Revised: Schedule of Academic Success Workshops for Students

[Revised Version of Document Included] Each semester, GRCC’s Counseling and Career Center offers a variety of workshops that teach valuable skills for students; they include topics like support services available to students, constructing an academic success plan, and completing the academic probation contract.

For a printable schedule of upcoming sessions, view this revised document (.pdf)  Or, for more information, visit

Volunteers Still Needed for Fall 2010 Student Information Stations

Information Station

Student Life is still looking for volunteers to help staff the Student Information Stations (especially at Calkins). This year the Student Information Stations will be held Monday, August 30 through Wednesday, September 1 from 7:00am-2:00pm and 5:00pm-7:30pm. Please follow the steps below to register to volunteer.

  1. Click on the link that corresponds with the location you would like to volunteer. (Links are provided below)
  2. At the bottom of the spreadsheet are the different tabs with available dates. Please click on the date you would like to volunteer.
  3. Please put your first and last name, e-mail address and extension next to the time you wish to sign up for. (All volunteer slots are in 1 hour blocks except from 6:00pm-7:30pm).
  4. You will receive an appointment confirmation from me that will include your time and volunteer location

Please note, the links may not work properly in Internet Explorer. They will work with Firefox or Google Chrome.

If you have any questions or need assistance with registering please feel free to contact Ashlee Pipoly at or extension 4839. Thank you in advance for volunteering!

Video: Student Leadership Retreat

This past weekend Student Life took 44 GRCC students and employees to Camp Miniwanca in Shelby, Michigan for the 6th annual GRCC Student Leadership Retreat. The students represented the various student clubs on campus, the honors program, service learning, as well as new students interested in getting involved. All the participants took StregthsQuest to determine their leadership qualities – and their results were woven throughout the weekend program.

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The students also had a chance to tackle a high ropes course, a team challenge course, and had sessions on group management, diversity and inclusion, and how to strengthen their leadership skills for academic and personal success. These sessions were led by Liz Tyrell and Ashlee Pipoly (Student Life), Chris Arnold and Kathleen Owen (Diversity Learning Center), Kelsey Caverly (Academic Service Learning), and Tina Hoxie (Dean of Students).

Click Here to View the Video

Student Life Reorganization

Student Life is pleased to share the result of a recent reorganization. We are welcoming two new full time members to our team; Molly Maczka & Ashlee Pipoly. Molly has been working in Student Life as the part-time accounting assistant over the last 18 months and is now the Student Life ESP, Office Manager. Molly will be managing the front office operations including RaiderCard distribution, Student Life and student organization financial transactions, off campus parking programs, and supervising our student employees.

Ashlee has been working in Student Life over the last year as a graduate student intern and a contingency employee. Ashlee is now the Student Life Coordinator and will be supporting student organizations, coordinating intramural and wellness programming, and campus events. Ashlee and Liz will be co-advising our Campus Activities student organization as well.

In this reorganization Liz Tyrell and Paulo Teles will be taking on some new responsibilities. Liz is now our Student Life ESP, Event Specialist and will be coordinating event logistics, the USA Today Collegiate Readership Program, Student Life publications and promotion efforts, and leadership development programming. Paulo is now our Student Life Associate Director and will be overseeing all Student Life services such as the RaiderCard, Off Campus Parking programs, online services, and more.

Here is where you can find them.

  • Paulo Teles, Student Life Associate Director, Student Center Room 22, ext. 3754
  • Molly Maczka, Student Life Office Manager, Student Center Room 26, ext. 4161
  • Liz Tyrell, Student Life Event Specialist, Student Center Room 24, ext. 3531
  • Ashlee Pipoly, Student Life Coordinator, Student Center Room 24, ext. 4839
  • Eric Mullen, Student Life Director, Student Center Room 23, ext. 4164

Photos: New GRCC Billboard Campaign up and Running

These digital billboards are now up on M-6, and on US-131 near 28th St. facing North and cover a variety of the current happenings on campus; from alerting the community that we may be crowded the first few days of the semester, to highlighting our new alternative energy/healthcare careers, to inviting displaced workers back for retraining, to GRCC’s flexible scheduling options.

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GRCC in the News: 8/24/10

Griffins assistant equipment manager Jake Visser takes job with U.S. National Under-18 team
Published: Monday, August 23, 2010, 9:00 PM | Michael Zuidema | The Grand Rapids Press

The Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday announced assistant equipment manager Jake Visser is leaving the team to join the training staff for the U.S. National Under-18 team based in Ann Arbor.  Visser, a Cutlerville native and Grand Rapids Community College graduate, had been a member of the organization for the past 10 years. He served as a locker room attendant during his first seven years, then spent the past three as assistant equipment manager.  (More)

Waterslide and music bring 20k downtown – ‘Crowds well behaved,’ no arrests or injuries
Monday, 23 Aug 2010, 11:43 AM EDT | By Joe LaFurgey | WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Two major weekend events in downtown Grand Rapids brought about 20,000 people to the central city, the city’s special events coordinator said.  (More)

Volleyball Season Previews
Posted: 8-23-2010 | White Lake Beacon

Last year, the Whitehall Vikings enjoyed an amazing amount of success, winning conference and district titles, and reaching the regional finals before falling to rival Fruitport in three games.  […] First, though, the program, which finished with an outstanding 48-11 record in 2009, lost a ton of talent with the graduation of Nicci Thomas and Mackenzie Fretty. Thomas moved on to play both basketball and volleyball at Aquinas, while Fretty is playing volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Reminder: The Process for Student Refunds has Changed

Just a reminder that the process for all student refunds has changed (click here for more information).  To streamline the process, GRCC has partnered with HigherOne to provide students two options for getting their refunds back faster than ever before:

  1. Students can elect to have the money sent to their bank account by Direct Deposit.
  2. Or, students can have the money placed on their GRCC Refund Access Card (that they should be receiving in the mail).

GRCC Refund Access Card

Raider Salute to Magda Phillips

The Communications Department would like to send a Raider Salute to Magdalena (Magda) Phillips in the Call Center after receiving this voicemail message from Betty Mitchell (niece of Marie McCabe who donated the McCabe-Marlowe House to GRCC):

“Hi, this is Betty Mitchell, I am the Great Niece of Marie McCabe (of the McCabe Marlow House). I was traveling through Grand Rapids and wanted to tour the house.  I want to give special recognition to Magda in the call center.  I called and she helped me to get in touch with someone who allowed me to tour the home that I used to come to as a child with my mother.  I wanted to express my appreciation, and wanted to tell you what a great job Magda did.  She did a lot of extra effort to get in touch with someone to let me see the home.  I wanted you to know what a great job she did for me today.”