Notification of Assault Near Campus

GRCC’s Campus Police Department was notified this morning of an assault that occurred near the college campus (fortunately there were no injuries).

On Friday evening, a GRCC student was returning to her car on the corner of Gay and Washington St. at around 9:00 p.m. and was grabbed by a white male (suspect weighed approximately 180 lbs, was 25-35 years of age, wearing a red skull cap and having a shaggy red goatee).  Fortunately the student was able to escape the suspect’s grasp and ran to her car.

Although this incident did not happen on campus, we would like to remind the campus community to be vigilant when walking about at night.  To protect yourself, do not walk alone and walk/park in well-lit areas.  Have the keys ready to open your vehicle.

Grand Rapids Community College Police Department urges anyone with any information about this incident to contact them at 234-4010.

GRCC in the News: 9/18/10-9/20/10

Three professors to receive Distinguised Teaching Awards
September 19, 2010 | By Krystin Nichols | Western Herald

Western Michigan University is honoring three professors with its Distinguished Teaching Award.  Started in 2006, the Distinguished Teaching Award is the highest honor the university bestows on faculty members for their work with students. […Philip G. Walcott, professor of physician assistant;] has been a part of WMU since 2005. He is a 1984 Aquinas College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He received his master’s degree at Grand Valley State University in 1990 and taught at GVSU and Grand Rapids Community College before he came to WMU.  (More)

Gilbert Mbarushimana, who escaped death in Congo, embodies what America is all about
Published: Sunday, September 19, 2010, 6:00 AM | Tom Rademacher | The Grand Rapids Press

The next time I mumble my way through the National Anthem, or get too wrapped up in complaining about my country to remember the freedoms it provides, I hope the image of Gilbert Mbarushimana somehow surfaces. You might, too. […] Today, he’s a strapping 22-year-old man with a dazzling smile, engaged to a wonderful woman and soon to graduate from the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College, braced for his first full-time job.  (More)

GRCC football team upset by ninth-ranked Iowa Western on road
Published: Saturday, September 18, 2010, 6:00 PM | The Grand Rapids Press

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The Grand Rapids Community College football team accumulated more than 400 yards of total offense on Saturday in their showdown against Iowa Western Community College.  But the Raiders found the end zone only twice in a disappointing setback.  (More)

PIECE OF MIND: Reivers riding football’s fast track
By Tony Boone | Senior Writer

When Iowa Western kicked off its football program last fall, the hope was that one day the school would boast a nationally ranked team that could compete for bowl bids and, eventually, a national championship. […] The Reivers have played only 12 games in their brief history, yet they are ranked ninth in this week’s NJCAA football poll. They’ll square off with No. 5 Grand Rapids, Mich., Saturday in a game that could become the new benchmark for the young program.  (More)

New grant to help cold case team
WWMT | September 17, 2010 4:42 PM

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – We’re learning more about how the Cold Case Team in Kent County will spend new federal grant money.  The National Institute of Justice awarded the cold case team more than $400,000 to help investigate crimes, some of them decades old. […] In 1979 the body of Muriel Stoepker, known as the bag lady, was found near the campus of Grand Rapids Community College. In 2010, more than 30 years later, the Kent Metro Cold Case Team figured out who killed her.   (More)

Snyder, Bernero address Grand Rapids forum

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rick Snyder and Virg Bernero agreed Friday that making Michigan a right-to-work state is not something they’d pursue if elected governor.  The two candidates said the issue is too divisive and would get in the way of efforts to create more jobs and spur Michigan’s economy. […] Lynne Jarman-Johnson said that the winner of the Nov. 2 election will face a huge challenge, since the budget deficit for 2011-2012 is expected to be around $1 billion.  “Come Jan. 1, it truly will be a very tough position for either candidate,” the Grand Rapids Community College administrator and small business owner said.  (More)

Photos: Service Learning Volunteers at Veterans Field Games

Over 120 students, faculty, staff, friends and family joined the Academic Service Learning Center and the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans in observance of the National Day of Service and Remembrance last Saturday, September 11th. The day provided participants with the opportunity to serve local heroes by providing a variety of field games for approximately 75 Veterans.

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Despite rainy conditions, the event was a huge success. The day offered Veterans and GRCC students with a transformative learning experience and a profound connection to the purpose of the day. The ASLC raised over $5,000 of in-kind donations to help honor our Veterans and remember the sacrifices made for our country. Participation was featured on Fox 17 and nationally broadcasted Radio Talk Show Frontlines to Freedom.

You can find additional photos from the event here.

Jobs and the Environment: Tonight (9/20/10)

Tonight (September 20, 2010) from  7-8:30 p.m. in ATC auditorium there will be an informative program for students and the community on the “green jobs” movement and GRCC’s innovative programs. GRCC staff and business people will describe  opportunities in this dynamic field and questions and discussion will follow.  Call or e-mail for more information. Kate Villaire 616 459 6626,,

Photos: Heritage Restaurant Fall 2010 Lunch Menu


Visual proof of the sumptuous eats that await diners at Grand Rapids Community College’s student-run Heritage Restaurant (located in the Applied Technology Center on the corner of Fountain and Ransom). For a full gallery of photos, click here.

For more information including hours and a full menu, visit