Economy” on April 6th, 2010, at Wealthy Theatre from 5:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.  From the description of the program:

Grand Rapids not a college town? Young people fleeing West Michigan? Think again. Just in downtown Grand Rapids alone, tens of thousands of students attend classes at 7 higher education institutions on 6 separate campuses (soon to be 7), much of which has been added in just the last 10 years. How much since 2000? $510 Million in infrastructure, over 12,000 new students, not to mention $Tens of Millions in private spinoff development. And not to mention 5 of those schools have experienced over 40% growth in those ten years!  Hear from the people who help run these institutions, the school’s role in downtown revitalization, their economic impact on West Michigan, and what plans they have for the near future for even MORE investments:

The panel will feature:

  • Dr. Steven Ender, President of Grand Rapids Community College
  • Dr. Oliver Evans, President of Kendall College of Art and Design
  • Matt McLogan, Vice President of Community Relations, Grand Valley State University
  • Nelson Miller, Associate Dean, Grand Rapids Campus, Cooley Law School
  • Jerry Kooiman, Assistant Dean for External Relations, MSU – College of Human Medicine

Admission, beverages and concessions are free. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. for pre-event networking.  Event is sponsored by Michigan State Housing Development Authority.  For more information, visit the Facebook event page or contact  Jeff Hill at

College Channel Special Programming: 3/22/10-4/4/10

GRCC’s college channel (Channel 28) special programming listing has been updated with programming for March 22 – April 4.  Included in the schedule are: Psychology Lecture Series 2009-2010 “Hypnosis: It’s Not Just a Stage Act” – Presented by Dr. Mike Kivinen, “Persian Perspective: An Inside Look at Iran” presented by Keith St. Clair, GRCC, World Affairs Council of Western Michigan – “The New Face of Global Crime, and Steps to Prevent it”, FBI Special Agent Andy Arena, World Affairs Council of Western Michigan – “Mandarins Playing Capitalist Games” presented by Dr. Scott Kennedy, World Affairs Council of Western Michigan – “Special Envoys & Diplomacy: Effective Tool or Stumbling Block?” presented by Ambassador William Harrop, Aquinas Contemporary Writer Series 2009-2010 – Sherod Santos, poet, Diversity Conversation: Social Justice Activists Brigitte Cazalis-Collins and Joseph Collins – interviewed by Helen Brinkman, Kent County Prosecuting Attorney … and more.

Visit for the full listings and streaming video.

GRCC in the News: 3/23/10

On day of trial, man admits as part of plea deal he imprisoned, drugged ex-girlfriend
By Barton Deiters | The Grand Rapids Press | March 22, 2010, 7:02PM

GRAND RAPIDS — Just before jurors were selected for his trial, Andrew Cheslek decided to take a plea deal rather than have a jury decide if he imprisoned and drugged his former girlfriend.  […] She had met Cheslek at Grand Rapids Community College, where he learned drug injection methods while studying phlebotomy.  (More)

Bostwick sets new mark at Northern
By JOSEPH HAYES | Times Herald | March 22, 2010

It’s always a special experience for an athlete to be the first to accomplish a feat.  For Port Huron Northern sophomore powerlifter Ryan Bostwick, his special day arrived Saturday.  At the state meet at Grand Rapids Community College, Bostwick enjoyed the best day of his career as he claimed a state title in the 114-pound division.   (More)

Google is Good for Grand Rapids & Grand Rapids is Good for Google
Submitted: Mar 22nd, 2010 by Suzanna LaCroix (Suzanna LaCroix) under NEWS

Families, business people, college students, politicians, unemployed workers, company owners, educators and high school students came out Friday, March 19 to Calder Plaza to support the nomination of Grand Rapids as a test city for Google Fiber. […] “I believe there’s too much for this city to offer to pass up the opportunity to promote the city (to Google Fiber),” said Grand Rapids Community College student Kimi Wolf on why she came down to be a part of the flash mob. Dancing to pop and club favorites spun by Super Dre, Wolf echoed what many who came out on the sunny March afternoon said, “I love and choose to live in Grand Rapids.”  (More)

Irish Studies Concert: The New Barleycorn (4/10/10)

GRCC professor Roger Schlosser and the West Michigan Ancient Order of Hibernians are sponsoring The New Barleycorn in concert.  The concert will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Boat and Canoe Club, 401 North Park Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and Roger Schlosser can get those to you ( or you can call 616-458-4994 or 616-361-7685 for tickets.

Art and Bev’s Bistro Specials: 3/23/10-3/26/10


  • Falafel W/ Fries $4.50
  • Banana Pancakes W/ Bacon $3.50
  • Soup: Minestrone or Bean w/Ham $2.00


  • Burrito Bar $5.00
  • Hot Pastrami W/ Swiss Mustard on Rye W/ Fries $5.00
  • Soup: Vegetarian Black Bean or Chicken Noodle $2.00


  • Closed- Academic Advising Day


  • Truffle, Egg and Bacon Panini W/ Fries $4.50
  • Hot Brisket Poor Boy W/Fries 5.00
  • Soup: Broccoli Cheese or French Onion $2.00

REVISED Art and Bev’s Bistro Bakery Survey

Art and Bev's Bistro Baked Goods Selection

GRCC’s Art & Bev’s Bistro has a revised retail bakery survey for you to take (the previous version was not properly formatted – so if
you happened to take that one please take a few moments and re-take the new version). It should only take 1-2 minutes and will help the bakery better serve you with more delicious offerings. Thank you for time!: