Tuition Deferral Process/Forms

All requests for Fall 2010 Tuition Deferral must be received by Cherry Scaturro in the Business & Financial Services department today, Friday, July 30th. If you are unable to meet this deadline, you must make arrangements to pay your tuition no later than Wednesday, August 4th, or your classes will be dropped for non payment. If you meet eligibility requirements, you may submit your request for Tuition Reimbursement and receive payment upon completion of the class(es). Information regarding your Tuition Benefit can be found on the Business & Financial Services website and are also attached for your convenience. Please refer to your bargaining unit agreements.

The BFS offices are now located at 415 E. Fulton, The Administration Building, 2nd Floor, East Wing. Cherry can be reached at ext. 4033.


GRCC Adjunct Faculty Librarian Elizabeth Raum Publishes Children’s Book

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Author and GRCC Adjunct Faculty Librarian Elizabeth Raum wrote a children’s book “Cedric and the Dragon” which was published recently and covered by the Grand Rapids Press:

Bible verse inspires Elizabeth Raum’s entertaining tale, ‘Cedrick and the Dragon’
Published: Sunday, July 25, 2010, 6:27 AM | Kristina Riggle | The Grand Rapids Press

An editor and a Bible verse inspired “Cedric and the Dragon,” a new picture book from local children’s author Elizabeth Raum. Raum’s editor told her “We need more books about dragons.” While Raum was pondering dragon ideas, her 3-year-old granddaughter learned her very first Bible verse: “Be kind to everyone.” (More)

Elizabeth will be signing her book at a couple of upcoming public appearances:

  • Aug. 7, 2010: Reading Rocks, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rockford, autographing “Cedric and the Dragon” and “The Christmas Star”
  • Oct. 7, 2010: 7 p.m., speaking to West Michigan Christian Writers, Schuler Books, 3165 Alpine Ave. NW, Walker

GRCC in the News: 7/30/10

Rob Bliss heckled, unveils plans for 500 foot water slide
Chris Zoladz | Updated:7/29/2010 5:45:25 PM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – Grand Rapids events organizer [and GRCC student], Rob Bliss is releasing details about his latest off-beat project. But at a news conference Thursday morning, he had a little competition.  “Producer Joe” from WGRD’s Free Beer & Hot Wings was among a handful of people in the crowd at Grand Rapids Community College.  As Bliss was unveiling his plans for an event this summer, “Producer Joe” chimed in, spilling the beans on a 500 foot inflatable water side being installed on Lyon Street NE.   (More)

Rob Bliss plans huge waterslide for GR – Later this summer on Lyon Street
Thursday, 29 Jul 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids event guru [and GRCC student] Rob Bliss has released details about his latest project.  A 500-foot inflatable waterslide is planned for Lyon Street in the city later this summer. Bliss says he is expecting about 30,000 people to show up for the free event.  (More)

Mother-in-law of Grand Rapids man killed in Yellowstone bear attack says he was ‘wonderful father’ of 4
Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 12:46 PM | Heidi Fenton | The Grand Rapids Press

COOKE CITY — The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks department has confirmed a Grand Rapids man was killed when he was violently attacked by a bear early Wednesday morning while camping at the Soda Butte Campground just outside of Yellowstone National Park. […] Kammer’s mother-in-law, Phyllis Howard, of Grand Rapids, said he enjoyed fishing, camping and kayaking. Kammer was a father of four, ages 8,9, 15 and 19, with the two youngest attending All Saints Academy, another attending City High School and the oldest at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

GRCC in the News: 7/29/10

Rob Bliss will turn Lyon Street hill into 500-foot waterslide through downtown Grand Rapids
Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 10:00 AM | Rachael Recker | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Traffic signals along Lyon Street NE at Ransom and Bostwick avenues won’t be able to stop westbound traffic next month, when the downtown hill is closed and transformed into a 500-foot, inflated-vinyl waterslide. The normally busy downtown hill will become a mini urban water park Aug. 21-22, thanks to Grand Rapids event coordinator [and GRCC student] Rob Bliss.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse undergoing $1.4 million facelift
Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 8:30 AM | Brian VanOchten | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College athletic director Doug Wabeke remembers what Ford Fieldhouse looked like when the building made its grand debut almost 35 years ago. “The building was opened in the fall of 1976 when I was freshman there. It’s like home for me. I know pretty much every corner of that building,” he said. “We really hadn’t done much to it since then.”  (More)

Little League roundup: District 9 Big League softball team sets sights on World Series
Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 8:00 AM | Steve Ungrey | The Grand Rapids Press

The District 9 Big League softball team has made enough trips to the World Series to know pitching wins championships. A little bit of hitting also helps. […] Newcomers to the squad are Caila Ferro (Rogers), Emily Clapp and Kaitlyn Joyce (Northview), Amanda Kimes and Leann Tuuk (Caledonia) and Jessie Kohloff, a Grand Rapids resident who played on the Grand Rapids Community College team this spring.  (More)

GRCC in the News: 7/28/10 (Feat. Article on Chief Cindy Kennell)

Trailblazer in Grand Rapids area law enforcement Cindy Kennell dies at 58
Published: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 9:35 AM | Heidi Fenton | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — As a Wyoming police road patrol officer in the 1970s, Cindy Kennell embarked on a path few other women chose to pursue at the time, and she did it with confidence.  She carried this determination down each trail she blazed for females in local law enforcement, eventually becoming a police captain and then leader of Grand Rapids Community College‘s campus police.  (More)

