GRCC Public Sale: 6/10/10

Grand Rapids Community College is having a public sale Thursday, June 10, 2010 from 7 AM to 7 PM

Location: GRCC Online Store – (please visit this website to shop items that will be available)

Pickup: Items available for pick up beginning Friday, June 11, 2010 from 9AM to 4 PM at GRCC, 133 Winchester Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI. After Friday 6/11, pick up by appointment only @ (616) 234-4198. See for pick up details.

This sale will contain limited computers, electronics, technology, books, lost & found, etc.Grand Rapids Community College cannot guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appt). Purchased items not picked up will be returned to stock.

Questions should be directed to, Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing at (616) 234-3850 or email

Grand Rapids Community College has the right to reject any or all bids as deemed necessary in the best interest of the college.

3rd Annual Summer Summit

On Tuesday June 15th the Collegiate Network along with the Volunteer Managers Association of West Michigan and the Heart of West Michigan United Way have partnered together to organize the 3rd Annual Summer Summit focused on “Building Successful Partnerships for Greater Community Impact.” The Summit is targeting the Non-profit, Corporate, Government, and Higher Education sectors.  Session topics will include:

  • Understanding of civic engagement in West Michigan
  • Identifying and developing Skill-Based Volunteer Opportunities
  • Best Practices in developing Sustainable Partnerships
  • Identifying potential funding resources available to support programs focused on civic engagement & community impact
  • Resources available to assist in connecting all three sectors.

Parking and Lunch are provided.  For more information, visit the Facebook Page for the Event.

College Channel Special Programming Updated

The listing of special programming for GRCC’s cable channel has been updated. Added to the line up are two new programs. The first is GRCC Service Learning Equest Center Partnership L.E.E.D. Remodeling Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and the other is a presentation by Monica Smith from the MSU-E entitled ” Freezing Fruits and Vegetables at Home”.

This schedule will run from May 31st through June 13th. It can be found online at and most of the programs are available on our Youtube channel at

GRCC Faculty & Staff Discount for the 30th Season of Actors’ Theatre

From now until June 30th, Actors’ Theatre is offering a special promotion on Season Tickets for its 30th Season to GRCC employees. This offer is valid for GRCC faculty, staff, and retirees only through June 30, 2010. For a limited time, you can save $20 off the price of season subscription. Normally $90, GRCC staff and retirees may purchase one or more season subscription for only $70.  This offer may be redeemed by completing and returning the attached subscription form or by calling the Actors’ Business Office at 234-3817.

Since its founding in 1980 by GRCC Professor Fred Sebulske (retired) and a group of local actors, Actors’ relationship with GRCC has been a mutually beneficial one for the college and the greater community of Grand Rapids. The 30th Season of Actors’ remains true to the adventurous spirit and commitment to diversity that the community has come to expect from the theater. The productions scheduled for our 30th season are:

  • Lines: The Lived Experience of Race a new ethnography devised by Stephanie Sandberg and Company | September 24, 25 & 26, and October 1, 2 & 3
    Lines, the latest ethnographic piece of theater by Stephanie Sandberg (Seven Passages: The Stories of Gay Christians) and her team of devisors, will give voice to the lived experience of race in West Michigan.  Founded in the actual, based on the possible, Lines brings the words of over 150 individuals from our community to life as they discuss the dimensions of diversity. This Actors’ Theatre world premiere is sure to be a powerful theatrical experience.
  • Distracted By Lisa Loomer | December 3, 4 & 5, and December 10, 11 & 12M
    What’s the matter with nine-year-old Jessie? He won’t sit still, he curses, he raps and no one can seem to get him in (or out of) pajamas. Teachers think it’s A.D.D., Dad says, “He’s just a boy!” Mom is on a quest for answers in this hilarious, provocative and poignant look at the modern family which asks the question: Are we so tuned into our world that we’ve tuned out what really matters?
  • Opus By Michael Hollinger | January 28, 29, 30, and February 4, 5 & 6
    The world-class Lazara String Quartet is struggling to prepare for their highest-profile performance when they decide to fire their brilliant, yet mercurial, violinist. When a young woman is hired as the replacement, her gifts inspire them to attempt a musical feat of epic proportions.  The rehearsal room becomes a pressure cooker as passions rise, personalities clash, and the musicians are forced to tackle life, love, and the ephemeral nature of their work.
  • The Sweetest Swing in Baseball By Rebecca Gilman | March 18, 19 & 20 and March 25, 26 & 27
    Artist Dana Fielding is in a slump in her career and her personal life. Her boyfriend has lost patience, her latest gallery opening is a flop and her anxiety for it all turns her into a recluse. When Dana attempts suicide she lands in a mental ward, but finds she enjoys it so much she wants to stay. With her insurance running out, her solution arrives from an unlikely source: Darryl Strawberry. The Sweetest Swing in Baseball is an inventive and hilarious look at the demands and tremendous costs of creating art.
  • Reefer Madness! – the Musical Book by Kevin Murphy, Dan Studney | Music by Dan Studney | Lyrics by Kevin Murphy| May 13, 14 & 15, and May 20, 21 & 22
    It’s 1936 and Jimmy becomes a murderous fiend after being led astray by the “devil weed” Marijuana. He mouths off to his parents, steals from the poor box, brutalizes small animals and (GASP!) even tries to tongue kiss his shocked girlfriend! Attempted interventions and pleas by Mom and Jesus (accompanied by backup angels) go unheard and soon Jimmy’s on the lam in a stolen Packard in this campy, over-the-top new musical. It’s safe to say that “with Reefer, there are no happy endings.”

For more information on our 30th season and Actors’ Theatre, visit For more information or questions about this offer, please email

GRCC in the News: 6/4/10

Local grad becomes full-time police officer
The Cedar Springs Post | Posted on 04 June 2010.

Residents may have seen his face part of the time, but they will now see him behind the wheel of a Cedar Springs police cruiser full time. Officer Chad Tucker, 27, was hired as a full-time officer last week, after two years of working part time. […] He graduated from the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College at the end of 2007. He’s worked part-time for Cedar Springs for two years.  (More)

Local school leaders lobby to stop state’s K-12 funds from being spent on community colleges
By Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press | June 03, 2010, 11:45AM

GRAND RAPIDS — They have nothing against community colleges, area educators say, but they don’t want money from their school aid fund used to support higher education. Rockford Superintendent Michael Shibler said it’s “unconscionable” that lawmakers are considering using a projected $300 million surplus in the state school aid fund to plug budget holes in other state funds, especially the money designated for community colleges, which are facing a 3 percent cut. […] The 3 percent cut would be about $540,000 for Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)