Condolences to Tracy Payne and Family

Condolences to Tracy Payne and her family on the loss of her father.  For details about the funeral services, see below:
  • Visitation: Thursday, 7-9 p.m. | Pederson Funeral Home | 127 N. Monroe, Rockford
  • Service: Friday,  10:30 a.m. | Bostwick Lake Congregational Church | 7979 Belding Road, Rockford (This service will be preceded by a short visitation (9:30-10:15) It will also be followed by a lunch at the Church)
  • Interment: Friday, 3:30 p.m. | Elbridge Cemetery | 136th & Polk Road, Elbridge Township (near Hart)

Campaign for Love & Forgiveness

GRCC is partnering with WGVU, through Dr. Bob Hendershot and GRCC’s Irish Studies Program, on the multi-year Campaign for Love & Forgiveness. WGVU and this Campaign is also a sponsor of GRCC’s upcoming Peace Studies Conference September 27-29, 2010 at GRCC.

Thursday night, June 24, 2010, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Civic Theater, a community forum will explore the psychological and physiological benefits of forgiving ourselves and others, with a particular focus on the Vietnam Era.

Admission is free, but there is limited seating with RSVP required.  Click here for details.  Refreshments will be served. You may reserve your free seat(s) by calling or e-mailing Steve Chappell at WGVU – Phone: 331-6505 / E-mail:

Also, related to this event, another ongoing event related to the Vietnam war is LZ Michigan – for more information: “Welcoming Home Michigan’s Vietnam Veterans”

GRCC in the News: 6/22/10

Wakefield keys South – Former Eskymo earns MVP in All-Star Classic
By Dennis Grall | POSTED: June 21, 2010

NORWAY – McKinley Portice was in a groove in the third quarter Saturday but Quinn Wakefield stood out down the stretch Saturday at the 25th U.P. All-Star Classic. […] Portice, a Class D all-stater from Pickford who will play baseball at Grand Rapids Community College, finished with 26 points. That is the highest output since North teammates Craig Koski of Baraga and Tony Jandron of Negaunee scored 29 and 27, respectively, in 2006 at Cedarville.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College hosts motorcycle rally
Christa Graban | Updated:6/22/2010 12:13:57 AM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- The state of Michigan and Grand Rapids Community College want to see more people ride motorcycles to work. The school held a rally on top of the Bostwick parking ramp Monday for International Ride to Work Day. Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and GRCC President Stephen Ender were also there to promote the benefits of motorcycling.  (More)

Trustee’s push to stop funding groups that cast Jesus in negative light sparks debate at GRCC meeting
Published: Monday, June 21, 2010, 9:02 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Three campus groups criticized by a Grand Rapids Community College trustee for being ideologically driven will continue to be funded by the college, though trustees approved salary freezes for about 250 employees to help close a budget gap. Trustees on Monday voted 6-1 for a $106 million budget, with Richard Ryskamp voting against the spending plan, saying he wants to set aside time in future meetings to raise concerns about the appropriateness of some programs funded by the college.  (More)

‘Ride to Work Day’ promotes motorcycle safety at GRCC
Published: Monday, June 21, 2010, 2:33 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Steve Horling has been riding motorcycles for nearly 50 years, and says he gets a little worried about some of the things he sees on the road, especially from younger bikers. “I’m a good rider, but it’s you see a lot of things out there,” he said Monday. “You don’t want to give someone their license and put them on a bottle rocket without the right training.” Horling, of Grand Rapids, was among dozens of motorcycle riders at Grand Rapids Community College attending the state’s 19th annual “Ride to Work Day” celebration.  (More)

Salary survey under way
Sat., June 19, 2010 | Michigan Education Report

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A study of how college salaries compare across Michigan has been delayed until mid-September, when it may be used to determine future wages at Grand Rapids Community College, according to The Grand Rapids Press. Municipal Consulting of Ann Arbor was hired by GRCC to conduct the study and said it is collecting information on wages and job descriptions from 13 colleges and two municipalities, The Press reported.  (More)

Basics of Blackboard for Students

The ATC Computer Lab staff will be offering orientations to the “Basics of Blackboard” for new and returning students. These sessions will cover:

  • How to login
  • How to change your password within Blackboard
  • How to navigate
  • The main navigation controls
    • Announcements
    • Discussion Boards
    • Email
    • Digital Drop Box

The lab will offer the orientations Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please come to the Tutor Desk in the middle of the room for this orientation.

Photos: Ride to Work Day at GRCC

Michigan Department of State and Grand Rapids Community College promoted the fun and benefits of safe motorcycling by hosting a rally in observance of the 19th annual International Ride to Work Day.  Cyclists gathered on the roof of GRCC’s Bostwick Parking Ramp to show off their bikes.  For a full slideshow, click here.

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Video of the event is available here and will air on the college channel (dates and times below):

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Press Conference 6/21/10

  • Mondays at 11:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays at 7:45 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays at 2:15 p.m.
  • Fridays at 8:45 a.m. and 8:45 p.m.
  • Saturdays at 3:45 p.m.

Traffic Update: Coit Avenue

There will be a total closure of Coit Ave from 6/16/10 until 8/6/10 between Hastings and Michigan Street for bridge demolition and construction.

Detour: Southbound Coit detour; Hastings Street to Lafayette Avenue to Michigan street to Coit Avenue. Northbound Coit detour; Michigan Street to Lafayette Avenue to Hastings Street to Coit Avenue.