GRCC in the News: 7/27/10

Can a market, deli thrive in downtown Grand Rapids? Family buys store to give it a shot
Published: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 5:57 AM | Chris Knape | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — A downtown market and deli will get a formal relaunch Tuesday after new owners spent the past few months breathing new life into the store.  Some of the touches added by the owners of Grand Central Market & Deli, 57 Monroe Center, are visible right away. […] “It’s really exciting and really stressful,” said [Christina] Klunder, a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College‘s fashion merchandising program. “It has been a whirlwind. I went from working three 12-hour days to never-ending 12- or 15-hour days — but it’s been completely worth it.”  (More)

One Democrat drops out of Van Buren County board race: 2 Republicans vie for nomination in District 3
Published: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 9:00 AM | Rod Smith | Special to the Kalamazoo Gazette

PAW PAW — Although there will be two Republicans and two Democrats on the Aug. 3 primary ballot seeking Denise Noble’s District 3 seat for the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners, in reality there’s only one Democrat running.  [… Richard] Godfrey, 67, of Bloomingdale, is a retired statistics professor from Grand Rapids Community College and vice chairman of the board of Bloomingdale Communications.  (More)

College Channel Special Program Listings: 7/26/10-8/8/10

The special programming listings for GRCC’s College Channel are now available for the next two weeks of programming. Featured in this round is the 2009 Peace and Reconciliation Conference to get you in the mood for the 2010 Peace Conference being held September 27-29, 2010.

You can enjoy the College Channel online at and on our Youtube Channel at

Academic Service Learning Hosts Opportunities/Events Throughout Year

Save the date – mark your calendars for a variety of exciting opportunities to actively engage in teaching, learning, and serving the community! The following learning opportunities can be integrated into semester syllabi, offered as extra credit, or just added to the calendar for a fun way to get involved:

  • Veterans Olympics at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans for National Day of Remembrance on September 11, 2010.
  • Disability Awareness and Service Project with Equest Center for Make a Difference Day on October 23, 2010.
  • United Way Food Drive in November of 2010.
  • Past It Forward: Encouraging Acts of Kindness throughout Grand Rapids on MLK Day, January 17, 2011.
  • Earth Day Clean-Up on April 22, 2011.
  • Relay for Life: Teaming Up for a Cure in May of 2011.

As each event draws near we will update you with further details and unique opportunities for your students to get involved. Pre-registration is required to ensure available space and can be done by e-mailing

GRCC Bookstore Hours Fall 2010

Below are the hours for the GRCC Bookstore (

  • August 12 – 7:45am to 5:00pm
  • August 13 – 7:45am to 3:30pm
  • Week of August 15th | M-Th – 7:45am to 5:00pm, F – 7:45am to 3:30pm
  • Week of August 22nd | M-Th – 7:45am to 6:00pm, F – 7:45am to 5:00pm
  • Week of August 29th | M-Th – 7:45am to 8:00pm, F – 7:45am to 5:00pm
  • Week of September 5th | Monday – CLOSED, T-Th – 7:45am to 6:00pm, F – 7:45am to 6:00pm
  • NORMAL Store Hours Begin the week of September 12th | M-Th – 7:45am to 6:00pm, F – 7:45am to 3:30pm

Condolences to the Family, Friends and Colleagues of Chief Cindy Kennell

Chief Cindy Kennell Talking to Lieutenant Harold Woolworth

GRCC received this sad news from Lt. Harold Woolworth of the campus police:

It is with deep sadness that I report a tremendous loss to the College, the community and the campus police department.  Chief Cindy Kennell has lost her battle with ALS.

In August of 09, she was diagnosed with having Stage 4 Lymphoma. While being treated for the cancer, on Good Friday she received word that she also had ALS. Although she had fought the cancer into remission, the ALS was too big of a battle.

Cindy was appointed to the position of GRCC’s Chief of Police in June of 95, after working 23 years for the City of Wyoming Police department. June 30, 2010, with 38 years of law enforcement, she was able to take the voluntary employee retirement program and retired from GRCC .

Services will be held at Cook Funeral home in Grandville.  Visitation will be Monday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The funeral service will be Tuesday at 11 .m.

A memorial video was created by Media Technologies and is available to view below:

Her obituary is available below:

KENNELL (Crumpton) – Cindy K. Kennell, age 58, of Grandville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 24, 2010. She was preceded in death by her father Charles Crumpton. She will be sadly missed by her husband, Robert Kennell; children, Michael (Lori) Kennell, Dawn TerMeer, Sara (Ray) Hochsprung, and James (Jenna) Gainey; grandchildren, Jacob and Kellan Gainey; mother, Barbara Crumpton; siblings, Karen Feole, Connie (Chris) Armijo, and Jan (Paul) Erlandson; and many friends. Cindy was the first female law enforcement officer to work road patrol in Western Michigan and she was the first Sgt., Lt., and Capt. She paved the way for those that followed her. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cook Memorial Chapel, 4235 Prairie SW, (East Building). The family will meet with relatives and friends on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cook Funeral Home (West Building). Memorial contributions may be made to the Jacob and Kellan Gainey Special Needs Trust Fund at Chemical Bank. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at  (More Including Guestbook)