Raider Safety Reminder

The recent bouts of severe weather are a reminder that it’s important to stay up on GRCC’s various crisis policies and procedures.  For information, instructional videos, and other resources, visit  Remember – employees and students can also sign up for instant alerts about crises and campus closings via text message or email at

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Congratulations to Tom Kaechele and John Doneth

Congratulations to the following faculty who have been recognized for an Excellence Award during the 2010 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. (NISOD) Conference. More than 700 community colleges around the world are NISOD-Members.

  • Tom Kaechele – Associate Professor, Performing Arts and Spectrum Theatre Director
  • John Doneth – Assistant Professor, Manufacturing

GRCC Alumni Awarded Grant to Study at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

GRCC alum Ricki Oldenkamp, of Newaygo recently received a $3,500 grant to conduct student research at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. The Institute, a Biological Field Station located south of Hastings, Michigan recently awarded 18 grants to fund 11 research projects through the Undergraduate Research Grants for the Environment (URGE) program.

GRCC Alum Ricki Oldenkamp and Dr. Matt Douglas

Ricki and her faculty mentor, Dr. Matt Douglas,  are studying insects that defend bracken ferns from other herbivorous insects.  She will be transferring to Northern Michigan University in the fall where she will be a zoology major. She is a 2005 graduate of Newaygo High School. She is the daughter of Rick Oldenkamp and Rose Crowley, both of Newaygo.  Kudos!

GRCC in the News: 6/23/10

Rob Bliss: Grand Rapids can attract families, but it needs a younger demographic
Published: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 6:29 AM | Guest writer

Rob Bliss, 21, might be called a “creative events organizer.” He’s earned a reputation for his unusual “flash mob” and “urban experiment” gatherings in Grand Rapids that have drawn thousands of young participants (“Chalk Flood,” “Zombie Walk,” etc.) — events organized primarily online through Facebook. A student at Grand Rapids Community College, Bliss also works as an account executive at WOOD-TV. Here’s how he thinks Grand Rapids can become more vibrant.  (More)

Flint area’s top senior basketball players will play a ‘City vs. Suburbs’ game in this year’s Bruin Club All-Star Game
Patrick Hayes | The Flint Journal, June 18, 2010 2:52 p.m.

Mott Community College’s annual Bruin Club All-Star basketball game, featuring the Flint area’s best seniors, will have some additional bragging rights involved this year – rosters have been divided up along city vs. suburban lines. […] Roy Jackson, Hamady: Jackson, a strong and quick PG, helped the Hawks to a 17-6 record this season. He recently signed with Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Wyoming approves Brownfield redevelopment tax credit for Gordon Food Service
Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 1:57 PM | Matt Vande Bunte, The Grand Rapids Press

WYOMING — It might take almost 30 years for local taxing agencies to see any new revenue from a planned expansion of Gordon Food Service Inc. […] The deal also postpones a combined $3 million in increased tax payments to Kent County, the Kent Intermediate School District and Grand Rapids Community College. About $5.9 million in school operating taxes and the state education tax also will be captured.  (More)

Bitten by running bug, man loses 100 pounds; mom maintains good health
Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 11:00 AM | Michael Zuidema | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — […] At first, Rachel Tibbe of Grand Rapids wasn’t necessarily looking for a challenge. She just wanted to get back into shape. […] She wants to make sure she remains healthy not only for her two daughters, ages 11 and 4, but for her future career in nursing, which she is studying at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Hamady’s Roy Jackson commits to Grand Rapids Community College
Patrick Hayes | The Flint Journal, June 22, 2010 4:07 p.m.

Anyone who’s ever met Hamady’s Roy Jackson knows he has a very specific dream: he’d like to play Division I college basketball. After committing to Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson hopes he’ll get that chance after two years spent working on his game with GRCC.  (More)